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TFF-71 – How To Limit Liability In Your IT Business

We continue our discussion with an IT professional who will tell us about the risks in operating an IT business and how to minimize them. He will tell us what a tech business can be potentially liable for and offer some tools and tips to help protect ourselves and our businesses from such liability.

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We continue our discussion with Bryce Whitty, an IT professional and owner of Technibble.com, a popular web site and forum for IT professionals and business owners. We’ll talk about the different types of insurance available to techs in the field, some of the risky situations that can quickly put a tech in the IT business out of business, and how you can cover your company and protect yourself from such potential peril. If you would like a copy of Bryce’s book, The Computer Business Kit v3, it’s available at now.

Interview with Bryce Whitty – How To Limit Liability In Your IT Business 2:58

How To Get The Computer Business Kit v3 31:24

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Wrap up and Close 32:20

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TFF-70 – Customers Who Scam

Today we’ll talk with an IT professional who will tell us about some of the ways techs can be scammed by their own customers. He will tell us what to watch out for and discuss ways to protect yourself and your business from getting ripped off.

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We interview Bryce Whitty, an IT professional and owner of Technibble.com, a popular web site and forum for IT professionals and business owners. We’ll learn about some of the most common scams perpetrated against IT techs, talk about some of the red flags to watch out for when dealing with questionable customers, and swap our own personal experiences with customers who tried to take advantage of us.

Interview with Bryce Whitty – Customers Who Scam 3:31

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Episode 71 Teaser 27:50

Wrap up and Close 29:14

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The Force Field to carry LIVE coverage of CES 2015

Since 2008, The Force Field has carried video coverage of The Consumer Electronics Show. 2015 marks our eighth year of coverage from the floor of CES. The front page of The Force Field web portal will feature 24/7 video coverage of CES 2015, including a LIVE stream during the event. As in years past we will stream both recorded features and a live stream courtesy of The Tech Podcast Network (TPN). The Force Field Podcast is a proud member of TPN.

In addition to the live video stream, the front page of TheForceField.Net will also feature a live chat, where viewers around the world can discuss CES 2015 in real time.

To complete the coverage, The Force Field Forums will also have the CES 2015 Forums open and available to the public, for the latest comments, debates and discussions during CES 2015.

The event begins 12 Noon EST (9 AM PST) Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

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TFF-69 – How To Quit Your Job and Start a Computer Business Part 2

Today we’ll continue our discussion with an IT consultant who recently wrote a book that takes a different approach to starting a computer business that most other books of its kind don’t consider. We’ll also tell you where you can get this book and how you can get a special discount when you purchase it as a listener of The Force Field.

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We conclude our discussion with Matthew Rodela, an IT consultant, owner of Your Friendly Neighborhood Computer Guy, host of The Computer Business Podcast and author of a new book called How To Quit your Job and Start a Computer Business. We’ll find out how to keep your finances in order while you build your business, how to determine when it is time to quit your day job and manage your business full time, and how to plan for the future as a computer business owner. Part 2 of a two part series.

Interview with Matthew Rodela 2:50

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Wrap up and Close 33:17

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TFF-68 – How To Quit Your Job and Start a Computer Business Part 1

Today we’ll talk with an IT consultant who recently wrote a book that takes a different approach to starting a computer business that most other books of its kind don’t consider. We’ll also tell you where you can get this book and read some of your comments from inside The Force Field.

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We talk with Matthew Rodela, an IT consultant, owner of Your Friendly Neighborhood Computer Guy, host of The Computer Business Podcast and author of a new book called How To Quit your Job and Start a Computer Business. We’ll find out what it takes to be a computer consultant, the pros and cons of starting a computer business, and find out what you need to know and have before you get it started. Part 1 of a two part series.

Interview with Matthew Rodela 3:31

Episode 69 Teaser 31:12

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Feedback 32:13
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Wrap up and Close 34:24

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©2014 Savoia Media. All rights reserved.

TFF-67 – Are You a Contractor or a Customer?

Today we’ll ask a very important question to the techs who work on web-based IT service platforms. Are you a contractor, a vendor, a commodity or customer? We’ll define each of these business terms and find out which one best fits the techs who work on these platforms. We’ll also evaluate the numbers from a poll that asked this very question and read some comments from techs who responded to the poll.

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Are you a contractor, customer, commodity or vendor on these platforms? Where do you really stand in these provider/platform/client relationships and what is the platform’s responsibility to you in that regard?

Topic Discussion 6:54

Feedback 19:06
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Wrap up and Close 23:44

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TFF-66 – Working For The Service Platforms

We talk with an IT service provider who built a successful business working through web based service platforms and find out how he makes it profitable. We’ll also read some of your comments and e-mails from inside The Force Field.

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We talk with Dave Hayden, owner of Computer 911 and an IT service provider who works almost exclusively for national IT service companies and web-based service platforms. We’ll learn how got he started with the platforms, why he builds relationships with the companies that route the work through them and how you can make platform work profitable too.

Interview with Dave Hayden 3:34

Feedback 28:26
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Wrap up and Close 30:11

Comments, questions or suggestions? Send them in to comments@theforcefield.net or post them in The Force Field Forums. Feedback on this topic will be read by the host and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at http://www.theforcefield.net!

©2013 Savoia Media. All rights reserved.

TFF-65 – Should You Start a Computer Business

We celebrate the seventh anniversary of The Force Field Podcast by asking a very important question that is often never considered by techs who want to start their own computer business. We also evaluate the results of a recent poll about Windows 8 and read some comments from listeners of the show during the last seven years.

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We talk with Matthew Rodela, an IT consultant, owner of Your Friendly Neighborhood Computer Guy and host of The Computer Business Podcast. We discuss a rarely asked, but very important question he posed to his audience in the second episode of his show.

Interview with Matthew Rodela 3:55

To commemorate the 7th anniversary of The Force Field, this episode is Commercial Free!

Windows 8 Poll 34:21

Feedback 35:52
Comments and feedback from listeners

Wrap up and Close 40:11

Comments, questions or suggestions? Send them in to comments@theforcefield.net or post them in The Force Field Forums. Feedback on this topic will be read by the host and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at http://www.theforcefield.net!

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Episode 64 – Inside The Force Field

We go inside The Force Field and discover some of the resources available for entrepreneurial technicians. We’ll also learn about some changes coming soon to the show and the site to help you make the most of these resources.

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The Force Field will carry LIVE coverage of the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters Show on the front page of the portal beginning Monday, April 8 through Thursday, April 11, 2013 courtesy of The TechPodcasts Network (TPN). The Force Field Podcast is a proud member of TPN.

VMware will host the Online VMware Forum April 23, 2013 from 11:00AM – 4:00PM ET in a 3D virtual environment with interactive booths staffed by VMware partners. The event is FREE to qualified professionals. To Register for The Online VMWare Forum go to http://theforcefield.tradepub.com/free/w_vmwa75/.

Seagate claims to be the first hard drive manufacturer to ship two billion hard disk drives.

Sales of Microsoft Windows 8 are below expectations, while demand for laptops with Windows 7 is high.

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Today I would like to give you an overview The Force Field. We’ll take a look at the history of the podcast and its overall objective. I’ll introduce you to the web portal, talk about some of the resources available on the site and how you can access them FREE. I’ll also tell you about some exciting new changes coming to show and the site to enhance The Force Field experience and to help you master the business of tech.

Inside The Force Field 13:33

Wrap up and Close :46

Comments, questions or suggestions? Send them in to comments@theforcefield.net or post them in The Force Field Forums. Feedback on this topic will be read by the host and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at http://www.theforcefield.net!

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