Don’t Let the Recession Drive Your Prices Down

In a time of recession, there is a reluctant tendency to lower prices. Rather than targeting people who can’t afford your services, target the ones who can. Think of creative…

The Zen of Cleaning the Pagoda

Oranges, and lions, and bakwas! “Oh my!” as George Tikei would say. It’s Chinese Lunar New Year! Yes, it’s that time of year when every member of the Chinese family…

Building a Business Around Lazy Idiots

Although I know how to change the oil in my car, cook my own meals, and process my own photographs, I’d rather have someone else do it. That’s right, I’m…

Endless Impossibilities Before Breakfast

One of my favorite television shows right now is “Fringe“ (FOX). I love the exploration of what is possible and what is impossible. The show’s tagline, “Endless Impossibilities,” reminds me…

An Argument for the 9 to 5 Lifestyle

I think the “start-your-own-business” peddlers need to stop belittling the 9 to 5 lifestyle. Stop assuming that people aren’t living the life they were meant to have. Surely you guys…

Planning For Your Failure Guarantees Your Failure

Many of us, without realizing it, are manifesting our own failures.  We have this intention of pursuing our dreams, but then we also instantly think of a back up plan…

Free = Worthless

When I was a freelancer, I would often look on CraigsList for jobs.  I have to admit, when I first started out, I did some work for free, hoping that…

The Next Facebook

After watching the Facebook biopic, “The Social Network” (dir. David Fincher), I started to think about what it would take to become the next Facebook, or Google, or Apple.  Looking…