The Bottom Lineis a series that was first introduced on the Shafer…Power! blog in April, 2012.Whereas the business definition of bottom line is “the line in a financial statement that shows net income or loss,” here we do a brief recap of our progress toward our goals. Since “Earn Some Spare Change” is our fourth goal, we’ll provide an update on our actual bottom line as well.
1. Have Fun: Once we made the decision in early June to host a neighborhood taco wagon, it was like the light-bulb turned on in our children’s heads. They were so excited about this AdVenture, they literally started telling everybody they knew about the event…and in many cases, people they did not (know). For example, when a friendly neighbor – or our waiter or the checkout person at the grocery store – would ask the kids how their summer was coming along, they would respond by saying, “we’re hosting a taco wagon.” As you can imagine, this led to a five-minute conversation about how this sort of thing works. I’m not sure why, but the kids couldn’t have been more excited to share their story about selling tacos from a wagon.
2. Learn Something: During our first Austin From Scratch interview, I was amazed to watch Owen as he asked the founder of Torchy’s Tacos a whole list of questions about being an entrepreneur. In addition, both he and Malia came up with several impromptu questions. It was such a good learning experience, we’re planning to continue interviewing a different Austin entrepreneur at least once per month.
3. Share In Our Success: After making a profit of almost fifty dollars from the taco wagon, the kids and I agreed it would be a great opportunity to share in our success. We took approximately half of our earnings and headed to a local grocery store to buy food for the homeless. We selected the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas as the recipient for our donation and bought several cans of hearty beef stew and some canned tuna. After depositing the food at a local drop-off, we ended up driving through a part of town where several homeless people live underneath a bridge. When I pointed out to the children that people like those could end up as recipients of our food, Malia asked “do they have to sleep outside with all the bugs?” While I’m sure it can be difficult to comprehend life without a home for a child, she seemed to get the point and we had a good conversation about doing what we can to help others. Overall, it felt good to share in our success.
4. Earn Some Spare Change: The taco wagon proved to be our best success to date. Due to Torchy’s kindness in giving us a great deal on the tacos, we were able to make over $50 at this event. An update on our overall finances is as follows:
How are we doing with our goals thus far? Should we consider any additional goals? What current goals are you or your children working on?
We are the Shafer family (Owen, Malia, Kathleen and Paul) and Shafer...Power! is a phrase we use when our family goes exploring. For example, whenever the four of us head out on an adventure, I like to yell, “Shaferrrrr” and the kids will respond, “Power!” In an effort to have more fun and use some of our creativity, we've recently started a journey of entrepreneurism and can't wait to see where it's going to take us. We invite y'all to join us and encourage you to engage in the conversation. All together now, Shaferrrrr…Power!