Author - Patrick Leitch

Permission To Fail

What have you failed at today? Yesterday?

Failing is important. Failing teaches us lessons and shows us what our next move should be.

When you say you failed, or someone calls you a failure, what are you thinking?

Let me tell you my perception of failing. Then I’ll tell you why failing is integral to succeeding.

I fail because failing grows me. Failing is an intentional move (most of the time) and as such is strategic.

When someone tells me that I have failed, or that I am a failure. I educate them on the negative connotation they may be linking failure with. I want you to know that when I fail, I am doing it as fast as possible, learning as much as possible, and using this experience to groom my next success.

Recently I wrote about why I let my business fail. In other words, I CHOSE to fail. It wasn’t working for me in the way I wanted it to, nor was it aligning with my goals. I identified the trajectory of this business in the best-case scenario, and it wasn’t sufficient for my goals in life. I LET it fail after learning this.

Success of my business was more detrimental to my well-being and advancement of my goals than failing.

When you fail, you want to make it as strategic a move as possible. Because, when you fail, you need to get back up and attack the next day.

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Remember, when you fail, you are simply learning a way with which you were unable to do something. Maybe there was a skill you did not yet possess. I promise you, if I failed once, and didn’t learn or adapt myself, I would fail at it again.

The more I fail, the more I learn about myself, my abilities, and where I need to grow. When I fail, I know that the next one could be around the corner and I am NOT afraid of going after it. I may fail again.

And you know what? That’s OK.

To me, it is ONLY acceptable to fail if you recognize that it is not for you, the timing isn’t right, or some other factor with which you can learn from. If you are failing due to laziness, lack of preparation, or something similar, then you need to recognize your contributions to this failure and grow to prevent them going forward.

In giving yourself permission to fail, you are giving yourself permission to succeed.

When failing you must look at the situation and think:

What can I gain from grinding forward and turning this failure to a success?

What can I do to fail faster to grow myself if it’s not working?

What LESSONS can I take from these failures that I could have done better or done differently?

How did my goals line up with this most recent failure when I started versus when I ultimately failed?

If your motives aren’t right going into your latest business venture or journey, then you will most definitely fail in one way or the other. We are all guilty of it. And that is where we must recognize it and fail as fast as possible to regain ourselves and get our minds right to go into the next one with the right motives, goals, passion, skills, and so forth.

I’m going to go back to the business I let fail. I started a commercial cleaning business to start this year off. And man, it was a big success. In the first month we landed our biggest account yet that gave us a over $30,000 in sales, netting $15,000 easily month over month. But you know what? My motives for creating this business were driven purely by money. I had literally no other reason why I did this. I did it for the wrong reason entirely, though. I HATED this business. I hated the time it consumed, I hated the stress, I hated everything about it. The money I made wasn’t even worth it because I didn’t see my family anymore, and because of how cleaning businesses generally go, if you as the owner aren’t micromanaging the cleaning crews and supervisors, the quality of work tends to dip off. In order for me to make it more of a success than it already was I would need to be there every night, all night, and continue adding accounts throughout the day. It wasn’t worth it when I looked at what my goals are. They haven’t changed, and had I done a business venture with my goals in mind, I never would have started this business. My number one goal is to start a business that would allow me more freedom with my time to work when I want, to allow me to have time with my family when I wanted.

I learned a hard lesson that started a business solely for the money wasn’t for me. My time is more important to me. I wouldn’t settle for anything less.

I happily failed.

Here is a list of wildly successful people who failed before they succeeded:

Seth Godin

Walt Disney

Thomas Edison

Michael Jordan

Steve Jobs

Oprah Winfrey

Tim Ferris

Colonel Sanders

Henry Ford

 

Are you ready to join this list? Then, my friend, get failing, because your success is around the corner. Break through your failures, pick up the pieces, and rock the success you have within!

Take the road less traveled and fail on.

I want to leave you with this question…

What have you failed at today?

11 Excuses You Need To Stop Making TODAY And Why

  1. I don’t have time/the timing isn’t right

Let’s be honest, the timing will never be right. If you’re busy now you’ll be even busier when you take action. But you know what? You’ll be doing something you enjoy. Once you lay the foundation of your new business, you can start to automate it. You will have time once you give your time.

  1. I don’t know how/not enough experience

So what? Most people don’t have a ton of experience in the businesses they started. No one knows EVERYTHING about the business they start. That is exactly why they hire people who do. Start your business with your idea, research it online, and learn just enough to start. Learn as you go. Remember, DONE is better than PERFECT.

  1. I don’t have the money

There are businesses you can start that require little money. Read the Lean Startup. Furthermore, you can start a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, GoFundMe, or Indiegogo. If you believe in it, nothing should stop you.

  1. I can’t do it alone

Then don’t! Find someone who will believe in you and your idea. Secondly, you can do it alone. Because you are awesome. If you want to do this, then do it and don’t look back until you get the results you want. If you need help, then go get it. You are worth the risk.

  1. Things will change without me taking action

Maybe. Not in the way you want though. Life happens to us that is a fact. Life doesn’t discriminate. Life will knock you down and leave you on the ground bleeding if you let it. If you want something in your life, you need to GO GET IT. If not, keep waiting, waiting, and waiting. You’ll be waiting a long time.

  1. I don’t have a following

That doesn’t matter right now. What new businesses have big followings or any followings when they first start? With today being the age of social media, you have access to the world. You can spread the word about who you are and what you can offer. You can impact the world with your idea or business if you commit to doing it. Press forward and you will get your true followers.

  1. I’m afraid of failing

Hell, who isn’t? I’m afraid of failing. But you know what? I’m MORE afraid of letting my life pass me by and not taking the life I want. I am more afraid of staying in the same spot today as I would be 5, 10, 15+ years from now. That terrifies me. Do you fear that? Then failing for your dreams or new life is nothing. Failure teaches us lessons. Failure will make you unstoppable. Fail forward and you’ll succeed.

  1. I don’t know what will happen

No one knows what tomorrow will bring. You have the best idea of the tomorrow you want. So do everything today you can do to make the tomorrow you envision. It may not happen right away, but, when you look back on yesterday, last week, last year, can you say you did everything you could to achieve the tomorrow you want?

  1. I don’t want to disrupt my family or life

Wouldn’t it be more disruptive living in the life you’re unhappy with right now? If you aren’t living the life you or your family wants, then your life is already disrupted. You are just used to it. Loop your family in to your idea and get them on board. Your support system is key. Let them help you!

  1. I should be content with my life & settle

Why? Why should you EVER settle? Settling or being content shouldn’t enter your mind. If you settle, you won’t ever have anything more than you have now. And you deserve more. Toss the words settle and content out of your mind right NOW. You want more. You want the life you envision. YOU WILL TAKE ACTION TO GET IT.

  1. People won’t believe in me/support me

Some won’t, some will. You know what, though? Your success will make believers of everyone. Make the doubters believers, and make the believers your champions. The only one that matters in believing in you, is you.

 

NOTHING CAN STOP YOU.

PS: Are you having trouble letting go of your excuses? Start meditating to clear your mind to reach your true goals.

 

Use:

Zazn – an iOS app to guide you to start.

Yoga Mat – You want a good yoga mat so you are comfortable AND you don’t slip if you decide to sprinkle in yoga practices with your meditation.

 

Hidden Content

7 Ways You Can Make Money TODAY

Hey guys, I’ve been pondering making this post for a while. I finally did it. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t want it to seem like a quick money fix until the end of time. Because it’s not.

It is however, a get money today plan as a stopgap for whenever necessary. These below methods I am going to go over have been researched thorough, and exhausted testimonials to make sure they are legitimate. Not all of them will work for you, and that’s OK!

Try until one sticks, and rock it to make some cash today!

  1. Uber

Do you want to set your own hours for making this extra cash? Yes? Well, then check out uber right now. Uber claims some of its drivers make up to $70,000 (potentially more) in dense cities like San Francisco and New York. However, upon further research into hours driven, costs of driving (tolls, wear and tear, fuel, Uber’s cut, etc), they definitely did not make remotely near that in.

This isn’t a sufficient lifestyle for most as a full time gig. When you account for hours driven (40 hours is where Uber claims the $70,000) and costs associated, then the TRUE hours a full time Uber driver accumulates, sometimes wages account to just minimum wage.

But, that is my point exactly here. This isn’t a pitch to drive Uber full time, I am setting you up to drive if you want to get the most instant success.

Here’s how you can make $400/week (on 16 hours driving) which accounts for driving during the peak hours of a Friday evening through a Saturday. Yes, just one full day’s driving can net you $400.00… if you do it right.

One Uber driver claims that after working 21 hours driving, he made $27.59 gross/hour. His expenses ran as follows to get him there: $60.00 gas, which accounts to $24.83 netted per hour driving after gas. Now, this doesn’t account for Uber’s 20% cut, or any other wear and tear or costs associated with the vehicle. You’ll know those numbers and can use this Uber driver’s numbers as a template.

With that said, how can you make that $400.00 from Friday to Saturday?

  1. Drive during the peak hours: Friday starting at 5 pm through Saturday night (sometimes into Sunday morning depending on the bar scene for where you live). Expect to average $15.00/hour after all expenses if you operate during these hours, especially in dense cities.
  2. Drive a car with decent enough fuel economy – however, don’t go buying one for this part time gig. Use what you have, but be smart about it by staying in the dense areas of your city. This keeps the distance down in most cases so you can allocate fuel to more stops.
  3. Use Waze to help you see where traffic is the most dense before you go driving, and when you pick up calls. In doing so, you know the roads to avoid already.
  4. Give GREAT service to add some cushion to your bottom line with tips. Such as, offer bottled water, have great conversation, and get the client to their destination fast.
  5. Uber has their own app of course that tells you where to go, but let’s be honest, it’s not the best for traffic. I was in Chicago for a weekend recently and took an Uber 10 different times and most did very well getting me to my end location quickly. But man, some were terrible and wasted serious time which was frustrating!

In essence, use Waze and your own judgement to get your passenger to their venue as timely as you can. This will maximize your opportunities to pick up more!

Does this sound good to you? Sign up to become a driver!

  1. Fiverr

Do you have a skill that think you can sell? Check out Fiverr where you can post your skill and people will buy it! You decided the price, but make sure to keep it reasonable for the quality and speed of your work!

There are 25 million projects completed to date, with a new one being started every 5 seconds world wide. Think you can do it? Most jobs are priced from $5-$995 AND you set your own hours.

Hint: About half of the total transactions are priced in the $10-$100 range. The thing about pricing this stuff out in the $5.00 + range is that it keeps you from pricing yourself out of jobs. If you want to sell the job a lot and it won’t take you much time and you’re happy making a bit less per sale to sell a lot more, then you can make a hefty income on the lower of the pricing spectrum.

Let’s say you’re a graphics designer and you’re pretty darn good at your job and you turn them around within 4 hours of the job being purchased, so you sell it for $40-$50. Do 3-4 of those a day and you’re making more than $100 A DAY (minus the 20% fee Fiverr takes from you per gig).

You can post virtually anything here that can be transferred via the internet. The possibilities are quite abundant. SO get on it!

Best practices:

Start low and build yourself up once you start selling yourself and building your brand.

This will help you get your first sales, some positive reviews, and inch yourself up as someone to buy from.

Want to give your freelance skills a shot? Get started TODAY!

Secondary option: Upwork

  1. Deliver groceries!

There is always a way where you can deliver groceries to the door of a customer of Shipt or Instacart. These two companies were created to bring groceries to your door. You can be a part of it and make money TODAY.

You can also shop online on these two websites as a customer rather than a driver, all you have to do is apply to be a “shopper” on either site and you are on your way.

You will be required to take a background check. Between the application process and the check, you’ll be ready to go very quickly.

You can make money shopping for someone or delivering groceries for someone on hours YOU set.

On average orders take 1 hour to complete, with you making up to $25.00 per order. Now, you can be picky with your orders because you have to accept them before you can go about completing them.

  1. Online Surveys

You can make some money taking online surveys if you’re really willing to spend the time to take them. Most surveys fall in the 30 minute range that I personally experienced. I average out to making less than $1.00/hour. However, you can totally make more than this if you take the online surveys on Swagbucks and run the Swagbucks TV passively in the background.

Hint: When running the TV in the background, have your device on wifi and charging as this will seriously drain your battery and data.

Second hint: Don’t go through the videos too fast, as Swagbucks will catch on and potentially not reward you any Swagbucks.

  1. Airbnb

Do you have an extra room in your house or an extra house ENTIRELY? Well, check out the comps in your area to see what you can rent out your room for. This is especially key when there are events in your area that are selling hotels out because you can make some serious money on your spare room doing so.

A great example, when this eclipse happened recently… the rooms were booked up 100% at hotels so the Airbnb locations started marking up their rooms to $1000s and THEY WERE SELLING!

Now, this isn’t something to set your hat on, but it comes to show the money you can make here.

Nonetheless, if you check out the comps on your room for the city you live in, and you see that they’re listing for $50+ a night and you’re comfortable listing your room… then why the heck not?

PS: Make sure to go through the proper channels to list on Airbnb. Such as:

Making sure you have sufficient insurance to cover this tenant (Airbnb does have a $1,000,00 host guarantee for accidental damage and Host Protection Insurance in case the tenant gets hurt or damages your property).

Check the laws for your city/state/country to make sure of what is required of you.

Airbnb takes 3% of your transaction.

Airbnb handles all payment which arrives 24 hours after your new guest checks in.

Do you want to start making money on your spare rooms or empty house? Get on it!

  1. Varage Sale (sell your junk)

Do you have stuff just lying around your place? I know I did before I sold a lot of my aged out baby stuff from my son.. and man the pile continues to pile after month after month. And guess what? I continue to sell it!

You can post anything new or used and set the price you want to sell it for. If someone wants to buy it they will message you what they’re willing to buy it for.

I sold most recently a lightly used baby bouncer in the shape of a VW Bug for $50.00. I bought it for $100 brand new, but at this point I was ecstatic to get anything out of it. I was paid cash same day and they came to my house and picked up the product.

Hint: If you’re not comfortable someone coming to your house, you can ABSOLUTELY set up a neutral location to do the pickup. Just make sure to have someone with you regardless for your safety.

Best practices:

If you would sell it at a garage sale, craigslist, or ebay, you can sell it here. Maybe not a car, but basically everything else!

SECONDARY OPTION: Sell on eBay

7. Takl or Task Rabbit

Takl

Do you have some chores or tasks you’re up for doing? Maybe you’re really good at some on demand services Takl features. Well, check it out!

The registration has 6 steps to it.

Register with your information on the initial screen, then choose your skills among the 12 categories.

Then take the orientation and learn their app, provide the necessary identification to establish you are who you are.

After this you’ll need to provide your bank account information for payment… and lastly you’ll need to pass a background check.

Once all of that is finished you can get making money here doing the chores you want.

Basically, you’ll get to your home screen and see available tasks in your area that you can try to pick up. Once you get approved you go to work and get paid once the chore is done!

Takl handles all of the payments so you don’t have to worry about going after anyone for collections!

For a limited time you can get 10% off a chore if you happen to need to get one done!

Secondary option:

Task Rabbit

 

See which of these gives you the best opportunity to get making some money TODAY! I am confident that you’ll be making that extra cash on one of these methods right away.

Stay tuned for more ways you can make money!

If you found this helpful, please follow me for more as I research and find more methods for a better life and income streams for everyone!

PS: Check out my top audiobooks!

 

Why I chose myself and Quit MY Business

I QUIT. I worked at it, I analyzed it, I was done.

What am I done with? MY business.

Starting this past January, I started up a janitorial cleaning business. I knew this industry well enough through my prior job running a janitorial supply company and thought I’d give it a shot. My partner and I had worked out a $30,000 a month account and when I crunched the numbers, and it was too good to pass up. So we drew up a contract with this new client and got everything finalized for us to take over cleaning their buildings.

I started with 14 employees between 8 buildings to get our feet wet with this account. We thought we had done enough preparation to have this thing go without many hiccups. Boy, was I wrong. Throughout starting up this business we knew the work it would take to train our crews, and the capital it would take to start up. We checked the box on both of those, and thought we were good to go with a good crew manager.

We started and went on our way into the business. Night 1 – total nightmare. Night 2 – worse. And so forth. Nothing seemed to go right. But that’s expected in a start up, especially one so labor intensive as this. So we fired our crew manager, fired half of the crews, made adjustments and hoped for better results. As days went on, things got better, our crews improved with training, but the stress was a constant.

What was the problem with the crews and crew manager? The problem was that they both went against what they were hired to do. The manager canceled meetings, didn’t show up to manage the crews, and didn’t establish any semblance of consistency in these buildings. He didn’t last a week. When it comes to cleaning crews, they wouldn’t do the job the right way unless you were to micro manage them and follow their every move. If you were with them one night they would do great, if you were to let them run solo the next, they would do terrible and the customer complaints would flood in.

The result? Be with the crews every night to ensure the job gets done the right way.

This is what I saw – literally and figuratively every morning and night. A dark and gloomy road block. The road block figuratively, was how this business, albeit profitable, was driving me crazy and keeping me away from my goals in life. Literally, this sign was a road closed right outside where I live where I had to take a “detour” that increased my drive an easy 5 minutes. It doesn’t seem like much, but trust me, at the end of the day or beginning of a long one, it messes with your head!

Let’s recap real quick:

Within 1 week we fired our crew manager, and half of the crews because they deviated from the plan. We hired new crews who did the same thing if they weren’t managed. As days went on, the crews stayed the same. The job was all peaks and valleys, peaks depending on if we were present to monitor or not, like-wise for the valleys.

OK. That’s some serious turnover.

I began asking myself…

Did I want to succeed? You bet! Did I want this to consume everything about my life? Absolutely not!

As the quality of the work continued to be abysmal when we weren’t around (satisfactory when we were), it became increasingly obvious that it was time to get in and commit to cleaning every night, or get out.

I decided to let the business fail. I recognized the chaos in this industry is normal, and decided that even if this business were to succeed further (keep in mind it is already earning over $30,000 in revenue) the chaos and stress would not subside. Keeping this business did not inch me any closer to my goals in life.

Check out my goals here.

For a free goal-setting template, click here!

 

The money was great, but the body of work that produced the money wasn’t worth it.

From that day forward, we made moves to dissolve the business and offload our buildings.

The thing about the cleaning industry when it comes to medical office buildings, is that it is a hard and thorough clean. It is physically demanding, stressful, and has a high employee turnover. These are not what I want in my life, even if I was to be paid as handsomely as I was.

Let’s breakdown the failures, success, and further why I decided to let it fail.

 

The Debrief

Successes

Despite me quitting this business it was very successful for how long I had it running for. Most businesses can’t get the sales I had in their first 1-2 years. We broke ground on a new industry while being very similar to the supply side and stayed above water. We hit profitability in month two after repaying shareholder contributions and paying off equipment purchases.

We hired and implemented crews to clean 8 different buildings ranging from 12,000 square feet up upwards of 50,000 square feet while starting them all on the same day. We succeeded in organizing the chaos and establishing our selves as a cleaning company to be reckoned with.

 

Failures

In my opinion, there are more failures that successes. I say this because there were several things we could have done different that would have changed the trajectory of the company, although my feelings about it would not have changed.

When we first bid the account, and eventually won the bid, we didn’t do our due diligence on it. We offered what we knew would make us money while saving the customer enough to give us the business. The problem is, we didn’t know exactly how critical the tenants in these buildings were. If you missed a trash can, missed refilling a dispenser, let alone failing to clean a section of the facility, you were chastised as if you robbed them blind. The clients were by far the worst and we didn’t even have the foresight to find out their specific requirements on a per suite basis. We knew what the customer needed in the grand scheme of things, but many of our issues stemmed from their tenants who demanded more than our customer did. Due to this, complaints occurred way more than anticipated. The tenants worked us into the ground demanding us clean and do things that were beyond the scope of our bid to this customer. We didn’t have to abide by these requests – but we did to make sure we kept the account. Let’s call this strike 1.

In not doing our due diligence, we also hired (and fired shortly thereafter) our crew manager whose job was to find, implement, and maintain the crews for the entire account. He procrastinated and waited until the day before we started to ensure the crews were ready to start. Keep in mind we had months to prepare our crews for this as we knew well in advance of when we needed to start cleaning these buildings. The crew manager was in no way, shape, or form prepared. Because of this the crews were most definitely not prepared either. We fired almost all of them after this development. This in turn caused my partner and I to have the be present with these crews, both new and old, to make sure the job was done to our expectations.

Why I let the business fail

In summary, I let this business fail because it didn’t align with where I wanted my life to go. And as you read further, you will learn why.

My goals in creating a business, is to succeed of course, but in building to that success I want to have more time freed up to allow me to do what I want with my son, my wife, and myself while making an income to satisfy all of our needs. When I say more time, I mean that I want to have something built where my time doesn’t directly impact the money I make. I want a business model that has as much passive income as I can build it to have. But remember, all passive income streams still require time and effort. I understand that I’ll need to put in a lot of time and effort to start up, but once built my time will be mine again to do with it what I want.

I knew that this business would not meet any of my goals no matter how hard I fought for it to. It is a stressful industry that requires more time and effort that I was willing to give up, because the time and effort expended would not result in my time freedom. It would result in substantial money. This money came at a cost though. The cost being my life being consumed by this business that I did not even enjoy. I’m not willing to work myself to death to make money for a business I loathed.

That was another reason I let it fail, I hated it. I went into it for the money, and I left the money to take back my sanity.

If there was one thing I took away from this above all else it is that I need to whatever will align with my goals and eventually guide me to meeting them.

This business was not it.

I QUIT!

 

Because we are all about testing, I feel it would do you no good if I didn’t write an article on if I were to take a do over and what I would do different going into the contract I secured.

CLICK HERE to get it!

 

Why I decided to Escape the Suck (And create this blog to chronicle it)

What is your time worth?

Let’s go back to the beginning. My brother and I grew up in a single parent household on the outskirts of Seattle. Our dad was a man who chose to not be around. Our mom was a woman who had chronic depression issues and nothing but time on her hands. And not in a good way. Throughout our childhood our mom channeled her inner abuser to emotionally attack us daily. But what was worse? Emotional abuse or a ghost of a dad?

Probably the abuser…

I tell you all of this because our parents didn’t make time for us, to raise us, to teach us. These parents were stuck in their Suck and couldn’t (or didn’t) do a thing about it.

I learned one big lesson from my parents, as many of us do. This one lesson was that in no way, shape, or form, did I wanted to let the Suck take my time away from what I wanted in life. It would not dictate my life.

So, what is “the Suck” you ask?

The suck is anything that is a negative impact on your life, those aspects of your life that take your time with little payoff, or things that aren’t acceptable to your goals in life. Even circumstances that make you lose your time-money trade-off.

You can find Stu and I’s further defined take on the Suck here.

These all suck don’t you think? Great! Glad you agree.

Now you know what the Suck is. Let’s look at our lives and think what the Suck? What is “the Suck” in your life? Let me walk you through my current Suck and why I started my journey to ESCAPE it.

What the Suck?!

That’s right. That’s what I’ve been saying through my struggles. My current Suck started in 2014 after I had just graduated college and was hired to run a janitorial supply company. I was taken on and thrown into the fire to get learning how to run the company. Some teaching occurred, but most was self-taught.

You are probably thinking that I lucked out or that you would love this opportunity..

And you aren’t necessarily wrong, depending what your goals are.

I was doing EVERYTHING, and I still am. This is a business that has forced me to do many tasks at the same time, which means I can’t do any of them as well I could individually with 100% effort (if you don’t believe me, read The One Thing – this book was of vast importance to me).

But let’s get back to what the Suck is for me real quick. I’ve been doing everything, working like a dog, and come 2015, my wife was coming due to have our son. Fast forward a few months and we have this beautiful little boy. Even though I’ve had this life changing little man, I didn’t have any time for him, myself, or my family. I had none before and I still don’t despite this massive change. My job wouldn’t allow me to take time off to be with my newborn son. From that point on, I decided to take any and all steps to Escape the Suck.

I have stayed with this company attempting to free more time up and to be more productive through implementing new processes and developing my staff to be more productive and self-sustaining in their work. This didn’t eliminate the Suck though (it may – but it hasn’t yet). As a new parent, time for my family was something I wasn’t willing to budge on. I knew I could make more than enough money while not giving up my time doing it my way.

A year later I started a commercial cleaning company with a big contract landed. Looking to Escape the Suck, I ran with it. Although, in hindsight I should have reviewed the business model much more thoroughly prior to securing this contract. This business required me to physically clean and be in the trenches in order for it to survive. I thought about the direction of this industry a bit more.. janitorial cleaning is a dying breed, before long it will be done almost entirely by robotics … decades down the road – but it’s coming!

I went from seeing my son 30 minutes a day to not seeing him for several days straight. What should I do? I go back to my goals in Escaping the Suck. Did this conflict with my goals? Absolutely! I started the process to shut down the business the second I answered that question.

Check out why I quit my business HERE for a breakdown and further analysis of this venture.

But what next? Where do I go from here?

My time-money trade off needs to align with my goals. If it doesn’t, then I escape it. If it does, then I attack it.

If there is one thing you take away from this, I want to question the things in your life that are “the Suck”. If you don’t know what that is just yet, that is perfectly fine. I will help guide you towards the discovery of your suck, and how to escape it.

Ask yourself:

What are my goals at my job or business?

What are my goals for my family?

Do they align with my current path?

What am I willing to do to make them align?

Is there something better I can do to get what I want?

How much time am I giving up and how much will I get in return?

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As you can see, time is the one constant. How much TIME are you giving up and what are you getting in return? Your return needs to be worth it to you. If it’s not, then a change is necessary. Your time is worth everything. The key here, is realizing where the suck is and figuring out how to get away from it. I have gone through the suck, heck I still am. I am escaping it with you. And we can do it. I have no doubts that if we start questioning what the suck is in our lives are, escape it(or them), and attack our goals, then we will get the results we want.

This is exactly why Stu and I created this blog. We are Escaping our current Suck, as you are or will be very soon. I want more than I am getting in my life, and I have the power to achieve it.

As I go through the steps in my Escape, I am going to document it all on this blog. Be it money-making tips or tests, productivity tips or life hacks that have helped me in my Escape, resources that I have used in my process, and even how I started this blog and brought it to where it is today.

I am going to show YOU everything I have done and will do!

For those of you are stuck in a rut, or are fearful of taking action and making the change you know you need to make. Follow us on our journey, and take tested (by us) action.

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YOU CAN DO IT!

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Swagbucks Surveys – Can you make money?

Online surveys tested: Can you make money?

I always wondered if taking surveys online was truly a way of making money. You always see people talking about how much money they have made. I kept wondering, so I decided to find out for myself. I originally signed up for Ipsos i-Say and was unable to get an account setup with them. I ended up signing up with Swagbucks who as I researched further were highly recommended in the internet community and got to work. The set up was pretty straight forward, all I had to put in was my email and create a password.

Once I did that several options came up to “earn” Swagbucks right away, such as adding the Swagbutton, making Swagbucks the default search engine, taking a featured survey, explaining how I heard of Swagbucks, and any featured purchases or bonuses I could activate. Signing up cost me $0.00 in case you wondered!

You will be asked to check a box saying you will answer all surveys honestly. I checked the box as I wholly intended to be intentional and answer all questions honestly and thoroughly.

Afer you sign up, I recommend you go to the “Swagups” screen and check any of the items that will double your points or increase how quickly you can grow them. After I signed up I activated two Swagups, double points for my first 3 surveys, and double points on a Swagbucks search.

Last note before we get started: at the top of the screen there is a daily goal, once you reach the goal you will get a bonus Swagbuck allotment. It is usually 3-4 SB but is a free bonus for already taking surveys and earning. So why not??

A few things I am going to do through this test:

  • Attempt as many surveys as possible within my 1 hour allotment each day for 10 days.
  • Take the daily poll which will earn 1 SB each day
  • Document everything!
  • I will decide after the test is complete whether or not I made money, and if it is worth pursuing as a money making method online.
  • Document all of my attempts, time expended, averages, SB earned, and any other data I feel is relevant to giving you as much information as possible for this test.

What I will NOT do:

  • Activate the Swagbucks search engine
  • Watch videos
  • Play games
  • Any other income strategies on Swagbucks

 

Why? I want to provide you with an accurate depiction of what you can making taking surveys only. If at the end of this test I decide it is worth doing an additional test to see if the additional strategies are worth evaluating I will then mention that in my grade of the survey test and let you know how that goes!

Now it’s time to get started!

There is a daily 1 question poll I recommend you take as it takes no time and provides you with an easy 1 Swagbuck.

Survey time!

You’ll want to go to the left hand side of your screen and look for “Gold Surveys”. This is where you want to be to find the best surveys available for you to attempt, alongside any featured surveys that may be available at that time.

Side note: Before you can take the survey, you must first QUALIFY. The test to qualify can be quick and painless most times, but some take much longer than a couple of minutes.

If you qualify, you’ll be taken to the test itself and go along your way answering the questions to earn Swagbucks.

If you DON’T qualify, you are then brought back to the Gold Surveys screen and told you were given 1 SB for your time.

Once you’ve earned enough Swagbucks to redeem a prize you want, simply go to the left hand side and look for “Redeem your SB” and choose the prize you want.

Hint: You can only redeem 2 prizes per day.

Alright! Now onto the results of MY test!!

I tested 1 hour a day for 10 days.

My results? I earned 907 Swagbucks which amounts to roughly $9.07. My hourly average is $0.907 per hour, or $1.00 if you feel like rounding.

My experience with Swagbucks was bittersweet. Most surveys took me more than 10 minutes, while offering a variable amount of Swagbucks or “SB” as they call it. The most common result of my surveys was that I didn’t qualify and was given 1 SB as a result. The worst part was that most days I was disqualified from a minimum 2 surveys, while some being 3 or more. Once you are disqualified from 3-4 surveys, you stop getting the 1 SB. Which, let’s be honest, that 1 SB or $0.01 doesn’t change much.

The qualifying surveys varied in time and questions, while most seeming to take me 5-10 minutes, some more, some less. Questions varied from very little (10 or so) to way too many (50+ just to qualify!).

But what about the surveys themselves you might be wondering??

I had just a couple that took me less than 10 minutes, while most taking 15-20 on average, some even more.

I averaged less than 2 surveys per day over my 10-day test while averaging 3 disqualifications.

Get my daily results HERE !

The burning question… can you make money here??

In a short answer, YES, you can absolutely make money using Swagbucks. My question to you, however, is, what is your time worth in making money on this platform? For me, if I am averaging less than a dollar an hour, which I did, I definitely do NOT want to be spending any of my time here attempting surveys in exchange for pennies. However, you might have a free hour every day and choose to use it doing on online surveys which is absolutely great because you CAN make money here, it just takes time.

 

 

 

Because I was testing Swagbucks in just the survey format I was limited in what I was earning to whatever surveys the Swagbucks Gods would qualify me for.

In the end of the test, I redeemed my Swagbucks for 3 different $3.00 Amazon gift cards which are going to be emailed to me. When redeeming, keep in mind that you can only do 2 prize redemptions per day. Meaning, to redeem my $9.00 worth of gift cards it took me 2 days to do so.

I personally think there are better ways with which we can make money online than the survey method.

There are other methods with which you can increase your Swagbucks earned, though. You can set your browser to the Swagbucks “SwagButton” and get a 50 SB bonus right away. You will be alerted of websites you visit that Swagbucks offers deals on. In addition to this, as you search with the SwagButton you will earn additional PASSIVE Swagbucks.

UPDATE 8.25.17:

Since I started using the Swagbutton, I have averaged almost 100 SB a day in passive earnings just my using it as my search engine. Definitely something to recommend regardless of your intent to complete surveys.

Another very passive method of maximizing your Swagbucks earning potential is to watch the Swagbucks TV online or on the app. Most video packages offer 1-5 SB while taking 20-30 minutes. My recommendation is to do this on a device you aren’t using and just let it run for hours. I want you to only do this if data and battery life is not an issue, as this will drain both extensively.

I plan to test out more methods and show YOU what works!

Online Survey Experiment grade: I give this test a passing grade because I DID make money, but I recommend to use this method only when desperate.

On another note – merging the passive methods with taking surveys online will easily double your SB earned. If you want to sign up for Swagbucks, this is the best way to earn.

If you’re struggling with anything in particular – let me know and I’ll get it tested!

Patrick’s Top Audio books

I’ve always had trouble finding the time and patience to sit down and read a book. Be it 300 pages or 1000, it has always been something I found difficult. When I first started listening to audiobooks, I found the patience to listen, process, and even listen again if I felt I missed something. It took me dramatically less time to listen for 8-10 hours in total for a book than sit down for days, weeks, even months to finish just one book.

I know I’m not the only one out there, and if you’re like me you’ll understand!

So, with that in mind, here are the top audio books from Audible (in no specific order) I’ve listened to so far this year (but that does not mean the book is FROM this year) on. I will be linking up the actual books should you want to buy them in book form rather than listen on Audible.

  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    • This is a classic. I have listened to it a couple of times now and there’s always something new for me to learn. It takes a couple listens to get used to language because of the age gap from when the book was written versus today when you are listening to it. I consider this to be more of a mindset book. In that I mean it is telling you how you need to think and act to be successful.
  • The ONE Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan
    • I’m not going to spoil much on this book, but it’s a quick lesson and I recommend this book to all because it has ONE (see what I did there?) primary lesson.
  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel
    • Easily one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to. There were lessons that resonated with the current times, alongside timeless lessons. Zero to One provides actionable steps that even the wantrapreneur can use to take the next step forward.
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People By Dale Carnegie
    • This was another book so the audio version depicted the time with which it was written. Much like Think and Grow Rich this book was a harder one to listen to. I knew I needed to though, as everywhere I looked this was a highly recommended book to read or listen to. And man, was that spot on! Another success mindset book in my opinion.
  • The 4-hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich By Timothy Ferris
    • Any Tim Ferris book is going to be a killer read. I’m also currently reading his newest book, Tools of Titans. Yes, I said I am actually reading it. Which for me is a big deal because I don’t have the patience to sit down for that long to actually get any legit reading done! This is a top audiobook post, but I felt inclined to mention how awesome Tim’s latest book is. But, back to The 4-hour Workweek, this was the very FIRST audiobook I listened to and I’d say I’ve learned the most from it. With that said, a must listen (or read!).
  • BONUS: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
    • This is another short but great listen. In a nut shell, it is teaches us to do less, to achieve more. Don’t muddy up the water with distractions but instead only do those actions that yield the highest results.

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