Introduction for some small business:Some kinds of packaging solutions.

Introduction for some small business:Some kinds of packaging solutions.

Packaging ideas and options are very important for any new business owner producing products, reselling products, or storing products. Packaging is an integral part of marketing and can also help reduce product loss. When determining packaging options, a packaging designer or consultant should be considered. Normally a smart packaging designer is an excellent option to assist in marketing efforts. A professional packaging design will allow products to stand out on the shelves and help build brand recognition. A good packaging consultant is an all-in-one packaging adviser. They will help or know who to recommend for packaging design, efficiency, materials, machines, and a whole host of other issues. Both services are great to consider when sales are high enough to warrant it. 

Many small start-up businesses do not have the option of hiring professionals due to budget constraints. We are going to offer a couple of options to consider. Packaging design is not our specialty, but recommending materials and supplies to small start-up companies is something we often help with.

One of the most cost-effective professional packaging ideas we recommend is a clear plastic packaging material with a professional sticker. For small start-up companies this option is professional, offers low start-up costs, and low material costs. Below is a list of some of our clear plastic packaging options.

1)Poly Tubing: An excellent option for long cylindrical objects. Often used for objects made out of wood or metal. Polyethylene comes up to six mils thick which can handle very heavy and pointed objects. Most companies using poly tubing to package products use a heat sealer to close both open ends.

2)Poly Bags: An excellent choice for a large selection of products from food products to hardware. Poly bags have a lot of versatility from the variety of sizes, thicknesses, and closure techniques. Lay flat poly bags can be closed with tape, staples, twist ties, and even sealed shut. Ziplock poly bags have an easy close top just like home use ziplock bags, but much more cost-effective buying in bulk.

3)Shrink Tubing: Unlike poly tubing, shrink tubing will conform to the product being wrapped. Shrink tubing is not as durable as the thicker poly tubing and is recommended for lighter weight objects. A sealer and a heat tunnel or heat gun works great for shrink tubing.

4)Shrink Wrap Bags/Rolls: Used for consumable and non-consumable products around the world. Shrink wrap offers a great way to cover and protect products while still displaying products for customers to see what they are buying.

Lastly, boxes are one of the most popular options for small start-up enterprises to pack their products. Beware that custom printed boxes are often expensive with high minimum order requirements. Boxes used with the proper void-fill can contain and protect products during transportations and shopping.

 

Introduction for some small business:Some kinds of packaging solutions.

Introduction for some small business:Some kinds of packaging solutions.

Packaging ideas and options are very important for any new business owner producing products, reselling products, or storing products. Packaging is an integral part of marketing and can also help reduce product loss. When determining packaging options, a packaging designer or consultant should be considered. Normally a smart packaging designer is an excellent option to assist in marketing efforts. A professional packaging design will allow products to stand out on the shelves and help build brand recognition. A good packaging consultant is an all-in-one packaging adviser. They will help or know who to recommend for packaging design, efficiency, materials, machines, and a whole host of other issues. Both services are great to consider when sales are high enough to warrant it. 

Many small start-up businesses do not have the option of hiring professionals due to budget constraints. We are going to offer a couple of options to consider. Packaging design is not our specialty, but recommending materials and supplies to small start-up companies is something we often help with.

One of the most cost-effective professional packaging ideas we recommend is a clear plastic packaging material with a professional sticker. For small start-up companies this option is professional, offers low start-up costs, and low material costs. Below is a list of some of our clear plastic packaging options.

1)Poly Tubing: An excellent option for long cylindrical objects. Often used for objects made out of wood or metal. Polyethylene comes up to six mils thick which can handle very heavy and pointed objects. Most companies using poly tubing to package products use a heat sealer to close both open ends.

2)Poly Bags: An excellent choice for a large selection of products from food products to hardware. Poly bags have a lot of versatility from the variety of sizes, thicknesses, and closure techniques. Lay flat poly bags can be closed with tape, staples, twist ties, and even sealed shut. Ziplock poly bags have an easy close top just like home use ziplock bags, but much more cost-effective buying in bulk.

3)Shrink Tubing: Unlike poly tubing, shrink tubing will conform to the product being wrapped. Shrink tubing is not as durable as the thicker poly tubing and is recommended for lighter weight objects. A sealer and a heat tunnel or heat gun works great for shrink tubing.

4)Shrink Wrap Bags/Rolls: Used for consumable and non-consumable products around the world. Shrink wrap offers a great way to cover and protect products while still displaying products for customers to see what they are buying.

Lastly, boxes are one of the most popular options for small start-up enterprises to pack their products. Beware that custom printed boxes are often expensive with high minimum order requirements. Boxes used with the proper void-fill can contain and protect products during transportations and shopping.

 

Small Business: Are Some Too Small to Survive?

It doesn’t matter if you’re obscenely wealthy, living under a bridge, own a Mom and Pop business, or are the most mega of mega multinationals, you want a tax break. Regardless of how much your lobbyists can con out of legislators or how much the country can afford to give, everyone promises to rush right out and stimulate the heck out of the economy, thereby single-handedly putting everyone back to work.

Of course, if this were possible we’d have avoided the financial collapse and licked unemployment before the first CEO could skim his bonus off the top. Truth is, if someone’s paid 2 bucks a year in taxes, they’d complain it wasn’t a buck.

Such is life in a capitalist society.

One of the most repeated mantras in the political/economic wilderness is that small businesses create jobs like an alchemist creates gold from base metal. I suspect that’s true because Big Corporations are a lot better at creating jobs in Bangalore than Bangor and it’s not like they have sterling track records to contradict that. But, if Big Businesses aren’t “too big to fail”, aren’t some small businesses “too small to survive”?

Small Biz Owners Have Bigger Balls Than Me
I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to work themselves silly trying to make a living out of the ether. They have bigger balls than me. But if the sole criteria for success was hard work, coal miners and garbage picker uppers would get the gazillion dollar bonuses.

Likewise, if the only criteria was the ability to take huge risks, corporateers would still come out in the lead, notwithstanding they took the risks with someone else’s money, doing something an imbecile should know better than to do, and tripling their compensation for failing to do what they set out to do. The only difference is the size of the risk that caused the business’s implosion.

Many, many more small business fail than survive. There are a variety of reasons. Some people never thought running a business was so tough. All they wanted was to escape some domineering middle manager of a boss. Others got loans no sane bank should’ve given them. Still others lacked a flair for the creatively entrepreneurial, somehow thinking the world needed one more pizza place or boutique shop selling dried flowers and “crafts” they wouldn’t keep in their own homes.

On a cost/benefit ratio, small business is a dicey way to create jobs. Most of owners end up on the unemployment rolls alongside anyone unlucky enough to work for them, while simultaneously stiffing creditors and their poorly paid serfs because they couldn’t pay the bills. That’s at least 4 jobs lost right there. One step forward, for steps back.

And, the jobs small business does create aren’t usually the skilled machinist, shipbuilder, electronics technician kind. Most are pizza delivery guys and high school kids twisting dried flowers into malodorous bunches for minimum wage – no vacation, no sick time, no retirement, no health coverage, and in some cases, not enough to buy the pizzas they deliver. The economy can’t aford to create many more jobs like that, regardless of who creates them.

Small Business Says It Can’t Pay
Small business and their lobbies routinely complain they can’t afford the minimum wages already set. They say they have to reinstitute a de facto indentured servitude system to make ends meet and what they say is true. In Big Biz, they call this under-capitalization.

But then, McDonalds and Pizza Hut claim the same thing because burger prices will have to move from Dollar Menus to Two Dollar Menus and that’ll cost the shareholders 2 cents per share. Neither would pay any more than absolutely necessary because every dollar going to employees is a dollar not shown on a profit sheet. They aren’t, as they often remind people, charities.

I believe in small business. They are an important part of the economy and shouldn’t be trivialized. They can create good, quality jobs and improve the economy. However, we can’t afford to incentivize the weak any more than we can afford to foot the bill for all the oil BP can spill or all the slave-labor jeans Levi’s can make in Bangladesh.

Like it or not, everyone – Big Business, small business, low-middle-and upper income taxpayers – have to give something up. What everyone really wants is a no-pain fix and that ain’t gonna happen.

So let’s be honest about the ability for any single segment of the economy to fix this problem. Small business is not the only option. If they can’t raise the capital to compete, they are too small to survive. If daft bankers make bad investments, they aren’t “too big to fail”.

Big corporations and their larger stockholders have to stop living like warlords in Afghanistan and not expect a return on investment is a God-given right. And the rest of us probably won’t miss a $100 a year tax break anyway. If we can’t, it’s cheaper for those who can to help those who can’t, regardless if you think it’s unfair, or socialism, for free marketism at its finest.

Just as not all jobs are equal, not all businesses, or taxpayers are either.

It’s a fact, get over it.

Cross posted at The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks!

5 Reasons the Climate Bill is Not Dead

Bumped from the diaries, with timestamp updated. - Nathan

Cross-posted from The Huffington Post

The Weekly Standard ran a cover story this week called, "In Denial: The Meltdown of the Climate Campaign." Despite the cute play on words about who is denying what, the article got it all wrong. Climate change legislation is not dead--not as long as publications like this keep putting it on its cover.

As one experienced senator recently told an NRDC trustee: "I have never seen an important piece of legislation get passed that wasn't declared dead several times before."

All the big bills flirt with death. Why? Because it is really, really hard to move legislation through Congress. I have seen the most straightforward bills--like the ones to name post offices--get slowed to a halt while hand wringing and horse trading goes on.

I have even seen the bills that uphold the status quo get bogged down. I worked on a bill to phase out the exportation of dangerous mercury. The federal government had already started phasing it out, private industry had done the same, and the House of Representatives passed the bill with ease. Yet still it sat on life support in the Senate for months. Everyone thought it was a goner--until it wasn't. It passed in 2008.

Clean energy and climate legislation will be much more transformative than the mercury bill was, and as a result, its birthing process will be even more tortured. But I am not calling it stillborn, and here is why.

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5 Reasons the Climate Bill is Not Dead

Bumped from the diaries, with timestamp updated. - Nathan

Cross-posted from The Huffington Post

The Weekly Standard ran a cover story this week called, "In Denial: The Meltdown of the Climate Campaign." Despite the cute play on words about who is denying what, the article got it all wrong. Climate change legislation is not dead--not as long as publications like this keep putting it on its cover.

As one experienced senator recently told an NRDC trustee: "I have never seen an important piece of legislation get passed that wasn't declared dead several times before."

All the big bills flirt with death. Why? Because it is really, really hard to move legislation through Congress. I have seen the most straightforward bills--like the ones to name post offices--get slowed to a halt while hand wringing and horse trading goes on.

I have even seen the bills that uphold the status quo get bogged down. I worked on a bill to phase out the exportation of dangerous mercury. The federal government had already started phasing it out, private industry had done the same, and the House of Representatives passed the bill with ease. Yet still it sat on life support in the Senate for months. Everyone thought it was a goner--until it wasn't. It passed in 2008.

Clean energy and climate legislation will be much more transformative than the mercury bill was, and as a result, its birthing process will be even more tortured. But I am not calling it stillborn, and here is why.

There's more...

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