“[S]elf expression is the dominant necessity of human nature.” –William Winter
“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” –Henry Ford
I’m back! Ain’t it wonderful! Now that my site has launched, I have just a bit more time to add posts and announcements to this blog.
If you are an employer, then you will be happy to know that I have started a research program focused on hard statistics, so that any employer will not be able to argue with the facts. I know that you may have felt that I ignored you, but I have not. I realize that word has to get around to employers first. My goal is to find tangible results in current statistics so that I can tell employers that Lavoce: We Are People Too can offer a better, untapped workforce in the corporate world who will be loyal and productive to their company.*
I am in the process of collecting usable statistics that I can show to prospective employers. If you own a Goth business or similar fashion-oriented business then please send all and any statistics to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can analyze it for employable traits. If you do not feel comfortable with giving me that data, then the second best thing is to send an email allowing me to set up polls on your site or to give me permission to contact your employees or customers for interviews.
Please click here to take the survey
*Note: We are not focusing on fashion freedom in such uniformed service organizations as the military, police, or construction workforce at this moment.
Business is built through relationships. For me to know that I have people in my corner, I want you to know that I am in your corner. I have decided to start the company as a coupon store before transforming it into a retail store. I decided to do so for several reasons:
- It will show goodwill and to prove that I have good intentions and am trustworthy.
- I can make this site into a one-stop shop for anything you want and you will have the good feeling of supporting the fashion freedom cause.
- In this economy, it would be more beneficial to customers to save money at this time so that they can afford to spend money later.
- It’s a good idea to support small businesses because they will build the economy better than a big business (See http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/smallbusiness/a/sbadrives.htm)
- It will help in building a customer, supplier, and sponsor base.
- It will help in building capital to sustain future growth (even if slowly).
- It will help me keep the momentum through small achievements.
- It will help in getting the business off the ground sooner.
The way this will work is that we will work together to decide on the following:
- a discount Lavoce visitors will get and the code they should use to get that discount
- a larger discount Lavoce members will get (members are those who have purchased anything from the Zazzle store) and the code they should use to get that discount
- what product can be provided as an exclusive item to Lavoce customers (something not widely advertised through the corporate giants)
- the amount of money Lavoce will get from each purchase
If you have anything you want to promote, instead of adding a link in a comment, send me an email at email@example.com or a Twitter message to LaVoceWAP2 so we can work out these details. We will then exchange literature and other promotional items. If it takes a while for me to respond, please know that I will get to it when I can.
I was speaking with a business owner the other day to seek advice on starting this company. His first reaction was to avoid setting up a bookstore/media store because it would have to go up against the Goliaths of the industry. He cited the closure of Borders stores all over the nation. Did such negativity deter me? No. Wasn’t it Simba from the Lion King who said, “I laugh in the face of danger. Ha ha ha ha!” See, the thing most people don’t understand about Lavoce is threefold:
- It’s Not the Books, People: Lavoce doesn’t sell books or media, it sells dreams of a better future and the systems to get us there. The definition of “Gothika” is a situation in which someone sees or feels things that others can’t. The “Goths” of our stores are not Goths who dress in black, but the Goths who choose to see what others can’t: the true being of each person. Books and media are just one of the tools to help us create a future of open-mindedness. The method of learning open-mindedness is through media (books etc.), events (speakers), and awareness (consultants out in the “real” world). Inventory is not willy nilly; media must have the ability to transform people’s thinking about a group of people. Our customer service representatives do not ask, “How may I help you?” They ask, “How may we help you open your mind?” People won’t buy because we have something the Goliaths of the industry don’t, though I could add more foreign media to the inventory since that area is sorely lacking elsewhere. Customers will buy because they support the greater vision.
- It’s Not the Civil Rights Either: Certainly a fashion revolution is quite different from the Civil Rights Movement. The latter movement had been alive centuries before there were protests in the 1960s. However, when people taste how good it is among those who do not judge a person’s worth based on appearance, they will realize that something was missing from their lives. They will realize it takes more than money to make us free. It requires a spiritual journey from every person to find and drop prejudices we never realized we had. Only then will there be peace.
- It’s Not a Non-Profit: Do you want help from a company struggling as much as you are and financially supported by organization you don’t trust? Do you want help from a company that is begging for money as much as you are? How about being helped by a company that teaches you to help yourself (gives you a job) and helps you to focus on fixing the cause (our beliefs about each other) and not the effects?
- Our Day Will Come: Ever heard of the tortoise and the hare? Lavoce will take the road of the tortoise. A lot of planning will go into this before it gets off the ground. Patience is a virtue. I may hire the first employee later than I said I would, but when this is ready, it will be the best place to work. Believe me, it takes time, patience, and determination. These are qualities I have and qualities that I expect employees to have. While you wait for a job here, cultivate yourself. If you can help in a different capacity, let me know via comments.
This handbook will acquaint you with Lavoce: We Are People Too (Lavoce) and give you information about policies affecting your employment. You should read, understand, and comply with all provisions of the handbook. It describes many of your responsibilities as an employee and outlines the programs developed by Lavoce to help employees. One of our goals is to offer a work environment that is conducive to both personal and professional growth.
No employee handbook can anticipate every circumstance or question about policy. As Lavoce continues to grow, the need may arise and Lavoce reserves the right to revise, supplement, or rescind any policies or portion of the handbook, as well as information and benefits, from time to time as it deems appropriate, in its sole and absolute discretion. The only exception to any changes is our employment-at-will policy permitting you or the Company to end our relationship for any reason at any time. Employees will, of course, be notified of such changes to the handbook as they occur. All such changes will be communicated through official notices, and revised information may supersede, change, or end existing policies. Only the President can approve any revisions to the policies in this handbook.