A month to go until Brexit

With a month left to go until the United Kingdom is supposed to be leaving the European Union, I’m watching the deadline approach and wondering what will really happen.

However much I have written and discussed the topic elsewhere on the web, I’ve been quiet here since I exchanged my driving license and gained German citizenship.  In some ways, that status at the end of 2016 meant security, as I knew I could remain in Germany whatever the outcome of the leaving deal (or lack of one) turned out to be.  I have followed other British residents in Germany through the process, and have often answered questions about it.  And I have seen others left with the uncertainty of not knowing what is going to happen, and not being able to do so much about it as they do not meet the minimum requirements to apply for citizenship.

A view of the English Channel taken from Dover Castle in April 2014

As the deadline draws closer, I read ever more articles in the UK press about what could be the case after March 29th, or in the event of “no deal” what almost certainly will be the case. [Read more…]

Skype Numbers in Germany – a warning

Skype running on a Symbian phoneI would like to warn other business users with German Skype Numbers about the fate that awaits them.

I have (had) several Skype accounts for my business, managed through the Skype Manager. Some of these are old enough to have subscriptions, that include numbers without extra charge.

Last year at the end of March I was informed that one of my numbers would expire, even though it was not due for renewal. After a length discussion with a chat agent, I was told that my subscription (which was also not due for renewal) no longer included a free number and I would need to purchase the same number separately. I was given the option of porting the number to another provider, which I tried to do. [Read more…]

Re-thinking, evaluating, re-structuring

Evaluating my ways of working is part of being self-employed, so it is something that I like to do on a regular basis.  I make a lot of notes, and have a lot of thoughts, and eventually put some plans into action.

I started reducing – or should I say concentrating – my websites and domains a year ago.  Over the years some of those ideas that I had, actually made it into reserved domain names.  But then, for whatever reason, the project did not get off the ground.  A few years ago I consolidated these domains into a single package, and last year every one of them got re-evaluated.  The first step: cost reduction.  Each of these domains was costing me a small mount of money each year, so if they were not doing anything, and not even earning me some advertising revenue from being parked somewhere, then I really did need to decide whether the project would ever happen.

I cancelled around 70% of those domains during the course of 2018, so that they did not renew automatically.

At the end of 2018 I then started looking at the statistics and earnings of some of the websites that I no longer write for.  Again, was there a reason to keep them? [Read more…]

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