Thursday, January 01, 2009
A New Year, New Ideas...........Naaa.
One of the things I find interesting about Mexico is the thought process or lack thereof of the small businessman.
Seeing hundreds of businesses including restaurants come and go, makes me wonder if the small entrepreneur will ever learn from other peoples mistakes?
A New Year will bring new starts, for some new business here in Patzcuaro, as in other places both in small towns and large cities as well.
The sad thing is that these businessmen, (I call them as a generality) are doomed for failure before they even start.
Let me give you an example. Sushi in Patzcuaro.
Well that may be doable but who would frequent a fish restaurant first of all in Patzcuaro, knowing what I know about Mexicans, they hate the idea of beef cooked rare or even medium rare, so the idea of raw fish is even more distant than the Alpha Centauri.
Then if that wasn't enough of a reason why a Sushi dive would not survive, put it in a place that people that WOULD eat sushi (tourists) would never find it.
The entrepreneur located it behind a hard to find pharmacia , next to a barely surviving bodega.
He was there for about 6 months, and probably blew his life savings from working in some LA restaurant.
I did speak to him a month after he opened , and the two times I had been next door, his place was empty and dark, but staffed with him and an assistant.
So how would he keep a supply of absolutely fresh fish for that one person that might happen to stumble on to his open restaurant was extremely puzzling.
Even if he had located smack in the middle of the big plaza, I doubt that he would have survived.
This spark of entrepreneurship has to be commended, but what in the world makes them think that they would succeed with some many things against them? The other problem is that you can't tell them anything. After all what do you know?
Being in business is not a cake walk to begin with, someone must have told him when he was working in LA that "you should open up a Sushi restaurant somewhere"
Almost every trip we take into Morelia there is evidence of another business opening, and another one closing.
Mexicans need more education in business management.
Maybe then they could run their business more profitably.
Like having the cashier that sits at the cash box also do the selling?
Or how about a novel idea of actually having the clerk take the money and ring up the sale.
Nope........the owner doesn't trust anyone......
Wandering around I also wonder how any of the shops make any money when they all sell the same crap. You walk down any street in the downtown area in any town, and every store is selling the same stuff, at the same price.
I will have to say it is worse in places like Mazatlan and touristy places
Then there are places like Sanbourns that sell the same stuff, only command 40% higher markups.
I can't believe that there are so many people sitting there eating at their places also.
Talk about bad restaurants...........Does anyone actually like their food?
But for some reason they are packed with people.................. Makes no sense at all.
Lots of things in Mexico make no sense and cents at all......