Why business should be like farming.. Or not!


Agriculture has been the cause of civilization. People settled around rivers in the form of civilized society once they started farming and growing produce, moving away from a nomadic life. Agriculture teaches us a lot about business. I’ll tell you a small story before coming to the point.
John, a farmer, had a huge patch of land. It’s produce of corn could be in tons. John had a friend, Sam, with a plot of almost the same size. They both decided to begin their careers in farming, making money off agricultural produce.

John decided to grow corn. Sam decided to plant apple trees.
John worked hard in the farm. He knew he had to prepare for the crop every season and that involved a lot of work, preparing the farm, seeding, weeding, fertilizing etc. It was a task to get it done every year but he was happy at the end of the day with the amount of money that he’d get from selling the produce. He was growing richer by the year and started to buy larger chunks of land around.
Sam, on the other hand, had little money always. He had planted his trees in most part of his farm and he also had some crop on the side to allow him a square meal. He was patient and took good care of his trees. He had lots of them, which meant lots of money was also needed to maintain them. He even had to borrow some from John at times, which he promptly returned after selling the harvest.
Years passed. John worked hard in the fields and also had help. He was happy that he created jobs and had provided for families. Sam also had his trees ready for bearing fruit. After eight odd years, Sam had the first fruit from his trees. He took half of the produce to John and gave it to him, for old times sake. He sold the rest and had enough to buy a small field next to his.
That entire year, Sam didn’t have to do much. He took care of his trees and spent quality time with his family in the orchard. John, on the other hand, had to work as hard as earlier, and also managed the large team of employees.
Sam earned a little less than John, but it was enough to provide for his family and to give back to the world. John worked harder and earned a little more than his needs/wants.
In the end, when they died, John’s children still worked in the farm whereas Sam’s children were able to go to the school and got a good education for them because they didn’t have to work in the field all the time.

When building a business, please remember to plant trees and not a seasonal crop unless you are in the transit period from being a crop grower to a tree planter.
Build something to last. Don’t be the last one to continue building.

How the most ambitious employment plan has finished the Nation’s manufacturing?

NREGA, or Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, as called by the UPA government that is fond of adding Gandhi/Nehru/Indira/Rajeev to anything that they can, is the biggest employment guarantee program in the world.
Employment guarantee program per se is something against the spirit of competition and development. It means that regardless of your skill set or qualification, the Government will employ you for a specific number of days every year and pay you minimum wages. This is similar to the corporate bailout programs offered by many governments after the 2008 global crash. A company/individual is not skilled to do something in the right manner but they are supported by the Govt. using the taxpayers’ money instead of weeding them out.
The Government of India is doing the same thing. They have spent 2500 billion rupees, or close to USD 40 billion, without a proper plan. They are paying people for doing things that may or may not be required. Some people even believe that those employed aren’t even doing the job. There is nothing to do and therefore if you are well ‘connected‘ with the block officer, you may even stand a chance to get your salary delivered to your home – the commissions – without doing anything.
Imagine the workforce being wasted doing nothing jobs. These people will never want to develop a skill-set because they are already being paid the minimum wages. They will never move up in the food chain because they will never have tried. The NREGA scheme is turning them into machines that won’t do anything intelligent. They are not creating anything, they have no vocational training, they don’t contribute to the GDP according to their potential. They are being fed the taxpayers money with a spoon so that they can be used as a vote bank.
These people, once they realize that they have passed the age to learn, will have no choice but to vote for the Govt that continues this parasitic scheme paralyzingly the people of the country. Anyone who would dare to stop the scheme would never be voted into power.
We will always have an army of unskilled and underemployed people to feed. Millions of them, forever!

Why do I need a website / blog?

I will be honest. I do not need a website and I don’t usually have the time energy and the patience to update a blog. The only reason I have this domain is because years ago, USA.net had begun charging for its service and I didn’t want to give out my hotmail.com free address to people. An email address mapped to my domain appeared slightly more professional!

Now that I had the domain for almost a decade, a lot of people asked me why the website didn’t open. I tried explaining that the email address didn’t have anything to do with the website. Most of these people would then ask me if I had a proper email address like one on yahoo.com or hotmail.com!

So basically the need for a website arose out of the need to convince people that this domain was real and there was a working website so their emails wouldn’t get lost in cyberspace. I have changed the subject of this blog at multiple occasions but as I said, the purpose was more to have an active website than an active dialogue.

This time I am hoping that I won’t have to move the services anywhere and I will have this as an active website with meaningful content for a long period of time. As I mentioned in the last post, I am consolidating all internet properties with one service provider so that the renewal and management is via one single console. That should save me the trouble of reinstalling WordPress every time things renew, making me lose all posts.

Consolidation of Web Properties

I have been trying to look for one provider where I can consolidate all my domains, hosting account and email. While I found Techspeak as one of the reliable solutions for domain registration and hosting, I am yet to move my email to them.

I think hotmail/outlook is still the best hosted email solution provider. Gmail was a nice email solution provider but they have now stopped providing free email hosting to small business.