What instructable projects you learned and make a business out of it?
Topic by jasonfestin | last reply
I have a question that has been bugging me. is it unethical to open a business that caters to makers? I have a million and one hobbies and some of them run along with my work studies and i was just wondering if its been done to just open up a shop where people can get together to build projects together, or to sell items that are made as a business. it would seem to be a good idea from my perspective and seems to help all.
Topic by mookiejones | last reply
JHS INDUSTRY(DALIAN) CO., LTD is a leading company with many years' experience in export business and enjoys a good reputation internationally . A credible sales network has been set up and we have our regular clients from over 40 countries and regions worldwide. We are sourcing many types of products for customer. Mentioned : pet supplies, chemical, non-mineral,construction,outdoors, DC motor,Home supplies, Package line, decorations, hardwares.etc.
Topic by jhsindustry
Hi Lee, This sounds like a good thing to discuss in our Forums or our Q and A section of the site. Please post your question there and watch the discussion develop! Best, Support Team @ Instructables On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 4:40 PM, Lee Kynaston wrote: Before I start I am so stuck to you web site I believe it has so much potential. I've only benn in the construction trade for 10 years now I love to build. Basically I believe you could influence a lot of people if you opened a high-street and produced the products that people want to make, and also give the opportunity to teach and let people walk into the shop openly express there feeling by booking sessions to us the work shop to make things to sell themselves. This is what I believe your next step to communal teaching should be. If you do decide to do this then I would like to start presenting you with business plans and help to make the business work. My name is Lee Kynaston I have previously been studying joinery, pipefitting, plumbing, cladding, welding, ceiling fixing and other construction skills. If you would like to contact me more on my idea please do on email@example.com or on 07801860128 Thank you for your time Lee Kynaston I re read this and it is quite funny to read but if only I'd be in there everyday.
Topic by LeeKynaston | last reply
I'm super excited to give a talk at Maker Faire this year! I hope you're able to make it! Talk Scope: Go from maker to entrepreneur by using prototyping tools to validate and build robust business models. Whether you have a dream of turning your hobby into a business or you’re interested in testing your innovative technology for commercial viability this talk is for you! VISIT HERE Background: As a Strategy Designer I work with clients to design relevant strategies and future business model options. I do this by providing teams with new tools, skills and mindset to stay competitive in today’s market. My company, Business Models Inc, is an international design and innovation strategy firm. We work across industries with large corporates, startups, and early stage entrepreneurs to help them develop innovative business models using our user-centered lean approach.
Topic by Carleyy | last reply
It's always amazing to see people take some simple skill and take it to ridiculous extremes. This video showcases one man's insane talent for throwing business cards. Popping balloons, up through open windows, and knocking stuff over. And here we were all wasting our time using them to share contact info. via TechEBlog
Topic by fungus amungus | last reply
I'm in a real estate associated business and am looking for some help in designing and then building a business card holder. The plastic ones that are ubiquitous in office supply stores are expensive and generic. I'm wanting it to consist of wood and basically "slide" together to hold the cards. It must be very simple to construct. Thanks so much.
Hi, I'm a facilitator for a business network who are having a Knowledge Management related event in Bath on December 1st. I'm looking for someone to come and do a talk / make a presentation on the topic of 'What makes a good instructable' (or in our jargon - a good Knowledge Asset). I can offer expenses paid and dinner and accomodation the evening before and stimulating discussion with 30-40 KM professionals from a wide range of organisations. Any takers ? Any suggestions?
Topic by philridout | last reply
Voices: 15 steps to starting your own electronic-kit businessLadyada, of MintyBoost! fame among others, gives EDN the step-by-step process for building a successful kit-building business. I've seen her operation, and she's a total pro. If you're interested in doing this yourself, this information is gold.After Limor Fried received her master's degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004, she started her own business designing and selling electronic kits, targeting customers who want to explore embedded-microcontroller-based designs or create their own GPS (global-positioning-system)-based systems, among others. She has made Adafruit Industries into a successful electronics-kit business, and, based on her own experience, offers these 15 practical steps for engineers who dream of starting their own kit business. Plus Step 7:Put basic documentation of your project online. You can use the Wordpress.com or the instructables.com site. Put the picture at the top of the project page. Below that, place a one-paragraph description of the project with specifications. For example, if you built a DMX-controlled RGB LED light, your paragraph should describe how bright it is, the DMX-control functions, how many LEDs it has, and why it's innovative. People who will give you publicity are busy, and you should make it as easy as possible for them to copy and paste your photo and description to their blog posts. Repeat this step for each project.Check out her site at http://ladyada.net/
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
HI everyone. I am wanting to start a 3d printing service business. This would be on a small scale to start. My question is how to securely download 3d files from customers so that I can use those files to create a 3d printed object for them, then ship objects back. I thought about offering the service on craigslist and receive the customer's file through email. But I know that a website would be better, but have no idea as how to implement the capability to receive customers' files securely and while keeping those files organized. Items will be printed using a makerbot, so I would communicate to potential customers as to the limitations of said printer. Thanks, and would appreciate any answers or advice.
Topic by RoboStack | last reply
I always wanted to open my own candy/bakery place where people can come sit read what have you. I am just a little concerned on how to start it up I have all the paper work just now that I finally scrimped and saved I am finding myself wondering if now is a good time, and if so how do I get the name out there for the general public plus I wanted to start selling on the internet too. any suggestions?
Question by someonesfuturewifey | last reply
Over the past few months, I've received a number of messages from people asking how Instructables makes money. The context has always been along the lines of "this is so cool, how can I help to keep it going." I think many of us remember the late 90's when all sorts of really cool services (and some not so cool) suddenly emerged on the internet, couldn't figure out how to make money, and promptly disappeared; so, the question is how do we make sure Instructables keeps going. I describe Instructables like this: Instructables is an interactive online magazine about do-it-yourself projects. Next, I mention the wide variety of detailed projects with step-by-step instructions and the strong community. In term of our business, the important part of the description is "magazine." Currently, we make money by selling some of the space on our website to advertisers. There are two types of ads: impression-based and action-based. For impression-based ads, we get paid a certain amount each time an ad appears (called an impression). We try to sell these types of ad ourself, and have some networks that help out, but the important thing is that sales-people are involved and we have to determine the best advertisers to contact. For action-based ads, we get paid a certain amount each time someone clicks on one of the ads. These are the "Ads by Google." These ads are placed algorithmically by Google and we have limited control over which ads show up; there are other systems, but we use Google's Adsense. It's not much of a secret that we're not profitable yet. The amount of money we bring in from selling advertising space doesn't quite cover the costs of keeping the site running. Fortunately, I have some investors who are covering the difference. So, this means the we need to sell more ads, and sell them at a higher price. In a good magazine, the ads are often as much a part of the content as the articles. When I crack open a copy of Kiteboarding Magazine, the ads are gorgeous, remind me of good times at the beach, and show me the latest gear (which I might build myself or buy depending on whether the forecast is for wind this afternoon, or next week...). We strive for the same thing here on Instructables, and it's a work in progress. So, I'd like your thoughts on whose ads we should be running? Which companies, products, or services are a good fit with Instructables? Bonus points will be awarded for answers with companies that already advertise online and where they are currently advertising (getting people who have never advertised online before to make the jump can be difficult). Also, who is advertising on other sites that you visit? In addition to advertisements, we have ideas for a product directory that would have links to our favorite tools, kits, and supplies. Any thoughts on items that should definitely be included in this? Anything else you'd like to see in a product directory?
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Hi. me and my sister were at a big city show, you know, with all the different kiosks adverstising small business's. anyways, we were bored, so we decided to get a business card from every stand. we figured we would do something with them, like make a collage; but can anyone suggest something more creative and fun i we can do with a whole bunch of business cards/
Question by the poodleo | last reply
From reading https://www.instructables.com/community/What-3D-printers-can-do-and-what-they-cant/, this article. It seems as the sky is the limit as long as I have a good artist, a proper 3D modeller and the correct material. However, I want to start a business whose main focus is 3D printing. What are things, I really can't make? Besides hiring an artist and 3d modeler. What printer would you recommend for the business idea? How many would you recommend as starting point for a small business with an expansive focus? Is there some multiple materials printer that includes glass, plastic, resin, wood, etc.?
Topic by VictorM19 | last reply
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Topic by fungus amungus
Innovation: 'How-To' Web Sites Let You Learn Just About AnythingNew York -- Want to learn how to make your own roll-up keyboard or a computer case made out of Coca-Cola cans? What about how to drive safely in rain or silence a barking dog? A slew of Web sites claim to have all the answers.How-to and self-help Web sites have been around for sometime, but the proliferation of user-generated articles and videos thanks to Web sites like YouTube and blogs, has resulted in a slew of sophisticated portals that rely on social networking to teach us how to do just about anything....At instructables.com, video and pictures are a big component, as is the quirky. A quick visit to instructables.com and you can learn how to make a wireless Internet cantenna, a roll up keyboard and even how to dodge a military draft (if there ever is one again).Instructables.com, which went live in 2005 and has been seeing "rapid" growth of close to 10% a month, said Eric Wilhelm, founder and chief executive officer. "Users post what we call instructable articles that have text, images and video and show something they are passionate about." Users rate the so called instructable and often times replicate the projects, he said."I think it will grow a lot bigger because there's a lot of intellectually curious people...and they want to see other smart people," said Wilhelm. "Everybody wants to learn."More news articles about Instructables here.
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
Anybody know how to start an offshore corporation (and is willing to share how - cuz it's tough to find someone to share that specific info)? I have a coaching client who really needs to start an offshore corporation but I haven't a clue how to even point her in the right direction. Thanks.
Topic by DELETED_coachdeb | last reply
Are we really making it impossible to live in this ever increasingly "darned if you do, darned if you don't" society? Disposal of computer repercussions" Picture a stack of used PCs packed with corporate data sitting unattended on a shipping company loading dock. Imagine what happens to your company's stock price when the Environmental Protection Agency tracks the serial numbers of lead-filled monitors from an illegal landfill back to you. Think about a villager in a third-world nation burning circuit boards in an open-air shop to recover a few cents' worth of precious metals. Now, what's going to be generated by that 3-year-old PC your administrator just pulled from an employee's desk? Data theft? Lawsuit? Poison? Finally, consider research firm IDC's estimate that 269 million PCs were sold worldwide last year, along with 8 million servers. The bulk of them likely were replacements for systems moved into recycling or reuse. You start to get a sense of the dangers associated with disposing of outdated computer equipment.Concerns about computer disposal fall into three main categories: Eradicating data, finding a market for outdated but usable equipment and recycling or disposing of materials in an environmentally safe manner...."Anyone have any suggestions for are "fearless leaders" ? Image is of SKILLS from the PA recycling center and can be read about at this link for SKILLS
Topic by Goodhart
I decided to visit austin, TX on my most recent vacation. While i was there i decided to drop in on the ATX hackerspace. The hackerspace is just over a year old but already has a large community. The space is located in an office park which makes it almost hidden if it weren't for the wicked bat logo As i came into the space, they were holding their weekly meeting, Once the meeting was over the crowd of about 30 people broke into a cacophony of geeky projects. A few people bent over a mysterious box trying to determine it's purpose. Another used the industrial sewing machine to create professional looking leatherwork. There were many other "newbies" to the space, who were given the low down by the night's host, Martin. The space is impressive given they have been at the current location for only 2 months. It has a lot of potential to be a powerhouse of awesome projects. What is interesting, is that the hackerspace (unlike most) is a for profit. That means it can bring in money and make money. This means if they want to build kits and sell them to benefit the space, its perfectly fine under the law. I work a lot with non-profit entities so its interesting to see this model I must say though, ATX hackerspace has one of the coolest logos i've seen. Thanks ATX for your hospitality and showing me around! Hope you enjoyed the stickers! Go visit! Tuesday nights at 7:30 is the open house time. 1601 Rutherford Ln, Suite A200 Here is a time laspe movie of their mural being painted:
Topic by frenzy | last reply
Etsy has made it pretty clear that they don't plan on closing down the high volume resellers that list cheap imports as "handmade." Helen Killer (April Winchell) of Regretsy wrote an excellent explanation of why this amounts to bait and switch on Etsy's account. http://www.regretsy.com/?s=bait+and+switch Most people go to the site thinking the majority of what they'll find is handmade. Real makers, crafters, and artists post their items at a reasonable price considering how long it took to make the items. Customers go to the site to find a specific item, search for it, and find a bunch of cheaper options listed with the handmade ones. The cheaper items are often listed as handmade, and customers don't often do the extensive research to find out 1. how long a handmade version would actually take 2. the cheaper options were made in a factory overseas. Considering that handmade was Etsy's big selling point, they have no reason to believe they're being duped by a reseller. Etsy also prohibits "calling out" in their forums, and often ignore the private reports of resellers. Even if you have proof that the exact "handmade, unique" items in a seller's shop can be purchased for next to nothing elsewhere online (and in huge quantities), you're not allowed to mention it in Etsy's forums in order to warn others about what they're really buying. So far, shopdelighted.com is very small and new, but I like the clean interface and their promise to never allow reselling except in the case of crafting supplies. I might be a naive idealist, but for now I believe that this site will actually keep their promise.
Topic by supersoftdrink | last reply
I was thinking of starting to earn a little money by making custom computers, etc. However, most or all of my knowledge of how to do things like this has come from places like Instructables, eHow.com, the local library, my friends, etc. I was wondering if it is legal and ethical to make money using knowledge from these sources. Recommendations and opinions are welcome. Thanks! P.S. I apologize for any spelling/grammatical errors--I recently broke my wrist, and since typing is quite inconvenient in a cast, have tried to get my message across with as little typing or backspacing as could be managed.
Question by mad magoo | last reply
Wanting to get out of the rat race, I am looking for business ideas that would allow me to be self-employed. I have approx 5k in start-up capital and can operate without income for at least 3 months (possibly longer). I would really like for my business to support/involve the maker community. Some ideas that I came up with thus far are starting a tool lending library, selling kits/parts (similar to the Maker Shed or Adafruit), or a coffee shop with integrated hacker space. I am willing to work with a partner or a group of people so long as the chemistry is good. I am willing to work long hours and weekends, forgo vacations and sick leave, etc. I don't mind working like a slave when I am only a slave to myself and my idea rather than to some corporate monstrosity. So, does anyone have any ideas?
Question by Jesse.Hawkins | last reply
On Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10 AM PT, I'll be doing a live webcast on O'Reilly's Meet Experts Online titled "What will users pay for?" This is a lead-up to my Web 2.0 Expo panel discussion, What Our Users Will Pay For. I'll be talking about Instructables' business model, and some of the things I've learned along the way about running a small company. You can join for free, and send questions into the interviewer via chat. I'll post a video for anyone who can't make the live event. Here's the description of the event: If advertising alone won't pay the bills and paywalls are tough to get right, how can web-based businesses make money? This is a question Instructables.com CEO Eric Wilhelm has already confronted. We'll dig into the Instructables model and consider potential solutions in this video Q&A.; Hopefully see you there!
Topic by ewilhelm | last reply
The site is running slowly, and every time I change pages it takes an unusually long time for the page to load up, interrupted by this message pop-up: A script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. You can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete. Script: https://www.instructables.com/static/js/prototype.js:5550
Topic by Kiteman | last reply
Hi guys, I'm interning for a solar panel reseller and I just wrote an Instructable that introduces you to the basic fundamentals of home solar: What you need to buy, what you need to consider, and what you need to watch out for. There's inline links to our store pages, and "Additional Reading" links to our learning pages. That said, I'm confident that it's a well-written, informative introduction. Furthermore, I'm confident that besides the links, you can read through the whole thing without feeling like it's biased or hitting you over the head about going to our website. I'd hate to make a bad impression here - It'd be nice to keep doing articles like this. Before I publish this, can anyone let me know if it's too offensive? And if you have any suggestions about it, that'd be nice too! Thanks! https://www.instructables.com/id/EIPO8NUGAA0F501/
Topic by DIY Solar Jon | last reply
My brother came up with this idea. An electric company that is powered by people working out on bikes and other stuff. I don't know if it's possible but think of the possibilities. People would supply their own electricity by working out and getting fit. All the people working out would be volunteers and maybe they could get paid based on how much energy they produce. That would give people motivation to exercise. Instead of paying for a gym membership they would get paid to get fit and they would be helping the community. For the community electricity might be free if not a whole lot cheaper. I don't know a lot about electricity but if this idea is possible someone should start it because it would do a lot of good in a lot of communities.
Question by knitwitcharm | last reply
The business is a garden center/ nursery, which is a local small business.
Question by acidbass | last reply
I had a question about MS Office XP Small Business Edition 2002 edition. I recently came across the first picture (my Uncle gave it to me).I don't know what the difference is between Small Biz edition or normal.So I guess I'm asking...What's the Difference between Small Business and Home?Do I get multiple installs with a single key with SBE?If so, How many / Unlimited?And what does the second image mean?
Question by xACIDITYx | last reply
Hi Instructable Members! I was hoping someone can help me with a project for a business, which in turn will help others with their businesses or give ideas to other members. In this down economy, we need all the help we can get and rather than ask for a handout out from the government it is up to each and everyone of us to make our own way. Okay, enough of the preaching, let's get a teaching! My request is for information on constructing a internally lit, walking billboard. This is to advertise a walking tour business that I would like to start, but it could also be used to advertise other businesses. If you do a quick search on YouTube, you'll see a couple examples of what I'm talking about. Usually these models are pretty big and quite heavy, or should I say, heavier than they ought to be. I've seen them up close and have spoken to guys paid to carry them around here in Las Vegas. I'm told that they are constructed from sheet metal and plexiglass, weigh about 30lbs without the battery and aren't that comfortable. I wanted to make my units lighter and more comfortable, especially since I'll be the one wearing it all day. To do so, I've done a little research and have come up with some of the components to do this. Harness: I plan to use a military backpack frame called a Molle Frame. This is used as an internal structure to hold backpacks. It has several attachment points and is molded to follow the counter of the back. I have already purchased this harness along with the shoulder straps and hip harness. It is quite rugged and I'm sure it hold up to a 100 lbs in equipment. Though I hope my sign will weigh less than 10 lbs. Brace: To attach the billboard to the harness, I'd like to manufacture an aluminum brace. This brace would be constructed from aluminum bar stock and bent in such a way to hold the sign upright. It would be attached to the Molle harness by drilling holes through the aluminum bars and attached via nuts, bolts and washers. Cross braces will be attached to give the brace rigidity. Billboard Construction: (this is where I need help) Rather than making a "light box" from sheet metal, my idea would be to use Coroplast (a plastic type cardboard, typically used in mail containers like the post office uses. These can be found in sheets up to 1" thick. This could be used for the construction of a lightweight "light box" and then covered with black vinyl sheets or even spray painted. A rigid sign poster frame can then be attached to this box to hold a white opaque acrylic sheet. Then the advertisement can be place onto this sheet and then covered by a 3rd clear sheet to protect the advertisement. A quick note: This light box would have and internal skeleton, made of aluminum braces to attach to the brace and support the coroplast "light box" as well as the advertisement frame. Electrical component: (again, help is needed) I'm envisioning using led rope, or leds along the back side of the box to cast out enough light to illuminate the advertisement. Also I failed to mention that along the top of this light box, the front side has to be lit, as it will extend about a foot above my head to advertise toward the people i'm walking toward to. Please search "walking billboards" in YouTube and you'll see what I mean. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n2RwBbTdjk&feature;=related My unit won't nearly be as large, as I do have to be mobile and be able to maneuver inside casinos without knocking anyone over. So if you choose to accept this mission, I'd greatly appreciate it. Any ideas will be taken under advisement and if they seem to be doable and cost effective, I'll put up the results as a LED Walking Billboard Instructable - Let the creativity flow and the designing begin! Sincerely, ~Elric Leano
Topic by elricleano
How can i make a cool business card that still looks professional? I have a very small cleaning business, it's just me, my clients ask me for business cards quite often but I'm loathe to buy 500 at a time and have a boring old regular type of card. I know the talent on instructables is endless so is there anyone out there who has a cool idea for a business card that folks will actually want to keep? I'd like colourful, average size and fits in a wallet and preferably made with household stuff. the supplies I'd like to use include acrylic paints, printer paper, glue, maybe watercolour paper, etc. I don't have a printer :( Thanks
Question by mrsthursday | last reply
Hi Folks, I am fascinated by Screen printing. I know a little bit of it. But I would like to have advise from the experts here for me to start it as a serious business. What is the prospectus of growth in this business? What could be the initial investment (minimum)? What is the minimum no. of man power required? What is the latest technology adopted? etc etc... Could you please advise me on how to go about it in a beginner level? Thanks.
Topic by rajkochi | last reply
All i need to know is how to get it started but i will accept any other information
Question by L MAN | last reply
I don't know if that is a feature or a bug, but I cannot post or reply comments on busy orangeboards like mine, gmjhowe, Kiteman, and other orangeboards that has A LOT of comments. I can still post on orangeboards with smaller number of comments. So what is going on?? I hope it is just bug like the image note bug.
Topic by Plasmana | last reply
I enjoyed reading the story of how Instructables got started, written by Eric Wilhelm, but for some reason I can't view it anymore. Can anyone else see it? I can see other Instructables just fine.https://www.instructables.com/id/How_to_Start_a_Business_1/
Topic by thefigmint | last reply