I imagine there will be some folks with small businesses who won’t like me telling you what I am about to tell you. But it is high time consumers got a better understanding of just how difficult it is to run a small business in today’s market, and why sometimes their prices are higher than the National chains. This article does not begin to touch on all the variables and details, but will hopefully give you an appreciation of just how perilous it can be to own a business today. Maybe it will encourage you to shop at the smaller … Continue reading Retail Confidential: 10 Things Consumers Should Know
“Winners do things losers don’t want to do.” That is a quote from Dr. Phil from a 2009 episode of his show that I saw this morning at 6:00 am. (This is what happens when the dog gets you up too early.) The show was about couples arguing about money; specifically, it was about women wanting to be entrepreneurs and start businesses while their husbands aren’t sure about making the investment. In one case, there were two women who are friends wanting to open a women’s boutique together, but the husbands were not so sure it was a good idea. … Continue reading On Business: Winners and Losers…and Summer Squash Muffins
Retail is a fickle business and should not be entered into lightly. Owning a small business is fraught with peril and is not for those who are faint of heart or short on cash. I know this first hand, and have been in recovery from a six-year stint as a small business owner for a year now. There is no such thing as projected sales, and I don’t care who tells you otherwise. If anyone tells you they have a definitive way of predicting future sales, you just walk away. Better yet, run. Past patterns can be a predictor of … Continue reading Sausage and the Wisdom to Know the Difference
I’m off to do good for others today. So while I am out, here’s a little something for you to digest. I look forward to your comments! Since we all know I don’t have a life, I thought I’d take some of the copious time on my hands to write about food from a different perspective: The Dining-Out Experience. No, I have not gone off half-cocked and appointed myself a culinary expert. This isn’t about the food. Well, OK, it isn’t all about the food. It’s about the total package of the dining-out experience from the perspective of a customer. … Continue reading The Top 10 Reasons I am a “Regular”
This is my accountant’s payment for some advice given. A tasty mushroom-leek-goat cheese quiche with a salad for her staff (delivered). You should try offering food in exchange for services. It works. Continue reading The Barter System: A Comeback?