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Re: young entrepreneur

But being in an accountant frame of mind does have it's drawbacks in the
business world. You are used to crunching the numbers and are hesitant
to take the risks needed at times.


----- Original Message ----

Maybe, a degree in business would be more practical...accounting takes a
love of numbers, precision, and detail.  If he loves that, he won't find it

Bonnie Zone 7/7 ETN
Remember:  The River Raisin, The Alamo, The Maine, Pearl Harbor, 9/11

> [Original Message]
> From: james singer <islandjim1@verizon.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 4/20/2007 7:51:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] young entrepreneur
> Very interesting, Auralie. Give them my best. As I understand the seed 
> business on the non-production end, it's 90 percent marketing--and the 
> web has greatly changed that and, no doubt, will change it a lot more 
> in the next decade or so. Since he seems to know something about 
> selling seeds on the net, an apprenticeship with a traditional seed 
> merchant may be a waste of time. What he really needs to do is to 
> develop reliable sources of the kinds of seeds he wants to peddle--and 
> figure out all the goofy laws and USDA regulations regarding importing 
> botanical material. [All that paranoid nonsense may well put his dream 
> out of reach unless he moves to Spain and writes off the US market.] 
> But the main thing, I think, is reliable sources. There are many 
> indigenous people who make their livelihoods by gathering and selling 
> seeds; the challenge is to find them.
> On Apr 20, 2007, at 5:47 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:
> > I know a Navy man who has a interesting hobby.  Actually, he
> > is my granddaughter's boyfriend or whatever the proper term is
> > these days.  Everywhere he goes, and being in the Navy he
> > goes a lot of places, he visits parks and botanical gardens, and
> > pockets any loose seeds he can find.  Sometimes with permission,
> > but not always.  (I have often done this myself, so I can't be
> > critical.)  Then he sells them on EBay - apparently does a pretty
> > good business this way.  He will be out of the Navy, hopefully,
> > in the fall, and plans to go to college to be an accountant, but
> > what he really would like to do is specialize in unusual and
> > exotic seeds.  The accounting plan is just because he is a
> > very practical young man and knows he needs a skill.
> > What advice should I give him?  What would be his chances
> > in the world of horticulture?  Maybe he should start out at
> > one of the big seed houses to learn the business?  He does
> > love plants and growing thing so much, I hate to see him give
> > up his great interest for a dull profession like accounting.  On
> > the other hand, I'd like him to be able to provide well for my
> > granddaughter if that's what they want.  Of course she is talking
> > about going into environmental law - she graduated this spring
> > from Washington State - and that doesn't pay well unless, as
> > she says, you go to the "dark side."
> > Auralie
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ************************************** See what's free at 
> > http://www.aol.com.
> >
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> Island Jim
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> Heat Zone 10
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> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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