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21 posts tagged work on your business

Introducing: Businessing

Sometimes you’ve got to either go big, or go bigger.

Today, Happy Magic Fun Time, the blog of internet pundit and celebrity developer Kenny Meyers turned 1 year old (I think that’s something like 100 in internet years). Kenny approached me awhile ago and asked me to help him with a new book he was writing, announced today in celebration of his blog’s birthday.

I’m really happy with how things turned out. The new book is called, Businessing and you can download and read a sample chapter of it right now. It’s the last business book you’ll ever need to buy. If you have never bought one, it’s the first and last.

“If you’re not familiar with programming… [all] you need to know is that you need to use Rails, and then you are very Agile.”

I did the book design and marketing site design for the project, while Kenny handled all the code magic. That said, as a Rails douche guy, I’m particularly fond of essay #6, Be agile. Pure brilliance.

So, help us a spread the word, check out the sample chapter, but most of all, be sure to:
Get Businessing.

The Simplicity Test: A Simple Policy Guide for Job Growth

Took the words right out of my mouth (and made them more articulate). Don’t let talking points fool you. Very little is being done to help small business, specifically, and a lot of things (even aspects of the current healthcare reform proposals) will make it harder for small businesses to hire.

Why Product Focused Owners End Up On The Treadmill

I’ll admit it, I’m primarily product-focused in the way I do business. My dad (yes, it’s his article), actually created a profile assessment to help figure out where you fit in (hit me up in the comments if you want to give it a try).

I feel like I do a pretty good job thinking about the future of my business and laying the groundwork for it. That said, it’s still really easy to get lost in getting the finest details of a current project “just right,” to the detriment of other tasks. It’s a blessing and a curse.

This is turning into one big promo for my dad (hey, gotta pimp the family once-in-a-while), but the linked article is also the primary focus of his new book.

Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule

I can’t overstate how much this article has put things into perspective for me. As someone who owns his own business, but also does most of the actual work for that business (design, writing coding, etc.), I felt the tension between the Maker/Manager schedules, but never could put it into words: I have to be both.

Every day I have to be the “manager” – have the meetings, “do” coffee/lunch, build relationships and work with clients. But, I also, every day, have to produce. I have to find blocks of several hours of uninterrupted time that I can dedicate to design, or code, or general creativity—making stuff.

I think balancing the two schedules is almost impossible, but I can now be more intentional about trying: relegating meetings to certain days of the week, or times in the day, and more actively protecting blocks of “maker” time.

Why I hate Investors

(emphasis: mine)

Your problem is you’re really focused on making money. No business can survive that.

The Tyranny of the Urgent vs. The Priority of the Important.

Disclaimer: this is a quote from my dad. But it’s a good quote and a wise article for any business-owner.

7 sins of success

Or “Find Failure in 7 Easy Steps”

Great post by Jeffrey Kalmikoff (@jeffrey) on walking the fine line between being successful and entrepreneurial, getting too comfortable, or getting too little done.

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Work smarter and harder

This post makes me feel a little better about myself. I enjoy what I do and, while I enjoy other things than work, and have other priorities, I work, a lot.