"Don't Follow In My Footsteps."[rebelmouse-image 18346696 is_animated_gif=
Anyone that's brave enough to leave the large, corporate world America's built and start their own business is deserving of praise. It's not easy to step away from a guaranteed safety net provided by a large corporation and think, "I can offer something customers are willing to buy!" Sometimes, you're successful. And other times....you're these people.
Reddit user, u/nintendo_shill, wanted to know about what people who failed at their own businesses learned when they asked:
People who failed at launching a business or startup, what did you do wrong?
Terrible Workers, Better Friends[rebelmouse-image 18346697 is_animated_gif=
Didn't do that this time around. Worked out.
Research Oversaturation[rebelmouse-image 18346698 is_animated_gif=
Entered an over saturated market with zero business, marketing or sales experience.
In hindsight, my chosen niche wasn't specific enough. I've had a follow up idea from the experience I had, but I have zero intention of actually executing it.
Be Prepared To Lose For A Bit[rebelmouse-image 18346699 is_animated_gif=
Yep. Self-funded and thought I was being "responsible" by not getting investors. I was profitable (just barely) after 14 months, but was looking at the next several years of ups and downs and was killing my relationship with my husband and my health. If I'd had another $50K we probably could have survived.
Starting another venture as we speak but am looking for an investor and putting a small salary in for myself right up front.
What's Great In Small Doses May Not Be Great In Large[rebelmouse-image 18346700 is_animated_gif=
A friend was a legendary home brewer in my area and decided to start his own commercial brewery after he retired. Apparently commercial brewing is a totally different animal than home brewing, and his recipes that were amazing in 5-10 gallon batches now tasted like crap when they are brewed on a larger scale. He doesn't know the business very well either, so he's failing to get the right connections and contracts to get his beer out there.
He's not out of business just yet, but he's privately confided to me that he can only keep the doors open for another month or two. It's a shame because he put a good chunk of his nest egg into the business.
Be Aware Of Your Mental Health[rebelmouse-image 18346701 is_animated_gif=
Convinced myself that quitting my job and becoming a one-man band IT technician was a great idea.
Except I live in the middle nowhere and there was already excessive competition.
In reality, it was an excuse, I needed to quit working at my current job and grieve the death of my father. But at the time I couldn't accept that I was not mentally well and couldn't work, I had pressure to keep working from my employer as well so lied to them and myself. I spent a month "running my business" before deciding I'd develop a drug habit; was about one month away from being homeless before sorting my sh-t. So my "business" was actually just an excuse to go away and grieve. This was 3 years ago doing amazing now, no drug habit and just got hired as a dev ops engineer =)
Protect Your Spark[rebelmouse-image 18346702 is_animated_gif=
I mushroomed. I started an online business in my bedroom which grew to be the largest of its kind in the country, went from one laptop in my bedroom to over a million sales in 3 years and shipped globally. 6 years later I was answering emails one after the other for at least 10-12 hours a day, had 9 full time employees. At the ripe old age of 21 I got ambitious and expanded, took over warehousing, launched 3 sister brands under the same umbrella and by 25 I was burnt out, mentally and physically and had lost that spark. You can always keep pushing but when that spark fades it is the hardest thing in the world to reignite. 5 years later and Im trying to rekindle it for round 2 but next time I know how to do it.
Always Be On The Lookout[rebelmouse-image 18346703 is_animated_gif=
I started an independent engineering consultant firm that was made up of only me. Turns out I spent so much time trying to get old customers to pay me, that I didn't spend enough time looking for new customers.
Side note: I will never ever sign a contract with an "Art Collective" ever again. They agreed to pay me a flat rate ($5000) to automate a project they were building that involved some motors spinning some disks or something. The job took me maybe 4 hours not counting the travel (but hey they agreed to a flat rate). They never sold the piece and never paid me, even though my contract had no language tying my compensation to project success.
Anyway they dissolved the "Collective" and reopened it under a new name... and I never got my money. Repeat that story about 4 more times and I went back to working for someone else.
Leave Family Out Of It[rebelmouse-image 18346704 is_animated_gif=
I got the wrong investor....my dad.
My dad was the kind of parent who couldn't trust me, and unfortunately still thinks he's a fellow kid who totally understands today's tech scene when he's.......well. Let's just say his idea of a great app is to load everything with ads, create 50 unnecessary additional steps to force everyone to see what our app can do, and oh...the 80s silver, blue & yellow gradient effect everywhere.
Be Mindful Of Your Naïveté[rebelmouse-image 18346705 is_animated_gif=
I was too naive. As an engineer, I just wanted to build a product for the customer and then hope that it would sell itself and I would be on my Merry way. So I built dispatching software for a local truck company. After I finish building it out, I do some research and there are at least 10 other competitors with better fetaures and have been around longer.
Then I try cold calling other truck companies in the hopes of selling my software to them. Lo and behold, they were already using a competitor's software to power their operations. I also had to price myself lower in order to try to be a compelling offering. So now, here I am with 1 customer getting paid $150 a month.
In essence, I f-cked up in not doing enough research, not coming up with a more unique product, trying to be 5% better that competitors, not being able to get help on the sales end, and much more. The only thing I did well was to build good software.
Now, I wake up everyday depressed, not knowing what the right next step is, running out of money and time. The hardest part is the loneliness of it all. I miss having a team.
ORRRRR, Just Listen To This Person[rebelmouse-image 18346706 is_animated_gif=
See plenty of people coming in to make a go of a small business. Over the years, here's the biggest failures I see repeatedly:
- Franchises. There are zero franchises designed to get YOU rich. They're designed to get the franchise COMPANY rich. Someone figured out years ago they can skip the equipment headaches, issues with remodeling, employee hiring/liability/benefits, etc. by selling it off to some poor sap. The poor sap then is forced to act as the location manager because they've typically sunk a large amount of retirement money/money borrowed from family into it and they simply cannot walk away.
- Selling stuff in a retail storefront. Unless you have a slam-dunk super-awesome super unique product not available in wal-mart or on Amazon, you're gonna have a hard time. Consumers are highly price conscious and will happily shop elsewhere if they can get it 10% cheaper or buy it when they purchase groceries. Piggybacking on the retail....
- Do some math before jumping into it. Say I want to open a muffin shop, and I sell muffins for $3 and they cost me $1 to make, so $2 profit a muffin. Yay! Now, my rent is $2,000 a month and other fixed costs are another $1,000 a month, so I need to sell enough muffins to make $3,000 in profit, so that's 1,500 muffins. It I'm open 30 days a month, that's 50 muffins a day, which isn't bad. But, say I need to hire two employees to help out, because I don't want to work 120 hours a week. You're in a big city, so you need to pay a decent wage of $15/hr for 160 hours a month each, so that's another (2 X 160 X 15) = $4,800 in wages, so that's ANOTHER 2,400 muffins to sell with your $2 profit, so now you're needing to sell 3,900 muffins a month. AND THAT'S JUST TO BREAK EVEN. How much is your time worth? And how many more muffins would you need to sell to cover the debt you incurred to get the business started? Say you gave up a job making $4,000 a month - that's ANOTHER 2,000 muffins to sell to just get you to your old salary. So now you're up to 5,900 muffins, and if you're open 30 days a month, it's around 200 muffins a day, and if you're open 12 hours a day, that's 17 muffins an hour. You think that's going to happen? Better be sure. And better be sure you know what expenses you're going to have, because running a small business in an exercise in frustration as you get nickel-and-dimed to death.
4) GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING. Renting property? Get a signed, written lease. Going in with a friend/partner? Get a written agreement, AND get written down the work/profit expectations. Hiring a contractor? Get a written agreement in place. Employee? Get a signed employment agreement, AND take the time to have a written policy manual.
5) Spend a few bucks and meet with a lawyer/accountant BEFORE you open the doors. Yeah, it will set you back a bit. HOWEVER, it will save you TONS of headaches down the road. Lawyer will help with #4 above. Accountant will help with what/how to keep records, tax laws, payroll, etc. Side note: If you don't know how to do payroll, just pay someone to do it. You screw up payroll, the IRS/state agencies will crash down on you like a ton of bricks. You owe the IRS $10k in income taxes? It's surprising how long they let you slide before they really give a sh-t. You owe the IRS $10k in PAYROLL taxes? They're on your a-- like a rat on a Cheeto.
The mark of a great movie is one that you can watch over and over again.
Although, it isn't only great movies that have endless watchability.
Indeed, sometimes the movies we find ourselves wanting to revisit over and over again wouldn't even come close to being on the list of the top ten best films of all time.
But whatever they may, or may not, lack in quality, it's the comfort of revisiting these characters, places, and adventures that make return visits mandatory.
Particularly when we're feeling down.
"What’s your comfort movie?"
As Delicious As All The Food.
"When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth".
"I could watch it all day every day love that movie."- Time_Restaurant_9776
"Bend And Snap!
"'Legally Blonde'."- Bledwards25sexy girls rule GIFGiphy
"Flames... Flames, On The Side Of My Face..."
A Griswold Family Tradition
An Undervalued Disney Gem
"'Treasure Planet'."- NotVeryToastyToastyou got this kingdom hearts GIFGiphy
As Exciting As Finding The Actual Lost City!
"'The Road to El Dorado'."- outerproduct
"Just Too Good To Be True..."
"10 Things I Hate About You."- aestowl
The Magical Neighbor Everyone Wants
"'My Neighbor Totoro'."- pariah164animation GIF by Fran SoloGiphy
"When The Night Has Come, And The Land Is Dark..."
"'Stand By Me'."- ThePowNation
Be they all time classics, or guilty pleasures, we all know the first film we need to put on whenever we need a little pick me up.
As nothing, NOTHING, chases away the blues faster than a trip on the bus with the Spice Girls as they offer a tour of Spice World...
In every generation, there are certain behaviors that are popular among many people. Sometimes, it's the "cool" thing to do. Other times, people just get swept up in the fad.
When I was in high school, the popular thing was to have the funniest Facebook statuses. In college, it was all the rage to smoke pot. By the time I started my first adult job, everyone I knew was watching -- and theorizing about -- Game of Thrones. In my office, you were ostracized if you didn't watch and discuss it every week.
While there's no shame in being into what's popular at the time if it's something that truly interests you, there's also no shame in choosing not to partake in the popular thing.
Redditors certainly believe that, since they broke down which popular things they have no interest in.
Redditor snowmanll00ll was curious about this, so he asked:
"What is something very popular that you have absolutely no interest in?"
"YouTube family channels, some of those children will probably grow to resent their parents"
"It doesn’t matter the medium, it’s always a douchebag move to exploit your children for your own gain."
"Becoming extremely die hard fans for an idol group or probably anything."
"Young people giving up their personal freedom and expression for cash and fame seems very wrong, these contracts are horrible, especially in East Asia"
"Chasing squirrels around the yard and barking at them once they run up a tree. Seems to be all the rage with my dog though."
"...you're a cat aren't you?"
Simon Says Follow Me
"It's hilarious how they actually call themselves 'influencers'. Half the cr*p they do should not be influenced ... especially to younger people! It's kind of weird how they crave that much attention."
"Listening to influencers. It’s a barrage of non-stop schilling of questionable investments without them accepting responsibility or facing consequences."
Why Are They Here?
"The bachelor and bachelorette tv shows."
"Right? It’s so odd to me like, they’re attractive people but they couldn’t have a relationship without a tv show? So how bad are they really and how many red flags do they have?"
The Dark Hole Of Social Media
"TikTok. I just don't want it, and never interested to see what the people there are doing."
"Although, I am aware that if I decided to install it, I might get addicted to it. So no thank you either way."
"My older sister almost ALWAYS starts a convo with “I saw this on tiktok that..” at least once at family gatherings, like stfu! I don’t care! A lot of “information” on there is false. But because some random girl on tiktok who said her father's great uncles cousins neighbor is a doctor, I’m supposed to believe it."
Your Lungs Thank You
"That’s good you should have no interest in vaping, it’s not meant to do because it’s “popular” or “cool” it’s supposed to help curve and help quit cigarette addiction, which it does do, but just as cigs, people just started doing it to be “cool.""
Let Me Take A Selfie
"Pouting for selfie"
"A friend got married a couple of months ago, and about 70% of her wedding photos are of her pouting or making duck lips at the camera. For someone who says she loved her wedding, she sure looks sad and/or bored in her photos."
"Golf. If it’s nice out I have so many other things I could do"
"I came here to say golf as well. I work in the corporate world and people just don't understand how I don't play golf, it blows their minds. I just don't get the draw though, and it's crazy expensive to go play a round. The excuse people always give me is "it's a great way to get outside!". Well turns out so is hiking or fly fishing and it doesn't cost hundreds of dollars to go stand on someone's lawn."
It's A Bird, It's A Plane...
"Superhero movies. I used to love them, but I burned out very quickly when too many were released, and they're really all the same. I do love Deadpool, though."
While I gotta disagree with that one, to each their own.
Just because everyone around you is into the popular thing, doesn't mean you have to be. If you have no interest in what's currently in vogue, that's okay!
Be who you are, not who everyone else wants you to be.
To this day, I get sad when I think of the show Freaks and Geeks and how it was unfairly canceled. Have you seen it? If not, you totally should. Many of the people on the show became huge stars.
Seth Rogen? Linda Cardellini? James Franco? That whole cast is a who's who of great talent. Oh, and the writing? Excellent. It's a show that's funny and has pathos.
People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor me_rebirth asked the online community,
"Which TV show cancelation are you still frustrated about?"
"Happy Endings. Canceled due to low views, but that was a result of changing around its timeslots, not viewers no longer having interest."
This would be a good choice for Netflix or Hulu to bring back!
"Almost Human, it had such potential and never even finished its first season."
Shown out of order, on Fox which even then had a very poor track record for sci-fi shows!
"Infinity Train. Very upset to see that canceled. It was such a cool and unique show. I remember reading about all the stuff the creator had planned for the future of the show and seemed like he was really passionate about it and had a lot of story to tell."
Not only did it get cancelled due to being "too dark" for children, it also is being wiped out everywhere. It’s sad to see such a good cartoon go.
"I know they eventually brought it back but Arrested Development should never have been cancelled. New seasons weren’t the same IMO."
You are correct. It wasn't the same. The first three seasons are pretty impeccable.
"Carnivale. Never got over that one."
This show was so good! Such a shame.
"Rome. It was cancelled after two seasons because the production costs were too high."
This is a show that could have easily gone on for at least a couple more seasons. It was fascinating to watch.
"Deadwood. I know they were not following history exactly, but the real town of Deadwood burned the next year. That would have made a great story arc for season 4."
I remember reading this and I think it would have been pretty awesome.
"The 4400 (From 2004, not the horrible remake of sorts from last year). At a time when Heroes was dropping the ball in season two, The 4400 kept killing it. And then got cancelled because of the Writers Guild strike."
Ah, the strike. Killed off a lot of good television but nothing as pathetically as Heroes. We are all still salty about Heroes all these years later.
"Dark Matter. The worst part is they actually seemed to have a plan, and things were just heating up. The cliffhanger they ended on haunts me."
I scrolled so far to find this! Netflix had the gall to add a cancelled show to its catalog and now I have to live with the fact that I'll never see the ending!
"I really want the third season of Mindhunter."
Don't we all? Sigh. What a cliffhanger.
Canceled TV shows hurt, okay? Speaking of which, I am still very much annoyed about Better Off Ted getting knocked off. Veronica's monologue about being a murderous fawn with a machine gun still cracks me up all these years later.
Have some shows that come to mind? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
Thanks to Google, many of our life's questions can be answered with the click of a button.
But in the digital information age, most of us are never really satisfied with just one definitive answer. Sometimes, there is more to learn as the revelation of one thing can lead to many more inquiries.
Say you're watching a show and one of the actors look familiar but you can't quite put a name to the face. So you IMDB the show and you are finally able to identify the actor after being distracted by the frustration of not knowing who they were.
But then you look at their long list of credits and discover other actors you didn't know were somehow associated with the previous actor in question. So you do more digging.
Such is the phenomenon of going down the proverbial rabbit hole.
Curious to hear from strangers who've gone to places they could never return from in their thirst for knowledge, Redditor mato_fako asked:
"What's a deep, dark rabbithole to research when bored?"
It turns out the list of things to learn about in life is never-ending.
"The 'saved' section of your reddit user profile. I've saved so much sh*t and then promptly forgot about it.. Just like I'm going to do with this thread."
Perfect Time Killer
"When I worked at a call Centre we often had quiet times and the internet blocked most things unusual wiki articles kept me entertained for quite some time though, it’s full of random strange things."
Growing Up In Isolation
"I had to stop reading these accounts because it made me too sad seeing over and over that the 'rescuers' almost always killed the kids' animal families and the children pretty much never had any quality of life after."
Anything regarding foul play is a popular search request.
"Denver Lee St. Clair, 58, was asphyxiated by an 'atomic wedgie' administered by his stepson during a fight. After he had been knocked unconscious, the elastic band from his torn underwear was pulled over his head and stretched around his neck, strangling him. The stepson was sentenced to thirty years in prison."
"Money laundering and how laundered money flows around the world. Most info is public from gov agencies like the CIA and State Department."
"The history of bananas."
Grim subject matter is a popular research topic.
Keeping An Eye On Exit Doors
"Fire disasters. And then never feel safe in an indoor crowded space ever again."
"There's actually video on YouTube of the Great White disaster and it's utterly horrifying how incredibly quickly it happens and seeing the people literally stuck in the doorway unable to get out as they burn to death. As someone who still goes to a lot of shows at small packed music venues exactly like that one (and other totally packed bars and clubs), I'm always constantly looking for exits to find the nearest escape path and it always freaks me out anytime there's any fire in any indoor space (candles/sparklers/pyrotechnics/etc)"
"This should give you an hour or two. List of unusual deaths."
Fatal Domino Effect
"A poodle named Cachy, in Caballito, Buenos Aires, fell 13 floors and hit Marta Espina, 75, killing both instantly. In the course of events, Edith Solá, 46, came to see the incident, and was fatally hit by a bus. An unidentified man who witnessed her death had a heart attack and also died on his way to the hospital."
'John Hutcherson, 21, drove home drunk with his friend, Francis Brohm, 23, who was hanging out the passenger window while vomiting due to carsickness. Hutcherson drove off the road and sideswiped a telephone pole support wire, decapitating Brohm. He continued the final 12 miles (19 km) to his Atlanta, Georgia, US, home, parked in the driveway, and went to bed. A neighbor found Brohm's headless body in the truck the next morning.'
A Deadly Combination
"Vladimir Likhonos, 25, a student of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute from Konotop, was killed when his chewing gum exploded. Likhonos had a habit of dipping his chewing gum in citric acid to increase the gum's sour taste. On his work table police found about 100 grams (3.5 oz) of unidentified explosive powder which he used for chemistry studies. It resembled citric acid, and it is thought that he confused the two. The explosive was found to be four times stronger than TNT, and the explosion was possibly triggered either by reacting with Likhonos' saliva, or the pressure exerted by him chewing on the gum and explosive powder."
While all of this is fascinating, there are mind-boggling bits of trivia that can be great conversation starters at a party.
However, regarding some of the most disturbing and gruesome examples shared here, some people might think ignorance is bliss.