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Old 11th February 2005, 07:41 AM   #1
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I am think'in about starting a side business painting pet portraits.
I have been painting pastel portraits for a long time now as a hobby and I feel I am ready to earn some money with it.
I don't know much about business and will have alot of questions in the future.
Maybe as I gain experience in the small business world, I can return the favor to this forum someday.

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Old 11th February 2005, 10:26 AM   #2
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Hi Slink, welcome to the forum! We're getting lots of people with pets-related businesses. Very cool!

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Old 11th February 2005, 03:34 PM   #3
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Slink welcome there is a LOT of call for that I would heartily recommend it. I have a friend who's Akita site I built and seo'd (it does ok in the search engines) He is getting about 30,000 sessions a month, and we market tested this very line only recently.

So might I suggest that yinstead of sitting down and trying to sell this product directly to end users, you market it via individual site owners on a sort of affiliate basis. Or rather with them taking the orders and you fullfilling them.

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Old 11th February 2005, 06:57 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum!

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Welcome to the forum!

My mother in law has a portriats of a couple of her favorite dogs through the years.

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Old 14th February 2005, 01:21 PM   #6
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THanks for the welcome everyone.

Old Welsh Guy - thanks for the suggestion about marketing my portraits via individual site owners on a sort of affiliate basis. I havn't thought of that and it sounds like an interesting idea. Any tips on how I would go about doing that?

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Old 14th February 2005, 06:03 PM   #7
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Hi, Slink! Welcome to the forum! Before I opened my online business, I painted pet n' people pastel portraits (say that 5 times fast) for a year and a half. We should trade horror stories sometime.

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Welcome Slink

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Old 16th February 2005, 05:51 AM   #9
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Thanks for the welcome Linda and Eric

Eric, should I assume that you don't think it is a good idea - with you "horror stories" comment?

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No, I think it's a great idea. You know what it's like doing artwork for the public, though... about 90% are wonderful to deal with. Then there's the 10%. My first horror story involved drawing a portrait of an extremely cross-eyed kid and a very, um, naive mother. I think some people love their pets more than their kids, though!

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