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Thankful To Be A Grower On Black Friday

Some people camp out to get deals on Black Friday, but indoor growers have the freedom to choose when they shop. Some people camp out to get deals on Black Friday, but indoor growers have the freedom to choose when they shop. | K2 images / Shutterstock.com

Black Friday is upon us, along with the start of the holiday retail shopping season. For many, this means rolling out of our tryptophan-induced comas early Friday morning and heading to the mall to spend the day elbowing soccer moms aside for amazing deals on a 3-D flatscreen or iPad 2. In the US, the day after Thanksgiving is by far the busiest shopping day of the year but has also become more synonymous with images of panicked mobs and massive injurious stampedes than with the excitement and joy that should accompany the holidays. This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for the freedom that being an indoor grower gives me, which means I have the choice to join the madness or enjoy the serenity of my hydroponic garden far from the maddening crowd. On that note, there’s an incredible offer available for growers this Black Friday. I’ll get to that in a minute.

Many corporations make a good chunk of their yearly income on Black Friday and feature expanded hours and staff every year to accommodate the crush of extra customers and the fervor that naturally occurs on this consumer-driven holiday, without needing much extra advertising. This year, for the first time, some stores will even be open on Thanksgiving Day, once considered a sacred (often paid) day-off for the American retail worker, along with Christmas. This is a double-edged sword for employees who naturally want to earn more income and will take all the hours they can get but who also have families with whom they would like to spend the holiday.

For many in retail, especially management, Black Friday is perhaps the most stressful day of the year. As a former store manager of a major lingerie retailer, and before that an assistant manager of an even more major video game retailer, this writer can attest that not one year passed where I didn't spend my Turkey Day anxious about the next day at work, where I would need to open my store at 6 am to hordes of rabid shoppers. This completely ruined my holiday for years, all for the benefit of a big corporation who saw me only as a money-making minion. Corporate priorities are made even more apparent when they take away their employees' Thanksgiving holiday.

Once a person becomes a successful grower, the Holiday season becomes an entirely new experience.

Extreme stress and the feeling of never getting ahead despite hard work are two of the main motivations for those of us who have left the retail workplace for an alternative form of income, like hydroponic gardening. Working for yourself, especially in a vocation that you really love, is much more rewarding both financially and mentally, and when you can make your own schedule, you can spend time with family and friends almost whenever you want (barring an unforeseen grow room emergency), leading to a better holiday.

Once a person becomes a successful grower, the holiday season becomes an entirely new experience. Rather than waking up before dawn to go to work, we have the option to wake up and brave the mall as a consumer, or just sleep in and hit the mall later or check out the online deals on “Cyber Monday”. In fact, many of us with retail experience will already know that some of the best deals are found closer to Christmas or in the week leading up to Black Friday rather than on the day itself.

And another great thing about having your own business is that you can give yourself a weekend vacation to visit family or friends that may not live nearby (or maybe just warm up on a beach in the Bahamas with a Mai-tai and a smile, if spending time with relatives doesn't sound tempting.)

This year, growers around the country will wake up Friday morning, having eaten their weight in turkey (or Tofurkey for the vegans out there) and spent some quality time with their family and friends. They might hang around at home with loved ones or pets or spend some time in their garden, thankful for what they do with their lives and the freedom that being a hydroponic grower can bring, even if it can sometimes be difficult to explain their job to certain family members at Thanksgiving dinner.

If you decide to go shopping at the mall or your local hydroponics store on Black Friday, I hope you, my fellow growers, take a moment to give thanks to the people behind the cash register; retail employees work incredibly hard, especially this time of the year, and they don't get paid nearly enough. And I hope that next year, non-essential American retailers re-think the decision to open for business on Thanksgiving. Nobody needs a pair of boots or a sweater that badly on Thanksgiving Day. (We're looking at you, Old Navy.)

And you remember that offer I mentioned off the top? Well this Black Friday, Advanced Nutrients is offering 20% off ALL nutrient orders. And best of all, you don’t have to wait in any lines. Click here to order online or call 1 (877) 636-9574 and get the deals now by phone. Happy Thanksgiving!

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