Co-Op: Elevator Speech

We go about our lives doing our thing, whatever that thing may be.  We work a job, get paid, use the money to pay the bills and buy our groceries, maybe set some aside for a rainy day.  We try to make ends meet, get ahead, improve our situation.  We hope for a better future for ourselves and want to give our kids a better life.  Some of us are doing pretty well.  Some of us are struggling.  Some of us are holding our own.  

I'm one of those people who sees opportunity everywhere.  Looking at what we do and the way we do it I see all kinds of opportunity.  Ways we can make money.  Way we can save money.  Ways we can get more value for the money we are already spending.  What's more, we can do this without quitting our jobs, giving up our lifestlye or risking our life savings to take advantage of that opportunity.  While we can all improve our situation, our young people stand to gain the most.

I propose we start a cooperative business.  We own it, we are the workers, we are the customers.  We need lots of customers so we'll need lots of people involved.  

To be more specific, we start a cooperative food business involving a farm, a kitchen, and a store.  Food is the industry of choice because it is common to all of us.  The farm gives us vegetables and more, the kitchen lets us process everything, including goods we can't grow, and the store brings the volume of the general public.  We're already buying the products we'll be selling.  We'll be buying it from own company.  You don't have to do any work, but you won't make much money and you can still save money.  If you want to work you can put in as much or as little time as you want.  Put in more time, make more money.  If the company makes money, everybody makes money. 

This is normal food I'm talking about:  Bread, milk, eggs, butter, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, rice, sugar, beef, pork, chicken, cheese, ice cream.  For the kids: spinach and broccoli.
Some of the food we'll be growing.  Some we'll be buying in volume (that's why we need lots of people).  Some we'll make from scratch.  
You don't have to buy a minimum.  You don't have to buy 500 pounds of something you wont use.  You don't have to buy something you don't know whats in it or where its from.  You can buy as much or as little as you want.  You don't have to buy anything.

We'll be planting potatoes, slicing cold cuts, baking bread, stocking milk in the cooler, serving lasagna, making meatloaf, picking squash, shredding cheese, sweeping the parking lot, washing windows, buiding a chicken coop, using power tools, painting the barn, raking leaves, mixing ranch dressing, carving steaks, making milk shakes, fixing fence, collecting eggs, chasing chickens, making ice cream, scooping ice cream, serving ice cream, and every now and then we should take some time to enjoy some ice cream.

Let's talk about the money...How much is this gonna cost me?  The straight answer: $500.  

And it's not a cost, it's an investment.  You own a share of the company.
There are ways you can invest more.  We'll be doing some fundraising to get the business off the ground.  Let's talk about it more, maybe this is an an opportunity for you.
You can get involved with $25/month.  But we need the $500.
You can get involved as a customer with no investment.  You don't make any money, but you can probably save some and get better food.

How much are we gonna make?
That depends on what we do, what we sell, what people buy, how much work we put in, how productive we are, how many customers we can attract, and how well we organize ourselves.  We might make nothing, but that's doubtful.  We might make a fortune, but that will take some time to develop the business.  This is not get rich quick.
I think we can save enough to make that $500 investment worthwhile.  I think we can beat minimum wage, and as we grow, do a whole lot better than that.  I think our income can exceed our expenses within a couple of months.  We might not be making much in the first few months, but we can keep the doors open.

If this sounds interesting, have a look at the Plan Outline.



The Power of 200 Organized People