Lets Start A Next Gen Hobby Shop: Built to Scale!

$60,000 goal

Campaign created 1 month ago
Hello to all of you, I am Alex Tinsley, a lifelong hobbyist who lives in a general area that has a couple of hobby shops already but nothing like I wish to put forth. What I plan to build is a shop where not only can you buy your kits, tools and supplies for whatever your hobby is; but a place where you can work on them as well. The reason I want to do this is to not simply inspire a sense of personal community around people's hobbies but one where we can assist each other and develop techniques together along with passing those techniques onto future hobbyists.

To this effect team and I are intending to provide not just the materials for these hobbies for sale but have an open workshop space and renting on-site services. These on-site services are as follows:

-Airbrush Booth: Not everyone can afford the set up to dehumidify properly for painting and venting out the fumes of the paints. Rates for this will include the individual paints, maintenance costs, and reasonable profitability by the hour.

-3D Printer: This will be a more industrial sized 3D Printer and will be calculated by the project design. Will also offer after hour services for a similar pricing scale.

-Lockers: Not all projects are easy to carry around on a normal basis. For these projects we will work out for a nominal fee a place to securely store your larger projects on site for you to work on.

Now that I've gone over what we are offering why the $60, 000 goal? Well when calculating out a budget to reasonably do this with all insurances and costs in tow the initial 3 months will take at least that much to run. This will cover not just my own salary for the place for 3 months but the pay for us to try to work towards 6 full time employees paid at $12.50 an hour along with all related insurances and bills for what we are running in addition to initial inventory.

I may update the goal as more research comes in and will provide full transparency. This will come from providing the location information to posting all the market information I find as I get this process underway. Particularly if you are a non Tennessee contributor. The reasoning for this being incase you wish to open up something similar where you are located.

So what market information will be included? The rates of rentals, how many people rent which services for what amounts of time and how the different forms of advertising and products affect sales. This will also be denoting domestic versus import products.

Finally, we will not only seek to be designated a safe zone for children but will try to work with the local schools to promote 3D Printers as the future of manufacturing by giving them the option of field trips to the store to work with the equipment. As such the store and everything connected to it will be considered an apolitical space. I shouldn't have to say this but with today's world its a necessity. This does not mean you can't work on something that might have a political theme it simply means that we won't be dealing in political favoritism on the premises. We respect history and freedom of thought here.

Thank you for your time and your contributions if you are able. We look forward to enjoying our hobbies together, Built to Scale.
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$60,000 goal

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