dpd1 - 4:31 am on Jan 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've thought about that as well. Technically I have actually grown through the hard times. That's why I try not to get too down, because I figure I can't complain too much if I'm actually doing more. But this year will really be the test, because I'm not going into the new year with a big head of steam and higher sales, like the last 5 years. I don't think that's the economy, I just think my biz is leveling off. There's only going to be so much business at a certain level of offerings, until you step up and offer more. But my stuff is technology related, mainly hobbyist, but also commercial. My gut tells me that the economy really won't make that huge a difference in the end for me. My thinking is that it may be like you said... People can't have the big vacations, boats and motorcycles, so they treat themselves to the smaller hobbies instead. And that's where I would come in. My stuff is something that can be used all day long at home, offering something to keep you entertained, but not cost a fortune. So for all I know, a better economy could hurt me in a crazy way. But I deal with lots of people for materials and parts for my items, and I have noticed in the last year that I get treated a heck of a lot better by material vendors lately than I use to. I just got a coupon for $300 off my next order from a local materials dealer that acted like they were doing me a favor selling me something a couple years ago. As they say... The bigger they are, the harder they fall.