Entrepreneur Solo has been around for three years now.
273 Posts, Thousands of comments, Lots of time but now it is over.
However all of the posts in here have been transferred over to my new base.
The new labour laws in Spain were quickly hurried through Parliament last Friday. In effect the major point of them is that they make it easier to get rid of employees as you no longer need to pay them so much to sack them.
As a measure to reduce unemployment does that seem sound to you? If the only thing that has stopped companies sacking people was the fact that it is extremely expensive to do so then making it cheaper and easier short term can only do one thing: Increase Spain’s already unsustainable 23% unemployment rate even more and even faster!
As you will know if you have been following the blog I am co-writing a book at the moment. Tentatively called “The Bootstrapping Book – How to start up a business from nothing” (Catchy title I know) it comprises ten chapters with various ideas for getting started in your own business without having to buy stock, rent a place to conduct your business or, in essence, put money down.
The Spanish 30DCHome crew had a meeting this weekend. We talked, discussed, brainstormed and more and out of it has come a solid plan which will be presented on Tuesday. Already got a lot of actionable steps to take in the next few days and we feel that the whole could be a lot greater than the sum of its parts.
I wrote a post on here last week called “The Battle For Spanish Society” it was a slow burner but got a good initial reaction. Then after a few days it sort of went viral. Not in a big way you understand, just that everyone started sharing it and commenting on it on various social networks. The debate thus started I am able to stand back and see how the opinions start coming in and changing the format of the debate over time.
I have just reviewed Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff for the blog where I write regularly Blokes on the Blog. As an entrepreneur, businessperson or whatever you are you should really read this book. Take a look at my review and make some comments. It is a seriously helpful book if you get to understand the concept of frames.
Spain is at a crossroads, a place where the next moves forward could determine a lot of future outcomes for better or worse. Spain is in a fully blown crisis both of the economy and also of confidence. Spain needs change and that change cannot come too soon.
However Spain also has good raw materials. When you have good raw materials you just have to to put them together well into something that is worth it. Spain has those raw materials in my opinion but can it mix them together well, I am not too sure of that.
Just in case you haven’t noticed, I think a few people may have mentioned it, but there are others living in denial or in some cloud somewhere, there is a World Economic Crisis going on right now. Surprised? You may have heard something about it, the Eurozone crisis, the credit crunch, companies falling like ninepins, even Kodak went recently… Yes there is a crisis going on. We are in a period of flux and change and that is certain.
However out of crisis comes opportunity. If you know how to work the crisis.
Wherever you go in Spain and, I am reliably informed, in the UK and many other places too you overhear the following words; “Crisis”, Recession”, “Lost Job”, “Unemployment” and various others of the same type. There is a generalised fear around that is making people scared of taking action to actually do anything because they believe there is no point, nobody is buying. I would just like to say one thing at this point, don’t believe the hype.