The reason why the Curmudgeonly Professor remained in the professor profession for so long is that he failed at every entrepreneurial enterprise he ever started, each of which was expected to make him rich. Among the notable business failures were: 40 student apartments at the University of Wyoming, two book and gift stores in Fort Collins, a business newsletter, a couple of MLMs, and probably others that I have forgotten. Being an economics professor is great because all one has to do is to assume stuff, draw curves on the blackboard, solve equations, and pontificate. Other than humiliation, no costs attach to being wrong, except perhaps not getting tenure if you make too many dumb mistakes.
So now I am entering upon my next entrepreneurial phase. I have already launched my photo print business on Zenfolio galleries at dmblood.zenfolio.com. So far, I have sold zero prints, but I have had several dozen photos printed so at least my walls will be gorgeous. If people could actually see the prints, I think they would sell. The metallic prints from MPix, Zenfolio's photo printer, are absolutely stunning. And the prints I have converted to photo art and then digitally matted come ready to frame without the complications of finding your own mats or having them made for you at additional expense.
The next phase of my entrepreneural forays is starting the sales of photo note cards and photo calendars. I haven't quite decided how to do this yet, but will probably start out on Etsy, and then see if I can figure out how to start my own web site for card and calendar sales, the word sales being used optimistically. I have spent considerable time looking through other web sites for photo note cards. Some are better, perhaps, but I think my photos are at least as good, if not better, than many I have looked at, especially the photo art conversions and the double matted images.
If you have a $1 friend, you can go to the Dollar Store and buy a $1 card for them. My cards will cost $4 each, which will provide a frameable keepsake card that your $4 friends will love you for. And you can compare my $4 cards with other cards costing at least that much and see what you think. I've studied a lot of photo card websites, and most of the better cards are in the $4 range. Some are in the $2 range, but I have no idea how people can manage that, since it costs about $2 for the blank card stock, a professionally printed photo, and other supplies.
I have several dozen categories for groups of cards, or they can be mixed or matched. These categories include wild roses, white roses, red roses, tulips, Oriental poppies, wild poppies, flowering spring trees, spring blossoms, flower gardens, petunias, white cactus, yellow cactus, orange cactus, and on and on. If anyone wants a particular flower or photo, just ask me and I'll see if I have it.
Calendars with 13 original photos attached usually sell for $25. Again, each photo is a frameable keepsake and is worthy of a frame to be hung permanently on a wall. If anyone is interested, let me know soon.
So here goes another entrepreneurial venture. I've already spent the thousands of dollars necessary on computers, cameras, software, supplies, and such, so I can't lose any money on this adventure, as I did on other serious get-rich adventures. At best, I might make enough to replenish supplies or update some software, and that will be fine. Working with these photos is so much fun, and the photos are so gorgeous, I at least have a wonderful hobby that keeps me occupied. So watch for further announcements here.