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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

When one door closes, another opens. Say hello to FOODspeaks!

Wise men often say - well they've said it to me in the past week - when one door closes, another opens. Here I stand - with one door closed...preparing to open a new door.

What the heck am I talking about?

Well - I was laid off last week. Yeah - it sucks.

BUT I think this is the perfect time to announce something I've been working on for quite a while now.

In Outliers they talk about the "10,000 hour rule" which claims that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.

So what have I done for 10,000 hours? I came up with 3 things: watched reality tv, eaten out and worked on the internet. That said - I decided to combine two of those into an idea.


What the heck is that besides an awesome logo? It's my new business.

FOODspeaks is a consulting business aimed at helping restaurants with their online voice. This includes their website, social media presence and public reviews on sites such as UrbanSpoon and Yelp.

This combines my love of eating out with my work history of over 15 years of consulting with businesses on their web presence. It also throws in everything I've learned about social media - which is a TON!

I've been working with a couple of businesses on a freelance basis and am ready to help more people! Honestly I think independent restaurants are some of the best treasures this city has to offer - but sometimes their websites are awful!

So - here it is - all you restaurant owners out there - fill out the Contact form on my site and let's get together! My consulting services are affordable and I can't wait to get started with more businesses.

There it is - my next door is open!

FAQ #1: Will this conflict with the regular Food Hussy reviews? Nope - I won't review places I'm working with.

FAQ #2: Am I going to have a "regular full-time job"? I definitely plan on it! I have a long history of project management in the interactive/software industries. Ultimately I would love for FOODspeaks to be a full-time job but for now - I'm hoping to find something full-time and launch this on the side.

I hope you'll all support me in this new venture!

Thanks to Lisa Alexander and Jordan Thomas for their hard work on the website.
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