Making no Profit in OFB?
#1 06-09-2013 
(05-09-2013 01:54 PM)leefish Wrote:  So, the Matcoms - they had two children and Jeremy was my sim I kept running failing businesses with. After a mistake with ACR Genevieve got pregnent twice in 3 days and they were in a tiny apartment with 2 kids - Julia and Geraldine (aka that kid with the REALLY big chin) - and no money because all Jeremy's businesses were costing money instead of making money....

@leefish: may I ask what kind of businesses you have your sims run, that they cost more than they make?

With all the things that I've tried, I've never seen THAT happen. Smile
(This post was last modified: 07-09-2013 11:15 AM by leefish.)

#2 06-09-2013 
Over ambitious ones BO - like a ten table restaurant with 4 employees with a one star rating Big Grin

#3 06-09-2013 
@BoilingOil: Are you kidding? Almost all of my businesses lose money. I have a restaurant with many fairly paid employees - all needed for the place to run smoothly - that's losing cash so fast the owner had to cut wages and lay off Bigfoot. It's still losing money but I just kaching him so he doesn't go bankrupt.

Then there's the dance club that might be breaking even - I haven't checked lately but am pretty sure that one's losing money too. It has a few employees (bartender, DJ, sometimes a doorperson and tidy-up person) and the only income is from admission and drinks.

The only one that was actually making money was a small shop with no paid employees. It finally got so busy that the owner had to hire help - just one employee. I think that one is still earning a small profit but it's gotten so busy that they'll need a second cash register soon and another employee to work it, which will again cut into profits. So yeah. If you need money-losing tips, I'm your lamb! Big Grin

#4 06-09-2013 
Oh yeah, restaurants... Those are the hardest to do, because of all the employees you need. Especially for a starting business, that's way too hard, unless you can fill all those positions with family members.

I've run game halls, ball rooms, farms and all kinds of stores except art galeries, and I hardly ever hired personel. Usually, they started out with only the store owner, and once a business started to run so well that more personel was required, the owner's partner and teen kids were recruited. All my business sims eventually became filthy stinkin' rich.
The biggest winner is the home business selling groceries from the green house with 48 garden plots. Have one of your sims get a gold gardening badge, and then start growing eggplants. Hire a butler to tend/water the crops, and only use your sims to fertilize, plant and harvest. Pack the groceries in crates and sell bulk.

Even businesses that sold nothing at all, but ran on admissions only - like game halls - made effing millionaires of their owners. Just keep adjusting the entry prices upwards as the business gains stars, and play games or have conversations with customers. Guaranteed winners all the time.

If your business sells stuff, use my edited auto cash register. No lines of people waiting to pay, no stress with a cashier that needs to be trained and requires breaks.

Another good thing is to always have some room where your sims can entertain guests horizontally (ACR). It doesn't generate any cash, but it makes the customers so happy that good-will comes out their ears, raising the business rep, and gaining you stars. Use the business perks, and keep adjusting those prices.
(This post was last modified: 06-09-2013 10:36 PM by BoilingOil.)

#5 07-09-2013 
Most of my businesses are profitable. With restaurants I always play that with family members until the ranking is higher. The main problem there being you could not visit it as only the owner would show up. One way to do a semi restaurant until it is high ranking is to use pay buffets from sim wardrobe with a ticket machine or to set it up as a cafeteria with the patched uni stove and the ticket machine or just a pay door. It's not the romantic atmosphere you get a proper restaurant but you can take sims there.

#6 07-09-2013 
Hmm, well, I really want a restaurant that is - a restaurant. Big Grin

Right now I have given Jeremy and Genevieve the little diner - it is so small I can run it with just two sims - G and J - but one of the sims needs to be a really good cook. Like an 8 plus. So far they are 3 stars, Jer makes an excellent waiter as he is outgoing and friendly and high in cleaning skill and Genevieve is a really good cook. The idea is that their kid (LTW celebrity chef) is gonna get the business in the end, so I can pass on all perks and the stars.

Is there no hack to make it that family members can be hired employees? Even at a tiny wage?

#7 07-09-2013 
Once it high ranking you can turn it into a proper restaurant as by then you should be able to charge the earth and be able to afford the staff. Also you know sims will be just as happy to buy cereal and jello, so anyone can cook so long as the menu is set for those things.

There is certainly a hire family member mod, only trouble is they will get a car pool when they are home.,7778.0.html
Then you can set their times to be somewhat better with the mod on MTS, which I forget the name of right now arg. But there is one to give a variety of hours not 9-5. Or another idea would be the simlogical school sign, one version stops the car pool.

#8 07-09-2013 
You don't NEED to hire family members (unless they live in a different household). While you're playing the house and want to go run the restaurant, just have all the required family members go as a group. That way, they are all available to work, while neither of them requires any wages at all.

But what my point is: don't try to run a restaurant, @leefish, until you have some experience running some other businesses.

I consider myself a reasonably seasoned Sims player and I don't shy away from a business. But I've not even tried a restaurant, yet.

#9 07-09-2013 
When you're doing businesses - please remember SimWardrobe's business stuff for OFB, a lot of his stuff makes businesses bearable.

#10 07-09-2013 
I actually have surprisingly little of his OFB stuff. I started out with a lot of it, but over time I got rid of most of it Big Grin There are, admittedly, some gems in his collection, though.


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