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Postby tui » Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:49 pm

Hi Wogs Those tomatoes knew something! If they had been the sauce-y ones, you'd have been up to your eyebrows in steam instead of making friends with the kiln again and winding down after all that hard graft. Good things happening with the coach. Bubbles of glee beginning. If this manager doesn't pan out - anyone else in mind you could be gently grooming? Another corporate escaper, perhaps! Hi ubu Where do you go for help on the ebiz side? Any references to recommend? Hi Creative Sage All well?
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Postby ubu » Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:27 pm

Hi tui ... Our web developer is ScorpioMultimedia: http://www.scorpiomultimedia.com. My husband and I are on a shoestring budget, so it's actually a collaborative effort between my web developer and myself: he had the knowledge and tools to set us up with secure shopping cart/credit card technology (way above my head!), so he handled that part for us, and then set us up with a minimal on-going monthly maintenance fee. I'm able to keep it minimal because I have enough computer skills to handle some of the ongoing, more rote and time-consuming tasks myself. He's not only agreeable to this, he's also willing to teach me a few things along the way! Thanks for asking!
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Postby tui » Fri Sep 16, 2005 6:02 pm

Hi ubu That's sounds like a useful way to go. There are alternatives to the deeply expensive and you've proved it! That's the sort of combination I cam look for. Thanks.
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Postby ubu » Sat Sep 17, 2005 4:44 pm

Welcome aboard, Blythe! "Serenity" sounds interesting ... can you give us a brief overview? Anyways, welcome aboard.
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Postby ubu » Sun Sep 18, 2005 7:54 am

Hi blythe ... No need to reply, just found your mission statement in another forum!! (Step by Step - September 2005), below in quotes - apologies for format, I was searching on how to properly do quotes on the forum and became impatient so just copied and pasted instead. I'll go back and teach myself the proper way now! Most excellent mission statement and life goal, by the way!: "Basically, my mission statement is this: To help people live simple and organized lives, step lightly on the planet, become financially independent, make more time to help others, and do what they enjoy. This broad idea breaks down into many different sections (for example, worthy causes, celebrating the seasons, pets) and each section will offer products, information, links, etc. I don't intend to offer any services. I envision the website as a multi-faceted information and product source. Keep in mind that although I've been thinking about this idea for 9 months, I'm still in the beginning stages too. I'm trying to finance it myself, and I also work full-time."
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Postby tui » Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:40 pm

Hi blythe What part of your mission statement reflects your strength? Can you teach me to tread lightly on the planet by guiding me into ways of simplicity I can live with? Can you connect me easily to others living this way so I don't feel freakish in my social context? Can you take me from where I am and develop my financial independence? If you can take me from deep indebtedness to neutral and beyond will I feel safe in this new world? Or can you teach me how to start from nothing and garner the skills for making income at will, regardless of my age, sex, cultural background, health? You can do this as my guide and ally because...(of what you've done, your personal resources, your contacts with, your well-developed programme...)? And the sort of person you find both rewarding and a good subject has what sort of characteristics - apart from a deep desire to change now? If I met you at a networking gathering that's some of what I would want to know so I could either book time with you or mention you to others with enthusiasm. And, for the expression of this mission - what's your personally chosen defining title that guides and informs your style, manner, and values? Thanks, blythe. Back to the search for an oportunity that fits me. Sigh.
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Postby blythe » Tue Sep 20, 2005 7:56 pm

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Postby ubu » Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:51 pm

Hi Blythe ... sorry for this delayed response, I've been away from the boards since the weekend. First: I wouldn't worry too much about the "glazed eyes" effect you mention when you describe your mission to people. Your mission is broad and all-encompassing. There's nothing wrong with that at all (not in my opinion). I think it's just that, by and large, when people ask that question the answer they are expecting is something small and concrete, like "I make buttons." Thus, when you offer the world to them (so to speak), they're just a little overwhelmed. I don't think they're uninterested. I don't think that at all. I think they just suddenly lost track of what the "next question" was! You see, with the "button" reply, they know the next question should be "Great! Plastic or wooden ones?" But when you've just been offered the world ... well, they suddenly need to figure out what country they're in and what language they're speaking! On the other side of the coin ... please work hard to deny entry to those feelings of confusion and discouragement that you feel. You are willing to offer so much more than most are. Don't deny us that, please! Instead, let us help you to define, prioritize and organize the wealth of what you want to offer! Lastly ... you asked for a little background on each of us and what we are trying to accomplish. OK then, briefly ('cuz talking about myself makes me uncomfortable!): My husband, who has worked a minimum of two physically demanding jobs all of his life, became disabled (100%) 3 years ago, and was told he could never be "commercially employed" again. This due to the fact that his disability causes great clumsiness and the need for frequent rests (e.g., every half hour or so) throughout the day. We are finally "leveling off" now, but it has been - essentially - solely my income for the majority of the past 3 years while we fought to get first worker's comp and then disability fully in place. I came up with the idea for the gift shop to fulfill two needs: (1) restoring my husband's battered sense of self-worth and pride, and (2) as an attempt to ease the financial strain on our family caused by loosing his income. We opened a very small store in January of this year, which my husband manages with the help of neighboring shop owners. About six months later, we added the website. Our goal is to seek out and offer unique and unusual gifts to our customers. We're far from that goal right now ... but we're continually brainstorming new ideas and possibilities together. Okay ... gotta run for now. Chat again soon. In the meantime ... ubu
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Postby tui » Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:46 am

Hi blythe Thank you for sharing the answers. When I ask questions I'm not being flat-out nosey. They're posed to give you something to either hone against, or take off from. (You didn't imply I was being nosey. I'm doing an awkward explanantion...) The impression I got was that you serve as a node or a hub. A resource point. 'Ask blythe! S/he's bound to know!' Who pays you? What makes up a unit to be paid for? What do you see as being your bread and butter earner? (I know - it could be far too soon to be asking.) And what would be happening with me to start me looking for you because you have answers/resources I'm in need of? Can I count on you to sort grain from chaff and cut down my choices to a set where quality is assured and certain standards of Gaia-friendliness have been met? Personal guarantee? I'm still in woo-woo land looking at my Long Term Vision and values and trying to pin down where I could start searching for some vital information. I'd enjoy brainstorming with you and I thank you for the offer. I've got just a bit more deep introspection and making sense of to do, then I'll ask if you're available, if I may? I'm using 'Tony Buzan's Embracing Change' book to scrabble together all the particles. I'm finding it very useful. Good tools and a methodology that suits me. Excellent for digging out the details and seeing the big picture. Hi ubu - thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to when I can be as fluent as you are for talking about your business. I felt included in your story in very positive ways. There's something about a battler like you that encourages others to want to buy in and share the magic. A great base for building success.
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Postby tui » Wed Sep 28, 2005 6:07 pm

Gleep! A c-c-compliment! Flee!!!!!!!!!!! That problem you face, ubu, with the need to buy a pallet-load or go without: I wonder if anyone has a database of companies who can deal well with small businesses doing good but modest turnover comparatively. blythe? Do you know or can give a steer toward? Maybe even a network of gift shop people in a particular region, or specialising in certain product lines... I know. I have this tendency toward co-opetition. For example: I know Wogs has access to her own storefront in the further north, but if she wanted to try developing a market further south...to be able initially to deal with an honorable and upfront group with fair terms of trade. Well. It just seems like win-win to me at this level. And there are many crafters on the boards. Wretched dreamer! Back to the drawing board!
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