March 7th, 2014 by Alan Yu
This was kind of unfortunate as I was told of a person today who spent hundreds of dollars to create business cards and brochures in an effort to promote an event that was happening on a specific date. However, literally just a week before the event it was announced that it would have to be cancelled to a later date. Of course, this means all that material and money paid to create it is essentially wasted.
However, the person decided to simply use it still except he was going to manually cover up the inaccurate date while placing the accurate information over it. Therefore, he could still use the items without them having to go to complete waste. This then raised the debate on how if it’s smart to do it in these cases from a financial point of view or if professionally it simply makes you look bad.
In many ways it makes sense kind of like going to a grocery store where instead of a business printing out an entirely new pricing label they simply cross out the listed price while writing what the actual price is currently. I think the only real time this would be improper is if the item in question is like a prize or achievement award of some kind. Of course this would always be bad for a large scale business. But for the small business owner I think most people aren’t as critical over things like this usually as I believe people are a little more understanding in that sense. If it saves money and people don’t care then why not?
March 6th, 2014 by Alan Yu
Ever since I opened and installed this new printer the duplex printing option has been super convenient. As well, many times I would print the documents on multiple pieces of paper on the old printer. However, with this feature it pretty much does it for me and I was starting to think how it essentially helps me to save money without requiring me to do anything more.
I was trying to think of some other items that help me save money in a similar fashion. The main thing I thought of was all the energy efficient items I have where if you find a good deal for something that is just as good as an energy guzzling counterpart then it will pay for itself handsomely down the road. I know when shopping we usually only look at the price tag that is in front of us, but keeping in mind if the item will help you save money in other aspects where it requires you to do nothing is an important part of keeping your hard earned dollars as well.
March 5th, 2014 by Alan Yu
I was thinking today as there was a sale on the Google Android App store and naturally I looked at some of the offers out of curiosity. The funny thing I thought was a lot of these apps we use aren’t so much to make our life easier for example but rather they are simply advertisements. In many cases I guess you can say it’s like giving companies permission to send you coupons in an effort to do business with them.
It’s interesting as when you use the Internet so many people go out of their way to try and block out all the advertisements. But when it comes to installing an app it seems like a lot of people have a different mindset for it where it’s like they want businesses to introduce them to various offers. Something to think about from a business perspective too where it’s like you don’t have to try too hard if you are already an established brand/business.
Another way to think about it I thought is that the apps are essentially like a mailing list that a lot of sites use which are often touted as one of the most valuable marketing tool as these users often purchase goods and services that gets recommended on it. Guess that just means if you don’t have an app yet for your business then time to get working on one.
March 4th, 2014 by Alan Yu
This e-mail kind of caught my attention at first since it used a well-known brand name. Of course, after reading it the mil seems clearly to be an attempt to get information out of people. I like how all the places they tell you to contact is overseas as well. That should usually be a dead giveaway where something isn’t right as you wold think companies would have someone local handle these things usually. Stay away from this if you get it.
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March 3rd, 2014 by Alan Yu
I had a little side project going for awhile but of course time is always an issue. As a result I have often put it aside. Not too long ago I decided to simply work on one thing a day for that project as a way to at least do something. Looking at it today, it’s almost done. To think if I would only work on it if I dedicated full days to it the thing probably would be in an idea phase still.
That kind of reminds me how people say an idea is just an idea until you do something with it. At the same time, many times just doing something is better than nothing. I find that towards the end I find time to finish it too as seeing it slowly progress is nice motivation to want to finish an item where you don’t really get to see the real results until everything is done.
I know some other methods that people use are with the help of another person to essentially nag or keep you accountable to get your side projects going. I never found this working as well for me personally as I find that I simply need to take baby steps if time is an issue. The sooner you walk the closer you get to the finish line.