Day 14 – Part Deux – Financial Planning

29 Sep

I’m expecting my first paycheque from the Internet people tomorrow. I started this blog exactly two weeks ago and I was told that I would be paid bi-weekly (every two weeks, not twice a week). I can understand if there are some delays. Usually the first paycheque is the hardest one. Maybe I made a mistake with my banking information and with the timezones and international dialing they’ve been having some difficulty getting in contact with me. Once, when I was in Tunisia, I slept outside in the desert and my signal dropped down to only two bars. Stuff like this happens all the time when you’re traveling, you just got to learn to roll with it.

I spent a lot of time shopping around for the right employer. Until you try, you have no idea what a hassle this is. My plan with this post is to spare you some of the headaches I’ve experienced by documenting the whole thing.

First, you need to advertise: get your name out there, promote your business plan, and stuff like that. I suggest using Greg’s List or Kilij. Both of these services are top notch and they are totally free. This way, it’s more money for you – you’re effectively cutting out the middleman. Note: they are going to ask for a credit card but don’t worry – they are legitimate businesses. The credit card is just to verify that you are a real person and not some scam artist.

Next you need to evaluate all the proposals. This is actually way easier than it sounds. At this point I’m going to warn you that there are a lot of crazies out there. When you put yourself out on the Internet you’re going to get a lot of people that will say things via email they would never say to your face. They will mock your idea (mostly out of jealously that they didn’t come up with it first) and use lots of swears. They will tell you you’re wasting your time and that what you’re doing is dangerous. Some will even go so low as to impersonate your friends and family. It’s very easy to do that on the Internet – so don’t be fooled.

The final step is to select the winning bid. After tossing out all the bad ones you will be left with one or two, well-written, very well-thought-out proposals. Select the one you like the best and then complete the transaction. In my case I decided to partner up with a very polite gentleman who brings some very interesting opportunities to the table. It appears that we can both benefit from my business as he has money that is locked in a bank account and I have a mechanism (through my business plan) to release the funds. I’m very excited about all this.

Well, that’s enough for today – I have to get to class. I’ll write another post next week when I’m celebrating my first paycheque.

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4 Responses to “Day 14 – Part Deux – Financial Planning”

  1. Uncle Ross September 29, 2011 at 15:33 #

    Maybe its time for you to stop drinking coffee.

  2. Lottabot September 30, 2011 at 20:14 #

    Did you go cold turkey??

  3. Jesse October 1, 2011 at 18:12 #

    “Once, when I was in Tunisia, I slept outside in the desert and my signal dropped down to only two bars. Stuff like this happens all the time when you’re traveling, you just got to learn to roll with it.” Dude – you are a reckless and crazy adventurer.

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