Yes. I am an entrepreneur because I have purchased proper licenses, pay proper taxes, and employ the skills of others (accountant, lawyer, artists). I organize their talents.
My business is nothing complicated. Just locating artists & craft persons, which exhibit a contemporary design style and make their products from earthly materials... and by hand. The only thing I have to do now is repackage the artistic product, Display it to an alternate audience, which might not have known such quality exists at such reasonable prices. And finally I can deliver my product and get a dollar or two for my efforts. That`s why I say I operate my business.
I definitely hope this hard work pays off. We all have big dreams and ElusiveTreasures.com is so small.
But we must also take small steps so we grow with stability. I assume all the risk if this puppy crashes. Well, my wife will have to face a bit too.
I would say I am an entrepreneur interested in finding interior designers, hotel owners, and private individuals interested in quality "green" decoratives for your home. I practically guarantee you won`t find most of the products found on my website anywhere else. So if you are interested in looking around... www.ElusiveTreasures.com
I am no "been in the biz forever" kind of guy. My ears are open on how to do things write. But I hope you can prove to me your way is better. I have a bit of experience in this difficult market. Actually, I would love to have a friend in a similar business a few steps ahead of me. Kind of a guide. That`s why I am here at SuN. There are so many knowledgeable perspectives.
I have been running Elusive Treasures for nearly 5 years, as a full time position. At the same time, I have never been apposed to taking a 9-5. Occasionally I or my wife will read about an interesting, and/or short term position available somewhere. Last year I did some graphic design project managing for a Halloween company. They did all the haunted houses in this area.
Anyway... 9-5 or any other time, we do have to work. It`s what pays for food and all that other stuff we can`t live without. (I`ve grown my own garden for two years now. There`s never been enough food for the land available to feed me through the summer. I think it`s easier to buy tomato`s at the grocery store.
) So, if we have to work, we might as well be working at things we find interesting and can provide value to. I love being able to choose when I work a 9-5. It`s so much different than waking up thinking... `well, back to the same old job.`
Vincent Wilcox (a.k.a. KRAKR)
My band: Letters Make Words