Discovering the Power of the “N” Wordstreet. Both would draw from Public Domain resources and, in the end, provide uswith the finances we needed and more.
Strategy #1: One Man’s Junk Is Another Man’s Treasure
You wouldn’t think a trip to the dumpster could result in a money-makingbreakthrough, but that’s what happened for me that hot, summer day. Honestly,the real success key was being able to recognize and opportunity and then act onit. As I dumped my trash can into the dumpster, I saw a bunch of old photographslaying there in a pile. There were hundreds of them. Being a huge photographybuff and one-time commercial photographer, I couldn’t resist looking through thepile…and that meant climbing into the dumpster. As I began to sort through the 8”X 10” photos, I realized that the images primarily fit into two categories:Photographs of old yachts and photographs of the old hotels in Atlantic City. Icollected every photo I could find, put them into a box and carried them back intothe building. I set out to discover why these “gems” were in the trash. The answerprovided was that they were from old job files that were being discarded, and if Iwanted them, I could help myself…I did!That night, I went home and sorted through all the photographs. As I went throughthem, an idea came to me that would result in multiplying my “supply” of photosand make me a ton of money. The idea was this: Copy the originals and sell thecopies. Sounds simple enough, right? But remember…this is 1989…there were noscanners like we have today, much less digital cameras. PC computers were littlemore than expensive boxes that primarily ran DOS programs and Photoshop wasstill a year away for Apple’s Mac Plus. So I began making copy negatives of theprints and printing out the copies in the company darkroom.Around the same time, my wife and I were selling stuff we’d find at yard sales at alocal Sunday flea market. The flea market had a pretty huge following every week,so I thought I would introduce my copy photos there. My “idea” paid off…we soldhundreds of them. So the question is this: Will this same strategy work today? © 2007 The Public Domain Expert