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  •  Not all. Far from it (2+ / 0-)
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    the thing all businesses have in common, large or small, is that they hate to pay workers and if they could eliminate all the help and still make money, they would.   They also seem to believe that all workers are overpaid and have no pride in doing a good job
    I know quite a number of small businesses that value their employees highly, pay them as well as they possibly can, and manage to retain them for years and years. And those businesses get my business.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 01:26:42 PM PST

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    •  "pay them as well as they possibly can," (0+ / 0-)

      -AND still make HOW MUCH profit?

      The real problem with capitalism is that it considers a viable, sustainable business, meeting its costs and salaries and making a modest profit; a failure-
      because it doesn't provide INCREASING profits for its "investors."
      - Infinite growth.
      An impossibility.
      At least without cheating somebody - usually everbody, workers, customers, suppliers...government....

      •  They make enough profit (0+ / 0-)

        Enough to keep the business open, and maintain a comfortable but far from extravagant lifestyle. A lifestyle not much different than that of their employees. What, they should have a smaller house and cheaper car than the guys who work for them?

        But yes, all the businesses I am thinking of would be considered "failures" if graded on the never ending growth metric. They may grow a little bit. The printer moved to a larger plant so he could do larger jobs, and hired an extra worker. The cafe has been busy, busy, busy and has a new waitress - not replacing those that have been there for ages, but a new addition. On the other hand, the roofer has had a couple of crews with the same guys on it for years. They know their stuff. They do good work. When this area was hit by massive hail the opportunity for growth, at least temporarily, was enormous. But then he would be hiring relatively less skilled people. People he didn't know, and the quality of his work would probably diminish. Besides, his company is the way he keeps the lights on and food on the table. He didn't want to spend more time on it at the expense of other personal passions he pursues.

        "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

        by Catte Nappe on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:46:20 PM PST

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