Music Gear For Christmas

This Christmas music gears like  markbass  has been selling like hot cakes at our store, had we known  we would have ordered more stuff to be re-sold at the store.  Just today another markbass was sold and at a very good price too.  Like I said earlier during the week, we do need a bigger store to bring in more music gadgets and instruments.

We knew that there is a market for them but I didn’t know how much people are willing to spend for the good stuff.  So this year, we did bring in a few markbass for re-selling, I guess next year, we are going to have to order more.  There are also some stuff that we get online for our customers too, like special orders if we don’t have it in stock, so don’t forget to check it out if you need a markbass.

Christmas Shopping

While the spouse loved Halloween, I loved Christmas, so he decorates during Halloween and I do all the Christmas decoration at the store.  I know he gets all his Halloween stuff at  dept 56 halloween  and I also found my Christmas Villages here as well. From lighted houses to theme villages.  This year, the kid and I decided on a peanut village.

I can’t wait to show off our Peanut Village during Christmas dinner with the family!

Swags For Music Fest

The music fest had just ended in town and every year I wished they gave out swags for those who attended the music fest, now that would be something to look forward to right?  Maybe, next year, we can buy altieri gig bags at wwbw  and sponsor the local music fest this way.  Who wouldn’t love one of these gig bags right?  I received one when I attended a street music fest in San Francisco one year.  Hopefully, next year the music fest organizers would approach us earlier that way we can make the order for them in time for the music festival.

Small Business Suffers With Poor Economy

Today an old friend and long time customers came back for a 2 weeks vacation from PA  and the first thing he said was, he was glad that we are still in business.  Yes, with the poor economy around the country not only in Canada but everywhere else, it is not easy to keep afloat and we are really, really blessed.   I don’t know about bankruptcy laws here but bankruptcy laws in pa  as this long time customer said is quite different.

An acquaintance who used to own a business downtown and went bankrupt and lost his business didn’t seems affected at all by his bankruptcy. In fact, he seems to be more well off than we are, while we continued to work 12 hours a day both at the store and at home.   He was buying big tvs and new furniture every other month, they have 2 cars and his kids are all in daycare while his wife doesn’t work.  So yes, I don’t really understand the bankruptcy law here that’s for sure.

Dog Friendly Town

When some dog owners complained that our town isn’t a dog friendly town, I think they are mistaken.  The town had put in so much effort for dogs and its owners to the extend of providing poop bags on Main Street for dog owners who do not pick up their dog poops was another example of how the town wants to encourage dogs to be downtown.  It’s the irresponsible owners who refused to pick up after their own dogs that makes the people in this town upset.  Dog lovers spend all sorts of money on their dogs and some bought  dog beds for large dogs  on a special site just because they have a huge dog, so why can’t they buy their own poop bags and pick up their dog’s poop?

Making it harder for those irresponsible dog lovers  who insist on dirtying the down to get away is the first and foremost thing to do.  Why go the round about ways right?  just give it to them straight.  And those regular town folks who hangs around the coffee shop should report irresponsible dog owners and get a stiff fine for these owners – that way they would never do it again.


Slow Computer

My computer in the office had been driving me nuts lately – and i suspect that it’s because of spyware since i loved watching my chinese movies online.  Regrettably, I’m unable to get any chinese movies here in town or even in the city because I’m in the West and the ones that is on Fairchild – that offers chinese shows are ones that I’ve already watched a long time ago.  And apparently, my free anti spyware  isn’t as good as the one that one paid for – thus I’ve decided to invest in a anti spyware that can protect my computer for work on real time.

Even thought the spouse is technically inclined, I don’t really want to make him work on my computer if he doesn’t have to – especially since he needs to clean out customer’s computer all the time.  So I’m pretty smart – and for those customers out there – you should get one too – because it’s definitely a good investment.

Investing Smart

Some people do think that we make  a lot of money from the store but truth be told we make enough to be tax by the government and not get anything in return.  From HST to taxes and insurance and of course liability for the store and bills and more bills, so there is no way to get rich from having your own business especially when taxes are so high.  From income tax to property tax to business tax and some other taxes inpounded by the town.

Our only way to make more money is to invest wisely, like I told the boss all the time, else – our kid would never make it to college without having a huge debt first.  So we buy  american eagle gold coin  every now and then and keep those coins and resell them when the price is right.  You can never go wrong with investing with gold right? So for those out there – who wants to get rich – invest wisely not just by working hard but by investing smartly.

Building For Sale

Yes, another building up for sale but we had thought that the owner was selling it to her niece, so we were quite surprised to see it on the real estate listing. Locality is good and the building is by far the best we’ve seen in terms of condition and only needs a few more  destaco clamps  to work on some areas and it’s ready to be used in any way we want.   Unfortunately, the price is pretty high and even though we can afford it – we are not willing to pay that much for a building and then left with no cash to turnover.

Of course, if the owner is desperate enough, she might consider lowering the price and we can think about it again. But thus far, the building is not as big as we want, so we are not in a hurry to make an offer yet. I figured if we needed to spend as much money, we might as well purchase a bigger location, and then renovate it ourselves to what we want and turn the extra space into a income property.  Lots of potential in other buildings in the town.

New Store New Renovations

So our journey continues, looking for a bigger store to  move into and we have had several options from owning our own store to renting a bigger one.  But all needed some kind of renovation work – the difference is only – whether we have to fork out the money on our own or continue renting from the same landlord in a bigger location.  So I went looking at  replacement windows richmond va  for some prices for comparison – in case we decide to buy a building – which is the preferred option.  But any place that we decide to move needs good windows because we have had experience where the windows are not double paned, we ended up paying a lot in heat and that really almost caused us to close our store one year many  years ago.

So this time, we are going to be very smart, if we do move in anywhere, we are going to have the windows replaced and doors replaced since they are very old buildings and only by doing it the right way the first time, we don’t have to pay and arm and a leg for heat.   A lot is on the table right now and even though I rather stay at this location because of the best feng shui we’ve had in years, it’s a necessity for a bigger store.

Office Automation

Many a times we have customers asking for software for their computers like the   web workflow software  or the powerpoint software and sometimes drawing software.  And as much as we would love to be a one-stop shop for every customers need, there are just too much software out there to stock every thing there is out there.

As a small business, we know that the changes in software’s need is so rapid, so instead of stocking them, we only order them when a customer needs them.  Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to wait for the software to arrive in a few days but luckily, web workflow software can be downloaded immediately through the website, I wished that other software allows my other customers to download immediately with a code, now that would make things a lot easier.  One can always hope that one day it would be so easy, even with a kiosk that sells the software would be great for our store.


More Inventory

Most of our customers are looking to buy racks and stands  when they buy a tv at our store but we haven’t carried a lot of these kind of inventory because we don’t have enough space in the store as it is.  But things may change if we do buy a building ourselves and have lot of display area.  I think I would really like to carry more inventory of these kind because, one really can’t lose a rack or stand because they are of bigger object and not likely to get stolen. Therefore, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to come across a good business building to buy.

Corporate Lawyers For Small Business Owners

 We met with a friend today who introduced another friend to us during lunch and it looks like he is interested in opening his own business in this town.  Not surprised seeing that the property prices are so low here – and he wanted to pick my brains as to which corporate lawyers he should use.  And since ours is a very small town, I don’t really know if anyone here does just corporate law like the  corporate lawyer raleigh nc  a firm that I’ve read about recently.   So I told him that I would check with the spouse as we don’t use one ourselves since we don’t have huge liability like what this guy wants to do.  But he is right, every small business should retain a corporate lawyer just in case.  I might have to run this by the spouse soon and ask him what he thinks about it.

sexual harassment in the office

Ahhhh..! sexual harassment in the office, the subject that folks do not want to talk about and know little about too.  What is considered a sexual harassment in the office and why you must speak up if you feel uncomfortable about insinuating remarks or when someone touches you in the office inappropriately.  And what about you?  what is the fine line from a joke and making your co-workers feel uncomfortable?    Some people may not know that men can also feel that they are harassed by their female co-workers or bosses too – and it’s not just the women that can be sexually harassed these days.   To find out more about sexual harassment in the office find sexual harassment lawyers San Diego  for more information, especially if you are currently being sexually harassed and don’t know what you should do.

Spring Decoration For The Store

So Christmas is over – all the decorations are down and kept away – thank God for Gary – who did everything from putting them up and bringing them down.  I don’t know what I will do without him now – but wait till he sees the  hanging baskets flowers  that I have pre-ordered for spring decoration for the store – haha!  I know it’s too early for Spring but when you own a store – you have to be a season ahead of everyone else.  So when it’s time to hang up the flowers, I know I have them already.   Of course, we are not going to have a lot of flowers indoors but some to welcome the spring and look forward to a fantastic summer.  I think this summer is going to be way better than last.

Storing Our Vehicles For Winter

Some cars we only use during the summer because during the winter, there is too much salt on the ground and also we don’t have winter tires for the vintage car that my father-in-law keep for a hobby.  This year we are thinking of buying another vehicle for plowing the snow with so a  bendPak lift may be the way to go, if we want all our cars kept in the garage.  So instead of building another garage or expanding the present one, the easy fix is to get a bendpak lift which is way cheaper than buying a storage unit or renting one in the long run. The ones we saw for our need is not expensive at all but of course, they do have the heavy duty ones for people who likes to work on their cars or trucks during the winter.  I do like the use of these lift because we can store it away when we don’t need them and they can be easily move from one place to another.

Good Deals For Christmas

Everyone wants to look for a great deal for Christmas and I don’t blame them and even though we own our own small business, we are still looking out for good deals in anything we need.  We wanted to get some cigars for our business associates and clients – like those that give us regular business (ie :  the schools and some rental places and of course the justice department) because without them, we won’t be around for this long.  Cigars in town are quite expensive, there we get them from some  cigar auction sites  after I accidentally stumble upon it.  Now I can get any amount of cigars that I liked by bidding on them. But I do read up on them and it tells me exactly what I’m bidding for, sometimes i can get cigars at really good prices here.   I used to only know how to buy the Davidoff brand but now with the auction site, I am able to see more varieties at a good price, so buying Christmas gifts for Christmas don’t break our bank no more.

Lots Of Work In USA

While shops are closing its door after Christmas, I’m very happy  that there are jobs available in USA, for anyone who wants to work in the retail industry.   So people cannot say that the economy in the States is bad because if there are jobs available online – then one never have to fret.  Look at the  job bank, one can apply for a job immediately by going on their website – from Pharmacy Technician to Stacker or bagger –  so if anyone tells you they can’t find a job – please make sure that they see this website – Kroger is a huge grocery chain in many USA and constantly looking for good employees.  So folks – if you cant’ get a job – it doesn’t mean there isn’t one, you just haven’t found the right job.

Feng Shui For Offices

Many people uses feng shui for their homes and offices and water fountains from  henri fountains  has a whole range of of water fountains that one can buy to use in their offices or home.  I’ve considered using a water fountain at the store myself  – but they say that placing a water fountain at the store needs to be placed in a wealth position and the wealth position  needs to be calculated according to the people who are in the store or the person who owns the store.  So I prefer to let the experts tell me where my wealth corner is – that way I wouldn’t make any mistake and have the store suffer a loss in money.  Of course, for those who just want a water fountain to beautify the office or home, you can do so too.  But anything to help the store make more money is good – a prosperous store is what we all want for the business.

Fishing Season Open Soon

Dumping day is just round the corner and the fishing season for the town is about to begin here – I see the fishermen with their trucks all ready with  jib crane  for the season.  The weather had been really warm just like last year – I wonder how it would affect the fishermen this year – but one can always be hopeful right?  Fishing had been the mainstream livelihood for this town for the longest time but the fishermen rarely spend their money in town it seems – they also usually go on holidays with the entire family as soon as the weather turns really cold here.   We don’t usually see them around before the fishing season starts and after the season ends – they are all out of town – but the people who benefits from the fishermen are the car dealers, the heavy machines business and of course the oil company but I still wish them well – and hope  that the season will be a good one for them.

Back Pain While At Work

 3 weeks ago, my back started hurting where the spine is.  I know I didn’t do anything strenuous at all nor could I have a slipped disc  – not possible.  So I was guessing, it was probably strained from carry my kid and some baby that belongs to a friend.  Anyhow, I started taking pain killer with codeine in it but it didn’t helped at all.  Everyone’s advise was to go see a doctor or a chiropractor but I know that it wasn’t that serious and time will ease the pain and I will get some relieved some time soon.  But after having the painf or 2 weeks, I was beginning to get worried, especially if one needed to work and look after a kid full time.  Of course, my back is feeling much better now and then I saw this meds called traumeel  – now if i had known about this meds – I would have tried this too.  This meds sounds really like something I need and they are about the same prices that I paid for – my pain killer with codeine.  What a little research on the net can do for one eh.