Monday, June 20, 2011

I'll Start

    So remember how this works, I ask a question and give you my answer and then your can share yours if you want to participate.  So the question today is what is something about you that not a lot of people may know about. 
    This is obviously a broad question but something that comes to mind for myself is that I had my own business before I had a driver's license.  I cannot remember exactly how old I was but I want to say some time between the age of 11 and 13 I started a candy and pop business at my dad's shop.  My sister and I used to go to my dad's every summer, my dad owned his own business, Yardbird Lawn and Garden.  He sold new equipment and parts but also repaired equipment.  There was always this box of candy and crackers on the counter from one of those companies that drops off the box and comes by periodically to collect the money and refill the box.  It seemed that the box was never full and usually had snacks in it that people did not want.  So I decided (and I cannot recall if it was my dad or my grandma that helped me with the idea) to have a box of candy (everyone's favorites) on the counter with a jar for money and also pop in the fridge.  We politely told the company that had the box that it was not needed.  Most of my customers were my dad and his workers but also his customers who came in all the time and knew my sister and I.  My dad helped me look at ads every week to see which store had the best prices and we would stock up.  My dad also took me to the credit union and I opened my own checking account complete with a check book that I used to buy all the candy and pop.  My dad also showed me how to keep records of my profits and sales.  I wish I still had my record book.  A simple little candy and pop business taught me several life lessons. 
    Care to share something about yourself that most people may not know?

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