Web Hosting for Online Business – Complete Guide

web-hostingI wanted to write this post for a long time. But never got to do it until today because I had the impression it would require much effort and time … and be kind of boring.

But when I finally started writing I was surprised to learn a thing or two about web hosting myself. So I guess we can all benefit.

This guide is about every aspect of web hosting that might be important to an online business owner (at least every aspect I know of). You can follow the advice step by step or just pick the elements that seem to be the most significant for your current situation.

Starting with:

Free hosts vs. standard hosts

Where “standard” means ones you have to pay for. [Read more…]

How to Set Up a Standing Desk (and Why)

standing-desk

Today’s post is a little different. I’m switching from the online world for a minute to show you how, and why, you should set up a standing desk.

A what?! – Says you.

Well, the idea of a standing desk is quite simple – it’s just a desk that you’re standing next to, instead of sitting at.

At first, this doesn’t sound right at all, so let me address some of the FAQs right away:

Is a standing desk suitable for long-hour work?

No.

But before you dismiss the whole idea, think whether it’s really a flaw… Chances are that if you need a working environment where you can spend long hours, you need to find a different job. [Read more…]

Do You Make These Mistakes While Writing Blog Posts?

mistakeI hate to be the one to break this to you, but you make mistakes too… We all do. Being able to put some words together in a smooth sequence of sentences is not enough to produce a decent blog post.

“Easy reading is damn hard writing” – I guess Nathaniel Hawthorne was right after all…

Now let’s set some things straight. I’m no guru when it comes to writing. I’m making a ton of mistakes myself. Not to mention some language errors because English is not my primary language (greetings from Poland). But there is a small set of things that I’ve figured out, more or less. And I’m writing this post to tell you what those things are.

So let’s start. Here are the mistakes: [Read more…]

How to Calculate Productivity? My Own Simple Approach

scoreboardIs there a way to calculate productivity? If so, then I’m the perfect person to tell you about it (not to toot my own horn here, of course). You see, it’s late night here in Poland and yet I’m still sitting here, writing this short post, and feeling productive.

To calculate productivity, using my method, you have to follow a simple 6-step productivity scoreboard.

But first, let’s set one thing straight. Before you can start tracking your points you need to learn the difference between being productive and being busy. As there are no points for being busy. [Read more…]

Want Some Business Ideas for 2014? Check Out New Opportunities in Poland

PolandAre you looking for some new business ideas for 2014? I’m pretty sure you haven’t considered Central European markets, like Poland. Now let me tell you why you should.

Poland. A country located right in the center of Europe. Bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north.

Here’s a handy map:

Poland map

This is what a geography teacher or Wikipedia might have to say about Poland. But I’m not a geography teacher nor am I Wikipedia, so let’s get down to business and skip the boring stuff. [Read more…]