Real Business, Online

Stopping The Mobile Invasion

David CarterAround two years ago I made a resolution to stop the invasion of phone calls and emails that were bombarding my private time.

Some say that a business should be “always on” and that business owners have a responsibility to accept calls, texts and emails at whatever time they arrive.

Every weekday at around 6pm, I now turn off my mobile phone. It doesn’t get switched on during weekends. I don’t have an email account on my PC at home.

On December 17th I broke up for Christmas and went away with the family. My emails were put on auto-response, with a message providing contact details of my colleagues and my voice mail was set up similarly, with the ability to leave messages removed.

Personally, I value my family time too much for it to be interrupted by technology.

Upon my return to the office today after a two week absence, I discovered that my colleagues had been more than able to handle things. There were no catastrophes needing my immediate attention. The business didn’t grind to a halt. The world didn’t stop and I had a great time on holiday with the family, without distractions, interruptions and worry.

2011

Wow. It was 2011 when I bought and launched buildingsurveys.com and posted the fact here. In the same year, I also posted that a name I was tempted to discard had once more started to come good again. AsbestosRoofing.co.uk. So what happened to those names since making those two posts? Well, buildingsurveys.com continues to pay significant… Continue Reading

The True Cost Of Exhibiting At Tradeshows

I just posted an article on LinkedIn about exhibiting products and services and thought I’d share it here too, because I know many of the readers of this blog attend trade shows, either as an exhibitor or an attendee. There’s a lot in this post that you might not have considered previously, I know I… Continue Reading

While I’ve Been Away…

Back in July, my server got hacked via a WordPress vulnerability caused, I believe, by a plugin file that had not been updated. I update all of my sites as soon as updates are available, but not all developers update their code in a timely manner and I think in this particular case, it was… Continue Reading

SEO For Today’s Market

Since 1993, I have had more than a little interest in search engines and have maintained a good degree of success in getting top ranking for just about any search term that I’ve set my mind on. It’s been the foundation of my business really and since concentrating my SEO skills purely on my own… Continue Reading

Helping Other Businesses

Something I haven’t been able to share until now is that recently, a company approached me about distributing one of our roof coating products. Already long established, this company has involvement in the roofing industry, with more than 1000 approved installers of its own product, but has never been involved in roof coatings. They wanted to… Continue Reading

Where Does The Time Go?

Having spent so much time working on building the new business, there’s been none left over to devote to the blog, so my posts have been getting fewer and fewer. Asbestoseal.com is now taking around 75% of my working time, which in addition to my role in buildingsurveys.com leaves me about 50% short on hours… Continue Reading

Marketing A Business

There’s more to marketing a business that simply having a web site and if you’re serious about the business, then it’s a certain fact that the marketing is going to cost money. A lot of money. When, along with my two business partners, I started Asbestoseal in 2013, I knew that I could get the… Continue Reading

All Change For 2015

It’s out with the old and in with a new fresh and uncluttered site design. The reason? Well, because my focus has changed and I am now finding less and less to comment about with regard to domain names and more to do with actually developing the business. Therefore, my posts will be more about what… Continue Reading

Develop. Why Wouldn’t You?

There are quite a few domain development platforms available for those domainers daft enough to pay somebody to do all of the work and expect a quick result, but today I am going to take you through my own development journey and hopefully you’ll come to realise that everything is doable for yourself, with no… Continue Reading