Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The House of Cards, too little too late?

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Video and article by CNN about the housing crisis . . . the bubble.
To me this is too little, too late information. I realized all this stuff all by my little old self and realized that this day was coming a couple of years ago.

But one good thing comes from this investigation.

It answers the questions I had about WHY in the hell was this going on?
Why couldn't people see that this was a disaster ready to happen? Was I the only one that saw what was coming down the road? Was "I" the only sane person that the "mad party?"

The answer = GREED.

I guess Micheal Douglas was wrong in that movie when he said "Greed is Good." Hmmm.
The Article and the Video

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Getting fat and lazy

Q: What are the pitfalls that home business owners need to be most vigilant against?

A: I think complacency. Like, "Oh, I've got it all happening now, the checks are rolling in, the clients are lining up." And not keeping the pipeline filled, not continuing to do all the things in my marketing plan, showing up at three networking events a month, continuing to speak twice a month so people know that I'm out there, continuing to publish a newsletter. Getting lazy when the checks are rolling in or the big accounts are there.

CNN spoke with entrepreneur, speaker and home-based business coach Jane Pollak
So basically, you are telling me that when the money begins to roll in that I have to put even MORE effort in making it continue? See, that's why people don't TRY to become rich. THIS is why people have a "fear of success."

Success is a bitter web that pulls you in and never lets you go. There is no pausing, their is no stopping to smell the roses . . . it just makes you keep going and going and going . . . just to maintain. So, tell me Jane Pollak, when is the stopping point? When can a person stop and enjoy the fruits of their labor, the riches they gain?

Basically, success is a trend mill at a 24 hour/ 7 days a week gym.

Picture by Ted Abbott

Monday, February 18, 2008

All I need is 100,000 auctions and I'll be rich!

Okay, I've been working really hard at this Ebay thing. And I must say, I've been doing a wonderful job of it. I've produced a little bit of change from my garage and I haven't gotten 1/4 of the things in there on Ebay yet . . . so opportunity abounds, dear friends.

Anyway, I'm averaging about $10 - $8 per auction in actual profit. Cool huh? So the way I estimate things, all I need to do is get 100,000 auctions up this year and I'll be a millionaire -- if not close to a millionaire when I subtract the E-bay Listing fees, the Pay-pal fees and some other odd fees that seem to drop into my bottom line.

So, let's see . . . 100,000 auctions -- can it be done? Let's get out the old calculator.

Okay, really it would have to be 125,000 auctions because about 25% of my auctions go nowhere - meaning no one bids on my stuff. So to be realistic, I need to put up 125,000 auctions in a 12 month period.

125,000 / 12 months = 10, 417 auctions a month. Hmmm.

10,417/22 days (don't want to work on Saturday and Sunday) = 473.50 auctions a day

474 / 8 hours (I have to blog and sleep and stuff) = 59 auctions an hour

Okay, I doubt that I could do 59 auctions an hour (you have to take photos, write descriptions, weigh stuff etc.) . . . but if I COULD manage 59 auctions an hour . . .I'd be RICH!

Should I go for it?

I suppose things would go a lot smoother if I had more high-end stuff to sell huh? Why don't you guys give me some ideas of what I can sell on E-bay that would give me more bang for my buck?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Tele-jobs: GE

General Electrics is known for allowing it's employees to work from home. They don't publicize "telecommuting" jobs, so you must apply, research or ask around to find out which ones are allowed to telecommute -- however, in the jobs listings there are hints about jobs that are open for telecommuting: in location they say OPEN, UNSPECIFIED or FLEXIBLE.

Check them out at:

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Telecommuter's Friend: Republic Bancorp

The 100 Best Companies to work for article of Fortune Magazine stated that Republic Bancorp (now Citizen's Bank) allows almost 60% of it's employees to regularly telecommute. But if you look at their job listing, you would never know it because they don't list it at all.

It goes to show you that there are A LOT of hidden telecommuting jobs out there. And the folks that have telecommuting jobs don't always advertise them. You must do your research . . . look up companies, ask friends, ask the company. Apply to jobs like you would "regular" jobs because after all, it IS a regular job that allows you to do the work in another location.

Some other companies that are open to telecommuting
SC Johnson - 23% employees telecommute regularly

Morrison & Foerster - 30% employees telecommute regularly
(Look for: Office Location Flexible)

American Fidelity Assurance Company - 33% employess telecommute regularly

Monday, February 11, 2008

(UPDATED) Tele-jobs: Doctors on Demand (Even Doctors Can Telecommute!)

Ringadoc provides instant audio and video consultations with doctors over any basic phone, smartphone, or computer. The company’s proprietary technology provides patients the easiest and most convenient way to access doctors and doctors the easiest and most convenient way to provide care to patients.
Ringadoc believes in the power of technology to simplify healthcare and enables doctors and patients to communicate more effectively. The company aims to be the backbone for all patient-physician communication that occurs outside of an office, with the ultimate goal of virtualizing medical care.
However, we know we cannot do it alone and need your help! We are looking for mission-driven, passionate individuals to help us change the way patients and doctors communicate. Join us in our quest to revolutionize healthcare! If you think you’re a good fit for any of these roles or if you think we need you, but just don’t know yet please email us.
[This is from their website]

Check them out here:

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Telejob: bMobile Technologies

They work on making your cell phone the only electronic device you need. Of course because they have working on the mobile "ideal" they would be quite open to telecommuting. They are looking for technology-savvy (high-tech) employees.
Click on Careers

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Bryan C Fleming's Millionaire Dollar Club

As you know, I'm always on the look out to help my readers (and myself) find ways and methods to reach the Millionaire Club. I came across Bryan C. Fleming the author of "Home of the Million Dollar Savings Club."

He has an excellent post entitled: Million Dollar Savings Club Turns 1 Year Old that outlines a really painless and easy way to save money. And the wonderful thing about this is he's taking the journey along with everyone else and he documents it right here.

He seems to be having good success with his method and it's worth a shot if you decide to do it.