34 Rules for Maverick Entrepreneurs Here’s a list I picked up from Yanik Silver’s Sales Page for his Maverick Business Insider I think this is a useful set of rules and so I wanted to share them. Enjoy It’s got to be a BIG idea that you, your team and your customers can “get” in seconds. Strive to create 10x – 100x in value for any price you charge. Your rewards are always proportionate to the value you provide.
8 Nov 2008
The Guest House by Rumi The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
4 Nov 2008
Control Access to Paid-Out or any button in the Squirrel POS System The SecurityLock Squirrel POS extension allows you to control access to the PaidIn function in Squirrel by Badge Number. This extension will work with Squirrel version 1.4x and above. Installation is simple. Copy the SecurityLock.class file to the c:\Squirrel\Program\pos\extended folder and then create a file named c:\Squirrel\PosData\SecurityLock.config which the list of badge numbers allowed to access whatever button(s) you are protecting.
14 Sep 2008
Virtual CD/DVD for Free! I recently bought a 500GB hard-drive. One of my motivations was that I had started to lose a couple of DVD’s because of scratches and some of the movies I have I don’t want to have to replace, it just seems wasteful. So, I’ve ripped a number dvds into an ISO on my harddrive. Well, that’s great, only now I realize that I’ve got ISO’s that I want to turn into XVid or DivX formats and the free tools I’ve found don’t seem to read ISO format.
1 Jun 2008
Backup for All of Us I’ve been thinking about backup lately. I’ve been managing with a manual backup process that I seldom do. For myself I need an automated program. Fortunately I haven’t had any big disasters so far. However that’s no guarantee for tomorrow. Read on for my needs and solutions. My Needs I’m a software developer. I write some of my own software and write software for others on a contract basis.
11 May 2008
The 4-Hour WorkWeek The 4-Hour WorkWeek by Timothy Ferriss is an inspiring book. His basic premise is that everyone should design their own life and their own lifestyle. Figure that out, and then build a plan to achieve it now, rather than at retirement. There are a number of interesting points, from taking mini-retirements every year (or few months), to using outsourcing to free up your time, to making less money from a business if it means giving yourself more time for other things (hence paying someone else to do something).
5 Apr 2008
Know-How by Ram Charan Another excellent business book. I would highly recommend this to anyone running a company, a business, or planning on moving up the corporate ladder. If you want to know what to learn, and how to be, to be a top executive and to make your company successful, this is the place to start. In short, it’s about your people skills and your own personal skills and vision and how to maximize them.
29 Mar 2008
Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson Here’s what I learned from the book. I’m really most interested in Stage One, getting started or infancy. There is lot’s more in the book and I’d recommend reading it. You can pick it up from Amazon if you are interested. $0 to $100,000,000.00 in not time flat. That’s the promise of the book, and I think it delivers. </p> A blueprint for entrepreneurs and their ventures in 4 stages of growth.
29 Mar 2008
The Entrepreneurial Imperative by Carl J. Schramm Well, this has been an interesting and thoughtful book. It is somewhat academic, yet filled with little inspirations for business and self-employed. So, what is it. It’s more or less a book form of an essay, seeking to show that the best promise for the future for the United States (and the world for that matter) is “entrepreneurial capitalism”. Which is a fancy way of saying encouraging entrepreneurs, both nationally, and inside large corporations.
29 Mar 2008