My Archives: April 2005

Monday, April 25, 2005

I'm under the gun and looking for a small company that's outsourcing its customer case function. Any suggestions?

Posted by Chris @ 04:43 PM EST [Link]

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Don't have much new today other that a mountain of work that's eroding slowly, but I wanted to post something, anyway.

Haven't we all wished we had a twin at some points in our lives? Well, if you're in public life it can sometimes get you into trouble. And far be it from me to offer public speaking advice, but stay out of earshot of reporters if you want to make offhand comments about what someone else is saying. Oy, vey. I think I'll go catch up on my TV viewing at Televisionwithoutpity.com and wait to see what happens in the world tomorrow.

Posted by Chris @ 05:56 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Another day, another entry. Hey, maybe this will be habit forming. Who knows?

There are a few topics I'm thinking about from the small business perspective this morning. One involves a blogger at Disneyland. Another involves college grads and the job market. Regarding the first link, Disney says they kicked a guy off their property because he was leading unauthorized tours. He's also a Disney blogger. I'm interested in the legal/business aspects of this story, especially since this fellow indicates he may try to make an endrun around Disney by offering Walkman or iPod audio tours to Disneyland tourists for a fee. It has me wondering: What can entrepreneurs do if someone on the outside --- a customer, a blogger, etc. --- starts making money off the company that the company isn't getting a piece of? What have companies done in the past when this has happened to them?

Regarding the second link, it looks like starting pay is increasing, but 58 percent of employers don't plan to offer signing bonuses to new graduates. Is there a trend here, and what does it mean (if anything) if you're a small employer? I'd be interested in your thoughts.

Posted by Chris @ 10:45 AM EST [Link]

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

It's a beautiful day in North Carolina, with the forecast calling for 82 degrees and sun, sun, sun. Of course, I'm sitting inside at my desk, pondering my assignment list. C'est la vie, I guess.

I'm working on some story ideas. Areas I'm interested in include: Consumer confidence, employee morale, the hiring picture and changing government regulations that affect small companies. Okay, back to work...

Posted by Chris @ 10:39 AM EST [Link]

Monday, April 18, 2005

I'm sitting here listening to the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun," because I'm getting started on a story in which I want to interview people running fun businesses. This could be a comedy club, something entertainment-related, or a company in an industry that is perceived as being very, well, fun. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to drop me an email.

Posted by Chris @ 02:14 PM EST [Link]

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Hello, I'm seeking experts in outsourcing for an upcoming story. Please contact me for more information. Thanks!

Posted by Chris @ 06:03 PM EST [Link]

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Okay, I've learned a lesson. I promise not to write "more soon" at the end of my messages ever again. What can I say; my introduction to motherhood has been one wild ride. After working and playing Mom --- sometimes doing both simulaneously --- there's very little mind matter left on tap at the end of the day to add a new entry to my Web site. And in some ways, I'm still trying to figure out how to utilize my blog in the best way. Any suggestions? I know: Take it down?

I'm back at work, however, and I have a number of assignments on my plate that very in length and topic from month to month. I get a lot of variety in the topics I cover, one aspect of my job that I really enjoy. Another is working in T-shirts or jeans, but that's a topic for another time.

I'm getting back on track, though. I recently finished "The da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown (it only took eight months of starts and stops). I've gotten back into running and gardening, too. Life is good. Of course, I still find time to surf the Web and someone I know suggested I check out this link. Click here to find out what it's all about. It's intriguing to see how news stories get covered day in and day out, and how much attention they're getting from the MSM (mainstream media). Maybe you'll find it interesting as well.

I'd better get back to work. In the meantime, I will feel veeeeeery good about myself for wiping the dust (and pollen...it is Spring, after all) off my Web site. With any luck, I'll visit again before the holidays...

Posted by Chris @ 04:52 PM EST [Link]

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