[hackerspaces] Bucketworks needs help

Arclight arclight at gmail.com
Sat Jun 1 07:08:53 CEST 2013

I think we also sometimes have to also deal with people who have
"different" ideas about money. I've found out over the years that "selling
at cost" really means "selling at a loss," as there are always frictional
things like unexpected shipping charges, gas money, etc that make a $10 "at
cost" item really need to sell for at least $12.50 in order for me not to
end up in the hole at the end of it all.

Hacker Spaces are a bit like this, with some portion of the population
often being vocal that "taking in more than the exact amount of the rent is
taking advantage of your friends." Just a question of making the business
model work and being realistic.


On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 9:59 PM, Al Billings <albill at openbuddha.com> wrote:

>  I applaud this and look forward to reading it even though I'm that bitchy
> kibitzer.
> Al
> --
> Al Billings
> http://www.openbuddha.com
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> On Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:56 PM, Gui Cavalcanti wrote:
> Al, funny you should mention that. I'm about 75-80% of the way through
> writing up a primer on how to create a hackerspace/makerspace business
> model, which features a very frank and upfront assessment of the real costs
> of running these spaces at various scales (very similar to the insurance
> primer I sent out recently). I'm writing it for the very reason you state -
> these kinds of businesses need to be sustainable on earned income, and that
> means above and beyond breaking even, so that if something traumatic ever
> happens, you're not taken by surprise.
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