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
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
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
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