@jacobturner Yes, I started my side business of doing custom playing cards aimed at the collector market (yes, there are collectors of anything and everything) in 2011 via Kickstarter. At the time, funding of playing cards was a very new thing and there were only 5 or 6 previous projects on there. Now, I think there are close to 2,000.
I am considered an “old timer” at this point and sell a variety of playing cards and related accessories via my website (Encarded Playing Card Co). Through a lot of careful planning and hard work I’ve been fortunate to be profitable the entire time and generally sell out everything I make, so I guess in some small way I’ve been doing things right. I even incorporated last year.
I have several thousand loyal customers and, in the case of my last limited edition project, have enough pent up demand that I sold out my run in a day. I have to say, that was pretty fun to watch happen.
The Glowforge is going to be a really big part of what I do, as I have a serious need for precision cutting and engraving of paper, engraving of wood and acrylic and being able to customize things in very small runs. To date I’ve had to send all that out to eye-wateringly pricey third parties which has made me hesitant to really explore my creative options. With the GF I will be able to freely try crazy ideas at will and come up with some very cool and limited items for my loyal following.