This past Friday I had the good fortune of attending Bar Camp San Juan, Puerto Rico. A huge congratulations should go out to @gcollazo for organizing a terrific event. Unfortunately, due to a business issue I had to leave early.
While I was at the gathering I spent a good amount of time talking to Raul (@ConsultantRC) and Gabriel (@gabrielpagan42) about life, business, and of course, social media! At one point during the conversation, Raul had wondered off and Gabriel and I began to discuss the economy.
As we were talking I let him know that during the past year my brother, brother in-law, and best friend from high school have all been without work for extended periods of time (greater than eight months). To which, Gabriel made one particularly keen comment, he stated, “Yes the economy is in horrible shape, but it’s more like one day someone decided to shut the pipeline off.”
Gabriel’s comment struck a nerve with me as my small business “pipeline” had been shut off over Labor Day weekend. During the long weekend, hurricane Earl destroyed the dock where the ferries bring in tourists while at the same time, the FAA grounded both of the small airlines that fly to our island.
Essentially, we were stuck, but even worse was the fact that tourists (our paying customers) could not reach the island. Indeed, on one of the busiest weekends of the year for our small business, our “pipeline” had been shut off. Needless to say, we lost a lot of money.
I bring this story up for two reasons.
First, the transportation debacle was the catalyst that got me to thinking about creating ten niche websites in twenty weeks with the hopes of having all of them generate some income within six months to a year. Some people call it Escape Velocity or Non-Conformity, but in this day and age I call it being practical.
Second, I wanted to get you thinking about the fact that your “pipeline” might indeed get shut off some day. What are you planning to do? Have you been thinking about starting a project but have been putting off?
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