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Starting my own thing…

Friday, November 19th, 2010

So I have been working at a major corporation for about 5 years.  There are a lot of positive things about working for a corporation.  The most positive thing is the health care.  Beyond health care the 401k is nice.  The main problem with 401ks is that there is a tremendous amount of wealth in 401ks, it’s just a matter of time before some private or government organization figures out a way to steal all of the 401k money in the world.  I am going to be mad when that happens.  The regular paycheck is probably the best part.

The truth is that I don’t really fit in, in a corporate environment.  The skills I have are useful to corporations.  The skills that it takes to make someone very valuable in a corporation I don’t have.

I am really good at making processes more efficient and coming up with new ideas to accomplish a mission.  I am not so great at coming up with ways to make people that don’t want to do something do something.  In my experience the people that really succeed in a corporation are the people that can convince, bully, or trick other people into doing things.  People that can convince people into doing things that aren’t in their best interest makes someone very valuable in a corporate setting.

I’ve always thought that a coupon book is the easiest way to start a business.  I’d like to start a new business that has a coupon book and a website the mirrors the coupon book.  There should be a new book every 3 months.

The value proposition for the clients is:

1) A coupon in the book.

2) A web presence on the website (so if someone Googles them they will be able to find them on the internet).

The value proposition for the customers is:

1) At least $100 per $1 cost.  The book will be $10 and there needs to be at least $1000 in coupons and not $100 off the cost of a used car. A real coupon like at a restaurant or lawn maintenance.

2) Helping out some kind of cause.

The URL to the website is