We would like to take a moment and apologize for our perceived absence. We are very much alive and around, but just a little mired down right now. This is threefold in nature.
First, we have entered the busy season at the day gigs. Crazy is as crazy does and we are crazy busy with the J-O-B. (Lots going on and scrambling to build an arc or two before the floodwaters roll in.)
Second, we are in the midst of looking at another business or two. That is, our Box Bend business needs our hand on the wheel from time to time because the systems we have either come up with, or that have been instituted through our professional circle, have allowed us to build a Google-like autopilot car of a business. Our day job is our day job, and although it can take up to 60+ hours per week, we still have 108 hours to deal with. All those hours cannot be utilized for sleep alone, and Box Bend does not require anything close to part-time work. So, we have decided to look at opportunities, and the pursuit of building systemized companies, as our "hobby" - although the word hobby does not do it justice. We know people who drink, play softball, watch endless TV, but spend little time outside of the day gig actually thinking about and working towards financial goals. We also know a few that pursue money and forget about the quality of life, or the fact that money is only one weapon in a large and complex arsenal of weapons. The pursuit of money alone, for some, is the end-all, be-all. Not us. It is a tool and a weapon. It is a fundamental among a cadre of fundamentals. We advocate tackling the challenge of the game of business on the road to financial independence, but we also advocate some form of balance and a healthy pursuit of life both spiritual and physical.
Finally, and actually continuing our second point above, our other business -the real estate franchise - is in the capable hands of a group of good people -including our business partner in that venture. This, too requires periodic correction and input, but for now we are mostly monitoring. However, be that as it may, and even with the autopilot nature from time to time of Box Bend, we believe strongly that only a genius or a fool has only one source of income. Since we are not geniuses, we would prefer not to be fools, and diversification seems like a good bet. So our last excuse is one of pure diversified interests.
Either way, we are still very much in the game and are actually looking for ways to scale up Box Bend while simultaneously pulling cash from the table in preparation for a potential recession within the next 24 to 48 months. That may seem like it is way out there, but for us it seems like it is closer than most realize, or would even consider as "close." And, to add insult to injury, we want to be in a cash reserve position should this probability of recession become a highly probable situation. If we are wrong, so be it. However, if we are right, cash will be king again, and opportunities will abound to pick up deals. The bandit signs will disappear and a scarcity in deals will become an abundance as all the "must-haves-at-any-cost" become the "don't wants-no-matter-the-loss." So... All that to say that we are working on a magic trick that we are not sure how to perform: scale up while stocking cash. We'll keep working on it . In the meantime...
We're here, so stay tuned.
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