If you’re self-employed or in charge of getting new business for a company, then you’re familiar with the process of creating price quotes and estimates for potential customers. The way in which you determine what to charge for something is your own process, but when it comes time to share the quote with the other party, how do you deliver it? Do you just put a specific amount of money in an e-mail and fire it off? Depending on the situation, that may work for you, but since you’re trying to land some new business, it makes sense to at least present your quote in an attractive way. Who knows, that may be the last piece that’s needed to seal the deal. QuoteBase will enable you to create attractive price quotes.
It’s easy to create quotes on your own, but if you want to involve other members of the team, then you can invite them to collaborate with you. You can add your logo to the quote to make it feel more official, and the resulting document will be one that you’re proud to share. Your quotes will be trackable and archived, and hopefully you won’t have to use the service too much because you’ll have so much work to handle.
When you need help from a service provider or contractor, what do you do? You might look in the phone book or search online to find qualified help, and once you’ve done that, you have to contact them, get bids, and decide what works best for you. That may be how you’ve done things for years, but that process requires you to do a lot of work. Since the whole idea behind getting help means that you shouldn’t be doing any work, it’s definitely a little backwards. If you want the service providers to come to you, then you’ll love Redbeacon.
When you need something done, you just visit Redbeacon and describe what you need done and when and where you need it done. The service then notifies local businesses about the job and they review your job description and provide a quote. This means that you can simply sit back and wait for the bids to come in, and not only will you be able to review the quotes, but you’ll also be able to see information about the businesses and reviews from other users. Isn’t it nice to be back in control?
Google labs has a new site which provide specific quotes automatically for you. There is only one small problem with the service, which is stated on the Google quotes site:
Quotes and their speakers are determined automatically by a computer program and we don’t guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the information you may see. The dates you see represent when the article in which the quote appears was added to Google News.
So the new site will locate quotes for you, but they may not be accurate or complete. Maybe both policitical candiates have been using Google quotes, therefore we get nothing but lies. Just joking. :-)
Google quotes site.
Today we enter into a new type of business model in which us bloggers are now going to be held for ransom if we dare utter any words from the Associated Press. It appears that in their wisdom AP has chosen a policy in which we will be charged, as one source put it, ‘$12.50 to quote 5 words from them.’
Which now poses another dilemma.
Let us say I write a story, such as I did yesterday, about Britannica allowing the public to write articles on their site. Let us say I write 5 words that just happen to match 5 words that AP may have written about the same thing. i.e., I say something like:
Britannica To Allow Public Access
If these 5 words just happen to match what AP says, do I owe them money?
Am I going to have to check on every AP article in advance to make sure I am not using any of their words in advance to posting anything here?
This reminds me of the music industry who sue kids for downloading stuff, in which their parents had to pay. I recall one case in which a kid had downloaded 800 songs valued at $3,000+ a song. Mom was in shock when hit with a $240,000+ judgment. Though the kid and Mom did receive their 15 seconds of fame on CNN, I personally would rather not be on CNN or any other news agency.
What do you think?
The Internet contains an enormous amount of information, and you’re going to routinely find content that you’d like to quote and use on your blog or one of the many other Web sites or social networking profiles that you may have. The way that you do this is up to you, but for many of us, this process involves copying text or linking to an image and then giving proper attribution in the form of a simple note or a link. This isn’t exactly the most streamlined process in the world, but kwout has taken it and improved it in ways that you’ll appreciate.
The service uses a bookmarklet for your browser to achieve its goals, but you can also manually enter a URL to experience the functionality. A screenshot of the Web page to be used will be presented to you, and you can customize its size and then visually select the area that you want to quote. Anything that appears in the screenshot can be selected, so this includes content like text and images. Once the selection has been made, you can then embed it or post it directly to Flickr or Tumblr. One of the really nice thing about these quotes is that the hyperlinks remain active, so they aren’t just static images. Give kwout a try and see what you think.