Sunday, January 22, 2006

Growing International Readership

I wanted to take a moment to send out my appreciation to my growing International audience.

Thank you. Dank u. Merci. Danke. Grazie. Σας ευχαριστούμε. ありがとう. 너를 감사하십시요. Obrigado. Вы. Gracias.

Here's a recent example of the breakdown of my readership (from Google Analytics):

I'm getting more and more international Blog_Mail and Insiders subscribers, and about 20% of all $50 Projects come from Europe.

I've also been getting more and more emails from individuals in the United States and overseas, who'd like to essentially either be a franchisee or reseller of my services. Here's my standard answer:

I do this as a hobby. I make very little money, and in fact, if I were to charge true market rates for this service ($100+ per hour) I'd probably not get enough projects to write about. Plus, I've got a "real job", so I can't spend 50 hours per week on this.

If anyone out there would like to be a franchisee, I'm sorry, but I'm not interested. However, if you'd like to be a contributing programmer/solution provider to keep your skills sharp, email me and I can add you to my growing list of "helpers". How this works is when I get requests for $50 Projects that I am not interested in doing, or I don't have the time for, or I can't figure out myself, I email my list of helpers. If one of them can figure it out, I let them do it, and they email me the solution. I pay them $40, I keep the rest.

If anyone out there would like to be a reseller of Excel_Geek services, again I'm not interested in setting up a formal program. However, if you set up a service whereby you offer to do Excel/VBA projects for, say $100 each, and then turn around and request those projects of me for $50, I can't do anything to stop you. However, know that my standard terms will be in effect.



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