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In 2002 through 2009, I had a natural health website that was getting 30,000 visitors a month.
I sold a product that you may never have heard of, ear candles. They were the best in the US and I had an exclusive deal with the manufacturer. They were better by far than the junk you see in todays health food store. We shipped to 20 different countries, retail and wholesale. We were doing around $30,000 a month, not bad for a home based business.
The oil spill happened and sales evaporated along with the web traffic. Obama came along and destroyed the economy. He and his bankster friends raised the interest on ALL our credit lines to 29%. We couldn't fight 2 wars. We were done.
We filed bankruptcy in late 2009
We never planned bankruptcy and so kept I paying my vendors right up to the very end, over $14,000 a month, until there was no more money. Then I filed. The bankruptcy trustee was astonished that we kept paying our bills out of our savings until they were gone. Most people plan to go bankrupt and sock away money. We didn't.
In those days everyone was going bankrupt. They got them in and out of the courthouse quick. We timed them. 90 seconds per bankruptcy. In just one courtroom. They were lined up outside the door.
They did it on purpose to destroy the small businesses.
What did I learn? What were my takeaway's?
1) Always have your own product
2) If you manufacture, control the supply chain. Always have multiple vendors. I only had one vendor I relied on.
3) Control pricing. We were charging too low for the product.
4) Don't borrow money from criminals. Don't borrow money, period.
5) Work toward supremacy. You don't want to be #1. You want to be THE ONLY ONE.