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#1 Hoppipolla

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Posted November 05 2013 - 08:33 AM

Not easy, is it?

At least not here in the UK, but I'd assume it doesn't vary tremendously elsewhere.

I find my biggest hurdles are one or more of these three:

- Promotion
- Competition
- Red tape

So for example, if I want to sell in the town centre, the main problem is red tape. If I want to sell on eBay, the main problem is competition, and if I want to sell on my own online store or as a service traveling to people's houses, then the main problem is promotion!

What do you guys think about all this stuff? :)

Thanks very much!


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Posted November 05 2013 - 08:39 AM

What are you trying to sell?
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Posted November 05 2013 - 08:46 AM

What are you trying to sell?


erm, I just wanted a general discussion about self-employment really.

But I like to sell things like fair trade clothing, herbal remedies, natural and legal highs, sometimes technology is ok... stuff like that.

I like things that are positive for people and/or for the planet.
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Posted November 05 2013 - 08:51 AM

I think it's safe to say most self employment starts out supplemental... Well before it becomes something that can support your lifestyle... This is obviously not the case for every self employed person though... And with an attitude of "it'll never work... It's too tough... Etc" you may as well just stop with your self employment idea since you've clearly given up already. That's why you make the peanuts while the business you work for reaps the benefits... Because they deal with the red tape and other bullshit needed to run a business.

Fish meat is practically a vegetable...


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Posted November 05 2013 - 08:55 AM

I think it's safe to say most self employment starts out supplemental... Well before it becomes something that can support your lifestyle... This is obviously not the case for every self employed person though... And with an attitude of "it'll never work... It's too tough... Etc" you may as well just stop with your self employment idea since you've clearly given up already. That's why you make the peanuts while the business you work for reaps the benefits... Because they deal with the red tape and other bullshit needed to run a business.


I agree about the last comment.

However I haven't given up - I just find it worthwhile to pinpoint what the problems I'm having are, so I can tackle them accurately.

It's a sort of "know your enemy" scenario :)

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Posted November 05 2013 - 09:10 AM

No offence, but it sounds like the problems you are having are basically everything involved in running a business. Legal, marketing, price/competition. If you provide some specifics about what you're trying to do, you may get some responses, but I think that your OP is too vague for anyone to be able to offer you any tangible advice.

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Posted November 05 2013 - 09:13 AM

Maybe read one of those "For Dummies" books on running a business

Fish meat is practically a vegetable...


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Posted November 05 2013 - 10:01 AM

I really didn't want advice or condescension, I just wanted a chat with other people trying to start businesses.


EDIT -- From now on I'll only be replying to posts that seem reasonable, in keeping with the threads purpose, and vaguely polite/friendly :)

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Posted November 05 2013 - 10:16 AM

I don't think myself or joker were being condescending, just offering realistic advice. You list a bunch of problems you're having and then ask what people think, so it reads as if you're looking for advice.

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Posted November 05 2013 - 10:26 AM

I quit my job and started my own business back in April of this year. I've been very successful, and actually have to turn people away. I do home daycare, which there is always a high demand for. I suppose your success will ultimately depends on if what you're selling is something people are interested in buying. Also, word of mouth will be your best form of advisement while being self employed. Be the best at what you do, and the rest will fall into place.
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