Category Archives: Microbusiness

I’ve moved from a true microbusiness to a hobby, but I’m still having fun crunching numbers to find material costs, looking into various marketing ideas, and other things business related. Older posts deal with taxes, and who knows, maybe in the future I’ll start the business up again!

Costing out the Resin Magnets

By | May 5, 2017
Fat Pony Magnets on a Postal Scale

Herds and herds of horses!

Now that I have a pile of resin magnets ready to go, it’s time to start figuring out their actual costs so I can get all the prices in the Etsy store updated! 🙂

Much like the plaster magnets most of my resin magnets are tiny, so measuring how many ml of resin were used is a no go. So instead, I went with an average weight of the finished magnets (minus the actual magnets).

To get the weight of each magnet I piled a bunch of the same casts onto a postal scale and then calculated the average. For those magnets that I have less than three of, I’m weighing them with other animals of a similar size.

Going forward I’m hoping to sit down and make a 10 item batch of each mold to measure exactly how many ml are used and get a good average weight.

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Rethinking Etsy

By | April 13, 2017
Etsy Shop Stats for May 2016 to April 2017

Long Time, No Traffic

I’ve been all kinds of horrible about adding new work to the Etsy and the statistics over the last year show that pretty clearly. I have the listings set to auto-renew every four months, but if I want more traffic to the store, I need to do more than sit back and watch.

Etsy listings last 120 days and I can (and have) set them up to auto-renew. This means instead of a full year’s worth of listing I only have to get four months worth (120 days) up and running.

I’ve got 47 to work this… so this will be a bit of an adventure! 😉

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Costing out Ground/Trail/Jump Poles and Cavaletti

By | December 30, 2016
Costing out Stablemate (1:32) Scale Cavaletti and Ground Poles

Costing out Cavaletti and Ground Poles

I’m trying to round out the Etsy store a bit, so I figure it was time to get the rest of the props ready to list… and right now that’s just the poles and cavaletti!

Which means I really need to start thinking of new props to try and build in 2017. *ponders*

Anywho.

I’ve gone over the steps of how to make Stablemate scale ground/trail/jump poles and cavaletti in an earlier posts, so all I’m doing here is a rundown on what materials are used and how much they cost. If you’ve read other ‘Materials Cost’ tag posts, you’ll know the drill. 😉

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Costing out Display Bases and Removable Fencing

By | March 11, 2016
Model Horse Removable Fencing

A fence for all seasons…

I’ve been slowly working my way through the items that are finished and need material costing before they can be listed to the Etsy store. Today’s victim– err, volunteer is the display bases and optional fencing!

I’ve gone over the steps of how to make the bases and how to make the fencing in earlier posts, so all I’m doing here is a rundown on what materials are used and how much they cost.

Once this is done I can finally get both the finished and custom order bases up and running! 🙂

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The Mini Whinnie Condunrum

By | February 23, 2016
Mini Whinnies Surprise Series 2 Pulling Draft Horse

Pulling Draft Horse

I love painting Mini Whinnies and have a small army of them in the body box waiting for new colors. But as always my fear of ‘painting the LAST one’ has kicked in and now I’m trying to confirm that I can replace anything I customize.

Times have changed since I last stocked the body box and Breyer Mini Whinnies are only available via the blind bag Surprise Series. This makes them both crazy expensive (compared to the old offerings) and impossible to tell what you are going to get. Looking at this year’s series and last year’s series it seems that only five of the adult molds are going to be available each year.

Yikes!

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