|This young fellow was having the time of his life at his parent's garage sale. He was hanging with his buddies, talking to folks, making money and copping a sugar buzz from the "quality control" checks.|
|A close-up of our young entrepreneur showing his balance sheet.|
After writing about 15,000 words about small businesses I ran across this guy and decided that he has a lesson for me.
Business does not have to be hard.
Here is a seven year old boy running a successful business. He is running it like a hunter snap-shoots flushed partridges. He had a short time window...his parents were running a garage sale.
He borrowed his capital equipment.
He had a couple of pals show up. They did not want to run the business but were more than happy to lend moral support and to help test the product.
He has the support of his family. Families who have garage sales demonstrate an appreciation for the America's mercantile tradition. It obviously rubbed off on this young guy.
As an ephemeral business he never put a blip on any regulatory radar screen.
He is an icon of American small business. Business is fun. Business is a "natural" activity. Business is easy when we avoid the complication-trap.
I think the logo on his "T" shirt will prove prophetic.
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