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StartupLadies provides a perspective on business and the associated lifestyle from two ladies who have started their own business and run this blog to document their experiences, share some advice, and occasionally vent some frustration. Running a business both requires and produces a different personality and skill set than working for the man. This is our journey...

Dating Can Be Hard When You’re An Entrepreneur

Right.  I’m not going to lie.  When you’re busy all the time working on a business, finding the right person to date can be hard.  I mean, you’re already doing all you

Certain Issues

The most impressive thing about my car is that it always seems to sound good. I mean the way the tires sound on the ground, it’s not like it’s too high of

Incredible Changes

A person by me at our office the has been telling me that she wants to buy something to change her appearance. She was saying that she was trying to come up

Separating Books

Many of the blogs I’ve written have been about starting your projects and running your own company. The thing I have realized is that there is a lot of stuff to do

Looking At Channels

The only thing I can find when it comes to picking an internet provider are the normal choices. I don’t really like them but what are you going to do because there


Dating Can Be Hard When You’re An Entrepreneur

Right.  I’m not going to lie.  When you’re busy all the time working on a business, finding the right person to date can be hard.  I mean, you’re already doing all you can to keep your company afloat, do you really want to worry about finding someone, too?  Your friends are probably all dating someone, and they probably met them at the park, or maybe online, but they have someone.

And you don’t.

And it gets to you sometimes.  It’s not that you need more things to worry about, you just kind of want someone there sometimes.

So you go online and make an online dating profile.   Do you get any matches?  Yeah, but not from anyone you want to date.

This article is basically because I am totally in awe of Ladan Radafshar, president of FernDate.  Fern is a site that provides online dating help in Portland.  Essentially, for people that haven’t had any luck online, they will make a new profile for you so you can advertise yourself correctly.  You get a photoshoot, too, which will get you better pics than the ones you took on your device.  They will even evaluate the matches for you.  If you feel like outsourcing your dating life, obviously.

It all comes at a price, though.  How much would you pay to be matched with the right person for you?  It’s not cheap, but if you’re already successful in every realm except love, it might be worth it.

Actually, this is a great idea.  People outsource just about everything else already, why not have someone get you dates?  Maybe you still meet people outside in public.  Maybe you’re not even sure how this service is necessary.  Mostly, Ms. Radafshar just fits the idea of our blog.  Startupladies is dedicated to focusing on your projects and the issues that come with them, of which getting someone to date is a problem that many entrepreneurs face.  It looks like she is actually making this a thing of the past.  If anyone is having trouble meeting people online, this may actually be the thing for them.  It’s definitely something to consider for those of you who aren’t really where you want to be with your internet dating.  For those of you who think this couldn’t even be real, prepare to be impressed.  There’s one thing you can bet on, and that’s that people prefer love.  Can you put a price on love?  Maybe.

Certain Issues

The most impressive thing about my car is that it always seems to sound good. I mean the way the tires sound on the ground, it’s not like it’s too high of volume like some of the cars I’ve owned have been like. I realize this probably sounds nuts but you have to realize that when you are driving you spend a lot of time hearing the sounds your car is making moreover if these sounds are bothersome it’s going to be tedious to drive. But the thing I like about my car is that it doesn’t even really come into account. My friends think I’m weird because I say that’s what I like the most about it but I think that they are just the ones who don’t get it. Anyway I was kind of having some concerns about stuff and I am going to take it to a BMW repair Scottsdale business and see if they can do anything about it. I am probably just worrying but I want to make sure that everything is ok. So that is why I was talking about this here.

The other thing I have been wanting to do is get some new art. My walls are EMPTY. Everyone is like you need to put some stuff on your walls. I’m like why? They look great. But I guess it might make sense to get something like that. The way I see it, I can pretty much decorate my walls with anything I like and I am going to have to get some classic paintings. I like that stuff. A lot of people don’t but then again I think that I am going to get the ones that look best. So I think I will probably have to get some stuff that will appear the way I want on the walls. But most of the things I am thinking of are probably paintings that I can find at the store so I don’t know if I will have to check out too many places to find them. One of my friends was telling me that their walls were kind of cool and they were going to get some photographs to put on them but I don’t know how hat would look at my place. So I think that I am probably just going to check online and see if I can find any photos of any places that look cool and maybe use that for ideas instead.

Incredible Changes

A person by me at our office the has been telling me that she wants to buy something to change her appearance. She was saying that she was trying to come up with a new style of necklace or something to wear but I said that wouldn’t be what she was looking for. She kept asking me for suggestion and I was telling her that there are a few things she could try but I’m not really sure if she would like any of them. When she finally asked what I was talking about I said she should get a new pair of black solid contacts because that would be pretty awesome I think and really she would like the way it looks but it’s not something that you should really wear every day but there are certain locations where it might work and I think that could be what she is looking for. The other thing though is that it would make people curious about them and it might get you into some curious places. I don’t really know exactly where it would be but I think that doing it could be interesting.

If you think about it that would really make a big change to your look. Basically, people are going to be wondering if you are crazy or something and that can actually be kind of great. I mean, not in most cases, but there are often times when that sort of thing could be cool. Mostly though it’s just the kind of weird that that my friend would do because she is always wanting to do things weird like that. I have considered getting blue Sclera contacts.  And I think that if I could do something like that it would be awesome, but I don’t think that I would do it myself although I think my friend would do it. So that is why I asked. Her eyes are pretty but I think if she had black eyes it would look crazy and might get her the kind of interaction with others that she wants because I think she was talking about wanting to have more things happen and I’m not sure if that would do it but it probably would and I think that it’s basically what she wants. Just the other day I was thinking of other stuff for her to do but I think that it’s basically going to come down to this because everything else was something that wouldn’t be so easy to do.

Separating Books

Many of the blogs I’ve written have been about starting your projects and running your own company. The thing I have realized is that there is a lot of stuff to do and if you don’t necessarily want to do it all yourself you can have other people do some of it for you. For example, when I am thinking about how to put together documentation to send to people detailing the fine points of their services, that’s not necessarily something that I am good at so I have other people do some of it. Another reason to do that is because other people will be able to do that while I am working on other stuff. The other thing I have been thinking about having other people do is manage some of my credits. I was looking at a few different businesses that will do this and seeing which ones I would choose. I was looking at smart books online because it seems like they have a lot of things that they do that I think would be great. The other treason is because that way I can just give them what I Need or what they need and I will be able to work on other things.

This is actually a big way that people do things and you wouldn’t necessarily think of it but it’s pretty beneficial if you think about it. When I learned I was like hey, that is weird, but it makes sense, because if one person is going to be doing everything then it would be less productive than having other people help some of it. So since there are other people at different businesses that do it for you, it means you can let them do it and then do the rest of the stuff yourself. At least I am going to see if this is something that I can do, I’m not sure as I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s something you should pay attention to if you are going to be overseeing some of the sections of your company. So that you will be able to keep an eye on things more easily and not necessarily have to worry about doing all of the little things that you would otherwise have to do yourself. And in this way it’s possible that you can have a decent understanding of everything that is going on rather than having to keep focusing on all of the individual projects alone.

Looking At Channels

The only thing I can find when it comes to picking an internet provider are the normal choices. I don’t really like them but what are you going to do because there aren’t many options. I may call around and see if there is anything else I Can find but I think for the most part there are not too settling of choices. I twill probably just go with whatever the local option is. Having a look around I found some other selections but I don’t really have much of an idea how they work. There is uverse by att and I think that I may have to find some info about that because there isn’t much I know.  That’s what I think might work. So I’m going to try and see what I can get as far as their services and maybe it will work better. I am going to look for att uverse coupon codes and those might be helpful.

There is another thing that I want and that is to get some new rugs for my office. It would look pretty awesome if I had those and I don’t think that I like the ones I Have but you never know. The thing is that I don’t think that I can really decide what I want so I’m going to have to see what they have at the store and go from there. The other thing I want to do is see if I can get something to get for my living room as far as what to put on the tv because there is some space up there and it might be nice to have something there. And then I want to talk about some of the there things I might do and I will probably have to put some of those into my script that I am writing. Thinking about all of this is giving me some other concepts I should try so I might do that, too. Really though, it’s just a thing I have been doing and maybe other people would like to read it. There is a new book that I was talking about with someone online and it sounded cool so I might have to get that and see how it is.l There could be a few other things that I want to watch but I don’t know if I’m going to do that yet.

Take a Break

I always thought it would be cool to have my own little cabin with my own little outside grounds where I could do whatever I wanted.  That may just be something that you think about when you have been in your workspace for too long and want to just go outside and then you go on out and realize that you are surrounded by buildings and people going to their places of preferred beverage creations so they can get their energy fix and then head back to their job.  It’s amazing really to think that when you are all around this kind of thing it kind of gets into your idea of what you are supposed to do.  There is nothing wrong with being steadfast about your job, but I think that maybe some people need to give some thought to if that is all they want to do.

However I probably shouldn’t be talking since I probably work as much as the people I am discussing here.

But wouldn’t it be cool to just be in your own little spot and have a stroll out back and take in the sights or whatever.  You could put up some things to give it your own flavor.  Having those kinds of breaks can help increase your enthusiasm for the work you’re doing, and I would set up my own little garden with some flower and stuff and I’d have cast iron garden furniture there and I would have some grass that would be all over the outdoors and you could make a point to notice how real everything feels.  That’s what I would do.

But of course, that’s like the opposite from where I am.  And that’s fine, because I like what I do but it’s not like I wouldn’t enjoy a little break every so often, especially if you are trying to get some details figured out that are just being confusing and you’re having to take on moped type construction in the way of all the things you are trying to do.  But that’s how we like things to be, isn’t it.  My entire point is that if you could have something to do to get your relaxation in it would make some substantial improvements in the rest of everything you do, and for me that would take variety of a scene like how I mentioned where I could be around things that would help me relax.

Commercial Marketing

My friend has got that gotta-get-a-new-car-deal thing.  We were having lunch the other day and he asked if I’d seen the commercials for some new BMW or whatever and I said no.  He then started telling me how cool it was and how he wanted to go test drive one and he was wanting a new car.  I was thinking that his car is just fine and he doesn’t need a new one, but I guess it’s not always an issue of needing one if you happen to want one.  But really, my friend is really into cars and I am kind of the same way except I’m not quite as excited about all of that stuff as him.  So he was telling me he’s going to go try and test drive one and if he likes it he’s going to lease it.  Now to be fair, I don’t think that leasing is always a good option in many cases, but I think for him it might work out.  He doesn’t really keep his cars for that long so if he wants to drive it for a few years and then get another vehicle that’s actually a situation in which leasing may be more practical than the other options.

Any time I see a car commercial I think of my friend.  I figure he’s probably watching it, ignoring whatever he was talking about prior to that commercial coming on, and thinking about how much he wants that car.  He’s the guy who wants to get a big house with a big garage so he can keep all his vehicles in there and work on them or drive them or just go out there and be around them when he wants to.

Of course, I think he’s got a ways to go before he gets there since he only has one car right now and I don’t know that leasing vehicles is the way to amass wealth, but like I said it will probably work for him.  I know that he’s going to eventually get one of those cars he was telling me about.  He’ll go absolutely find the best luxury car lease deals and go with whoever is offering them and he’ll drive home one day in his new car and call me and be like “hey, come check this out” and I’ll head over there and he’ll be in the driveway next to his new car and he’ll be all silly and pumped up.  It’s just what he does!

Find Another Girlfriend

My friend said that his girlfriend said she’s going to dump him.  I asked him why and he said it’s because she said he snores.  I asked him if he knew if there was anything else and she said no it was just that, and she doesn’t think she can get a good night’s sleep when they  are together.  I ask him if she snored, too, and he said no.  But I think that is must be bothering her or she might just be looking for an excuse to end it.  She’s kind of strange like that and I think that she would just want to break up with him and give him some reason so she doesn’t have to say that she doesn’t like him that much.  He tells me about the things she says and I have told him that he should break up with her but he doesn’t want to listen to me although I think he is starting to realize that she is a bit weird when it comes to some things.  I’m not really the kind of person to tell someone what they should do in their relationship unless they ask, but he has asked me before and I’ve told him that I think they should break up because she doesn’t seem like she’s really a good match for him and she is going to probably dump him anyway.  I guess she has mentioned it before and they tried to work through things or whatever but I don’t really like her that much anyway so if they broke up I wouldn’t really be upset.  My friend would, but I think he would get over it because he would realize that he can get someone who isn’t as mean as she is.  Seriously, she’s just like mean to me even and I’m not even her friend.  I’m like what is your problem and then she’s like what are you talking about.  Obviously we don’t get along that well.  I think that she’s probably just trying to end the relationship without actually having to end it.  It’s something that is easier than actually having to tell the other person that you don’t like them, although it tends to make things get a bit bizarre at the same time.  Alright, so I told my friend that he should check out this withoutsnoring website and maybe there is something there he can use, if in fact he actually snores and she’s not just saying that as an excuse.

A Day Off

I pretty much got nothing done today because I wasn’t feeling well.  If I had a normal job I would’ve had to use a sick day and stay home from work today. I wish I could say the reason is because I have a very bad cold, or the flu. But it was a simple headache that did me in–and it isn’t the first time, either.

I’ve suffered headaches on and off for as long as I can remember. I recall needing to go home early from high school because of bad headaches and being prescribed something for them, but I don’t recall what the medication was or whether it worked. I’m almost 33 now so that’s a relatively long history of them at my age. They have evolved over the years, as well. I was reading about this new thing called Migralex that is supposed to to help with different types of headaches. Certain things that never gave me trouble in the past (such as alcohol) will now trigger headaches in me, even after just a couple beers or a single glass of wine. I need to be very careful with alcohol for this reason, or avoid it altogether.

Which brings me to one major reason why I hate telling people I have a headache. If I mention the reason I’m staying home, then I feel as if people think I have a hangover, not a headache, and am lying about it. That’s absolutely not the case, and has never been. I drink maybe three times a year, and I don’t remember the last time I got straight-up drunk! At most I just get a little buzz and even that is pushing it–as I mentioned, sometimes one glass of wind will guarantee that I am crippled by a nasty headache the next day.

To further complicate this, I know some people who are well-known for partying hard and they can, and will, call in sick with hangovers. They sometimes try to pass the hangover off as a headache but it’s obvious they are hungover since they posted statuses or photos involving their alcohol-fueled shenanigans the night before. It’s insulting to people that truly do suffer from headaches when people do this.

My day off today consisted of applying a heat pad to the back of my neck and an ice pack to my forehead while watching bad horror movies on Netflix. I know many people and websites say that it’s better to lay in a dark room when you have a headache, but I can’t do this. My mind wanders and all I can focus on is the throbbing pain in my head. At least brainless television distracts me from this without requiring me to think.

A Little Thing That Makes A Huge Impression

Some of you may remember an earlier post I did about coming up with a name for your company and how it can actually be quite a challenge despite seeming simple.  There’s another aspect of branding that goes along with choosing a name, and that’s creating a logo.

Now, those of you that are creatively-minded and artistic might jump at the chance to design your own.  In fact, I know there are some people who will actually enjoy that part more than the actual building of their business, but for those of us who have little artistic talent or vision, it’s probably best to leave your logo design to the professionals.

Think having a good logo isn’t important?  Think again.  How many logos you see on a daily basis?  Sometimes they’re incorporated with the companies’ name, but sometimes they just stand alone and you still recognize them.  Why?  Because the designs are easily recognizable and well done.  Imagine you’re at a coffee shop and the person sitting across from you is using a MacBook.  You can see the Apple logo on the top.  It doesn’t actually say “Apple,” but you still recognize it.

What about Adidas?  AT&T? Shell gasoline?  Audi?  VW?  You recognize all of these companies without even seeing their name.

Marketing consultants will tell you that this image recognition is a large part of branding because it has to do with getting people used to seeing your company, etc. etc., and they are absolutely correct.  And it can have the opposite effect, too.  A logo that is poorly designed, or even offensive, can push customers away and leave them with a negative opinion of you.

So back to the topic at hand.  What do you do if you’re like me and you need a design but you don’t have an artistic bone in your body?  You have two choices:

1) Try to design it yourself (which in my case means it will probably come out looking like a 5 year old did it)

2) Have a professional online logo maker like Logaster do all the design work for you so you can focus on running your business and leave the artsy stuff to people with talent

The way I look at it is it’s my business.  I want to make a good impression in all instances when people are exposed to it, whether on my website, business cards, advertisements, or letterhead.  Having a good logo is like wearing a suit to a business meeting; you don’t have to do it, but you might not make the impression you want if you don’t.