Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Figuring Out Pricing and Business Model

It can be overwhelming to think about needing to come up with a correct business and pricing model for everything up front.  So, chunk it up and chunk it down.

  1. Who are your customers? People who you will be selling to.
  2. Find out what they value, budget and ask them how they think about it so you can understand how to price in their terms
  3. Start from somewhere/ start with one, you can change your pricing along the way as you figure more things out
  4. Find out the time and resource cost versus price to figure out how to most efficiently spent your time and where you concentrate your time when building your business
  5. Consider income now and income potential, and also of course, consider impact and if the day to day is how you want to be spending your time for the route you choose

Monday, July 4, 2016

When you are ready to go Full steam ahead with your venture...

Next steps into creating a 'real' business.

-Incorporating (S or C corp)
-Liability Insurance (Because you need protection incase of mishap!)
-Filing Taxes (Business Taxes are difficult...a forwarning)
-Trademark your brand (Protect your brand identity!)
-Patents (Protect your intellectual assets)

All of these steps are extremely time intensive.  But it is important to do them as your business gains traction so you don't end up getting bulldozed just as things get interesting.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ask Yourself Why? And then start it starts to free your mind...

Being an Entrepreneur is difficult and many of the roadblocks you face will come from your own mind.

In order to unlock this blocks you need to ask yourself...why?  And just like you'd be able to answer someone coming up to you and asking a question, chances are you'll have an answer and the anxiety that you feel in your mind that has no words begins to form words and thus makes the questions real and then you can begin to find the answers.

A question I asked myself recently was...

Why am I nervous to start?

It's hard to...

  • Reach fair agreements
  • Find terms that work for all
  • Find good people

This was a question that I asked myself in August 2015.  And I just found that paper today.  Fortunately today I look at those questions, and those questions seem to have been answered.

How did they get answered?  I happened to find someone with a complimentary skill set who has the fundamental same goals and values as I.  So while we think differently, we tend to reach the same similar logical and fair conclusions.

It's definitely hard to find good people, but when you do, keep them close!

Monday, April 25, 2016

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

An Intriguing Conversation of Introspection

Years ago on a dating site someone messaged me, and it led to a thoughtful conversation.  I saved that conversation, and I have to say, that the answers still ring true today.  I have cleaned up the conversation a bit to make it more concise.  How would you answer these questions?

Where does your motivation come from? do you have a vision or goal of what you want?

I do have a vision of what I want.  Sometimes the path to get there seems harder or easier depending on the day.  The one thing I see in my vision of an ideal future is to be happy.  I know it is vague, but my gut response.  It's just the feeling.

Do you need to work hard to be happy?
I thought so, but i've worked hard and not found real happiness there
so i think happiness comes in feeling valued by others and when that reflects back on yourself, and an overall feeling of building towards something.

Is happiness a choice?
I believe it is.  But you have to continually choose it, even on your worst days.  Sometimes you need to find your reset button.  I think it is the biggest challenge to find contentment in what you have, but also strive to continually improve and challenge yourself.

I never really understood improving myself - whats wrong with being happy with yourself the way you are?

You have a good point.  I strive to continuously improve myself, but it's probably the thing that stresses me out the most.  I think i just put the pressure on myself, but also I surround myself with people who want me to be better as well.  If didn't try to be better I wouldn't be happy either.  I guess it's a personality trait.

Periodically i like to reconfigure and set my goals.

Have you ever had a brilliant idea right as you're about to fall asleep, and no place to write it down?
And you swear to yourself you'll remember it when you wake up in the morning and you never do.

Yeah, of course.  Or when you do remember it, and then realize that the idea isn't so brilliant.  Ideas are nothing except a pleasurable thought at the time, unless you act on them.  I find that out over and over again.  It's frustrating.

Do you keep a journal?

I try to, but not reliably.  But when I need to think, it helps to write because it helps me process.

Recently i wrote:
"If you focus too much on simply being happy now, you may lose the motivation to discover what may be greater happiness within your grasp. Find balance."

That's true.  It is important to find the balance between being happy now and setting yourself up to be happy in the future.  But I do think it is important to remember a few things.  You only have one body, so you need to take care of it.  And, you never know what tomorrow will bring.  Our time on Earth is short, and you should live each day to its fullest.  And be true to yourself.  You need to be able to look yourself in the mirror each day and stand by the decisions you make.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Switching Over to Google Apps and Google Apps Coupon

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I recently switched my business over to the Google Apps Suites.  Why?  Because I met someone who
is interested working with TechyKids, and wanted her own techykids workspace of messaging / email / and ways to share collaborative documents.  All in all, aside from the added monthly costs, I believe it to be one of the steps to turn into a makeshift business into a real business.

By using Google Apps it gives you the ability of having a Super Administrator that ultimately has control of the sub-accounts....which puts you in control of your business.

The trickiest part of all of this that I have found so far is being able to get email working properly, and to be able to send and receive without running into issues.  I realized through testing that some of the emails that I was sending out of the Apps account was being filtered out as spam.  In order to correct this I had to go to the admin panel and activate DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) email authentication.  Here is more information.

If you have 1and1, this tutorial will show you how to add or remove a txt record to help authenticate your email.

Best of luck!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Mom Threw out my Personal Belongings

One of My Art Pieces that was tossed - "Reflections"
Another One of my Art Pieces - "Happy things"
I booked my tickets excited to go ‘home’. I booked my tickets excited to see and spend time with my family. I booked my tickets to be surrounded by warmth and love. I booked my tickets to go HOME.

 I was told to bring a bag to start bringing my stuff back to California. “You have a house now, take your stuff with you.” It’s not that I didn’t want my stuff with me, it’s that a big part of me feels like it belongs in that house. In that closet, in my sanctuary. How many times when life got hard did I retreat into my walk in closet to find comfort. I had even sometime taken a pillow and blanket and climbed of my shelving and lay there to find my ‘safe place’. That closet has always been by childhood retreat.

 So then I left for college, many miles away. But when I’d come home, I’d come home. I could engross myself in all of the wondrous memories that my closet was home for and transport myself back to those days. Those days playing video games in the closet, those days learning how to handwrite and spell. Those days writing a journal. There was something that has always rung true to me and it was be right to be me. Stories are important to me, experience are important to me, memories are important to me. Without this life is just an empty shell. Those things I had spent time on, each brush stroke, every pencil mark, every push of the clay, having those objects, those notebooks, those art pieces brings be completely back to that point in time. it centers me. It makes me feel like me. It tells my story. It reminds me of my past, it grounds me to my present, it highlighted my future. I’ve always been surrounded by kids, and I had a very vivid

Mixed Media, Acrylic paint brush and air brush

"Flowers"  One of my first pieces of fine art, made in Kindergarten
childhood. Often I feel my childhood is more vivid than my present. There is consistency in childhood, there are major changes and checkpoints in childhood. Adulthood has this way of just running one day into the next, less predictability, less stability, more being alone.

 Those things told a story. They told a story of the people who have helped me grow in my life. Who have taught me things, who have made me laugh. Those things were not just things. They were objects that when touched, smelled, seen would transport me back and let me realize that I have a history, that I have a presence, that I have a future.  It was my meditation, my ritual. A reminder of who I am.

 Someone else does NOT get to choose what someone else should find important or not. Personal belongings
"Target" - Airbrushed, won the state gold key
are called personal belongings because that what they are… PERSONAL. And if you want to strip them down to call them ‘things’ and that they are not ‘important’, then you can do that with practically everything. One does not have the right to decide what is important to another person.

 I kept those personal affects, my journals, my creative work, my art because it meant the world to me. Now I’m without. I’m just without. It hurts so badly. I’ve wanted to share that with my kids one day. To tell them, hey, I was a kid. I’m not just some silly adult that doesn’t understand you. I’ve lived through what you will live through and I’m there for you, because hey, life is hard, but it’s ok, because you are loved and we’ve got each other.

 Now I’ll just be some stupid adult. Some stupid adult that has always been a stupid adult who doesn’t remember what it’s like to be a kid. Who doesn’t understand what they are thinking when they are that age, because I won’t be able to read my history and remember what I was doing, thinking, feeling and experiencing when I was their age. Now I’ll have to look at them like they are young and dumb instead of being right there with them and understanding them fully and completely.

My mom never full understood me. So, I wrote things down and promised myself that when I would have a kid I’d make sure to understand them. And I would do that by writing things down. I would make sure I’d leave a record behind. So that others wouldn’t have it so rough. And even when things get bad, they wouldn’t feel alone. Alone is a scary place to be, and no one should feel that way. But at some point, I’m sure it rings true that everybody does.

 So this is a note to the future me, and to anyone else that can relate that says… it’s OK. It’s ok to feel, its ok to feel sad. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed. It may not always be socially acceptable to admit this, to be a burden upon others, to feel like you are just causing drama. People can always pull things, skew things, warp things and turn situations into what they aren’t. Just remember your truth. Write down your truth. Be true to yourself, you don’t need everyone else’s validation to feel they way you do. You can feel.