The blackberry may quite possibly be one of the single most incredible inventions for entrepreneurs on the go. It’s amazing how much work I can accomplish from my tiny little hand-held device. I have all koozie-related email accounts hooked up. PayPal has a blackberry app so I can send and request payments directly from the bb. I can open art documents sent from clients more easily on the bb than I can on my computer!
Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint all of it can easily be accessed all from the applications folder. I can send video straight to Twitter and update Facebook instantaneously. I am plugged into the koozie world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can create contests and coupons at the drop of a hat and can create and send orders to the printer within an hour. It is the ultimate business device and really cuts down on the time it takes me to get back to my clients. They often remark on how happy they are to have heard back from me “so quickly”.
I hear Dropbox has plans to make a BB app as well and then I will truly rule the koozie world!
The Gettysburg address, perhaps one of the most well known speeches in the history of the United States of America. Though it may not have been Independence Day it still makes me feel awfully patriotic when I hear the opening lines. It makes me proud to be American. It makes me reflect.
An Interesting Metaphor:
When someone makes fun of your little brother, you get angry, so angry, you probably see red. You can make fun of your brother all day long and when your mom yells at you and sends you to your room, you say “It’s not fair!” and stomp all the way up the stairs.
Tying together the Metaphor
This is similar to my first (and now second) experience living outside of the U.S. Our initial move was motivated by the political climate at that time (I hesitate to comment further as my goal in this blog is not to alienate but to share personal experiences related to moving to and setting up a business in a foreign country). This second move was prompted by convenience with regards to my husband’s job and living and work opportunities that were not available to us in the U.S.
I often get confronted with “The U.S. should do this…” discussions which make my blood boil, make me angry, make me so angry I see red. Embarrassingly enough, I have to say I did this the other day. I imposed my opinions on a country I have experience with but not nearly enough to judge in the way that I did. Reading the articles on the Gettysburg speech in today’s publications has made me realize that at the top of the list on “Things I need to learn…” is humility. It’s okay to not have an opinion in every single discussion and it’s okay to not agree or to not even vocalize the disagreement. After all, haven’t I picked on my little brother enough times to let someone get in a jab or two at me?
Doing my due diligence this morning watching my daily Good morning America (thank goodness we get ABC!), reading my daily New York Times, checking with fave Perez Hilton and seeing what’s hot in Google Trends. Surprisingly, it made me quite nostalgic! I saw a great deal of publicity surrounding the upcoming Black Friday and began to yearn for the days I worked in retail and the days before that when I obsessed over retail.
Am I Crazy?
Most retail workers might say I’ve lost it, that I’m crazy and need to have my head checked but I really do miss working Black Friday. Sure, it’s insane, a swirling mass of shopping hungry people trying to get their hands on every deal they possibly can but it’s exciting! There’s no “downtime” on Black Friday. All day long it’s “Go! Go! Go!” You’re the shopper’s guru. You’re giving advice right and left. You’re helping to fulfill Auntie Joan’s, Cousin Justin’s and Grandma Harriett’s dream gifts this holiday season.
Koozies and Black Friday
While it’s true, I do still work in sales and some may even say online retail, there’s just no Black Friday when it comes to koozies :). There’s no rush for the latest color or deal. There aren’t people bombarding the site demanding they get their 50th koozie free – those are reserved for major electronics and clothing sites like Best Buy and Target.
You may not be jumping for joy or even planning on leaving the house this Friday, but if you do want to buy koozies – a super fun and creative way to celebrate and commemorate this year’s holiday parties – I’ll be at my computer all day and will gladly offer a discount to those who are interested ;). Simply post a comment and I’ll respond within a few hours.
It’s easy, when I’m at the mall with my husband, for him to say “Just get any black dress, who cares, what’s the difference?!?” He’s frustrated, he wants to go home and he really doesn’t understand the difference in designers much less in the intricate styles and implications of the LBD.
This is how I feel when I try to find someone to update our order form. It seems “simple”, “straightforward”, something that given enough time even I could figure out. Lucky, I’ve at least had enough experience in my work life so far to never assume that anything is a simple as it seems. Though I may think it till the cows come home, I would never tell someone “this should be easy.”
Finish my order form please!
That being said, we are having a tremendously difficult time getting someone to complete our order form to satisfaction. We want something clear, simple and straightforward that computes all of our formulas correctly and makes our customers feel confident in our abilities. We want to be in the big leagues with the top guys but still be personal; we want our order form to reflect this. Why go with someone bigger when you can have all the class and service with a smaller and more personal company.