I remember reading all about merchant’s guilds and worker’s unions in my sixth grade history class. Although the history of work and working is much more complex than just a group of people coming together because they share the same trade or skill, it definitely seemed very easy to, like, make a living as a painter back in those days. You had a group. You had friends. You had comrades who were also covered in whatever material you worked with all day. There’s a collective spirit to all that that’s admirable.
Flash forward to 2014 where a lot of people own small businesses. Unlike in the past, many of these people don’t own or operate out of a physical shop. Rent is expensive, especially in optimal locations. We all know this. Most people who run their own business are a one man show. We can’t afford to display our stuff downtown all year round. It just isn’t reality for most of us.
I wish I could open my own shop. I can just imagine my own little bakery, small but comfortable, curious dogs dragging their owners in from the street. I can even picture writer’s groups meeting there, dog owners grabbing a free cup of coffee during a weekend stroll, me waking up at three in the morning to make sure the treats are baked fresh everyday, coming home at night and working on my MLIS coursework until I wake up and do it all again.
But I have no money. I have less than no money. I am in student loan debt up to my eyeballs and racking even more up to get my Master’s. What’s a girl to do?
I have searched for online groups for dog bakers, sort of like virtual guilds or unions, but I haven’t found any. It would be nice to have some kind of reference point, to get advice and tips from people who have done these things before me.
So, are any of you fellow dog bakers or literary artists out there in the metaverse? If you are, drop me a line.
If you’re not, maybe you should head on over to my Etsy page and buy something?