What Do You Want To Know About Being a Home-Based Entrepreneur?

Call for QuestionsI love writing about this stuff. I hope you love reading about it. My guess is that you do – mainly because you’re still reading :).

I’ve received some terrific questions about being a home-based entrepreneur – and I want more.

Though I have ideas and topics for articles to keep me writing for years, I’ve found that I really enjoy answering your questions more directly. I do the writing, and draw the cartoons, but this site is more about you than it is about me.

What Do You Want To Know…?

Let’s open things up a bit. I want to know, what you want to know. What questions do you have about:

  • Being an entrepreneur
  • Working from home
  • Running a home-based business
  • Balancing work and home life
  • Frustrations, fears, and struggles
  • Personal development
  • Marketing, branding (though I hate that word), and customer service
  • Technology
  • Organization, productivity, and the home office
  • Or anything else you feel you’d like to know

Of course, I’m not an expert in all of these things. But I dealt with them in my own businesses and with clients a lot over the years. So if I can’t answer the questions myself, I guarantee I can point you in the right direction. There’s also the possibility of a few guest authors to share their knowledge and expertise.

So, let me know. You can leave your questions or topic suggestions in the comments, or if you prefer, send them to me directly. Let me know if you want me to include your name and URL in my response post.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for participating. I’m looking forward to hearing what you want to hear about.

It Started With a Hard Drive Failure, and Went Downhill from There

News from the NestOne of the inevitabilities of life is that your hard drive may eventually die. Yesterday evening, one of mine passed, quietly, and among friends.

Fortunately, I have backups and a couple of other computers to use. Unfortunately, I have to set them up to do all the stuff I do, while I wait for the new hard drive to get here.

So for the next few days, I’ll be pulling together backups, recovered files (thanks to the Ultimate Boot CD and a Knoppix live CD), and installing applications.

Just another reminder how important backups are. Things could have been much worse.

Thanking You for Joining the Conversation

newsI get some really great comments here. Many of you join the conversation with such insightful stuff, that I’m always interested to see what you say.

As a way to say thanks to those commenting, I’ve added Jeffrey Strain’s Top Commentators plug-in to the site. I’ve seen it on some of my favorite blogs and wanted to use it here.

The top 10 commentators each month will be rewarded with a backlink from the sidebar and your name proudly displayed. It’s my way of giving a shout-out to those of you who really contribute to the discussion.

Please keep in mind “nice site” and “me too” comments don’t really add much and I can filter out commentators just trying to get listed. Not that I don’t like being told “nice site,” but I’m really looking to reward those who add to the conversation.

So those who have been jumping in with all the great insights, keep it up. And if you’ve just been lurking, maybe this is a little more incentive to speak up.

I love hearing what you have to say…

Reader Poll Closed – Thanks for Your Input

pondering-guyThanks to everyone who participated in the poll. I collected over 200 responses, and though not really scientific, the results actually matched pretty closely with other info I’ve received – feedback, emails, and comments.

My plan is to use this info, along with all the wonderful feedback I’ve received, to improve the site and finalize a couple of related projects I’m working on (more about that in the next month or so).

You folks are the best. Thanks for being you, and doing what you do.

Can You Take a Few Seconds to Answer a Quick Reader Poll?

pondering-guyUpdate: This poll is now closed. Thanks to all who participated.

First, thanks for coming by, reading, and participating. I put together a quick and simple reader poll to help me better gauge who my readers are. How better to do that than ask?