There`s a passing nod to "small business," but that often means a going concern with nearly $1-million in annual revenues, or a company with 50 or so employees. What about us---the little guys?
I don`t think anyone yet has a good way to analyze online sales, other than to say it`s going up and up. I`d guess that without any invasion of privacy, companies like PayPal can say that the gross dollar amount in transactions moving through their systems during December, would be this or that. Is that how they "know" that online e-commerce is growing or shrinking?
How did you do, this Christmas season? Did you experience a spike in sales? Do you forecast a slowdown during the first quarter of 2008? Is the housing slump affecting your business?
How do you think the analysts calculate the trends in e-commerce, or do you have some concrete information about it? If you`ve been in business more than one year, would you say increased sales are due to e-commerce acceptance, or is it simply that you`ve been around for a year, and are naturally growing?
How large do you think the entrepreneurial sector is, in terms of the overall economy and our impact on the "numbers?" For example, we know that first-time unemployment sign-ups are some number, but what about people who quit their corporate job to start a business? They don`t sign up for unemployment benefits; they just simply "disappear," in relation to the statistical analyses...right?
Retailers are moaning about how they didn`t do as well as expected. What about us? What about you? Did you do better than you thought, worse, or pretty much have no change in your sales and revenues resulting from the holidays?
Generally speaking, how would you assess the standard business events of the 2007 holiday season, from a 1-owner perspective, or perhaps that of your business with a couple of employees.