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Taxidermy tips – How to run more of a pawn shop than a taxidermy shop?

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Case in point the guy who let a customer slide on his bill for months and months until finally the customer brought over a fishing rod to trade. The taxidermist gave him $150 credit for the pole, then sold the pole for $140. Not only did the taxidermist lose out on any late-fees or interest charges on the money that was owed to him, he lost another ten bucks reselling the stupid fishing pole to his brother.

People will want to trade you instead of pay you. Real quick it turns in to an accounting nightmare.

Keep your purchases and sales on a cash basis. If you need the cape he wants to trade you, buy it from the guy. If he needs a skull mounted in trade for the cape, sell it to him. Even if the cape is worth $30 and the skull is worth $30, keep it separate, and keep it in cash for your accounting.

Keep everything on the level, keep your books straight, keep your income and expense receipts in a tidy order – because if your books are chaos (and they will be on the barter system) then your business is chaos.

Chaos leads to disaster. You will fail using the good old boy barter system to operate a place of business. What you‘ll end up with is an expensive, wallet-draining hobby. You don’t have any clue if you are making money or losing money and just try one time to figure your taxes or a bank loan application on bartered goods! Uh-huh.

Other Taxidermy Business Annoyances

During deer and turkey season you’ll work your tail off keeping up with the skinning so don‘t count on having time to hunt.

Taxidermy tips   How to run more of a pawn shop than a taxidermy shop?

In the summer you’re liable to starve half to death from the lack of work.

Fail to play the association-politics just right and you’re liable to find yourself black-balled completely. Make another taxidermist jealous and he’ll start running you down. Accidentally say something questionable to a customer about a competing taxidermist and the rumor will snow ball until you’ve slept with the man’s wife and kicked his dog, or vice versa.

It’s a very political occupation to say the least.

And it’s a hard way to make a living.

As a new comer, you are well advised to walk a very straight line, and play all your cards close to your vest until time weeds out who your true friends are. Even then, be careful.

All that aside, you will find the world of taxidermists is a close knit family generally willing and happy to help you out – just remember it’s like any family: You’ll have those who will give you the shirt off their backs, and those who will just as quickly stab you in the back. And a few who will sway either direction depending on which wind is blowing their selfish interests that day.