David Ross

David Ross

David Ross is self-employed entrepreneur who lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his wife, Heather. They have two kids, Alex and Erin. His businesses include Big Deal Entertainment, Big Deal Theater, and a web marketing company.

Thursday, 31 March 2011 08:25

Thank You!

Thank you for contacting me. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Reasons Your Customers Don't Want to Pay You

This is brilliant little video -- and very funny. Unfortunately, it happens to me more times than not in my self-employed world. My favorite part is at the end:

 "Tell us how you made it, so we can do it on our own in-house from now on".

The only thing missing is when a client asks you do work for free or at a discount because of all the "exposure" you'll get. If a client doesn't want to pay you now, they probably won't pay you later. Just move on.

So I'm doing my taxes this year, which is never fun for someone who's self-employed. I'm almost done and I get to the last part of the Arizona tax form where it asks if you want to donate to charitable causes like wildlife conservation, domestic violence shelters and programs that prevent child abuse.

And that's when I saw it. In the middle of this list of worthy causes was the "I Didn’t Pay Enough" fund.

Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Video: Are Teachers Really Underpaid?

When you take into account the amount of time off they get, teachers make more than chemists, physical therapists, psychologists, registered nurses, aircraft mechanics and firefighters.

A study from the National Center for Education Statistics found that teacher salaries have kept pace with inflation since 1990, and even increased by three percent after inflation since 1996.* The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that elementary, secondary and special education teachers earned $33.06 per hour in 2006, compared with the $31.30 that other professional employees earned.

Most companies wouldn't dream of putting their marketing director in charge of the IT department -- but all too often, I see them using their computer guy to build and run their web site. The same guy you use to fix your printer and run your network is probably not the best person you want in charge of something as important as online marketing.

My wife, Heather, is directing this musical performance for the Hamilton Prep Drama Company in Chandler. Please stop out if you can. I'll be running sound.

Enter the world of Dr. Seuss where “anything’s possible!” Re-discover some of your favorite childhood characters as the world of Seuss is brought to life on stage! Hamilton Prep Drama Company is proud to present Seussical Jr.! Open wide your imagination and take a journey where through kindness of heart, perseverance and laughter we discover the value of friendship through this witty and wonderful tale.

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