Pushing Forward with Online Business

The internet has changed the way people do business.

I’ve known friends who have started online businesses which includes selling items online to selling their services online (like providing their writing, web design or marketing services).

It seems to me that, thanks to the internet, starting a business has never been easier as it has been compared to, say, 5 to 10 years ago.

Now while it appears that the internet has made starting a business easier, it seems to me that people have also somehow forgotten that just like other “offline” businesses they also need to consider the importance of the following:

Creativity and originality. People who start online businesses can sometimes do it just because it’s the trend. A couple of their friends are selling stuff online and seeing that they profit from it they also decide to start their own. They fail to consider that creativity and originality matters. What sets your business apart from the others? What need is it meeting? These are questions that need to be asked.

Knowledge of the market. To go into business is to know your market. Who is buying the goods? What is the demographics of the clients or customers? What makes them choose your products? These are but just a few of the questions that one who runs an online business needs to think about.

 

Quality of products or services. My stand is if one can not provide quality services or products, one should not be in business in the first place. Okay. I can be gracious and say that they can be in business, but they should work on improving their products and services. If this is no longer possible for them then they should really consider closing shop.

Manage the business and its resources well. One can have the best products but when management is not done well, I think the business will eventually fail. The business resources would include the data that a business or a company has. As the business grows and expands, one must learn how to manage available data and use it for the best of the business or company. Check out this page to know more about data management.

Passion and profit must go together. I think that passion is key in growing a business, but one needs to be able to gain good profit from it to sustain it. And if it’s only profit that is operative word for the business then I think it will not last.

By all means, let’s be entrepreneurial and use the internet to do so but let’s not forget to do it well. No, not just well but let’s do our best.

Music to Set the Day

Music helps set the mood of the day.

I learned this as a child. I learned it from my late mother’s habit of playing music on the stereo very early in the morning or as soon as she wakes up.

Somehow the songs ushered in calmness, peace, hope.

Mother would play worship songs for hours until she leaves for the office. During weekends, the songs would continue to fill the air until breakfast time.

I borrowed that habit of hers when I left home for university. Her habit has especially helped me during my lonely and challenging times when I lived by myself in Cebu for several years. This was also true during my 3 years of living in Thailand, far away from family and from any close friend.

I can still remember today how lonely some days could be while living in a foreign land. You do not just miss family and friends but there are days when you miss the sight, the sound and even the scent of your own country.

Ah, but I survived that 🙂

Today, my mother’s habit is still a blessing to me. And my husband also shares that habit. I wake up in the morning and I hear worship songs fill the air of our home.

I am grateful for my late mother’s and my husband’s habit. And I am truly thankful for the gift of music and to the Ultimate Creator of all music.

The Importance of a 24-hour Pharmacy

We don’t really think much about it.

We don’t really think about whether the pharmacy nearest to your place or mine  is open for 24 hours. Well, not until we have a need for a medicine for ourselves or for our family which has unfortunately run out.

Well, this was my dilemma a couple of weeks ago.

I would have asthma attacks every now and then brought about by allergy or stress, but I haven’t had them for quite some time now. And then it happened!

Well, no need to panic as I was able to ask my husband to buy some for me before he got home. Unfortunately, he had so much going on in his head at work and with his church commitments (he is one of the volunteer leaders at our church) that he came home and forgot to buy the medicine.

My friend helped later in purchasing the medicine which proved to be another challenge.

To our dismay, the pharmacies we tried to go to were not open for 24 hours! They were closed!

I was thinking we are now in the ultra-modern age of history and perhaps this would mean most (if not all) pharmacies would be open 24 hours. Except maybe if they are located inside a mall which doesn’t operate for 24 hours.

Another friend advised us to go to two specific pharmacies which were said to be open then.  Thankfully, the one we went to was indeed open 🙂 And so I was able to buy my much-needed medicine.

It was all, of course, a good reminder for me to stock up on our medicines so that we would not have to end up in that dilemma again. And especially  so when we are travelling. Not all cities, not all countries in the world can have that accessible, 24-hour pharmacy which we might need.

It also matters that a pharmacy has quality and affordable medicines. That it has an efficient and helpful staff is also a plus point (which that pharmacy I went to, thankfully, had). It would also be good if they accept discount cards like the dymista discount card. After all, I think everyone would be happy to get some discount and savings during their purchase.

I really hope that in your time of need for a medicine, you will also find a 24-hour pharmacy that can serve you, no matter when your hour of need may be.

The Season Has Changed

I was just reading through Song of Songs 2: 11-13 in the Bible and even mentioned it on one of my posts in another blog.

Then I came across its translation in The Passion Translation. This translation really inspired me 🙂 And I am sharing it here to also inspire you, my reader, to remind you and me that God is always at work in our lives. He is always there in every season of our lives. And if this is a dark and dreary season for you, know that a season of new songs will eventually come, breaking through.

Be inspired!

Song of Songs 2:11-13 The Passion Translation (TPT)

11 The season has changed,
    the bondage of your barren winter has ended,
    and the season of hiding is over and gone.
    The rains have soaked the earth
12 and left it bright with blossoming flowers.
    The season for singing and pruning the vines has arrived.
    I hear the cooing of doves in our land,
    filling the air with songs to awaken you
    and guide you forth.  
13 Can you not discern this new day of destiny
    breaking forth around you?
    The early signs of my purposes and plans
    are bursting forth.
    The budding vines of new life
    are now blooming everywhere.
    The fragrance of their flowers whispers,
    “There is change in the air.”
    Arise, my love, my beautiful companion,
    and run with me to the higher place.
    For now is the time to arise and come away with me.