Archive for February, 2009

Frustration Robs Your Time…

It all started last Wednesday morning. I got to work at 7:30am after dropping the kids at their respective schools…The coffee was going, the wood stove starting to get warm…I had the radio on, the computer going….getting ready to print my labels for an order…Everything was humming and I was actually getting things done. I had organized the day before, filed paperwork, cleaned up my areas…Life seemed Good….then it happened. Just as I was dragging the label down to the tray in my program…Zippppp-pa…Everything went off, then on, then off, then like a big tease onoff…that quick…It was a windy day, they had just got done on the radio saying we shouldn’t have to worry about losing power-but we did.
I looked around in the dark…at the glowing wood stove and thought “well at least I can be thankful for the heat”. What do you do in the dark at your work? No radio, no computers, no lights…but I was resourceful and put my double boiler on the wood stove and continued to melt wax….so that wasn’t a loss of my “time”.
2 hours later the power was back on. In the meantime I had cut up fabric for my melt packages and candles, and talked to myself due to the loss of the radio and company…lol.
So I started to go around “re-starting” all of the electrical items.
Then I came back to my computer only to find it was still not on. Hmmm…hit the power again-nothing, again, nothing, unplugged, plugged….NOTHING…Ahhhh I wanted to scream. My whole “business life” lives on that thing. When is the last time I backed up my labels?….Ummm, next vision~ALL that was GONE…was it? How could I be so stupid not to be more conscious?
Well I could go on and on…but long story short I had a Memorial Service for the next few days-I think I am still “mourning” the loss of Bessy-she had been with me for the past 2 years (in business form that is)..Gone is my label program that is not “compatible” with Windows Vista…GONE I say. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t been nice to Bessy in the past few weeks. Constantly freezing up on me…the Windows Task Manager had become our common friend. But she was ya know with me from the start of my business-just going on 2 years. So now, although I do really like the new computer (I am at a loss). I now have to recreate all of my labels-missing fonts, where in the heck are all my graphics? Oh yeah-that disc…and that disc…oh and that one.
I got all the programs back on, except my FTP…and except for my monitor going to sleep a lot-like it should be tired-it just got out of the box…I am the one that is tired…tired of “Allow this, and Allow that”…lol…
Lessons learned? I bought 50 cd discs…I will promise to back my work up. I will accept the challenge of a NEW label program and learn to love it…I will enter each one of my customers back into my NEW invoice program…and think of them…
Things will get back to normal for me and the new “guy”…or “girl”…as we get acquainted and learn how to overcome the loss of Bessy!

Could you Use Free Advertising…and Networking?

Recently I have become involved in 2 awesome Sites. These sites are owned by Krista Clyburn. If you are looking for a dedicated person…then look right here. The first one is WAHM Addicts Advertising and the 2nd one is WAHM Addicts.

WAHM Addicts Advertising is a “no obligation” site. You can sign up as a shopper or business or both. There are already over 100 members and many different things to choose from. You can post your business URL, your blog, exchange links and shop.

WAHM Addicts is, (quoted by Krista) “WAHM Addicts is for the serious business minded. We enjoy quality members who are serious about their business or serious about finding out how to start up a business and need the support, friendships, networking, and resources we have to offer.
We love our shopping members too! Coming together as a shopper on a business network just makes perfect sense. The shopper member enjoys unique products and wonderful deals. Don’t forget to join our WAHM Addicts Membership Shopping Group!”.

I have found through these 2 sites that it is more than leaving your name, picture and links in order to do business. It is about creating relationships and networking. The information on WAHM Addicts is unbelievable. People coming together in order to help others. It is worth being involved…even if you can only be active once a week.

If you decide to join either please just put that Becky W. referred you. Do I get anything by doing so? No, just the satisfaction of knowing you found it through me, or my post.

Stay tuned as I will be trying to do some business interviews to help people get their names out there.

Visit WAHM Addicts Social Network – Moms and Men!

Visit WAHM Addicts Advertising

Have a great week.