For those that struggled through the snow in London to see at Business Startup in Earls Court, we'd like to thank you for making a great time. Despite the weather we spoke to a lot of people that were just as excited about MonaVie as we were. Visitor numbers were down by over a half, as people that normally come from outside of London thought better of it.
We heard on Thursday that the venue we were hosting the Home Business Workshop could not guarantee staff availability for today's event. So with a heavy heart we sent out the cancellation message to the many people that were looking forward to coming along. We will however be running it in 2011, most likely in February time (weather permitting of course).
There is however a knock on effect to the economy, when I ran a courier business a couple of years ago we could not move vehicles for 3 days, we lost a number of what was until then loyal customers, and suffered a dent in our cashflow that was so severe that it was certainly a contributory factor in the demise 8 months later. So have a thought for all those small businesses out there, like the bars and restaurants that had already ordered food in, or the delivery companies that cannot put vehicles on the road.
Whilst some companies such as jewelers make most of their profit in this quarter, others who have a lean patch may well be pushed over the edge. A recent BBC article said these few days of cold weather was likely to be the death knell to just under a thousand small businesses, and with the VAT rise in January this is only likely to get worse.
So what's my point, well my point is simply this, if you dream of financial freedom then running a small business is not likely to give you that dream, there are too many traps laid out to get you. I only wish I had discovered Network Marketing and MonaVie several years ago prior to launching the parcel company I ran. It is more fun, lower risk and far more forgiving of mistakes and external pressures.