Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The Big Idea
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Out of pocket - three weeks
I am at the airport right now waiting to board my flight. As you have noticed I have been a little sporadic with my postings lately as I help out friends and family. I needed a little break and a change of scenery, so my flight boards shortly to Hawaii.
As you work on your dream, there will be times when you are feeling not so confident about where you are going. Keep your mind clear and realize that with perseverence you will succeed. I have been feeling that way and just need a break right now.
Why did I decide to go to Hawaii now? Several reasons. First, like I said, I need a break and change of scenery. Second, I am doing it on the cheap. How you may ask? While I bought a coach ticket, my friend gave me a systemwide upgrade to first class. Not bad for a 10 hour flight.
Second, my girl has her apartment in downtown Honolulu, but also, because she is consulting on the Big Island, she has a condo by Kona that is paid for through the end of August. Needless to say, I am only paying for a hotel and car for the three days I am staying in Maui (and my girl has already paid for those).
What money I have left will pay for meals, since she has picked up the cost of most of our activities. I imagine this whole trip will cost me less then $2,500 and that is pushing it. The plans so far include:
Typical Oahu tour including Pearl Harbor
Spa and massage day - couples massage
Coffee tasting - Kona
Horse back riding
Swimming with Manta Rays
This is just a smattering what we are doing. I am trying to figure out if I can write off part of this trip. I met my girl since my last company had a subsidiary in Hawaii, and I used to work with her on the administration. I am also going to meet with some of the Insurance brokers there and do some networking. Finally, my girl is a power user of Quickbooks and will set me up with it on my laptop I am bringing.
Either way, I will try and post if and when I can but don't expect much for the next three weeks. Aloha!
Friday, July 17, 2009
More research on merchant services
As I look more at the Yahoo solution I think I may need to go with First Data as that is who their main partner is. Nice thing about First Data, I can use just about any bank I want. Luckily I have time to look at it since I have not reached out to contract manufacturers (life has slowed me down on some things). In addition, they can interface with outsourcers too.
I will update my costing study as I look further at the various options and give you an update.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Cigarettes and self employment
I figured $5 dollars for a pack of smokes. One pack a day for 365 days is $1,800, or almost 75% of your cost of starting your business. Add on that lower health insurance costs you will need to buy and not smelling for your prospective buyers, it makes sense to quit now.
Take a look at his blog if you want, interesting what we do to our bodies and how are bodies and minds work.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Because of this I will be checking out PayPal closer, as well as First Data and Chase Paymenttech for my merchant solutions. I think the silver lining is if you use a Yahoo ecommerce account you do not need the payment gateway, just not sure. Anyone else have experience with Chase or First Data?