Shop Small Nov. 26, 2011: Part 1

I don’t mind being regulated. I’ve been a New york city property owner and building manager, I have lived with the stupidity of rent regulation. I’ve succeeded and prospered in spite of it. What i want to see is smart regulation. Any regulation or law that requires thousands of pages to explain its meaning becomes meaningless. Simplicity is the key to enforcement. It is not productive for the economy to have lobbyists, congressional staffers and attorneys writing arcane laws and regulations. That only ends up employing people in those nonproductive occupations. At the end of the day, it adds no new products to the American economy.

Small map: When riding a motorcycle on a long trip you may not have a lot of space to carry a large atlas, small maps to desired travel areas can be helpful.

A conservative stock market. I think this year that the Dow will try to move slowly to a higher level. In other words, instead of bouncing all around, I think we should look for a slow move towards 14,000 and modest gains in the domestic stock market.

That is not to say that I don’t hire additional employees. I am not going to lose business over staffing issues. Additional employees have to have a benefit directly to me. not the macro economy of the U.S. It is true that small businesses hire the bulk of American workers. It is also true that small businesses jettison the most workers because most small businesses fail. The great thing about the united states is that failing is no barrier to trying again. Small business people get up, analyze why they failed and open a new business.

If you are obsessive about rock and roll then you simply must plan a trip down to the Hollywood RockWalk. You will fitness evolution slabs of cement, which contain the signatures and handprints of some of the most famous rock and roll artists of all times. This includes those of B.B.King, Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash.

Another myth is that small businesses will expand by hiring more employees. That may be true for a very few business startups like Microsoft, but for the vast majority growth is measured in increases of one or two employees not hundreds. If i open a 24 hour a day 365 day convenience store no matter how successful it is, I will only employ so many workers. Even if I buy another store a mile away and staff it; have I increased the number of people working? The answer is probably not. Because if i hadn’t open that convenience store someone else would have. Sometimes, especially for small businesses, it really is a zero sum equation.

The business is both financially scalable and operationally scalable. Snow cone trailers are easy to run and with small amounts of supervision, you can hire high school kids to 90% of the work. A couple of dependable employees an entrepreneur can run multiple locations with the same effort as one. The owner must be sure to handle making and delivering ice, mixing and delivering syrup as well as handling the money. The owner should collect deposits and make payroll. These jobs are as easy to do for one location as several. When an owner already has to make ice and mix syrup it doesn’t take much additional time to do this for several stands.

If you are on a family vacation and are looking for a nice place for a picnic or want to spend some quiet time then please do visit Echo Park. It is 26 acres in size and there is a beautiful lake where you can hire peddle boats. Echo Park is located along Bellview Avenue where you reach by picking a hire car in Los angeles. It is open Monday through Sunday from 07:00 until 22:00.