Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 27

Thread: Making do...

  1. #1
    Diamond Member adrianh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    5,089
    Thanks
    336
    Thanked 808 Times in 642 Posts

    Making do...

    We operate our little business from the house. We sell mostly via the net and we supply services to the odd customer. Anyhow, I've spent what seems like a lifetime developing all sorts of weird and wonderful lasercut products that I simply never bothered to market (I like to develop stuff, not sell or market etc - k@k entreprenuer hey....) anyhow....

    A white girl pitches up this morning riding an old clapped out bicycle. She sells air fresheners door to door. We get to talking and it turns out that she comes from a poor family. She's now 20 and she's been selling door to door for 8 years to support herself and her parents. What struck me is her tenacity, we spoke about selling and people and what she puts up with, the money she makes etc. Her view is simple, she buys and then sells for a profit, she rides her bike going door to door until she's made whatever her target is for the day. She doesn't think too much about life the universe and everything, all that she thinks about is meeting her target.

    Ah so now for the lateral thinking bit: Here I am with a head full of ideas, a house full of machines and products ready to roll. I showed her all the stuff that I've designed and asked her if she thinks that she would be able to sell any of it. She's coming by tomorrow morning and we will select a range of products that she can sell. She can have the products on consignment and see if she can turn the oppertuniy into a business. We will keep on developing ideas and working on consignment until we both bcome rich and famous. My input costs are very low, the machines ar paid for and the wood costs next to nothing. We buy paint from wholesalers so those costs are low too. I am quite sure given her drive that she will make something of it. Let's call it paying it forward - I will enable her (by doing what I am good at - designing and making things) to build a little business for herself by doing what she is good at namely selling.

    She may not be the sharpest pencil in the pack but she has one quality that I don't see very often in people - A dignified drive to make a life for herself using the meagre skills at her disposal. (She doesn't moan or complain or demand anything, she simply wants an oppertunity to better her lot...)

    Hopefully tomorrow opens a door to a better future for her!
    How easily someone is offended is directly proportional to how stupid they are.
    ~GS Elevator

  2. Thanks given for this post:

    Dave A (13-Dec-12)

  3. #2
    Gold Member Chrisjan B's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    GEORGE
    Posts
    610
    Thanks
    234
    Thanked 72 Times in 65 Posts
    Hope it works for both of you!

    Sent from my ASUS Transformer Pad TF300TG using Tapatalk 2

    BOVER Technologies
    - computer sales and TeamViewer support
    Elmine Botha Freelance Photographer - Photographer/ Videographer

  4. #3
    Diamond Member AndyD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    4,403
    Thanks
    513
    Thanked 854 Times in 687 Posts
    Sounds like the dictionary definition of a symbiotic relationship. I also hope it works out for both of you.
    _______________________________________________
    I am special and so is Vanash.
    _______________________________________________

  5. #4
    Platinum Member Mike C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Durban
    Posts
    2,242
    Thanks
    207
    Thanked 310 Times in 268 Posts
    Sounds like a great match. Well done.
    An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. - Anatole France

  6. #5
    Diamond Member Blurock's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Durban
    Posts
    3,439
    Thanks
    660
    Thanked 765 Times in 630 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Good for you Adrian. I hope that the sales will grow and that she sells you out of stock.

    Now if you could train one or two guys to do the cutting and manufacturing, you could go to town with new designs and products and not be tied down doing the donkey work yourself.
    Excellence is not a skill; its an attitude...

  7. #6
    Site Caretaker Dave A's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Durban, South Africa
    Posts
    20,980
    Thanks
    3,055
    Thanked 2,463 Times in 2,068 Posts
    Blog Entries
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by adrianh View Post
    Her view is simple, she buys and then sells for a profit, she rides her bike going door to door until she's made whatever her target is for the day. She doesn't think too much about life the universe and everything, all that she thinks about is meeting her target.
    And I bet she makes her goal most days too. That's the power of clear goals and focus. I love it!
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

  8. #7
    Email problem Rafael's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Johannesburg
    Posts
    129
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked 29 Times in 20 Posts
    I have always believed that you have the determination to succeed as long as you are putting yourself out there and doing what you have to do.
    She has an admirable quality, I'm sure tomorrow is the start of a new journey for her
    You miss 100% of the chances you never take

  9. #8
    Diamond Member wynn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    east london
    Posts
    3,338
    Thanks
    548
    Thanked 624 Times in 523 Posts
    Please report back and let us know what transpires!
    "Nobody who has succeeded has not failed along the way"
    Arianna Huffington

    Read the first 10% of my books "Didymus" and "The BEAST of BIKO BRIDGE" for free
    You can also read and download 100% free my short stories "A Real Surprise" and "Pieces of Eight" at
    http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/332256

  10. #9
    Diamond Member adrianh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Cape Town
    Posts
    5,089
    Thanks
    336
    Thanked 808 Times in 642 Posts
    She's MIA....strange hey...
    How easily someone is offended is directly proportional to how stupid they are.
    ~GS Elevator

  11. #10
    Email problem
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    China
    Posts
    21
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    sounds great.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Making your own Country 'ungovernable!'
    By Vanash Naick in forum South African Politics Forum
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 05-Sep-12, 08:32 AM
  2. [Question] Malema a monster in the making
    By Butch Hannan in forum South African Politics Forum
    Replies: 93
    Last Post: 26-Jun-10, 10:07 AM
  3. [Question] Am I making a Mistake?
    By BBBEE_CompSpec in forum Labour Relations and Legislation Forum
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 25-Nov-09, 09:27 PM
  4. Making it Easy
    By Dave Johnson in forum Administrative issues
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 23-Jul-08, 09:35 PM

Did you like this article? Share it with your favourite social network.

Did you like this article? Share it with your favourite social network.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •