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Hi guys,
How about doing walking stick business in Toronto? I know many of them are interested in hiking and definitely they look for walking sticks. I have found that Canada mortgage direct are providing a mortgage for the self-employers http://www.canadamortgagedirect.com/mortgage-solutions/mortgage-for-self-employed/ and thought to get their help for starting a new business. I would like to get your suggestions for starting up a walking stick business.
 

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For most people it's only sporadic part-time income at best. Not what I would call a reliable source of income. The market is small and there are a lot of stick makers.

I started an Etsy shop a month ago and am still waiting on my first sale. As a rough estimate I think sales should average about 1 stick every three weeks. That's after I'm established and have a few sales so people aren't worried about buying from a new seller.

If you go in here and read older posts you'll see other makers report the same sort of thing. A lot of compliments but few sales at craft shows and venues of that nature.

Most makers here get sales by word of mouth.

Not trying to discourage you, it's a great hobby. Just be aware it's not a path to quick wealth.

Rodney
 

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Over here its a very cometertive market lots of people doing it a very wide range of toppers and different materials to choose from . The standards are quite high and a difficult market to earn a living from most full time stickmakers have a good sound base and sell everything the stick maker needs and often run stick making classes

hiking poles sell from around £40 up to £300 + depending on material used . you would need to be handy at wood carving or adept at manipulating rams or water buffalo horn with a good supply of shanks . I suspect the market would be similar to the American market so its a case of what people want , but if you could offer more than the run of the mill stuff you may have a chance , I would just try a few different item 1st to see what response you get . selling items on places like ebay is difficult and doubt if anyone could earn a living wage from it considering all the overheads and time it takes
 
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