Losing Faith In College

I’m losing faith in college.

Not the one I’m attending specifically; I mean the entire system itself. College has become something different since our parents attended, and so I’m expecting students who’ve joined a college in the last 5 – 10 years to be especially receptive to this post.

Throughout our entire academic career, colleges have launched MASSIVE advertising campaigns targeting High Schools around the country. If you’ve payed attention to these campaigns you’ll notice a pattern. These schools seldom advertise success and achievement. Instead, they sell you school like an insurance agent sells insurance.

Fear is the #1 persuader in our decision-making.

Colleges make money off fear. Fear that you won’t get a job, fear that no one will love you, fear that you’ll never do anything of importance aside from laying down $40,000/year.

Let’s not forget that most colleges are for profit. Which would be fine, except with large financial packages given out by our Government, schools have little incentive not to overcharge students.

In addition to overcharging students, they sell textbooks at criminally high costs. Why would anyone buy a $300 textbook when they can find the same information on Google for free?

They force you to take unnecessary courses on things you’ll NEVER use. And often these serve as pre-requisites for the classes you actually want to take.

This is literally what scammers do on the internet.

That would be like me charging you on online coarse about internet marketing, but the first 2 years are me teaching you about Algebra. Sorry, but WTF?

And here’s the kicker; you can’t default on any debt. That’s right! You can’t even claim bankruptcy on it – meaning that until you pay it off completely, the debt will stay shackled to you like a ball and chain.

Please forgive me for sounding rude, but there’s something especially evil about that.

We have over 1 Trillion (with a T) worth of college debt currently hammering down students. Most of whom have almost no real world skill besides graduating.

And you know what? I’m not claiming that college is unimportant completely. We’ll always need doctors, lawyers, medical professionals, scientists, and teachers. And these are great professions to be apart of.

I’m simply suggesting that if the end goal is to work for yourself, surely there must be a better way to gain insight on the information you want. I say this as someone currently attending school myself.

I’m still on the same boat as everyone else. But I’m losing faith and I’m losing it fast.

There has to be a better way.

 

 

 

 

Feisty Flags (Part 3 – Results)

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Haven’t read part 1 or part 2 yet? You’ll probably be confused.

Read them first.

This has been a fun!

It’s been a few weeks running an online business. I’ve spent money and earned money. Time to tally the results and see what I’ve got.

My monthly sales are $277. Fucking fantastic.

You might think that’s a bad result. Maybe you think that I should be earning more money. Maybe my money spent on building an email list stifles my profit margin. And you’re not wrong.

But here’s the important thing: The arrow is pointed in the right direction. That’s important because I went from making $0/month to $277/month. In addition to working 20 hours a week on the side. That’s not bad for a beginner.

In terms of physical product – I won’t reveal how much these flags cost to manufacture (for my business’ sake). But it’s a GREAT profit margin.

And what about pricing? $35 is a great price for a custom flag. Anyone who disagrees is misinformed.

Why am I writing this?

No clue.

I like to imagine using them as resources 30 years from now living in a California mansion smoking a blunt with my model wife.

Or at the very least – as a written affirmation. The truth is like a fog and I’m trying to navigate through it with better systems. Writing out the business process seems like a good idea.

Maybe only 20 email subscribers will read this.

Oh well. Hope you enjoy it!

https://www.feistyflags.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Is Basic Income The Future?

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Monthly checks of $1,000 might be what we need.

Imagine opening your mailbox and grabbing a $1,000 check, courtesy of your government. No, you’re not on welfare. No, you’re not on Social Security. You’re just an average citizen living their life.

Sign at the top and drop $1,000 into the bank. Crazy, right?

Some futurists believe it’s the future.

A mixed bag of globalization and automation mean factory and labor jobs are becoming obsolete. Which means we need a way to combat unemployment while bettering the lives of people in the 21st century.

Basic income could be that backbone to the economy we’ve been looking for.

In addition to a job, those working paycheck-to-paycheck have the luxury of escaping poverty, while remaining in the realm of capitalism. People can work to save and invest in their future – as opposed to simply survive.

What about the free market?

From a capitalist’s perspective, I know you’re thinking this won’t work. You think people will abuse the system and light their cash on fire with non-necessities.

Here’s the good news – when people have free money they buy more goods and services. Which means more money for the businessman or business owner. Which means a stronger economy.

Maybe you spend that extra $1,000 on a startup. Maybe you invest in the stock market. Maybe you buy a gift for your son’s birthday. Ultimately, you’d choose what to do with it because it would feed directly back into the economy.

Of coarse, there’s still many holes to be filled.

For example: Where will this extra income come from? Will taxes be raised? How will this affect unemployment? etc.

While there’s questions to ask, basic income would provide security to poor people, give employees negotiating power for job prospects, and decrease incentive for money fraud.

Basic income is a serious prospect and people should pay attention to it – because it may well be the future.

 

Feisty Flags (Part 2)

In an earlier post I explained my business ventures with Feisty Flags. Before you continue reading, READ THIS first. This is your only warning.

Shipping:

Shipping flags from China to the US can be difficult. There’s communication issues, currency problems, and a slew of errors. Add a $50 shipping fee and headaches are almost certain. I’m not complaining though – getting the same product from Canada would be $30 a flag.

If I order 10 flags, with a manufacturing price of $4 a flag and $50 shipping, this comes out as roughly $9 a flag. Meaning that to make my money back – I’d have to sell flags for $10 a piece. Not bad.

Of coarse, that’s worst case scenario. Keep in mind that I’m in competition with others selling the same/similar flags. And to be perfectly honest; Amazon prices seem like a fucking scam. They take 15% of my sale in addition to $39.99 a month. This means that I have to hustle to make my dough. Luckily, my flags are better.

Anyways, I’m still getting my foot in the door and so I’ll keep you in the loop.

This is just for fun, after all.

 

Introducing ‘Feisty Flags’ and Why I’m Happy

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 6.29.18 PM        I don’t start websites to make people happy because that doesn’t make me money. You’re probably thinking I’ve got some hidden agenda to make you laugh or cause controversy, but that’s simply not true. And while I’d like to launch a website for fun, the fact is I’m 18 years old and heading off to college – I need the money.

That’s where an online store comes in.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Feistyflags.comThe World’s Most Trusted Online Conservative Flag Store.

Oh yes, I’ve taken a big plunge and couldn’t be happier.

        With that being said, I want to stress something important: These flags don’t match my views. That’s important because I’m different than my store. I have my own views and beliefs that don’t intersect with this website, and that’s totally fine.

And so if you like sexy artwork, you might like checking it out. If you like conservative flags, you might like checking it out too.

I’d like to thank all my friends and everyone involved in my first ‘business-ish’ adventure. You have absolutely no idea what you signed up for – but it probably will make you happy.

Thank you.

Feistyflags.com

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