When you run a small business, there’s always something unexpected coming up — sometimes positive, sometimes negative.
And sometimes expensive.
For Big Survey 2016, we drilled down on the surprises that hurt jewelers the worst. Our question: “What unexpected expense has hurt you the most financially?”
Here are the top nine answers, along with the percentage of respondents who named them.
- Building/equipment maintenance (16%)
- Taxes (7%)
- Theft or robbery (8%)
- Insurance costs (5%)
- Legal fees/lawsuits (5%)
- Employee loss/theft/betrayal (5%)
- Diamond loss/breakage (5%)
- Remodel/renovation (4%)
- Fire (1%)
And then there were the really unexpected expenses …
- “A surprise in the generational transfer of assets from the last generation to our current ownership. Mom gave everything to the Salvation Army. We survived, but it was a mess for a while.”
- “A car crashed into our shop in August 2009. We were closed six months. Damages were $800,000, but insurance only paid $700,000, so we were out of pocket $100,000. We’re still suffering.”
- “Vendors cashing checks same day when they agreed to post-dated checks over four months. I had just mailed out checks for rent and sales taxes and to the IRS for about $10,000. I took about $10,000 in diamonds from a vendor with post-dated checks in return. He cashed them the next day. I had to sell the diamonds and scrap out what I had to cover all the checks. Lesson learned: no post-dated checks ever to anyone.”
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