On Tue, 3 Apr 2018 12:31:20 +0100, LFS <***@gmail.com>
scrawled in the dust...
Post by LFS
This is common to all soaps because the mechanics of business are boring
unless they can be linked in some way to a plot device. But I think it
has a significant knock-on effect. Competent cooks believe that they
could run their own restaurant, people often like the idea of running a
country pub, a B&B at the seaside sounds like a good retirement project.
Their frequent failures are then fodder for TV shows where an expert is
parachuted in to sort out a business which is usually failing because
the owner has no idea how to calculate costs properly.
This was where Husgod's appreciation for the magic of computers came in
back in the '80s. He delighted in finally being able to construct a form
(based upon supercalc) to calculate costs - which in printing can have a
number of variables which make a big difference and had previously required
the whole calculation being manually generated again - the whatif? factor.
This meant anyone could, in theory, quote for a job.
I was surprised by the basic hourly rate he applied for the labour element
but he had calculated this from overheads on premises, heating, lighting
etc as well as man-power. When I built the customer database we included a
PIA field so known 'difficult' customers had a premium added to every
Annoyed by The Archers since 1959