June 2009 Archives

Business Lifestyle Design

In January I was a little hard on myself when evaluating my ’08 progress and my ’09 goals. I try to somewhat separate myself from the business because they’re not necessarily correlated, and because I’m evaluating more than just the company. It’s easy to get caught up in always trying to do whatever it takes to make more money, but I want to make sure that I’m not doing that at the expense of things that are more important to me. Finding time for my… Continue reading

6/27/09

NFL Season Ticket Experiment

In 2003 I thought it would be a good idea to put my name on the waiting lists for season tickets for several NFL teams.  Not every team has a wait, and not every team that does have a wait allows you to get on the list for free (some have PSL’s while others charge $100/seat to be on the list).  However, a handful of really good teams with really long waits do allow you to get on their season ticket waiting list free of… Continue reading

6/21/09

Eliminating Clutter [Flow Chart]

I’m making the move to a (much nicer) new apartment next week and am in the process of going through all of my belongings. By my count, this is 8 moves in 8 years. I’m getting pretty good at getting rid of all of the clutter each time so I don’t need to lug stuff around that I don’t use. Even if you don’t move as frequently as I do, going through your belongings once a year can be a very beneficial exercise. Not only… Continue reading

6/18/09

Announcing Z.ips.ME – Your Very Own URL Shortener

Background When I started using Twitter, one of the first things that piqued my interest was URL shorteners. Not only does it make no sense why Twitter doesn’t officially have their own URL shortening service (although bit.ly is sort of official now), but it really made no sense to me why everyone used either bit.ly or tinyurl.com instead of creating their own. A URL shortener is uber simple to program and can offer you a ton of value.  So I picked up the domain “ips.me”… Continue reading

6/16/09

Doubters & Motivation [Flashback]

From time to time I’m going to be re-posting some of my favorite posts from the old SportsLizard Entrepreneur Blog that preceded Adam-McFarland.net.  I was fresh out of academia and in the process of leaving corporate America.  This was the true start-up phase for myself, my sites, and later Pure Adapt.  Nothing I write now will quite capture the excitement, doubt, frustration, and passion that is such a part of entrepreneurship in the same way as those 296 posts do. This particular post was originally… Continue reading

6/12/09

New Warehouse Layout, Inventory Zones, & Efficiency

A few weekends back we re-organized the product layout in the warehouse.  When we first moved in we only had one row of products.  Since then we’ve just been adding shelving units as we go, with no real organization other than trying to keep items of a specific brand together.  It grew to the point where pulling and packing a large order took forever.  You’d be running around like a chicken with your head cut off, going up and down rows on one side of… Continue reading

6/9/09

Patience is a Virtue I Don’t Have! [Flashback]

From time to time I’m going to be re-posting some of my favorite posts from the old SportsLizard Entrepreneur Blog that preceded Adam-McFarland.net.  I was fresh out of academia and in the process of leaving corporate America.  This was the true start-up phase for myself, my sites, and later Pure Adapt.  Nothing I write now will quite capture the excitement, doubt, frustration, and passion that is such a part of entrepreneurship in the same way as those 296 posts do. This particular post was originally… Continue reading

6/2/09