Support Small Business 3

Shall I say, Tiny Business?

In Bali, I see plenty of small and shall I say tiny businesses… The tiny ones are known as benkels for example. They are tiny motorcycle service places. They are as little as 2 meters by 2 meters at the side of the road and they take walk-in customers and some regulars. While they mostly tend to quick fixes and flat tires these guys also do service calls and battery replacements etc. 

The other tiny businesses are the Grobaks. These are the portable food stalls that are pushed along the side of the road to a rented spot in someone’s parking lot. These little guys come out and set up shop in the early evening and stay open till midnight or so. 

Hardworking people who will never ever grow their business past what it is at the moment. Their kids too may grow into the business as well. Thus that little food stall on wheels will or may be passed down from father to son. 

Small shops.

The same sort of thing applies to many small shops in Indonesia. Some of these are set up at the front of properties and they are often the necessities one needs in a small community. Could be water, propane, shampoo, cigarettes, and basics such as sugar, milk and the like.

These little shops are run by family members. 

For example, I went to get a new helmet and the whole family was there. In this case, it was mom and dad with two kids, of about 5-8, and a set of twins about 3 months old. The whole family was in the shop sitting on the floor and playing. This is not uncommon. So when I see things like this, of course, I will support them. 

The tiny vs small business.

This is where I suppose I am treading at the moment. Some of these businesses have a past and have been around for a while. Many have been eradicated by the pandemic. Some are hanging on by a thread and even an extra sale a day can be seen as lifesaving or prolonging the legacy of that business.

This is where I try and help and give them as much knowledge as I can so they can survive. Mostly they are positive about the input and other times I can explain things but they simply do not see the benefit. 

My guys at Sunrise trekking are one of these guys. Edhy tries to understand the idea of social media and has made a proper website as well. He works hard and is happy to get any extra business. Yet he needs to get an idea of the content and the difference between good content and bad content. 

The content.

The downfall of all of this is that social media is work. Often it is hard work. It seems simple to make content and post it. Yet when you do it every day for 365 days a year, it is hard to come up with new things, and original engaging content. 

I know this from my TikTok and years of creating content. However, there are positive outcomes. A restaurant that was able to survive. The rebranding of a real estate company and the growth in sales for a skincare company. 


Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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