These ideas might look good on paper, but the real world isn't black and white.
We are currently having that ownership/management problem at the retail end of things. Several of us make high end stuff to be sold at the local farmer's market. (Low end stuff isn't profitable when one factors in how much time it takes to make it.) Our seller at the market was taking a certain percentage to cover the costs of the market and everything was going well. We were making enough to get by, they were selling more stuff and making a little off of the stuff they didn't have to make themselves, etc. Things were good.
Then, the seller wanted time off so they hired a person to sell for them at the market. However, they didn't want to make less money than before when they had been doing the selling at the market so they raised their percentage to cover the wages of the fellow now doing the work they had been doing.
That has been the root of the problem and I can't figure out a way around it. There is only a certain amount folks will pay for things and if the prices are set at a point that will pay for the worker and the person no longer doing the work, then the items don't sell. So, the owner wants us to lower our prices so they can afford the worker. If we lower our prices, we aren't making ends meet. So, what's the answer?
Form a collective of two or three? Find more folks and start a co-op? That takes more time and effort and will probably cost more than just sucking up the loss incurred by the hire of the new worker. Going to market every Saturday is a huge effort, there are costs involved - fuel, market set up fee, tables, pavilion, etc.,plus are all of the folks producing stuff to sell decent sellers? There doesn't seem to be an existing co-op to join. We don't really produce enough to stock our own table at the market, not on a consistent basis anyway. So the co-op of our small group wouldn't be viable on a weekly market basis. The more people you get, the more effort it takes to keep them together, I'd think.
At the moment, I've pulled most of my stuff out of the market and am looking for other venues to sell it but most of them have the same sorts of problems. They want so much out of the sales price that it isn't economical to make the items. There is one which has a lower percentage rate, but they don't do any paperwork or keep track of what they've been given to sell. Occasionally, they send a check but then I haven't a clue what the check was for or what they have left, etc. This is consignment sales since if they buy it outright they pay a lot less since if it doesn't sell they are stuck with it. To get the highest prices, we can't directly wholesale since we don't have the production quantity for wholesale.
This would equate to a small farmer with a small crop. He has more than he needs yet not enough to set up shop himself. What's to be done?
We will work something out, no doubt, but at the moment we are looking for better answers than what we have now.