Time For A Change

Over my years on the internet I have been sent numerous ‘home businesses’ both online and offline – all purporting to make me rich – but do they work?

Dustbin 4.The prices seem to range between £17 to £10,000. Some of them I have actually purchased but most end up in my bin. Of those purchased some had absolutely no chance of succeeding, some I found that ‘something’ was always missing and a few are still on my shelf because I probably found that the ‘easy to  follow’ system was just too complicated for my simple brain. Maybe they would have worked, who knows.

So what has changed my views now? Sadly I have lost a few close friends recently through illness and a few people very close to me are also having serious health issues. I have been invited to stay with friends abroad several times and have been unable to go because I cannot leave my offline business. Life is too short so its time to make some changes as I would really like to get rid of my offline business and have more time free to do what I want –  but what to do….

Forex?

I have looked at getting involved with Forex but I think you need to have enough money set aside that can be used without getting hysterical if it gets lost. So that is on the back burner for a while.

Gambling Systems?

Maybe but not until I see  something that is not totally hair-brained.

Affiliate Marketing?

Now I know that a lot of people make a lot of money with affiliate marketing. So I feel that maybe this is the way to go.

I am checking out a couple of things at the moment just trying to decide who I should take advice from as to how to go about doing this successfully.

Come back later and I will keep you updated as to how this is working out.

Cheers til then.

Annette

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Christmas Day

The last few months have been a bit chaotic for me and mine so I have not posted anything since November.

Xmas Day LunchChristmas was an absolute disaster. Last year (2014) TOH and I booked our Christmas day lunch at a hotel just outside Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest. It was fabulous. The atmosphere, the food, the staff, everything was excellent.

This year(2015) we invited some friends who had had a bad year health-wise, to come with us so they did not have to do anything except rest and enjoy the day. OMG what a disaster!

When we arrived there was no one there to ‘meet and greet’ (Had we come on the right day?) There was hardly any decorations to be seen. The place seemed deserted. We eventually found a member of staff and asked for some coffee as we were a bit early. He was not sure if they could do that as they(?) were busy. Eventually some lukewarm coffee arrived.

We drank our lukewarm coffee and waited – and waited – and waited… A few more people arrived and as still no member of staff appeared they ambled off in the direction of the second dining room. We followed them as we were getting rather hungry and felt that we should do something.

I wish I had taken my camera. The room was normally used for functions so was quite large but there were way too few tables to fill it and we and we all had tables so far apart that inter-table conversation was impossible.

Our waiter appeared and took our drinks order and checked our menu choice and duly produced both. When the starters arrived – pate’ and melba toast – it seemed quite clear to me that the chef was having an ‘off’ day! Wasn’t melba toast supposed to be thinly sliced toasted bread? Not a chunk of extremely dry brown bread.

First course cleared away led to the arrival of the main course. Now, I don’t know about you but I hate red cabbage. The plate was served with slices of turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing, extremely soggy red cabbage, sliced potatoes in cheese sauce(!) all covered in a large slick of gravy.

I was now convinced that the chef must be possessed by the devil Xmas Puss.himself. No-one serves a main meal in this state. Especially not a Christmas lunch. The young waiter arrived with side dishes of broccoli, carrots and roast potatoes. He asked us if everything was ok. What could we say? It wasn’t his fault.

During this situation I looked over to the kitchen doors and through the round glass windows I could clearly see a lot of rushing around and frantic arm waving and gesticulating. All was not well in the kitchen.

The next course was the pudding. Guess what? It was actually edible – but to be honest there is not much that anyone can do to catering portions of Christmas pudding and custard. So, were we pacified? No we were not. And by the look of things neither were a lot of other people. We, and a few others, decided to leave before the cheese and biscuits and mince pie.

Our waiter came to clear the dishes and asked us for the third time if everything was ok and we decided to tell him what we really thought. We did assure him that under the circumstances he had done a sterling job and we put no blame on him, after all it was his Christmas day as well. We gave him a good tip but insisted that he put it in his own pocket and not in the ‘pot’.

Still in all this time not a single member of the management had shown their faces to ask if everything was ok or at the very least to wish everyone a happy Christmas. They just left the waiting staff to cope with everything on their own.

We and several others left early. We were so embarrassed for our friends as we had all been so looking forward to this day with great expectations and it was such a disappointment – especially for Christmas Day.

Our only explanation was that possibly the chef had not turned up at all that day. At the very least, if that was the problem, the manager should have come out and explained the situation and asked everyone to bear with them and offered us all a complimentary meal at a later date.

The following day I was straight on to Trip Advisor to vent my feelings, it appeared that I was not the only person to do so. Whilst £60 per head is not a fortune it is enough to expect a decent meal so I also sent a letter of complaint to the hotel and their head office.

I received nothing from the hotel, not even an acknowledgement for my letter. Eventually I did receive a letter of apology from the head office with a £50 voucher towards a meal at the same hotel.

I duly returned the voucher with a letter asking the customer service manager why on earth he thought that we would want to return to the same hotel for another meal and that my idea of customer service would have been a full refund of the money we had paid. I posted my letter and told our friends to say goodbye to their 50% of the £50 voucher.

Cheque 1I was very pleasantly surprised when a week later I received a cheque for the full amount. This Christmas we shall be booking our Christmas Day lunch….. Somewhere else!

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The Pomodoro technique?

Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro technique?

It’s a revolutionary productivity “hack” that allows you to get more done, and stay focused for longer.

As an internet marketer, I would like to say that I swear by it. But to be totally honest I have to admit to you that I have only just come across it! It’s a really simple but efficient way to get organized too. The process is quite simple to follow.

For every project you’re working on each day, you budget your time into short increments and take breaks periodically. Work for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break.

Frequent breaks keep your mind fresh and focused.

Each 25-minute work period is called a “pomodoro,” after theTomato Best Italian word for tomato (apparently, the guy who created this technique – Francesco Cirillo – used a tomato-shaped kitchen timer for this, and that’s how it got the name.)

After four “pomodoros” have passed, (100 minutes of work time with 15 minutes of break time) you now take a 15-20 minute break.

You don’t need to buy the book as I can let you have a free downloadable copy of the 153 pages HERE . I like to have the books of interest at hand for referring to – and the timer is quite a cute thing to have.

Anyway, a lot of people use this technique and I thought it would be useful to you, as it hopefully will be for me.
As I mentioned before, the frequent breaks help keep your mind fresh and focused, especially if you are working at your computer and you’ll be amazed how much more you get done.
And of course, the more you can achieve in a day, the more you can earn per day, too.

You can learn more about it at the official website, http://pomodorotechnique.com Don’t buy the book on the site as you can get your free copy HERE.

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