Have you ever heard the term, “All that glitters is not gold?”  I have. I mean, just because something sounds good doesn’t mean that it is. In life there are messages being broadcast to you constantly. Most seem to lure you in with promises that sound almost too good to be true. So you buy in and find out that your instincts were right. It was too good to be true and it cost you either money or time.

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could spot these snake oil salesman at the door? Suppose you could tell when you heard something whether it was a good thing? What if you could cut through all of that noise around you and only hear real messages?

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clock-77497_640Do you know what your time is worth? A lot of people would answer this question by saying, “Yep, I make $x’s per hour”.

That’s one answer. However, for a lot of people, the answer is “no”, “I don’t know”, or I have not thought about it.

If you don’t know how much your time is worth you should because chances are that you are not managing it effectively. I mean, if you don’t know its value, then how can you use it effectively?

I”ll bet that when you go to Target to buy a pillow that you will look at the price, before you get it to the cash register and check your wallet to make sure you can cover the cost. But when it comes to time, a lot of us never consider it, we just spend it as though it is endless.

This is a problem in businesses of all sizes but particularly toxic if you run a small business or start-up. In a small business or start-up, time is one of your most valuable assets. Its the one element that you can utilize more efficiently that your larger competitors, always.

While consulting with small business owners, I often observe inefficient operation practices that are frankly costing the business owner money. Its not always clear to them because they are so close to the day-to-day operations but as an observer, its very clear to me.

Having written operational procedure for a large business for many years, I often cannot resist the opportunity to approach them with my observation in an attempt to provide some constructive feedback to improve the situation. Continue reading

I listened to a podcast today at Startups for the rest of us around working remotely and optimizing productivity by getting out of the office.

I’m listing some of the tools and tips here in addition to a few things that I found to be valuable as well. If you have tips that you would like to share, drop them in the comments section or send me an email via the contact form.

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In brief, if your business doesn’t have a mobile strategy of some type, then you are missing out on an opportunity that is happening right now. Although its been discussed for a few years as something that is going to happen, apparently this is the year that it actually may.

Mobile devices, smart phones and tablets, are forecast to out sell desktop computers according to a report released from IDC. Continue reading

I found a reference to a gaming console called OUYA the other day and wanted to know more about it. My first thought was, do we really need another console?

After a little more research I found this video game console to be interesting. The OUYA is an Android powered video game console. Its a Kickstater crowd-funded product. It will retail for $99 usd and be available on June 4, 2013.

All of the games will be free to try which reminds me of the smartphone app model although every game isn’t free. The console can be preordered at the OUYA website in addition to BestBuy, Target and other retailers.

See a short hardware and software overview video about the OUYA (approx. 4 minute run time)

Let me start by saying that REWORK is one of the best books I’ve read. A lot of this may have to do with the timing since in recent years I walked away from the corporate life into full time entrepreneurship which puts me in a state of mind that’s open to each experience (Cubicle, Business owner).

What I recognized immediately after I started reading the book was the consistent references to topics that I had instinctive thoughts and ideas about while inside of the cubicle but could rarely find anyone else that agreed or shared those thoughts.

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process

This post was inspired by a post by Tom Molyneux at successfulworkplace. As a consultant, I’ve found that starts ups and small businesses, tend to feel that processes are not needed and are something that only large companies use.

Further, they feel that processes are something that slows large companies down. Being small provides the advantage of being nimble and you cant do that if you have to follow process is the believe a lot of times.

I believe that process implementation done properly, actually is a huge benefit to a small business or startup. When your business is small is precisely the time to implement processes.

It keeps your business fluid and synchronized. When dealing with outsourcing and remote staff, the obstacles are minimized by consistent process.

Try to document one thing, you can create a Word document, that you have to do multiple times per day in your business. Then sign it, date it and share that document with your staff.

railsThe beginning – March 23, 2013

This is a series of short stories about my experience working toward learning Ruby on Rails before the end of 2013.
Note: This journey actually started in February 2013 but I didn’t start blogging about it until March 23, 2013.

Background

I am a self-taught programmer. I started in the 80’s with a commodore 64. Continue reading