We’re almost there!!

It’s been a constant up and down, and I know I’ve bitched about it quite a bit but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  We’re closing on Wednesday 3/12 at 4pm.  I’m excited, but not to the point where I’m jumping up and down.  I’m so over this entire process that I just want my keys and the current owners to fuck off and then I can just work on making it OUR home. We’re doing the final walk through today (3/11), it’s odd to do it the day before the closing, but we’re obligated to get another pest inspection (per banks request) and since we need to be there for that we’re just going to get that over with today.  They supposedly turned the electric back on, but we’re still not sure as to whether…

It’s been…rough…

As previously noted, Sean and I are in Delaware for a “workation”.  We haven’t really gotten to enjoy very much being as our computers really don’t leave our sides unless we’re sleeping, even then they’re still on and downloading countless emails for the 6-8 hours (if we’re lucky) while we’re asleep.  We took some time to drive around down in the Rehoboth area (by his Mom) to do some house hunting.  Of course everyone that sparked my interest was in the $250k to $350k range.  The difference between looking down here at houses in that price range, and the quality of the house in New York would be $500k at least.  I’m looking at houses that in NY would typically be listed in the $850k range just based on the amount of property, the quality of the house, and the…

Surfing the Market…

Sean and I have been in Delaware for almost a week now, over the course of the past week we’ve realized how carefree and relaxing it is down here, even though we’ve been working the entire time. (The joy of being a designer… you can work anywhere).  We’ve weighed our pros and cons and realized that living in an apartment in NY would not permit us to build up a savings account, where as purchasing a home in DE would.  How did we figure this? Simple math really. In order for us to have an apartment in NY (even in Suffolk County – eastern end of Long Island), we would need $1,800 a month before utilities. In order for us to purchase a home in DE, with the mortgage and utilities, it would only come to about $1,200.  The kicker would…

E-commerce Keyword Research

The reason that it is important to stay informed about feature changes at major services is because it enables you to both understand how consumers locate, identify, and experience your products (in the case of e-commerce merchants. Google made a small but rather meaningful update related to its “Instant” search feature several weeks ago, expanding the offering to shoppers in Google Product Search.  Google users are now able to see Google’s instant keyword and key phrase suggestions as they type when comparing prices, looking for local stores, or researching products. So what does this mean for Internet retailers? It means you have one more opportunity, and a very practical one at that, to identify some potentially high converting keywords. Google provides a few examples for the instant results in Google Product Search – search for “cast iron skillets” or “sweater…

Online Workforce Expanding, Especially in Mobile and Social

A recent blog post that caught the attention of readers included a summary of the annual report from online employment platform Elance. Another Web employment marketplace, oDesk, has released its own year-end report with similarly positive views of both the year in review and the year ahead. The report from oDesk says that employers spent $115 million on online work in 2010 and that job opportunities doubled from 2009 to approximately 602,000. Mobile was the best bet for job-seekers, and positions involving Android expertise shot up 680 percent from 2009 while iPhone-related jobs increased by 152 percent. Social media was not surprisingly the next hottest jobs category, and the hottest regions for online contractors were the Philippines, India and the United States. For 2011, oDesk predicts that online work will continue to double year-over-year while local employment will not rebound…

Still Moving

I’m still in the process of moving.  I now have about 30% of the accounts transferred over.  Hopefully by Wednesday (it’s Thursday now) everything should be completely transferred and then Sean and I can take on the daunting task of completely revamping everything.  I really should be doing that now but I’m very content with the current layout on agn-solutions.net.  The revamp would be the backend.  The new script we’re going to use is connected to the WHM so everything, account wise, is going to basically be automatic.  That works great when it comes to new customers, but when it comes to integrating the old ones we’re bound to have a little bit of an issue.  I will hopefully be able to get everyone setup without any problems, and it would definitely help with those of my clients who have…

Business Add-ons

I’m currently in the process of paying off a personal loan that I took out back in October. The initial reason behind the loan was so that Sean and I could successfully moved out to Ohio but with changed plans we’re still in Delaware. Now, while we don’t mind being in Delaware it would have been nice to fulfill the dreams we had with that money, instead of just staying where we currently are. Unfortunately the income I had back in October is no where near what I’m making so I’m in the process of looking into Small Business Loans so I’ll be able to refinance the previous loan and hopefully be able to pay off the second one at a much lower interest rate. There are also a few things that I need in order to maintain my business…

Looking Up!

I’ve been pretty productive today. I’m now a member of a new design company on a contract basis and based on how things have been going so far, I have to say that I’m feeling pretty confident that my time with this company will be well spent. A previous company that I out-sourced for wound up screwing me out of not only money but valuable time that I could have spent somewhere else. It’s a shame that I had to deal with that for so long but it’s another thing to add to my portfolio because I have to admit that a lot of the things I did for the company turned out very nicely. I also gained quite a few business contacts as well, so that should hopefully work out well for me in the end. I haven’t been…

Resources: Bet365

I’m someone who loves to gamble and anyone who knows me knows that this isn’t a big surprise either. I’m known for saying “I’ll bet you 5 that ____” on a regular basis. When I happen to come across a site about gambling, I tend to pounce on it.