Entreprenuer: Having the Knack and Developing a Niche

February 5, 2009

It would seem to be a terrible time to start a business. But that is always the case…if you are just saying that to avoid the pain of creative enterprise.

I have a head for business..and a bod--bottom line for...you!!!

I have a head for business..and a bod–bottom line for…you!!!

In reading The KnackInc. writers Bo Burlingham and Norm Brodsky delve into what makes a successful business from the very beginning. Things like having high gross margins, stable (and growing) cash flows, and the ability to handle multiple problems with a quick assessment of the situation and how to fix it before it becomes an ongoing problem.

Each situation encountered is told via a letter to Inc. that points to typical business start up hesistations, and what worked, and what didn’t, for Norm.

As a wannabe entreprenuer, I hope I can get the idea, the team and capital in place to successfully launch a good business. Ideas are not hard to find. The team is a matter of connections. The capital, well, we will have to see on that front.

Get the Niche! And scratch it!


The New Media: The Printed Blog

January 13, 2009

What's old is new. Print Blogs and Look out!!!

As has been recently reported, the old print media has taken a beating. The Detroit Free Press, Christian Science Monitor, and several others have seen their business model of generating ad revenue from various sources dwindle (in part due to the current financial crisis) and from competition from the new media, the internet. While they suffer, close down home delivery services, and try to salvage their business through patchwork and quickie makeovers, a new business is cropping up:  the blog-to-your-street, internet-savvy The Printed Blog.

This 1st generation of on-line publication to the local masses come from the mind of Joshua Karp, founder and publisher. Recently profiled in Wired, Joshua Karp asks the logical question: “Why hasn’t anyone tried to take the best content and bring it offline?”  

Within that idea and framework, The Printed Blog hopes to take blogger-wanna-be-journalist types and utilize their content in local publications in a quick read format (a typical paper will be 11×17-inch on three pages, six sides in full color.) Their hope is to gather unique articles from people with expertise in various fields, writing ability, and a friendly voice to the man on the street while crossing the avenue to the social networking arena of Flickr, Twitter, Myspace, and Facebook.

One can see potential in a twice daily print of content gathered from online “beat” reporters. But one can also see the downsides as people can utilize searches and pick and choose content they prefer. But that should not stop The Printed Blog as it tests the business waters with their ‘reverse print media’ model.

People in a 24-hour world are looking for new, innovative and solid companions while they travel to work, school or actually vacation somewhere else. The Printed Blog hopes to gain traction in New York, Chicago (where they will debut January 27, 2009) and San Francisco. One can foresee 50, 100, or 1,000 various editions across the globe, with the only constraints being financing and the personnel to make it happen.

This blogger/author hopes to see The Printed Blog become ‘The New’ New York Times. But as with anything in business, the market will determine whether it succeeds, or fails.

Welcome!: A Successful Venture begins

August 12, 2008

This struck me as a time to introduce a new concept I have.

Why not write for you because you hired me to do so? Why not put effort into to a wide array of projects from economic analysis, business plans, resumes, sports writing or other pieces of flavor and substance? So this will become the site – Anything Written – married to others I’ve created and took the time to introduce myself in, or more appropriately, left you wanting for more. 😉

In the next few days, once I have worked a bit on the concept (as I grabbed the website in hopes it was free), hopefully, I will field inquiries into services offered, and how we both, client and business operator, can successfully work to met each other’s goals: your project completed; and my work and skill compensated.

Most of the services offered won’t require the usage of high-end website at a costly price to access. That should tell you that I can work around things that are expensive, but that I will also work cost effectively for you. And will look to establish a routine to get all the jobs done. (That’s your biggest concern.)

As the champion of this new venture, I want to demonstrate and reflect what it is I can do for you. Because where the rubber meets the world road that is exactly what you are after in a consultant to your project.

My skills:


1.       Industrial Engineering. College educated. 3+ years experience. (See:IE RESUME.)


1.1.    Plant Layout and Analysis – in prior jobs, I developed Autocad floor layouts, redesigned and projected future assembly, manufacturing and warehouse configurations for facilities in the 400,000 square foot range.

1.2.    Capacity Studies – determined maximum operating capacity under current methods and evaluated future expectations based on customer’s needs and programs.

1.2.1.        In Manufacturing, molding press time, WIP storage along with outsourced product information helped define maximum capacity of a facility under current paradigms.

1.2.2.        In Warehousing, limitations were based on usable docks, dock space, turns of inventory, reserve slots, forward pick slots, pallets moved per hour and cases selected per hour or day.


1.3.    Budgetary Analysis – developed operating budget for 380 personnel at various operating and employee performance levels in a food distribution center.  (Annual budget of $16.1 million dollars.)


1.4.    Project Management – oversaw $250,000 facility modification project to increase SKU count by 20%, pick-to-pallet density and full utilization of storage space while maintaining current 24-7 operation levels for Kroger Co. in a food distribution center. (Sample: Excerpt of IWI Project.)


1.5.    Database Management – incorporated current labor standards package and Access database program tools to create a more useful reporting program for senior management and employee usage.  Co-developed automated incentive program to address employee incentive package and reduce errors in reporting, recording and payout.


2.       Technical Writing. 4 years experience with several projects using statistical analysis, organizing research and creating graphics for a business plan, baseball history book and labor standards manual. (See: Freelance Resume.)


2.1.    Business Plan – Consignment shop business applying for a SBA loan. (See: Neat Repeat’s Business Plan.)

2.1.1.        SWOT Analysis, Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Historical Financials compiled in plan.

2.1.2.        Ownership history, resume, competition analysis, market demographics and consignor study completed.


2.2.    Baseball Book – Utilize quality control-like measurements to define shifts in baseball play. Incorporated research from over 400+ sources, utilized databases for statistics capture and integrated biographical and pictorial information to add depth and flavor to project. (See: Chapters of Bringin’ Gas and Dialin’ 9 here.)


2.2.1.        Hitting across eight, 14-year eras

2.2.2.        Pitching across eight, 14-year eras

2.2.3.        Negro League History and Biographies

2.2.4.        Ballparks & Stadiums across the Eras

2.2.5.        General Management, Scouting and Sabermetrics

2.2.6.        Franchise histories (Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox)

2.2.7.        Managers, Broadcasters & Umpires (not included in file)

2.2.8.        Salary Escalation

2.2.9.        World Series overview (not included in file)

2.2.10.    Performance Enhancers & Drug usage in The Steroid Era


2.3.    Labor Standard Manual – wrote guide to help supervisors understand the concepts of performance ratings, time studies, safety factors and incorporated incentive plans.


2.3.1.        History of time studies and how they should be used

2.3.2.        Proper ways to take a time study and regard for the employee (allowances for fatigue)

2.3.3.        Considerations for safety, delays and poor machinery (downtime) when applied to labor standards

2.3.4.        Usage of MTM, MOST, MSD and other pre-determined time standards


3.       Blogger. 3 Years experience. (Yahoo 360, Blogspot and WordPress sites.)


3.1.    Current Events, Politics, Economics, Sports, Biographies, Personal History and Entertainment are the primary blogs on these sites.

3.2.    Limited experience is SEO techniques.

3.3.    Limited design experience of website.




I consider myself a self-starter and able to find ways to get the job done.

I can be employed to figure out the answers/options.


Compile information and design or develop a vision of what it should be.


Work towards an ultimate goal; and see it through to its conclusion.


And the compensation…that can be discussed later.