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Powerful Posts – March 30th, 2007

Powerful Posts of the Week

Every week I like to browse my community blogs and highlight some my favorite posts. If you want on my radar, please join my MyBlogLog community.

HarpzOn – Finding Your Feet When Blogging

Goodword Editing – How Will Publishers Compete with FREE Content?

Career Ramblings – The Necessity of Professional Network

Mr. Gary Lee – Quick SEO Checklist

The Paper Bull – 50 things I learned this month while blogging

Ryan J. Parker – Does Your Blog Require a Login to Comment?

Thanks, everyone, for the powerful posts!

The Benefits of Offline Business Development

The Benefits of Offline Business Development

I strongly believe in diversifying one’s business interests across both online and offline ventures. Many of you know that I am actively working on several other offline businesses in addition to my web development company and domain investing group.

Perhaps the greatest aspect of online business is the limitless marketing scalability. Instead of depending solely on local customers, you can reach anyone with an Internet connection. This, however, is also one of the downfalls – the face-to-face factor is removed from the transaction. Even though you can find the best deals on electronics online, many people prefer to drive to Best Buy and talk to a person before they make their purchase. In my case, even though I reach hundreds of people everyday through my company website, 95% of my clients are local.

Here’s another example: I have a dozen or so local clients who I occasionally do IT work for. The fact is that these are very simple jobs – setting up a network, installing a printer, etc. These people could easilly find the solutions to these problems by doing a little bit of Internet research. However, there is a human touch that you can not get from just doing Internet research, so these people prefer to hire me to come to their home or business and help them face-to-face. Even as more and more people use the Internet everyday to satisfy their needs and do business, there will always be those who prefer to work directly with people face-to-face for a majority of their business transactions.

Case Study: The Scottsdale Review

Enter my first case study: The Scottsdale Review. This is going to be a hybrid online-offline business. We are putting together an online journal for the local residents of Scottsdale, Arizona which will feature information on nightlife, reviews of restaurants and shopping, interviews with local business owners, and news about Scottsdale’s booming economic and commercial development.

The great thing about The Scottsdale Review is that we will get the chance to extend our network locally, by meeting and interacting with our hired journalists, the residents, and local business owners. That is the offline benefit – our direct network of connections will increase significantly. Also, many of these business owners may need web sites and IT work, and guess what? We do that too.

Another benefit is that, in my experience, it is always more effective to close deals face-to-face, as opposed to through the Internet. We also plan on selling advertising to local businesses. It will be much easier to find businesses locally who want advertise, instead of just hunting them out online.

Of course, there is an online benefit, as well, and that is we are able to syndicate our content to everyone in the Phoenix-metropolitan area with little to no overhead costs. Not to mention, if anyone across the globe is interested in Scottsdale, they are also able to log on and check us out.

Once our business becomes profitable, we are looking to develop a print publication to compliment the online journal, as well. This is a few months down the road though, but should also provide for an interesting experience syndicating content the old-fashion way.

Over the next few months, I will keep you updated every step of the way about The Scottsdale Review. I think it will be a very interesting experience because we are working both on and offline, as well as networking with local residents and businesses, and syndicating our content to a large audience.

In conclusion, to anyone who is looking to start an online business to replace their physical job: don’t forget about your local community. There is a lot of power in face-to-face negotiation and can also provide for a great way to expand your network and increase your ties in the community.

Why YOU Should Become a Business

Why YOU Should Become a Business

I’ve received a few questions lately about how my web development business, infinFX, got its LLC and why we chose to go that route.

A limited liability company (LLC) is a form of business entity that is separate and distinct from a person, like a corporation. The LLC is often described as a hybrid between a corporation and a partnership (or sole proprietorship).

For a small business, the main advantage of registering as an LLC instead of as a corporation is that you are only taxed once, since it is considered the owner’s primary source of income. Of course, once your business is registered, as either an LLC or a corporation, you now can write-off the tax expenses of items such as company lunches, computer equipment, and gas mileage, if they are used in the service of the business. By subtracting these expenses from your profits, you will now owe less in taxes.

An LLC also allows for the limited liability protection similar to that of a corporation (i.e., your risk is limited to the amount that is invested in the LLC, and personal assets beyond that are usually protected).

We registered infinFX as an LLC through, which offers business incorporation solutions. The cost of registering varies per the company you use, as well as your state, but the total price we paid was around $500.

Many people think that they need to see an attorney to register their business, however, this is not the case. Of course, it is always recommended that you consult the appropriate legal and accounting specialists, IncFile can take care of the filings for you and save you the attorney fees.

If you have ever seriously considered working part or full-time for yourself, I highly recommend you register your business as an LLC.

1000 Horsepower on BioFuel? You’ve got to be kidding…

1000 Horsepower on BioFuel?

Koenigsegg is a relatively new supercar producer, releasing a several primetime cars in the past few years, including the 655 HP CC8S, folowed by the 806 HP CCR and finally the American-ized version, the CCX which complies with US impact regulations, as well as lower octane fuel. Still, even being tuned for the U.S., Koenigsegg was still able to push out over 800 HP from the CCX, quite impressive, by any supercar standard, especially that the car weighs 2600 lbs, much less than the Enzo’s 3000 lb curb weight.

What’s most amazing is the new CCXR, which runs on Biofuel and produces over 1000 HP. Read more at CarZi…

BTW, CarZi is getting off to a great start! On our second day, we received over 100 unique visitors. Today it looks like we will get even more than that! Thanks everyone for visiting the site and if you haven’t already, check it out, especially if you love cars!