I have a full time job that allows me to only work 14 to 15 days a month and I have the rest of the month off. I have been dabbling in taxidermy for about 10 years, mainly doing ducks and geese for myself. Probably close to 30 birds under my belt. I have gotten pretty good, not a professional by any means. The area i live in is covered up with hunters and alot them are my friends and coworkers. I love taxidermy and I am constantly reading and watching videos and I have been slowly ordering tools and paints and manuals and DVDs and trying to learn as much as possible. I am thinking about getting my license and starting up a business from my home garage and taking full advantage of the tax breaks while I continue to learn more about whitetails and small mammals and eventually turkeys and polishing my waterfowl skills. I am confident that I can get more than enough work from people I know (by more than enough I mean 20 to 30 animals, nothing like some of you do) because I tell them up front it may turn out great and it may not. I would offer this service at a discounted price just for the fact that it wouldn't be top quality work at this time because of my lack of experience. I know some people may get upset by me offering this but the people I would be working for would not take these animals to get mounted if it wasn't by me. By this I mean they wouldn't have the money for a $275-$350 duck or a $400 to $550 deer or it may not be quite big enough to pay that for a mount. So I would do it for a little cheaper and get some more experience and they would get a mount that they otherwise wouldn't have done. Keep in mind I have no intentions of becoming a full time taxidermist, but I would love to have a nice side business and in due time offer top quality mounts while doing something I love and taking advantage of the great tax benefits of running a small business from home. Also keep in mind that I have spent alot of money out of pocket over the years just playing around and I intend to keep doing so even if this whole plan falls through. Like I said I really enjoy doing taxidermy work. Kindof obsessed with it really. I just really would like to learn more and do something I love, but I would like to have alittle break come tax time while I am learning. Any advice or words of wisdom or words of anger or any response is appreciated.