Staying Busy

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Idle time can be draining…

It occurs to me that the biggest challenge I face now is what happens when I am not busy. And I don’t mean, necessarily, with the work of business consulting. It could be yard work, house work, dishes, laundry, whatever. Any busy work that does something to enhance my environment counts.

That’s the key really – that it enhances my environment. Never mind for a second my profession, the time for enhancing my own position and esteem in life comes from the effort I am placing in it. Work provides rewards (though certainly monetary rewards are quite welcome). If the task I am doing provides a reward than it has value and is worth persuing. Else, I am lying idle and allowing life to pass by.

So tasks with rewards = happy. Tasks with no reward (or no task at all) = wallowing is dispare and self pity… Decisions, decisions.

It boils down to stimulus. All of these little tasks work together to propel me down a path. The trick is to steer down a path I want and not one leads to stress and anxiety.

Fortunately for me, my next task is reviewing and editing a business plan. I’m going with reward on this one.




Slacker… Already?

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No. 53I have a good excuse…

I don’t really like the word excuse – let’s call it a ‘reason.’ It was time to clean out the closet. Literally.

There is something almost therapeutic about going through all of my old attire and sorting out what is old and no longer needed, what is old and still fashionable, and what is just in there. Besides the cool tax write-off and the philanthropic sense of giving when I already have no income – I really do mean therapeutic.

Consider this. There are a lot of hard lessons learned that I will never really specifically need again. I find myself hanging on to issues long dissolved and requiring absolutely no reflection to improve my sense of well-being, yet they are there – haunting. It is important to me to let go of a lot of the wants and desires that have no significance on my life anymore – worse, they could be a distraction. When I was 12 I wanted a Lamborghini Countach soooooo badly – had posters and everything – you see where I am going with this?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting discarding all childhood dreams. To illustrate the point, I kept my soccer jersey from when I played in high school (number 53, baby… el ocho!). In fact, I reminded myself of some of the items that had been lost in plain sight for years. I had a chance to recover them. It’s not so unlike taking stock of my skills as a consultant. Sure, having a command of MS Office comes in handy all the time, but my mastery of the Media 100 NLE on a Power PC circa 1998 does not do me much good these days.

For much of this ‘stuff’ the experience was good for what it was.  Whether it was the clothing on my back or the skills I picked up through schooling and career work, those things had a place in my past. My closet is still pretty full, but I am ready to fill it in with the next set of stuff – a new shirt, perhaps some board shorts for the pending wakeboarding season, or maybe an expertise in workflow management software integration…

I can’t wait to get out into the garage!



Irons in the Fire

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The key is not to get distracted.Fire

Well, not too distracted anyway. These days having a drifting creative imagination seems to be an asset. Unfortunately, ideas

don’t pay the bills without a tangible effort behind them.

I have finished a breif summary and diagram for the new app concept. It could use a fair amount of review and some ideas on how to join several of the partnerships, but it’s on paper – so now I can shop it, I mean share it – OK I really mean shop it.
I’m looking forward to a business meeting Friday to discuss a list of burning questions. Now is one of those times I concentrate on not over networking or over-business-ing an outing. Yay for growth opportunities!The weather is coming in for a couple days of rain here in Sacramento. Typical seasonal showers are terrific for bringing out my inner Seattle tech hippie – at least for a couple days. Then I start understanding Cobain just a little better.

Looks like soup and cocoa with the boys this evening.



Monday, Monday

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Okay, more coffee…

After a second read on this guy’s business plan I think it is time for HB and I to guild it over. What a terrific (and currently profitable) idea! We are so ready to take this concept to the creators next evolution of the business. Get ready F… we have some AWESOME things for you.

So more meetings and drafting concept plans. This has some promise, but no real investor funding to which I am aware yet. that keeps the nerves a little shaky, but then if this gig was easy everyone would be doing it. (I’m not a drone, I’m not a drone, I’m not a drone).

This week I need to complete the outline for the app concept, get a status on the aforementioned business expansion, and maybe toss together an AS course. Busy, busy.

I’m also considering joining a Subaru WRX club to meet more like minded folks… more on that to come.

What an awesome week to come!




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Home BrewLo and behold, a prospect?

It just may be that my partner stumbled across something great. At least, it is giving us an opportunity to test our metal in the world of small business expansion. All the while, the loose consultant moniker may pay its first dividends. There may be an opportunity to “work” as the position we are trying to more clearly define and establish proper training for the future. Exciting!

Oh, and today is home brewed joe. I’m not done with the public places search just yet. I am starting to miss the thought diversity offered by populated environments. It’s important that the other folks around ‘might’ have a contribution to the knowledge floating in the room – and that I ‘might’ have a meaningful reciprocation.

Today I am also balancing consulting with entertaining – prepping the house for friends to visit that I haven’t seen in a year. Sad seeing as they live less than 5 minutes away. I see it as a new benefit to the consulting gig, that I can carve out that time and enjoy the living space more.

Pausing for the weekend (probably).



The Coffee Shop

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Coffee Shop PhotoContinuing the cliches…

Yes, a coffee shop. Don’t judge me… ok, too late I suppose. I guess the aim here is to venture out and at least be in the presence of other people that do not do the mon-fri 9-5.  In a way, it’s a soothing experience marred only slightly by the tight restrictions placed by the shop’s firewall – presumably from having people post up in their seats. Ahem. WordPress itself is blocked. Fortunately, my iPhone’s hotspot feature keeps me well within the anarchist’s code – fight the system, man. I mean, didn’t I pay for this with my $3.25 small chai latte? I didn’t even complicate the thing with my typical “soy” adjunct to the order – sheesh.

No real updates so far. I’ve been tooling around with the idea of a user app for restaurant patrons – sort of an addon to yelp and its ilk. I’ll map that one out today and see if it could be profitable and what it might take to gain traction. My kingdom for an app designer.

I’m also peeping out options for a workflow integration for a small business that is investigating expansion.  That’s putting it pessimistically – this guy is chomping at the bit to expand, but doing it cautiously. Turns out that workflow software sights are written for software consultants to decipher. Time to put out the feelers there too.

Well, the internet experience is pretty shoddy here so I’ll be waiting til I get back to the home office to link a pic. Looking through the entrepreneurial lens, this perceived failure is a pretty good lesson in where not to go (despite the yummy chai latte). I’m going with success for the day so far.

Ooo, The Beatles on the playlist… guess it’s not all bad.



This Past Month

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Let me catch you up to speed…

Early last month I joined the esteemed ranks of the unemploy… -er- independent consultants (yeah, that sounds better – consultant – yeah, that’s the ticket). Since then, I have been tooling around with a colleague in a similar situation and together we have encountered at least half a dozen “opportunities” to earn some cash.  So far, the used cellphone market is the only thing yielding income.  Fortunately there is are at least 2 items in the hopper.

The trick is to leverage 10 years of corporate training experience into the wild. I’ve seen it done – and well. Consultants I have worked with in the past earn north of 6 figures, but the path to that is a bit unclear. One thing in common (happens also to be in common with any other successful startup) is the crossroads of ingenuity and need. I have an awesome idea and the world is ready for it – more importantly, ready to pay for it.

Idea 1 is to invest our training know-how into sell-able online courses.  The platform already exists. There are a couple of businesses that aggregate training content submitted by professionals and have a captive audience in the hundreds of thousands that ‘may’ be interested. Cool. I have a list of potential ideas, but nothing that has come to fruition.

The other idea centers around assisting small business expansion. There are several facets I can address including workflow stuctures and employee training strategies & execution.  I am by no means picking and choosing. At this point, it’s more like casting a line into the dark murky depths and seeing if I can get a nibble. Hell, catching a boot would be something!

More on these as they grow (bonus points for optimism!)

My personal yard sale on eBay is getting a little light. I presume my strategy on sales there is not paying out maximum commission. I’m working on that as I find things to hock.

In the mean time, the weather is getting nicer. I think I’ll hire me to do some outside repair on the yard pretty soon – this week if the weather stays nice.



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