Inside the Mind of a Small Business Owner
thoughts & comments are encouraged
This is an exciting day for me (& hopefully you as well). As some of you may know (read my first blog in the archives), last year I closed the doors on my business due to a lower back injury. I purposely took time off to avoid the slightest thought about what to do next w/ the intention of clearing my mind & hitting the reset button. During the last few months, I was able to do just that, but it wasn’t a complete reset. I am officially out of the labor industry, but I came up with a new idea to refer you to the best local businesses, hassle free. I (obviously) believe this will be better than the rest out there.
The concept is: FAST. FREE. PEER APPROVED! (business ratings approved by your peers)
The website is called: peerapprove.com (check it out, we have the logo on a temp page now)
The mission is: connect consumers w/ the best local businesses in under 60 seconds.
I was on my couch on a lazy Sunday afternoon watching my son nap. A small rumble in my stomach started but I was in one of those moods where I couldn’t decide what I wanted (we’ve all been there). An idea was underway in my mind, but still needed a little development. My decision making was becoming very problematic & I wish there was something to tell me what to get. At this point anything should have been acceptable, but I did not want to order food from the same places I usually went, thus causing my mind to go blank. I also wanted an answer right away to calm my uncreative cravings. I’m sure you can see what a predicament I was in, haha. My mind was useless for my intended purpose, but that’s when the idea for peerapprove.com really took off …
I identified a problem I was having & assume many others have as well, maybe not to my dramatic extent though:
The Problem: People are always looking for recommendations on the internet. There are website reviews out there, but it seems to me most people are going to their local email groups, Facebook or other social media platforms to ask individuals their opinion(s). The main issue with this is (as well as the other sites), you still have to comb through an assortment of different opinions & businesses “plugging” their own “page.” In the end, you have wasted a bunch of time waiting for responses, reading them & you still aren’t sure who’s opinion is credible. Not to mention you are probably hungrier than you were 30min prior.
The Solution: I developed an idea that would lead to the creation of peerapprove.com. We are currently building a database that will collect analytical information from your reviews. The review process is fast & easy, based on 4 finite questions w/ an optional text review. The questions are what we decided to be the 4 most important attributes to any business (to be released at a later date). You will give a score for each question. The cumulative score (as well as individual question ratings) will be averaged for the specific business reviewed. Every time one of your peers submits a review, the business rating will be automatically updated. Requesting a local referral is even easier. Type in your zip code, search radius & specific service you are looking for & hit submit. Within seconds, the top rated companies that offer your specific service will appear on your page with the best rated companies on top.
How peerapprove.com is different: Remember? Fast. Free. peer approved!
Truth be told, I do not remember what I ate that day or if I even ate at all for that matter. But I did come up with an idea that I think can be very convenient for the general public. As always, if you have any questions for me you can always reply to any of my blog posts (www.powerwgl.com).
You can also email me directly at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Both emails are active & in use.
Also, visit our official page for more info or to follow along for updates: www.peerapprove.com
Facebook & Twitter pages coming soon!
Thanks for following! PRW