Also on Kindle--$9.99
If you've got some talent for painting, and you're interested in, and
have a good ear for, listening to people's life stories, there's no reason
why you cannot combine these two talents and earn some money from the results.
You can easily create and put together a big colorful painting (or collage) of a person's life; their trips, homes, cars, pets, family members, hobbies, planes, boats, honeymoons, graduations, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, births (all important occasions can be painted in,) businesses, foods, wines, happenings, etc. etc. etc. I've been doing it for well over 30 years and it's proved very lucrative.
At first, you should do a few of these paintings to give as gifts and
then photograph them so you'll have an inventory of photographs to show
perspective customers. You should then spend a good amount of money to
place an ad for this unique gift (and it is unique--no one on earth will
have one like it) in a very good, high quality and widely read magazine.
I chose The New Yorker and even though it's a weekly magazine, I would
get enough business from one or two ads a year to keep me in business for
My book will explain to you how to advertise (what to say on the ad,) how to get the customer, how to talk with the customer, what you expect the customer to give to you---photos, detailed descriptions, interviews whenever possible, what things they always forget to tell you about, etc.
It will explain how to ship and what medium is best to paint the collage on (--lasts forever, looks perfect, is indestructible and mails easily.) I will even recommend paints.
I'll explain how to charge your customer, what to get up front, what
recourses you have if they don't pay the other rest. (You must have a written
contract, etc.) This is a complete and very detailed accounting and How
To of a career I successfully pursued all during our children's growing
up years. The book includes numerous examples of paintings I've done over
ISBN 1-59630-007-4 This 130 page book, 11 X 8 1/2 costs $34.95.