5 responses to Indiana Amish business blooms?
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    Comment on Indiana Amish business blooms? (August 20th, 2009 at 20:40)

    Well I can see where the amish or any person if they really wanted could find some kind of employment in these times. I never lacked for a job when I did work but then again we always tried to live below our means so didn’t need a real huge paycheck to make it through okay.

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    Comment on Indiana Amish business blooms? (August 21st, 2009 at 06:50)

    Even as much as I am a proponent of higher education, I think this is a good example of their work ethic and support for their defense of an 8th grade education being all they need. I’m impressed because I think it would be tougher in a rural setting to find a job that would support a family. Obviously not impossible, but just difficult in the economy. Great post!

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    Comment on Indiana Amish business blooms? (August 26th, 2009 at 12:11)

    Good article & information – thanks for the insights. We’ve been working with Amish woodworkers for years at http://www.dutchcrafters.com/ and I can vouch for their work ethic and integrity as fundamental ingredients for their success formula in business. However, like everyone else, there is a variance in the success rates of the woodworkers that we do business with. It is largely determined by the character of the individuals.

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    Comment on Indiana Amish business blooms? (September 1st, 2009 at 14:35)

    I purchased a bent oak rocker not too long ago and was told by the builder that the economy has slowed his rocker business quite a bit. He farms also but he’s feeling the pinch. So I can see how things can be tough all the way around, even if you’re offering goods and/or services at reasonable prices, if people aren’t spending there’s just not much work.

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    Comment on Unemployment Numbers (September 9th, 2011 at 15:18)

    Unemployment Numbers

    It is in these articles we get a look at the real unemployment numbers. Shadow Stats, a site that uses “old fashioned math” versus the “new math” places overall unemployment at about 22-25%. People like our daughter “don’t exist” as she’s fallen out of any arena for being counted as jobless. However in our house we’re taking a page from the Amish and trying small enterprises and cutting back even more on “luxuries”. Hope the computer can hang on! The TV is now limited to what’s still “free”. I make gift baskets from local products and sell them to still running local businesses for employee perks. My daughter is also helping me in the expanding garden. We’ve also started making holiday decorations out of local materials that we will sell where we can. We have combined generational forces as a household in one of those big “McMansions” so several of us are on Social Security and one has a more or less guaranteed income, still we feel it would be better to put our money into our land, (you can raise an amazing amount on 1/3 acre), and our local economy. The Amish quality of farming will be a beacon for many as we return to conventional farming.

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