Date: November, 2007

Is there a limit to outsourcing…

On November 28th, 2007, wrote:

The first book that I have been wanting to read for months is 4 hour work week. I downloaded it from audible (see previous post) and have already listened to 2/3 of the book since downloading it yesterday. It is extremely intriguing as he describes the process of outsourcing his life. I am going to try and outsource some small tasks to India. You can use sites such as elance to find reviews of companies or these virtual assistants. They can do everything from submit you to directories for SEO, research plans for a birthday party to responding to all your email for you. These “VA’s” are not only polite, efficient and better with a computer than most americans, they are college educated. You can find a VA for $2-15 per hour. The latter would be for graphics, technical knowledge or web programing. But what if you could hire someone to find and order your christmas gifts, pay your bills – Read the full article

Give it a listen? audiobooks….

On November 28th, 2007, wrote:

This week I stumbled across audible. com. A great deal for those who don’t have time to read or would prefer to listen to audio books. Not only is it a great price, (into price of $8 a book) goes to $12 book after the first three months. I have had my eye on a few books that I wanted to read and was unable to get to find time to read them, I thought about downloading them on itunes. But apple charges an arm and a leg for the books. This is a streamlines way to listen to the books, cheaply. I downloaded my first book yesterday and thought the system was super easy to use. ta ta for now.

We’re Busting some doors….

On November 24th, 2007, wrote:

So yesterday we decided to venture out and try our luck with the large herds of people venturing out for the door buster sales on black Friday. It is traditionally the day when retailers go from the red to black (profit). After some discussions we decided to start our journey at the local outlet mall, which opened at midnight. Yes, they were open for 24 hours on Friday. I was unsure what to expect, all of the group were virgin “busters.” The mall had the same jumpstart last year and people were packed up for miles on the expressway. We decided to start a little later to avoid the large group, heck they weren’t giving anything away. We woke up at 4 am, even Grandma Verge who is 86 made it out for her first bust. We walked into the first store just before 5am and it was jamming. All I could think to myself was I as nuts as – Read the full article

Greatest thing since sliced bread…

On November 19th, 2007, wrote:

I read about how people were using eLance to write articles about their company and distribute it. I recently had my first experience using the site to help with some web programing. I was unsure if I could find someone who would be able to help me finish this site. Today I put up the details of the job and I had 4 bids within an hour of my post. This just amazes me how flat the world has become. Bids from Cali to India. As technology advances and we are able to communicate with more effectively, with more sources. The internet has grown by leaps and bounds since the Tech crash in 2000. I am excited to see what new advancements in web development bring during the next 7 years to the free world. I will let you know how the process goes. I will award the project in two weeks.

How to get around town? We travel by ZipCar

On November 18th, 2007, wrote:

I was first introduced to ZipCar about a year ago. It was a novel idea, rent cars by the hour for an affordable rate. Most cars start at $9 an hour (ie a Honda element, Toyota matrix etc.) The hourly fee covers insurance, gas and the parking spot you found it in. The cars are conveniently located around Chicago and tons of other cities around the globe. They actually just merged with Flexcar to offer the service in even more cities. If you do not drive much this is the perfect solution. I sold my car this summer and have used ZipCar ever since. I save hundreds a month, before I had a truck that was $275 note, $100 Insurance, $200-350 in gas a month. Compared to ZipCar I rent a car a few time a month, usually not more than $150 a month. The thing that I like the most is the different cars you can choose from. If – Read the full article

Launch of new company!

On November 18th, 2007, wrote:

Eco-friendly Contractor is the new brand that we are launching! GW is a eco friendly green contractor that will serve the Chicago area. The company will launch at the end of December. Lakeshore Branding is creating the website and the marketing materials. It will be a great example of what we can create for you. This week we set them up with a vanity 800 number. The new number is 877* 4* G Werks, for those of you who would like to use their service. We purchased the number so if they wish to switch carriers in the future, it will not be an issue. The service we use is a virtual pbx. This is a fancy term for a online version of a phone system, without all the hardware. Virtual phone systems start at $5 a month plus per min fees. The some of the perks are virtual voicemail and never having a busy signal to name a few. – Read the full article