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What business can I start with my PowerBook?
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Jul 1, 2004, 05:31 PM
 
I just got a new PowerBook, and it's great. Does everything I want, and then some. I see it comes preloaded with QuickBooks, New User Edition. Now I need a business to start to try the software out. Any ideas? I'm good with computers, and would prefer something that can be done using the PowerBook.

Businesses I've thought of:
- Video editing (but my G5 is faster at that)
- Web site design (too many people doing this already)
- Graphic design

Any other ideas?
     
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Jul 1, 2004, 06:13 PM
 
This is a joke, right? Imagine for a minute that we're in the woodworking forum and somebody asks, "I just bought a new compound sliding power miter saw and a new planer. I'm pretty good with them, so what business can I start?" The point is that a computer is not a bunch of solutions waiting to be released into the world -- it's just a tool and to be useful it requires a skilled human. What are you skilled at? Skilled enough that others will pay you to do it? Does that skill benefit from a computer-tool? There's your answer. And enjoy your new tool.
     
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Jul 1, 2004, 06:26 PM
 
No it's not a joke.

I'm skilled at just about everything. I'm even skilled with compound sliding power miter saws (just bought that too a year ago). For example, the question in the woodworking forum wouldn't be "what business can I start?" but "what can I make with my new saw and sell?" Same thing here.

I have a tool, and the possibilities are endless. I'm just looking for ideas. Skill is not an obstacle. I can make money at just about anything, the question is, what do I want to spend my life doing?
     
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Jul 1, 2004, 06:51 PM
 
The powerbook IS a tool! You need to offer an unique service or a service better than the millions of others you are competing with! Find a niche and "BE BETTERTHAN THE REST!"

You can even take photos and make buttons or T shirts on the street corner!


Good Luck!
     
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Jul 1, 2004, 07:15 PM
 
Originally posted by alligator:
... the question is, what do I want to spend my life doing?

Try answering your own question, might reveal some possibilities. Probably closer to what you're looking for than anything someone who has no idea who you are would be.
     
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Jul 1, 2004, 07:16 PM
 
Make an adult web site. iMovie makes it easy!
     
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Jul 1, 2004, 07:20 PM
 
Panhandle, and you could use your Powerbook to keep tab on how many cents you made each day.
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Jul 1, 2004, 10:29 PM
 
I like the iMovie porn site! You could even step up to FCE2 or FCP to do some really creative money shots! You know, with Fireworks or multi angle high speed stuff like in swordfish's big bus explosion...you could call it extreme porn!
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Jul 2, 2004, 06:14 PM
 
This thread has the funniest premise that I've ever seen.
I'm used to reading technical mailing list discussions where people are flamed for asking common questions that could have been self answered by doing some research through the archives.
Forums such as these are somewhat more relaxed, idle thoughts and speculation are common.
However, to say `I have a computing machine, now what should I do with it?', is just over the top weird.
The saying `Putting the cart before the horse' comes to mind.
     
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Jul 2, 2004, 08:04 PM
 
Originally posted by iREZ:
Panhandle, and you could use your Powerbook to keep tab on how many cents you made each day.
You could als make a bitchin flash presentation to use at the freeway off ramp instead of hanging a sign.....
     
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Jul 3, 2004, 12:59 AM
 
alligator,

Since you're skilled at a lot of things and since you're mobile with your PowerBook, I think you should go out into the world and teach people your skills.
Helping other people is one of the most rewarding things one can do in life.

You could even join an NGO or church mission and go to a very far off place: Southeast Asia, Tibet, Africa, Polynesia,...

Show people how to do woodwork, teach them your language, teach them computer skills, and whatever else you're good at.

It will broaden your mind. A lot.


And as a fun project set up your own web page documenting your efforts. It will be your diary and also provide help and info to like-minded people.
Before long you will have your own little network of people helping other people.

Good luck!
( Last edited by McFarmer; Jul 3, 2004 at 01:08 AM. )
     
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Jul 4, 2004, 03:26 PM
 
Originally posted by alligator:
I just got a new PowerBook, and it's great. Does everything I want, and then some. I see it comes preloaded with QuickBooks, New User Edition. Now I need a business to start to try the software out. Any ideas? I'm good with computers, and would prefer something that can be done using the PowerBook.

Businesses I've thought of:
- Video editing (but my G5 is faster at that)
- Web site design (too many people doing this already)
- Graphic design

Any other ideas?
I few things I might suggest, now that you have a PowerBook:

Concert Violinist.

From checking the latest Strad auctions on eBay to downloading MIDI files of the latest Gorecki Concerto, a career as a concert violinist is almost a no-brainer for any proud PowerBook owner.

Pastry Chef

It's often been said that a balanced wisk and a PowerBook are a pastry chef's best friends. But only the PowerBook can help you organize recipes, order supplies, and sell your confections on-line. For a Pastry Chef, a PowerBook sure is sweet!

Epidemiologist

You haven't begun to track disease trends in various populations until you've done it on a PowerBook. From gathering on-site data, to crunching statistics, and generating persuasive, graphic-oriented morbidity charts, a PowerBook is an absolute MUST for an epidemiologist on the move.

Head of Religious Organization

From maintaining databases of parishoners, to exigesis of scripture, it's hard to believe that anything larger than a Kabbalistic cult ever developed before the advent of PowerBooks. If you're a modern day Messiah, you will surely say "Thank God for my PowerBook."

Launch and Propulsion Specialist

In order for a space shuttle to reach the closest star to our sun in no more than 6000 years, you'd need a fuel tank the size of the moon. That's where you and your PowerBook come in. Develop the next-generation propulsion system, and you'd be an overnight star, no pun intended. However, everyone knows that NASA is a Mac shop, and so without a PowerBook, you might as well kiss your plum position at JPL goodbye.

Hope you find these suggestions helpful. The important thing to realize is that now that you have a PowerBook, the world is your oyster!
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Jul 4, 2004, 03:36 PM
 


haha, that is so ****in' funny

     
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Jul 5, 2004, 05:41 AM
 
Originally posted by alligator:
I just got a new PowerBook, and it's great. Does everything I want, and then some. I see it comes preloaded with QuickBooks, New User Edition. Now I need a business to start to try the software out. Any ideas? I'm good with computers, and would prefer something that can be done using the PowerBook.

Businesses I've thought of:
- Video editing (but my G5 is faster at that)
- Web site design (too many people doing this already)
- Graphic design

Any other ideas?
Think the other way round: if you have a business, find out how to do it with your powerbook.
Buying a Powerbook and than deciding what to do with it is simply stupid. As I statet before: Apple has a great marketing. Seems you are a victim.
     
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Jul 6, 2004, 09:22 AM
 
Originally posted by alligator:
No it's not a joke.

I'm skilled at just about everything. I'm even skilled with compound sliding power miter saws (just bought that too a year ago). For example, the question in the woodworking forum wouldn't be "what business can I start?" but "what can I make with my new saw and sell?" Same thing here.

I have a tool, and the possibilities are endless. I'm just looking for ideas. Skill is not an obstacle. I can make money at just about anything, the question is, what do I want to spend my life doing?
Apples and oranges my friend. If you are going to use that saw analogy, you should have originally asked “What new applications could I develop with my new PowerBook?” or “What new services can I provide with my PowerBook?”

Honestly there is nothing your PowerMac can’t do that your PowerBook could, except for one thing – portability. Usually people buy laptops for business, but you want a business for your laptop. Catch 22.

Coming up with a business idea is usually the easy part, implementing them not so. If you are just doing this on the side that is one thing, but going full fledged taking out loans, going into debt and trying to break even is not something to be taken lightly.

Find some work you’re be proficient at already or go back to school and take some business courses, otherwise be content that you have an over glorified portable dvd player.
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Jul 6, 2004, 09:57 AM
 
Originally posted by alligator:
I'm skilled at just about everything.
I have a tool, and the possibilities are endless. I'm just looking for ideas. Skill is not an obstacle. I can make money at just about anything, the question is, what do I want to spend my life doing?
If you were truly skilled, you would already be doing something and not having to ask total strangers what you should be doing...

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Jul 6, 2004, 03:02 PM
 
Eh, what do you need a business for, I'm sure you're independently wealthy and drive your former playmate girlfriend around in your prototype BMW, and can out drink, screw, hack, think and drive all the rest of us anyway.

We're just hanging out while the pr0n downloads.
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Jul 6, 2004, 08:33 PM
 
Originally posted by alligator:
No it's not a joke.

I'm skilled at just about everything. I'm even skilled with compound sliding power miter saws (just bought that too a year ago). For example, the question in the woodworking forum wouldn't be "what business can I start?" but "what can I make with my new saw and sell?" Same thing here.

I have a tool, and the possibilities are endless. I'm just looking for ideas. Skill is not an obstacle. I can make money at just about anything, the question is, what do I want to spend my life doing?
Seems like the skill you are missing is "How to make your own decisions"
     
   
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