June 27, 2005

Supreme Court Rules on Cable Line Sharing

The prevailing thought on this decision is that cable operators can maintain their monopoly into people’s houses. However, I look at it differently.

By not forcing the owners of cable lines (the big guys like Comcast… etc) to open their lines into people’s homes allowing smaller competitors to use their infrastructure, this has forced smaller outfits to innovate.

How else can they get into people’s homes?

Wireless of course. With the advent of WiMax, these smaller guys now have a HUGE incentive to use methods such as WiMax to enter into people’s homes, bypassing the big guys altogether.

If I were a big guy, I’d be clamoring to get the little guys to use my network into customer’s homes and at least get a small piece of the pie for each connection. It’s better than getting nothing when they use other technologies to get to my customer. As a big fish, you don’t want to give your smaller, more nimble competitors incentives to invest in a technology that bypasses your infrastructure.

In the long run, by ruling the way they did on this issue, the Supreme Court has given a huge boost to future wireless technologies. At least in this case, I’m happy about their ruling.

Now, as for their property seizure (Kelo) ruling, I’ve got one thing to say regarding that piece of crap ruling…

Article II of the Amendments to the US Constitution.

Warning! Fairly hardcore statement follows… but it’s from the heart of a true conservative.

You’ll get my property after you’ve received a hailstorm of bullets from my gun and even then you’ll have to pry it from my dead fingers afterwords.

Communist bastards!

June 19, 2005

Newspaper Editor Understands

I denounce and deride the newspaper industry so much on my blog, I like to make sure people in the newspaper industry get credit when they say stuff that makes sense.

Take for instance, Robert Rivard, the editor of the Express-News in San Antonio, TX. In this article, he writes:

A decade ago, a few readers would have taken the time to pen letters of complaint in response to our recent front-page headline about the election of Pope Benedict XVI: “Rigid theologian selected.” Only a few would have been published as letters to the editor. Two months ago, more than 200 readers e-mailed me to complain, and implicit in their messages was the expectation of a response.

After using this column space to apologize for publishing such a biased headline, I answered each e-mail writer. A few readers who opposed Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s elevation to the papacy challenged my criticism of our headline writer. What would I have written, they demanded.

“German cardinal selected on fourth ballot,” I responded, adding a more contextual secondary headline stating, “Rigid theologian to some, defender of the faith to others.”

My point is that readers and Web site users now feel free to challenge decision makers here, a development many of us in the newsroom welcome, although some editors resent the second-guessing.

Get used to it, I say. Interactivity is the future. People want to be heard.

First, he actually discusses (and admits) his paper’s biased headline writing relating to the selection of the new pope. Yowza. Mark this date down on a calendar. That alone is worth noting.

But then he admits to the central point regarding blogs. Readers want immediacy and choice. Newspapers, by embracing blog delivery of news, will evolve along with the expectations of their readers. Right now, for the most part, newspapers try to not only report the news but control the prevailing opinion of their reader in doing so. That accounts for biased headlines like, “Rigid theologian selected.”

Blogs also attempt to shape public opinion, but they do so transparently and not by claiming to report the news unbiased. That’s the way it should be. The choice readers now have over the internet, in getting their news will force news reporting to be either transparent editorial commentary or unbiased news reporting. Thankfully, the days of claiming to be one but obviously being both, are coming to an end.

I’m a firm believer that we want the telling of news to reinforce our world view. That’s natural. But we don’t want it at the expense of inaccurate news, either. This is the beautiful thing about the internet and blogs. I can read news through blogs and sites that share my positive view on America but I can also read what the other side has to say (and giggle at their lunacy) about the same topic and therefore be more balanced in my opinions. But I’m no longer held captive by news outlets that are quite obviously liberal in their world view. (Which is almost the only access we had to news prior to the rise of talk radio.)

Since the majority of newspaper’s audiences (except in NY and SF and maybe LA) have conservative slanted viewpoints, they are out of touch with their audiences because reporters and editors report from their own world viewpoints. This is a major part of the reason newspaper’s circulations are declining.
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Still some left. Check out my limited edition, “American Entrepreneur” tshirt.

Sell Custom Tshirts

Technology is getting to the point that it’s quite common now to see all kinds of products that were at one time only available in the thousands, without customization. Now we have things like shoes and M&Ms that can be customized.

Tshirts are no different now thanks in large part to machines like this one.

Screenprinting on tshirts used to be a fairly drawn out process. Especially for full color prints. It could take over 2 hours just to get everything set up. Of course, this didn’t lend itself to doing one original design per tshirt without spending a good chunk of change on that one shirt.

Now with the advent of ink jet screen printing technology, you can do original tshirt designs all day long at a very affordable price.

I’m going to write a lot of ideas on how to make a business of one-off tshirts and I’m sure you can think of a million ways to make money with this machine as well, but here’s my first idea.

Using my Ready-to-Print Sticky Sheets, print a message that will get people to your website. On your website, advertise the tshirt concept shown here:

Custom Tshirt Business Idea

You can’t see it very good in this image, but the house image has been given a “fresco” look to it. Kind of like when you stipple your walls with a sponge to give it an artistic affect. You can do this quite easily in today’s photo editing software. Takes about 2 minutes, tops. You can make the images look painted, or drawn… black and white. Whatever you think would look good.

So, at the same time you’re putting the advertisement on their door, you are also taking a picture of their house using your digital camera. Of course, noting the address with the number of the image on your disk. You do this for 500 homes in one day. (It’s a full day of work, that’s for sure.)

Meanwhile, you’ve set up a cool looking tshirt site. When the customer sees your ad on their door and comes to your site, you tell them on the site that you’ve already taken a picture of their home. All they need to do is order a tshirt and viola, you’ll send them a tshirt with THEIR home pictured as the “Country Club” and their last name as the name of the Country Club.

Let them know that you’ll post the image that will be printed on their shirt on the website for them to see before you send it out. If they don’t like it, they can cancel their order with no obligation. (Get the order, however, before generating the image.) If they don’t respond within 48 hours (or whatever) from the time you post the image, that means they’re happy and the tshirt will be made and shipped.

You can charge a fairly good premium for this because it’s a one-of-a-kind shirt and they realize there was much more work involved with this shirt concept. However, your secret in the hole is the fact that it only costs you about $3.50 to make the shirt. That includes the cost of the tshirt! Of course, that’s NOT counting your marketing labor of going door-to-door and taking the pictures… etc.

Oh, here’s a great source for getting good quality shirts, too.

If you do this for every house in your town, then you can use that information to make even more money, based on another one of my ideas I posted here a while ago.

You can also do a co-op ad campaign with someone else by placing their ad on the customer’s door as well, while you’re there. That could increase your revenue for the day, without doing anything other than what you’re already doing.

Back to the shirts… if you get just 15 people (3%) of those 500 home owners to purchase from you, at a tshirt price of say $29.95, you’re making a profit of about $390 a day. If you do it in the right neighborhood (where people are fairly proud of their houses), you could make a considerable amount more. Meanwhile, you’re building a database of house pictures for the other idea of mine.

You could hire people off craigslist to do the actual door-to-door stuff for you and pay them $100 a day and pocket the rest and just concentrate on running the site. (Doing the image rendering and tshirt printing… etc.)

Oh, and Google might want your pictures too. For their new maps application. Who knows.

So much opportunity, so little time. :-)

Oh… still some left. Check out my limited edition, “American Entrepreneur” tshirt.

June 18, 2005

Ad Designed to Shame You into Paying Your Cigarette Taxes

I was reading one of our local papers today (for real estate ads… only reason I pick up a newspaper now-a-days) and came across what I thought was an absolutely amazing advertisement. Evidently, the Oregon Department of Revenue is trying to persuade smokers to not evade paying taxes on their smokes when purchasing through the internet.

Here is the ad:

Oregon Cigarette Tax Advertisement

Instead of using our state tax revenue on ads telling people they’re pretty stupid for smoking, they would rather throw money at ads that try to shame people into paying taxes voluntarily on something that smokers consider to be outrageously expensive anyway.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ad as useless as this one. Talk about a colossal waste of money. Yowza!

June 16, 2005

Update - Ebook Hosting Service

Update 6-16-05: The service written about below is no longer functional. I’ve stopped the service for lack of time to devote to it. Instead, check out Payloadz. They are a great service for hosting ebooks and it’s tightly integrated with PayPal.
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I’ve been trying to hold this as long as possible, but I just can’t be silent any longer. Even though we’re still a few days from beta launching, I just can’t hold back my excitement on this new web service that I’ve been working on now for the past 6 months or so.

Essentially, I’ve built an online ebook hosting service. It’s at OrderDept.com in case you want to check it out. Note however, that we’re not quite live and there are a few more things that need to be added to the site (like pricing and FAQ) before it’ll be ready for prime time.

This service is going to be very unique. If you have an ebook (or just content you want people to pay to read) OrderDept.com will allow you to host it and automate delivery by accepting payment (using your business PayPal account as your merchant account.)

But that is the simple stuff. What differentiates us is our hardcopy fulfillment service. We give you the ability to have a hardcopy (full color printout) of the ebook sent to your customer automatically when they purchase your ebook. This is only an option, but one that will increase your sales dramatically since many people don’t buy ebooks because of the need to sit and read the content on the computer screen or wait for seemingly forever to print it out.

We’ll actually print your ebook for your customer and send it to them. So, they not only receive immediate access to your ebook through our secure delivery system, but they can also get a full color printout of the ebook sent to them as well. This will NOT be a traditional book. It’ll essentially be your ebook printed out in booklet format. Whatever is on the first page of your ebook will be on the cover of your printout… etc. We’ve been testing this method of selling content and it’s been a big success. People don’t necessarily want the full blown traditionally published and printed book. All they want is the content and an easy way to read it, in most cases. My trials have yielded an average unit sales increase of 120% over ebooks sold without the printout option.

Whether your customer has the option to order the printout is totally up to you, the author. If you WANT to limit your sales by just offering the ebook only, that’s up to you. But at least you have an option now. You can offer the ebook only for one price and then give your customer the option of adding a printout to be sent to them for a few extra bucks. Or you can just package it together and give it to them whether they ask for it or not. It’s totally up to you.

The price of our printout option will be based on the weight of your ebook when printed out on 20 lb laser paper. For example, our test ebook contains about 78 pages when printed in booklet format and it weighs 3 ounces. If this was your ebook, tentative cost to print and ship it to your customer would ABOUT $2.50. (If you have lots of color, this may vary, but it gives you an idea.)

Wait… there’s MORE. No more compatibility issues and download headaches. Your ebook is hosted on our server and password protected. They read it online. With the spread of broadband and “always on” internet connections, this isn’t as much a problem now-a-days as it used to be. Then again, if it IS a problem, they have a printout of the ebook coming in the mail anyway.

The online hosting of the content also allows you to update the content without worrying about outdated copies floating around. And your customer can’t as easily share the info with others like they can a PDF file or other downloadable formats.

There’s even more. :-)

I’ve designed this service to secure your content while at the same time be able to utilize Google’s Adsense program to place ads on your content pages. That way you can continue to earn money on your content even after your customer has paid for it. This is particularly nice when you don’t necessarily want to put adsense ads on your main site because you don’t want your visitors leaving your site when they click on the adsense links. When you place adsense on your ebook pages, you don’t care if they leave because they’ve already paid to read your content. If you have high value keywords in your content, you could earn as much money using adsense in your ebook as you earn selling your ebook.

Guess what? There’s even more.

There’s a built-in tracking system that allows you to track your advertising. But it’s SO much easier to use than other tracking systems. Essentially, all you need to do is tack on “/ad/xyz” to the end of your URL when assigning URLs to your ads. The “xyz” being a variable. You can make that part anything you want. For instance, if you are advertising on Findwhat.com for the keyword “munchkins” then you can use the URL http://www.mydomain.com/ad/fw-munchkins

At the end of the month, we sent you a spreadsheet that will list all your sales and each will be related to your code if you used one to bring that customer to your site before making the purchase. This gives you the ability to track your advertising in your own system since our spreadsheet is a .csv file and very easy to use with any database system you might be using.

This system is designed to be used with a business PayPal account. In case you didn’t know, you can now accept all the major credit cards through PayPal without making the customer become a PayPal member. It’s a great deal because you get immediate access to the money instead of having to wait for the bank to give it to you using traditional merchant accounts. Not to mention the silly monthly fees merchant accounts usually charge.

Haven’t finalized the pricing yet, but it’s going to be dirt cheap. Under $10 a month for the hosting plus your ebook printout costs which is variable depending on how many you sell throughout the month.

I’ll post another update once we are officially up and running. Meanwhile, I’d love to hear any comments or suggestions you might have regarding my new service. Thanks in advance.

Keep thinking! :-)

Entrepreneurs Create Value and Wealth in the Process

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know my mantra is “creating value in exchange for money” is what we entrepreneurs do for a living. I’ve just read a great example of what entrepreneurs do for society and how they do it. We can trace every single standard of living increase in our society to the actions of entrepreneurs. Without us, we’d all still be living by the rivers, hunting and fishing for our own food with flint arrows and crude spears.

Here’s the article. It’s a great read. Thanks, Chuck.

June 14, 2005

American Blogger Tshirt

I’ve created another fundable action over at fundable.org. Another cool t-shirt. This time for us bloggers. American bloggers, specifically. Remember, if we don’t get enough people to contribute within the preset time frame then everyone’s payments are automatically refunded and the fundable action is not carried out and cancelled.

You can see my other fundable action going on here.
Anyway, here’s the new t-shirt.

American Entrepreneur Tshirt

If we get 50 people to join this fundable group that I just created, by the end of July, I will have this t-shirt made for all of us. It’s ONLY $12. That includes first class shipping.

(If you require XXL or larger, I’ll need to get another $3 from you separate from the fundable group if it funds. So, please note this!)

The t-shirt will be on a high quality shirt (I hate crappy t-shirts, so you can be sure I will do the right thing here) and the image will be professionally screen printed onto the shirt.

This is a VERY cool t-shirt to sport if you are an American Blogger. So join our fundable group! It’s only $12. That’s cheap for a t-shirt now a days.

Click here to join this fundable group. You’ll have to create an account first. Then you can join the group.

June 11, 2005

American Entrepreneur - Show the World Who You Are!

I’ve discovered a pretty cool service wherein you can create a “fundable group” and then invite people to join the group. If the group gets enough people to join, it is automatically "funded" at the end of the preset period of time. If it doesn’t get enough people to join within the preset time frame (set by the person that created the fundable group) then everyone’s payments are automatically refunded and the fundable action, whatever it was, is not carried out and cancelled.

This is really great for fundraisers, but it can be used for so many other things as well.

American Entrepreneur Tshirt

I just created one. I’ve designed a very cool t-shirt. It’s called the American Entrepreneur. If we get 50 people to join this fundable group that I just created, by the end of July, then I will have this t-shirt made for all of us. It’s ONLY $12. That includes first class shipping. (If you require XXL or larger, I’ll need to get another $3 from you separate from the fundable group if it funds. So, please note this!)

The t-shirt will be on a high quality shirt (I hate crappy t-shirts, so you can be sure I will do the right thing here) and the image will be professionally screen printed onto the shirt.

It will also be a limited edition t-shirt. Meaning, only 50 will be made and I won’t make the same design again. (If more than 50 people sign up for this group, that’s fine. But once it closes in July, however many people have signed on… that’s how many will be made and no more.)

This is a VERY cool t-shirt to sport if you are an American Entrepreneur. So join our fundable group! Now! It’s only $12. That’s cheap for a t-shirt now a days.

You’ll also be supporting a good cause. My income. :-)

Click here to join this fundable group. You’ll have to create an account first. Then you can join the group.

June 10, 2005

Poverty Free Guarantee

Are you one of my young readers? If so, here is a short and sure fire way to stay out of poverty in the USA.

While guest hosting Rush Limbaugh’s radio program this morning, Walter Williams said something similiar. But this is my version:

1) Graduate High School
2) Don’t have children until you’re 30+ years old. When you do have children, do it AFTER marrying and stay married.
3) Take out 1 credit card to be used for things that require a credit card for buying… like renting a car… etc. Should be paid off at the end of the month when it is used.
4) Pay cash for everything except a house. If you can’t buy a car with cash, don’t get one. Period. It might be a clunker, but you don’t need anything you can’t pay cash for.
5) Work. Doesn’t even matter if it’s minimum wage, for someone else or yourself. Just work. Whatever you do work at, do it like the world depends on whether you do it correctly or not.
6) Never, never, under any circumstance should you say these two words… “I know.” Not until you’re at least 35 years old. Even if you actually do know what someone is telling you. Doesn’t matter, just nod and say thanks.
7) Never talk more than your conversational partner, whether at work or at play. The more questions you ask someone else about themselves, the more liked you will become. The more liked you are, the further and faster life will take you down the path.

You notice none of these steps are hard. Anyone can follow them. Even inner city youths. It doesn’t require special knowledge, money or heritage. It doesn’t even require college. It just requires good choices. That’s it. Just good choices.

If you do those seven things, consistently and don’t do stupid stuff in the process… like, oh, let me see… go to jail, kill, steal… etc, your life will be nothing but roses and by the time you are ready to retire, you will be sitting pretty.

Good ‘Ole NY Times - They LOVE Class Warfare

Last Sunday, the NY Times had an article on their front page. It was the latest installment of the tired saga… "Mr. Rich is a Boogey Man Because He’s Getting Richer." Here’s the Democrat propoganda article. I’ve written about this in so many ways, I think I’ll let someone else much more qualified than I am to explain it. Larry Kudlow does a marvelous job over at National Review. Here’s a great quotes from his article:

Johnston singles out the top 145,000 taxpayers who comprise the top 0.1 percent of income distribution in 2002. Their average income was $3 million, two-and-a-half times the inflation-adjusted $1.2 million that the group reported in 1980. My gosh — how dare they be successful earners and investors? Over that 22-year span, this group probably included the very same people who launched tens of thousands of new companies that hired roughly 40 million net new workers that completely revolutionized the U.S. economy through unbelievable breakthroughs in the realms of information technology, communications, finance, health care, and retailing. Should we go out and shoot these 145,000 for their success? These entrepreneurs use their God-given talents within the Reaganesque free-market framework that deregulated, slashed tax rates, and provided the first strong dose of economic incentives since the 1920s. A rising economic tide over the last 20 years has lifted living standards, productivity, and employment throughout America. Everyone got richer, with a full $39 trillion in new wealth created during this period. That’s why the unemployment rate has been averaging 5 percent over the past 10 years, with non-financial productivity running about 5 percent and inflation virtually nil.

If you are at least 30 years old right now, I challenge anyone reading this to look back on their childhood memories and let me know if any of you are worse off right now than you were when you were growing up. I would venture to guess the percentage that are worse off is negligible. Please, please, please don’t let the libs snooker you into this class warfare crap.

June 7, 2005

Extorting Your Customers - Stop the Madness!

I’ve written about this before, but it’s come back to me in spades after reading this bull crap.

This has happened to me, as well. At Walmart, no less.

The first outfit that offers professional portraits where a family can come in, have a 30 minute session with a photographer, then receive the digital pic files that were just taken, royalty free, will become a millionaire in short order.

Think of the money you’d make. Charge a sitting fee of $100 for 30 minutes of your photographer’s time in the little room with the multi backdrops. When they’re done, they pick up a DVD 5 minutes later containing high res digital images of ALL the pictures that were just taken. They own them from that point on. Heck, you could sign an agreement with one of the digital photo processors online like ofoto.com (kodak now, I guess) and have all pictures automatically uploaded and ready to order for the family…. etc.

The days of extorting your customers are coming to an end. The same with printers and their ink. Lexmark has just lost their court battle to stop a company from making ink cartridges that circumvent Lexmark’s chip technology that attempts to keep other company’s cartridges out of their printers.

I’ve said this before, as well. But it’s high time an electronic company comes out with a printer product that is profitable based solely on the sales of the printer. Then sell the cartridges directly to the consumer via the internet for dirt cheap, without the typical retail markup. This would do two things… it would differentiate yourself from the other slimeball printer companies that fleece their customers at the “gas” (ink) pump. It would prevent other companies from knocking off your ink cartridges because there would be no profit on them if you’re selling them direct for cheap. In one fell swoop, you’d radically change the landscape of the printer market and force others to re-think their business practices. Yes, there are always going to be those that would rather pay $50 for their printer and then pay high prices for the ink because they hardly ever use their printer. But there’s a HUGE market that would gladly pay $500 for a printer if the ink costs were chicken scratch.

Remember when you HAD to buy your phone from AT&T when your phone service was through them? When we look back on that now, it’s hardly believeable that we were forced to do that. But it’s true.

If your business model relies on holding your customers hostage to an inflated (exclusive) pricing structure for your revenue stream, you better start rethinking that business model.

You’re toast if you don’t.

You might also burn in hell for it. At least I hope so if you’re a certain printer company that starts with a “H” and ends with a “P.”

Bastards could drive Ferraris with all the money I’ve spent on ink. Grrrrrrrr!

June 5, 2005

Migrants Can See What We Sometimes Forget

I was going to the store today and came to a four way stop that ALWAYS has someone at the corner holding a sign, begging for money. But for some reason, this time, no one was there. So that got me to thinking.

I realized that I had NEVER seen a migrant or immigrant worker on the corner begging for money. It’s always some middle aged white guy who looks perfectly capable of putting in a good day’s work. Even though we have a ton of Mexican migrant workers in our area because we live in a part of Oregon that has a lot of agriculture industry. Even more telling is the town I was in when I noticed this is a town known for having a heavy migrant Mexican population.

So, why is that? I guess you can assume that if someone were here illegally, he’d/she’d prefer to not be conspicuous. But what about the legal workers that are relatively poor? Why aren’t they camped out on a traffic light corner?

Because they have pride. This has a lot to do with what I wrote about in one of my previous posts about the rich getting richer and the poor getting lazier here and here.

The poor in this country are so well off compared to the poor in other countries that I guess some of them figure that it’s easier to stand at a street corner and beg for money than it is to go out in the field and do some hard work or flip a burger… etc.

We don’t know the situation someone is in… whether it was a result of poor choices in their life (chances are good that’s what it is) or they’ve been dealt some really bad luck, health wise… whatever. But I would assume these bad situations would also happen to Mexican migrant workers in the same town. I mean, come on. The chances are pretty good, some of them need more money than they have that month to make ends meet.

But I’ve never once seen any of them beg.

Is it a mystery or a difference in societal norms? Where is the American pride? Sadly… gone, in many. It has nothing to do with economics. It has to do with cultivating a welfare mentality. We’re not as far gone as most European countries. (They don’t have to stand on a corner to beg… their governments will give them money while in the comfort of their own government subsidized homes.)

I mourn the loss of rugged individualism and relying on yourself to get by. Since I’ve been an adult, I have never ONCE received unemployment or welfare in any way, shape or form. Even though I’ve been unemployed earlier in life.

If you live your life under the impression the public or government owes you something, your life isn’t yours anymore. It belongs to those that you rely on for help.

You show me one person on unemployment who has a butt load of self confidence and is able to hold their head high when walking out their front door and I’ll show you someone who is acting out of sheer desparation to keep whatever dignity that they might have once had.

If you’re always trying to create value in what you do and you make good choices throughout life, you’ll never have to worry about standing on a corner, begging for money.

Back to the migrant question. Here’s why I don’t see them begging. They’ve come from a place where they know TRUE poverty and hardly any hope to change that. They probably look at that corner beggar with more disdain than your average American. Because to them, that beggar is standing in the middle of an island of hope and opportunity, just waiting to be grabbed and all they can think to do is grab a sign and beg.

That’s the definition of lazy. Not to mention, excrutiatingly pathetic.

June 1, 2005

Manage Multiple Business Phone Numbers

I don’t know what I’d do without my toll free phone service. I have 6 toll free phone numbers all accessible via an online webpage. The service I use allows me to create marketing campaigns and track them geographically. I can change the ring-to numbers in real time and I can block calls from certain parts of the country. I can block calls coming from pay phones. There’s a ton of features that brought me to this particular company.

But one of the biggest reasons I use them is because you get to choose from a huge list of toll free numbers to use. You can get repeaters like this one 1-877-670-9292 for only $5 setup fee and $5 a month plus usage charges (which is 6.9 cents a minute.) Or if you need something even more memorable, you can choose from a list of vanity numbers like this one 1-888-5-CAREER for $25 setup fee and $25 a month. You can even get an original 800 number like this one 1-800-999-2911 for $500 a month. Not sure why someone would put such a premium on having an actual “800″ number, but I guess some think it’s that important. But if you want to get off really cheap, they have regular numbers for $2 a month, like 1-888-894-0806.

Getting to choose your own number from 100s of numbers is really nice, but this is where the service is valuable for us entrepreneurs. What’s the first thing besides a website that we need for a new business? A phone number. But if you have 3 businesses going on at the same time, how do you share your phone with all three and still seem credible in your customer’s eyes? With the service I use, I can have all of them ring to my cell phone and when the call comes in, my cell phone will display which of my toll free numbers the caller is calling. That way, if I want to answer it, I can answer it with the right company name. But if I don’t want to answer it, I’ve set it up so that it’ll go to its own voicemail instead of waiting for my cell phone’s voicemail to pick it up. That way, I can have the option of answering all my business’ calls from one location, but if I can’t answer, each has it’s own voicemail, customized to that particular business.

It’s a life saver and it only cost me (at the minimum) $2 a month, per number, plus usage of 6.9 cents per minute.

You can’t beat that with a stick. I love the fact that there isn’t a monthly service fee to use all the features, like voicemail and all that. If you look at all the features it has, there’s not one service out there that can compete with it price wise.

One more nifty feature… it’ll deliver my voicemails to me via email. So, I never have to call into the voicemail box to retrieve my messages if I don’t want to. Sweet.

Check it out when you get a chance.