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Biz Blog Wk 1

How do the 3 areas of business apply to a business in your city?

Ok so Imma explain to you what the 3 areas of business are before we really get into this. The first is sales and marketing. Basically this is the part of business that gets the product out in the open and sold. The second area is operation where everything is manufactured or taken care of. The third and final area is administration and finance. Pretty self-explanatory: who is in charge and who we have to pay or how we get paid.

My family manages an industrial property and rents out spaces on the property as a business. The first area of business (sales and marketing) is dealt with by our business through the use of a sign in front of the building that advertises the empty space and occasional craigslist listings.  The second area of business (operation) is apparent whenever me an the fam. pick up trash, inspect the building weekly to make sure it’s in shape, fix anything that needs fixing, and generally make sure the property is attractive enough to attract potential tenants. If by any chance we are unable to fix a problem we call in a handyman. For the third and final area of business (administration and finance), we end up doing a lot of paperwork and computer-spreadsheet editing. Then we have to go collect rent from all the tenants and make sure everyone is caught up on their payment. Then back to the spreadsheets! Time to pay the bills for the building. Of course it’s never quite that simple, but overall, this is how the 3 areas of business apply to our business. :)

West Civ^2 (L 125) o/ lines

*DISCLAIMER* We didn’t have time to do full paragraphs so this is our weekly paper compromise. :/

(1) What are the primary differences discussed in this week’s videos between Marxism and Marxism-Leninism?

  • I. (Background) Karl Marx = German Philosopher-type guy espoused economic theory “Marxism” late 19th century
  • II. (Topic) Russian socialists <3 Marxism and modified it after Czars (esp. Lenin)
  • #1. Marxism –> naturally via people
  • #2. M-Leninism –> workers too stupid to bring about
  • #3. Marx –> state would wither and die
  • #4. Lenin –> state got even stronger
  • #5. Marx –> everyone would have an abundance of food
  • #6. Lenin –> starved the people through deceit
  • #7. Marx–> ppl could do whatever they wanted
  • #8. Lenin –> forced ppl to work in specific jobs
  • #9. Marx –> no violence
  • #10. Lenin –> public executions, forcibly seized property, ran out intellectuals
  • III. (Clincher) Leninism and Marxism totally different and just complete control via state

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Biz Blogging (L55)

“What can I cut out of my weekly schedule in order to increase my efficiency?”

I have noticed that lately, I always doodle when listening to Lit or Civ lectures. While I enjoy this time to do something I love every morning, not drawing would probably increase my efficiency in the end of the week papers. Drawing does not mean I can’t listen, just not nearly as well as if I was taking notes for instance. If I took notes, then at the end of the week, I would not have to pick as many facts that I cannot remember from articles or listen to the conclusions of lessons again to write them down for future reference. However, if i cut out the drawing time from my day, I would probably go insane and then I would not be able to listen to lectures at all. A compromise would be to put aside my drawing for the final review lessons of each week and take notes those days, but leaving the rest of the week to doodle while listening.

Biz Blogging (L45)

“Why shouldn’t I borrow (money) to buy something that depreciates?”

If I borrow 30,000$ and use it to buy a car and then drive it at all, then it immediately becomes worth only 20,000$. It depreciates in value. If you borrow money to buy that car, fully intending to pay it back, and then get into some sort of financial trouble and end up selling the car, you are still in debt by at least 10,00$. You’ve effectively dug yourself into a financial black hole. But if you use that borrowed 30,000$ to buy something that can produce more money, then instead of digging yourself into a hole, you are building yourself a crash-pad in case you get into a financial crisis and will be able to pay the debt back with extra money left over. Or even better, just don’t borrow money.


Business Sentences L 20-40

Just catching up on a LOT of unwritten business papers… ;P But there are sooo maaany *cries* so just little on each.

L20 “Why is running my own business a way to guarantee my employment in 2030?”

Hmmm. Let me list the ways: 1) I can control whether or not I stay employed (so long as my business is successful). 2) I can directly control all of our marketing and product changes to better appeal to the public and therefore stay in business. 3) I can control my finances to a very precise extent and adjust the product production process accordingly to make a decent amount of money. Aaaand I am apparently a control freak…  Continue reading

Business lesson 10

How Does Harry Brown’s Approach to Selling Rely on the Principle of Service?

The Secret of Selling Anything is about becoming a better salesman, and presents very logical points on how to do so. These points state the ideal mindset of the parties on either side of the cash register and how to manipulate the buyer to earn a profit. Harry Brown’s approach to selling relies on the Principle of Service, because if the seller is pushy and rude, the customer will almost never make a purchase.

From the moment the customer enters the store, he knows what he wants—otherwise he would not have walked in. The businessman’s ultimate boss is the buyer, so just as if the seller insulted the CEO of his company, if he offends the buyer, he will never make a profit. In every interaction, the customer has the upper hand. The Principle of Service simply stated is this: the businessman had better be a servant to the buyer, because the buyer is the boss. The seller’s job is to be helpful, ask questions, answer the buyer’s questions, show the buyer the right merchandise, show the buyer how to buy, and follow up with the buyer after the purchase. Floppily, the buyer is in charge.

The purchase keeps the business man fed and happy and the customer satisfied. A win-win scenario for both, if only the business man follows the Principle of Service.

Personal Finance lesson 10

“Three Things I Can Change to Use Time Better” (200 words)

First off, I could begin by transferring my lessons to a mobile device and completing the lessons during my time in the car or while waiting for my chemistry class to start. On the other hand–since I can only complete about five minutes of any subject during those times because of my lack of concentration–I could read an enjoyable book or doodle because those things make me happy. But I guess that means I need to work on my concentration.

Secondly, I could actually spend a little more time and brain capacity outlining and making notes on my classes. This would cement the material in my brain and prevent me from having to go back and read or watch the lesson multiple more times to ace the test or write the essay. Hold on a moment–I actually DO that already! Perhaps I could teach the material to the wall (this has been proven as the most effective way to learn and retain information) instead of wasting time on so many notes.

Third and finally, I could plan out the time I should be spending on whatever chore, subject, or pleasure I deemed to complete that day. A timer and a schedule would allow me to catch any time that was not being used effectively, find out what was using it instead, and eliminate that thing.

Rene Descartes

Born late March 1596 in France somewhere. Pretty bright dude and extensively educated. He did lots of math. Tons of people considered him the father of modern philosophy. Many of his philosophies were repeated memos of other dudes in the past but his approach was as fresh as a daisy bouquet. He believed in starting fresh (forgive my repeated word) which inspired the thought, “I exist” which inspired his most famous philosophy, “I think therefore I am.” He took a rational approach to uncovering the natural world which meant using math…I think…UUUUGH MATH. Although he never married, he had a daughter, Francine, (Naughty naughty) in 1635. Previously he had moved to the Netherlands because the city was too busy and now planned to move back to educate his little girl but she died as little more than a toddler…or sometime young. He stayed in the Netherlands for 20 more years until he died in Sweden. How did he get over there? The queen had made him come and he got pneumonia. He was 53. He was a Catholic and grew up in France in an area that was mostly Huguenot. Continue reading

Personal Finances Essay (200 words)

Here is my essay (246 words) from Ron Paul’s Personal Finances class through video lecture centering on the topic “How I can control small expenses” and covering all the necessary points. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.

Most teenagers don’t seem to have many so called “big expenses” but there are some things that adolescents would obviously like to save up for such as a car, computer, or college education. But when the time to fork over the funds for these big ticket items rolls around, their wallets are devoid of anything but old candy wrappers and pocket lint. Why does this always seem to happen no matter what steps are taken to avoid it? The fact is, every time someone walks through a shopping center, advertisements scream at him, blaring about the manufacturer’s amazing product for only $19.99 and “but wait, if you purchase now you can get more…” The potential buyer falls into the trap and is parted from his money for an insignificant trifle. But picture what happens when such decisions are made over and over again. Even the expense of something tiny like a song from I tunes or a phone case can quickly change a teenager’s future profit to debt if left unchecked. One way to greatly improve a teenager’s monetary situation would be to increase income by obtaining a small job. Another idea would be to lock up a portion of every payday from oneself to prevent tapping into the savings fund. Also consider each item carefully before buying or make someone else buy it for you through underhanded trickery. These are some handy suggestions for keeping your wallet fat and happy no matter what your age.