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Power to the Govt.

Tiananmen Square. It happened June 3rd and 4th, 1989. I'll never forget it.

Are we there right now? How many of us are willing to roll over just as long as our government keeps giving us some goodies? Give me a WIC check and an unemployement check and I am yours. I hate to use these tems, but are we all whores? Do we give up this easily? We lose a job and suddenly we will sell out for a few bucks from some govt check.

Can you imagine what our forefathers would think. Most of us had grandfathers who put up with a hell of a lot more than an 8 hour day at a job they hated. What cry babies we have become. Do we really have to depend on some jerk of a boss to give us a paycheck? Are we that helpless? I certainly hope not.

What if we all operated our own businesses? To some in our modern America it probably seems impossible. "There are not enough potential business ideas to go around" they hear. This is BS and a lot of us know it. The problem is getting someone who has gone through public school indoctrination to believe it.

Start today. Start a business. You have the potential. You can do it. If you know someone who is recently unemployed, tell them that they can succeed. It will work. Relying on the govt is a mistake. They can do it. Our success as a country depends on it.

 

Comment balloon 11 commentsKevin Robinson • June 04 2009 06:01PM

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Kevin,  check the date.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 8 years ago

Kenneth- Thanks. Corrected.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

I think/hope that this current recession will help to reshape our country for the better.  For every crisis, there is always an opportunity for change.  Hopefully people will realize that we don't need the government to facilitate this change.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie over 8 years ago

Kevin,

You are correct, now is the beginning of great things to come! Thank you for reminding me!!

Posted by Alice Linahan (Voices Empower ) over 8 years ago

Kevin, what kind of business would you suggest?  Given most small business owners are struggling to keep afloat, and most people who lost their jobs and would like to start a business don't have the money, what would you suggest?  Its easy to sit there and postulate, very difficult to put words into action these days.

Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) over 8 years ago

Terry- You are correct that it is difficult. There are many businesses that can be started without a lot lot money. Obviously licenses are reuired. At one time in my life after I had lost everything I went out with a throw away camera and started taking pictures at high school and college sporing events. I would get the photos printed and then try to sell them at the next game. It worked. Soon I bought a nicer camera and had a whole business set up. Parents love pics of their kids. A great way to make quick cash is to set up a flyer business. Go to restauraunts in your area and tell them that you will personally deliver flyers for them. Have them design and get printed and then you go pass out to homes. Charge per flyer delivered. This works great for pizza places that deliver.  I recommend neighborhoods with a of apartments and college kids. If there is enough room, sub the work out. Here is another one that I have done. Go to every seniors home, apartment, and motel in your area. They all need basic repairs done almost everyday. When they call for a repair, the contractor charges them a lot. They will happily pay you a monthly retainer to be their on-call repair person. give them a choice of monthly fees. $750 for 8-5 M-F, $1200 24/7 etc. Base the fee on what your area will support. you buy parts, they pay no mark up. Your labor is fully covered. Exclude things like major electrical, plumbing, HVAC. If you set this one up right, you can sub out most of it after you get going. Here is another one that I have used for quick cash and can be built up quickly. go to businesses and offer them your fresh flower services. Whenever they have a special meeting or big day planned, they can call you and you will deliver a beautiful flower arrangement. Then go to a couple of florists and tell them you will be bringin them biz and need good deals. Shop it and let them know. You can start a route this way. I recommend beauty shops, title companies, insurance companies, CPA's. realtors, and tanning salons. 

 

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

Kevin - the majority of us here are already small business men and women. It is the small businesses that keep this country running, that offer employment and opportunity. Good response to Terry. Before I met my wife, she was working 4 jobs to make ends meet. 1 for a small business and one for her own small business (ebay). Since we got together, she has been solely ebay (until this year where she now also works part time for the library). She has earned thousands a year doing ebay. My daughter in-law also has her own small business from which she makes thousands a year to supplement her and my son's income.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 8 years ago

Kevin, I completely agree with you and I tell everyone I know that self employment is the way to go. No one else will pay me what I know that I am worth. It is funny to me to read the comments here. Almost everyone here is giving positive feedback and thanking you for the reminder, except one, Terry.

Typical Terry the liberal to poo poo the idea that we can all help ourselves. I owned a small mortgage company for 10 years. In 2006 I sold that company and divorced and had to declare bankruptcy. I have no college degree and had few prospects, but I survived. I now own a successful escrow company that is growing in a down market. Had I had Terry's attitude I would be collecting unemployment and complaining. Thank G_d, I'm not like Terry.

Terry - this is not postulating, this is the difference between success and failure, freedom and tyranny. It is all in your attitude and what you believe you can do. I believe you can do it, now you need to.

Posted by Es r (CSR) over 8 years ago

If you ever have a minute, read up on George zimmer who started the Mens Warehouse. That guy failed so many times it is not funny. He lost everything numerous times but would not give up. Now he is a multimillioniare.

I used to work for a guy who, according to some, had everything going against him. At age 40 he owned nothing and had no job. He had no degree and no prospects. The ultimate loser to anyone looking at him. He had a few other problems that I will not mention, but suffice it to say, he had many obstacles to overcome. He started selling used copiers out of the trunk of his car. That man is now worth in excess of $50 million, thirty years later.

I have a buddy who is a high school dropout. He has dyslexia real bad and has troubles reading and doing simple math. He is one of the most successful building contractors in my area. His success stems from his never give up attitude. The guy is unstoppable. He is young but he will surely be a multimillionaire when he is my age.

The trick, which I admit is not easy, is to never give up. We can all do it.

Use the old Nike slogan if it helps- "Just do it."

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

Terry made a great point. With the current administration we are set up to begin to tax the heck out of small business owners. They will have difficulty expanding, staying afloat or even starting up.Why do some peole think these people are rich. There is a difference between net and gross.-Dinah Lee

Posted by Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) over 8 years ago

I think you are preaching to the choir here.  Most of us are already self-employed.  It sure is a wild ride right now.  The strong will survive though.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 8 years ago

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