Selling Selling to Myself
Part of me wants to take a sidestep into entrepreneurialism. I have a few product lines I like and that I think I could sell.
But I have problems with selling. I want to write my way out of these qualms and, by the end of this post, have convinced myself to buy in some stock and start selling away.
Is retail not just a symptom of materialism and part of what is wrong with the world? It feeds the vicious cycle of people’s belief that they need something that they don’t actually need. It wastes their money that they perhaps can’t afford to spend.
People buy things every day. By being a retailer of things people want you are providing a service. They want to buy these things – otherwise they wouldn’t buy them.
By selling things made elsewhere in the world, how can one be sure one is not oppressing the person actually making the thing. Isn’t there something unethical about making a profit on goods made by someone else?
Research. It would be very lazy and reprehensible not to research the sources of any products. Arguably, by selling others’ products you are allowing them to reach markets and make profits that they would otherwise not reach.
When I think about selling things, I immediately think that the profits should go to a worthier cause than my pocket.
Maybe if I jacked in the day job this instinct would die. Of course, a proportion of any profit anyone makes should go to a worthier cause than their own pocket but that should be done without the right hand telling the left hand. And it shouldn’t be stated on the website as a marketing strategy.
Would starting my own retail business and dropping out of the career path I am currently on not be a waste of my training, a loss to the profession and a kick in the teeth of a vocation?
Perhaps starting up on my own would bring about greater opportunity to use my skills in new ways, perhaps in a free-lance or even voluntary capacity, in addition to running a business. Maybe I am a dinosaur anyway.
Eh, I’m innumerate, and understanding the bottom line is key.
You are not innumerate. You are lazy and let other people do the math, generally.
All in all, maybe 41 and a half is as good an age as any to have a mid life crisis and start selling things.
What would you want to buy?