Thanks for all your insightful and helpful posts. Right now this is just a germ of an idea. Luckily, I have time to formulate a plan, weigh all the issues and maybe come up with just the right hook that could make it work.
I am aware of what it takes to be self-employed. I was a freelance graphic designer for a long time and my dh has had his own business for almost 20 years now. Dh works very hard to keep his customers happy. We do have a few exceptional employees but it still always comes down to dh carrying most of the weight. He travels a lot so most of the time, my kids and I are on our own. Our whole family makes sacrifices for the business at times. But it puts a roof over our heads, food on the table and yarn in my basket so I don't complain (well, not often, anyway)
I have to admit that the yarn store idea does play into my ultimate fantasy of what I want to be when I grow up so it would be nice if I could make it happen. Who wouldn't want to spend the rest of their days in their own little piece of knitting heaven surrounded by yarns and teaching people to knit? So maybe I can make that fantasy a reality (or at least a little part of it.)
RiverDaughter -- :teehee: you are too funny! I love the idea of an internet /knitting cafe. Y'all could come on over to my place and sit and post on KH and read Knitty all day long. Then when you found the right pattern or watched the right video, you could get all your yarn from me!
Sarah -- thanks so much for the well written and thought out advice. You gave me a lot to think about and I appreciate it very much.
Ainee -- the only reason we were thinking of the store idea is because we will have the space and it is very reasonable for our area. DH will be using it for his business until we rebuild his studio and then, if I can make something work, he will turn it over to me.
Mason -- you are right -- I would need to find a niche or I would just be another yarn store of which there are plenty.
jeanius -- thanks so much for the links. I haven't looked at them yet but I have them bookmarked.
I will keep you posted if anything happens. In the meantime, I need to start working on getting my instructor certification from the Craft Yarn Council so I'll have at least a little credibility.
Time for bed all,
Oh yes and notes to myself: coffee, tea and NO UGLY YARNS!