Celebrate Small Business: SodaPopStop.com

As a budding entrepreneur and his Mac I look for stories of small businesses as encouragement and insights. Here’s one that will open your eyes to his business, but also big business.

Enjoy it.

Here’s where to get some of his pop: Soda Pop Stop.

Future entrepreneurs: Writers, editors, and book designers. 26 Mac writing tools

Writing a book on a Mac you would never think that writers are entrepreneurs, but they’ll have to be in the near future, if you want to make more than a living at writing.

Here’s a good, lengthy article, A Modest Proposal For Publishers and Authors, about the publishing revolution that’ll change publishing like the iPod did for the music industry. Jonathan Fields does a good job of showing the disruptive nature of technologies that are affecting everyone’s jobs and work, including major publishing houses.

This means that everyone in the book publishing industry will more than likely have to become an entrepreneur in order to survive the coming changes. Most may not like it, but the change is inevitable.

Do you agree?

If you don’t believe me about the change, read this Wired article, David Byrne’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars.

Do you want to know about Mac writing software?

Here’s an article 2009 Reviews Of Mac Writing Software that has a list of 26 Mac tools for writers.

Update 10/2/2010: I attended our Denver Writers Critique  Meetup and heard Abe Brown talk about writing screenplays in Hollywood and the ins and outs of it. He suggested two sites to visit, The Writers Store, to buy resources to improve your writing, and Writers Guild of America, to register your writings, even ideas, so that you can get credit for your ideas if you try and submit it to be published.

You might also want to read that self published writers are NOW being courted by writing agents. See Literary agents open the door to self-published writers and get writing. You could make some bucks in the future. And if you want your self published book to get noticed, you need it to be tracked by Nielsen Bookscan.

Naming 12 products, what’s in a number?

Too often the pressure to give a great name to a product can be a daunting prospect, but here are some names of product and how they got them.

In the article The hidden (and not-so-hidden) meanings of 12 brands’ favorite numbers read how product names may not be as crucial as it’s made up to be.


Testimonial #2: “How to Start a Business: Mac Version”

Well, entrepreneurs need encouragement, especially when it comes from their customers. Here’s another testimonial for my book How to Start a Business: Mac Version

Jay Walter is a friend on Facebook and gave me this comment recently:

Thanks Jay. Every entrepreneur looks out for feedback to what they are doing to provide a good service and product to their customers.

So, how are you serving your customer?

Stop looking for a job!

One of the things that I find disheartening is seeing the faces of individuals that are looking for jobs. Well, here’s how to change the words so that you can find something you really like. Rather than saying, “I’m looking for a job,” here’s what to say instead:

“I’m looking for work.”

That’s it. Change just one word.

Why?

Because when you tell someone that you’re looking for a job, you’re telling someone that you are limiting your scope of finding meaningful employment.

So, if I came up to you and said, “I’m looking for a job,” how would you feel about my comment and helping me?

Now, if I came up and said, “I’m looking for work,” now how do you feel about comment and about helping me?

In both cases someone may ask, “What do you do?” But notice when you use the word work the person that needs someone for a short period or project might view you differently.

If you ran your own business, how would you feel about it someone using the word job versus work?

Why change the word from “job” to “work?”

Because you are broadening your horizons by giving others the opportunity to see ALL of you and you seeing ALL of the opportunities that might be available to you, i.e. a free lance job might turn into a part or full time job. Or, you could start your own business. It’s also about keeping your skill set sharp if you are “in between jobs.”

So, stop looking for a job and look for work!!

Update: If you want another viewpoint, see my friend Harry Tucker’s blog post.