In 1989, Joanne Palmer left a publishing career in Manhattan and has missed her paycheck ever since. She is a mom, weekly columnist for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, and the owner of a property management company, The House Nanny. Her new book "Life in the 'Boat: How I fell on Warren Miller's skis, cheated on my hairdresser and fought off the Fat Fairy" is now available in local bookstores and online at booklocker.com or amazon.com.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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Steamboat Springs Dear Mom and Dad,
I am so excited. I had to write and tell you about my new job in Steamboat Springs. I know you will be happy for me : once you get used to the idea.
This job is a perfect fit for me. I'll be using my business degree, and I get to live somewhere I love - Steamboat Springs.
Before I tell you what it is, let me fill you in on the job scene here. It's gone from bad to worse. Due to the economy, there just aren't a lot of jobs right now. I've been looking for full-time, year-round work for months, and the best I could come up with is mowing lawns for one of the landscape companies. That gave me a great tan and really toned my arms, but summers are short here and my job will end soon.
Besides, I've always wanted my own business. Remember when I had those lemonade stands as a kid? I loved that. Then in college, I worked every summer at a fast food sandwich place where we had to weigh cold cuts. Believe it or not, that experience is really going to come in handy in this new venture.
Anyway, a friend and I have opened the first local medical marijuana dispensary! Isn't that great? Mom, since you're a nurse, I know you'll appreciate my desire to help other people. And Dad, remember how you encouraged me - well, forced me - to take an accounting class? I can use that knowledge to keep track of my business expenses on QuickBooks.
We've learned a lot of math and science, too. Apparently, this product was once sold by the "nickel bag," but now it's all done in pharmaceutical measure, and whereas some of our focus groups keep babbling about "hits" and "tokes," we only know about doses.
Gosh, it's so fun to be an entrepreneur. I love it. But there's more to it than I thought. Right now there are only 34 registered medical marijuana patients in Routt County, but I am confident that number will grow. And Dad, I can only see my market share increasing because as the boomers get older their medical needs may dovetail nicely with our business, and it'll help return them to the happy days of their youth. Right now, we're trying to decide between four names, and I wanted to get your input. Here they are:
The Hemp Hut, The Bong Barn, Mountain Mojo, and Reefer Rx and M&M's 2
Our business consultant hasn't approved any of our business names yet, and he keeps making us rewrite our business plan, but frankly we're starting to suspect he's only thinking about his own billable hours. In case you don't understand the reference to M&Ms, that's what we hear people crave after they smoke marijuana. Well, brownies and ice cream, too, but we couldn't fit all of that onto one sign.
Oh, one thing I forgot to mention. One of the advantages of this business is the startup costs are so minimal. It's really cool because we can grow our own inventory.
Think about it. If I started a T-shirt shop, I'd have to go on buying trips - airfares are expensive right now - and buy thousands of dollars worth of shirts. For this, all I have to do is buy a few heat lamps, dirt and flower pots.
Lastly, wouldn't this be great? To increase our presence in the business community, we've been talking to the local Chamber about doing a business mixer with us : as a joint venture.