I enjoy doing planning and strategizing, not only for business but other things as well. I like to think of stupid ideas all the time. But who knows some stupid ideas are not really stupid. Maybe their time just has not come?
In these times of rising living costs, some of us may need to be more frugal and prudent in our spending. We may need to stop spending on luxurious items, eating out in expensive restaurants, and buying more than what we need…
Mixed rice or nasi campur is one most popular and cheapest meal we can get in Malaysia. But you know even it has gone up in price! A normal dish for RM3.50 can now cost RM4.00 or more!
What if we open a mixed rice shop where we no longer decide the price? Customers just pick their food, come to the end of table, collect spoon and fork, and pay whatever amount they want into a donation box? Perhaps the stall can even be left unmanned and labor cost saved.
For those who cannot pay the normal price, let them pay whatever they want. For those who refuse to pay anything, let them eat. Those who don’t pay anything maybe because they really cannot afford, or they are simply shameless. In either case, let them eat all they want. It’s a service and blessing to the poor in the society.
But I’m sure there are also those who can afford to pay more, perhaps they may pay more to cover for others? When counting the money, who knows it may be even more profitable than is a normal mixed rice shop?
Who knows some people may even get impressed by such shop that they become our PR to spread out to the whole world by word of mouth? Maybe we can open even more branches throughout the nation?
Anyway, weird idea aside. I started to think of such idea not from a business point of view, but as a service to the poor especially in such times of bad economy.
Moreover, in gathering people together, we can get to know these people, talk to them, fellowship with them and expand our social network!
I know it’s stupid. But don’t laugh at me. Perhaps one day when I have a little more resources, I may put this into practice!