coming up on the 4-month mark
of an ongoing battle with venmo
can’t even begin to tell the story in short form
truly the perfect storm of events.
after talking, live chatting, and e-mailing
landon, santiago, elizabeth, miguel, ren, sacha, and abby
i won’t say which low-budget model above
most resembles me in the match
but i will say there is no doubt i am winning.
i wonder if team venmo is posting a blog today
with our pictures
saying there is no doubt they are winning.
“i don’t like customer service because i don’t believe the customer should have to pay and help out too.”
not sure this is the best brand name and marketing plan
or that there was a focus group….
“these were such friendly people, they didn’t notice how crabby we were, and before you knew it everyone was as happy as they were.”
-nora raleigh baskin
grandie j is at it again
this time it’s pop-up slushie stand
raising money for a boy shed
a clubhouse for him and his friends
lots of work, lots of fun
lots of choices on the treats n’ eats menu
riding off on bikes to drum up business
lots of happy customers
all the employees had rainbow tongues
(it’s important for them to like their own product)
great business, great profits
off to a great start.
“whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
(not my actual sale, this one is 70 miles long, but you get the feel of it)
there was that time
when i decided the best way to earn some quick cash
was to have a yard sale.
so i dragged our lemonade stand table out into the front yard
threw a plastic tablecloth over it
made a sign
covered it with stuff to sell
opened for business
let the cash flow begin!
a couple of friends and their sibs
stopped by on bikes
to check it out
i quickly made 57 cents
things were humming along at a nice pace
the venture was looking promising
i thought i’d do this each weekend
maybe hire an assistant
deciding what i’d do with all the cash
my sister came marching out of the house
to see what was going on
realized that i was selling her stuff
my mom soon followed
and that business closed pretty quickly.
“three dollars and it only transports matter?!”
(at professor frink’s yard sale – homer simpson)
fictional character from the animated tv series created by matt groening, the simpsons
image credit: cbc.ca
when i was little
sitting in my garage
with my sisters and friend
just watching the little spiders in the corner
as we hung out, talking and wondering
how we could make some money
we came up with a brilliant plan
and decided that it would be a great idea
to start a ‘spider farm’
where we would breed spiders in my garage
and sell them to all of the people in our neighborhood
overhead would be low
we just had to find two spiders
get them to meet each other
and have babies
we never really considered the logistics
or that we knew nothing about spiders
or that we weren’t really spider fans
or how we would get them to ‘fall in love’
or that there might not be any customers
or that our business would close before it opened
when my mom closed the garage door and made us play outside
and that is the main reason why i am not a spider farmer today
and a teacher instead.
“don’t worry, spiders, i keep house casually.”
-robert hass, field guide
image credit: david kirk, ‘miss spider’s sunnypatch kids’
small business jeopardy
big news category
one has left and which one is coming?
more to be revealed
day by day.
“in the business world,
bad news is usually good news
– for somebody else.”
m and f in training at just one of our family businesses.
at our size you can grow 10- 20 billion dollars a year,
absolutely you can.
– Charles Holley
met this group of young entrepreneurs
while walking back
from the downtown art fair
just on the perimeter
in a safe zone
for guerilla marketing
and a cash business
in a bright spot
future lemonade magnates
a happy disposition
of quiet enthusiasm
they had made sixty dollars
on the day before
at street level
offering up cool cups
to all who wandered by
with shy smiles
and a price you couldn’t refuse.