Netooku Otoko no Tanoshii Isekai Boueki (WN) - Chapter 73
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Elepippi’s salary was now 450 el per 3 hours.
The amount of money was decided after discussing it with Rebecca-san, Etowah, and myself.
It seemed to be quite enough for a job without a profession. I felt that it was a small number for me. But right now, my job was just selling clothes…
If I was to buy equipment for the knights or something in the future, I would need a lot of money.
As I said before, my store would only open until the evening. It wouldn’t open until early in the morning.
That’s why I could only earn 3150 els by working seven hours from 9:00 to 16:00. Even if I work full time, it was more than enough to fill our stomachs. I felt like it was a part-time job. Most probably it was because this job didn’t require a leave.
Elepippi seemed to be more interested in the Knight’s Squad/Order rather than this part-time job which helped us earn a living. She asked Rebecca and Marina about this and that. What kind of weapons I used, what type of training I usually do, and whether I was 17 years old or not?
If we’re talking about age, I started as late as 21 years old. But my profession seemed to have made me a little stronger. I’m sure I would be this strong even if I started at 17 years old. Even Marina was with me from the beginning.
Later, I thought of suggesting “If we’re having trouble making a living, why don’t we just sell that spirit stone in 20 gold coins.” But this had already been held up as a form of debt. So, they said it was impossible. It was a rather standard at the level of the common people to use spirit stones as a form of debt. It seemed that few people could use and spend spirit stones for themselves.
Well, that’s true, wasn’t it? Even though it had special powers, when it came to spending or selling 3 million el worth of goods, it’s only natural that more people would choose the latter if you’re rich. But even more so if you’re struggling to make ends meet.
In other words, if you want to get your hands on a spirit stone, it’s easy to get one. That’s if you have the money…
Now, if we’re going to form a knight squad, we’re going to need as much money as possible. It was time to move on to the next phase of our business.
I hadn’t thought about the specifics yet. But I would either do big business with rich people, or small business with unspecified people, or maybe both.
If I was going to build a big business for rich people, I would have to make a move myself. But I didn’t have that kind of business acumen nor did I have the skills to deal with thousands of people altogether.
After all, I was a recluse and a NEET.
On the other hand, if I could do well, the payoff would be huge. It was a high risk, high reward.
The opposite was for a small business.
I could increase the number of stalls, rent a small store, try peddling…there were many ways to go about it. But it was a low-risk, low-reward business. It was a slow but steady path.
But even with the current stall, the numbers weren’t bad in terms of monetary value. Hiring people was less risky thanks to the bindings of a ‘spirit contract’.
Well, with Diana, I think I could succeed in either business without any problems. If I did it, I would rather have a low-risk, low-reward business. There was no reason to be in a hurry to make money.
The big one was to sell something expensive once or twice to someone like Efta. It’s time for me to clear my mind.
Ah, but still, money… money, money!
Even though I was in this primitive world, I was still bound by money, Sigh…
“Etowah. I’m appointing you as our general manager.”
“All of a sudden, Boss? Are you finally going to get a new store?”
“Yes. It’s nice to know you understood so quickly.”
That’s why we decided to open more stores after all this time. Besides Etowah, there was Elepippi, Marina, and I, and as a bonus, Diana. I think we could add at least one more stall to the list.
Etowah, who was watching over the shop while I played Sudoku next to her, was quick to respond to my sudden suggestion.
She was brilliant and could solve Sudoku at high speed. I wanted her to learn and play chess next time.
Etowah could handle the stalls with no problem. It would be a waste of the workforce to have me watch over the store with her.
That’s why we would be able to open more shops. But, there were some other problems.
First of all, Elepippi was a part-time worker. It was hard to leave her in charge of an entire store.
Diana was basically a mascot, so she was outrunning. If she was here, we could probably expect an increase in sales.
Marina was not so bad either but she follows me around. She couldn’t be used on her own. Also, she was not very good at math.
So, in the end, Etowah and I had no choice but to take charge of one store at a time. Elepippi would be assigned to Etoile.
I dreamt of being a knight, training, fighting magical beasts, roaming, etc., but in reality, it was just a bunch of crap. We simply didn’t have enough people. I wanted to make money, but I also wanted to make sure I had time to play.
Do you want to take on more students…?
But even if you increase the number of apprentices, it’s the shopkeepers who would be doing the work.
If they were apprentices of blacksmiths or peddlers, they could steal the know-how. But my apprenticeship would be beneficial, too.
The ideal thing would be to have a kid who wanted to be a knight and have him work part-time in the future. That would solve the labor issue… this possibility wouldn’t be realized for some time though.
If that was the case, then I would have to take on an apprentice, hire someone, or even buy a slave…
All in all, I wonder if an apprentice was the most convenient in the end.
“Etowah. Are you glad that you‘re my apprentice? You’re dissatisfied as a clerk, right?”
“Eh! Are you really saying that, Boss?”
If you wanted to know about having an apprentice, ask your apprentice.
However, Etowah exaggerated when she was surprised by the question. I was not sure of her expression, but it was cute. It was a reaction for humans, or maybe it was just body language. If you wanted to add a sound effect, I would suggest “Myaah!”
“I’m just kidding. You don’t hear this kind of stuff very often. What do you think? Actually…”
“Huh, Boss. Do you know how much is my monthly salary is?”
“I’ve been entrusted with that calculation as well, so I’ve asked you to do it yourself.”
“That’s 5% of sales. One day off a week and the average daily sales are about 1,000 el… about 50 el a day. So that’s about a thousand el a month.”
One gold coin. It was just about 150,000 el per month. Well, it was probably safe.
“To the best of my knowledge, no apprentice in Elishe has ever been paid that much money, boss.”
“I don’t know if there’s one, I assume there is. But Etowah has been doing a great job, that’s not a problem. I’m going to give you more responsibility in the future.”
“Boss… Didn’t you expect me to save up my paycheck and go out on my own?”
I hadn’t thought of that idea.
I mean, she was only a 13 years old girl…
Besides, she had been here for a month or so.
“Independent? But… well, that’s okay then. I’m sure you have some kind of business you’d like to pursue, Etowah. If you need support, I’ll do it. If you don’t have enough money, I can lend you a loan.”
“Eh, yeah eh?”
Again, Etowah showed a surprised reaction.
Etowah was very good at what she does. I guessed she had something she wanted to do.
It was a bit of a shame that she would go out on her own, but that didn’t mean we’re going to lose touch with her. I would like to support her because she was going to be a good fit. If she failed, I could hire her again.
Etowah was also surprised and steady, but I wonder if she thought she would be beaten, saying that she would soon leave. The apprenticeship system was indeed the default to use money so few people like me use it indiscriminately.
“Boss… Independence is a metaphor. Wouldn’t people say that the Boss is too good for people? I didn’t expect to be in charge of a store so quickly. I didn’t expect to be paid as much as this or If would be if I worked by myself. I had a weird profession at Canaan. I wasn’t approached by anyone for a year. So, it didn’t feel right for me. Why would this person trust me and treat me so well?”
Etowah began to blabber on. The whole “independence” thing was just a metaphor.
“And as we worked together, I noticed. Oh, this is what I won! It was the “jackpot” that Makoto Sayaka was talking about even among the children who were with me in the apprenticeship class!”
Sigh it was a gamble. It was usually impossible for an apprentice to say no when an offer comes in.
What’s more, I was not very famous.
Because I was a newbie who just pays money, even if it was difficult to pay in the long run and payment was terrible. It was better to go to someone who could adequately train disciples. Well, in the case of Etowah, even though it was rare for a profession to be a “mathematician,” it was still a profession.
“Whether I’m the jackpot master or not, you’re not unhappy as an apprentice, are you?”
“Of course not. My profession is to be a mathematician. I don’t know anyone else who has this kind of profession. Therefore, I don’t have anywhere else to go. Even if my numerology is strong, they won’t hire me in the guild’s bank. Besides, the Boss brings me advanced math books I’ve never seen before, and that’s just the beginning of the list! I’ve already solved all these, so I’ll have a new one.”
Well, I’m indeed the only person in this other world who could prepare math drills and number games.
Anyway, I guess I would have to accept a ‘hit’ and took an apprentice without worrying about it. As long as I didn’t hire a kid with bad behavior, there should be no problem. It would be fine if we could just get a bunch of kids with weird professions.
“Ah, Etowah. If you like this, use it.”
I handed over a piece of lace handkerchief to Etowah. I got loads of them, and it’s not a consumable item.
“Wow, handkerchief. Are you sure?
“You always work hard.”
“That’s right… but yes. I did.”
You didn’t have to be such a hugger; it’s just free stuff.
At night, like every day I cross through my mirror and come back to my room in Japan.
I checked the status of the auction online every day. If there was a successful bid, I’ll prepare for shipping and shipped the stuff in the morning. If there was an item to sell, take a photo and put it for auction.
These were necessary because the only way to earn Japanese el was through online auctions. If I didn’t make Japanese el, I wouldn’t be able to buy the clothes to sell at Elishe. My parents would probably give me more push to get a job since I didn’t bring money home.
I saw my notebook from time to time. But these days, I was busy. I was not doing much.
It was going to be exciting when I say, “I have a Knight Order”.
By the way, the internet auction was working better than I expected.
Since the items for sale were from another world, I was trying to avoid selling items that were too far-fetched and abnormal. While avoiding things that would be too expensive, this had been mostly successful.
For example, items that looked like they were made from the skin of a magical beast were sometimes available in Elishe. But I tried to avoid these items. However, since the products of the other world were made of natural materials, I sometimes sold bags made of cowhide or pigskin. Still, I kept the shiny water bottles made of blatantly mysterious leather, or shoulder armor covered with spiky spikes, to my collection.
The primary item I was offering on Netooku were like the ones I sold in my shop in Elishe. For some reason or another were clothes.
Clothes of cotton and linen.
Occasionally, I would offer silk and silk items, but most of the time, cotton or linen.
Sometimes I would put out just a used piece of cloth. More often, I would put out sheets which I carry both new and used. Sometimes I brought out an embroidered tablecloth and often bring out a simple dress for children to wear. If I occasionally find a quilt, it would sell for not too bad a price.
Also, let’s not forget old clothes. These were also consistently fetched at reasonable prices although they could be in the thousands of el.
Of course, there was a reason why I often deal with clothes.
They were not too expensive, not too cheap, not too suspicious, not too conspicuous, easy to handle, they won’t break in transit, and above all, they were easy to sell. It was also easier to stock up on natural products. If you had the main product, you might get bidders who seemed to be regular customers, which was rarely the case even if you are a net-ooku.
Of course, I had various other items on display.
Quill pens, ink pots, laundry scissors made of wood, wooden butter spoons, kettles, sewing tools, dolls, hats and shoes, wooden toys, cigarette cases, candlesticks, candlesticks, doorknobs, shot glasses, baskets, kitchen utensils, and so on…
Well, in short, they were household goods.
The company bought and sold items that did not fall under the category of “Old household goods” and sold them at a reasonable price. These items were then given the added value of being “antiques” and sold by experts.
However, there were collectors for this as well. It wasn’t easy to get a good deal. But if it was an antique, it could fetch ten times the expected price.
Since I was running an auction with my address exposed, it wasn’t good if I was considered as a seller of rare items that appear one after another in the market. Well, I didn’t think anyone would come to my house though…
So maybe it was a bad idea to put this lace the one that was sold by the bogus vendor together for one el too.
After it was put on the market, the price went up so fast that it’s already over 30,000 els.
The final bid price might exceed 100,000 els. I was asked to get a close-up photo as much as possible and when I uploaded them and this was the result!
I guessed it was not a problem because I was selling them with the excuse that “My grandmother used to collect these items and I’m selling them to clear out her belongings. I’m selling them to clear out the old lace.” This was a perfect excuse. Even such poorly made laces compared to those bought at a hooker’s shop go up in price.
Well, there were a lot of them. There’s a high possibility that collectors were gambling with them.
I was going to sell the extra laces I bought at the store, but I should probably reconsider.
There’s still no need to go out of the way to sell dangerous items.
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