Author Archives: Tyler Tervooren

You Should Ask Better Questions When Picking Software

When I met my wife, I was pretty certain she was the one for me from our first date. But I didn’t whisk her onto a plane for a Vegas wedding chapel that night and merge our checking accounts the next day. For a number of reasons. At least one being it would have included kidnapping and robbery charges.

Instead, I spent a year getting to know her, seeing how we’d get along, and having some deep philosophical conversations to make sure we were actually on the same path. Life is long, but it moves fast and if two people who are supposed to be working together are pointed different directions, trouble ensues.

Now, picking a software company to serve some portion of your business is a little different, but not that much! It’s often really expensive, filled with complex settings and data entry. And if it all goes wrong later, untangling can feel a lot like a divorce.[1]It’s not you, it’s your half-implemented feature that always breaks. I swear!

The worst part is the wedding requires almost no forethought. Just enter your credit card info and you’re off to the races. Like a one-night stand that somehow turned into 30-years of disappointment. Continue

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1. It’s not you, it’s your half-implemented feature that always breaks. I swear!

Teach Online: Why Bloggers Are the Future of Education

The world of education has been turned on its head a few times in recent decades. You can thank the internet for that. And there’s little sign that how we teach online will stop changing any time soon, either.

If you’ve learned anything yourself in the last decade (I hope so!), you might have noticed the explosion of content aimed at helping you learn faster, better, and easier.

Looking through my own recent search history, I can see in just the last few weeks I’ve learned how to:

  • Fix a part on my car on YouTube
  • Write a snippet of PHP for my website from W3 Schools
  • Create an advanced email automation campaign on Lynda, and
  • Set up a woodworking shop on Udemy

These are but a tiny fraction of the things I’ve learned by turning to everyday experts—often bloggers—to teach me. And many of them make a tidy profit sharing their expertise with me. Continue