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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tips for the holiday season

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and on behalf of all of us here, I 'd like to wish all of our readers and clients a very merry and joyous Christmas/holiday season, and the very best of everything for 2007.  We'd like to thank all of you for your continuing support and commitment to us. 
We've had a very good year here.  We've managed to increase our customer base by over 25%, and our readership has gone up by over 40%.  We've also had an increase of over 20% of persons writing to us on various questions and topics and we look forward to hearing more from you for the coming year.  Your comments are very important to us and most of all we value your business.  For without you we are nowhere.  You've continued to help us walk the talk instead of talking the talk.  You've continued to help us provide you with topics of interest.  You've continued to bring topics of interest to our attention, and we pledge to continue being of service to you. 
I'd like to end this year by providing you with some tips for the Christmas/holiday season but I'm very sure that you're already aware of most of them.  However, it does not hurt to give you some gentle reminders.
At your office parties:
Don't drink too much which means drink enough to have a good time and be fully aware of your surroundings.
Don't talk shop talk with your co-workers and especially not with your boss.  Not a good time to ask for a raise or a promotion.
If you're thinking of not attending the office party, then it's probably better for you to attend it.  It shows good will on your part and it will help you to be in good standing with both your co-workers and with your bosses.
If you're asked to bring a gift or if there's a gift exchange going on at the office then you're probably wise to bring a gift that's not too personal unless you know to whom you're giving it and you know them personally.
Keep a close watch on:
If you're travelling by train or plane then keep an extra close eye on your PDA, your laptop, your cell, and any other device that you use to store your personal information.  Remember, while you're busy working away on your laptop, there are those who can easily manage to spy on your screen and snatch information from right under your nose and you wouldn't even know it till it's too late.  Remedy!  Put away your laptop while travelling.  Give the laptop a rest!  It's holiday time and time for you to take a break from your work.
Keep a very weary eye on your credit card and make sure that it is always within sight and close to you. 
If you need to visit your friendly banking machine to either pay bills or withdraw cash, then make sure that no one is standing too close to you and that no one is peeking over your shoulder to see what you're doing.
Choosing a video game for your child's Christmas?
Choose one that does not promote crime, porn, and one that promotes clean entertainment.  For trust me!  There are games out there that offer clean entertainment.
Finally, keep an eye on your kids in those busy shopping malls.  Hold tightly to their hands, don't let them stray too far from you, and definitely warn them to not talk to strangers.
That's it!  Have a jolly old time and we'll see you in January.  If you're looking for a good book to read and you're in the market for a life style change then by all means pick up a copy of the hot selling book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book is hot!  Selling like hot cakes and it's selling well because it's a book that does not promote any get rich quick schemes, does not offer any false hope or promises, and it's a book that will show you how to keep the shirt on your back and invest safely and wisely.
See you in January.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The overtime dilemma

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and I hope that everyone is enjoying their shopping on this cold and wintry December afternoon. 
Today I'd like to touch on a growing concern among both employees and employers.  It's being dubbed the overtime dilemma and in a recent survey carried out by NBC news it was revealed that more than 50% of Americans in the work force are saying that they are working too much overtime.  According to this survey more than half of those surveyed have responded within the last two years that their overtime hours have increased by more than 20% and that they don't see any relief in sight. 
The experts have jumped on this and are putting forth several reasons for this and in addition they are also starting to hand some dire predictions if this trend is not reversed sooner than later.  Many are saying that the overtime dilemma could be driven by more and more baby boomers starting to retire and as a result younger workers are being called upon to fill the gap because many employers are either refusing or hesitant to hire replacements.  Others are saying that due to a rise in employee absenteeism those who are present at work are being called upon to fill in the hours being lost to employee absenteeism.
There are some who are also saying that overtime is increasing because employers are demanding more of employees and in order to meet increased production levels employees have to work overtime hours in order to keep up. 
Some experts are also saying that due to an inexperienced labor force, much time is lost in real production and as a result overtime needs to be a part of the working day in order to meet goals and objectives.
Whatever the reasons, the overtime trend is not a very healthy trend.  It is starting to affect both employees and employers and it is up to us all to find ways to deal with it.  Long overtime hours can greatly affect one's family, one's home, and one's mental and physical health.  Too much overtime can greatly affect family life to the extent that it can even wreck the home and marriage.  Too many overtime hours can also bring great stress to the labor force and drive down morale in the workplace. 
There's the old saying that too much work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and in the case of the overtime dilemma this saying says it all.
 If we care at all about our mental and physical health, if we care about preserving our marriages, our homes, and our overall well beings, then we will all start to address the overtime dilemma before it's too late.
Enjoy your weekend and if you're looking for ways to generate business opportunities that are safe, logical, common sense, and opportunities that are free from scams and false promises, then pick up a copy of the best seller Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book is a present hot seller among those aspiring to become their own bosses, those aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs, and those looking for ways to improve their earnings in a safe manner.
You can order Untapped Wealth Discovered either from this website or by visiting www.amazon.com.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Creative thinking can help many more

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and today I'd like to publish an article which I feel is an example of creative thinking, innovativeness, and an example for many of us to follow.  This article shows that there are good folks out there who are thinking well and thinking ahead.  The consumers being addressed in this article are a bunch of consumers that are growing quite rapidly right here in our backyard and even on a global basis. 
This group of consumers is becoming more and more important as they grow in size, financial influence, but most importantly their demand and needs are only going to expand on a limitless basis.
You're probably asking why?  Simple!  The growth in numbers of this group of consumers is being fuelled by the growth in disabling diseases such as Diabetes.  I urge you to pay close attention to this article as it can help to spark your imagination re other types of products and services that you could develop for this very liquid market.  
If you need further proof then read Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This hot seller will show you how to develop safe and logical businesses to satisfy not only this market, but many others.
You can obtain this book from this website or from www.amazon.com.
Enjoy your weekend, be careful when you go shopping in those crowded malls, and keep your eyes wide open for those scammers and identity thieves.
'Braille for the feet': N.J. sidewalks get tactile cues 
 
By Eric Hsu
Daily Record, NJ, November 06, 2006
 
PALISADES PARK, N.J. - Even the mayor was a little confused when the bumpy,
red pads showed up.
 
On street corners here and across the state, work crews have been installing
special panels designed to help the blind and visually handicapped tell
exactly where the sidewalk ends and traffic begins.
 
The panels, sometimes called ''Braille for the feet,'' are covered with
quarter-inch-high bumps that can be felt underfoot, and have been unusual
enough to stop passers-by.
 
In Palisades Park, where workers have laid dozens of the panels along
Brinkerhoff Avenue, Mayor James Rotundo said he at first mistook them for
anti-slip pads.
 
''I had the same question. They do look a little different,'' Rotundo said.
 
The panels, often a brick-red color, are of a type more commonly seen on
train platforms, where they have been used for many years to warn riders
about the platform's edge.
 
They became a requirement for sidewalks in 2001 under the Americans with
Disabilities Act.
 
But because the specifications have been revised, many towns have only now
started installing them. The panels are required only for new sidewalk
construction or renovation, said Dave Yanchulis, a spokesman for the ADA
Access Board.
 
Dozens of towns in Bergen, Passaic, Morris and Essex counties have ordered
the panels in recent months, said Bob Hibler, an Edison, N.J.-based
distributor for Armor-Tile, one of the largest manufacturers of the panels.
Ridgefield has ordered 200, Passaic has ordered 100, and Newark has ordered
300.
 
About 20 panels were installed during a renovation of Cedar Lane in Teaneck
this summer, and they are slated for projects in Hillsdale and River Vale,
said Christopher Statile, an engineering consultant.
 
The panels could eventually be as ubiquitous as sidewalk cutouts, which
include the low curb and ramps at the end of sidewalks.
 
In fact, the design of the panels grew out of an unusual debate about
cutouts in the disability community.
 
Several decades ago, laws started mandating curb cuts to improve access for
wheelchair users and others. But the cutouts sometimes hindered the blind,
who relied on curb drop-offs to cue them to the end of the sidewalk, said
David Loux, a field operations manager for a Morristown company that trains
guide dogs.
 
Access experts settled on the panels as a compromise. Sometimes called
''truncated domes,'' referring to the beveled tops of the bumps, the panels
provide instant feedback underfoot or for a person with a cane. Their color
is also meant to contrast with the sidewalk as a signal to those with
limited vision.
 
Refinements to the design have included making the panels smaller, and
laying the bumps perpendicular to the panel's edge, rather than diagonally,
to make them easier for wheelchairs to pass.
 
But some debate continues about the tradeoffs.
 
The panels can be slightly problematic for shopping carts, strollers and
in-line skaters, said Jerry Smith, vice-president of Detectable Warning
Systems, a company in California that manufactures fiberglass versions of
the panels. And women in high heels might struggle with them, Statile said.
 
Smith said they also can be more difficult to keep clear of ice and snow,
because the bumps stop plows and shovels. Ed Hoff, an accessibility expert
with NJ Transit, said the snow-clearing can be accomplished with ice melt
and brushes.
 
Loux, who is blind, said he believes the panels' inconveniences are minor
compared with their benefit for blind people, who he noted must walk more
since they don't drive.
 
''You're going to give that person a tremendous edge of safety,'' Loux said.
''We'd like to be safe so we can get to our destination. We'd like to get
home, too.''
 
Visit The Record Online at http://www.northjersey.com/
 
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
 

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Promising careers for 2007

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and as the year draws to a close I'd like to give you a list of some of the more promising careers that small businesses, business magazines, and small business associations are singling out for the new year.  All of these sources  are telling us that these careers have the potential to bring you lucrative income, immense financial and personal satisfaction, these are going to enable you to work with consumers that are real, their demand is real and exploding, but most important of all these careers are safe, sound, and extremely common sense and logical.
I hope that his list helps you to make up your mind if you're looking for a change either in career or lifestyle and that it can help to spark your imaginations for other types of careers.
So, here goes: 
Career, potential starting income, type of consumer.
Computer security specialist  $50,000 to $75,000  home computer users and small businesses. 
Culinary specialist  $60,000 to $75,000 health clubs, restaurants, hospitals, spas.
Distance learning specialists  $55,000 to $72,000  colleges and universities.
Home care specialist  $40,000 to $64,000  health care industry, hospitals, seniors homes, seniors.
Ghost writers  $35,000 to $55,000  small and medium sized businesses.
Fitness instructors  $66,000 to $85,000  health clubs, spas, gyms, health clinics.
Electronic technicians  $52,000 to $77,000  home consumers, electronic stores, small businesses.
Computer technicians  $53,000 to $75,000  home users, computer stores, small businesses.
Home service specialist  $50,000 to $65,000  home users, small businesses.
Dental hygienists  $75,000 to $90,000  dental offices, dental clinics.
Language teachers  $55,000 to $75,000  colleges, high schools, large and medium sized businesses.
Have a great day and if you're looking for additional material on potentially lucrative careers then give a read to Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This hot selling book has tons of ideas, logical information, and the authors have taken the time to sectionize their book into readable chunks for women, parents, kids, the retiree, plus more.
You can order Untapped Wealth Discovered either from this website or from www.amazon.com.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Looking at websites from another view

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and I'd like to focus some attention on how blind and visually impaired look at websites.  I've decided to publish the following article so as to give you an insight.
The blind and visually impaired consumer is becoming more and more important to our society especially so because of the growing number of blind and visually impaired consumers as well as a growing concern among health experts and global governments over the rapidly increasing number of persons losing their vision or becoming visually impaired.
This is so because of the ballooning number of diabetics worldwide and diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness these days.  I hope that this article helps to give you a better understanding of the world of blind and visually impaired persons when it comes to the Internet and its accessibility or lack thereof to these types of consumers.
Enjoy your day.
American Foundation for the Blind Evaluates SocialNetworking Sites
 
Visual verification has become a real barrier to us.
 

American Foundation for the Blind Evaluates Social Networking Sites
 
By American Foundation for the Blind
U.S. Newswire, November 15, 2006
 
CAPTCHAs on MySpace, Facebook, and Friendster Shut Out Blind Users
 
To: National Desk
 
Contact: Adrianna Montague-Gray of the American Foundation for the Blind,
212-502-7675 or amontaguegray@afb.net
 
NEW YORK, Nov. 15 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A new report from the American
Foundation for the Blind (AFB) finds social networking sites are impossible
to join without sighted help because of CAPTCHAs -- a visual verification
tool used to keep spam out of sites that provide online services. AFB is
urging MySpace, Friendster, and Facebook to offer an audio alternative to
their CAPTCHAs through a new web video being released on YouTube.
 
"CAPTCHAs are a barrier to people with vision loss because they are
essentially graphics with no descriptive ALT text," said Jay Leventhal,
Editor in Chief, AccessWorld(r), AFB's online technology magazine. "With
social networking sites being the new way to connect and socialize, blind
users must be able to sign up independently."
 
Social networking sites like MySpace have become the "soda shops" of the
digital age. These sites are the places to meet new people, update friends
on life happenings, find jobs, network, and discover new music. MySpace, the
top social networking site on the web, has now reached 47.3 million members
and is growing by 160,000 new users a day according to news reports.
 
Using JAWS and Window-Eyes -- popular assistive technology products that
provide access to information on a computer screen -- AFB evaluated MySpace,
Facebook, Friendster, and LinkedIn to see if a blind computer user, with
basic screen reader skills, could independently register, create a standard
profile, post photos, and interact with other group members.
 
The most serious accessibility issue AFB found was the inability to create
user accounts on MySpace, Friendster, or Facebook without sighted
assistance. Once someone gets through the CAPTCHA barrier, becoming a
MySpace, Friendster, or Facebook user is possible because the templates for
these three sites are fairly well labeled. LinkedIn, the leading business
networking site, was found to be the most user friendly because it is well
labeled, and doesn't use a CAPTCHA.
 
To read a copy of the report, visit
http://www.afb.org/CAPTCHAreport.asp.
 
To watch a copy of the video, visit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jrgMlufa7w.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Employee profiles

Good afternoon! I'm Kerry Harrison at the business desk and today I'd like to touch on some of the analyses that employers use when deciding whether or not to hire new employees.
It is no longer the good old paper resume that does it nor is it the online/Internet presence. It's not just good enough to show up to an interview dressed to the nines with a spiffy looking briefcase in hand nor is it going to be the inside connections. These days, more and more employers are looking for a bit more and according to the results from a recently released survey that was carried out among over 500 top employers in the United States, employers are using the actual content of a resume and they're starting to look more and more closely at your job history.
In particular, they're looking to see how many years you've typically spent in any given job, the type of job that you have been doing, and they are hoping to find that you're a person who has been able to face and overcome challenges, a person who has been promoted at least twice, and a person who has shown that their present or previous employer has been satisfied with your performance.
Most employers these days are not too bothered by a potential employee leaving an employer to seek a better job or to better themselves. They are hoping to hire an employee who wants to move ahead in their field but at the same time an employee who is willing to stay in their job for at least two to three years.
The interesting fact according to several business experts is that there's going to be a very interesting meeting of the minds or battle of wills so to speak if employers choose to persist with this mode of thinking. They are saying this because there seems to be a growing trend among workers in their early 20s to mid 30s whereby this group of workers are not too keen to remain in their jobs for too long choosing instead to move more freely among employers as they seek a career that satisfies them most.
Gone are the days when a person was either willing to or had to stay in a job for any length of time. You will probably still see this among those workers who are closer to retirement but not among the younger workers. In addition, employers these days are more than willing to spend more time checking on a potential employee's background. Some time back we wrote a blog in which we discussed the importance of having an online presence but I'm afraid that this is not the only tool needed if you wish to find the type of job you're looking for. There is an important date that we should all be marking in our calendar and that date is 2008. It's when the first group of baby boomers are expected to start retiring and when this starts to happen it would be very interesting to see how employers deal with the expected shortage of skilled and experienced workers, and what employees do in light of this situation.
Have a great day but if you're thinking of changing jobs for any reason then check out Untapped Wealth Discovered before you take that big step. This book is a very important book for you to read if you want to make the right decision and you can purchase it from this website, from www.amazon.com, or at any large bookstore.

Monday, December 04, 2006

New talking meter now available

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and today I'd like to publish an article that I found a few weeks ago.  I am really excited about this device because for sure it's going to help hundreds of millions of Diabetics worldwide.  Not only will it help those without vision, but it will also be able to help those with vision.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness these days and this device is going to take care of those diabetics who either need to use it because of lack of vision or those who would find it convenient to use it.  We definitely need to see many more devices which will enable the growing number of diabetics to cope more comfortably and affectively with this very debilitating disease.
The diabetic market is one where demand is way ahead of supply, consumer growth is threatening to get out of hand, and all global governments especially the United States are frantically looking for help from businesses of all sizes to help them cope.
If you'd like to know more about how you can go about creating services and products to cater to this market, and what types of benefits you can expect to reap, then by all means pick up a copy of Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This little gem of a book will certainly point you in the right direction and provide you with limitless ideas to get started.
You can purchase this book either through www.amazon.com or through this website.  This book is also available in many other leading bookstores.
Enjoy your day and I hope you find the article below of some value.
New Talking Meter Now Available
 
By Daniel Trecroci
Diabetes Health Magazine, November 17, 2006
 
Distributed by Diagnostic Devices (DDI), Inc., of Charlotte, North Carolina,
Prodigy is a talking glucose meter. According to DDI, the Prodigy line of
glucose meters all are "affordable, accurate, and easy-to-use."
 
"Before Prodigy, patients needing an audible glucose report had to purchase
an expensive [approximately $600], bulky and complex module for use with a
personal computer," says DDI. The Prodigy talking meter is available through
all Durable Medical Equipment providers. Patients can purchase a Prodigy
talking meter for under $30.
 
Prodigy AutoCode calibrates itself to Prodigy test strips automatically. In
addition, Prodigy Duo combines the features of the Prodigy glucose meter
with an easy-to-use, audible blood pressure monitor.
 
"The convenience, affordable price, and superior accuracy of the Prodigy
talking meters make them ideal for all persons with diabetes, and especially
for those who are visually-impaired," says DDI. ".The Company already has
been selling meters that speak English/Spanish and English/Portuguese, and
is adding English/French meters to the product line in the near future."
 

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Gift ideas growing in popularity

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and on this very cold December evening I'd like to talk about the growing popularity of gift cards for Christmas.
Gift cards have been around for a very long time now but this year it seems to be growing in popularity.  Many folks are giving gift cards presents this year and why not?  For starters, they make an excellent gift for those who are just too busy to go out and shop for presents.  Next, it gives the receiver of the gift card the opportunity to choose what they want.  Then, the giver can spend more time on other Christmas/holiday related chores.
There are however some things that you should be careful of when giving and receiving gift cards.  Pay close attention to the expiry date of the gift card.  Some gift cards have an expiry date while others don't.  Some gift cards start devaluating in worth after a few months.  For example, they may be worth $50 upon purchase but six months later they may only be worth half the value.  There is some talk of making gift cards without any expiry date and this to me seems quite fair in light of the fact that the giver has spent the money to buy it so why devalue it at all.
I like the gift card idea both as a giver and as a recipient.  As a giver, I don't have to bother about finding out what someone likes or wants for Christmas.  All I need to do is think about the person and then choose the appropriate gift card.  For example, for most kids I'd buy a gift card from a toy store.  For the book reader I'd give a gift card for the purchase of books.  For the mom I'd give a gift card for something personal or something for the house, and so on.
As a receiver of a gift card, I could choose anything that I want instead of having to accept what I was given.  I could take my time to buy what I want and I could even use the gift card as an addition to my own funds to buy something else.
Gift cards can also be used during the year.  For birthdays, Valentine's day, anniversaries, as thank you gifts, plus so much more.  The gift card idea is a flexible and durable one and I for one hope that it continues to grow in popularity. 
Enjoy your weekend and if you're browsing either online or at your favorite bookstore, check out Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book will make an excellent Christmas gift for the potential entrepreneur, the parent looking for business ideas for their youngster, the person getting ready to retire, and the person thinking of changing careers. 
Visit www.amazon.com, or order it from this website.

Gift card ideas growing in popularity

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and on this very cold December evening I'd like to talk about the growing popularity of gift cards for Christmas.
Gift cards have been around for a very long time now but this year it seems to be growing in popularity.  Many folks are giving gift cards presents this year and why not?  For starters, they make an excellent gift for those who are just too busy to go out and shop for presents.  Next, it gives the receiver of the gift card the opportunity to choose what they want.  Then, the giver can spend more time on other Christmas/holiday related chores.
There are however some things that you should be careful of when giving and receiving gift cards.  Pay close attention to the expiry date of the gift card.  Some gift cards have an expiry date while others don't.  Some gift cards start devaluating in worth after a few months.  For example, they may be worth $50 upon purchase but six months later they may only be worth half the value.  There is some talk of making gift cards without any expiry date and this to me seems quite fair in light of the fact that the giver has spent the money to buy it so why devalue it at all.
I like the gift card idea both as a giver and as a recipient.  As a giver, I don't have to bother about finding out what someone likes or wants for Christmas.  All I need to do is think about the person and then choose the appropriate gift card.  For example, for most kids I'd buy a gift card from a toy store.  For the book reader I'd give a gift card for the purchase of books.  For the mom I'd give a gift card for something personal or something for the house, and so on.
As a receiver of a gift card, I could choose anything that I want instead of having to accept what I was given.  I could take my time to buy what I want and I could even use the gift card as an addition to my own funds to buy something else.
Gift cards can also be used during the year.  For birthdays, Valentine's day, anniversaries, as thank you gifts, plus so much more.  The gift card idea is a flexible and durable one and I for one hope that it continues to grow in popularity. 
Enjoy your weekend and if you're browsing either online or at your favorite bookstore, check out Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book will make an excellent Christmas gift for the potential entrepreneur, the parent looking for business ideas for their youngster, the person getting ready to retire, and the person thinking of changing careers. 
Visit www.amazon.com, or order it from this website.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Video games manufacturers competing for your dollar

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and as Christmas/the holiday season fast approaches, the three main video games manufacturers are now quite busy competing for your dollars.  In fact, we can say that the Christmas/holiday season is here and now is the time for you to think sensibly when it comes to purchasing those video games for your kids.
On the one hand we have Sony with their play station systems telling you how exciting and interesting their video games are and how much your kids would enjoy one of these for Christmas.  Sony still has much of the multi billion dollar market in their pockets with the largest market share but Sony is also battling some rough times as they strive to put the battery recall behind them.  Last year Apple had to recall hundreds of thousands of their computers because of faulty Sony batteries and this year IBM and Del had to do the same.
Then we have the EX. Box gaming system by Microsoft.  Microsoft is telling the world how great their system is and how much your kids would enjoy one of their systems for Christmas.
Finally we have the new release of Nintendo's gaming system.  We recently witnessed long line-ups for this new release and like the other two Nintendo is spending much time to promote its new release.
There are a lot of concerns these days re the quality of video games being produced and how much or how far manufacturers are willing to go in order to capture your dollar.  Some video games are packed with way too much suggestions of violence and hints of how to do it all.  Others are loaded with sexual intonations and leads the imagination into drumming up ideas for committing crime.  In short, there are way too many video games around that are absolutely no good for young minds.
The video game industry is a multi billion dollar business these days stretching from Japan across the Pacific to North America and further on anndthese games are playing a very big part in the lives of our youngsters these days.  Let's be very candid:  Video games are here to stay whether we like it or not but there's something that we can do in order to influence the type of video games that manufacturers develop and sell.  As parents we need to become more vocal and firm when it comes to the types of video games that we buy for our kids.  We need to be more watchful of what types of video games our kids play and we need to play a bigger part in changing the nature of the video games industry.
Can we as parents do this?  Sure we can!  After all, aren't we the ones buying these games for our kids?  Are we not the ones forking out the money for them to buy them?
Lots to think about as you prepare to fill those long wish lists from your kids.
Have a great weekend and before you leave us check out Untapped Wealth Discovered.  A book worth reading for those budding entrepreneurs and those wishing to make a change in their careers.  You can obtain this book at www.amazon.com or from this very website. 

A successful tech support business

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and as the Christmas/holiday season swings into full gear I'd like to stress the importance of being watchful and cautious when it comes to the use of your computer on the Internet. 
Today I'd like to shine the spotlight on a young man who's doing very well for himself.  His name is Tim Eriksen and he lives in Atlanta.  I've given him this name in order to protect his real identity because it's what he wants.  You see, Tim was one of the unfortunate young men to fall victim to a very cruel attack in Iraq a few years ago.  He was working as a navy engineer and during the attack he lost an eye and some vision in the other.  He returned home to America and decided that he would use his skills and interest to open up a tech support company.  He decided to specialize in computer security focusing on small businesses and home computer users. 
This was two years ago and today I'm happy to report that Tim is more than busy and has hired two other employees to help out.  He has a small office in his own home and provides round the clock support.  He helps his customers to keep themselves and their computers safe from scammers and identity thieves.  He has written a handbook on how to keep you and your computer safe and secure from the rest of the world, and he spends his spare time running mini seminars for small businesses. 
Tim does not let his impaired vision get in the way of his business.  He knows his stuff, is very committed, and knows that what most people look for is commitment.  He also knows that most people tend to remember the one big mistake that you may happen to make and they spread it around by word of mouth really quickly.  In short, if you've been a good support technician for 99% of the time but one day you happen to make a mistake, that mistake is more quickly remembered than the 99% of the time when you did good work.  In his own words:
"My objective is to provide my customers with excellent work 99.99% of the time and if I can't do something then I should find someone who can and knows more than I do.  The worst thing is to promise a customer that you can do something but you know that you can't either because you don't have the time or you don't quite know how to do it and if you don't know how then find someone else instead of screwing up the customer's system.  I know of other technicians who promise to do something and then they fade away into the woodwork because they don't have the time.  I also know of others who talk a good talk but they really can't do the job and often end up making a mess of things."
Tim is making very healthy income and is expecting to bring home healthy almost six figure revenues this year.  He is growing fast and knows what his customers want.  He listens to their concerns and demands and then he tailors his services to suit.  He also knows what they should be concerned about but he never pushes his opinion on them.  He listens, suggests, and gives advice.  In short, he is fully in tune with the demands and concerns of his customers and we believe that it's probably why he is so successful.  He is also very aware of the importance of by word of mouth advertising and is very careful to always remember that the customer comes first.
If you're looking for some ideas to spark your entrepreneurial spirit then it's probably a good time for you to pick up Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book is an excellent guide for you to peruse.  It is packed with lots of ideas for women, parents, retirees, and the consummate entrepreneur.  You can find this book at www.amazon.com or you can order it through this website.  It's also available at several large bookstores across the United States, Canada, and Britain.
Have a great weekend and please be careful when you visit those busy malls.  Keep your wallets and purses close to you. 
 

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