I have been watching this DIY channel on my TV for a few months now, and it has given me a lot of inspiration for fixing up my house. Maybe too much, because I really do not have the time to do everything that I want to do now. But I am going to accomplish some projects. Right now I am trying to find out some more information on types of underlayment for flooring, because I would like to try to install some new floors in my house on my own. I think that would be a kind of tricky project, but as long as I measure everything accurately, and get the right materials, I should be able to do it pretty well.
The reason that I have been watching so much of this DIY channel is that I just got cable back in my house a few months ago. I did not have cable for maybe 3 years prior to getting it again. I guess I had forgotten how much I used to enjoy this type of programming, and so I have been watching more than my fair share of television ever since. But luckily the television I am watching is educational and so I do not view it as a waste of time. I used to watch a lot of television and it was not anything that was substantive in terms of its content. Rather, I was just using it to fill time, because I was bored. It was kind of like I had a void in my life. But I find that accomplishing things, such as the DIY projects I am taking on now, makes me feel a lot better about my life, and I rarely, if ever, feel bored these days. There just isn’t enough time for that.
The church I work at was recently struck by a fire that started in the basement where a large amount of items are stored for yard sales that the church hosts twice a year in order to raise money for various projects at the church. I am not sure exactly how it started, but I guess it is kind of irrelevant because the damage is done and now I am trying to find a commercial restoration company to hire to help us clean up the mess that was left behind in the wake of the fire.
There is a lot of smoke damage, and fire damage, obviously. But there is also a good bit of water damage from the fire department putting out the blaze. I think that we should be able to get the church back to the way it was before, for the most part, but is going to take quite a bit of work. Continue reading
We had a meeting today about building and maintaining our own servers. We have been paying someone else to do the job until now, in fact we have been switching from one vendor to the next in search of one who will cover our needs. In fact our needs have been growing quite rapidly and what we need is not really available. So we are thinking about how to create something which is going to meet the need we have for capacity and reliability. Obviously something like a military PDU is going to be needed, we are going to have to have a really rock solid power distribution unit that is not going to be taking a break every time that you turn around. That is simply not something that we are going to be able to tolerate. In fact most of the server providers are going to give you something in the area of 99% Up time. You definitely need to match that, which is going to bring it’s own problems. Continue reading
A recent trip to the city has left me with a fascination for steel design. Many of the buildings in the city were build over 40 years ago, and they’re still marvels for me to see in person. They are the pinnacle of what I consider to be modern construction. I wish I was alive to see what kind of planning was going on when the architects and engineers decided to make those buildings. I bet they had a lot of creative differences on some things, but were able to come together to create a product that would be admired for years.
I want to take part in the design of a building someday. Continue reading
Working as a debt collector is not an easy job. It’s a job where you have to call people who are doing everything that they can do in order to avoid acknowledging their debt, much less actually wanting to pay that debt. Many times they’re simply people who are in a rough spot – we’ve all been in those situations where ignoring the problem seems like the best possible solution. Stress can cause us to make poor decisions. After reading these Professional Recovery Consultants reviews I decided that I would like to see what it would be like to work as a debt collector. It’s been a few months. Rough months, honestly. Months where every call began with being yelled at, hung up on, cursed at and even called names. Continue reading
Most of the middle class is familiar with the concept of debt. For anyone who was forced to rely on student loans in order to make their way through high education will know first hand the stress and pressure which come hand in hand with loans. Currently, it’s thought that 7 million Americans have defaulted on their student loans. This is billions in unpaid debt that is straining the education industry as a whole and making it more difficult for future students to receive loans. It’s possible that with the help of professional recovery consultants a defaultee might be able to climb out of the debt that they have and begin making payments. Continue reading
As an independent business owner I’m used to the day to day challenges that accompany working without the financial and administrative backing of larger institutions. The products that I provide have always given me a steady income that didn’t leave me wanting for more. I was content with the size of the business – there was no reason for me to grow it. Yet, when I found myself with more orders to be filled than I could reasonably handle I had to invest in one of the vertical form fill seal machines which turned my garage into something like a small factory by itself.
I have had to stop and myself on multiple occasions if this is what I wanted for myself and even if I wanted it for my business. I’ve found it strange to think about the business as something separate from myself but I’ve learned to think in such a context has allowed me to make smarter decisions. I don’t believe the business can grow much more beyond the current size and retain the quality of the products that I make. Continue reading
A friend of mine who owns a business always told me that if I ever go into business that I should be prepared for people who don’t want to pay their bills. Sometimes people fall on hard times and that’s fine, because we all get into a little financial trouble at some point. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make some kind of attempt to contact the company that you owe a balance to and make payment arrangements. A few months ago, I had to look at Professional Recovery Consultants reviews because I had some customers who hadn’t paid their bills and didn’t make arrangements.
The consultant company had favorable reviews from people who used them, and from people who were contacted by them. The contacted reviews were the most shocking to me, because I didn’t expect to see them. I thought only people who had used the company before would have make some kind of comment about them, but others were just as interested in talking about them. These people said that the company was very polite with them when it came to collecting debt. Continue reading
I decided that I would grow a garden last year, I am home for the summer, and I thought it would be an excellent way for me to keep busy and enjoy the fruits, or vegetables, of my labor. I went to the local garden store and found some plants to get me started, but they died about a week after I put them in the ground. I was told to hire a company to do some soil testing to see if there was something wrong with my soil. I decided that I would take a chance and hire a company due to the fact that I nurtured those plants better than I tended to my animals. I took very good care of them and I was in awe as to why they died so suddenly.
After the company came to my home and took the soil sample, I patiently waited for them to get back to me, and a few days later we had the results. The soil in my yard was very acidic, and the fact that it was so acidic meant that there would be no chance for the plants to thrive so they died as a result. I was glad to know that they died due to the soil quality and nothing that I had done because I spent so much time on them.
I got a treatment for the soil to chance the ph level to something that was more basic, and it saved the next plants that I planted and took care of. I was happy to see how many vegetables I had and knew that it was a smart choice to go and hire a company to help me investigate what was going on in my own yard, I am now getting ready to plant this season’s crop.
Our daughter has plans to be a CEO of a big corporation or to just start her own company that becomes a major corporate entity. She has an interest in being involved in digital companies from technology innovators to retail product development. She has been reading about the successes of British CEO Joanna Shields who also holds the title of Baroness. Since our daughter is only 10, it seems like she has lofty goals already. However, she actually has a keen understanding of what it will take to realize her dreams.
Our daughter is already self-teaching in electronics and computers. For her birthday she wanted diagnostic tools and build-it-yourself electronic kits. She has already built a Morse Code oscillator, a crystal radio, and a remote control flying helicopter that flies itself. She is learning about technology and business. Continue reading
As a 30 year old man, I sometimes wonder why I don’t have a hobbies. I sometimes look back on my childhood looking for an answer, wondering if maybe I have simply lost interest in hobbies more recently but I’ve come to the conclusion that my parents never encouraged me to do much of anything. It never occurred to them that I might need encouragement as a child. Maybe that’s why I am now I’ve started learning from a locksmith in Baltimore MD so I can pursue picking locks as a hobby – not that I am even that interested in it.
I think that’s the core my problem. I was never taught the value of being interested in something. Whenever I felt my interest slipping when I was a kid my parents didn’t try to encourage me to continue focusing on it. They would always just agree with me and allow me to move on, never motivating me with some kind of positive reinforcement. Continue reading
Setting up the branch office is progressing pretty well, but we are taking some shortcuts to be quicker about it. I decided to farm out the stuff that I could get other people to do as easily. That saves me the trouble of having to hire people, who I would then have to train to do the job. In time I have to get that done, but for the moment it is easier to just pay other specialists to do the jobs. I called up the Paychex California offices this morning and started talking to them about setting up the payroll for us. At the moment it is not that big of a deal. There is just me, my personal assistant and three other full time workers at the moment. I have hired a dozen or so temp workers, the plan is to see which ones are going to work out and keep them. Continue reading
In the last few months, the number of employees at my business has tripled. We have really been growing at a remarkable rate. I always had high hopes for the company, and I did believe it would take off. But the recent growth has exceeded even my own lofty expectations. It is thrilling to undergo such growth, but it does present more challenges for the administration of the company. I am going to have to find payroll services in Bristol going forward, because our old system of keeping track of the payroll is not going to work with the recent influx of new employees.
It used to all be tracked by hand, and the money would be split up accordingly. It did not use many computers or anything like that. I guess the business was a bit antiquated in that regard. However, from the start, it was just a very small business. I only had two employees to begin with, and it was very simple to keep track of. Continue reading
We are going to move pretty soon and I am wondering if one of the fiber optic Internet providers is going to be able to give me real gigabit Internet. Of course I think that term is being misused and if you had the real thing that would be pretty absurd. Obvious that means a thousand megabytes per second and most people do not get much more than a fraction of that at the moment. I think that I probably get around 10 to 15 mb per second on average. On the best day of the week it might be around 25 megabytes per second in the best times, but obviously you are a prisoner to how much bandwidth your neighbors are using. Continue reading
Recently, we have lost an unprecedented number of employees at the firm where I work, and it is quite concerning. We do not have the resources to be able to interview enough people, quickly enough, to replace all of the employees that we have recently lost. It is kind of a disaster, and we had to downscale our operations to an extent, in response to the shortage of employees we are currently facing. Affordable quality business solutions are what we need right now, and I would like to seek out a company that provides great business solutions for companies that need recruitment services.
We need to make sure that we will be supplied with great recruits, for the positions that we need filled.
We are looking for a place with a skilled workforce and right now we are thinking about sites in Connecticut, New Hampshire and possibly Massachusetts. The last option is not really that distinct a possibility, but there is a town there which is offering a lot of incentives to us and we are going to hear them out. East Haven, CT seems like a very nice location to my boss, but honestly I am wondering if there are enough skilled machinists in that particular exact area. Instead it seems like the best place to base an office as it would be much less congested. New Haven is a good site for the plant itself and we are looking at sites near each other for the two ideas. Connecticut has a huge number of machine shops and plenty of people with the exact skills that we shall be looking for. So it has the lead among the places we are currently considering.
East Haven is a beautiful area to have a home however and I would not mind at all leaving New York City for the area. I am really tired of spending so much of my week in the car commuting back and forth. If I am having a bad traffic week it can be 13 hours that I spend in traffic. That is why I would like to find a place like East Haven where I could build an office suitable for the design team and the corporate offices. It would not need to be very large and we could put the plant in a better location for a heavy industrial site. It is not going to be the decisive factor, but I would really and truly love it if I were able to live a more relaxed lifestyle in a smaller town.
When I had the opportunity to move back to the town I was raised in, I knew that I had to do some research on the town itself. Though I had grown up there and knew a good deal about the history of the area, I had not been back for nearly two decades. I am not naive enough to think that good things remain unchanged all the time, so I needed to make sure that the area was still desirable. After doing several hours of research, I came to the conclusion that some things do remain the same, which was good in this case!
Though the town had grown considerably since I graduated from the high school there, it seemed that the values of the townsfolk had not changed. Since I was going to relocate my business there, I wanted to check out the Chamber of Commerce as well to make sure that the business values of others in town matched my own. Again, I was quite happy to see that this was not going to be a problem. Continue reading