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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Get up, Get Up, GET UP! Is it time to retire?

Posted Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 9:03 AM
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  • We can’t do direct promotional plugs on here so please no links or company names, but you can share enough that if someone is interested, they can request an email.(I think) If not, contact me and I will find a way to get the two of you together.

    I was my happiest in the corporate world when I was training manager for several different companies. Folk who wanted to become managers and grow up the corporate ladder looked to me to help them, and I believe I delivered. I still stay in touch with people who became friends during that time and wish I could find all of them.

    I found that sense of purpose some years back on a part-time basis when I started teaching ebay. Some folks took the training and started running, while others never took the next step. That was disappointing until I learned from many that they just wanted to find out what ebay was all about. I guess I fulfilled a need after all.

    In case you are wondering why they would pay a class fee to just learn more, they didn’t, their union paid the fees, so they had no “skin in the game”. That stint of classes where no one paid for the class taught me another lesson and it was reinforced a few times later when I tried offering free classes. Those who did not pay, most often went no further.

    So, back to my musing about the next stage of my life, what do I do? I could substitute teach but as I understand it you don’t really get a chance to TEACH, it is more babysitting. (apologies to those older students who might take offense at the term) I still consult with my previous company, but the bills still need to be paid and a few consulting gigs will probably not do it.

    We sell on three different internet venues, but Deb is maxed out with her ebay craft business so that part cannot grow any more. I list under four I.D.’s selling OOAK (One Of A Kind) items like vintage articles, clothes, while adding some new things that apply. To make more I will need to set up accounts with commercial sources so the listings can be for 20, or 30 items of the same thing. That however, does not “ring my bell”.

    Yes, I get emails thanking me for reuniting customers with their favorite collectible, or music, or whatever, but that is only briefly bringing joy to them, it is not HELPING them long term. So, I am leaning toward two projects.

    One is developing a group of online and in-person courses to help people like me earn some income, clear out the collectibles that the family does not want to inherit, or to downsize without throwing precious things in the trash.

    By “people like me” I mean those who are constantly challenged to keep up with technology and the opportunities of the internet. You might think that I would not fall in that category, but things change so fast and my mind doesn’t.

    About ten years ago I learned rudimentary html programming to massage our company’s web page, then used some “point and click” software to build two more sites. Since I have not used it in years, it slipped out a window of my mind.:-)

    I have to struggle with new terminology all the time to figure out what I need to do. One of the more frustrating things is to work software that expects you to instinctively know that the little squiggly thing in the top corner (or wherever they hide it) is the key to all my questions, or that swiping to the top, bottom or side will show menus or “apps” to do what I want.

    And then sometimes the mobile app just does not work as well as the computer version and you go crazy knowing there should be a button or link and it is NOT THERE! OK, calm down, Ohmmmmmm.

    So no one wants to share?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jul 24, 2017, at 5:40 PM
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