I’m a small business owner out in the NEK. I am regularly posting (very simple) paid jobs in the job board forum, and, never getting a bite. I’m able to make adobe files to my specifications for use on the equipment available at the generator. I am not posting complex 3d design jobs (though if there’s any one reading this that believes women can be capable of measuring-- I might have a job for you there, too!)
What I’m really not able to do is drive hours to sit at the Generator while things cut and print – trying to run my particular, not-design related small business doesn’t leave room to devote a full day of the week to this work. This work being done supports my particular, not-design related business, yes, but not enough to forego a full day in my work week. Plus, y’all know I can’t use the equipment I need until I’ve completed a training on it-- which would be another full day trip, if I was lucky enough to be able to schedule it at all.
Most small business owners are already wearing 1000 different hats and eventually come to the conclusion they can’t do it all alone. I really would if I had the time, y’all. Instead, I’d really like to hire someone, already there, already doing this work, already authorized to use the equipment to add my thing(s) to their queue.
Is the Generator really a place: only for members, only to do their own thing?
Feels like an underutilization of incredible resources. Why will no one take my money?
I worked on a project there three summers ago, was in an out everyday for three months and everyone was really eager to be involved. Do I have to physically be there to find help? That’s the part I’m trying to save myself, being there physically.
Are there any plans, or could we start a conversation about: implementing a program that can connect small business owners to folx there who can be hired for one-off, small jobs? Having to know someone who knows someone has not been panning out super well over the last year and, in my opinion, is simply not the makings of an inclusive, community makerspace at all.
Even the tiny Spark cousin out here has a very direct line to complete client projects for hire, but all their equipment is miniature, and I need large scale things. What if there was a single, rotating Generator staff/volunteer member who was available for this? They either are available to actually perform the client work, or perhaps exist in a conduit role to connect small business owners to active Generator members who can do the thing.
The job board isn’t doing that.
Again, I’m able to create a 2d design files to spec. Wanting someone who can lay a board or in some cases cardboard down on the CNC or laser cutter or whatever they deem is best to complete the task, and press “go” – happy to pay well for your time and any material costs incurred. Unfortunately, I can’t order what I want done online, as far as I know, and actually really enjoy existing and growing my business in a collaborative Vermont bubble where people help and learn from each other. Am I really barking up the wrong tree at the Generator for that…? Please point me in the right direction