I’d like to add something. I believe that the current economic recession should not discourage any dreamer from putting the pieces together to put out his/her own creation. Do it in a garage, do it at a friend’s shop. Bootstrapping is what this country was founded on and it needs to happen again, regardless of who’s in the high office.
I strongly believe THIS is the perfect time to innovate something new. Now more than ever little companies and job shops are begging for work, and if you’ve got a design you want to get built, now just might be the easiest time to do it.
I’m in total agreement. When economic conditions make many existing companies contract, they’re inclined to look out for their own survival, they cut expenses, they look inward. A builder with an idea and a vision of where he wants to take it should start now. It’s the perfect time.
Contrary to what is happening in a few segments of our economy, many folks are currently doing very well, the doom and gloom reported on the news is a made for TV story, it’s even better than broadcasting from the beach in a hurricane.
But even when times really were bad, back in the Great Depression, many were doing fine and those out of work were doing everything they could to get ahead, learning new skills, starting businesses, doing the things that needed to be done to keep moving. Magazines of the time were filled with stories of how to make, build and do things yourself.
This is no time to slow down and hide, if you wait for the news media to report good times, you’ll miss an incredible opportunity. One of the reasons our largest companies are having difficulties is their inability to move quickly and adapt, which is exactly why a small company or startup is in the best position to take advantage of fast changing conditions.
You’ve seen the many incredible builds featured on The Kneeslider, built in a garage or by a couple guys in a small shop. If one or two of those projects was reengineered with production in mind, we could see a lot of new small companies bursting on the scene and they wouldn’t need $25 billion to get started.
No one wants to buy junk, but, especially in tough times, there are plenty of potential customers looking for quality. Right now, there are more than a few investors looking for promising investments and a small company with a solid design and capable builders might be just the thing.
Is it time for a new small motorcycle company? Is this the time to hide or the time to build? I say build. What about you?