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Migrating a PowerPC G5 Mac to an Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro

I am moving from my 5 year old PowerPC G5 Mac to my new Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro.

Since I did not find a definitive guide on how to move your data, applications and preferences for my specific case, I am documenting here what I did for so that it might benefit someone else.

Start

I got the point of starting up the laptop and going through Apple’s basic setup process. Simple.
However, in that process the computer asks you if you are moving from another computer. It wants to use the migration assistant. I strongly urge you NOT to use the migration assistant. It will bring over what you need BUT it will also bring over alot of junk that you dont need from apps that were installed and removed from your old computer.

My Custom Applications

Besides its better to start with a a clean install of every application. The best explanation I’ve heard on this comes from my friend Chris Foley (Hat tip to @foleypod).

He prescribes that a clean install is best. Moving applications over from your older system setup, in most cases, will require you to upgrade the software after you move it over.

You will be upgrading code that most likely was installed on a previous version of OS X (10.4, 10.3) and subsequently upgraded by you over time. DON’T DO IT. Clean install ensures that you’re getting code that is optimized to run on an Intel chip with oS X 10.6

And that is just what I did.

The strategy was pretty simple. Open you Applications folder on your old computer, review each application and decide what you want on the new machine. Google the ones you want on the new machine and you will get the latest installers that are correct for you machine (as many websites these days read in browser/platform information and can pass along the correct installer).

So I did that for all my Applications large and small.

What about application registrations?

BUT you may be asking yourself, what about registration data? Will I have to type in all that information again?

I did. I basically have all the applications on my laptop right now and as I need them I launch them and get the right data in place. It takes a few minutes more, but its less headaches.

What about preferences?

On some applications, SOME I will bring over preferences. On Adobe’s fat install, no. I will make new prefs, too much baggage there. On smaller apps, yes. Apps like Typinator, or CSSEdit. Those I will bring over because they are not bloated apps.

Moving Email

I followed this simple guide from eHow. How to Move Apple Mail Settings and Email on a Mac.

It has you move the Mail folder located here: ~/Library/Mail.

It also has you move ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist

I also use MailTags and MailActOn. So I had to deal with their particular preference files.

iTunes.

Fortunately for me I can use the iTunes Home Sharing function to use most of what I need. I will copy over any specific artists as I need them.  I also have a large library of music on my iPhone too.

Then move files.

The last bit for me it to move over my working files (current projects) and my web development files (all my custom programming). That is taking place right now while I am writing this post.

Looking forward to working on this new machine.

Now I have to realize I can getup and take it with me.

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Paying the price. One way or another.

time-is-money

Today I was reflecting upon a common occurrence among people that I talk to with regard to their website(s).

The people I talk to either want a new website or they have one and want to update/add/delete a design or function of the site. These conversations either happen through email or in person and become a dialogue of  back-and-forth brain picking. They ask how they can do “X, Y, and Z” and I then ask questions relating to strategy, objectives, and outcomes. These are great conversations, and I love having them to figure out what it is people are doing, and how I can help them out. Continue Reading →

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I am in a Dip and I am going to Stick.

The Dip

I just completed reading Seth Godin’s, “The Dip.” An interesting little read that presented mostly things that I already knew in various pieces from a variety of sources. However, it is all distilled into a simple, quick, and easy read.

What I got out of this book was some clarity. I suspected I was in a dip and reading this helped bring that into focus. I am in a dip with my business. My business is in a state of stagnation. That is the best I can describe it. It’s not dieing, but its not growing either. The level of work with my business could be sustained, for what feels like, almost indefinitely. How can that be bad? I have work, I am making money, but I am not happy with how things are. I know there is potential for more. This business has not reached its potential.

After reading “The Dip” I actually contemplated disassembling my business–quitting it. In the book there are many suggestions about quitting, and the process of why to quit something. There is a purpose to quitting. It is to free you up to focuses energy on getting through the dips that matter. Of course part of the process is identifying what matters, but that was easy–at least for me.
There are other outside factors I will not get into, but suffice it to say that the alternative to being an entrepreneur (going back to punching the clock for a paycheck) was seriously considered for a bit. However, in the thinking surrounding this one thing became clear when I read the sentence, “Never quit something with great long term potential just because of the stress of the moment.

That sentence summed it up for me. There is great potential in owning a business. There is great stress owning a business–stress of the moment. Furthermore, I realized that there are things I have not done or tried with my business. To quit before at least trying would create a great deal of regret later down the road. So now I have a better perspective, a plan for action, someone to motivate me and keep me on track, and a timeframe by which to measure the efforts.

For now I will stick rather than quit.

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Working in a Vacuum

Vacuum

I experienced the contrast of working in a vacuum and working in a group and saw that contrast very clearly. Yesterday I was brainstorming my projects and tasks related to using the GTD system and methodology.

When working alone it was easy to crank out this lists of things I would like to do. However, there was a project I was hung up on. The project had to do with a marketing plan I am trying to implement. I was stuck thinking about what is the next step? In the exercise we were doing in a group our observer (there was an observer, questioner, and main guy) asked if I had shown the plan to anyone else—marketing pro or not—I hadn’t and now I will.

So it was made clear to me that bringing in an outside perspective on things is always valuable. Being a solo entrepreneur and finding the opportunities to share and show ideas for review and reflection is sometimes a tough task.

How does a small business person who is solo find a good outlet for professional collaborative, review, and brainstorming. You could join a chamber of commerce, local rotary, Score, or look for other ways.

If you are a solo entrepreneur I would love to know how you deal?

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Slow Re-Start

Tortise

Well this past week was an exercise in getting back to the flow. Back to the flow of the family life—making coffee for my wife in the morning, taking kids to school, changing diapers, making bottles, getting kids to bed, watching movies with my wife. And getting back to the flow of work—turning off vacation messages on phones and email, email, email, and more email. Projects, clients, voicemails and the myriad of things that go along with running your own company all await your upon your return.

I am very glad to be back from my vacation. The vacation was great and I would like to take another break as soon  as I can. However, it is tough coming back from a vacation. Getting back on board takes time. Not the family part, I would not trade that for the world. It’s the coming back to work part. Don’t get me wrong I love what I do and it is great. However, getting coal back in the cold engine and firing up the furnace to get the train moving again is a slow process. It does take me at least one work week to get things up to speed—back on top of email, and projects too.

I took one working day to focus on one aspect. Monday was email, Tuesday was projects and their status, Wednesday was calls and appointments, Thursday was project work, and Friday was a professional development seminar.

So even though I started out the week feeling like the tortise, I ended it feeling like the hare.

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Small Business (Non) Spender

Coin Jar

Interesting post today on Dawud Miracle’s blog titled “Why you need to invest in your business.”

For those people running a truly small business (less than $150,000 in gross receipts annually) spending money on non-tangible items can be a tricky game. Your marketing and promotion budget looks like the jar above.

What I mean is spending money on new file cabinets, or a new desk for a business owner at this level provides a physical object–something to put your hands on. Whereas investing in a marketing plan, or paying someone to brainstorm on developing your brand is not a definable physical object that you can point to and say “that is what I paid for.” This is a tough proposition for a truly small business owner to entertain.

I think it is hard for business owners at this level to see beyond the quarter or next quarter. Business at this level is happening on a day-to-day basis. Business owners keep their view on the short distance game. Being able to “let go” and see the big picture can be a challenge.

I would suggest that a small business owner take time to define their goals with their business.

  • What do you want from it? Money? Independence?
  • Envision wild success. What does that look like?

The idea is to define what you want and from there devise a plan to make it happen. Breaking things down into smaller and smaller tasks is key to moving ahead and there are hundreds of blog posts about the topic of getting things done.

I think that many times small business owners look out and think they can’t get to the “pie-in-the-sky” goals and then just give up on it. Thinking you have to spend $10,000 to achieve your goals may actually be reality but that does not mean it has to be all at once. Do what you can with the resources you have now. Build a foundation that can support future endeavors and even handle a change of direction if need be. The key is to, as Walt Disney said, “Keep moving forward.

I know, being a small business owner, that I too can be a (non) spender. If you are a small business owner, do you spend on the non-tangibles? (marketing, promotion, etc?)

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Getting Caught By Perfection

Bubbles

Something I am reminded of every so often is my propensity to dabble in perfectionism. I think we all do it to a certain degree it just depends on what we care about. It is in this ‘dabbling’ that I can sometimes find myself getting pulled into a time-suck–a kind of bubble of perfection. I was reminded of this today when I came across a blog post that talked about the difference between perfection and excellence. I think the author, Nick Rice, has hit the nail on the head.

For me this comes up with regard to any programming I may have to do. It is never that the code does not work properly, that is a given, it works. Rather its making sure that the code is indented and formatted correctly. Spending time on making sure that everything is beautiful. Really who is going to see the underlying code? Some other code monkeys perhaps, but 99.99% of people could care less about that. In fact, they don’t even know about the code under a website. People have other things to worry about rather than the perfectly syntactic code that is providing a lovely web experience. This is just one area that this tendency shows up for me, but there are others. I’m sure if you examine your own habits you can find a few yourself.

So why spend time fretting over the unnecessary? You can do excellent work without driving yourself crazy.

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Measure Of Success

Winners

How do you measure your success? I am terrible at it. Personally I have a hard time believing that I’ve achieved any sort of success at all. Here are some facts:

  • I do own my own small business
  • I am in my third year of business
  • Every year revenues have grown
  • This last quarter was my most profitable to date
  • I have many projects going right now
  • I have a pipeline that is full

Yet, with all this I still feel unsuccessful and have anxiety that it could all disappear. However, I do get unsolicited comments and testimonials from people telling me this or that about how impressed they are that I get so much done, or how successful I am. Thing is I hear it, but I don’t buy it.
What is the difference between what they see and what I obviously don’t see?

I think its a combination of these things.

  • We are using different measuring sticks
  • When one compares or measures themselves against super achievers and leaders of industry (while not necessarily a bad thing it can be discouraging if done over and over again)
  • Being very hard on oneself
  • Taking no time to enjoy the fruits of ones labor
  • Always seeing the glass half empty instead of half full

I am smart enough to realize that my measure is a bit out of whack. But how do I “fix” it? I think that the only way to get better at this is to take out a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle and write “positive” on one side and “negative” on the other side. Then take time to write down all the positive and negative things one could connote with the topic at hand. The process of writing helps solidify things in mind. At least for me.

How do you measure your own success? Do you set goals and measure by achieving them? Or something else?

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Thinking About Focus

 Focus

Over the weekend I was thinking about focus and how much it matters. I’ve written about focus on this blog before. What this blog is focused on, what my company is focused on, and what I am focused on. I have found out that all of these things are focused on too many other things. What I mean is that the focus jumps around. Instead of me talking about only one topic on this blog, I talk about many different things. That’s not bad, but its not focused and focus can bring interest. Hell, I am the only one who reads this blog because I write it. But the focus of this blog is too fractured. It needs more focus. I read many blogs specifically because they are focused on a specific topic. That is not to say that the author will not get personal from time to time—that is a good thing. Rather, they stay on topic and don’t veer off much.

I find the issues of focus with business to be slightly different in that my service business does not focus on one specific target market or industry, rather it focuses on many different services that it can provide to just about anyone. It’s not focused enough. With more specificity comes more focus and more regard as a specialist rather than a generalist. I am still working on this now with my business.

The focus I personally exhibit has the ability to color my day constantly. Whatever I am focused on at the moment can become all consuming and take me away from the things that really matter and what I really should be focused on. I find my personal focus to shift often and when it does stick on something for a time, it is typically not what I should be focused on.

Here I am focused on writing about my focus in many areas. Funny how therapeutic it is to write this post as I now have heightened my sense of focus.

I have been thinking about what I should focus this blog on going forward and I think it should be about life as a small-business entrepreneur. I did intend for this space to be about that but it has not been very focused on the challenges, the ups, the downs, and everything else in between in running and operating my small business. Perhaps someone will find these notes and links going forward and at some point and get something from them.

So here is to going forward with more focus.

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Money. I Love It and I Hate It.

Money

I think everyone loves money. Those who say they don’t do on a very low level and are in denial. I know I love money because it fuels my life–provides food, clothing, etc. It also provides me a way to sustain my livelihood as a business owner. Some people manage it well, others do not. In the end it is a means of providing access-period.

However, I also hate money. I hate managing money. Accounting is not in my genetic makeup. When they were handing out DNA that addressed the issues of money management I must have been off getting an ice cream. I can add and subtract but cannot handle the modeling and forecasting that is a part of daily business life. It feels too much like voodoo (remember voodoo economics?).

Would life, more importantly business life, really be that much more fabulous if I could read an aging schedule? I don’t think so. But perhaps I need to be enlightened. Then again, I am busy and have too many other things to think about.

I wonder how much time a small business person should, on average, devote to the financial side of business? Or, as I like to to call it, an non-billable part of the business.

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