Category: Internet

How To Delegate Tasks In The 21st Century

I own a small web hosting business. It is a business that I run to bring in a bit of money in addition to my main job. I am the CEO, programmer, web designer and tea boy. As I have a regular 9-5 job as well, I have to run the small business during the evenings and weekends. The cliche “so much to do, so little time” certainly applies in my case, as other small business owners in the same situation will attest to.

In larger organisations, it is easy for work to be spread among several employees, so that no one employee is overwhelmed with work. You can’t do this in small one man bands. However, the Internet has become popular over the past few years, and there are now a number of sites that allow people to outsource tasks to people overseas. Need a logo created, a press release written, or some advice on which cell phone to buy? Sites such as allow you to pay someone else to do the work.

Not only do the sites allow you to find someone (usually more talented than yourself) to do the work at an affordable price, but time zone differences allow your business to operate 24/7. You can recruit someone in another part of the world to do some work for you at 5pm, and have the work in your inbox by the time you start work the following morning.

I outsource a lot of SEO work. SEO can be a rather tedious yet necessary task when creating a web site. There are sites that specialise in outsourcing SEO work. Needless to say, I have spent quite a bit of money with them!

I Love Listening To Online Radio Stations

When I was young, I wanted to be radio announcer. I was particularly interested in the technical aspects of radio, such as how radio stations worked, and I thought that being a radio announcer would the ultimate job.

I vaguely remember that when I was ten years old, I did some school homework on a subject that escapes me. One of my answers on the homework sheet was “I would love a radio that can pick up any radio station in the world.” And I really would have loved such a radio. However, this was in the mid-1980s. I was aware of shortwave radio, but I knew that a device, such as a small portable radio, that could pick up any AM or FM radio station in the world would be a mere dream.

Little did I know that a few years later, this thing called the “Internet” would become popular. Little did I know that radio stations all of the world would be setting up web sites and broadcasting their stations online.

And then along came smartphones. These small palm-sized phones were capable of accessing the Internet and playing the audio streams. My dream of having a radio that could pick up any radio station in the world didn’t quite come true in the way that I imagined, but we have got something very close. And the audio quality from the online stream is often a lot better than what I would get on a radio.

One of the main benefits of listening to stations online is being able to take advantage of time zones. I often don’t have time to listen to local breakfast shows or drive shows as I am usually busy getting ready for work or coming home. However, once I am at work, I can put some headphones into my smartphone and bring up an Australian radio station. As Sydney is two hours behind, I can catch their breakfast shows and get my daily dose of humour.

In the evenings, I have the choice of listening to either an Australian drive show or a UK breakfast/morning show.

The Internet is a wonderful thing that allows us to do what we want, when we want to.