GM NigelAt this time when many people are trying to move to 'safe' jobs I wonder if a contrarian approach and enterprise is in order. It strikes me that whilst the timing may still be a little early there seem to be many strong arguments in its favour:

1) If a week is a long time in politics, how long will it take the man on the street to decide that those in cushy but unproductive government jobs are just a waste of valuable resources?

2) With many firms in the process of closing down, what demand there is will go to the survivors which offer the best service and value.

3) With resources becoming ever cheaper, research and development (especially on a technological front) can be achieved at lower cost whilst simultaneously reducing the tax bill.

4) Nations may soon be competing to house growing businesses in order to rebuild their economies.

Some questions come to mind, for example how one should identify areas of growth. My first instinct is that the areas with demand will be those which haven't been propped up by government, ie businesses with few employees. But then fewer of these may have gone to the wall.

GM Davies is the author of Play 1 e4 e5: A Complete Repertoire for Black, Everyman, 2005





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  1. George Parkanyi on February 18, 2009 1:34 pm

    OK Nigel, you and me — chess and cappucino laundromat. (free chess for women…)

    Or… a chess version of Hooters. Potential branding and test-market options: Rooks'n Racks; Boobs'n Bishops; Knights'n Knockers; Pins'n Pawns; Queens and Queens (same-sex demographic); and Kings and… (let's just give that one a miss.) Cheers, George

  2. Gary Rogan on February 18, 2009 2:27 pm

    This is a great time to start a customized wheelbarrow business because when the inflation kicks in you’ll need something to carry cash around.

  3. Nigel Davies on February 19, 2009 3:40 pm


    The laundromat is a great idea, but only as a front for some black market operations (eg money changing). But I’m afraid you’ll be on your own with this, I should be getting a top job in the sport committee. Chess, being prestigious but inexpensive, tends to be big in poor countries. So roll on global poverty!



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