Top 5 lame business ideas & why.

 

Ashton Deroy writes: As a marketer I am constantly told about business ideas from friends, relatives & classmates. Some of these ideas were good, & some were so funny that I had to mention them on this forum.

In this post I will not analyze them on the merit of the idea. Rather I will judge them on their affordability and likely low revenue generation.

 

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This is actually an idea I hear a lot of, people saying they will start a YouTube channel and sell advertising space. This idea tends to fall apart when you ask questions such as, What is your content Strategy? What will you do index your page? How will you deal with your own possible negative publicity?

Sure start a YouTube channel, why not? Just don’t expect miracles. Really, don’t be surprised if you turn on the camera and you achieve nothing spectacular! Personally I tried discussing business on YouTube for years but I am not rich so no one really cares. People have gone on record getting higher views on their homemade porn than on their YouTube channels. 😉

Realistically a YouTube channel will not likely make ad revenue unless they have 1000 subscribers, an authority in content & their own external website for proper channel indexing.

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In 2016 my brother decided he wanted to start a security business. He did not put much thought in to this business though… As he thought it would be an easy business he could freelance and start. What did he not know? He needs a business license, insurance, a valid security license & contacts for business leads.

In one meeting in regards to setting up this business my other brother suggested just operating without licenses and trained security, however I spoke up and warned them that this would very likely get them sued for securities fraud at the very least…

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Recent Marijuana News:

Ever since Justin Trudeau announced the intention of legalizing marijuana in 2015. Every other person in business school and my own brother has wanted to to get in the marijuana business. Why this is a bad idea? The market is too crowded, most successful vendors are not specialized & buyers do not purchase anything other than specialized accessories online.

Unless you are a pot dealer who already has customers coming to them illegally! Who gives a flying F$#*& about your idea to start this business?

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Any excuse to rip on this incredibly glitchy project that seems to be the pride of Helix at Seneca College. What is this business? It is an app, Well it is supposed to be an indexing business for beauticians such as Hair stylists, makeup artists & nail designers. They want to be the Kijiji on beauty essentially!

What are the problems with this idea?

Idealistic thinking, out of beta and government funding, this idea will not work. Why is this? Beauticians have every interest of working under a salon and not so much as self-employed freelancers. Further than that many beauticians I talked to choose not to self-advertise as they think that will make it harder to join a big salon. This business Beaut is trying to interrupt the hair styling industry the same way Uber did with cars & Air BnB did with lodging.

However unless they become a solid vendor that sends beauticians hundreds of clients. It is likely that rather than interrupt the industry they will likely be ignored by it.

What is the problem with everyone? It seems like everyone is in the application development business. I must get 10 emails a day of Indian companies wanting to develop apps for my .com clients. Personally I only am interested in carrying exercise applications on my phone and I am not eager to try every new application anymore. It is dead… 

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This is a very stupid business idea, T-Shirt design is a hobby not a business! Besides that without having your own equipment you will likely rely on someone else’s printers to run this kind of business & that creates an issue with a markup cost that is much too high to make a profit at this kind of business. Actually in the past I have refused T-Shirt design business partnerships for having an under developed business, no fashion design experience & poor web layout. Again most times this is more of a hobby than a viable business option…

To conclude maybe you read this forum because you are dead set on starting a business. I always tell people a business is like a job, you need to do something that is such a pain in the ass people want to pay you to do it. The best business ideas I would love to get behind are tech support, Sales based & or in the food service industry. However this idea of having fun jobs is idealistic and incredibly stupid.

Article 1: Keys to team work success, Article 2: Anything Dark?

Shaun Vollick Seneca

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March 27th 2017, Ashton Deroy was in the Senacentre to learn about success, teamwork and project management from Shaun Vollick MEd, PMP.  This was an event organized by the Seneca College Business group which had free pizza, coffee & discussion amongst Business, Human Resources and Engineering students.

Team work agile approach Shaun Vollick proposes that the new methodology for team work should be approached with an agile approach. Constantly adapting the team to the changes of economics practices, competitors and demands of the client/customer. He does suggest this ideology is not idiot proof as it requires management to eventually produce end products to projects!

Success keys , work to not specialize, from what I gathered there needs to be more focus put on showing up communicating and delegating. A project can change in a heartbeat, think of the variables in play with any project, who is it for? What is the desired outcome? What is the research? With all of these factors projects can change in the blink of an eye. So if you can’t show up for them, you won’t succeed in them! 

Project management three general guidelines 

  1. Delegate – It is better if you don’t try to do everything yourself. Make sure everyone knows their role and its purpose. 
  2. Document – Produce minutes or record keeping of all team team meetings. 
  3. Ask for help, Give help – For school & work projects you may be learning like everyone else. Don’t be afraid of being a little lost! It sounds cliche but give help to your peers, everyone has a different learning curve. 

Need help with a marketing project? Call 647-850-6802 or email Ashtonderoy@gmail.com. Emailing before calling increasing communication accuracy! 

 

 


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Written by Ashton Deroy

Gay, Atheist and Business person

Commentary: I wrote this essay for myself because I really have not written anything creative in a while. I wanted to write something against the fake optimism we as a society are expected to conform to every day. The tone of this article is very dark. I feel that is because “Smiling” is not the key to making all of your problems go away. I consider the benefits of fake optimism more false promises than useful guidance for a higher quality life. 

I truly achieved some of my best writing, accomplishments, and attention through negative, dark & satirical works. Not from writing happy stories & articles meant to satisfy everyone. 

Instructions to operate in life: Stand to the right or left single file, use a good posture, and smile! No matter what is going on let them all see you smile because not smiling is a negative thing. You can engage in conversation with the people to your right & left but make sure they follow our “code of conduct.” Also, remember to smile because everyone likes it when you smile! Remember you live to serve and please and nothing more.

If you are in the service industry in Ontario Canada for over one year. Hopefully, you have learned to submit, be passive and compartmentalize your personal life from your professional life. Make no mistake you are a slave, you will work when you are told, follow rules and guidelines and you may not request a day off or salary increase, that is non-negotiable! Answer every inquiry with a happy to help attitude and if you are not a passive to confrontation, you better learn!

“Stop worrying about what’s scary or stressful” they will tell us!

The little Things. Toronto: Anything Bright, 2016. Print.

Once you believe that lie you are almost ready to believe the other lies of optimism to. Lies that include consuming your way to happiness, while in the same breath they will tell you to accept earning less at work because money does not equal happiness. All because this is society that would rather push two contradicting beliefs of operation rather than accept there is a real issue upon us. To be optimistic though this is to accept not being entitled to a better job, a nicer place and a more exciting romance! 

Ever sit there and wonder why are mental illness rates keep shooting upwards?

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.”

NAMI. Mental Health By The Number. N.p.: National alliance on mental illness, n.d. Print. This article is to write about the prevalence and rise of mental illness in North America. Ashton Deroy is using this statistic to make a direct connection between mental illness and the type of work society does. Ashton Deroy asks When you look at this statistic, does being blindly optimistic seem logical? Or do you maybe think if something is bothering you it might be time to talk about it. That is might be time to be a little negative, hurt and just maybe it is time to feel used!

Did you think about why mental illness rates are shooting up? They aren’t, they just went unrecorded while society conformed to the comforting lies of blind optimism, god and the cloudy beautiful place we go when we die. As an atheist, I equate the belief in god as the same stupidity as blind optimism. So you can bet one of the first things I want to ask a blindly optimistic person when I meet them. “Do you believe in god?” If I were them I would be too optimistic, because I am high. My drug is religion, religion & conformity.

Religion & conformity isn’t a drug you have to shoot up, it isn’t going to give you the shakes if you go without it but it is quite mentally powerful never the less. Just look at the body count of people dying every year due to nationally enforced religious laws…. What should you think about instead of religion? Well, what is real? Are you getting paid enough? Are you getting laid enough? Are you respected to your exact liking in your place of work? Of course, these are not the fixations society wants you to have because they might just make you too uppity.

Thank you for reading this, I know this was not a comforting piece to read. However, I wanted to write it to challenge the blind optimism that encouraged time to time. Is there anything wrong with being happy? No there is nothing wrong with it. Is there anything wrong with presenting as happy all of the time? Yes, it is unauthentic and fake!

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Related works: 

https://anythingbright.wordpress.com/ – Katia writes about optimism, if you prefer the opposition in views. 

http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/24-Million-Will-Lose-Mental-Health-Coverage – Mental health help is in danger in the United States with the Health Care cuts being made by the Trump Administration.

 

 

 

 

Shaun Vollick Guest speaks for Seneca Business club

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March 27th 2017, Ashton Deroy was in the Senacentre to learn about success, teamwork and project management from Shaun Vollick MEd, PMP.  This was an event organized by the Seneca College Business group which had free pizza, coffee & discussion amongst Business, Human Resources and Engineering students.

 

Team work agile approach Shaun Vollick proposes that the new methodology for team work should be approached with an agile approach. Constantly adapting the team to the changes of economics practices, competitors and demands of the client/customer. He does suggest this ideology is not idiot proof as it requires management to eventually produce end products to projects!

Success keys , work to not specialize. (To Be Written)

Project management , focussing on purpose. (To Be Written)

 

Viktoriia Kovalchuk Vice president SSF

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What are your plans for your position?

I am going to bring SSF on a new level. There are many different areas that I want to cover. First of all, I want to improve food on campus. We have our MetroGrill food service. Of course, we need to work on lowering prices and bringing more traditional options for the majority of cultures and nationalities.

Financial help is very important. I will be involved in fundraising campaigns, will advocate increasing the number of bursaries and the amount that could be given to the student at once. Currently, domestic students usually receive bursaries or awards of $500, and international of $1000. We need to increase the numbers. 

How do you want to encourage healthier eating with students at Seneca?

 

You know that SSF runs it’s own food service, as I said earlier, – MetroGrill. As the president, I will have the control over food option and prices we will have there. Healthy free snacks – I will ensure that we give those away very frequent.

How can we create more part-time job opportunities for students at Seneca Newnham campus?

 

I will be working with the College to ensure that they hire our students. There are also occasional events when College hires someone outside. Again, we can involve students instead. I will be creating the events where we can hire students. For example, something that we already do – we let our Aesthetics students work during our Spa events and earn money. Those plans are for Campus jobs. There are also works needs to be done for job opportunities outside of the campus.


Promoted Messaging

 

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How do we separate ourselves from other web marketers? We list our pricing. 

Facebook +Instagram Advertising: Labor and sales promotion cost, $72 

Advertising space cost: $200 for target market advertising. 

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Social media integrated Website with search engine listing: $470

Team qualifications

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Ashton Deroy: Graduate of Interactive Marketing St. Lawrence College in Kingston Ontario, Graduate of Advertising Marketing Communications Loyalist College in Belleville Ontario. Ex customer service rep for Rogers Communications, T-Mobile and Shaw Cable (HBO sales) . 

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Diana Skye: Graduate of Centennial College’s Business administration program, 3 years of content experience. Data entry specialist. Has shown strong ad copy skills as an editor for the Toronto-Businessphere. Also has skills in financial accounting, sales and community management.  Self branded as Diana Skye as her content creation name. 

 

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Viktoriia Kovalchuk Vice president SSF Seneca Newnham campus

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What are your plans for your position?

I am going to bring SSF on a new level. There are many different areas that I want to cover. First of all, I want to improve food on campus. We have our MetroGrill food service. Of course, we need to work on lowering prices and bringing more traditional options for the majority of cultures and nationalities.

Financial help is very important. I will be involved in fundraising campaigns, will advocate increasing the number of bursaries and the amount that could be given to the student at once. Currently, domestic students usually receive bursaries or awards of $500, and international of $1000. We need to increase the numbers. 

How do you want to encourage healthier eating with students at Seneca?

 

You know that SSF runs it’s own food service, as I said earlier, – MetroGrill. As the president, I will have the control over food option and prices we will have there. Healthy free snacks – I will ensure that we give those away very frequent.

How can we create more part-time job opportunities for students at Seneca Newnham campus?

 

I will be working with the College to ensure that they hire our students. There are also occasional events when College hires someone outside. Again, we can involve students instead. I will be creating the events where we can hire students. For example, something that we already do – we let our Aesthetics students work during our Spa events and earn money. Those plans are for Campus jobs. There are also works needs to be done for job opportunities outside of the campus.

 

 


New Interview lead

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Ashton Deroy is now trying to get ahold of Nicole Lau. To ask these questions in a blog interview style format. 

What separates you from other SSF candidates? 

 

Your promotion with the fondue fountain showed ambitious student body engagement, do you plan to continue that level of engagement? 

 

What are your concerns with the Seneca College social, administrative and economic environment? 

Business club meeting

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Seneca Newnham Campus Business club activities on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in E1415. Feb. 23 2017. Victoria the nice woman who runs the group might be looking to run for SSF Vice President position. So make sure you hurry up and sign with her. 


Also Ashton Deroy & Diana Skye. The admins for this website worked together on a music project. Check out the audio below: 

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Thank you to KaTT from Patreon for the sounds we used as crayons to our disaster piece.


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