ANOTHER COLLAPSE BUSINESS
When I suggest a collapse business, obviously there are a few caveats. First, I am assuming you need very little money. If you are in debt and making car payments and paying rent ( or, at least, way too much rent ), these suggestions are not for you. They are micro-businesses such as using a bicycle to pull a manual push mower- the point isn’t to be the fastest or most efficient but the one with near zero overhead so you can charge the least. And second, seemingly obvious but somehow usually ignored, these have to be businesses that are recession proof. If money is something fewer and fewer people have, you can’t have a business that they can do themselves cheaper than you can. For instance, in the above grass mowing example, if you charge $5 that is cheap enough that your customers won’t buy the $100 mower themselves. But if you have to pay for a truck and a trailer and a riding mower and gasoline, there is no way you can charge only $5 and so your customers will indeed want their own mower since it will pay for itself in a month. Today’s business suggestion is based on a really cool article I was linked to:
I won’t go over all the details. Read the article and then the earlier article preceding it. It will give you all the needed information. Where I’d like to continue is the concept of turning it into a micro-business for the collapse. Again, you have to price things so as to discourage customer competition. This is a bit more difficult since the total investment is only about $40 rather than $100- but it also is a lot less manual labor for you and doesn’t need but pocket change profits. However, I think I have a suggestion that will competition proof this for you. If you use a solar panel ( you don’t even need a battery if you have enough sunny days to use ), your electricity is free ( okay, obviously not free- but over twenty years each use is miniscule. Like two cents a day ). And in the very near future that is going to be a lot more important than today. Today, each kilowatt is 15 cents. In a short time, fifty cents or up. And that figure is based on non-hyperinflationary currency. You will be paying two cents a day to charge batteries from panels you buy now, and each household will be easily paying fifty cents a kilowatt. And that is five year plus old figures from shortages in Alaska. I don’t think $1 a kilowatt is unreasonable even priced in today’s purchasing power dollar. If oil goes up to $150- not inconceivable. Or if frack gas drops in supply. Lots of things can do this. Then, you can take in used batteries ( check on the tester and only accept good ones ) and return them cheaper than customers can buy new disposable batteries. You won’t have a monopoly- there are work-arounds like getting the truly rechargeable ( like five hundred minimum times rechargeable-the alkaline are good for about two dozen ) AA or AAA battery and using a solar charger built just for that- rather than using an AC plug in charger ( you will be using an inverter from your solar panel if you use the unit recommended in the above article ). But a lot of people won’t bother trying to compete with you unless they really use a lot of batteries themselves.
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being a machinist,and frugal,I made several AAA to AA adapters so I can recharge them using the AA wall wart,works great.Also use the AAA in items that use AA.ReplyDelete
I don't mind so much the duel AA, AAA battery stash. I have tried to eliminate all C, D's. I would have done the 9v also but then I got gifted that cool clip on flashlight.Delete
all batteries cost too much,so I get every ounce I can out of them,even the non rechargables have a charge or 2 in themDelete
Remember the Seinfeld skit? It was OK to steal batteries for Seniors because they were too expensive. I must have that show on my mind today- and I haven't even watched it in forever.Delete
why not just buy the cheap sidewalk lights? usually on sale for less than 2 bucks each.You can probably rewire it to charge other sizes,won't need the solar inverter and crap.Remember,the Tesla runs off of cell phone batteries! 500 of them,but hey!ReplyDelete
People will pay for batts for purposes other than lights.Delete
no,for use as a recharger....Delete
OK, that makes sense. Sorry.Delete
Something to keep in mind about post crash businesses, is how big an area you need to make the business sustainable- then take into account who is going to be running those businesses. The following article has a great run down on what happened to the city states of the past http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/06/05/what_the_autonomous_cities_of_the_middle_ages_can_teach_us_about_our_urban.html?wpisrc=obnetworkReplyDelete
( I expect we will be rolling back to that sort of situation as the crash progresses).
Ooooh! This looks just up my ally. Thanks!Delete