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  • daniel caso
    Jul 4, 2008
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             It is not clear to me -sorry, again my poor English- if you are encouraging me to keep it as a friendly modeller activity or to start a business. If you mean the last, I wish it would be that simple!!! Here in Holland to sell things you need an official registration as business, to estimate in advance how much you think you are going to earn each year; to count 36% taxes in your prices; to ad 19% BTW (something as VAT) and then arrange the packings and sending and adding the mailing costs that of course will differ from sending to sending. Once you have done all that you need a careful administration (on paper and computer) for the government. Further you need to keep a careful agenda for orders from clients but also for your materials, printed instructions, packing materials, etc.
      And, believe me, that would be just the start of it. And all this not to mention that if you are exporting probably -the rules here are very specific for each thing- you need a more complicated legal construction.
      Holland is a marvellous country, but as long as you understand that it is  5% ground,10% people,35% water and 50% papers and rules.
         Anyway if someone wants to go commercial and use my services as designer I would consider it,
         I did consider the possibility, but honestly, what happened with Tom York was a hard lesson for me. He deserves quite another situation than being forced to a full time job in a grocery.
         The risk would be of sacrificing the joy of my modelling and, honestly, I couldn't afford that.


      --- On Fri, 7/4/08, Evan James <bce@...> wrote:
      From: Evan James <bce@...>
      Subject: [FS32NGModelrail] Re: More Laser cut photos
      To: FS32NGModelrail@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Friday, July 4, 2008, 1:23 PM

      If you are able to get the kits cut on as as needed basis, then all
      you will need is the digital files which only cost the value you put
      on your time and tie nothing up in the way of product inventory.


      --- In FS32NGModelrail@ yahoogroups. com, Woodie Greene
      <mogollonry@ ...> wrote:
      > Daniel-if you want to sell kits, I say "go for it"...however, doing
      so may be bad for your personal hobby. I did not manufacture kits,
      but I did have a profitable custom building business many years ago
      and (maybe it was just me) the pursuit of money for my modeling led
      me to about a 15 year burn out. No trains, I sold everything I had
      and got totally out of the hobby. Whatever advances went on during
      those years didn't interest me, I just didn't have "the feeling" that
      I used to. I have known a couple of other modelers who got into the
      model railroad business and lost their desire to mess with model
      trains. Now, a good friend of mine builds and sells (for a great deal
      of money) 1:20.3 rolling stock...and he has virtually no time to
      build anything else, he has some On30 stuff, but no time for what he
      wants to do. Doing something for the love of it is one thing, but
      doing something for money tends to destroy the "magic". This is of
      course my opinion, whatever you do, I wish
      > you the best and as they say in Hollywood-"break a leg!"
      > Woodie
      > Paul Woods <paulandclaire@ ...> wrote:
      > Daniel
      > All my local laser cutting companies are involved in making
      > advertising signs or engraving things like trophies, or both. You
      > could even try contacting an electrical installation firm to ask
      > where they have their warning signs and labels made, (The stiff
      > plastic ones you see rivetted to big switchboards) quite often they
      > are laser-cut these days, so they might be able to point the way.
      > Making a living selling any type of kit is the challenge, it is not
      > just restricted to laser cut types ;-)
      > Regards
      > Paul

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