I really had planned on going to the bookstore today and picking up some fiction to read. Instead I started reading "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. I know it probably sounds boring to most people but he really teaches some fantastic principles. After just reading the first few chapters it's made me realize that I'm often an absolute prick. I think about 99% of all people could use better interpersonal relation skills.
I really need to find some good fiction to read. It seems like anymore it's either business/marketing/accounting books or something to do with politics (mostly Hunter S. Thompson). Any suggestions?
Starting a business has been the most difficult but also the most rewarding thing I've ever done. There's just something about "cutting" your own paycheck that feels good. Last week I was worried about paying our general business expenses and this week I've cashed about $2500 worth of checks. We're getting new clients every week while retaining our current clients due to my savvy customer service skills. Life is good...for now anyways..there are bound to be many more ups-and-downs before we can truly say we're successful but I'm extremely optimistic.
Has anyone seen the trailer for the Madison movie? I think it's just called "Madison". I thought it was hilarious when a guy says "Fifty-thousand dollars! The whole town isn't worth $50,000.". Don't get me wrong I do have some fond memories of Madison but it is by far the lamest place I've ever lived.
The girlfriend is leaving at 10am tomorrow morning. My friend Joe from Chicago is headed out as soon as he gets of work tonight. 72 hours of straight hardcore partying is almost here. I plan to bake some fresh ganja brownies this evening...I figure I'll use about 6 grams of the danky stanky seedless sinse I have already purchased. For those of you who don't know here's how to make them:
The recipe will vary greatly depending of the quality of weed you use. If you're using shwag pot you'll need about a 1/4 ounce...if you're using kind nuggets 4-5 will do just fine. If you don't know the difference then you are most likely smoking shit shwag. Cut the green into extremely tiny pieces until it's almost a fine powder...if you have seeds you can leave them in for taste or remove them..it's a personal preference. Purchase 1 bag of brownie mix or use an existing recipe. If the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of oil use just slightly more since the thc needs to bond to the fat molecules in the oil..if you don't have enough fat molecules you'd be wasting thc. Heat the oil either on the stove at the lowest temp. possible or my preferred method is to use a crock pot. Cook the pot in the oil for about two hours on low (I can't stress that enough). If you happen to live in an apartment complex like I do you'll really want to use the crock pot (I cook mine in the back bedroom with the door shut and a towel at the bottom of the door to seal the smell in). WARNING: This is one stinky ass procedure...if you're not careful some old fucker will smell it and call the cops. Anyways....begin preparing the rest of the mix when the two hours is almost up. At this point the pot is cooked so thoroughly that I just leave it in the oil because you can no longer taste it...some prefer to strain the mix through a piece of cheesecloth though. Add the oil and finish up according to your recipe...let cool and enjoy. Be warned especially if you're using dank nuggs...these brownies are no frigin' joke. Start off by eating just one..wait at least two hours until you decide to eat more..it's very easy to over do it. I've gotten to the point before where the whole room was spinning and I had to throw up.
Note: You may have friends who suggest using a method involving boiling water and butter (known as cannibutter)..don't use this method. While it does work it doesn't work as well and it's messy as fuck.
Feb. 27th the girlfriend is going out-of-town for 4 days...a great party is the only option. I've already contacted a friend from Chicago who is going to make the 12 hour drive down here the night of the 26th. Two more friends are coming from Western Kentucky which is only about a 5 hour drive...not to mention my friends here in town. There's guaranteed to be a wide variety of mind-altering substances intended for ingestion (note to authorities: all implied substances are completely legal...in some parts of the world). It's sure to be a great time..hopefully no one ends up in jail...I would be the most likely candidate considering the number of times I've been arrested. Nevermind..that's bad karma even thinking like that.
Why can't people just pay their bills on time? At any given time we're owed at least $2000 and our clients feel that they can pay at their leisure. In the meantime we're "racking up" our own bills and are being hounded by creditors. I suppose that's just part of starting a small business.
Our direct-mail campaign has been pushed back slightly due to a bad power supply in our printer. I have about 100 brochures ready to go out but don't even have the extra cash for the postage. In order to get bulk-rate postage you have to purchase a $150 mailing permit as well as another $150 yearly mailing fee. I guess for now I'll just try and see if I can get by with using 22 cent stamps.
One of my partners is in a "pissy" mood today and I'm afraid it's going to hurt our standing with a particular client. I can understand his points somewhat...once we're finished with the current project they will rarely if ever call us. I can agree with that but in my opinion it's all about reputation. If people are happy with the service they receive they're going to tell friends and associates about us...if not we'll get the opposite result. I just wish he could be a little more passive at times for the long-term sake of the business as a whole. It's agreed that you can't let a client take advantage of you, but in my opinion this project should have been completed over a month ago.
Our other partner who's supposed to be our investor really isn't investing shit. I'm beginning to question why he would even be entitled to any of our revenues. I've only asked for a few things and have yet to see anything come of it. He told me he would purchase a filing cabinet over a month ago and still nothing. I asked if he could print up another 300 brochures and he tells me It'll cost 12 cents a copy which isn't bad I know, and that's what his boss charges him, but I figure the least he could do would be to drop the measly $36 himself for the sake of the business.
Did I make a mistake taking on partners? I know I can grow faster this way but at what cost? I could have continued to work out of my apartment keeping all the profits for myself and retain 100% control of the operations. It's too late to look back I suppose, and even if things end up badly it will be a learning experience if nothing else.
Yes I do realize that I'm a lazy SOB at times. I honestly had full intentions of updating this journal much more often than I have been. I've been sick for the the last three of four days...I believe it's a sinus infection or something like that. I'm sure the two packs of Newports a day isn't helping either.
I went into the office for maybe a hour at the most this morning. I decided to forward the phone to the crib since I recently cleaned out my home office...plus I still feel like shit.
Last Friday one of my partners surprised me with an excellent mailing list. It contains the names and addresses of every doctor in town. He wouldn't tell me where this magical list came from, but did indicate it was something he wasn't really "supposed" to have. So over the weekend I went to a friends house and borrowed his bad-ass $40,000 laser printer in order to do a test run of 100 brochures. Direct mail has an average return rate of 3% so I'll be extremely pleased if we can get 3 or more new clients. I have a total of 1700 names and plan on mailing out 100 brochures every week. So 17 weeks x 3 = 51 (+ the additional word-of-mouth that it will generate). On average I'd say we make $150 per service call x 51 = $7650 which isn't a lot especially considering that it'll span over the course of 4 months but will make a great addition to our existing client base. If things go as planned during the testing phase I'll seek/create more lists and begin mailing 500 a week. In that scenario (if the laws of averages holds true) $7650 x 5 = $38,250 over four months which is roughly $10,000 a month or $120,000 a year. This figure of course does not account for revenue generated from yellow page advertising nor does it account for expenses but who cares? If I can make $100,000 a year and be my own boss I'd almost be happy. After that I figure I'll get in the the real estate game...buying and selling at first then maybe even development...who knows. Maybe I've just had too much coffee this morning. Well I need to make some adjustments to an Excel doc before I start printing the labels. I'll try and write more later today.