Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

I APPLAUD any­one with zeal want­ing to open a small busi­ness, but I of­ten won­der why such enterprise­s don’t seem to last very long.

When one sees an­other dress, or sports, shop be­ing opened next to an ex­ist­ing one, I feel that the owner has per­haps not done the thor­ough re­search needed to make the new ven­ture vi­able.

Pass­ing by, one hears com­ments such as: “I don’t think this store is go­ing to last very long!” or, “Heav­ens! An­other cof­fee shop! ” Then it isn’t sur­pris­ing when the par­tic­u­lar busi­ness “is here to­day and gone to­mor­row!”

I know that the gov­ern­ment is urg­ing peo­ple to start new busi­nesses. While it is a com­mend­able idea, it would be bet­ter to stop peo­ple from bor­row­ing large sums of money and get­ting into se­ri­ous debt from do­ing so.

The onus of per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity must also surely rest on the shoul­ders of in­di­vid­u­als em­bark­ing on these new enterprise­s.

If the ad­vice given by “ex­perts”, be­fore do­ing so, is fal­la­cious and dan­ger­ous, these shop own­ers run the real risk of los­ing ev­ery­thing. ROSA LARSEN, River­ton.

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