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Shaine Mata in Mission is doing 35 things including…

Start my own business

6 cheers


Shaine Mata has written 4 entries about this goal

Not reinventing the wheel

Starting a traditional business is expensive and is not guaranteed to succeed. On top of that, as the owner, you may be the last one to get paid, especially in the current economy.

Rather than all that, I am opting for the home based business route through USANA. I figure that any business will come down to selling a product or service. I might as well make selling the only thing that I do and outsource the accounting, shipping, and product manufacturing to USANA.

Is it an easy way out? Possibly. If I’m any good at selling, then I can make a decent income. Otherwise, I probably would have failed after considerable investment and time in a traditional business.

I'm in business

I’m kicking off my entry into the business market. I am offering computer and errand services. In short, I am offering the public an Odd Jobs Service. I am still working on some of the details, but I can take care of those as I go. My new website is at (drumroll please).....

The basic structure is there, but it is still a work in process. I need to flesh it out and add some pictures here and there to keep it from being too plain.

If you are in the Rio Grande Valley, I hope you will keep me in mind when you are looking for somebody to help you with an odd job. It can be at home or in the business.

If you live outside the Rio Grande Valley and need somebody to conduct some business on your behalf, I can help you. Perhaps you have elderly parents and would like somebody to check up on them here to help them out with things. I’d be glad to do that too.

I am grateful if you are able to let others know about me. You can contact me by calling (956) – 4 3 2 – 4 3 2 2. Thank you.

I made flyers today

I am working to be able to launch my business by Monday. Today, I made some flyers. I’m starting off with 200. I have some free business cards coming in. I’ve decided to go with a “hand” theme on my marketing material. After all, I’d be a hired hand. And I’d be giving people a hand. The cool thing is that I made the flyers without the use of a computer. It’s all made by “hand”. I couldn’t resist that pun. I can proceed without the website, I but I do need to define my target services and set some pricing to make it worthwhile for me.

I’m going to work on the website a little bit. I need some little hand logos and pictures to start developing the site theme. I’ll get those later. For now, the content is what is important. I’ve already got the structure of the website laid out. I’ve decided to try out my hand with a Windows server this time around instead of the standard Linux. So, I’ll be working with Active Server Pages in some instances. For the most part, the host has a CMS called Dot Net Nuke. It’s a scripted CMS like PHP-Nuke, except it runs on .NET infrastructure.

I’m really excited. I have been a little gun shy about going into business again. This new idea, I know I can do it. It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Now is as good a time as any to go for it. I’m unemployed anyway.

Hanging up my shingle

Since I’ll be doing handywork, I’ve decided to go back into business. I used to do computer work and kind of fell into handyman stuff. Both pay well enough for me and will provide sufficient income for my basic needs. I’ve sort of expanded the services a little. I will be offering handyman work, computer services, errands, and projects. I need to make up a pricing list and figure out what

So, I just ordered some business cards and ordered a new website. The new domain name resolves on the Internet now, but the “account” is still not set up; it takes 24 hours. I will be heading out to the Courthouse tomorrow to register my assumed name. Once I’ve got that set up and have edited the new website, I’ll be posting the business name, which luckily had an available domain. I also need to go to the comptroller’s office to file for a tax ID and to figure out which services are taxable. Once I do that, I can open a checking account.

I’ve got a marketing theme that should be easy to put onto materials and incorporate onto a website at low cost. After that, it’s a matter of setting mental business hours (being that I’m the boss I need to schedule my staff, me). Oh, and I need some invoice books for accounting purposes.

Shaine Mata has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.


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