While Accularian keeps you up-to-date on how to use your Mac, another web site I created shows you how to use your talents to produce an income online!
If you love your Mac, why not use it to make a little money online. It has everything you need to start an online business built right in (or easily accessible vie the web.) Freedom for the Family is a group of folks who meet once a month, online, via Google Hangouts, to share what we are learning and how we can help each other build online businesses. You do not need any particular level of expertise or ability, just a desire to pursue the dreams God has given you and a willingness to grow.
Tune in this month and find out if there is a way to find freedom for your family. We will meet online, Saturday, August 9, 2014 and 4PM Eastern via Google Hangouts.
Here’s a LINK to the Google Plus info where you can confirm your attendance. It’s a great way to spend an hour or so, Saturday afternoon and there is no cost.
If you want to learn how to master your Macintosh computer you’ve come to the right place. If you feel like you are not getting the most out of your Mac, I’ll show you how to get it operating properly and give you some amazing tricks, tips and short cuts that will actually make you laugh. I’m not kidding!
I can’t tell you how many people see demonstrations of things that are built right into their Macs, that they never knew existed, and they literally shake their heads and laugh with surprise! That’s what I love about producing my video lessons. I love empowering people with tools and technologies that make their lives more fun and more meaningful.
Way Beyond Email
If you are just using your computer for reading email, looking at Facebook or browsing the web, you may be in for a huge shock as you discover that you can boss your computer around with your voice, chat with loved ones face to face via iChat… no matter where they are in the world, and even run a million dollar business from your desktop. What are your dreams? How can I help you reach them, using this amazing technology? It’s what I love to do!
So, the little video above pretty much gives you the overview about what Accularian is all about but I thought I might take a few minutes and tell you a little bit about me and how I have arrived at this happy place in my life.
About Dana Haynes
I grew up loving technology in Dayton, Ohio. In every sense of the word, I am a Midwesterner. I was transplanted to South Florida (Miami area) in 1983, but Ohio is home. I have been an Apple consultant for more than 20 years now, and as part of that discipline, I developed a bunch of Macintosh lessons for my Mom. It was a lot of work! Being an economizing Buckeye, it made sense to offer these lessons to the general public as well. Since Mom loved ’em, I knew others would too.
Launch and Relaunch!
With absolutely no experience in the online world, I launched Accularian.com in 2006. I got some great marketing help from The Buyer Group, a PR firm in South Florida and we gained about 100 subscribers pretty quickly. In those days, I assumed that if I built it, they would come. They came, but they quickly left because there was nothing new to offer after the initial launch. That was OK. I got some really amazing experience and I was just beginning to homeschool my daughter. Frankly, I had no time to do anything else.
My wife, April worked a grueling, thankless job at a big box office supply store, full time so I became a homeschooling dad, a rare breed! Fortunately, as a part of the homeschooling efforts, I could take my daughter with me to my Macintosh support calls with local clients. She became know as our “Vice President in charge of Charm!” This is how it was.
Fast forward to 2013. My daughter is older and my wife is now free from that awful job that had an insidious hold on both of our daily activities. We could not even schedule a simple weekend away because they always “needed” her. She had the demanding job, but we were both shackled by it.
“She’s Outta There!”
In November of 2013, April finally left the soul sucking job! Now, for the first time in our lives, we are free! We now have ton’s of time to devote to our own online businesses. She has a rapidly growing Amazon business and I am busy producing valuable content for Accularian, while supporting clients and their technologies through the internet and via phone. It’s an absolutely amazing experience for us; as we see what life, in this information age, and earning an income online is really all about.
A Mac for All Seasons
Our Macs are an extremely powerful tools. They help us communicate, build relationships, memories and so much more. What you may not know is that your Mac also has the power to take verbal commands from you, write letters by dictation, run every light and appliance in your house and save you tons of money in doing so. I am using all of this technology and just waiting for the right people to share it with. I estimate that I am saving about $100.00 per month in electricity by using my Mac to run a small modest home. You can do this too and best of all, you already have the most expensive component of your own home automation system, the Mac. From there, you can build an amazing system piece by piece for just a few dollars.
My Macintosh, running Indigo Home Automation software, tells me the weather, reads the Bible verse of the day each morning, tells us where our spouse is based on iPhone locations and a lot more. This is the power of a “SmartHome.”
In addition to Home Automation, you should know that all of the video, audio and web materials you see here at Accularian are produced on an iMac and a Macbook Air. I am writing this as I sit outside, under starlight, and posting it via wireless internet to the world. You gotta understand how absolutely amazing this all is for this kid from Ohio!
When you consider the possibilities of what you can actually do with a little imagination and technology, it’s pretty thrilling. The problem comes when it feels like there is an absolute mountain of information to sift through in order to accomplish some of the simplest things or learn something that would help us fulfill our dreams. That’s what Accularian is for. I distill this information and get it to folks who love to dream and love technology. Come join us and let’s have a blast together.
Join us. Share your ideas. Tell us what you want to learn and we will get on it. The sky is not the limit, it our imaginations! Let’s do what Walt Disney told us to do, “Keep moving forward!”
What to Do Next
Well, that’s a little about me, my family and my business. Tell me how I can help you. You can email me by clicking this link: Contact Dana or better yet, get started watching some videos! Fill out the form on the bottom of this page and watch the two important Preventative Maintenance videos. After that, sign up for all the great lessons here at Accularian. They are affordable, fun, and family friendly so you’ll want to get the kids involved too. Let me know what you think or what you might want to learn next. Most importantly… keep moving upward and….
I am happy to announce that the Accularian Affiliate Program has officially launched. This means that you can earn some serious cash by promoting the lessons here at Accularian. For each new premium subscriber, we will pay a generous commission.
In order to participate in the program you should be an active member yourself and learn how to use your affiliate link to promote our products.
The video above explains how to get your affiliate link.
We can even do a free custom webpage for you so that you would point your friends and family to that page rather than directly to the whole Accularian website. Feel free to tell all your Facebook friends and Twitter friends. Promote Accularian to you church, school, homeschool group or any organization you are a part of. The more you promote, the more you earn.
The bottom line… if you love Macs and talk about them, why not make some extra money in the process.
As I am producing videos here at Accularian, I bumped into a really strange problem. I was trying to zoom into a particular area of the screen, nothing fancy, just a straight, non stop zoom. Set up an anchor point, move forward in the timeline resize my video and done… right? Nope! The resulting maneuvers make Mohammad Ali look like he’s standing still! All we want is to be able to do straight moves with key frames, right?
I found the solution in several forums, so this is not an unknown issue. The best one, with a great video tutorial was from Mark Morache at Creative Cow. Here is a direct link to his post and video. The Apple discussion forums are talking about it too here.
Hope this helps someone else…and hey… tell your mom… there are a bunch of BEGINNERS Mac Lessons here. Click the “Go to Lessons” link above and sign up today. She’ll quit calling you about how to do copy and paste!
Making money with a Macintosh based website like Accularian requires diving into a tool box of skills, which for me, is just beginning to get stocked and organized. So, a few months ago, when I heard that Rhea Perry from “Educating for Success” would hold a “Home Business Conference” about online entrepreneurship, I knew I had to attend.
Last week, I had the pleasure to go to that conference. It was very helpful in adding new goodies to my toolbox, which I know will benefit this website. In addition to the tool set, I gained a bit of philosophy. I want to share my experiences with you since so much of what we do on our computers and on the Internet could be used to make money.
Fascinating Business Philosophy
The purpose of the “Home Business Conference” is to introduce families to alternate sources of income. In comparing these alternatives to the traditional job model, Rhea presents a passionate point that the traditional job model, based on her experiences, comes close to legalized slavery.
I tend to share Rhea Perry’s perspective. Fostered by the need for organization, we endow an employer with the power to tell us when to come to work, when to leave, when to take a break, when to eat and even when we can go to the bathroom. In the traditional job model, we must often get “permission”, based on the company’s schedule, to participate in simple family events such as a wedding, a child’s graduation, going to church or even the doctor because we might be scheduled to work at that time and work must be the priority. In this environment, the company comes first, not me, not my family. Sure, employers are often very cooperative, but even then, there looms a subtle disdain for the employee who makes too many of these requests.
The Myth of Job Security
I know too many friends who are in situations where their careers are constantly flashing before their eyes with threats of demotion or firing. We hear about people who, for years, have worked tirelessly for their employer, only to be terminated just before retirement. This is just one example, you probably have some of your own. Rare indeed is the company who knows how to really motivate their employees and has the resources, generosity and heart to do it.
Job or Family – What is the Priority?
In the traditional job model, we sell our very precious time to the company for a paycheck. We trade hours for dollars. These are hours we can never regain and they are all used to benefit someone else first, then us! Don’t get me wrong. For some of us, this money-green strait-jacket may fit very well. But studies have shown that 80% of us who wear this snug little fashion statement are not very happy with the lifestyle it provides as we frantically rush to barely squeeze in what we really love doing with family and friends. Often times, to compensate for the absence of solid home relationships, we develop better relationships with the gang at the office, neglecting the gang at home. We spend more waking time commuting and working than we do with our family. Izzy Hyman of IzzyVideo.com laments in the FoolishAdventure Podcast that prior to starting his work-from-home internet business, he only had about ninety minutes a day with his young children. Many of us are in the same situation and it does not need to be this way.
We get very comfortable in our careers and are extremely reluctant, if not outright terrified, to investigate the possibility of change. In some of my surveying, I have witnessed a fog that creeps in and clouds normally sound thinking when I even bring up the possibility that there may be a better way to live than trading hours for dollars. We get understandably nervous when we consider a change to our routine. A change in the path means challenge. It means we need to learn new skills and cut away a form of social vegetation, regarding the sanctity of the job, that has grown up for years like a shield wall of protection. Why not simply stay on the well worn path? It’s easy. It’s safe. Just stay! No new growth ever occurs on a well worn path. The real question then becomes, “Do we want to grow?” I emphatically say, “Yes!” If something is not growing, it is dying!
I watch some really good people walk this well worn path. Some are truly amazing in their creativity and talents but never live up to their God given potential, fearing the changes needed for growth. An amazing dream lays dormant in the heart. We perhaps feel the tug to try, but instead of soaring, or even looking over the edge of our feathered nest, we pull up the covers and settle in. We live “languishing lives”. The sparks of creativity and the possibility of true freedom were long ago crushed by that concocted cage called the classroom and cookie cutter teaching that ingrains the brain to only pursue that bright shiny future of a safe, secure job. Entrepreneurship is rarely taught in our schools and universities.
My heart truly goes out to these people when I see their amazing talents, the cage door is wide open, but from their perspective, no light of hope breaking through. The strait-jacket holds their wings close, tight and secure. An Internet based business has the power to change all this and our entire family. No one is saying you will get rich, but if you could just replace a good portion of your income and only commute to your desk, would it not make you just a bit curious? My appeal, from this platform, would be to put this conference on your schedule for next year. Make it a priority.
A Family Conference
The “Home Business Conference” is an annual event in Huntsville, Alabama and is primarily designed for families who home school their children, but anyone can register. At its core, the conference uses a biblical world view to frame its content, which I found refreshing and powerful without being preachy. Unlike most conferences produced by the corporate world, God was invited to this one.
Rhea Perry is a living example of someone who escaped the traditional cage and makes a good living, working for herself. Her kids “got it” too. At 18, her son Drew, having been given the freedom to explore his passions and desires for entrepreneurship, developed a method to buy and sell houses on eBay. In doing so, he made a small fortune, enabling the family to bring their father out from the corporate world and into a life of deeper fulfillment at home, with his family.
I would emphasize again…this conference is for families! I was so impressed with the number of children, even young ones, who sat through some fairly long and detailed presentations. When I asked the kids what they thought, they all seemed to “get it” and were able to articulate their own dreams and intentions.
Another very impressive aspect of the conference was the quality and diversity of the speakers. Drew Perry, Rhea’s son, spoke about his experiences in creating and selling businesses. Dan Celia, a well known financial expert and talk show host, spoke about managing finances in this changing economy. Joel Salatin talked with us about the amazing things he and his associates are doing in the Non-GMO farming industry. (This was such an impressive presentation, I think I want to be a farmer next!) Frank Deardurff taught us about web design. Teresa Ball, of SendOutCards, presented the opportunities afforded by network marketing. Larry Goins showed us how to use the Internet to buy and sell Real Estate online. World renowned internet marketing guru, Armand Morin was amazing as he talked about making money with a membership site, as we do here at Accularian. Rhea spoke about the power of finding a mentor and Jennifer Navarrete ran a “Social Media Lounge” during the breaks, where she interviewed the presenters and streamed the content live on the Internet! You can see some of those interviews at her web site. In addition, Jennifer gave a rich, targeted presentation about the power of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. To cap everything off, the Sunday morning session was actually a mini non-denominational church service officiated by Ken Pounders of Priority Evangelism. And at the end of the conference, Rhea gave out over $1500.00 in prizes to families who had submitted videos for their home-based business ideas!
Let’s Fly Together
I can enthusiastically recommend the conference to families who desire and dream to get out of the 9 to 5 rut and investigate the possibility of self employment. It is an eclectic mash-up of world famous talent, exciting information, like-minded people who can cheer you on, and some really good entertainment too. Go to their website for information about next year’s conference.
One of my biggest takeaways from the conference is that anything is possible but it doesn’t all have to happen right now. Pace yourself. Work on your dreams every day and build them because it’s your children’s, children’s future you are paving.
Finally, I learned that the world of Internet marketing is powerful, so always watch for new ways to promote your business… by the way… have I told you about our Golden Accularian membership?
I run the bookstore for my church and created a website to handle the online side of the business. Not too long ago, it got hacked so I switched to Zen Cart to see if it would be better for me. It was easy to install and has a lot of great features.
How to Customize Zen Cart Templates
One of the things I wanted to quickly do was to set up my own look and feel for my website. One of the ways to accomplish this is through the Zen Cart template system. I went through the tutorials on the forums at Zen Cart and thought I would post a short video for those of us who learn things by watching rather than reading.