Don’t let me trip you up
Ok, in yesterday’s blog post about KISSing and foreplay, I asked everyone to do some self-assessments and asked some honest questions that only you can answer. For today, I wanna go over the first group of questions and also talk about the “hobbyist”. Let me say upfront—hobbyist—we NEED you! We just don’t necessarily need you to run your own business. —don’t worry, we are about to cover that, too.
The first and foremost question from yesterday. “Are you hoping to get rich, quick?” to everyone that answered YES! *pulls chair out from under you and watches you fall on your arse* wtf are you 5? Seriously, thank you for your honesty and I’d love to talk with you more—when you grow the F-up.
Now back to the fairyland world of my reality. To every hobbyist out there, specifically the DIY juice makers that share your e juices—thank you. We need what you do because you are the backbone of our information and knowledge. Your goods, when at their best, are the dream clouds that every business needs to strive for and hope to achieve. However, if you are just wanting a little supplemental income or extra ego boosting praise [and who doesn’t] I have to ask you to reconsider going into business and get out of the competition. Wtf!?!?!?!?!?! Why in the world would someone dare to say those things to you? Because I’m honest. I know that you have passion for your hobby, but you don’t have anything at stake and you’re an x factor variable to the little guy that wants this business to be his dream. Since you don’t have a financial stake in this–then you can easily sell or trade your juice without a profit margin to worry about. Essentially, you can make the market for the ones trying to make a living and a dream happen, a bit too unstable. If all you need is a bit of side money to perpetuate your hobby, then there are many ways for your hobby to help you do that without becoming a professional entrepreneur in this field. At the end of the day, all of these posts are about becoming professionals—making big boys from the little guys.
Please do not take what I have to say as being rude. We NEED the hobbyist. We need you to help raise the bar and set standards for this line of businesses. We need you to be the perpetual college student that never leaves campus—get your bachelors, then your masters and we will clap and praise you as you work on your doctorate. I also think that it’s ok to sale the occasional bottle of e juice to friends and family without it being a “business”.
Some suggested list of ways to increase your hobby fun, while encouraging the entrepreneur to also increase their business fun:
- Be active on forums
- Create your own forum space to discuss your hobby with peers
- Join or create professional organizations devoted to upholding and raising standards
- Become a master at your craft
- Be an avid consultant with those working towards becoming entrepreneurs—give them honest feedback
- Product and standards reviews—we need these!
- Attend, participate and organize swaps.
Your relationship with the little businesses are as important than the initial relationship that they are building with their future customers, because you can help them with their quality of products that will eventually be the goods that will have their customers coming back. Eventually, you may decide that you really do want to have your own business selling your perfected juices—this will also give you a very nice leg up, since you’ve already done all of the background work and have a clear understanding of how your juices work with whatever devices. You will also have a solid network of professional and hobby organizations. Essentially, you will be very well versed and seasoned from one thing that many new business don’t have right now—the experience earned through “time”.
So you see my dear [hobby enthusiast that really doesn’t “need” or “want” a real business, right now]—we need you now and we will need you if your path changes towards becoming a business owner, later.
Ok, everyone, I think this about covers the basic initial housekeeping type of posts. Next up, we will get to some hardcore whipping out of brands as we steep our juices into online businesses.
Happy mail is vape mail—did you get you some?