20 responses to Talking Amish business
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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on A great topic and looks like a great book! (February 7th, 2012 at 15:19)

    A great topic and looks like a great book!

    I enjoy most anything that’s related to business Erik, and with your book that also involves the Amish I’m pretty sure that its going to be a very interesting read. What i really like about the Amish is that they include so many family members who either are partners or who are associates. That’s been most of my own experience with dealing with a Amish owned business, and I’m not saying that its all very easy working with family members because its not. But the Amish at least on the surface seem to be making it mostly work, and I’ve seen the very old and the very young working in the same shop with each one contributing in their own way. And for me that’s really nice to see as the Amish highly respect their older members and look at their years on earth as a learning and knowledge yard stick. A very good topic that I’m very happy to comment on. Richard

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      Comment on Talking Amish business (February 7th, 2012 at 16:58)

      Richard you do hear about family involved in business going both ways–good and bad. I do think the Amish mostly make it work, there is a respect for seniority and hierarchy in Amish society that probably helps. That said there are some very capable younger people as well.

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        Comment on Speaking of businesses....... (July 6th, 2012 at 17:54)

        Speaking of businesses.......

        I have heard the Amish metal roof craftsmanship cannot be matched but I have been unable to locate a store in Indiana (I am from Georgetown, IN). I would love to help business in this area. Would you mind sending contact information for me? I really do appreciate it and have thoroughly enjoyed reading all the many wonderful comments! 🙂

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    Comment on Amish influence (February 7th, 2012 at 15:20)

    Amish influence

    Yes Erik, I believe that being more like the Amish can benefit us in our business dealings and also in other aspects of our lives. I think my Amish friends have been a good influence on me in many ways: being more humble, judging others less, working harder, having more faith that God knows what is best for us, even when it is difficult for us to see.

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      Comment on Don't forget the bad influence (February 7th, 2012 at 17:06)

      Don't forget the bad influence

      My Amish friends have been a good influence on me in similar ways Margie.

      But to balance the scale they’ve been a bad influence on me in weight gain and caffeine intake 😉

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    Kim in NY
    Comment on Comment on Talking Amish Business (February 7th, 2012 at 15:22)

    Comment on Talking Amish Business

    I would love to read your book, Erik, I tried to post a comment to Saloma’s blog, I’ll check later to see if it was posted.
    Your subject sounds really interesting, if I don’t win I will want to read it….intriguing subject…!

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      Comment on Talking Amish business (February 7th, 2012 at 17:00)

      Thanks Kim! It was fun to revisit the book which I haven’t done here in awhile. Amish businesses are one of my favorite topics as you probably guess from the number of posts on that topic.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Erik's book (February 7th, 2012 at 16:15)

    Erik's book


    I was blessed to receive Erik’s book last year and it is wonderful. As a small business owner I found it very invaluable. Many things I already knew and practiced in my own business but I also learned a great deal. Anyone who wins the book will be blessed, but especially those who are either in business or looking to start their own small business.

    The values the Amish hold dear are those which should be found in any small business owner and even in every day working class people.

    Good luck on this latest contest!
    Blessings, Alice

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    Jane Reeves
    Comment on Erik's Book (February 7th, 2012 at 17:08)

    Erik's Book

    I read your blog everyday. I would love to win a copy of your book Success Made Simple.

    Thanks for the contest and all that you do!!!
    Jane Reeves

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    Comment on KY Amish update on bill (February 7th, 2012 at 17:33)

    KY Amish update on bill


    Above is a link to the KY bill that would allow the SMV triangle requirements to also include reflective tape to satisfy the requirement, it seems to be doing well, and there are a few updates to the bill that can be seen at the above link.

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      Comment on Talking Amish business (February 7th, 2012 at 21:20)

      Sorry to add this on this thread, but i just saw where the bill passed the KY state senate with a unanimous vote, now it moves to the house, and generally a unanimous passage is a good indicator that the bill will clear the house. It has also been amended to go into law immediately. It looks like the KY legislator has done the right thing and provided a solution that will allow all parties involved to be satisfied. Good Job

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    George V
    Comment on "SUCCESS MADE SIMPLE" (February 7th, 2012 at 18:25)


    I own and have read Erik’s book. Very educational.

    One topic I did not see covered is how Amish contractors deal with
    potential customers who require contractor’s insurance.

    A few days ago I found a 40 squares roofing job (removing the shingles on the roof and replacing them with new architectural shingles)for my Old Order Amish friends.
    A quote was submitted which the homeowner found acceptable.

    However, the homeowner wants proof of contractor’s insurance.

    Any suggestions?

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      Comment on Amish contractors insurance (February 7th, 2012 at 18:58)

      Amish contractors insurance

      Thank you George. There are liability plans self-organized within Amish communities and managed by Amish in cases of customers making claims. They do this in Lancaster for example. In some cases Amish may actually pick up commercial liability insurance however. I don’t know what community your friends are with, and if they’re more conservative it may be prove to be a roadblock.

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    Wm Justice
    Comment on Insurance issues (February 7th, 2012 at 18:43)

    Insurance issues

    Good question George V. I never let anyone step on my property to do work without proof of insurance.

    I bought two of Erik’s book, one to read and the other to donate the the library where my daughter works. I suggest all of you do the same. Read one and donate the other.

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    Jane F Thompson
    Comment on Erik's next book (February 7th, 2012 at 22:57)

    Erik's next book

    Hey, Erik, any chance you’ll release your second book as an ebook on Amazon, so we don’t have to wait so long? I’m ready to read it!

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      Comment on Talking Amish business (February 8th, 2012 at 10:25)

      Hi Jane, Book #2 will be both an e-book and paperback. We are in progress, but thanks for the kick, never hurts 😉

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    Brie B
    Comment on Talking Amish business (February 8th, 2012 at 00:21)

    How do you enter into the drawing for your book, Erik? I’m very interested in it, I’m expanding my flock of chickens into a small business and live in an Amish and Mennonite area, and would covet reading your book! Thank you!

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      Comment on Talking Amish business (February 8th, 2012 at 10:28)

      Sure thing Brie, all you need to do is go over to Saloma’s blog (first link in the post above) and leave a comment on the interview post. And my best to the chickens~!

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    Comment on I'd like to participate (February 9th, 2012 at 14:49)

    I'd like to participate

    to enter to win a copy of Amish business book Success Made Simple
    I love Amish people. Thanks

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