Well, I’ll definitely play it safe in the beginning - I’ll build up a photo catalogue for potential buyers to peruse (I’m going to spend a few months travelling SA meeting the artists and craftsmen, taking the pics and getting their details)
I’ll probably also buy a few samples of the smaller stuff, cuz I aint lugging 50kg rugs back to Asia.
I’ll also be meeting with somebody who’s in the game already - exporting to Asia, and importing from Asia - discuss with them face-to-face the viability/potential.
A website is a good idea - I can work on an order to order basis. Problem is I know bollocks about importing and exporting. Guess I can learn on my feet and supplement my income by teaching/editing etc.
At some stage in your life you have to take a risk, and with 30 looming I’m ready for some wholesale (no pun intended) changes. Teaching is all good and well, but I don’t see myself doing it for much longer.
Who knows, in the future I may be exporting container loads of
As an aside, are there places in Taiwan similar to Chatuchak market in Bangkok, where one can buy Asian arts/crafts/artefacts? Just before I left Taiwan my student gave me a beautiful set of Chinese hand puppets, and I’m sure there’s a market for all things Asian and exotic in my land (including Thai go-go girls, but that’s a whole different ball game )