Boss Level Face-Slapping Specialist [Quick Transmigration] - Chapter 73
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Xu Zifan has fetched pigweed in front of the villagers, so naturally he has to start working. Yang Yongqing mentioned that he could be a teacher in primary school, but that offer was rejected by Xu Zifan, as he didn’t like being a teacher. His only hobby and ambition was to be the richest man in business. Only doing business could he feel excitement. Therefore, since he was still recuperating, Yang Yongqing assigned him the work of herding cattle and weeding up to one or two catties of the field each, with a total of four catties to be weeded, which was less than what could be done by a half-grown cattle.
Xu Zifan was also not in a hurry, as he understood the body is the capital of change, so had to first get well before thinking of doing anything else. To start off in getting into shape, he goes for runs, does leapfrogs and push-ups while herding cattle. There was no one else around to see him anyway, so he was perfectly comfortable to keep exercising. He had worked out several times before, and gained some knowledge and experience in keeping physically healthy. Now, he could make a fitness plan according to his own body. Though he would feel very tired and sore day after day, the effects were very satisfying and helpful. To live and work in a village, one must first train one’s strength.
By then, Xu Zifan had a basic understanding of the period through the memories he inherited and from casual conversations with people he came across in the fields. As of now, individuals were not allowed to start business. However, if you took something out for sale, as long as the quantity was small, no one would mind it, and it was no problem to hunt for game to eat at home. This was also the reason why they weren’t strict in this area, and they wouldn’t arrest people who acted on or displayed reformative ideas.
Regardless, Xu Zifan didn’t give up the idea of starting a business. After all, if he had to wait for several years before he took off, what would he do in these years? There was no point in waiting for it. Anyway, the plan was all in the man’s head, and he was in no hurry. Right now, he was doing well. Every day, he weeded the fields, exercised when herding cattle, and when the time came for everyone else to go home after work and eat dinner, he would run to the back hill to find prey.
Once, he caught a few fish and a dozen sparrows to hide and take them back for dinner. But then, he saw how bitter everyone looked at him, and he thought he wasn’t allowed to hunt that much. Later, he realized that at this time there was only one seasoning and preservative available, and there was only a little cooking oil left. As it turned out, his family was bitter that they actually couldn’t keep and cook all of the game he caught, and they were of course unhappy with the stink of the fish and the greasy sparrow carcasses. Only starving kids would eat these.
As for pheasants and rabbits, some people occasionally hunted them, while others have airguns at home and hunted roe deer. However, once, a hunter was killed by a wild boar while hunting, so now everyone was afraid to go to the mountains, only hunting in the periphery. As time went on, the critters learned that it was safer elsewhere and began to hide deep in the mountains, so the chances of people catching them became minimal.
Lucky for them, the village was on dark soil, with the fields yielding a considerable amount of crops regularly. Although no one in the village would eat fine grain every day, drinking thick porridge or eating a piece of bread was still possible, ensuring that the villagers wouldn’t starve. Furthermore, everyone was tired enough after working the fields every day. Naturally, no one focused on hunting.
Xu Zifan saw this as a business opportunity, relying on the mountains to eat and rivers to drink. How rich were the materials in this mountain? Those could all be turned into money! Just like wild boar in the mountains, if there was a way to hunt them, the meat they could get was delicious and absolutely marketable. There were also several kinds of wild fruits in the mountains, though they were either sour or soury sweet, with few local people enjoying them. However, if they were sold in big cities to those who have spare cash and love snacks, or even canned as gifts, they would definitely sell well.
Then, there were mushrooms, black fungi, walnuts, pine nuts and the like. People in the village don’t think it’s rare to see much of them, and they don’t even taste good, but they’re good nutritionally, and if they can be packaged in a gift box, they’ll definitely do fine as a specialty product.
On top of that, the fish in the river… People here don’t like to eat fish, so what if it was canned and sold off elsewhere?
These useless sales are like heaven and earth, unpredictable, and finding a market for them is an opportunity to get rich. Xu Zifan then strolled around the mountains, catching wild animals as he passed. He then made a trap and grilled two fishes to bring back, all the way thinking about ways to make money.
After returning home, he moved to a small bench to sit next to Yang Yongqing and said, “Dad, how was your meeting yesterday? Are there any new instructions from the commune?”
Yang Yongqing frowned and sighed, “What other new instructions could there be? Isn’t it the autumn harvest soon? They said to deliver more food, preferably more than anywhere else. I say, what is with the comparison? It’s better to let our fellow villagers keep one more mouthful than anything else, it’s more useful than just delivering more food than others!”
Comparison is certainly useful. If you win, you’ll be praised by your superiors, and it would work to your advantage for future promotions. Just, the people below will suffer, and they will have to tighten their belts if they want to be better. The problem is that if you deliver more this time, the next time you can’t deliver less than this time, and if you do this all the time, the farmers would get less and less food.
Xu Zifan, however, felt that having such a leader was his chance, and he leaned toward Yang Yongqing and whispered, “Dad, I think the Leader just wants other people to see the achievements of our commune. Right now, the whole country is lacking food, but among other things, if we can produce enough food to sell off, it will be an achievement for the commune. Whether it is for making money or exchanging things, it will definitely improve the situation in our village when the time comes.”
Yang Yongqing’s expression changed as he looked at his son-in-law and said, “What do you want to do? Where can we get more food in our village? All that food belongs to the public. We can’t touch it. As for the pigs and chickens that every family raises, half of that has to go to the state, and selling it to others isn’t allowed either.”
“The private ones aren’t allowed, but the public ones are. Of course they are, how else did those factories get started?” Xu Zifan smiled and said, “Dad, don’t worry, I’m not talking about the public grain. I’m talking about mountain produce. Have you noticed that I always go to the mountains recently? I found so many wild fruits and mountain treasures there that I could never see anywhere else, and that is our specialty. Those are worthless here, but since they are rare, they will be precious when sold outside.”
Yang Yongqing has never heard of such things before, and he has never been outside, so he had never thought of the many differences across the country, and wondered at the suggestion. “Is it really so? What’s so good about those things? You can still sell them for money?”
“Of course, but you have to pack it well. You can’t just sell it as ordinary stuff.”
“They are just ordinary stuff, what is not ordinary about mountain produce?”
“Nutrition.” Xu Zifan looked at him and said, “Malted milk is so precious because of its nutrition. The same goes for eggs, too. Our mountain goods are just as nutritious, and we aren’t lying. We just have to figure out what is good for the body, print it out and stick it on the package, and people are sure to buy it.”
Yang Yongqing wasn’t sure how nutritious those mountain goods are. Many of the fruits they found were usually rotten, and nobody wanted to eat them as they were too sour. However, as he watched Xu Zifan make his point, he kind of suspected that these fruits and mountain goods could really be rarities out there. But, doing such a thing as a public factory was still not possible.
He shook his head and frowned. “Zifan, Dad knows what you want to do, but it has to be reliable and down-to-earth. I have never even heard of the things you said. No, what qualifications do we have to open a factory? Look at the factories in the county. I can’t even qualify as a worker there. I have to grab a spot, but I can’t grab them. Opening a factory isn’t as easy as you think.”
Xu Zifan didn’t find it difficult to accept and only smiled, “Things will happen when you work for it. Why don’t you take me with you next time you go to the county, Dad? How will we know if we don’t try? If the Leader doesn’t agree, then we will forget about it. At best, he will give us a lecture, but we have nothing to lose. Besides, the other factories are so proud and arrogant because they work in the city and own registered permanent residents and house assignments there. However, for us, even if we open one, we would stay in the village. Even if the workers are villagers in our village, we don’t need to distribute food and give registered permanent residence for the county. Our requirements are low. Maybe, the Leader would agree to it?”
Yang Yongqing thought about it and it seemed like it, but what is a village factory? Who does that? Why is this kid so obsessed with this?
Xu Zifan told him a lot of future development prospects, and built a farsighted and comprehensive blueprint for him. As the village head, his greatest wish was that all the villagers would have enough food and warm clothes, and live a good life. If what Xu Zifan said could really be realized, won’t life in his village be even better than in the city?
Xu Zifan talked for two hours, and the sky had turned so dark that he couldn’t see before Yang Yongqing eventually nodded his head. Xu Zifan happily washed quickly and went back to his room to lie down. He knew a lot about persuasion and brainwashing. Today he could brainwash Yang Yongqing, and tomorrow he could hopefully brainwash the Leader. Isn’t it just painting big pie? With the lure of interest, most of the goals could be achieved. Furthermore, the Leader of their commune was still a person eager to make achievements, so it was just right.
Yang Wanyun turned over on their kang and looked at him and whispered, “Is what you told Dad the way you want to make money? Can those things in the mountains really sell for money?”
Xu Zifan nodded. “Really, why else would I bother?”
“So, you’re really going to go see the Leader and say it yourself? Are you not afraid?”
“I didn’t do anything bad, so what am I afraid of? I am an activist. Didn’t the state let me come here and learn? Isn’t it the best learning achievement when I understand the beauty of this village and discover food I want to share? He just can’t criticize me without praising me, or he would just discourage the motivations of an educated youth. Don’t worry, I won’t be scolded.”
(TNote: well he’s not wrong… one of the points of educated youth being sent to villages was to ‘educate the youth on agriculture and life’… well it’s what they said it was…)
Because Xu Zifan also turned around, there was only a pillow’s distance between them. Lying on the kang in the dark, and looking at each other so closely made Yang Wanyun suddenly blush and spout awkwardly, “Who is worried about you?”
After that, she turned over and leaned towards the wall. Then, Xu Zifan picked his eyebrows, took the pillow away and put it on the stool. He continued casually, “Having a pillow on such a small Kang makes it feel too crowded. Don’t put it there anymore in the future.”
Yang Wanyun’s face suddenly turned red. Fortunately, they were covered by two separate quilts, otherwise she would have jumped up now. Although they are a married couple, they always had a bad relationship before, and they have never gotten along like husband and wife. Now that their misunderstandings have been solved, and the pillow has been taken away, what should she do next?
Yang Wanyun’s heart was beating abnormally, but Xu Zifan didn’t really do anything. He just tucked her under her quilt and whispered, “It’s late, hurry and sleep, we need to get up early and work tomorrow.”
Yang Wanyun breathed a sigh of relief, and quietly shrank into the quilt as she closed her eyes and fell asleep.
Xu Zifan smiled. Although romance wasn’t very popular in this era, many men and women get married after only meeting once without even remembering his or her name, and life goes on the same way. However, he still thought that they should have a relationship and develop into a real husband and wife as he knew it. Maybe he should also get a house for them to make up for the dowries before marriage. It was not his style to marry a wife without giving anything to the bride’s family.
That night, Xu Zifan had a dream, thinking of almost all the steps to start a factory and make money. This era was very restricting, but in reality, it’s not like there are no openings to exploit. As long as he exploited them well, he could seize the opportunities of this era and be the first to get rich! After dreaming of opening a factory, he dreamt of buying a large house. Working out every day and eating porridge really doesn’t fill one up, and you will get hungry in the middle of the night.
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