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Len05online today!


today i got fired.
It wa sorta planned.
when will i put my income to zero on the site?
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Every Day it's a New Hurdle...

Emails, Texts, Phone Calls, Portal reminders...
Every day I've had to stop what I was doing to attend to some important action on my part for the purchase of a condo. Last night they asked me to provide a statement from my accountant that the money I have in savings used to pay my deposit and closing costs won't adversely affect my business. This week, I had to pay for the appraisal fee, pay for the windstorm mitigation report, e-sign acknowledging a list of companies who checked my credit, upload my W2's for two years, send proof that I'm over 55 so I can shop for a senior discount on insurance. I had to laugh on the last one as it's a 55 and over community. I already had to jump that hurdle last month to prove I'm old enough to live there.

Bring me the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the South and do it before the end of the month!
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Business Idea

Business Idea:
A human being needs money to meet his economic requirements. It is one’s own decision to
choose between job and business to generate money. The person, who chooses business path to
meet his economic requirements, must carry a business idea to do so. There are multiple sources
of a business idea like day to day living, change in the surrounding environment, government
policies and sometimes the literature or the discussion with the industry experts gives you a
notion for a particular business. Once you have got a business idea, the very next step is to
convert that raw idea into a practical and a sustainable business activity. This conversion process
requires financial and human resources. It is to notice here that financial resources are the most
critical in the beginning of a startup.
The entrepreneur needs to pitch his business idea efficiently in front of potential investors where
from he may get required finances for the startup business. Stanford University developed Need,
Approach, Benefit and Competition (NABC) tool for idea pitching. NABC is an effective tool to
improve a business idea pitch. It is a template that helps you assemble, highlight and prioritize
your startup plan to convince an audience of the value of your business idea.

1. Think of a business idea and ink it using NABC tool.
2. Fill in the given template by clearly stating your business Need, Approach, Benefits and

01 Solution Template
Need Approach Benefit Competition (NABC) Template
Business Name:
Need Approach Benefits Competition
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The social media 'threat'

It would be unusual for any large company not to have a website with links to social media like Facebook or Twitter. I mentioned in a previous blog about a 'service' called Yelp where people can give unsolicited reviews of restaurants. Some are good and some are bad. The problem with some is they go directly online, often without giving the company being reviewed a chance to make good on a complaint.
I believe, If the food wasn't right or service took longer than expected, the complainer should see management first for a resolution and not run to Yelp. I recall a viral video of a woman caught on security video negatively 'Yelping' while in a take-out restaurant because her order wasn't right.

Oh, and be real... don't eat 85% of your meal before complaining to see the manager!

Before the internet, people often relied on The Better Business Bureau to check if a company had complaints against them. Much slower than social media BBB typically stored real complaints and not vindictive reports for someone who didn't get any napkins in their bag when they left the drive-thru at Jimmy's friend chicken.

In my business, there is Angie's List, a service for negative reporting of contractors. I recall one customer who had purchased a new kitchen and bath from us. If she didn't like something (including wrong choices on her part) we were back to replace whatever it was to avoid her threats on social media. Her business involved travel and she had specific dates when she would be out of town. If we were unable to complete a repair, it had to wait until she returned to continue our scope of work.

The woman selected glass tiles for her kitchen backsplash. The manufacturer specified 1/8" (3mm) gaps between grout. She didn't to see the grout lines and convinced the salesman and tile installer to place them for 1/16" (1.5mm) or less. One problem. Grout doesn't stick to glass tile and 1/16" is insufficient width for the grout to bond to the backing. It was a recipe for failure and we ended up crediting the client for the work.

We itemized many credits she requested and closed out the order. I wrote into the final invoice that she signed there would be no warrantee to any of the credited items. To my surprise, she gave us a bad report on Angie's List stating it took us months to finish the work. Considering all the credits, I was able to negotiate her to remove the complaint.

It's been 5 years and we have been back several times now. The latest complaint is the base on her island is opening at the seams. We're sure someone washed the tile floor and water soaked into the toe kick causing it to swell. The new base has a slightly different color (dye lot variance) and she's insisting we replace ALL the doors on the island to match the toe we replaced. No... I told the service department, no. Enough is enough. It was her neglect and if she wants new doors, it will be at her expense. I don't want to hear the threat of social media anymore!

very mad
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Blog ideas... 'If' I were asked to be a moderator.

I never run out of ideas to blog. Most of the time I write notes or comments on the back of envelopes or sticky notes and put them on my do list. The list is growing and for lack of free time (and not wanting to annoy other bloggers with more than one blog per day) I'm unable to put these thoughts/ideas to electronic retrieval, as in a collection of my thoughts to be shared with others.

It's my belief that a blog should or could be a complete thought, story or idea that can stand on it's own. While comments are allowed, a blog that asks questions or solicits comments or opinions of readers (according to the rules) would be better suited on a forum for discussion. That doesn't mean you cannot have lots of comments and enjoy a blog, it means that in concept, blogs aren't supposed to be streaming live conversations like social media. Sure, you can dispute this, but I'm speaking in terms of the posted rules for this site.

Dating sites have rules and blog sites list rules for the user to see BEFORE posting a blog. I remember one site made you click a box agreeing to their terms of use before your blog got posted. Most have a word filter that will block words that are deemed offensive. I've had some blogs denied until I removed things that didn't meet their requirements. Sometimes it made little or no sense, like the time I was listing prices and statistics and the moderator blocked me thinking I was giving out my phone number. I had to rewrite some parts to get it published.

I am curious why the CS 'blog rules' are below the 'submit blog' button., as if to say... here are our rules, do as you please. As a recent member, I've refrained (as best I could) from participating in blogs about 'blog wars' and the problems encountered with the Connecting Singles site... not parts but the entire site.

Unable to comment or blog in my probationary first week at CS, I read lots of blogs and forum posts. Trust me, those comparisons to the defunct Matchdoctor has/have ConnectingSingles ahead by a landslide. The insults run 10 to 1 over MD and the members here are still active. Anywhere else the moderator would close the profile, delete all the blogs and posts where the member had commented.

I thought about that today and felt my opinion was going in the wrong direction. I've changed my mind. Don't boot them out. Do it like the Medieval days where offenders were made a spectacle for public viewing! CS could create a Purgatory page where the person who was offensive would have their photo posted with a list of charges and how long they are expected to be in Purgatory. Public flogging at it's finest! The profile would be locked so the member couldn't delete their photo or information and unlocked when their time in Purgatory had expired.

Seriously, if there's an opening for a moderator (raises hand) pick me... pick me !!
I'm getting a warm fuzzy feeling about this...
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Private Messages

Don't leave private property out in the open,

unless you want it taken.
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Complaint Desk...

I was in multi-tasking mode today. Lots of interruptions. More than any normal Monday.
Working hard to close a deal, I sent revised drawings and prices to a client Friday so she and her husband can review. The call came early with 4 important requests... something that would take an hour or so got started several times, but I had to resolve a few emergency complaint requests. I got back on it around 7pm and worked a few more complaints until 7:50pm when my wife summoned me to head home. Here it is 10:50pm and I'm taking a few minutes to digest dinner, do a blog and get back to work to finish what I planned to do this morning.
I'm getting good at resolving complaints but not good at getting any of my work done.

A bad one I want to keep distance on is an order that took 2 weeks to process and the factory acknowledged 8 weeks to complete. Their acknowledgement isn't accurate as they are running 2 weeks behind, so that makes a total of (counts on fingers and toes) 12 weeks when the salesman told the customer 8 weeks.
They (the clients) are 'freaking out' as they sold their previous unit and won't have a working kitchen or bath when they move into the new place. The client is angry and doesn't want to talk to the salesman... he want's a 'higher-up' to call (clears throat) and that would be me, but since I know nothing about the order I'm expecting the factory to make some changes and complete the order on the acknowledgement date.

I thought by going home the complaint desk would be closed. My boss texted me to complain about something else that needs to be resolved tonight.

That said... The complaint desk is now open!
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House shopping aka Bring me the Broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West...

I had selected 2 condo units in the same development that were up for sale. The listed agent said she could get me in to see them but... I have to be pre-qualified first. I get that. No agent wants to spend time showing houses to possible home-buyers if they cannot afford what they are looking for.

She 'hooks me up' with her mortgage guy who immediately disqualifies me as 'too small' because his starting price is houses over $150,000. His associate deals in lower priced condos and she calls a few minutes later. I explained to her I intend to buy with money from my corporation and not personally.

Expecting we are on the same page, she asked for 2 months of my corporate bank statements. I did, then I received a 'shopping list' of other requirements. That included 2 years of tax returns, both corporate and personal. Plus... 2 months of my personal bank statements. She came back to say I have a great credit rating! But... I have to show proof of my current residence, so I emailed over copies of utility bills. Next, they wanted proof that I had paid back taxes on the house I'm living in and... satisfaction of mortgage. Some of this is BS. I wasn't using my current house to qualify for a loan. Let's add, they want proof of insurance on the existing property.

Near the threshold of Tourette Syndrome, the broker's underwriter came back with I'm required to pay down 25% of the purchase (I'm thinking: what happened to that great credit rating I have?) and wants the tax return to come directly from my accountant with a cover sheet and profit & loss balance sheet stating that the purchase of this property is not a burden on my corporation.

You asked me to bring you the Broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West and now you want it on a velvet cushion.

My patience is wearing thin with their requirements. The good news is I got the pre-qualification.

So we're on... they gave the go ahead to the realtor and my meeting this morning was actually going to happen. That's when I got an email stating the 2 units I wanted to see were currently rented out, one becomes available in February and the other in June 2019.

This all happened while I'm on the way to our 11:30 meeting! Are you fu*king kidding me, I said to myself. So I messaged back "What units are available now that I can see today?" The answer is none. She needs time to set up appointments with the sellers... You and I know apartments that are not occupied have lock boxes on the door. It only takes a few minutes to get the code and permission to visit a unit. She's sending a new list so NEXT WEEK we can go see these units. An hour or so later I got the link to the available units. Six of them are out of my price range and one is the unit that's not available until next year!
very mad

I did have a backup plan... my daughter's friend (although new at this) is an agent and we had a 1:30 appointment to see units in a different development. Single story 4-plex villas. I think there's a Feng Shui saying if the first one feels right... take it. We met the owner and our agent is doing research for listed versus sold prices in the neighborhood and with that data I'll probably make a bid in a few days.

It's a townhouse and not a condo, the HOA fees are actually lower than the condo. Although not a gated community, it's easy in and out. I met one guy who buys units and fixes them up for resale. He currently has 7 units. Naturally, his asking price is too high for renovated units and the one I'm thinking about is more within my reach.

Hopefully, the (new) mortgage broker I'll be dealing with won't be asking for the Broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West... but if he does, I think I've got it covered.

Thanks for reading my blog!
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Things that annoy me #42,067...

I'm shopping for a condo and called the realtor from one of the listings I'm interested in. She apologized as the property was sold and neglected to notify the website to remove the ad.
File this under unprofessional laziness.

Some realtors have other listings and bait people with really good ones that just happen to have been sold... but if you are interested, they have others that are somewhat more expensive than the one that hooked you in.
File this under deceptive sales tactics.
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