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Most business owners would get a lot out of your article because its honest.  Sometimes you can't see whats wrong with your business and it takes an outside opinion to open your eyes.  I think people would consider you an advocate on the side of the small business person achieving success.

Discussions - Public / Re: so how is the economy?
« on: June 10, 2018, 01:52:23 pm »
That's very true, unix.  I get ebay emails now pushing products that I never got over the past few years.  My house gained a little value.  There are a lot more jobs, but I don't think we'll see any kind of dramatic recession.  Maybe a mild one that puts the brakes on a little.

I love that article, Gorn!  It is so true.  The last small business I worked for was a small tech shop.  The owner knew something about tech, but he hired experts to do the work.  I think he was an HR person, so he was skilled at picking out the right contractors and making money off of them when he placed them and for every hour they worked.  He was the social butterfly that belonged to all kinds of associations.  His function in the business was about making and maintaining contacts, not doing the work.

It was also helpful to him that he had a corporate background in HR, so he knew how to compete for placing contractors in big business.  Socially, he maintains a higher profile in the community, knows everyone of importance, etc.  A lot of local, smaller businesses used him for managed small network backups and monitoring.  It's an excellent business model, but it never would have worked if he didn't maintain all of his relationships.  He even maintained the fire department network in his town.  Is that the greatest contact ever, or what?

One thing I would add is you have to be truly committed to be in business.  Be the business.  My father had his own business.  It was a truck repair shop.  He was a cross-country truck driver for many years and knew a lot people in his circle.  He was very social.  Then, he started his own business and worked day and night building contacts.  He had his own garage and knew everyone in town.  He was a true wheeler dealer.

My sister had a clothing store she was part owner in.  She had three other partners.  One was a friend and the other two were money men, basically.  It was a good deal for her for about 10 years.  She didn't make a killing, but did ok and got to pick out all the clothes they sold.  She has good taste and was always a very social person.  That business model though is fraught with problems because you don't have full control.  If you're ok with that, the shared resources make owning a business easier.

I'm going to try imgur.  I've used it in the past on occasion.  No drag and drop on this site?  I must have done it with Photobucket then.

Photobucket still has a free version, but there are so many ads, its unusable.  I'll try imgur.  I could swear I just dragged and dropped images  to this site at one time.

I always used Photobucket for posting images,  but haven't used it in a long time.  They've changed a lot and I was hoping to get rid of them.  I'll look at  Thanks for the info.

Discussions - Public / Re: Amusing or Outstanding Image Memes
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:44:32 am »
My images won't post.  Do I have to do something special?

Discussions - Public / Re: Amusing or Outstanding Image Memes
« on: June 02, 2018, 10:40:23 am »
Great stuff!

Discussions - Public / Re: so how is the economy?
« on: June 01, 2018, 03:07:56 pm »
Pxsant, if the labor market tightens, companies will have to offer workers better salaries and benefits.  Curbs are being put on immigration and visa over stayers.  This is good news for IT workers, finally.

Also, companies benefited greatly from the lowering of the corporate tax rate making the US more competitive in the world market.  There was a great jobs report for the last month and there is more employment.  Maybe all of the jobs aren't fabulous, but they're better than we've seen for a long, long time - and they're full time.  In a couple of years, P. Trump's policies are going to pay off, IMO.

I'm seeing a lot of small business "help wanted" signs now.  A lot of people just do everyday jobs, like waitressing, retail, hospitality or more blue-collar occupations.  Its an upward trend for them.

The "lazy" millennial son of my neighbor finally found some kind of a job and moved out of the basement.  Before that he was a "personal trainer", part time.  He rode his father's motorcycle to and from his "sessions".  They couldn't wait for him to go.  He was close to 27.  I think a lot of young people don't understand you have to work your way up to the job you want, you don't just walk into it because you have a college degree. 

Discussions - Public / Re: so how is the economy?
« on: May 30, 2018, 03:19:39 pm »
Its going to take years to recover from the beating we took in 2008 and lack of good paying jobs since then.  Hopefully, that is coming back.  As the baby boomers retire, hopefully those jobs will go to American workers. We should keep the good paying jobs for Americans.

Discussions - Public / Re: so how is the economy?
« on: May 29, 2018, 02:55:16 pm »
Its going to take years for the economy to improve.  The Great Recession decimated the middle and lower classes.  We were fleeced.  It killed the job market and drained everyone's savings.  The Obama economy was stagnant for 8 years and created a lot of lower paying, part-time jobs.  The ACA didn't help that situation with the 30 hour a week rule.  Companies made a lot of people part-time to avoid giving healthcare to their employees.

Obamacare was just too expensive and it didn't fix the real problems with healthcare.  The cost of drugs and treatment.

At least now we have a chance to get back to where we were with the growing Trump economy.  I'm not expecting overnight miracles, but things are improving.  My husband has more money in his paycheck and we did get more money back from income tax, so we benefitted from the tax cuts.  The IRA is doing better, so I'm seeing improvement.  I'm doing a little better financially than I've done in many years.  We want to retire, but can't yet because of the cost of healthcare.  We need his medical insurance.  Later this year we will both go on Medicare for everything and will retire.

Discussions - Public / Re: so how is the economy?
« on: May 28, 2018, 02:34:22 pm »
The reason it makes sense is now there are new jobs brought to the area.  We lost thousands of jobs out where I live when Merck moved out.  Now, we have a new, big company taking over their facility.  I think its Unicom.  People will want to live near where they are working and maybe I can sell my house.  Its a great place for someone younger.  I can't deal with all the property anymore.

Discussions - Public / Re: so how is the economy?
« on: May 27, 2018, 03:24:35 pm »
The real estate market is starting to heat up where I live, but it isn't there yet.  We have a new big company that will be coming into the area soon and that will boost property values, I hope .

Robots create jobs for thinking people, but what happens to the people that are more rudimentary?  We've been allowing a lot of them into the country that just know how to pick vegetables.  Many don't have the capability to do much else.

I think little consideration has been given to the impact of robotics on the human race.

The energy source is a very important consideration.  I think its amazing that robots can be so agile, but can they keep it up.  At this point, I don't think so.

One thing I don't think anyone ever talks about is what happens to the human race after robots take over any job they can.

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