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Old 02-14-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default Any business owners out there?

I've been reading through the forums and alot of people are getting laid off and some are losing their jobs permanantly. My question to those who own businesses is: Are the layoffs we are experiencing due to real difficulties or are businesses just over reacting to the anxiety and fear the media constantly bombards us with? It seems that fear has generated the domino effect and we are heading to CREATING a REAL crisis. One thread had a poll on whether we are spending the same or not and the last time I checked a majority was spending as they normally did. I just cant help thinking that the American people are being set up. Whats your perspective?

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Old 02-14-2009, 05:57 PM   #2
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I own a landscaping business and I'm not feeling the recesion to much. My customers are a little more cranky that's all. Lucky I'm working in a town that has a lot of well to do. There also quite a bit of government work in these parts.

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Old 02-14-2009, 06:00 PM   #3
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My business has seen a 75% drop in sales compared to last year at this time. I'd say it's real.

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Old 02-14-2009, 06:05 PM   #4
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I know a lot of people in construction and they are really feeling it. But construction is one of those things where peoples fears hit the hardest, if you think the economy is going down you're likely to put off the hundred G's kitchen renovation that you dont really need to survive anyway.

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Old 02-14-2009, 06:13 PM   #5
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My business was down 75% in 2008 and I have'nt had a job yet this year, construction has come to a complete halt. I am looking for a job at the moment, too bad I can't make money making Beer!

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Old 02-14-2009, 08:05 PM   #6
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I am in the mortgage business-
The media has scared the crap out of people. And people are willing to listen to anything they hear on the news,or read on the internet, and believe it. One of my clients quoted what she had read on a website- I questioned it, and she sent me the link. The poster stated that she had no experience with the topic, but her opinion was. I could not believe it.

I just got hired as a rep for a kitchen and bath manufacturer. It is about half the pay, but i want a steady income. I will be doing mortgages part time from here on out.

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Old 02-14-2009, 08:53 PM   #7
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Man, I didn't know part time mortgage broker was so popular. I recently found out that two people I have connections with are in the part time mortgage business. How does that work? Obviously you arent lending people your own money..

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:17 PM   #8
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My brother in law just told me his two sons lost their Slacks Hoagie Shop buisness and owed 100K, had to claim bankrupcy. The couple years previous that they had it he told me they were doing a killer buisness. May be other factors, who knows.
I own and rent a shore (seaside) condo which just got some booking a couple weeks back but has slowed to nothing. Right now I have 1/2 the bookings I need, hopefully things will pick up again as I can't afford to pay the mortgage too long without that income. Value of the unit has dropped 60k, back to what I paid 4 years ago.

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I own a manufacturing business (machine shop) doing mostly aerospace products and we actually put an ad in the paper had over 200 responses for the one job opening.
Not sure how many business's are going south due to the greed of the owners. alot of my friends who are owners as well have been living high on the hog with new Hummers and Planes seems they were the ones who are loosing it they have too many bills. live smart within your means and plan for the future everyone knew life could not go on as it was.

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Old 02-17-2009, 06:20 PM   #10
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I own a floor covering business. My gross receipts for 2007 came out to $148,000.
2008 was a dismal $36,500. I have had contractor with 25+ years experience call me begging to be a helper.

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