I can't believe it's been over a year since I have submitted something on DeviantArt. It feels kind of weird. I have drawn anything in days. Where did the time go? A lot has happened since then: I've been in full swing with my telecom business selling business phone systems and carrier services. I've learned a lot about installing and programming phone systems, setting up and building networks which is fairly simple to set-up routers and switches. To date I have closed and installed about $27,000 in business and have about 6 customers. I get monthly residual checks for about $200 per month which pays my business expenses which are minimal since I work from a virtual office. Basically, that means I pay $49 for a business mailing address, have a hosted cloud based phone system for another $25 a month that makes me look like a larger company with Automated Attendant and Menu prompts that ring my 1 phone, and cloud based email on my web host provider. However, most of my revenue is in new equipment sales. I also just closed another $25,000 deal and am working on another 5 opportunities.
On LinkedIn I now have over 500 contacts. I use it as a resume to advertise my skills, expertise, and accomplishments. I send my LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter profiles out on ALL EMAILS!
Running your OWN BUSINESS is stressful as hell. I am the accountant, bookkeeper, project manager, sales person, engineer, installer, trainer, technician, telecom consultant, marketing expert, web designer, and CEO. Communications is important to companies and they cannot afford to have DOWN TIME or interruption in their business. It is a big responsibility and I have pulled my hair out on more than one occasion.
Other things that happened: My $500 DeWalt Cordless tool set got stolen off my boat. Damn thieves! I can't stand low life scumbags.
My Dad died on July 20th and I had the joy of moving his stuff out of his duplex. It happened the weekend of Comic Con and even though I had tickets I didn't go. It was a good thing I didn't go as we got the call that he was dead on Saturday afternoon. Both my brother and I were there to see him for the last time lying face down dead in the hallway. We watched as County Coroners turned his stiff corpse over and loaded him into a body bag and place him in the Coroners Van.
Growing up he was a drug abusing horrible father and we were never close. However, I have a lot of respect for him for raising 2 boys when our mother would not. In his last days he did quit using but communication was always awkward. Now he is gone and with his passing I haven't shed a single tear. During his last years, I forgave him treating my brother and I like crap growing up and my only regret that I will never have the opportunity to be closer to him the way that most people are close with their fathers. Now I will never have the chance. I miss having you around Dad. I ended up paying to have him cremated. My brother has his ashes and we will probably head out to San Francisco, get a boat and go out of the Golden Gate Bridge and dump his ashes into the bay - the same place where his mother and father's ashes were dumped a few weeks before he died. The same place where I want to be dumped as well...
Other than that, I'm still single and have not dated anyone for a long while. I've been too wrapped up in my own career and getting my business off the ground that dating has not been a priority. Plus, I've been barely getting by. Hopefully I can land another deal and hire an employee soon. It's hard doing a 45 phone install all by yourself.
I still have a lot of learning to do. I picked up Avaya IP Office as my primary product line a month ago and bought a $1200 Demo Kit. I still have to pay $1800 in training to learn how to install the system. It's a 5 day class and I have to fly out of state for the training. Plus there is hotel costs, airfare, and expenses. Before that I was doing Open Source Asterisk Phone Systems but decided to do a mainstream product instead when the $25,000 deal I just closed wanted a brand name phone system instead of something that was unheard of. Picking up Avaya was a good move as they are a Fortune 500 company that ranks 477 on the list that offers a ton of advanced features and applications. I won't bore your with the details but it is a pretty awesome system. Plus, by partnering with Avaya I was able to close the deal!
Despite all of that, I've been watching a lot of anime the past year, reading comics, and just finished playing Far Cry 3 on the PS3 which was the first game I played since December of 2012. I may be a business man first but I'm still a nerd am starting to get the itch to pick up my pencils and draw again. No promises. We will see what happens. I've been watching to try drawing or painting something realistic. Maybe Walt from Breaking Bad but who knows. I'm not good at realism and if it looks too crappy... I will never post it here.
I may start posting about some of the shows I watched and write a short review without telling too much about the storyline later on.