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About amandah

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  1. My host, Dreamhost, has a really good plan right now. Hosting for 1.60 a month and two free domain registration for the first year with 1click install of wordpress. http://www.dreamhost.com/promo/sweet16/ Only good until the 22nd, though.
  2. Thanks for the insight, ladies. I didn't realize that his program messed with facebook its self. Although, I have had friends lose their accounts because someone reported them just as harassment and their account was locked until they could get it straightened out. Best to not rely on facebook for everything, right? Their site, their rules. They can do whatever they want and need no justification, really.
  3. Most hosts tend to have a "1 click install" for wordpress, these days and even if they don't, installing it won't take long if you know what you are doing. So, "installing" WP on their host/server won't take you more than 30 mins at the most. Now customizing it and adding content is a different story. Customizing with a theme, installing plugins, etc., might take you all weekend. I would probably charge around $200 to install and customize something basic.
  4. I was browsing around the web looking for images for my blog when I saw this and thought of you I know it's not identicle but maybe something along these lines for POP? http://mrlollipop93.deviantart.com/art/Inspire-286689016?q=sort%3Atime%20colorful%20wallpaper&qo=73
  5. Found this interesting blog post from a guy that was burned by facebook and it really got me thinking about my business being at the mercy of facebooks whims...Has anyone had any problems with facebook? http://socialfixer.com/blog/2013/09/12/beware-your-business-is-at-the-mercy-of-facebook-social-fixer-page-deleted-without-explanation/
  6. I really like what you have done. It's aesthetically pleasing, simple to navigate, and includes all the information one would need. I think you might need something that "pops" or really grabs the attention, though. I think you've done a great job doing that with the title but it just needs a little something extra (although I'm not sure what that would be!).
  7. I'm in a similar situation except Canadians speak English (kind of). =P I left University in Kentucky to come here to marry my best friend. That part worked out fine, but getting used to my new "home" has been somewhat difficult. A hard lesson I have learned is that the world is not the united states. Things are different, people are different, and you have to learn to adapt to all new situations. Most of the important lessons in life have been learned the hard way, but I think those are the ones that make the most lasting impression on you. They are the foundation you build on for a life of wisdom . haha
  8. I used to use Fraps to capture pc game footage in order to make videos but I'm not sure if it can be used for other applications. Might be worth looking into. They have a free version but the paid version is very cheap and you get access to all the updates for free, for life.
  9. Hi Amy! I'm with you, I became a member last year but wasn't quite ready to start my business but here we are now! Welcome to VA Networking.
  10. Hi Amanda, I agree with what the others have stated. In my last job, I was a contractor doing residential cleaning. We priced ourselves in the mid to high range of the market here in Vancouver and we had way more business than we could handle. But of course, there were always clients that groaned about the price but continued to pay because the service we provided was so good! I really feel that if you are going to ask someone to pay you what you are worth, then you have to give them the best service you can because word of mouth in the service industry will be your best advertising!! By the way, I graduated from Martin HS in Arlington, TX in 2000. Welcome to VA Networking! It sure is a small world.
  11. I completely feel your pain! I am a similar jane-of-all-trades and I'm having a hard time choosing a niche as well. I think I have finally decided that I'm just going to do something that I love and enjoy doing, even if that means getting a little more education or stepping outside my comfort zone. All my skills will eventually come into play I'm sure, and maybe they will for you, too!
  12. There are so many methods of payment out there that I think in most cases, it would be silly to limit yourself to cash only because of a risk that someone will misuse other methods. Many years ago, when I lived in Texas and was actively selling Avon and Mary Kay products, I had a first time client pay by check for a large amount of money. The check bounced. It was like a punch in the gut. It was my first time dealing with that sort of thing. I did research and found out that if I had his drivers license number I could have sent the check to an organization that would go after the person. It was common place in those days for businesses to write your DL # on your check but I had no idea. Ever since then, I listened more closely to my gut about who to accept checks from and when I did, I made sure they wrote their DL #, phone number, etc., on the check. Also, what the others have said about paypal is very true. I have been a member for more than 10 years and while I have had very little issue with them, I did have a similar instance to the one Tawnya described, although on a much smaller scale. I also feel that if a client isn't willing to send you a certified check, bank transfer, or courier over the money, they aren't a client worth having. Do what you feel comfortable with, but don't limit yourself to one method of payment when there are many viable options. In my last job, I dealt with hundreds of checks a month and I would say that less than 1% of them had problems, and the ones that did, rectified the situation immediately.
  13. I also signed up for the trials today. I used the same email as I use here.
  14. Hey there everyone! How many people in BC would like to meet up/connect for lunch someday? Maybe we can even get a group from the US if they are near the border?
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