One of the best parts of doing this is getting to hear/read others thoughts and opinions, even as they may vary from mine. Sometimes you guys are glib, othertimes angry and serious. Then, there are moments of beautiful clarity, like this amazing comment from loyal reader ditmars1929:
Stupid, f*cking, greedy bastards.That was awesome.
I have a degree in business. I can sum up what I learned thusly:
Consumer Behavior: Understand who your target audience is, what their expectations are, and expand upon that to understand your core consumer.
Marketing: Don't piss off your target audience. If it weren't for them, you would not be in business. It's not all about you, it's a two-way street.
Finance/Accounting: Always make a profit, but make a wise profit. Don't over-reach and screw yourself long term or alienate said target audience that is your bread and butter just to line your own fat wallet.
Management: Make sure you don't hire idiots who don't understand the above to run your business. Hello, Randy Levine.
But even better advice comes from my sister, Marian, who is a real estate agent, which is this: "If the house isn't f*cked up to begin with, then don't move for a perceived upgrade."