As the game grows, managing many things becomes a pain. Retail becomes tedious even if you use the products page to apply prices to all stores. It just becomes a nightmare in general. What do you do next? Get a headquarters. Your headquarters allows you to now have a COO, CTO, CMO among other things. Unfortunately for me, with around $18m yearly profit the COO I wanted was asking for around $15-16m. I went with the cheaper alternative of $4m.
Lessons learned from having a Headquarters and a COO:
1. Don’t get cheap staff
It is better to wait a bit more than get the first random Jack or Joe. With a Balanced approach for market share and profit, my COO was selling all of my products at the cost price. Who knows what would have happened if I had allowed for selling below cost price. I was in a hole, this dude made it deeper.
2. Research early
It is better to plan ahead to do R&D while you are entering the market to boost your product. I had forgotten about it which hit me hard and will keep on hitting me harder.
3. Buy R&D
I don’t like to do this usually, but this is an option to catch up. It feels like a cheap trick so I try to avoid it. But desperate times… The AI won’t sell to you if you are in direct competition and the price is higher the more difference there is in the tech research but ultimately it is worth it. A trick is to buy the second-best research because chances are they may sell it to you.
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