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Bruce Devereaux is one of the nicest people he knows. When not at work he enjoys reading, writing, hiding from his children and not changing nappies.


His career, and if we used the term any more loosely an e might fall out, has included a gardener, a personal lender, a console operator, a stop/go man (not as big a bludge as you might think but great if you’re into sunburn, abuse and varicose veins), a cleaner of banks and pubs and, for a very brief period, a door to door salesman (until the last door he knocked on was answered by a very scary woman with tremendously hairy legs).


Bruce Devereaux currently works as a forty-five-year-old award winning customer service officer (glass statuette available upon request) for the Bank of Queensland and as a very casual employee for Corrective Services. He likes to believe he excels at both but then he has always been prone to exaggeration.


His favourite colour is green, with a picture of Dame Nellie Melba on one side and General Sir John Monash on the other. His favourite flower is self-raising.

 If you see him around town, call his wife immediately - he's probably snuck out and left her alone with all the kids.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Getting the Finance Approved.

Here's the thing - for the last two years I've been exclusively using Word and I've completely ignored Excel. Not anymore.

Before approaching my wife with my plan to postpone our holidays and renovations and seriously reduce our weekly grocery budget I thought it might be prudent to cost things out.

Initially with pen and paper I worked out, from surfing the net, what I might expect to spend on this project. With the calculators on Createspace I was able to confirm these figures (except, as I've mentioned before, with regards to postage).

Being a master of both time wasting and building mountains out of molehills, I then began a day and a half of cussing at Excel. In the end I found out something which amazed me - my original pen and paper calculations were right. It WAS going to cost me an arm and a leg!

To bring this little project to life I was going to need a lot of money. AUD $8,705.40 to be exact. And by exact I'm excluding many of the marketing ideas I have, which I think will require an additional $1000 (only I haven't priced them yet so I'll go into that later). So I had my figures.

Now the tough part - convincing the family banker.

I doubled the figure to $17,500 and casually mentioned it to my wife.

There was a pause while she tried to decide if I was serious or not. Finally she decided I was serious, but not to be taken seriously. She told me to go away and work out a way to halve the amount and then we'd talk.

:) He shoots. He scores!

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