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What do you use for a dedicated business phone line? I want a dedicated phone number so I don't have to use my personal phone number. I'm looking for something that is reliable but inexpensive.
If you get Google Voice, your phone looks different when it rings, so you can tell that it's a Google Voice call.

I have also used Gotoconnect for a business phone, and it's a lot more professional.
 

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Today in the middle of a sweaty gym session I thought of a tagline that matches my value proposition for a new service. Great ideas sometimes come when you're not at your desk.
 
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Today in the middle of a sweaty gym session I thought of a tagline that matches my value propsition for a new service. Great ideas sometimes come when you're not at your desk.
Usually they happen in the shower!

Random aside: I’ve seen people try to invent shower note taking stuff, which is a great idea, but I’ve never found those practical.
 

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Usually they happen in the shower!

Random aside: I’ve seen people try to invent shower note taking stuff, which is a great idea, but I’ve never found those practical.
I already invented it. It’s my brain. If the idea is awesome enough, I’ll be there after I’m done showering. Haha ;)
 

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I don't know where to ask this but it's a simple one.

What do you use for a dedicated business phone line? I want a dedicated phone number so I don't have to use my personal phone number. I'm looking for something that is reliable but inexpensive.

I used to use Ooma back in 2017 but they raised their prices quite a bit. I had to buy a separate phone box and a cordless phone to use it. It worked well and I still have the equipment, but they are pricey. I don't even know if they use the boxes anymore - it looks like a flat router and a cordless phone was patched into it.

Some research has led me to using Google Voice.

One thing I'm concerned about is being able to screen spam phone calls on my personal cellphone. I get a lot of them so if I route to my personal cellphone and I don't recognize the number, I'm afraid I probably won't answer -- I also don't want random companies trying to sell me stuff and having it ring on my personal phone all day.

On the other hand, it would be nice to not need a separate box and cordless phone to make phone calls, when/if needed.
RoboKiller is my favorite app ever. It screens calls from people outside of my contacts. Most spam callers just give up there.

I use Google Voice for my office number. I use HD phones over fiber from a company called Obahai that hook right to my Google voice number. It will also forward to my cell.
 

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TLDR: Don't live each day as if it were your last - live each day as if you'd have to relive your life exactly the same again and again forever.

"What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you in your loneliest loneliness and say to you:

'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence - even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself.

The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!'

Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced the tremendous moment when you would have answered ‘You are a god and I never had heard anything more divine!’ If this thought took possession of you, it would change you as you are, or perhaps crush you.

The question on each and every thing ‘Do you desire this once more, and innumerable times more?’ would lie upon your actions as the greatest weight. Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate confirmation and seal?"


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3wyELZaKzo

This is a daft idea.

Life involves doing stuff that isn't that fun, so that we can enjoy the stuff that is fun.
 

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RoboKiller is my favorite app ever. It screens calls from people outside of my contacts. Most spam callers just give up there.

I use Google Voice for my office number. I use HD phones over fiber from a company called Obahai that hook right to my Google voice number. It will also forward to my cell.

My good friend was one of the main guys who created this - cool to see it mentioned here.

He sold out a while back and now just travels a bunch and owns cool apartments in great cities.
 

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This is a daft idea.

Life involves doing stuff that isn't that fun, so that we can enjoy the stuff that is fun.
I disagree, it's imperative paramount to have fun every day. No one can guarantee the next day of their life.

you must work hard and have fun. If you really prioritize things your day's worth of important work could be done in less than 4 hours though that would require you to understand the disbalance of importance, elimination, automation, and delegation.

as gray Keller puts it in his book the one thing(Highly recommended)
Extraordinarily successful people launch their year by taking time out to plan their time off. Why? They know they’ll need it and they know they’ll be able to afford it. In truth, the most successful simply see themselves as working between vacations. On the other hand, the least successful don’t reserve time off, because they don’t think they’ll deserve it or be able to afford it. By planning your time off in advance, you are, in effect, managing your work time around your downtime instead of the other way around.

from personal experience, there should be some fun every day else you regret that you didn't live your life and that business you were ACTION FAKING(with some real action) on didn't work out.
 
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Can any of you recommend reputable digital marketing Twitter / Instagram accounts with only 10K-100K followers?
 

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Yeah I was already following the last 3 and I'd heard of the first one. Good accounts.

Dici's account is funny - I follow him more for amusement than business advice.

Though I was looking to build lists of marketing agencies using Instagram / Twitter by using accounts that marketing people tend to follow.
 

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Companies have really figured out the millennial self-aware, disillusioned humor. (Gen-Z shares the same ironic humor)

This meme marketing style is incredibly effective. Think about Elon's tweets.

I saw this video by Bethesda and thought it was brilliant:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnEW6dX_BmU
 

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If you get Google Voice, your phone looks different when it rings, so you can tell that it's a Google Voice call.

I have also used Gotoconnect for a business phone, and it's a lot more professional.
RoboKiller is my favorite app ever. It screens calls from people outside of my contacts. Most spam callers just give up there.

I use Google Voice for my office number. I use HD phones over fiber from a company called Obahai that hook right to my Google voice number. It will also forward to my cell.

Thanks. I will probably focus down on Google Voice for now just to have something. If I need to upgrade or something needs to change, I'll go after something a little more professional. Right now, I only foresee using it to make calls but I know from past experience that I'll probably start getting sales calls.
 

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"Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts," Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman once said.
 

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"I'm not upset that you lied to me. I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you."

-Nietzsche
 

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I hope people realize that precedents are being set right now and that if you can be forced to get medicine now, you will always be able to be forced to take certain medicines in the future.
 

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I hope people realize that precedents are being set right now and that if you can be forced to get medicine now, you will always be able to be forced to take certain medicines in the future.
I agree, but what can we realistically do about it?

1) Move away (only works if there are still places to go)
2) Violence on a massive scale / civil war (unrealistic, and also probably not enough people on "our" side)

What else?

Voting/politics certainly won't help.

Here in Germany, the majority of people supports all of this bullshit.
 
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You can use Google to search other websites.

Example: If you're having trouble finding someone on LinkedIn using LinkedIn search, you could instead search the following in Google:

site: linkedin.com/in/ {name} {company}

You can use quotes to find exact matches.
 

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I agree, but what can we realistically do about it?

1) Move away (only works if there are still places to go)
2) Violence on a massive scale / civil war (unrealistic, and also probably not enough people on "our" side)

What else?

Voting/politics certainly won't help.

Here in Germany, the majority of people supports all of this bullshit.
I know there are people advocating option number 2, but I also know the powers that be are already locked down pretty tight on would-be patriots.

The January 6th thing has been used pretty heavily to block any kind of dissent as "radical," "anti-American," "un-patriotic" and/or "conspiracy theory."

This is also what makes voting/politics seem less effective because the demoralization effort has been working.

-- anyway this is all really negative, so my apologies. It is the rant thread though.
 

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The January 6th thing has been used pretty heavily to block any kind of dissent as "radical," "anti-American," "un-patriotic" and/or "conspiracy theory."
Yeah, similar here. Basically, if you deviate at all from the mainstream opinion, you are a nazi. Its especially toxic right now, because we have elections coming up in a few weeks.

-- anyway this is all really negative, so my apologies. It is the rant thread though.
I'm trying to block out the negative political bullshit and focus on business and other positive things. Sometimes I'm successful for at least a few weeks, but most of the time not. If anybody has some good tips on how to achieve that, my ears are wide open.
 

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I'm trying to block out the negative political bullshit and focus on business and other positive things. Sometimes I'm successful for at least a few weeks, but most of the time not. If anybody has some good tips on how to achieve that, my ears are wide open.
Totally understand, and I need to do the same.

Send me a message if you want, curious what you’re working on!
 

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To get off the topic of the "2020-pox":

I really, really like my ebike. I'm still in the honeymoon phase since I just started riding it this weekend, but it's bloody awesome. I'm getting a workout without realizing it and when the leaves start to change color, the trails (really all the streets in the neighborhood) will be absolutely gorgeous. It's all the fun of cycling with less of the sweat, and as a result, cyclists hate these lol. (Also because once these things become popular, people will be people and start behaving poorly on trails and roads)

So far, the only car trip it hasn't been able to replace is Costco. Most things are within 2 miles of my house so it makes no sense to drive to those places, but I live in a typical suburb so it's not a walkable place. The ebike is the perfect happy medium. For me.

We're not going car free any time soon (winter still exists after all), but I like that this is something that I can directly do to reduce my own carbon footprint rather than bitch and moan about the environment or whatever.
 

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I agree, but what can we realistically do about it?

1) Move away (only works if there are still places to go)
2) Violence on a massive scale / civil war (unrealistic, and also probably not enough people on "our" side)

What else?

Voting/politics certainly won't help.

Here in Germany, the majority of people supports all of this bullshit.
Just say no. There are many people, maybe even the majority that agree. The media is pushing a narrative to warp our perspective.

We are made to feel like we are a vast minority, when in reality, we’re probably the majority; perhaps even vastly so.
 

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