14 responses to Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive
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    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (October 21st, 2009 at 06:34)

    Hey thanks Ruben! I wish it were sooner–though there may be an excerpt or two in future as a sneak peek on the blog.

    By the way are you still in the states or back to the Netherlands now?

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    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (October 21st, 2009 at 07:59)

    Just bought it, Erik! Can’t wait to read it! ~Suzanne

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    Ruben
    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (October 21st, 2009 at 05:28)

    MARCH 22nd??? Erik, you are teasing us!!! Isn’t there a special “people-who-can’t-wait-until-march22nd-package” ? 😉

    Congratulations anyway, it will be a huge succes.

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    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (October 21st, 2009 at 12:13)

    Great thanks Suzanne!

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    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (October 23rd, 2009 at 19:48)

    Congrats Erik! Looking forward to it!

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    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (October 25th, 2009 at 07:48)

    Thanks Adrian! following you on twitter now

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    Bill
    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (October 28th, 2009 at 14:18)

    For various reasons I haven’t ordered the book yet, though I will buy it one way or another. This link will give you some insight on how I feel about such things if you care to read it. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09300/1008610-28.stm

    I have no ties to the bookstore in that article, nor do I frequent it, I just cringe at the demise of “Mom and Pop” stores anywhere no matter what they sell.

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    Comment on Small shops specialize to beat Wal Mart and other big box retailers? (October 29th, 2009 at 08:23)

    Small shops specialize to beat Wal Mart and other big box retailers?

    Hi Bill, I do appreciate you sharing this link and also appreciate your position. It’s an interesting article, and I’m usually a bit torn on this issue. On the one hand, large retailers like Wal Mart and Amazon can benefit consumers through lower prices, convenience, etc. On the other, I realize that superstores can hurt the little guys. At the same time, I almost think that these are or can be two different markets, and I think that the store owner hints at that in the article, when he talks about his clientele appreciating the ambience of his store, something that Amazon or Wal-Mart obviously don’t offer (ditto most big chains like B&N). I think that the big boys dent sales of small stores in some areas, especially the bestsellers, and may even put some out of business, but I feel that creative small booksellers can survive and even prosper by, for instance, catering to a specific clientele by altering the way they do business or providing something the others don’t–atmosphere, home-baked goods in the attached coffee shop, specialty titles, loyalty programs, in-store events, etc.

    Like you I do appreciate the Mom and Pop store, regardless of the industry, and I think that they often have an inherent appeal that big box outlets cannot replicate. That doesn’t automatically mean they’ll survive big business competition, but I think that a savvy owner can turn that appeal to his own advantage. In fact, not to turn this into a book plug, but writing this made me recall how this is part of the appeal of Amish companies, and it’s one that they make good use of as they cater to their specific markets.

    In any case, regardless how you may get ahold of my book, I of course appreciate your interest in it. As it happens, am just working on some final copyedit reviews now.

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    Bill
    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (October 29th, 2009 at 18:14)

    Hi Erik, I do realize my touting of the independent “Mom and Pop” bookstores is a bit Don Quixote-ish as many titles are not easily found in such operations and must be ordered in anyway, which means waiting and a return visit. I’m also being a bit hypocritical as I have no problem shopping the big box stores depending on what I’m looking for.
    In the end I’ll probably wind up in a Borders or Barnes and Noble store, not find the book, and go home and order it on Amazon, LOL.
    In the meantime may I wax nostalgic for awhile thinking of when just about all bookstores were independent, and we had corner drug stores with soda fountains where the pharmacist owned and operated the business, and penny candy stores, and family run grocery stores and…Oh, the good old days. :)

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    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (October 30th, 2009 at 23:53)

    I share the sentiment Bill, just where did we put those good old days…and then wonder if we’ll be saying the same thing in 2030 about ‘good old 2009’!!

    And on that note, i’ll take a cup of black in a broke down old diner over a starbucks mocha-chocha-whatever-ccino any day!

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    Gregory Stutzman
    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (December 31st, 2009 at 03:15)

    I will not set foot in a Walmart. No matter what I need or badly I need it.

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    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (February 17th, 2010 at 06:38)

    Looks like a fantastic book, Erik. Will be sure to pick it up. I am a senior at Colorado College, an entrepreneur, and budding agrarian. I am writing a history-philosophy thesis on Old Order Mennonite agriculture and community and will be doing some farmwork and research alongside a community in a couple weeks. Perhaps you can pass on some wisdom and we can begin a dialogue. Congrats with your new book.

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    Steve Smith
    Comment on Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive (February 28th, 2010 at 12:19)

    Erik, you may be quite happy with your current publisher. If so, please disregard my comment. I came across this “publisher” after ordering a book called “The Nicholas Effect”. It is a self-publishing publisher..www.authorhouse.com. You may already know about it. From the info there, you get more control over the process and it sounds like more money to you too. Guess you are a better judge on that. Looking forward to reading your new book.

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    Laura
    Comment on AMISH RESEARCH PROYECT (November 17th, 2016 at 09:44)

    AMISH RESEARCH PROYECT

    Hi,

    I am studying second high school in Barcelona and I am doing my final research proyect on the success of the Amish businesses. Also, I have read your book “Success Made Simple” that is helping me a lot to understand how they work.

    I am writing because it would be very important to me that you could answer a few questions, they will not take up much more than 5 minutes and it will be very useful to raise my qualification.

    Thanks for your time and consideration.

    Hope you will answer before next month begins.

    Yours sincerely,

    Laura.

    INTERVIEW:

    1.- First of all, what leads you to get interested in the Amish community?

    2.- What was your main purpose in writing this book and what kind of readers do you recommend it to?

    3.- It was easy to interview Amish entrepreneurs? They put any condition?

    4.- Do you think their way of doing business would succeed in Europe at this time?

    5.- In your opinion which you think are the three main keys to success in Amish business?

    6.- What most surprised you during this time?

    7.- And finally, are you planning to do other things related with economy?

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