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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1100 on: October 09, 2019, 07:31:35 AM »
Hey Maxxx,
The business sounds really good.  If you havenít already Iíd suggest you really pin your ears back and jump into it four square.  It is  one of the first times you appear to be content with something. Doing this may shave weight and add in every other aspect of your life. 

Regarding your buddy.  I realize your buddy hasnít  asked you for money but if you and him put more time in together and you decide he is a worthwhile individual Iíd consider helping him out if you had the means  there may be no better use of money    Just a thought   
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Having said that, I completely disagree with the above. I havenít seen anything posted that convinced me proper planning had been exercise. A kilo there, a pound there, hours to make lard here, skin and boil tomatoes over there, experiment with freezing avocados another day, etc. does not make a ground-breaking opportunity to march head-on to fully devote and invest your lifeline.

You folks may as well push the guy over a cliff.

Sorry maxx, not raining on your parade but just not buying it! I hope the folks stayed over long enough to help you clean up and wash the dishes. Thereís also Ďthatí  :(
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1101 on: October 09, 2019, 08:05:21 AM »
Sorry maxx, not raining on your parade but just not buying it! I hope the folks stayed over long enough to help you clean up and wash the dishes. Thereís also Ďthatí  :(

If I understood correctly what has been done so far was just a feasibility study.  I would think a true business plan will develop from there...

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1102 on: October 09, 2019, 09:10:44 AM »
If I understood correctly what has been done so far was just a feasibility study.  I would think a true business plan will develop from there...


Even more reason, IMHO. One, there are far more significant things maxx should've first attended to. There are major, key business parameters that should've been completed. Local suppliers (farmers, not markets. Where/who/how to outsource certain aspects of 'production'? Cost evaluation/comparison studies, etc..), local ordinances/regulations (licenses, health permits, additional capital sources (funding, if necessary). These and many others are your baseline costs (overheads). You want that to be as consistent as possible. Cranking/ sampling one 'product' for any test marketing is not a god idea unless that's all you're offering - to a limited audience / all/most of whom you know ). Secondly, the 'learn as you go' approach is NOT one should invest in on a limited capital.

Not even touching the state of the 'partner'.

Again, IMHO.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2019, 09:23:41 AM by GQBlues »
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1103 on: October 09, 2019, 09:20:07 AM »
There is restaurant in the downtown area with a Golden Arches. Only is is inverted and looks like a yellow 'W'. It is the exact same symbol as Mc D's except it is upside down.

I've seen a lot of that going on in the FSU. Businesses there using similar logos with a twist or similar names like "King Burger" instead of "Burger King" to give customers they are an American business.

Maxx, you need to stand out. Dress up in a clown costume and do some commercials on tv advertising your food. It worked for Ronald McDonald.
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1104 on: October 09, 2019, 09:52:10 AM »
If I understood correctly what has been done so far was just a feasibility study.  I would think a true business plan will develop from there...


I haven't read GQ's response yet. Basically you are right BC. It is just a 3 month long till the end of the year feasibility study. I looked over what I can spare out of my emergency fund and figure I can spare $4000 to $5000 and $300 a month out of my pension. If it develops into a money pit without a counter balance of income I will cut it off. Meanwhile I am having fun.
« Last Edit: October 09, 2019, 10:00:52 AM by Maxx2 »

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Re: Did you guys know I am a honorary Texas Ranger?
« Reply #1105 on: October 09, 2019, 09:59:51 AM »
Did you guys know I was an honorary Texas Ranger?

Sworn in by a Texas Ranger Chaplin in an Exxon gas station in Bells, Texas in 2014.
Interestingly, for me at least, my partner Michael in this business is 100% Apache Indian.


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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1106 on: October 09, 2019, 10:00:40 AM »



You folks may as well push the guy over a cliff.

Based on what I have read he is already heading towards the cliff. 

   I'm sure it would be a messy start because nothing much works according to plan. Maybe the cliff is coming either way, so overall, I like the idea that Maxx would die with his boots on rather than fade away with a vodka bottle by his side in the late night.  The spirit and energy he could garner from an adventure such as he is describing seems to me to be a big positive.  That is my opinion. 

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1107 on: October 09, 2019, 10:04:14 AM »
t.

Having said that, I completely disagree with the above.
I really don't think my words of encouragement require a 'completely disagree'.  Of course as a part of jumping in four square he would need to plan. 

You brought up some valid concerns, and I'd say the biggest x factor is a critical partner who is suddenly inaccessible which I would fine both disturbing and aggravating. 

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1108 on: October 09, 2019, 10:06:27 AM »

Even more reason, IMHO. One, there are far more significant things maxx should've first attended to. There are major, key business parameters that should've been completed. Local suppliers (farmers, not markets. Where/who/how to outsource certain aspects of 'production'? Cost evaluation/comparison studies, etc..), local ordinances/regulations (licenses, health permits, additional capital sources (funding, if necessary). These and many others are your baseline costs (overheads). You want that to be as consistent as possible. Cranking/ sampling one 'product' for any test marketing is not a god idea unless that's all you're offering - to a limited audience / all/most of whom you know ). Secondly, the 'learn as you go' approach is NOT one should invest in on a limited capital.

Not even touching the state of the 'partner'.

Again, IMHO.


My plan is to use the food to get the help. Monday at the party I met the "Soya King" of Georgia (with his own restaurant) and my winter apartment's caretaker's husband who is about to open his forth hotdog place. Both people want to help me with all the ins and outs of this business. And I will help them where I can. In short, there is a method to my madness. And I am having fun.

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1109 on: October 09, 2019, 10:09:03 AM »
Based on what I have read he is already heading towards the cliff. 

   I'm sure it would be a messy start because nothing much works according to plan. Maybe the cliff is coming either way, so overall, I like the idea that Maxx would die with his boots on rather than fade away with a vodka bottle by his side in the late night.  The spirit and energy he could garner from an adventure such as he is describing seems to me to be a big positive.  That is my opinion. 

Fathertime!


I like your spirit. Remember, I am having fun.

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1110 on: October 09, 2019, 10:38:01 AM »

My plan is to use the food to get the help. Monday at the party I met the "Soya King" of Georgia (with his own restaurant) and my winter apartment's caretaker's husband who is about to open his forth hotdog place. Both people want to help me with all the ins and outs of this business. And I will help them where I can. In short, there is a method to my madness. And I am having fun.

Good to know you're having fun, maxx.
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1111 on: October 09, 2019, 09:48:14 PM »
I'd say the biggest x factor is a critical partner who is suddenly inaccessible which I would fine both disturbing and aggravating.

Fathertime!


That was my thoughts as I woke up this Thursday morning. Will I not see him going on three days come this evening? The parties on Sunday and Monday were a complete success. A green light to get the move on.


Edited to add: If I don't hear from him today or tomorrow I am going to shelve the idea until next year. In the meantime I should learn what I can about this business and business conditions here in Batumi. And find someone else to work with if I do decide to go into business. I talked with Alex from the gym yesterday and Saturday would be the best day to throw another party and test another dish. But I am not going tell this to Michael unless he contacts me first.   
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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1112 on: October 09, 2019, 11:39:28 PM »
Good to know you're having fun, maxx.


Sometimes it is fun. I like the creative part of it. And because of it I get out and meet people.

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Re: My new life in the Republic of Georgia
« Reply #1113 on: October 10, 2019, 01:56:19 AM »

 And because of it I get out and meet people.


This morning I met a young Georgian woman at a business. She asked me over a cup of coffee if I can help her improve her English. Then I asked her if she can help me improve my Russian. So I'll have something to do besides the business.


About noon here. No sign of Michael.

 

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