Being a Geek

January 14, 2007

I know some people think “geek” is a bad word. I happen to embrace it. To me, being a geek has its privileges. One of the best things about being a geek is I find out about new technology fast. Several groups I am affiliated with are full of kind, generous, sharing geeks who spread the word about new software releases, fabulous websites and other resources, the latest gadgets – and often times include a review.

I love being a geek. My fiancé cringes when the new WiredÒ or EntrepreneurÒ magazine shows up in the mail. He knows he won’t see me (and I won’t listen to him : ) when I get my hands on it. I love being among the first in the regular world to find out about the iPhone (yes, everyone knows about that one now!), or about the new flexible displays in development those are crazy-cool! There is so much going on out there and it never ceased to amaze and captivate me.

Another recent geek moment was when I read the latest issue of TimeÒ which had “New Emoticons for 2007” which I thoroughly enjoyed (thank you Teddy Wayne and Mike Sacks) while the fiancé tilted his head and wondered about my mental state!

Oh well, what can I say?

Happy learning!

Jan :)) = cheesy smile

January 4, 2007

New Year’s Resolutions or Not

Okay, I used to make my annual New Year’s Resolutions, but that has gone by the wayside over the past few years. However, this year I decided to take another look at it only I will call them “Goals I Have in Mind”. It just seems a little less doomed to the harsh critique of other’s, if by chance the goals are not fulfilled.

These “goals” are mainly business oriented. Being a business owner, there are always ways to tweak your business, over and above the initial business plan. I have some practical views on accomplishing my business goals this year. For example, one goal is to learn a new skill. I believe in keeping abreast of new technology and sometimes it moves incredibly fast. In my opinion, taking an educational bite now and then is purely beneficial to me and my clients.

Another goal is to expand my network. We hear it time and again, but what do we really do to actively build our network? Most of my clients have come to me by word-of-mouth – happy clients telling someone how I’ve helped make their life easier by providing my services. It doesn’t get better (or easier) than that. In order to actively expand my network, I have already signed up for a booth at a local business expo at the end of January. Even if this doesn’t glean any new clients, I’ll be out there in the public eye and educating people about the world of virtual assistance. You never know where or how you will get your next client.

Well, that is basically my take on the resolutions, er uh, goals. Set some goals for yourself (business and personal). Work at them a little at a time and see what you can accomplish. Keep the goals attainable and when completed it will feel great – I promise.

Until next time,