For anyone in the Southport area next Wednesday 7th November then the Lancashire Business Fair is taking place at the Floral Hall. http://www.liverpoolba.com/LancashireOverview.asp?id=bot
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Just had a mail from Yahoo offering £60 advertising voucher for any new people who I recommend to sign up. Both sides get the voucher so if anyone is interested send me your email me and I'll send it on. firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Phil Connolly at 12:24
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
In between jobs at the moment so filling my time doing the brain numbing task of added my site to business listing sites, gad it's boring! At least most of the data stays in autofill so not as much to do. My main problem is trying to figure out what the ruddy security codes are. No wonder it stops spammers but how many normal folk have trouble working out what some of them say?
Posted by Phil Connolly at 15:07
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Friday, 31 August 2007
Well it's the end of my second month and it was a busy one and I'm now in profit! If I can get the same next month with a bit more on top then I'll be more than happy. One thing that has made me happy to be working from home is that the train service to Liverpool is having problems with it's trains meaning 2 trains hour instead of 4 (even more at rush hour). Most summers see the number of carriages reduced but this time the wheels on the trains aren't going round and round so can imagine I'm missing an absolute nightmare at the stations with people desperately trying to cram into carriages like sardines. All I have to do now is walk down the stairs. Can imagine it would add an hour or two on to my day if I still had to make the journey.
Posted by Phil Connolly at 17:04
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
My first customers are now starting to trickle in about 2 months after first putting my site up. Strange feeling to start with as people have seen what you have to offer and happy to take a punt on you. Gives you a bit of a buzz. In fact so much of a buzz that I didn't get to sleep til 5 the morning after my first job came in! Think if you are offering any business over the net then you need to pay for google and yahoo ads to start with as it takes ages for your web page to get noticed. The ads get you on the first page for as little as a £1 a day. Well worth it when you only need one customer to pay for it.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Thursday, 19 July 2007
If anybody fancies joining a mini league for the Daily Mail Fantasy Football League click here...
Just enter pin# 1235 in the join a mini league bit. Might get round to offering a prize for overall winner of the mini league.
Posted by Phil Connolly at 11:56
I saw my website on somebody elses computer screen the other day and was surprised how massive the page looked, half the screen was taken up with the spreadsheets direct logo! I've therefore decided to redesign my pages and put them in what is (hopefully) a more fluid design. Sounds easy but only when you start creating the pages do you realise how IE and Firefox show them in different ways. What looks spot on in IE is usually way off in Firefox. On further investigation I've discovered that it is IE that is at fault as it doesn't conform to the proper standards. Assuming most people still use IE as their browser it's just a case of getting it looking good in that and ok in Firefox. You can check the new look out at http://www.spreadsheetsdirect.com
Posted by Phil Connolly at 11:35
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Just replaced Windows 98 with Ubuntu version of Linux on my old desktop and I'm very impressed with it already. There are free programs galore available for it, everything from games to spreadsheets. Takes a bit to de-windows yourself but then it feels far more natural than windows ever did. You think how do I do this then you realise it's right in front of you.
Posted by Phil Connolly at 12:06
Friday, 29 June 2007
I never thought setting my own business up would occupy my brain so much. Working 9-5 I found that I could just turn off as soon as I left the place now because it's my own business I'm thinking about what I need to do until I manage to get to sleep. Spent most of the week trying to sign up to free listings, forums and search engines which takes ages. I've starting listing all the useful sites I've found under www.spreadsheetsdirect.com/website.html so it might save others in the same situation some time.
Posted by Phil Connolly at 11:34
Monday, 25 June 2007
I'm currently in the process of starting my first business. After years of working for others I'm having a go myself and thought I'd write about my experience, somebody out there might find it useful if they're thinking about doing the same. My main business is going to be www.spreadsheetsdirect.com but I'm also going to be offering www.pchomeaid.co.uk and www.pcofficeaid.co.uk to the Southport, UK area. It's amazing how many little bits and bobs there are to do from registering as self employed to getting all the webpages looking how you want. I've found myself thinking about things that I can offer while I'm trying to get to sleep. I've now got to the stage were I'm advertising on google and just waiting for the first client to turn up.
Posted by Phil Connolly at 11:16