Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Today was supposed to be the day

Today was my goal to be ready to launch my part time home computer troubleshooting business to help pay my rent and buy my groceries while I work on Sydney. Unfortunately I'm not ready. Here was my task list and how much progress I've made on each.
  1. Register a business name
    This turned out to be unnecessary.

  2. Register a domain name

  3. Design some advertising material

  4. Develop a basic website

  5. Start up a relationship with a local hardware supplier
    Partially complete

  6. Be able to accept payment by credit card or EFTPOS

  7. Organise an answering service

Hmmm... still 3.5 tasks to go.

The good news though is that I've been getting a lot of work from business consulting clients these past two weeks. My next time until bankruptcy countdown should be quite a bit healthier.

I've got to get on top of these tasks though. Sooner or later the business clients will become scarce and I'll need this part time income source established. I think I'll go to the bank today and see about setting up payment facilities for customers. Then tonight I'll try and get the rest of the basic website functionality set up.

As for the advertising material, maybe I'll be able to have it ready to start distributing Friday afternoon. If I miss Friday though, it will have to wait until next Tuesday. People's letterboxes get pretty full over the weekend, I want to minimise the chance my pamphlet will get lost in all the real estate and restaurant advertising.

For now though it's off to set up a network for a local business. One day soon, I just know I'm going to get a chance to write some code for Sydney again.


At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you setup credit card payment via your website you can advertise a "no fix no fee: policy. Basically you have to fix their computer well enough so they can get online to pay you. :-)

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Will Pate said...

If you want to save time on #4, check out Open Source Web Design. They have lots of corporate-looking templates, some of which are valid code to boot! If you're looking to accept credit card payments online, you may want to check out CAcert, which offers free SSL certificates.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Lachlan said...

Thanks Will. The open source web design page will come in very handy. The credit cards link I probably won't use but will file it away for another day.


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