Summer Ready For The Store

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Loving all the beautiful flowers that we saw at Canadian Tire and was tempted to buy it for the store to decorate it.  But I reminded myself that one cannot have too much flowers in a store like ours.  Ours ain’t a girly girl store – it’s more a geeky kinda store , so I stopped myself.

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But downtown would be so beautiful if the town would invest in these flowers to beautify downtown.  I bet the tourist would love it too.

Adopt A Book

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Adopt a book at the library is underway and I’m glad to read that the response is very good.  We did receive an invite to donate because we had donated in honor of the boss’s grandmother.  We should by right donate again to remember the boss’s mother who had passed away suddenly 2 years ago, but this year we decided to donate anonymously.  Why?  better this way we feel so that people wouldn’t think that we make loads of money – muahahah!

New Inventory Often

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The boss is constantly buying and stocking up on new inventory.  He never stops buying!  but power to him if he has got the cash for it and don’t owe any suppliers any money.  And yes, we do need more space but I’m not gonna move unless I can buy a building that we can call our own.    And like he said, if you don’t have new inventory then you can keep the customers happy.  So if you are looking for anything game related or computer related, you know where to find it.

Wedding Season In Spring

 Yes, we have been invited for a few already and one of the perks as an owner by association to the spouse’s business is knowing just about everyone in town.  And yes, we get invited to weddings !  yay!  did i tell you how much i loved weddings!!!  I go to all weddings if i could, I just love the atmosphere, the bride, the bridesmaids and the ceremony and of course the food! most importantly, the memories and the videos and photographs.

And since you only get married once in a lifetime, you probably want to get the best photographers like the  photographers in nc  .  If you see their work, you will know how good they are.  And if you asked me for advise on what’s the most important thing in a wedding is a good and professional photographer!  don’t be stingy on it now,  you pay for what you get like my mother used to say.

Worker’s Comp

It’s mandatory to pay for Worker’s compensation if you have more than 1 employee in your business and if you are in a business that is prone to some sort of injury, it is best to get insured that’s for sure.  If an employee is hurt while working, you have make sure you do the right thing immediately and get the Worker’s Comp act in place immediately but if they are not injured at the work place, there is just no way to help them claim it – I supposed – that would be cheating in the eye of the law.

Would you out of goodwill try to help your employee claim insurance and risk getting caught?  I wouldn’t of course but that doesn’t mean that I won’t do anything for my employee.  I would try and help as much as I can because most likely, your employee wouldn’t have any sort of insurance.  So folks out there, make sure you have some sort of insurance from like don allred insurance  , unless you are very rich!

Full Circle

The boss just told me this evening that we already surpassed what we made last April.  Woohoo!  right?  well , kinda but it also means that we will have to pay more taxes next year if we continue the way it is.  Personal taxes are really high in Canada if you don’t know by now.  This year alone we are paying close to $20K in taxes but having said that it’s because we don’t have any employees and we don’t have any expenses.  We pay for our own coffee and any kind of stationary that we need at the store.  We are very el – cheapo, just no frills at our store, no promotional pens or fancy looking paper or plastic bags. We keep everything at lowest cost as possible.  Therefore, we are able to charge reasonable prices for everything we do in the store or sell in the store.

This August marks our 15 yrs in business and I’ve been here for 14 and the store had gone thru’ so many changes but one thing for sure is that we are quite established and can use a bigger store but I’m very reluctant to move.  Why? because I loved this place, this store has been so good to us, the feng shui is good and we are doing better each year.  I loved that the customers know where we are and are comfortable with the parking here.  I also loved that it’s so close to eateries around town.

The store is small but it only means that it’s great for just one person looking after the store, any bigger, you will need more than one person to look after if the store is busy.  There are not many blind spots in this store because it’s so small, if we do move to a bigger store, it would mean that we won’t be able to overlook the entire store – means more theft.

Plus, we really don’t want to hire anyone, because of all the money we put out and none seems to be happy for a long time.  At first, they are grateful for a job but after a few months, for whatever reason/s, they don’t want to work hard anymore.  So if we keep the store small, we can handle stuff on our own, we don’t have to waste money and if we need to go for a vacation, we just close the store for a week or two.  I think we’ve come to a full circle as of now, we’ve hired friends, we’ve hired young ppl , old ppl, middle age ppl but non seems to work out, so now we are just contented having it the way it is.  When ppl say they can’t find a job in town, that’s bullshit, they just want to be paid the highest wages for doing nothing and the least hours.  So nope, that mentally needs to be stopped, else no matter where you go, you are not going anywhere.

Skeptical About Ferry

Not that we get a lot of tourists in our kind of store but a lot of people in this town has been quite skeptical about the Ferry starting in time.  Another 50 something days from what I’ve heard and so many red tapes still not cleared.  A few days ago, I read that the Ferry needed some kinda American commission approval.

One main issue that still needs to be worked out is the required approval for the service by the United States’ Federal Maritime Commission. The commission would not allow Nova Star Cruises to advertise fares or start taking reservations until it had a financial bond in place that could compensate ferry travellers in the event of cancelled tickets. The province of Nova Scotia assisted the ferry company by freeing up $2 million – of the up to $21 million the province has committed towards the ferry service – so it can be held in a reserve if needed.

So while a lot of ppl here are pretty skeptical from what I’ve read on facebook, of course, I’m still hoping for the Ferry to come.  But having the ferry come in at 8am in the morning would mean that there is no layover – so how will the town benefit ?  I’ve yet to see.

Health Program For Employees

Health program isn’t uncommon with companies that I’ve worked with and as an incentive companies do contract health provider to give massages like the  deep tissue massage  that I had to their employees.  I’m sure you are probably envious right now as most of my friends were but massages are said to be stress reliever for employees who worked long hours.

I wished employers here would do the same for their employees as an incentive of course, now that would be a bonus for all employees I would say and I’ll be the first to join the company.  But with a small business like ours, I doubt the boss would do that for me but I’ll ask nicely and maybe he would sponsor me for a massage.

Going To The City

Yes, despite the fact that we don’t have someone to help open the store while we go to the city, we are still going.  Nothing is impossible in our vocabulary and customers will and can understand why we need time off without an employee.  They will just have to miss us for a day or two and they will survive I am very sure.

So to all those people out there who are thinking of quitting and giving your boss a hard time, let me tell you no one is indispensable and if you think that you are doing your boss a favor by working, you are so wrong.

Intern Jobs

While bigger businesses have lots of internship, small businesses has been asked to be a role model to high school kids as well and offer internship to these kids who are about to graduate from high school.  We of course, have been asked many a times to train and provide internship positions as well but have yet had any success with it.

This year is no different, we have been approached once again not only by the school but by other people as well.  I’m all for internship because, it will be our chance to give back to the community but being such a small store, the intern will be bored really soon.  So how do I create a viable internship for these kids as well as make the boss interested in taking in an intern?

I threw the question out to the boss again this week but he said that he was too busy to train some one this year because it had been a lot busier since our “friend” quit the store.  We have had more computers come into the store for repairs and more rentals of late and more people coming in to buy consoles as well as movies and games.  I have no idea why the sudden surge of customers but I ain’t gonna complain at all.

But it is a few months more till summer, so I am still hopeful to bring in one or two intern this year.

Why Are People So Stinky?

Is it me or is it the people coming into the store that stinks?  oh my God! i kid you not, some people are so stinky, I can smell them even before they get to the counter from where I’m sitting.  And if you know the layout of our store, you would know that I sit very far from the counter, yet I can smell their smelly smell.  I’m not offended but other customers are and they turn around and walk outta the store which makes us look bad and make us lose our business.  But how do you tell smelly people not to be so smelly or get a shower sometimes? pray tell without offending anyone?

Backlogged

Yes! we are backlogged having 7 to 8 computers/laptops coming in everyday.  So instead of 24hrs service, we have to say 2 days now.  But the boss is trying his best to finish repairing all the computers/laptops asap.  But I guess we are quite famous these days with computer repairs just by word of mouth.

This August will be our 15 years in business, no easy feat I assure you.  We have seen good customers, bad ones, good employees and bad ones and ignorant people and customers who turn into friends.  It was quite a journey I have to say.

Lunch Time @ The Store

So a customer told me that the boss should hire someone during lunch time, so that we can have lunch properly without interruption.  In which I replied that in our kind of small business, it is US or US – there isn’t anyone that can come in for an hour just to relieve us for lunch.    hahahha!!  and really I don’t mind having my lunch interrupted to be honest, better than paying someone 3 hrs for coming in and he talks and talks and talks non – stop while you try and have some peace and quiet.  So nope !  love to hire someone but not worth the hassle as of now.  So lunch as the store is usually take outs at the Zhu’s and I’m happy with it and if I needed to go out and have lunch with my g/fs, the boss will cover for me.

Bad Draft

So the boss finally put up a curtain between the bathroom area and where I am sitting because there is a bad draft coming from there for the longest time.  Even though we had mentioned it several times to the landlord, nothing had been done about it.  I have a heater on below my desk as long as I am in the store but still I’m always cold.  With the curtain, it does help a bit but the draft can be seen and felt better now.  Now I’m just waiting for the landlord to come into the store and I hope that the boss will take the initiative to show him how drafty it is sitting where I am.  And perhaps if we are lucky, he will fix it, one can always hope right?

Winter Renovation For The Store

We are planning to do a little bit of renovation at the store, so  Reid  it is to get all the tools we need for the DIY renovation work.  Why renovation?  because this winter, we are going to tackle the draft problem that we have had for years.  Sitting where I am, there is such a bad draft coming thru’ that I’m constantly cold and have a heater underneath my table.

Of course, the landlord isn’t doing anything about, so we are taking the bull by it’s horn and fixing it ourselves.  This way, I won’t be cold, the store won’t be paying so much to heat the store without bad draft and we can finally have a good winter from then on.

Slave Driver

When I tell ppl that the boss is a slave driver, I’m so not kidding!  Yes! we went to work in the blizzard that we had the other day! i’m not a happy camper that’s for sure.  But we went with him to work because I didn’t want him driving alone in such a weather!  But if it was up to me – I wouldn’t leave the house.

The store was busy despite the bad weather but that’s beside the point !  i still wouldn’t have gone in if the boss didn’t insist on going in *sigh*.  Sometimes I wanna smack that fella!

A Good Rest

A new year and a new start and the most important things in life isn’t money nor materialistic things but a good night sleep every night.  Without a good night’s rest, one cannot start the day well and eventually lead to having a lousy week.  So this year, we started the year with looking at the  the clean bedroom austin  for organic beds for not only ourselves but the kid. Why?  because both the boss and the kid has asthma and we heard nothing but good things about changing to an organic bed for health reasons.  So even though a wee bit more than what anyone wants to spend, I think this is a great long time investment.  I want a good 2014 for the entire family!

We Did It!

Yes! we did it!! we survived the holiday season without any help at the store! woohoo!!!  we are pretty resilient as you can see hahah!!  nothing really deters us.  You see, we had someone who helped us during our supper time and the busy season for the last few years and he said he didn’t want to help anymore.  So that’s ok, can’t force someone to help you when they don’t feel like it right?  afterall, we were thinking that we were helping him.

I didn’t really think that we wouldn’t make it but it would be a bit hectic for us since it was always busy during the festive season but we made it without no one getting sick or anything.  The kid was great during this time and I had a g/f who volunteered to send us home during the days she didn’t have to work and the boss didn’t have to close up at all during the festive season.  We even stayed open on Sundays during the month of December without any help! woohoo!!!

This made us realize something – that whatever the situation, we can make it work.  Hard work don’t kill no one  – now on the other hand, if you don’t work, you cannot buy the things you want – now that must be miserable.  I’ll take hard work anytime.

Christmas Rush

The Christmas rush is on now – are you done shopping for your family and friends?  we are – but I’m tell you there are still lots of people who are not done shopping.  The store is completely crazy – our store I mean, it’s a non – stop people paying for things at the store.  We are sold out of all the good stuff but of course, lots of games and movies still.  But I’m telling you this year, there seems to be more people spending money at our store – it’s awesome!

Going Crazy On Seller

Yes! I went crazy on a seller – who kept telling me that it was F***ing retarded that the boss was not in to buy his stuff !  *roll eyes*  REALLY???!!!???

So he went on and on – so I went crazy on him!  I called the boss and told the boss that he was “F***ing”  so much ! and that he insisted that he had called him at 2.30pm when it never could have because the boss leaves the store at 2.15pm everyday to pick his kid up from school.  So what the hell right?

Anyhow, after the episode, we didn’t see crazy for only 2 days and he was back again to sell stuff *slap forehead* !  wished I could have gotten rid of him permanently  but for now, I’m just gonna go ballistic everytime he is unreasonable.