365 Days of Gratitude: February 25th, 2013

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. Making it through TWO phone calls!  I had a telephone conference with one of my professors (which is nerve wracking enough in and of itself) and I had to call and cancel my old bank account because they’re changing everything over to new types of accounts and it was no longer going to be free for me, since I can’t do minimum balances or direct deposits.  Mini-rant: banks that require direct deposits discriminate against self-employed people!  I need to make another call today to make an appointment to get my car inspected, but at least that’s someone I’ve talked to before.  Plus my mechanics are awesome, if you live anywhere near Antrim, NH, I highly recommend Chuck’s Auto Repair.
  2. Everyone who responded to my interview questions.  You are all awesome and I’ve enjoyed reading your answers!  I can now finish that assignment, plus I will be starting my Featured Friend Friday series with the answers I’ve received in the order I received them (seems the most fair that way).  Please keep them coming!
  3. Six months of wedded bliss. 🙂  We’ve made it through half a year as a married couple, and we haven’t killed each other yet!

Want To Be Featured On This Blog? Here’s Some Interview Questions

For an assignment in one of my college classes, I was asked to interview people in the field I’m majoring in: e-Commerce and Internet Marketing.  I thought this might be a good thing to use for my Featured Friend Friday series as well, so if you have an online business or offer internet marketing services, I’d love to hear from you and feature you on this blog.  Here are the questions, just send your answers to rewondered@gmail.com and I’ll let you know when I’ll be posting them!

 

Background

1. Please introduce yourself and your business.

2. How did you get started in your business?

3. What was your education? What educational background or related experience do you think would be most helpful to someone wanting to start their own online business?

 

Work Environment

4. Describe your work environment. (Attach pictures of your studio/office if you want!)

5. What is your typical work schedule? (Daily/Weekly/Monthly)

6. Describe your typical day.

7. What skills/abilities do you use to operate your business?

8. What websites/venues do you use to operate/market your business? (Please provide links!)

9. What other tools do you use to operate/market your business?

 

Lifestyle

10. What obligation does your business put on you outside of the work week?

11. How much flexibility do you have in terms of work hours and vacations?

12. How do you balance your work with your life?

 

Problems

13. What are the toughest problems you deal with in your business?

14. How do you overcome these problems?

15. What problems does the industry as a whole have?

16. What is being done to solve these problems? What do you think can/should be done to solve them?

 

Rewards

17. What do you find most rewarding about your work?

18. Are you able to pay yourself a salary? If so, how long were you in business before you could pay yourself? How do you determine your salary?

 

Potential

19. Where do you see yourself going in the next few years?

20. What are our long term goals?

 

The Industry

21. What trends do you see for this industry in the next 3 to 5 years?

 

Advice

22. What advice would you give someone wanting to start their own online business?

23. What resources would you recommend (blogs, websites, professional organizations, trade publications, books, software, tools, other people, etc.)?

24. Any other advice?

 

Permissions

25. Do I have your permission to share your answers to these questions on my blog? If so, are there any answers you do NOT want shared?

365 Days of Gratitude: February 21st through 24th, 2013

Missed a few days, so time to play catch up again!

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. Getting my errands done before the snowballs began raining from the sky.
  2. The power only flickered, we never actually lost power.
  3. Margaritas.  Because the movies were bad enough WITH the booze, I don’t think I could have watched them completely sober. 😛
  4. Homemade hummus and guacamole.  Have I mentioned how much I enjoy living with a professional cook?
  5. Finding nifty apps for my Droid that will help me with my business.
  6. Finding fascinating articles and research on consumer behavior and online shopping, which will help me with my own research project.  That’s right, I’m trying to get into your brain!  Mwahahaha!  😛  (It’s for school, but it will beneficial to the business as well.)
  7. Sellers who give prompt refunds for items that never arrived.  I ordered two items from one seller but only one of the items was in the package when it arrived.  The second item was out of stock, so they refunded my money.  Unfortunately, I am still dealing with another seller who has told me twice they are processing my refund for the missing package (my order got split into two packages but only one arrived) but I still have not got my money back.
  8. Sellers who don’t hassle me about an item not being as described, and go out of their way to make it right.  I bought something from one seller who had one size in their item title and another in their description, which I didn’t notice until the item arrived.  I pointed out that the I was expecting the size in the title, but I also realized my mistake in not clarifying the discrepancy in the description.  The seller offered to refund half my money and let me keep the item, which is more than fair.  Unfortunately, I’m dealing with another seller who sent me plastic instead of glass beads and informs me it’s impossible that they made a mistake.
  9. Sellers who understand that “combined shipping” means a discount on shipping everything together, not just adding up all the individual shipping charges.
  10. Not buying the fabric marker that had “Do Not Allow To Freeze” on the label, since I left it in my car overnight.  Oops.  This one should be okay though.
  11. Classes that don’t require textbooks.  Because $250 for a book is ridiculous.
  12. Getting things done, slowly but surely.  I will eventually get caught up!

365 Days of Gratitude: February 20th, 2013

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. Having someone who is “more important” and being that someone for him.
  2. Our daily phone calls.  We’re both rather stressed right now, but having that connection helps to keep us grounded.
  3. Hearing him laugh.

Yeah, yeah, I know.  It’s another “grateful for my husband” post.  Deal with it. 😛

365 Days of Gratitude: February 19th, 2013

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. Hugs.
  2. The 14 listeners who sat through the 31 minute Rick Astley medley without complaint. 😛
  3. Age really is just a number. 🙂

365 Days of Gratitude: February 18th, 2013

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. President’s Day sales.  Both JoAnn’s and Michael’s had % off total purchase coupons, including sale prices, so I got some really excellent deals.
  2. Finding a TON of discontinued patterns at a local fabric store for $1-$3 each.  I know I spent way too much in total, but these will be a wonderful foundation for my future costume designs.  I view patterns like recipes: a great starting point that you can substitute and spice up to your own tastes.  I often will incorporate three or four patterns into one finished design to get the look I’m trying to achieve.  So one pattern may end up being used for several different designs.
  3. My husband’s understanding that a supply run is going to take me all day.  Part of that is I live in a small town that’s at least a 40 minute drive from anywhere I can go shopping, so I always try and hit several stores in the area I’m going to, to make the trip more cost effective gas-wise.  Add in that I can easily spend an hour or two in each store looking around and trying to decide what I can really afford to get… so yeah, he rarely expects me to get home before 10pm.  And that’s only because most of the stores close at 9pm. 😛

365 Days of Gratitude: February 17th, 2013

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. Getting all caught up in one of my classes.  Two related assignments left for the other one.  Almost there!
  2. Going to the grocery store by way of the diner.  My husband has brilliant ideas!  Breakfast was delicious, and we definitely didn’t go to the store when we were hungry. 😛
  3. My brilliant idea: if we’re having fajitas for dinner, we should also have margaritas.

365 Days of Gratitude: February 16th, 2013

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. Getting all my research articles sorted out and whittled down to a much more manageable number than 500ish.  Remember me complaining about not finding anything for that assignment last term?  Yeah, totally not having that problem now.
  2. My red-framed glasses.  My prescription is such that it’s impossible to make bifocals for me, so I have a special pair for when I’m doing a lot of close-up looking, like reading and staring at the computer screen.  I can’t see past about 3 feet with them, but they keep me from getting a headache like I would doing this much reading with my regular glasses.
  3. Leftovers.  Because when you look at the clock and realize it’s almost 9pm and you haven’t eaten since breakfast, it’s really nice to be able to just heat something up in the microwave and be eating in a manner of minutes.

365 Days of Gratitude: February 15th, 2013

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. (Possible TMI alert!) My nose didn’t start bleeding until I got in the shower.  Thanks to my allergies, I’ve always had issues with nosebleeds, but when it happens in the shower it is SO much easier to clean up!
  2. Everyone who has volunteered to help me with my interview assignment.  I am developing an Individualized Studies degree in E-Commerce and Internet Marketing, and one of my assignments is to interview those already working in the industry.  I have a list of 25 questions I’ll be emailing out to people this weekend, and will need them back by Saturday, February 23rd so I can turn in my report the next day.  I’ll also be using some of the interviews for my Featured Friend Friday series, which I hope to start on March 1st.  If you’re interested in helping me with this project, please email me at rewondered@gmail.com so I can send you the list of questions.
  3. Taking a break from my homework to eat dinner with my husband.  While he assures me he still remembers who I am, I have been feeling a bit guilty that I’ve been so wrapped up in trying to get caught up with my homework and everything else I’m behind on, and I haven’t really been paying much attention to him.  So I’m trying to make it a point to step away from the computer from time to time and sit down for a meal with him, at least.

365 Days of Gratitude: February 14th, 2013

(If you’re not sure what this is all about, please read the first post)

I’m grateful for:

  1. Finding the perfect article in my research to use as a jumping off point for my own research project.
  2. My housemate’s time and effort to make Valentine’s Day special for all four of us.  He spent much of the day creating a lovely dinner and amazing dessert: a variety of chocolate covered fruit and chocolate covered candied bacon.
  3. Every day is Valentine’s Day with my husband.  Or rather, he doesn’t need a special day to express his love for me and give me little gifts, he does it constantly.  However, he did bring me home a bottle of mead and a whoopie pie.  And he spent the evening playing Trivial Pursuit with me. 😀
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