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Why Business Always Gets in the Way

If you’re like me and you run your own business then you know it take a lot of time and effort not only to get it started, but also to keep it running at optimum. You need to generate traffic to your site, increase conversions and sales, decide on a unique marketing direction, hire freelancers, pay bills, market some more, and manage clients who are unhappy (every business gets them).

I’ve been so fantastically busy of late that, whilst I did update the blog theme on this site and make everything look all ‘nice and professional’, I didn’t quite sit down and get a few blog posts written. Things (known as business) seemed to have gotten in the way; what didn’t help as well is finding a great place for high-speed Internet when you’re travelling in Asia. (That’s a whole other blog post; the adventures are funny.)

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Finding A Stable Internet Connection in Asia

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Okay, so I haven’t been to all of the countries in Asia, but I can say that the Internet and connecting is just as unreliable as the UK and Europe. The positive thing is that for the most part you’re able to connect for free; it just seems that the large corporates (like Starbucks and other international coffee houses) don’t like people logging on their connection without paying a fee.

 

Hotels

I’ve always been a believer in hotels offering free wifi to customers staying with them. But, not a lot of hotels do this in the Western world, making it an extra revenue stream and offering a dismal connection. Not so in Asia though. Whilst you will still get the larger chains, such as Tune hotels (which I love) and Hilton etc, a lot of the smaller, independent hotels offer free wifi and it’s actually really good. I’m talking about 20mbps upload and download speeds, which you’ll be hard pushed to find in hotels in the UK; I know, I’ve worked at a few.

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There’s Nothing to See At The Moment

I know, I know…. I haven’t blogged in ages, have I?

 

Well, I’ve just been monumentally busy. Moved across the world to Asia and thinking of how many countries I can visit by the end of 2012.

 

I’ll be updating the blog shortly, but my business projects have been taking quite a while.

I’ve Been Reading Money Saving Expert

Over the past few weeks I’ve been reading the different areas of the Money Saving Expert, including the forum, and have found a lot of the information on there to be very interesting.  Not only are there different areas that show you how you can start saving on your everyday purchases and monthly bills, but there is also a ton of information on debt self help and living a frugal life.
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Fighting Back With The Banks

While many banks have been bailed out by the taxpayers, through one way or another, many are now making substantial profits from raising interest rates and selling accounts to other institutions.  This has been met with a number of people wanting to reclaim any unlawful charges made to their accounts over the past few years.
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Getting around on public transport

After not owning a car for a number of months I really haven’t found it hard to get around, g shopping and meet friends, that is up until last week.  I wanted to go to London to meet up with some friends and found it quite easy to book a train ticket, which was a return.
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The Weather is getting worse

Well, after a hosepipe ban here over the last few weeks it’s strange to see that we are indeed getting a load of rain and it seems as though it doesn’t ever want to stop.  I was talking with a few friends the other day and it seemed to us that the weather in England is changing seasons – well, it seems like the summer is moving to an earlier start in the year.  As with last year, it looks as though we’ve had 4 or 5 weeks with blistering hot days and nights (well, for here up north anyway) and then it decides to rain significantly, being overcast when it isn’t, and ensuring that an overwhelming feeling of ‘glum’ is put on people.
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Is the economy getting better?

It seems as though, well from an outsiders’ point of view, that everything is looking great in the world of finance and the economy in the UK, however, I really don’t think it is all that it seems.

Whilst there were only a few individuals who foresaw the financial crisis erupting into what it was, there were a number of individuals (including myself) who were warning that the changes in prices and buying rates, as well as the ‘covered up’ problems with subprime mortgages, was a problem that was waiting to happen.  Although, I believe no one could have predicted the outcome of what happened.
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Working on my 30 before I’m 30 list

So, I was reading some information about goals and achievements and preparing a ‘things to do before I’m a certain age’ list, which was when I was on a forum the other day.  So, I have decided that a thirty before I’m 30 list is the right way to go.  When making this list I need to think about some things that I really want to do before I turn 30 – and with it being 2 years away, I do believe I need to get my act together and sort things out to be finishing the list before my 30th birthday.
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Welcome to the blog

Well, I finally decided to get down to things and start a blog.  I don’t really know much about it, but heard from others that I should have a go and start my own.  I have had my own email for a while, but thought that it would be a good start to get going in the online world with a personal site so that people can see what I am up to.
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