PS:349 – Enough is Enough.

Tuesday was a bit of a blessing, and a little bit wake up call.

Really blessed to have customers who appreciate what I do. I really am. Doing this over 15 years I must say it can become a grind that is heartless sometimes. No passion. No joy. No love. I’m tired of customers running my business by how they want to run their business.

Today I buckled down into the billing system cleared out garbage and garbage accounts. Folks I’ve reached out to before and gotten nothing and today out of about 15 accounts I sent notice to, 1 reply and this guy was ready to help, apologetic of his overdue status. We have a call in place tomorrow to sort things out (and I have some research to do as to what’s failing so we can fix it!).

Lots of changes, and really working to get a real presence for Thrust Networks, not just a 5 year coming soon page. Really want to kick things up a notch and get it done. Just finished a server deployment for a customer, and now to fine tune two websites for another! On my way!

PS:297 — What next?

I have a lot on my mind lately. Christmas is over, and yet here we move quickly into 2017, and I’m trying to formulate a plan. What’s next is my big question.

I talked tonight to one of the tech’s where I do some server work, and found out one of the other engineers put in his notice a few days before the holiday. He asked when I was to be hired full time. So far no offers have been made – not sure!

Aside from that, I’m toying with several ideas; several “side” projects that I can create a more passive revenue stream.

So far creating T-Shirts has been on my radar. Quite a bit strangely. I mean I have FlockHosting/Thrust Networks to work on the continued growth and expansion of the brand, but still creating has been a big desire for me lately.

I see customers making money, I see others making money, and while this year my revenues are up from last, I would like more security in my revenue stream. Right now a handful of customers haven’t paid or “the checks in the mail” and with Holiday shipping, I bet it is… somewhere.

I want to build. I want to create. Shirts would give me that option, but I think the thing is with marketing, I’m afraid to be annoying. LOL

What I mean by that and I think the same goes for FlockHosting and Thrust Networks is I am not one to create a fuss. No reason to blast weekly about my services, there is no need to make 30 posts about features, functions, promotional options because honestly? I block them too. I don’t like annoying people with offers.

I recently watched a short webinar on using one T-Shirt design platform in which they said if I did their tactics I could easily be making $20,000 a month. I don’t know about you but making $240,000 in a year, I could eliminate my debt, build up savings, and heck I could hire someone to do a lot of my heavy lifting.

Now do I honestly think that I could make $20,000/month? I don’t believe it. Even if I did spam Facebook Groups, promote on Google, Amazon, etc. I still think I’d be more in the realm of a job as then a Part Time Designer / Full Time Marketer. I haven’t slept well in a month, adding that sounds like it’d kill me!

Lots to consider, lots to layout if I want to make it happen. For now, going to take a short break, stretch my legs and chill out for a bit.

PS:52 – Blog Spruce Up

Even with a fair amount of exhaustion in me right now, I am trying to stay as active as possible. So what better way to improve than a fresh coat of paint. Thus a spruce up of the blog. A different theme, new functionality with my YouTube channel. Looks good. Even spruced up my copy of Piwik! Though I am experimenting again with Google Analytics for TFH which will tie into some advertising metrics.

Have a post thought up for tomorrow about my Adventures in Raspberry Pi 2 land, currently have my Pi working as a LAMP setup for website dev, but has a few other side projects in it too – I’ll post more on those tomorrow.

For now, 3 hours under my belt. Lilly woke up at 7:30, stayed awake about an hour then curled up in blankets and now owns the bed. She’s a sleepy baby girl.

So what do you think of the new digs? Thoughts? Comments?

Another Andrew!

As I figure most realize, but maybe not all do – this blog isn’t “Charles a Brown” – rather it is indeed my middle name of Andrew, most folks don’t even honestly even think “Charles” when they see me, most have known me as Chuck or the more common “CHUCK BROWN!” but this past weekend I was able to meet my new nephew Andrew Michael Zoeller, he’s a handsome little guy:

Andrew Michael Zoeller
Andrew Michael Zoeller

Love him! Daisy and I made our way down to the hospital to hang out and help, we got to talk with my family and even escape for some food and later take the niece and nephew to get Jamba Juice (A first for me!) but it was a blessed day overall! Little guy has had a few little issues trying to be like Me as my mom says, borderline Jaundice, but he’s going to be A-OK as he has a praying family!

But that increases our Andrew count to the family by 1, earlier this year my cousin Amanda married an Andrew adding another then, we Andrew’s are taking over the world 🙂 Now if only were all gingers, but so far 2/3 of us are piano players, maybe Andrew will make it 3 for 3 one day 🙂

Many congrats to my Sister and Brother-in-law! Love em much! Look forward to being around to warp shape this young little guy’s life, love my nieces and nephews! Plus need to get over there with the good camera and get some fun photos once he’s all settled in and his parents have a bit of rest 🙂