Ben Roy: Entrepreneur and Software Creator

Ben Roy is a serial entrepreneur, owner of multiple software as a service and web-based service businesses.

An Obvious Realization

I've been spending a lot of my time working on hiring this past few weeks. It's such a great world for hiring nowadays because we have so much more information available to us than ever before. First thing you do is Google a person's name, right?

New Directions

So as it turns out, people do occasionally drop by my blog, in light of which I'm begrudgingly going to make some attempt to write something here now and then. It's only been 9 months, what's wrong with that?

I had a mini epiphany on a recent trip to Vancouver (at least, I think that's when it was, hard to remember exactly). By building out a few businesses that are smaller, I've created a fractional employee problem.

2011 New Year's Resolutions

Is there some official deadline for setting New Year's resolutions? I suppose you're supposed to do it by the 1st, huh? That's tough though, since there's so much going on through the holidays and everything. And the beginning of the year is refreshing, inspiring even. I feel like it helps me get some vision of what I want to do this year.

So, there's my rational for just now rolling out my resolutions. Building on a good year last year and the lessons I learned about how to set resolutions, I've put together a list that I think will be challenging but achievable.

2010 Resolution Recap

Looking over the front page of the blog, it's pretty easy to see that I didn't make all of my resolutions from last year. But that's ok, I'll do better this year.

I realize it's maybe a little late for this, being the third week of January, but I just got back from the annual Marketer's Cruise and was cramming on a project before I left.

My 2010 New Year's Resolutions:

- Swim 25 miles
- Run 100 miles (Easy for you, huge for me. So not a runner.)
- Bike 300 miles
- 1000 pull-ups
- 12,000 push-ups

Ben Roy Interviewed by Alan Petersen for Maximize PLR Launch

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(Press Release) – Mar 24, 2010 - Alan Petersen conducted an interview with Internet Marketing and SEO expert Ben Roy on Monday, recording the call as a bonus for the impending launch of his new product, Maximize PLR. Topics discussed during the interview included the basics of social bookmarking, benefits and challenges of marketing through social bookmarking, and how to effectively automate the process of social bookmarking using SocialAdr.

The Monster at the End of this Post

My 4 year old nephew was over at my place the other day, and his Grandma was going to read him a bed time story. He pulled out one of my favorite books from my childhood, "The Monster at the End of the Book". Just in case you've never read it (you really should), I'll tell you a little about it.

The book stars Grover from Sesame Street. He starts off at the beginning of the book by warning you that there's a terribly frightening monster at the end of the book. He tells you that you definitely don't want to get to the end of the book.

Time to Lay Down Some Rules

It was kind of a strange weekend (long weekend, really) for me. I was out in DC for Yanik Silver's Underground conference. Most of that is a topic for another day, but one of the things I got to thinking about while I was there was the inefficiency with which a lot of my time is spent.

I'm not afraid of putting in hard work to get stuff done, but I realized that I spend a fair amount of my time sitting at my computer running at far less than optimal speed. Life is way too short to waste time, so I came home ready to shake things up and try to improve my processes.

Budgeting with Wesabe

I'm a big budgeting guy, which I accomplished for the longest time with Microsoft Money. It may not have been the best application in the world, but it worked pretty well for budgeting (for me). As long as I was using it, I really felt like I had a handle on my finances, like I was in control.

Well, a while back Microsoft announced that they would no longer be supporting Money. Great, my favorite money tool was cancelled. So I knew at some point I was going to need something new.

It's the Not-So-Little Things

The day I got back from India last time (just over two weeks ago), my desktop computer died. I thought it might be the power supply, so I ordered a new one of those. It arrived a couple days later and turned out to not be the problem.

At that point I went ahead and ordered parts for a new computer, which all arrived this afternoon. I got it put together and a fresh copy of Windows 7 installed, and am now blogging from the new machine.

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