16 Timeless Business Lessons from The Simpsons

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The Simpsons is one of the most entrepreneurial shows on television. Throughout its more than 500 episodes, the characters engage in, and interact with, dozens of small business ventures.

Their hometown of Springfield is Anytown USA, where the citizens participate enthusiastically in the local economy — including establishments like Krusty Burger, Lard Lad Donuts, King Toot’s Music Store, Luigi’s, the Gilded Truffle, Red Blazer Realty, The Android’s Dungeon, the Kwik-E-Mart, and of course Moe’s Tavern.

Homer works for the Nuclear Power Plant, but he’s one of TV’s most prolific side hustlers. He’s always got some new business idea or money-making scheme going on. He’s been a door-to-door sugar salesman, a baseball mascot, a food critic, a cartoon voice actor, a night manager at the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store, a grease re-seller, and even an astronaut.

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16 Timeless Business Lessons from The Simpsons

  1. 16 TIMELESS BUSINESS LESSONS FROM
  2. HOMER WORKS HERE… BUT IS ONE OF TV’S MOST PROLIFIC SIDE HUSTLERS
  3. HE’S BEEN A DOOR-TODOOR SUGAR SALESMAN
  4. A BASEBALL MASCOT
  5. A FOOD CRITIC
  6. A CARTOON VOICE ACTOR
  7. A CONVENIENCE STORE NIGHT MANAGER
  8. AND EVEN AN ASTRONAUT
  9. HIS BOSS OFFERS THIS ADVICE TO WOULD-BE ENTREPRENEURS: “Family, religion, friendship. These are the 3 demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.”
  10. YET SPRINGFIELD REMAINS A HOTBED OF SMALL BUSINESS ACTIVITY LET’S STUDY UP!
  11. 1. BEWARE THE SMOOTHTALKING SALESMAN
  12. 2. FIXED COSTS CAN KILL YOU “Look at this, Marge! $58 and all of it profit. I’m the smartest businessman in the world!”
  13. 3. DELIVER ON YOUR PROMISES “But the sign said All-You-Can-Eat!”
  14. 4. PLAY YOUR OWN GAME “[McDonald’s has] more than 2000 locations in this state alone.”
  15. 5. PROTECT YOURSELF “Okay, the trampoline was a bad idea. But you know what? At least I’m out there trying new things.”
  16. 6. KEEP YOUR TEAM HAPPY If we give up our dental plan... I'll have to pay for Lisa's braces! We can't give up our Dental Plan!
  17. 7. DON’T CHASE THE LATEST TRENDS “Everybody’s making money off the Internet — except us!”
  18. 8. MIND SUPPLY AND DEMAND
  19. 9. MAKE IT MEMORABLE “Call Mr. Plow, that’s my name. That name again is Mr. Plow.”
  20. 10. EARN REPEAT BUSINESS “Thank you, come again!”
  21. 11. BE YOURSELF
  22. 12. YOUR NETWORK IS YOUR NET WORTH
  23. 13. OUTSOURCE SMART “I just tripled my productivity!”
  24. 14. MAKE SMART PIVOTS
  25. 15. USE CHECKS AND BALANCES
  26. 16. LIVE YOUR BRAND “Life well spent.”
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