- Posted by Johanna on June 12, 2006 at 9:45 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Running a comic shop is tough business. I’ve been rooting for new retailer RIOT Comics + Culture as I’ve read Jason’s blog about starting the business. Now, he’s got some discouraging news: he’s going to have to sell the store and/or take a full-time job elsewhere .
I applaud his honesty, because this is one of the aspects of the business that a lot of starry-eyed new storeowners aren’t aware of. It’s not a real business until it pays a good salary, and it’s hard to get to that point. It’s common wisdom that the industry needs more and better stores run by sensible businesspeople — but having seriously considered the option myself, a sensible businessperson will find that there are many better fields to go into, ones that (for example) don’t rely on monopoly distribution companies that refuse to ship product before the day it’s supposed to go on sale.
I hope Jason is able to find a solution that allows him to balance practical needs and career dreams. I’m wishing him the best.