Retail Confidential: 10 Things Consumers Should Know

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 stores like…

Sausage and the Wisdom to Know the Difference

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 future outcomes,…