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A new business idea

February 21st, 2013 No comments

I’ve always found it amusing how inspiration for writing hits me in waves.  I’m sure that I’m not alone on this either, as there are those blogs that I read that has amazing content for a regular period of time, and then they’ve got absolutely nothing for a period.  Just crickets.  You’ll see that if you look at the timeline on this blog as a theme as well.  I’ve gone long stretches since I’ve had this little ole’ blog without the time or motivation to get to it.  But in many ways, it’s therapeutic and I’m glad when I’m consistent about it.  I’ve also found that as I continue to blog about my life, it seemingly improves when I’m able to get things down, and just get through my thoughts. To that degree, I’ll be chatting about money a little today.

Last year was my worst year financially since I was 17 years old.  I actually looked it up, because when I got my W-2, I couldn’t believe how little I had made.  It turns out, I actually made more money when I turned 18 than I did this year.  The year prior, I had the benefit of nearly six months of unemployment that I was able to collect, in addition to the money I made at Best Buy, and I also had the writing income and some poker income.  But this year, none of that ancillary income was available.  It just all dried up.

I’ve had several chats with Traci about the need to add additional revenue into our family household, and we haven’t had a means of doing so.  Between the odd hours that I keep as a result of working retail, it’s tough to pin down a second gig.  I just don’t have the time to do it.  Traci simply can’t find another gig because she’s on disability, and there really isn’t another gig that she’d be able to find that would pay what she makes from Uncle Sam anyway…and lets face it, there are not exactly a ton of places that are looking to hire a lady in a wheelchair that has limited physical capabilities.

So between Traci’s meager fixed income, and my extremely meager income in 2012, we struggled to get through the year, but somehow we made it.  But this year, we need something extra to help out, or else we’ll be in a heap of trouble if we have something unexpected come up, and with four kids, unexpected should really just be…expected.

We have a mutual friend Amanda Hawes, who has been selling Jewelry at various parties for a few months now, and gathers all of her girlfriends for these functions where they get together, play a few games, and try on while eventually purchasing jewelry.  This past Saturday, Amanda hosted one at our house and because I was home, I got the chance to really see how the business worked.  They’re very reasonably priced, and more for casual wear items, and I was surprised by the collection and how well the ladies actually liked them.  Most girls love jewelry to begin with, but it was interesting to see the responses that these pieces actually created among the women that were here.

Now, living in a house with five other women, I have a different appreciation for the opposite sex and slightly greater understanding of their overall makeup than I think that most men do.  I’m far from understanding how women think, or how they operate.  The reality is, they don’t know how they operate or why they operate either, so it’s impossible to figure them out.  But I will say, that it was an easy way to gain a sense of interest, and women tend to spend a hefty sum on things like this.  That led me to thinking that maybe, Traci and I could partner together and do what Amanda was doing.

We investigated the potential startup costs, and it was hefty up front, but the ROI would be pretty immediate.  In addition, we have a massive pool of females that we could pool from all of the female friends that we have in this family, and setting up additional parties of our own would lead to a fairly sizeable ancillary income.  It seems like a surefire way for us to make a few bucks on the side, and it seems like it would actually be a fun way of doing it.  As long as everything is setup in my name, than it becomes 100% legit as well.  Which leads me to believe that this may be our next venture.

I’ll have a little more on this as we iron out the kinks on it.  It’ll be a few weeks, likely waiting until after Uncle Sam decides to finally send us our refund, before we seriously begin to tackle whether or not this makes real fiscal sense for us.  But I think that this is actually something that could help dig ourselves out of this financial mess that we’ve been swimming through.  I’ll chat about this in another blog.

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The interview that never was.

February 20th, 2013 2 comments

I’m a believer that good blogs should be kept in the 600-800 word range.  That’s about the attention that they really deserve for the most part before they become stale reading, and its more than a chapter in a book than a blog.  They should be short, concise and to the point.  It was Shakespeare that once said that “Brevity is the soul of wit.”  As a writer, I’ve always taken that to heart, and its why at 1200 or so words in yesterday’s blog, I hit my ceiling and decided to hang it up as opposed to continue on to what I want to chat about today, my job.

When I last talked here about my gig, it was talking about an interview that I was only half-heartedly interested in.  The Best Buy Mobile Lead position is a lateral move from the standpoint that it was just another sales floor position, but it is one that has a lot more prestige as they label you as the “go-to” sales guy within the team.  That position is a virtual stepping stone to other leadership roles within the company, and it was the ultimate reason that I submitted the application for the job.  But it wasn’t something that I had my eye on as a must have, and it turns out to be the interview that never really was. Read more…

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What a week

February 19th, 2013 2 comments

Last week was a tough week, and hardly one that I was inspired to write about.  When I last got a chance to sit down and bang out an blog post here, I talked about Traci’s grandparents, and how their end was nearing.  Last Tuesday, Dan Darling passed away quickly, and peacefully at the West Hills Hospital, just a few days after having been admitted from a fall he’d taken in his home.  He was hooked up to a breathing apparatus and being slowly weaned off of it, when his heart suddenly stopped, and it was decided not to revive him.  He was an outstanding man, who had an unbridled love for his family, his birds, and of course his wife Barbara. He is survived by his wife, their four children, Seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.  He had a fantastic life, and he’ll be greatly missed.

That was the beginning of the week, and while Dan will be missed, it was time to continue on at our house.  Things that are a major stressor at the moment is the sheer volume of work slugging through all of the Girl Scout Cookies has been.  It’s that time of year again where all four of our daughters, who are all active Girl Scouts, are selling their cookies in hopes that they will raise enough funds to help them reach their goals to offset the costs of their trips with their troops and other activities.  It’s a lot of fun for them, and a lot of work for us as we manage the cookie boothings, the pickup and drop off all the cookies, and their replenishment in a seemingly never ending cycle of cookie mayhem. We manage a small cookie distribution process that has immense popularity, and we do so with some real experience.  I believe that this is the 7th year that our kids have sold them, and it’s just as challenging each time.  Thankfully, we have only one month of the season left, and it’ll be another year before we see it again.  Read more…

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Yet another interview

February 12th, 2013 No comments

I got a call last evening about interviewing for another job that I applied for.  About two weeks ago, I saw a posting for the Best Buy Mobile Lead sales spot, and I threw my name into the hat for it.  I don’t think that I can be considered the favorite for this particular post, which perhaps means that I’m a shoe in for it.  This whole concept of “upward growth and mobility” seems to be completely foreign to me, and I’m just plain giving up on trying to understand it for the time being. So with that, why not apply for this job, which I don’t have anything more than two days worth of experience in.  Maybe that’s what will land me the gig.

In all fairness, the BBM Lead is actually a good slot to fit into.  Lead positions are directly under the department supervisors, and in effect running the department in the supervisors absence.  They are responsible for team building and held accountable for the performance of the group just as much as the supervisor is, and in chatting with my supervisor, as well as the supervisors in other departments and the store managers that I’m friendly with, the lead positions are really more like stepping stones to the supervisor positions.  You act as a supervisor, so you basically become the “next in line.”  So consider the position holder to be Luc Skywalker, and the supervisor to be Obi Wan Kenobi.  After all, it’s been a while since I was able to throw in a good Star Wars reference. Read more…

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When the end is near

February 8th, 2013 No comments

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck

 

Getting old sucks.

There just isn’t any two ways around it.  I’m not talking about transitioning from your 20’s to your 30’s, or moving up to some arbitrary age that makes you “feel” slightly older.  I’m speaking of when you become so old that your body simply doesn’t work any longer, and it begins to fail, and you begin the process of dying.  It’s a miserable thing to have to endure, and it’s a painful and terrible thing for those that love you to have to watch.  Read more…

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A Disney Escape

February 5th, 2013 No comments

I made it one of my goals at the start of the year to place a post here at least once a week.  Thus far, I’ve actually kept up with that.  I’ve actually had even more things that I’ve written but that I haven’t posted here because they’ve taken turns that I haven’t cared for, or gone on tangents that just simple weren’t worth sharing.  They were negative, or they had to deal with subjects that simply weren’t constructive, and so I bagged the ideas.  Think of balling up the paper that was in the typewriter, tossing it in the garbage can, and starting over.  Sometimes, the best items written take a few tries to get there I suppose.  So as not to bog this place down with things that really need not be spoken about, I want to simply focus on staying within the joy of the moment, and preparing for moving forward while accomplishing that goal tomorrow.  To that degree, in looking backward, it’s been a really fun week. Read more…

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