Small Business 2013 – Money Saving Idea #1


I used to pay about $4,000 each year for telecommunications including internet.  I also purchased a phone system back in 2005 when I hired employees.  My telecommunication expenses were almost as much as my rent expense.  My first Money Saving Idea for 2013 is cutting telecommunication expenses. Do you really need landlines for phones orContinue reading “Small Business 2013 – Money Saving Idea #1”

Starting a Small Business – Crowdfunding


Quickly, Congress passed the JOBS Act this year with a provision allowing companies to solicit investments from “unsophisticated” investors.  Previously, solicitations could only be made to high net worth investors.  The provisions were to become effective on January 1, 2013 pending rules to be written by the SEC. The SEC has not written the rulesContinue reading “Starting a Small Business – Crowdfunding”

Right to Work for Starting a Small Business


This is not a political post.  As I’ve said before, unions are great, as long as you already have a job.  The recent change in Michigan to a right to work state will not hurt the private sector unions in the short-term and may help them in the long-term.  This is a decent description ofContinue reading “Right to Work for Starting a Small Business”

Starting a small business – Income Tax


I hate paying taxes.  I hate when my clients have to pay taxes.  I hate when my clients say, “I’m happy that I make enough money to have to pay taxes.”  You really shouldn’t be.  Imagine what you could do with the money if you didn’t have to pay it – give to charity, investContinue reading “Starting a small business – Income Tax”

Starting a small business – Social Entrepreneur


“I want to make the world a better place.”  “I only buy Fair Trade products.”  “I want to contribute X amount of my profits to XYZ charity.”  I am a newbie to these kinds of businesses.  As a misanthropic curmudgeon, I try to maintain an open, however skeptical, mind to these business models. If you’reContinue reading “Starting a small business – Social Entrepreneur”

Starting a small business – Marijuana


A few more states legalized possession of marijuana.  Check out this map – I can’t verify the information.  But it looks like legalization is gaining momentum.  Does this mean that you could start a marijuana business? Farming sucks.  You need arable land, water, seed, fertilization, a strong back, hanging barns and security.  (I’m basing thisContinue reading “Starting a small business – Marijuana”

Strategy for innovation – Society and Culture – AEI


Strategy for innovation – Society and Culture – AEI. I think this is all crap.  Innovation shouldn’t be affected by government.  While I agree that government should get out of the way, I believe that innovation needs more private capital. Let’s go outside the box.  Let’s introduce a 3% annual wealth tax on all accumulatedContinue reading “Strategy for innovation – Society and Culture – AEI”