Hello, folks. I've come seeking some knowledge from those more experienced than I.
My dream is to become a fossil and gem dealer, ideally doing shows and maybe opening a shop in town. The economy being what it is, I'm not concerned so much with making a fortune; I just know what I want to do what for the rest of my life (work with rocks, get covered in dirt and mosquito bites, and do an insane amount of driving) and I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to make it happen. My problem is that I've got no idea how a layman breaks into the trade. My sketchy plans include enrolling in business classes and a formal study of geology, but if there's something I'm missing or a more hands-on approach such as internship that I can look into, I would love to hear your advice. Also any personal stories about being involved with rocks, if you'd be willing to share them.
Thanks for reading!