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Ideas and Decisions – Oh My!

I bet you can’t guess what time it is?? 9:22 pm but I had to get my writing done – last night I went to bed before I got my blogging done and woke up in the middle of the night. “Oh no” I thought, “I forgot to do my blog”. Did the sun come up this morning – absolutely. My one friend who has been dedicated and reading my blog posts (bless her!) called me this morning and asked where her reading material was. Oops!

So my first idea came to me after I got a new car with navigation and GPS on it. My mother is in her 80’s and tells me how difficult it is for her to get to the grocery store. So I came up with the idea of a grocery shopping service. I thought that I could launch the new business in her senior complex, and that it would be an easy sell because they would know I was her daughter. Not an unknown stranger. So I put up my website, ordered my business cards, made some flyers and off I went. I was naive – I thought the old theory of “build it and they will come” was going to apply to my brilliant new idea. I did my research – there wasn’t anyone else on the web in the area offering this kind of service. So it was going to be a piece of cake to get customers right? NOT! But I think most of us who decide to ‘go it alone’ and stop being employees, don’t have any idea of what we are facing. I never knew this alternate universe existed – social media, twitter, Facebook, meetup.com, networking meetings and mixers, and information overload!

Well, the only person I have shopped for, so far, is my Mom. It seems that the older folks who I thought would be hankering for my service, don’t really want to give up that chore. I don’t know if it’s an independence thing, or they’re just really picky about their bananas like my mom! I thought it was a great idea myself, and still have my groceryshopping4you.com going on, but it’s not my main focus anymore. I’ll tell you about idea #2 tomorrow so stay tuned. Until then…Cindy

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