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Maker as business Answered

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. 


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Kiteman
Kiteman

9 years ago

It would be highly ethical, and of great benefit to local Makers who cannot afford workshop space, or get their projects into the market.

It's just like art galleries selling picture for artists and taking a cut of the sale price.

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mookiejones
mookiejones

9 years ago

Do you have any examples of companies that currently do this? im not just proposing creating a company such as sparkfun, but an actual brick and mortar type store where people can come in and do activities.

I just want to make sure i do all of my homework and prove that it could make enough money to keep the lights on.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 9 years ago

Google is your friend. The previous post provided you with keywords to put in. You'll find more below.

Do a search for "hackerspace" or "techshop" and you'll find dozens of them, all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Most hackerspaces are collectives: the members contribute time and money to create, maintain, and operate them. TechShops (the first opened in Menlo Park, CA) are fee-based: users pay monthly or longer-term fees, while a professional staff provides operations and user support).

In metropolitan areas, you are also quite likely to find many special-purpose spaces catering to particular Maker or artistic efforts. San Francisco's Public Glass (glass blowing), and Oakland's Crucible (smithing) are examples.

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mh76dk
mh76dk

9 years ago

There is nothing unethical in what you propose, although these places already exists, usually refered to as hackerspace. personally i see nothing wrong with making money on your hobby, as long as the business itself is ethical - nothing you said above indicates you plan on doing anything unethical - so i say go ahead - and good luck