PEDDLING TO WORK
I expect corporations to act like asshats. Here is an entity that gets “super citizenship” status, treated by the government as a favored child and looked upon by the bankers as a nice money laundering operation- and yet still manages to waste money and act retarded. Corporations are like children inheriting vast fortunes and being brought up with a silver spoon in their mouth who then precede to kill themselves with a drug overdose at frat party number 316. A corporate CEO will more often than not do nothing right, waste other people’s money, then retire on a golden parachute. It would be the perfect job to have if you didn’t have to put up with douchebags just like yourself all day long. Unfortunately, it seems like most of the small businesses in the last decade have been modeled along corporate lines. Some clueless Yuppie read “Forbes” and “Fortune” all day long while in their CorpCubical and thought the prevailing model was just super deluxe peachy keen. And so they emulated it, including one of the most retarded aspects- chasing the middle class luxury dollar. Wal-Mart is doing the same thing, thinking that they can capture a niche to their way by selling brand name merchandise cheaper than anywhere else. For a time this will work because the middle class is shrinking. But before long you run out of customers. Hell, almost everyone is doing the Middle Class Deposable Income Ambulance Chase. Even a popular Self-Reliance writer elsewhere is selling old timey drinking steins. That worked great and more power to them. But it ain’t going to last much longer.
Except for the 1%, everyone is looking at shrinking incomes and shrinking purchasing power. And luxury items- from eating out to marble countertops to lawn service- are on the chopping block. To expect people growing poor as all costs explode to provide for your salary is the height of foolishness. And yet, wouldn’t it be nice to have your own business? One without debt of course. And one that undercuts all competitors. You have a huge advantage over everyone else. You listened to me. And for ten cents a month ( up to a thousand readers a day, around a hundred bucks a month income from writing [ pre-book purchase income ] which is a real drop from my heyday. Not that I’m complaining as I have the best readers around except for that Shiite Heel that owes me $20. I love you all, but I know no matter how generous you all stay, your numbers will never make me rich-and I don’t care ) I DO spew vast wisdom. You know that the current business model is doomed by our transition from cheap and abundant to dear and rare petroleum. You know you can’t sell luxury and you know any business involving gasoline is in trouble. You might think something as simple as a chainsaw for removing trees won’t be affected, but look at the support structure behind it like the truck driven to the site and the owners expensive mortgage in a dwelling using central heat and a wife driving her own car. The guy who thinks of ways to do without fuel is going to get and keep the future business in a lot of different areas.
First thing, you need a business that you can pedal your bike and bike trailer to. Just by doing away with gasoline and car insurance, you’ve drastically cut your costs. Second, you must be living Bison Frugal, with no rent and no debt. Even an immigrant owner using illegal help can’t compete with you if he has a truck and rent to pay. Remember that guy in Texas that had a blog for some time on cheap trailer living? He lived in a metro area, but his hidden city lot was paid for and had a cheap trailer on it. You can live cheap in the city, some places. Which is where your customers are. Obviously this whole thing won’t work if you are thirty miles from town. A long time ago I mentioned a few bicycle work ideas, such as mowing lawns and delivering video rentals. This was of course pre-Redbox. I’m not sure if it would still be viable. But who says you can’t have more than one bike business? Lawn mowing. Video delivery. Grocery delivery. Mobile computer repair. Knife sharpening and mobile bike repair. Each one is dirt cheap to start with minimal skills. And you won’t have competitors if you start now.
Every business listed above is eventually doomed to fail. Once the economy collapses, so does all services. But you are going to be The Last Man Out. You can even use those skills to a limited extent after the collapse, but that is just a bonus rather than a reason. The reason you want to have a business is because you can only rely on your job for so long. You are betting on grabbing clients that have money a bit longer than you. Like Seniors that can’t drive, shovel snow or mow lawns. The secret is to make these so affordable they would be fools to pay anybody else. Find out what traditional companies are charging. Then how much Junior down the street is charging. Then go below each one in cost. And advertise to them your other skills. For instance, you show up towing a hand powered lawn mower from your bike. You can cheaply mow, sharpen that mower blade AND the clients knives, AND fix their bicycle ( or sell them a bike trailer just like the one you made ). You can delivery groceries for just a few bucks extra, and since you can bike a ways you can charge Albertsons prices and shop at Smiths. The senior only shops at the closest, Albertsons, so she can’t complain ( just be honest with them ). You see where I’m going? Live cheap, charge cheaper than anyone else, and beat the cost of petroleum by going with a Biking Business. You get in great shape, make friends, and become more independent.
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