May 10, 2007
I’m reading an interesting book right now called Rebel Bookseller by industry veteran Andrew Laties. I just came upon an interesting passage that I wanted to share because I think it’s an insightful take on owning your own business:
People get on a power trip when they start thinking about opening their own store. All that stuff about be your own boss. But the truth is, you trade one boss for thousands of bosses. The customers are in charge of your life. And if they’re not in charge, you don’t have a business.
He then goes on to talk about bookstores needing to “fill a gap” to succeed, which I think is an interesting point. I hope that I’m filling a gap here in Greenpoint in the minds of my customers. So far, so good. I don’t feel like I’m on the verge of being fired, at least not yet.