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mushrat

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  1. Canadian Smokers

    Please restrict your posts to where in Canada you live. Please do NOT set up meetings or ask questions in this thread. Start another thread or stick to PM's
  2. India Smokers

    Please restrict your posts to where in India you live. Please do NOT set up meetings or ask questions in this thread. Set up meet ups in the subforum.
  3. This is for posting your PERSONAL experiences with www.hookahset.com. Please restrict your comments to what you ordered, customer service, delivery, and over all satisfaction. If you had a problem, was it resolved in a satisfactory way? Please post here only AFTER your transaction is complete. Comments and questions by others will be restricted to the regular discussion forum and deleted from this topic if posted here.
  4. Pennsylvania Pa Smokers

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  5. New York Smokers Ny

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  6. Connecticut Smokers Ct

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  7. Don't even think it, get a real job, with a reguar pay check, benefits, vacation time. That sorta thing. 9 out of every 10 new businesses fail. So the next 9 of you are doomed. Still here? Ok. Here's what I have learned. 1) Get en EIN number. This is your federal Tax ID number. You can get it online. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/articl...=102767,00.html With this companies will show your their wholesale catalogs and anyone you deal with locally will know you are atleast a little serious about this whole thing. 2)Visit your state government site. Find out what it takes to register a business in your state. You'll also have to register with the Federal government. State registration will cost you . Here ion NC it was $125. The federal registration is free. Figure out what kind of business you want to be. S corp, LLC, Sole Proprietor? Going to run it yourself? Have partners, Investors, Bank loans (heh, ya right). Figure out what kind of business you want to open. I have a piece of Business software by Quicken, I'll get the name tonight, that can help yu with everything including the legal forms, both Federal and State, It costs about $100 but covers EVERYTHING including forms for partnerships, loans, bills of sale, the works. So we're up to a little over $200. Can't afford it? How the heck you gonna support yourself while the business is starting up? 3)Look around for a place. If not the actual place you are going into then one like it in a similar area. Find out what the rent is going to be. See if the realtor will let you see utility bills and such. Find out what insurance is going to be. Not to mention Permits. 4)Already being incorperated will help get people to take you seriously. 5)Start adding up costs. How much to get the place set up the way you like it, rent and utilities, stock for in store use, retail stock, PAY. Even if you don't end up being able to pay yourself at first, figure in a fair salery. Employees? If you are going to hire friends you better be able to fire friends. And as a start up you aren't going to be able to pay them squat, so think hard before hring your smoking buddies. 6) Now, you knwo roughly what it will cost. How much to you have? Savings? Stocks and bonds? equity in your hourse? No matter what they say, even with the best business plan, most banks nor the SBA are interesting in funding a start up, especially if you are doing anything with food, and especially if you dont have assets equal to what you are asking to borrow to put up for collateral. Don't let that keep you from trying, but don't count on that sort of funding. I used a private investor plus all the money o could save for about a year from tax returns,bonuses at work, alittle from each pay check. If you can find an individual or 3 who want to plunk down some cash for a decent return, go for it. Use a legal form or a lawyer to draw up a promessory note and run. 7) decide how much you are going to have to make each month to pay off everyone. Start working prices from there. Excel is your friend. figure out if you can sell enough to make it worth your while. Check the competition if there is any. My closest competition's entire staff comes to MY place to smoke, Including their hookah packer.... 8) KNOW YOUR STUFF. People love to hear you speak authoritatively about what you have and what you serve. I have 33 flavours and 8 brands and I can tell someone about each and every one. People love when you can do that and will tell their friends "that guy knows his stuff." I'll add to this later, and I know it kind of rambles, thats cause I've had one day off in the last 10 weeks. Questions?
  8. Minnesota Smokers Mn

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  9. Tennessee Tn Smokers

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  10. Kentucky Ky Smokers

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  11. Illinois Il Smokers.

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  12. This is for posting your PERSONAL experiences with www.texashookah.com. Please restrict your comments to what you ordered, customer service, delivery, and over all satisfaction. If you had a problem, was it resolved in a satisfactory way? Please post here only AFTER your transaction is complete. Comments and questions by others will be restricted to the regular discussion forum and deleted from this topic if posted here.
  13. Owning a hookah lounge

    If you read the So You want to open a hookah lounge post and still want to do it, feel free to ask plenty of questions. I'll be happy to answer them as I may be the only member left that has ever actually owned a hookah lounger. :)
  14. I must agree. Also keep in mind that if you are doing everything the way you always have and suddenly your coals are acting strangely it could be your coals. Counterfeit CoCo's are a big business. Just throwing that out there as well but I would definitely say your heat is too high.
  15. commerical dry racks?

    When I had my lounge, I used QT's. Very compact. I had a Plate/glass rack for a commercial dishwasher for the bases and I stuck the stems through the wires of the shelf over the sink. If you are using bigger hookahs I would say a line of PVC pieces set upright to stick in the bases to let them drain and dry and perhaps the wire shelving trick for the stems. Most lounges I know with bigger hookahs just wash em and put em back together again.
  16. Update me

    I don't know about anyone else but i still smoke exclusively Tangiers. Though I did get to try some of the KM peach that was damn tasty, review this week. Eric still lives, Tangiers has gotten to the point where he has real managers and customer service people running the day to day stuff. Havent spoken to him in a while. May have to call. Anyways, welcome back man.
  17. we can do photo albums on the forum from our good old days. :)
  18. Heh, I cant remember the last time I actually ordered something online.
  19. So, the Phunnel bowl in all its various ripped off versions are designed with the central tower to be slightly lower that the edge of the bowl to allow for heat distribution. So in this case, you should fill the bowl to the top of the bowl, while leaving the top of the tower exposed. As for your heat. That depends on the tobacco, your smoking style, and other personal preferences.
  20. I cracked an irrelplacable base by using brita filtered water out of the fridge...Now I stick to plain tap.
  21. Electric Heated Bowl?

    40 bucks huh? I look forward to your review.
  22. Hookafina Reviews

    Post your reviews below for Hookafina Flavours. Questions and comments should be posted in separate threads. Non-review posts or parts of posts deemed not part of the review will be edited out by Mods. For ease of using the search engine, each review should start with: Hookahfina (flavour)
  23. What is my smoke so thin?

    how much do you think it cost us to be able to give this advice? :)
  24. You answered your own question. It's called Marketing. The idea is to sell the product. We have already established that people are idiots and are usually willing to believe about anything you tell them. Thats why Extra Strength Excendrin and Migraine Excedrin are the exact same pill. :)
  25. Cool video. Do you remember someone once posted one about making the hollow body hookahs? Also on a lathe but over a form or something? Ive tried finding it since but no luck.