[Kartbuilding] Mr. Burke... How do you make money giving your plans away?

Stephen Burke sburke at burkesys.com
Mon Apr 20 19:58:40 IST 2009

Hi Greg,

Thanks for your email and your kind feedback.

The plans and information on kartbuilding.net are not to make money. Its 
simply a hobby of mine. I started making the plans for kartbuilding.net 
when I was in College, as there were no free ones available on the 

You cannot depend on advertising as a source of income, in my opinion. Its 
unreliable. If you want to go into business, then I would advise a 
combination of:
Design Karts etc. Sell plans.
Build Kits for aforedesigned Karts. Sell Kits.
Of course the latter depends on demand and shipping costs in your region.

Good luck with it.


On Sun, 19 Apr 2009, Greg McCann wrote:

> My sitch:
> Mechanical engineer with Autodesk Inventor, 3 year from retirement, now
> really into to Kayaking (I love my Adventure Island Hobie 3 hull kayak with
> sail). My soon just graduated from college with an art degree (so he may
> need help... but he is motivated). I want to combine his creative abilities
> with my engineering to set him up with a career.
> My question:
> What do I do? I am some good kayak product.. a cart, a high back seat mod, a
> bimini top... but i don't know where to go with it. My stuff is like yours
> in that it could all be garage built. It appears as though you give away
> plans and use ads to make money. Does that work? Or, should i sell product?
> Your help is greatly appreciated.
> btw... excellent work on the drawings and the web site.
> Greg McCann
> Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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