Did I Just Spend $3,891.59 On Toilet Paper?

Ralph M. RiveraEntrepreneurship1 Comment

Is toilet paper a valuable expense for a business?

In a few days I’ll be getting a new Mac delivered to my door. It cost me exactly $3,891.59. There was a time when a new computer would get me all excited, but nowadays as I begin several entrepreneurial ventures, I’m looking at the computer less as tech and more as an asset.

Over the next two months I’ll need to do more development work than I’ve ever done before. I had a choice: work on my MacBook Air at the cost of reduced performance or invest in a new computer that would be faster, more powerful and give me more screen real estate, thereby increasing my productivity.

To me the choice was easy, but to my wallet it was a little harder. But in the end, my wallet understood that investments and sacrifices need to be made.

As I was punching in my credit card, I couldn’t help thinking about businesspeople who don’t see the value in reinvesting in their own businesses. A good friend of mine works at a company that is terminating their contract with their water cooler company. The management has decided that water coolers need to be cut because the sustainability of the business required it. The business had already retired a few employees and systematically eliminated benefits thus reducing morale. But it didn’t end with health benefits and water. They cut coffee, milk, sugar and utensils. And they also cut toilet paper.

Yup. If you want to go potty in the course of your day, you now need to remember to bring a roll of toilet paper with you to work.

People losing their jobs is a tragedy, but given the circumstances, I get it. I even get having to lose some of the amenities.

But not giving people toilet paper is just shitty.

These are my 300 words for the day. I am Ralph M. Rivera.

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Hi, I'm Ralph! I'm a web developer and founder of Rahvalor Interactive, a creative marketing services company based in Holmdel, New Jersey. I founded Rahvalor in 1999 with my wife and business partner Carol Lynn, and in January 2012 we created Web.Search.Social as a branded service offering that brings enterprise-level services to small businesses in an affordable way. My primary role is programming and development, and with 25 solid years of marketing experience behind me, I write, consult and develop strategy for our customers. I'm also the CTO of Triberr and I teach web development at Manhattan College in New York City. Carol Lynn and I live near the coast in central New Jersey, less than an hour from the place of my birth – the island of Manhattan. We are at the constant beck and call of Ash, our 17-year-old American Shorthair cat. I'm also trying to build a flux capacitor, but that's not going as well as the other stuff I do.
  • This company is a hot mess! Cutting back expenses by eliminating toilet paper?! That’s the shits! (In more ways than one)

    Although I must tell you, Ralph, I worked for a school district (in a very affluent community, by the way!) who did something similar with their budget. Every student had to bring their own box of Kleenex, pencils, notebook paper, graph paper, and whiteboard markers to school. Teachers had to bring the toilet paper!

    I’m drawing a line at bathroom supplies. That’s ridiculous. (And unsanitary if you enter the loo and there’s no T.P.!)