Category: Just for fun

Categories E-Commerce / Just for fun

Starting a Business is Like Playing a Game of RISK!

starting-a-business-is-like-playing-a-game-of-riskLately I’ve been thinking a lot about how we got where we are today, and I’ve come to the conclusion that starting a business is a lot like playing a game of RISK. If you’ve never played the game RISK before, I encourage you to find a friend and play the game. To understand the full impact of what I’m trying to convey, I’d like you to play RISK with just one other person, ideally late at night…

Categories Just for fun / Project Management

Finding a Time Management Solution That Works for You


When it comes to owning and running a retail store and online business, we often hear that there never seems to be enough time in the day. In fact, no matter what your role is in life, time management is one of the most important skills to develop so that you can be productive and keep your sanity.

There are so many courses out there that teach you “everything you need to know” about time management, but just like our philosophy at Modern Retail (creating an e-commerce business is not a one size fits all solution), creating a solution to help you manage your time is not one size fits all either. People are inherently different, so what works for some may not work for others…

Categories Just for fun

Amazon Buys Goodreads


I am a web aficionado and a serious book reader, and Goodreads is one of my favorite websites to learn about books. The reviews from this site often provide me with the final purchase making decision. The reviews are coming from fellow book lovers, so it carries more weight with me.  This is also one of the few times where customer reviews actually mean something –  and Goodreads claims to have 29 million reviews. I suspect this is one reason why Amazon purchased them.

Goodreads is fantastic if you love books. I buy lots of books and I send books as gifts, and although many have droned on over the years that print is dead, it certainly isn’t in my house. However, lots of these books are available on the Kindle or other tablet devices. Not only that, Goodreads provides a nice drop down list where you can purchase the book. That, my friends, is how you practice good web…

Categories Blogging / Just for fun / Marketing

New Year’s Resolutions – Social Media, Blogging and More


It’s December 31st, 2012. Time to reflect upon the last 365 days of the year – what went well – and what we’d like to do differently. It’s time to write down on little pieces of paper our New Year’s Resolutions and do our best to keep them. I’m not sure how you feel about New Year’s Resolutions, but I’m famous for starting the year off with a bang only to fizzle around mid-February.

These days, I generally avoid New Year’s Resolutions; but as I sat down to create this end of the year blog, I started thinking about if I were to create a list of resolutions, what would be on my list? Here are a some of my thoughts…