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Around 1987, I started writing custom software for large companies around Chicago.

Back then, most companies didn’t have custom software. A small team (or solo programmer) could quickly write a program that would have a big impact on peoples’ ability to do their work.

In the late 1990s, things changed. IT was “hot”. A lot of money was thrown at projects, and internet businesses, that didn’t make much sense.

The Dot Com Bust of 2000 cured most companies of that view, but there are still plenty of companies who waste huge piles of money on bloated projects. At these companies, all the low-hanging fruit has been picked. The only things left are lower-impact projects with lower returns-on-investment.

I should know. That’s where I’ve spent most of my career. In my defense, some of the projects have been interesting, and most of them have paid well. However, I miss the good old days when a small project could have a big impact.

Looking back, the project I’m proudest of was a website I wrote in two weeks. That site let my company eliminate a $250,000 a year expense. Working on that small website was more fulfilling than any of the multi-year, multimillion-dollar projects I’ve worked on.

That’s why I’ve changed my focus to help small businesses use their computers, websites, and software to get high ROIs – and avoid throwing away their money on bloated, or useless, IT expenses.

Over the last several decades, I’ve seen what works in IT and what doesn’t work. I want to share my knowledge and experience with small business owners, to help them make the best IT decisions for their companies.

I do that by being the IT advisor on “your side of the table”.

If you’re currently only getting IT advice from the people trying to sell you their goods or services, there’s an inherent bias in what they tell you.

I work for you – as an advisor only. I’ll translate the “geek-speak” into business terms you can evaluate. I’ll help you identify what you should focus on, and what you shouldn’t focus on, with regards to computer, website, and software.

To ensure you get the ultimate return on your investment with me, I’ll meet with you for free. No cost. No obligations.

We can talk about your company and its needs for as long as you want. Then, we’ll see if there’s any way I can help you. If not, we’ll shake hands and move on. At this point in my career, I’m not worried about charging people to talk with them. I’m looking for that fulfilling feeling when making a big impact – just like with that website that took two weeks to write.

If you want to talk with me about your company’s IT needs, please send me a message with the contact form below.

Even if you don’t want to meet, please use the free guides on this site to help your company get more from their computers, website, and software. I only have one right now, but I’ll be adding more in the future.