Lemonade Time (Continued)

“So what do you guys think?”

“Will you pay us?”   The big one asked.

“Oh Yes of course.”  The King said.

“We will always be paid?”  The less big one asked.

“Yes Yes you will always get paid.”  Said the King.

The King continued you on speaking.  “Yes you two will be getting paid.  I need some guys who have some muscle to work for me.   I predict that I am going to start gaining a little bit more profile and get a little bit more popular.   I will need some guys that I know who can step in and help me out when things get, how could I say, um ‘dicey.’ ”

“What do you mean?”   The big one asked.

“I think with the clients that I will have, there will be a need for protection.   Sometimes things will get heated and I am going to need to know that I will be safe.    Do you understand Fudge?”  The King asked.

“Yes sir.” Fudge said.

“What about you Lug?”  The King asked the smaller guy.

“Yes sir.  I understand.”  Lug responded.

The King seemed pleased.   “Very good boys.  I will organize the schedule so you two will know when I need protection.  I think it will be a little bit slow at first.   Also, when you two address me, I would like it to be ‘sir’ or ‘boss’ or ‘boss-man’     Do you guys got it?”

Fudge looked at him.   “Yes sir Boss Man we got it.”

(End of Entry, Lemonade, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

Lemons (Part 2) King Knowledge

“Thank you for meeting with me today Dr. Jenkins.”

“Oh Johnny it is no problem.”  Dr Jenkins said.  “So what did you have questions about?”

“Well Doctor I want to pick your brain.  How does somebody make money?”  The King asked.

“Why are you asking me?”

“Well I know you went to college.  And I figure you know about things like that.”

“People they get jobs.”

“I’m only 15 sir.”

“You could mow lawns.”

“That is small money sir.”

“Well one thing you could do is start out mowing lawns.  And then build up your customer relationships.   And then what you could do is have your friends mow the lawns for you and pay them for doing it.   Then you would have yourself a lawn mowing business.”

“How much do you think I could make with something like that?”

“Well one of the main benefits is that you could make the money without having to do the work.   The money would come into you and you would just be managing the business.”

“But how much could I make?”

“It is hard to say exactly.  You have to have lawn mowing equipment.  You have to make sure your employees show up for work.  You will have to get paid somehow so you can choose if your employees will collect the money for you or if the customers will come and pay you.”

“If I had my guys take the money there is a good chance they would not give me all of it.”

“Yes that is correct.  Especially if you are dealing with high school kids who really want some money.”

“So do you think it is good to be an Entrepreneur?”

“Well it can be risky.”  Said Dr Jenkins.  “You can control your destiny but you have liability for what you do.  If your employees do a bad job, then your customers will be upset and then they will be upset with you.   And if that happens then you can develop a reputation for not doing good work.    In the business world, your reputation is very important.”

“Do I have an alternative?”  Asked Johnny.

“Well, you can wait until you are 16.  And you can work in some kind of restaurant and earn about seven dollars per hour.    So, in four hours of work you would earn about twenty-five dollars because of taxation as well.”

“I think there must be a better way.”  Said Johnny.  “Do you have any more ideas?”

Dr Jenkins looked at King for a little while.  “Let’s walk outside for a second.”

They walked outside onto the sidewalk.

“Alright Johnny you didn’t hear this advice from me, okay?”

“Yes sir.”

“Okay.” Said Dr Jenkins.   Then he continued:  “The key I think is to exploit your customers.  Try to think about the concept of Supply and Demand.  Perhaps your market could be kids who are twelve and thirteen or maybe these kids are 15 and 16.  All of them want things.  They want things of different kinds and different forms.  If you catch my drift.  If you became the source from which all of these kids got their things, I think you could earn a large amount of money.  There will be an element of sneakiness.   And there could be parts that will not work right.   And something that earns a lot of money may not be ethical.   A boy like yourself needs to be creative as well.   So here is my main advice Johnny.   Think about what it is that your customers want and then be the guy who supplies it.  And then, as you increase your profits … then you can grow your business and get bigger.”

Johnny looked at Dr Jenkins.  He was very focused.

“That is my advice Johnny.”

“Thank you Dr Jenkins.  That is very helpful advice.”

 

(End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

Lemons

“Boss, I just can’t do it.” Poindexter said.

“Listen up Poindexter, we need your smarts on this.” The King let him know.

“I just think what we are doing is wrong and I just can not do it.” Poindexter exclaimed.  He walked out.

As he was leaving the building he walked past Candy.  Candy knew how to dress to impress.  At least how to impress 15 year old boys.

“Where you going Poindexter?” Candy asked.

“The movies!” Poindexter exclaimed and kept on walking.

“Candy get in here!” The King yelled.

“Whaddya need Johnny?” (Candy)

“Candy, we really need Poindexter on our side on this one.  Maybe you could find him at the movies and um how can I say this … … persuade him?” The King asked.

“You know my rate Johnny for stuff like this.” Candy said.

“Yes Candy, I’ll have the cash for you once Poindexter comes back.” The King said.

… … … …

Candy arrived at the movie theater.  She had changed her top and it was a little bit more revealing (to say the least).  She looked at the movie line-up and knew Poindexter was watching a more cerebral film.  She bought a ticket for “Captain Fantastic” and went to seek him out.  Upon finding the screening room, Poindexter was sitting near to the middle and there was a young couple huddled together (not watching the movie) in the back of the theater.   Candy sat down next to Poindexter.

“Candy.  What are you doing here?”

“Hey Alex.  I wanted to see the movie.  I like movies like this.”  Candy was moving herself a little bit closer to Poindexter.  He did not have his armrest down.

“Did The King send you?” Asked Poindexter.

“No way Alex.  I came here on my own.  I’m surprised you are here.  But … ya know… it’s a happy surprise If ya know what I mean.”  Candy inched a little bit closer to Poindexter.

“Look Candy, I’ve just been having second thoughts about working with Johnny.” Alex Poindexter said.

“Come on Alex.  It’s a good crew.  I think that you’ll find you can have a good time hanging out with the boys… and with me.”   Candy slid her right hand onto Poindexter’s left leg.

“Candy uh – ”

“You don’t have to say anything Alex.  I can handle it.”

Candy then preceded to “persuade” Alex Poindexter in the movie theater.

… … …

Fudge looked over at The King.

“Smart move boss.  Sending Candy after Poindexter like that.” Fudge said.

“You bet Fudge.  Candy just has to work her magic.”   John King had a big smirk on his face.

(End of Entry, Lemons)