Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Business Model

He looks happy, doesn't he?

I'm not a businessman. I never have been. The idea of charging someone for something that I do seems odd to me. I don't see why I should charge $25 to fix someone's computer when it only takes me 10 minutes and all I do is reboot it and run a virus scan. It doesn't make sense to me.

That being said, I had an idea for a business the other day. Not a tech support business, but a bread bakery. I am fully aware that starting a bakery isn't exactly a unique business idea as they've been around since probably several thousand years B.C. and haven't gone away since.

An old roommate of mine, Jared, worked at a bread bakery. I felt bad for him that he had to go to work at 1:30 and 2 AM to make the bread so it'd be ready by 5 and 6 AM. It never made much sense to me--who wakes up at 6AM and thinks "I want to go buy some bread..."? This is what separates my business model from the rest: instead of baking bread at 3 and 4 and 5 in the morning, we'd bake it in the afternoon so when people get off work, there's freshly baked, warm bread just coming out of the oven for them. Instead of making my employees come into work at 2AM to make bread for people who don't understand how wonderful sleep is, my employees would come in at 9 or 10 and leisurely work to get bread ready for the 5 o'clock and dinner rush--people who have worked hard throughout the day at their jobs and want a hot baguette that's just come out of the oven to go with their dinner.

So, that's my business idea.

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