Break Even

You know, there was a time when I just had to press ‘Pause’. 😔  I am hard working beyond measure. I am talented. I am ambitious. I am resourceful. And yet, I kept feeling like I was peering through the glass ceiling of my own potential. I needed to shatter through it, and the only way to figure that out was to just….stop. I went to live in Tobago, took on VERY few jobs and focused rather, on just sitting with myself…long and hard and tearfully. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, and didn’t know where to find the information that I needed, but I just sat with the despair I felt everyday, until slowly, things began making more […]

The WWW as an ecosystem

I want to shift you away from thinking of the internet as a loose combination of technologies but rather as an eco-system, which you can break apart in order to piece together again in so many ways again and again to create processes for your business and your ideas.  Saleable Products and Services  The world wide web (the www) is built upon products and services that people buy and sell, as well as trade. We are shifting, especially after the pandemic, in to a greater period of online buying and selling. In the same way that I encourage persons to consider themselves a brand, and as such make their very selves a saleable product, it is in that same vein […]

e-Commerce in the Caribbean

Allow me please to demystify e-commerce in the Caribbean for you, perhaps help you feel more at ease with exploring your options, and ultimately push you off, confidently, in the right direction. For brevity sake, I’m going to approach it using an example workflow, and show you how the resources I am mentioning work together. So, John has a hair care product business, which he operates via his limited liability business. Because he has a limited liability business and subsequent business bank account, he is eligible for a merchant account with his local bank. A merchant account is not a new bank account, it just opens John up to commercial options, like a point of sale machine, and e-commerce facilities, […]

WhatsApp for Business

I want to present the option of doing business via your smartphone, in the form of the app, ‘WhatsApp for Business’. Having been bought by Facebook since 2014, WhatsApp and WhatsApp for Business now have the development backing to continue building itself out into a robust platform for entrepreneurs and businesses. ‘WhatsApp for Business’, which is different to ‘WhatsApp’ (two separate apps) allows you to build a catalogue or store with your products and services. In India and Brazil, you can even receive payments directly within WhatsApp. Though this feature is not yet available for other countries, I am sure that these changes are imminent. So, why should you consider having a store on ’WhatsApp for Business’? Future-proofing WhatsApp provides great functionality in the […]

Registered

One of the very first things you would have done when you were ready to get your business started up is to have the company name searched for, to ensure it is unique. This may or may not take a while. So, you get through that process, and you have your company name. It is registered. Company Name You don’t have to name your brand the same as the name that is on your company registration certificate. I hear people wonder aloud about this all the time. No. It isn’t necessary. Your company’s registered name is really for the purpose of your business affairs such as legal filings or documents, your banking and taxation. Product Name You can have a […]

Deprecation of create_function

If you get this error whilst working with WordPress: “Deprecated: Function create_function() is deprecated in…”, the following advice works: “It addresses the add_filter statement: add_filter( 'option_page_capability_' . ot_options_id(), create_function( '$caps', "return '$caps';" ), 999 ); switch it out, and use this instead: add_filter( 'option_page_capability_' . ot_options_id(), function($caps) {return $caps;},999); We can see the usage of function(), very typical function creation instead of a deprecated create_function() to create functions. Hope it helps.” I originally found a solution to this error log issue here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/48161526/php-7-2-function-create-function-is-deprecated

Apple..sigh, is resistance really futile?

Apple, it’s okay to want your customers to evolve, but do we have to feel forced or tricked into it. You send us updates that you KNOW will break our shit. Anywhoo, here is some help to rescue you from iTunes upgrades. You can downgrade by following the steps below: Enter ‘Activity monitor’ into the Spotlight and press Enter. Find iTunes helper, and quit it. Open Spotlight, type ‘Terminal’ and launch it. Enter: sudo rm –r /Applications/iTunes.app, then press Return. If this doesn’t work, enter ‘sudo rm -r ‘ and then drag your current iTunes app into the Terminal window, then hit Enter. This will delete iTunes. Now you can download an older version of iTunes and install it. Older […]

Gutenberg

WordPress 5.0 was released on November 27, 2018. It is a big change but it’s nothing that you can’t handle. Bluehost — which is the web host I’ve guided most of you to utilise — will prevent sites from auto-updating to 5.0 if they are not already running Gutenberg. Auto updates of WordPress will resume in January, however the update will not overwrite the classic editor plugin. Gutenberg is switching the game up from text based to visual based editing of your content in the back end of your website. It will make the design and publishing process more visual for non-technical website builders. So what is this Gutenberg?! (Funny name, first of all!) This is what the Gutenberg editor looks like. It’s a […]

Troubleshooting Git

Had an issue, whilst learning git commands and the helpful www came to my rescue.. My problem: Getting this error message anytime I tried to commit a file: “Aborting commit due to empty commit message.” Found the solution at stackoverflow.com “I’m also a newbie in Git. I encountered basically the same problem as yours. I solved this by typing: git commit -a -m ‘some message’ The reason is that git doesn’t allow commit without messages. You have to associate some messages with your commit command.”