You know, maybe it is the "No fear of failure" thing that has my adrenaline going. But it might be "Too stupid to say No" syndrome. I plunge into many ideas without knowing much of what's going on hoping that I land on my feet and figuring that I will learn as I go. It is getting ridiculous because at the same time...I fear failure almost everyday.
What's the worst that can happen? I become homeless? I don't WANT to become homeless!
I know I will be able to get a job and start all over again if I fail. So... why not?
Indoor Rocking Climbing at Hanger18 with my gal pal VAL. I know...BLURRY...sorry?
Okay, so you opened your business. And you are getting payments through Paypal because that is the only thing you know. You can do the lame thing and send yourself an invoice with paypal... then take down their credit card numbers... then pay your own invoice with their credit card information...
And let paypal rape you with their 2.9% + $.30 per transaction fees. NOW WHAT?
You can use authorize.net.
A customer randomly wants to pay you with his card... and you have no reader... now what?
You can go online and log into authorize.net.
1) Buy your authorize.net account through a reseller. You cannot buy it directly from them. Why do companies do this? They don't want to deal with customer service any longer and they know they have a product everyone wants. They would rather let their trusted resellers deal with all the customer service. This is a smart move. Here is a list.
Call everyone and haggle for the best prices. Resellers get a percentage cut off of market value so it will be a good situation for you if you can get a large portion of the discount authorize.net gives them.
2) Log into Authorize.net
3 ) Click on Tools
It should look like the below:
4) Authorize.net is a payment gateway that won't rape you with high fees. Card readers like Square ...does. Or any other type of "Free" card readers that gets mailed to you. But hey, if you really don't care - they offer a great convenience. And if you have a store-front where you are getting orders face to face every single day - use a reader because then you can get more money in and keep the lines short.
Here is something I learned later on... which you will learn NOW. You can take payments from people who have cards with international billing addresses. You would have to change some settings... view the screenshot below:
Go to settings --> Address verification service --> uncheck the G, U, S. UNCHECK GUS! Now, viola, you can take an order from anyone living on an international island..for example.
5) Authorize.net can also integrate with your own website. You can create separate log-ins for different people. I created a developer log-in and he goes in and uses the API code Authorize.net provides. Suddenly you can take payments online. You can also do re-occurring billing. Not every customer in the world will have a paypal account so might as well know how to receive payments in other forms!
I hope that helps you guys!
Thanks for the increase in traffic! My worth of web for this website has shot from $215 to...$1493. My goal is to reach $2000. YES, THAT'S ALL I'M WORTH.. ISN'T IT?!??!
My worth of web 7 17 14
In other news... a company I co-launched with a fellow named Ron over a month ago has TWO ACTIVE PAYING subscribers now. WEEEEEEE! TWO SUBSCRIBERS!!!!!!!! Hey, that's better then no subscribers. It gotta start SOMEWHERE.
You guessed it.. This is my second SEO experiment! The first one went so well, I decided to follow up with a biography of Anthony Padilla. He is a tiny bit more popular than Yousef Erakat with 8K searches for his name/month. Unlike other biography pages, I will keep mine short. Very short. Almost frustratingly short.
Anthony Padilla Searches WHOA ALMOST 9,000/MONTH!!!
The term is searched roughly 5,000/month & online there wasn't any biography of this big butt comedian/student/youtubian. I chose the term "Who is Yousef Erakat" as my keyword phrase for the blog post.
Tech Hack: For Free - How to Get Unlimited Sharing Space via Dropbox and BitTorrent Sync
Yes, another life hack for ya.
This one I discovered by experimenting around.
So, I know you guys have heard of BitTorrent... (Let's face it, WHO HASN'T?!?!).
But there is another company called BitTorrent Sync and it lets you share UNLIMITED FILES between devices FOR FREE. You heard me folks. FREE UNLIMITED SHARING BETWEEN DEVICES!
Wait wait, hold on a minute, I forgot to mention the caveat... you need to keep that computer on or the device has to be turned on for the sharing to commence. The shared files are not going to be uploaded into "THE CLOUD". Instead your device will be the actual place where the files are stored.
Why is this useful?
Because now you don't need to remotely sign into your other computer any longer to grab that file. It acts just like dropbox but without the cloud.
THEN IT GETS INTERESTING...
I was thinking, hmmm, I do have several computers I keep on within the warehouse (just because there is no point turning them off and on everyday). I have people who do NOT have a dropbox with unlimited space given to them so when I share my files (My dropbox is at 56 GB), they usually can't see all my files because their dropbox is limited to 2.5GB as the free version.
What I do is I download BitTorrent Sync and designate the Syncing folders to be my DROPBOX FOLDER. ANY changes I make via dropbox is synced automatically into the cloud and then consequently updated on the computers that remain powered ON. ANY changes my friends/workers make in regards to any sync'd files are automatically updated on all MY devices with dropbox.
Is this getting confusing for you? I hope not.
Here is a simple EXPLANATION:
Limited to 2.5 GB Free Version
bitTorrentSync Unlimited File Sync
Files that can be Dropbox Files (For syncing to the cloud) AND can also be SIMULTANEOUSLY BitTorrent Sync Files (For FREE syncing between devices)
Computer 2 (Receives unlimited syncing) <-----> BitTorrent Sync'd NON-CLOUD Files (Unlimited Syncing) <---> Dropbox's CLOUD Files (Limited to Your Dropbox's Account) on your computer ==EQUALS== Make any changes to any dropbox files, Computer #2 will receive those changes and those files WITHOUT having a dropbox account.
Because most of people I share with on dropbox aren't so ballin' as to have 59.9 GBs (Free from friends accepting invitations and other promotional offers dropbox let me utilize), whenever I share with them any dropbox folder theirs automatically run out of space.
This is a very useful work-around. They can get your files whenever any computer containing the files is turned ON. As if it's like a folder on their desktop that automatically updates everytime they turn on their desktop/whatever else device they use.
There is no need to do a work-around if you have the money to invest in Dropbox's Business Accounts. $9/month for 100 GB sounds great when you want the luxury of getting access to files whether or not the computer these files are on are powered on or off. However, with BitTorrent Sync you can keep your computer on and have others get UNLIMITED/ NO SIZE LIMIT access to only those designed files. If you follow my hack and you combine the two, if the computer is not on, you still have access to these files. The only downside is your worker/friend might not have access if they have a limited dropbox account.
Even though I wrote about this work-around.. I really have to pay homage to Dropbox. Because of them, many businesses simply EXIST on a BETTER more PRODUCTIVE level. They are awesome!
What have I been up to? I went climbing in Big Bear. AAAAnd had quite a blast celebrating a friend's bday!: