This has been a very interesting forum/discussion.
I am presently closing my business, a retail jewelry
store/gallery/manufacturing shop after 22 years of business.
That means open from 10:00 to 6:00 every day, 5 days a week
except between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when we were open 6
days a week. Having to keep 4 employees happy, fed, insured and
busy. Paying the landlord his bit of flesh and keeping his greed
at bay, whenever the lease would come up for renewal. Worrying
that the next person walking in the front door would not be
carrying a gun, a bad check or be another bay area loon. A breed
of insecure, indecisive, vain and or drug addled time wasting
shoppers. Demanding retail service for wholesale prices. Retail
services require answering (but not necessarily fulfilling) every
client’s request. And regardless of the urgency of one’s present
tasks or the thrill of the creative process’ one may be consumed
by, you must politely get up and answer that odd client’s request
for a lead soldered repair of some priceless antique pewter nose
ring. This is the contrary side of retail business less anyone
has missed the point…it means dealing with people on a large
scale.Oh, I forgot, and more and more city, state and federal
taxes. Which I am not opposed to, but in San Francisco there
seems to be a game amongst the beaurocrats to tax imaginary
subjects (scale-tax, acid-tax, polishing-motor waste tax). I kid
So I am selling my business and stock and taking a sabbatical.
Recharging the batterys and begin again. Working at home. To
concentrate on the creative, challenging and what I find
meaningful projects. Money isn’t the be-all of life. There’s
enough to be happy with. But to enjoy one’s work is a blessing.
Thank you all for your insights. Might I add three suggestions
that I am taking in expanding my home-based workshop: 1) A good
security system AND a good safe 2) A business telephone line 3) A
state of the art polishing-vacuum machine.
Kim-Eric Lilot, from sunny San Francisco, where the Plum
blossoms are in bloom and allergy season is beginning. Cheers.