Tying flies is an art known to few fortunate men and women. It is a beautiful thing to create a colorful pseudo-bug from feathers, fur, hooks and string. Whether the flies are displayed as artwork or used to lure that killer bass from the roaring river this weekend while wearing your favorite waders, it is a specialty appreciated by those who have been handed down the craft for generations. So how do you make this fulfilling hobby into your day job?
Wouldn’t it be great to showcase all of your own fine creations on the home page of your new virtual store? It could be the start of a beautiful thing. So, let us get begin. First, you need a supplier. If you really are serious, my advice is to spend the money to register with a reputable wholesale directory site where you will have access to hundreds or thousands of wholesale suppliers. This step may be the most important in your new expedition. At this point, you are an investigator. You must ask the direct questions of these suppliers that ensure you deal with manufacturers, not a middle man. Examine their products, drop shipping rates, packaging and shipping methods as well as return policies and guarantees. Compare several suppliers to each other. Find yourself a company you can trust.
Once you have established contacts and signed contracts with wholesale suppliers in, say, Oregon or Thailand, you can create a website that will draw in those who search for information on fly fishing such as how to get started, where the best fishing can be found, and how to tie your own flies. The consumers’ search for answers will bring them to your site where you have answers and merchandise. Offering tools such as vises, pliers, scissors, bobbins and bodkins as well as books, DVDs and start up kits will increase sales. Up selling is always important.
Okay, I think you can take it from here. If not, I have written much more on the subject, so search away. Just being able to sell what you love will get you far. Your own passion and knowledge will allow you to inspire others to wade on in and, as an old fishing buddy used to say, think like a bass.