Avoiding the Dreaded Business Slump

Guest editorial by Patricia Snodgrass My father, stone mason by trade, didn’t turn his construction business into a fortune 500 company, and chances are you probably won’t either. However, like him, you can still grow a very successful business, if you avoid these five problems that plague nearly every company at some point. Pitfall #1.…

Stale Tweets — And How to Avoid Them

So you’ve been reading all about the magical things that Twitter can do for your business and you keep running across articles on “how to increase your twitter followers.” Of course, increasing followers and KEEPING followers are actually two different things — and most sites that are trying to sell you a “how to” don’t…

Top 10 Home Business Ideas for 2011 — no change?

Has the idea of home businesses change much in the past ten years? I’ve been cruising forums recently to check for new home business ideas to write about.  While there’s the occasional very novel idea, in general it seems to be the Same Old Thing rebranded and waved in front of the audience again.  And…

What the Tweet? Google drops Twitter

  So… fellow bloggers and artists and business people, Google has made a decision that might affect how you’re contacting friends and customers — Google has let their subscription to the Twitter firehose expire.  So it’s not going to continue the real-time search on Twitter.  In a way, I’m not surprised because the amount of…

Building Time Blocks

The trouble with us is that we’re being trained to be easily fascinated.  You know, the “oooh!  shiny!” reaction where you’re walking along thinking about one thing and suddenly something bright and interesting (or new) catches your attention.  Suddenly, all your well-intentioned plans go out the window as you go over to look at (and…

In The Reviews: a few useful websites

Do you have advertising burn out?   I do!   In 2006, CBS news estimate that we’re bombarded with 5,000 ads per day and these days it seems like that number must have doubled!  If you’re looking for advice on how to fix up your website or perhaps increase some traffic to your blog, it…

I swear on my pet’s grave…

A Note to the Gentle Reader — Sysadmins weren’t born yesterday. A Blog Commenter wrote: Hey, I couldn’t find a contact form so I hope you don’t mind me posting here. Wow, I had a great idea for your interesting little blog . I’m an internet marketer and I spend a lot of time making…