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Any small business owners here??(5 posts)

Any small business owners here??african
Aug 5, 2003 11:10 AM
I have my own business, just me working all day on my own. I have a web site that people find through search engines and buy my stuff, not bike related.

Point is I read the post below about Starbucks and yada yada, was wondering if any other small business owners here want to swap links from their web sites or generally do some kind of cross promotion which can benifit us all.

Just some ideas to bang around here?
One here, but I don't think I can ....Live Steam
Aug 5, 2003 11:25 AM
be of help to you - yet! I just sold one small business I owned recently. It was a laundromat. Had a vacancy in a building and thought the laundromat was a good idea. No regrets. Had it for more than six years. Sold it and the building. I have my own small RE management company and develop small projects - mixed use, commercial and housing, though the market is getting priced above what I am willing to pay for land. That is why I have so much time to post here :O) I do some day trading and I have a few other irons in the fire too. What is the address of your site? What kind of "stuff" do you hawk? I always have a few bucks burning a hole in my pocket :O)
One here, but I don't think I can ....african
Aug 5, 2003 11:41 AM
I have heard that laundromats are great businesses.

Anyway I started a retail web site a few years back, it went crazy the first year, so I bought a small warehouse/office then a house and then another house as a rental. Things are a lot quieter now, just cruising along paying the bills. The site is http://www.beadland.com

I am always behind the computer thats why I have time to post here all day, then I go home and post some more - after riding that is.
One here, but I don't think I can ....Live Steam
Aug 5, 2003 11:58 AM
I just took a brief look at your site. I think I know who will be a future customer once she gets home :O) Looks like a nice business. You have to be proud that you did it yourself, not to diminish the help you may have received from others. Why do you think things cooled down? I doubt your market changed much. I would think that crafts and such are more popular than ever right now given the geopolitical temperature at the moment. Travel is down and people are staying home more. You'll have to tell us how you got into such a relatively obscure business. My wifes cousin became very wealthy from trading in beads and stuff from India and the Middle East. Most of it is used by the garment industry. I hope that sparks an idea or two for you :O)
One here, but I don't think I can ....african
Aug 5, 2003 12:15 PM
Well, my Dad started a wholesale bead business about 9 years ago and while I was in college I helped him get it up on the web. I finished college and basically started the retail division of his business. What happened is there was a craze for those wine charms and we happened to have all the stuff to make them, so we did really well for about 2 years. Now it is just slower as the craze has died, just have to be around for the next "it thing".