Tipping a waiter is normal, right? If the service was great, this is the normal thing to do. Showing appreciation to someone in a service job is important in most countries. Yet, if you think about it, waiters are pretty much the only professions you tip. How comes?
So this might be a Deja Vu. A couple of weeks ago I talked to you about an uber for shop assistants. The idea behind it was: get somebody to help you if you have questions.
Last weekend, after I spent some time with my cousin who works in a large furniture shop, I came to the conclusion that I was thinking too complicated. Yes, being able to call somebody is very relevant. But very often you just need an interaction. And this, as quickly as possible.
We live in an on-demand world. Everything we do needs to fit our schedule. This is the main reason why messaging/email became so popular – because we can control when and where we want to reply.
The “Uber for X” model became so popular, there is Uber for pizza, Uber for cleaning, even Uber for bodyguards.
One of the situations I really do need an Uber, I barely find one on the marked: shop assistants!
My daughters grows up polylingual. We speak English, Russian and German. For years, we had the troubles getting my big girl to the point where she speaks all of them. Struggling with 3 languages is normal though. But at some point, she was comfortable in Russian and German, but actively avoiding English. She understands everything, but she avoided speaking English at all.
This business idea is not quite future proof. But it’s something which bothers me for quite some time now.
Our family is multilingual. My kids grow up speaking English, Russian and German. Different languages on different days of the week (long story for another time).
We buy DVDs once in a while, at home or abroad, mostly kids movies, Disney, DreamWorks, this kind of style.
We live in a world where cars are everywhere. Everybody got one (kind of). Speaking of somebody who didn’t own a car until a couple of years ago: it IS liberating. BUT maintaining and taking care of gas is definitely not my favorite task!
Enter Booster Fuel.
Ever thought about buying sheep so that you can sit back and relax while they do your lawn mowing duties? No?
Well, that is actually what some people were thinking. And because they do that quite well, some rent out their sheep for lawn mowing services.
I love Evernote. I have been using it for years. Easy to use, and in many cases replaces my brain. There might have been countless situations where I just looked something up in Evernote instead of actually remembering. 🙂
Imagine for a second being a student:
You finally got accepted to a study program you love. It is quite far away. You pack your stuff, fill your parents car and move. You found a great place, cheap rent, great infrastructure where you spend your first year. And then, in the end of the year, you decide to go abroad. So now comes the tricky question: what should you do with your stuff?
Have you ever been sore after a trip to the ice skating palace?
No? lucky you!
Yes? welcome to the club!
I admit it, we are the occasional skaters. We go like 3-4 time a year. We are no regulars. So we don’t have skates on our own. For our kids, it does not make sense. We buy them, go like twice, and the 3rd time they already grew out of them. I also admit me and my wife could have bought some, but I guess we are too cheap for that.
So what happens? We rent some skates and after one hour of sliding, I feel like beaten down.
What I like the least about working in large corporations are the meetings. There are so many benefits of working in big companies, but the number of meetings never seem to end. And to be honest, many cannot be avoided.
Many people, like my wife, like to use USB sticks. Dropbox is something they know and have, but do not use on a regular basis. The feeling of having something physical is special to them. They grew up with it and might not want to change that. Also, some need a stick, because their working environment prohibits usage of cloud storage services.
Yesterday my kids and I went to a bakery. It was hot, they were hungry and grumpy. To take control of the situation I bought some fresh bread. I paid with cash while checking emails on my phone. Then I took the change and started distributing the bribe-bread.
It was after I paid that I realized I should have cleaned my hands before handing out something to eat for my kids (god, I hope my wife will not find this post). I fed my children with germs from the change (to be precise a lot of peoples’ germs) AND my phone (which has 10x more bacteria than a toilet seat, studies show).
The first idea I want to share is a service business, not too cool these days, but still with potential.
All of us have booked our vacation online, right? This process starts quite easily with all these booking sites. After you set your eyes on a dream vacation spot, the real work begins. Figuring everything out takes time and sucks out a lot of energy. But mostly, it is a big waste of time because there are people who are experienced enough to do all the work in a fraction of the time.