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Business is not about money

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I’ve been self-employed for a year now.   Last year, I left my 9-5 job with a big company to pursue my own web projects.   Along the way, I learned more about business than any four-year-$40k university program could teach me.   Although I’m still new to business, I’m compelled to share some of my ideas on the subject – ideas that seasoned entrepreneurs may ridicule as naïve.  But hey, here goes…

Business is not about money.  It most definitely is not.

I grew up a Trekkie.  I dreamed of living in a laissez-faire communist society where humanity’s only wish was to better itself through compassion and understanding.  Money was the root of all evil and was abolished in the 21st century shortly after First Contact.  So for much of my life, I resented capitalism.  I wanted to work for free because it would be for the good of man kind.  Naturally, overtime, I realized that my philosophy was naive and misguided because people would always take advantage of free.  I needed a compromise between charity and exploitation, and hence, my new found appreciation for business.  Business, by my definition, is about making people happy without killing myself to do it.

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October 18th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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1and1 vs. Bluehost vs. HostGator

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I’ve been looking for new shared webhosting services.   I’ve been using 1and1.com for several years, bluehost.com for one year and hostgator.com for a few days.  I’ve been disappointed by all of them.  Perhaps my web needs have surpassed what shared hosting services can offer because each of the web hosting companies I’ve mentioned presented me with different debilitating problems.  Here’s a quick run-down:

1and1.com (Business Plan)

Pros: Very affordable
Cons: Limited number of databases, each limited to 100 mb, poor tech support, bad reputation

Bluehost.com

Pros: Very affordable, DNS changes are fast, decent customer service
Cons: I’ve experienced 4 downtimes in 1 month.  Tech support say they do not support subversion, so although I installed it myself, Bluehost system administrators may one day, without any warning, configure their servers in a way that disables my repositories.

Hostgator.com (Business Plan)

Pros: Very affordable, very good tech support (responds in less than 30 mins)
Cons: You can only connect/disconnect via SSH every 10 minutes.  You have to ask their system administrators to white list your IP if you want to repeatedly connect via SSH.  Their SSH is on port 2222.

I wish there were one hosting service that could grant me all my wishes.  But since I’m hard luck to find one, maybe it’s time for me to purchase a Virtual Private Server so that I can set things up the way I need them to be set up.

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October 11th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

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Toronto SEO Workshop

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I’m proud to present the official launch of Toronto SEO Workshop website.

Visit the workshop to learn how you can drive more organic traffic to your site.  There’s also a neat SEO calculator you should checkout.

Have fun!

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October 10th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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