I arrived at an [almost] shouting level when the Virgin Mobile, VM, “Advisors” on the phone. They were highly undertrained, made worse by limited English skills at crucial times. The Advisors can’t be faulted. In whatever developing region they are from, they were pleased to have the job and they were doing the best they could. BUT VM is a rich company! They could hire people with excellent English skills to service American customers.
Furthermore, the help menu for phone support has every option but the one you want. You can go through a myriad of menus and never hear a reasonable option like “customer service”. I learned to just keep saying “advisor” or “customer service”, etc…” until I was sent to a human.
I know that these may only be start up service issues, but they cost me approximately 4 hours total on the phone. If you have the extra money to spend on a service with Verizon or ATT, I’d say go for it, if your “time is money”!
In 1989 the WWW (world wide web) was an exciting venue of every sort of information; images and text and some script that did neat little tricks. What is referred to as “Web 2.0” – the second generation of the design and functioning of websites on the Internet – is an amazing dynamic assembly of online tools, from business administration to research; from multi-media content to a truly interactive social media! If you have not internalized the powerful tool that your website could be, then just take a look at some of the things websites can do these days:
agency and executive job searching
car anti-theft tracking and gps
comparison shopping for consumer goods
computer hardware testing
computer virus scanning
consignment and flea market trading
dating and relationships services
digital photo editing
free web-based email
home security surveillance
logo design and graphic arts services
music and file sharing
online health counseling
photo gallery services
private investigator and confidential search services
project management tools
special event and wedding planning
spread sheet related admin
Call Media Architects (978-463-9151) and get some of this in your website and have your online office develop your business – even while you rest and enjoy the summer!
Our aching planet just needs you to be thoughtful as you plow into your next venture. If you are, everyone wins, and wins sustainably into the indefinite future.
A Sustainable business considers the impacts of every facet of its operation and then attempts to address each, from paper consumption to human resources, in a way that does, ideally, no harm. Instead it supports the regeneration of resources for infinite future use and enjoyment. A sustainable business plan affirmatively avoids “burning anything out”, from trees to human health, while it marches towards economic development. “Growth for the sake of growth is the philosphy of a cancer cell” .
The model of Sustainable [Economic] Development, what I have named “Sustonomy”, is a goal whose bar is quite high but for which we make the reach anyhow, knowing that the planet we live on has reached its limit. Opportunities for Green businesses are myriad – and necessary.
If you are considering a business founded in the principles and theories of Sustainable Development, I am currently composing a book list that will entice the beginner with new Green business dreams. If you send me an email, when I’ve completed the list I’ll send you a copy.