Craig's Crossroads - October 2011

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New day... New challenge

Life just threw me anther curve ball yesterday. I was cut from my full-time job.

Long story semi-short...
I'm an IT guy for an Architectural company. The company was recently bought out and merged with another. For the past several months, we've been working ultra intensely to marry the technologies of two companies. And happily it is a successful report. Now that things are merged and budgets are tight, a three man IT staff cannot be supported. So the man in the buyee side of the equation gets the short straw. I've got one more week.

Glass half empty? Glass half full? I'm hoping the latter, but you can imagine the stress!

Wende and others are encouraging me that "doors closing so a window can open." I know that forced change sometimes 'nudges' us into a better position that we would have been otherwise afraid to take.

You guys know me because of another curve ball a couple of years ago. Economy downturned, company cut all our hours, to supplement my income, I had to find a second niche besides architecture so I found it in technology coaching for the Real Estate industry. About fifteen months ago I rediscovered blogging in the form of the ActiveRain network and what a great time here! I had a recent milestone I'm proud to share that I made the top 10 in the list of most subscribed to bloggers on AR with over 1400 subscriptions.


Sandra's New Blog Page Theme

Now's the test! Can I come up with a business model that will work? I'd really like a foundation part time position two or three days a week somewhere (ideally Real Estate or Architecture) and then build the rest of my income in consulting and teaching. I have in the past worked with agents where we blocked out a regular 6-10 hours per month of my consulting time to cultivate their web marketing strategies. That is also a good foundation to have. I'd need to build as many of those accounts as I could.

Besides that, I like to do small pick-up projects like the page theme (banner/footer/background) that I recently just completed for Sandra Mathewson.

Craig's Virtual Classroom
(on the drawing boards)
each class 10 modules of
about 15 minutes each
playback online and podcast download

GB101 Graphics for Bloggers
AR101 ActiveRain for Newbies
GC101 Google Cloud - Gmail and Docs
PC101 Picasa Photo Tool for Presentations
PW101 Becoming a Power User
RV101 Video for Real Estate
SM101 Social Media (FB, twitter, G+)
HT101 Basics of HTML in your Blogging

Also in the works, I've been busily building a list of online courses that I want to record and put online. Craig's Virtual classroom! These are a combination of what I have been teaching in my blogs and webinars but with a more comprehensive syllabus. So far I've got several courses outlined in detail and several more on the drawing boards beyond that. I'm thinking of a fair price (what are your thoughts?). Each class has 10 modules outlined of 15 minutes per module. Nothing is recorded yet, but it looks like I'll be starting sooner than I thought!

Well that's news from me. I'm looking for feedback and ideas. Your turn! I'll look forward to your comments below.

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  is a Technology Manager residing in NYC who specializes in applied technologies in the fields of Architecture and Real Estate. Craig focuses on finding the best uses of tech as can be used to help a business be more successful. He is keen on always seeing the perspective and viewpoint of his audience and he tailors his teaching to be easily understood. Visit my "Recent Posts" page to see a listing of all that is new in case you missed anything!

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Craig

Sometimes it takes something like this to point you in the right direction where you can/will be happier.

People like me who were downsized from corporate America, turned to real estate, and so much happier for it.

Will be in touch. I need help with my blog and my website.

November 26, 2011 03:37 AM
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Jack - love to hear that thank you

Pacita - thanks for coming over to my blog post to visit - I look forward to soon talking with you - Your own example of making a new start is an ecouraging one, thanks :)

November 26, 2011 11:16 AM
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Hi Craig,

I'm really late to the table as I've not been on AR in quite some time.  However, I'm sure with your skill set, you are well on your way to great success as a consultant.  I join all the well wishers before me - I'm looking forward to hearing about your next "chapter"  :)

December 08, 2011 03:15 PM
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thanks Peggy - glad you found your way over for a visit - catch up with you again one of these days :)

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Goodness, Craig, so this is what you meant for a lot of chaos in 2011!  I hope that things start to level out and will definitely keep your new ventures in mind as we build out our new brand.  I'm sure you can do amazing things to help us reach our goals and am hoping to send you some business next year.

-Dee

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