In this step in the journey I opened my own store called SADBOYS. This had a couple failures when first starting. When I first started I got a medium sized store right outside the city and got a $50,000 loan. This was a very rocky start with me loosing $10,000. I had some newspaper deals and radio advertising. This store almost failed when I got another $100,0000. At this point I still was not making a profit. Later, after one week I started making a profit. My first loan was due that same week. I failed.
That was when I opened SADBOYS v2. In this store I used the things I learned from the first store and started making a profit in only 3 weeks. Then I tried to put more money in advertising and my profits rose to $8,000 a week. This was not enough. I began to set items in different locations. That was when I started loosing profit. It went to $5,000 a week. I quickly tried to put it back to what it was before. This did not work. I went to $2,000 a week. I panicked and started throwing money at advertising and began to make negative profit. I gave up on that store and went to SADBOYS v3.
This time, I changed the location to a store far from the city. I set my items up like I did in the security lesson. I got a $50,000 loan and began to wait. Using cereal as my loss leader I began to get customers. As my customer list rose so did my profit. I got it up to $19,000 a week, but I needed $20,000 to succeed. I started putting more money into advertising and nothing happened. Then I started hiring more stockers and my profit rose $25,000 a week and I succeeded. I began to starting buying more products and put more security. This got me to $40,000 a week. The final thing I did to raise profit was increase margin and got it to hover around $43,000 a week. Now SADBOYS v3 has made millions and been a huge success.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
In this section of the simulation I learned about getting money for the beginning of a business. This ended up being a lot of math and involved getting the best lone. I had to calculate how much money I would lose before I would start making a profit and I could not go over or else the interest would be too much to pay for. This led me to add cost of inventory and rent as the main costs with others such as paying employees and got a little less the $50,000. So I got a $50,000 lone and that lasted long enough for me to start gaining a profit.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Inventory control was vital to not wasting money in my business. The over stocking of items lead to lots of my inventory wasted due to it being perishable. This made me have to check how long items lasted and how often they were bought. This lead me to have mass stocks of things that lasted a long time and small stocks of things that did not last long. This helped m profit a lot raising by a few thousand within 2 weeks showing it was very important.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Social media seemed like a good way for startup since it is a very cheap way to get out to a lot of people. I would primary stick with Twitter since it it help me focus on one outlet and since there are a lot people on it and can reach a lot of people. The main goal of a social media page I feel would be to interact with customers and answer any questions. The secondary goal would be to get my businesses image and the interacting with customers should help that since it would show I want to talk with my customers.
Monday, April 4, 2016
This section showed me how effective different types of promotion are and how overusing them can backfire on me. When going through the 2 sims I found that billboard advertising are very effective to get customers. Also newspapers were very good at their jobs to help gain a profit. When going to the email I had lots of problems of money loss. This took lots of time and had lots of money loss and gained me next to nothing. Emailing seemed not worth the time since there are a lot of more effective ways to promote.