Category - Entrepreneurialism

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.

 

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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!

 

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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Freemium Pivot

Freemium Pivot

 

Writing from over the Pacific again. Want to write about something a little thought-provoking.

I was meeting with the partners when they brought up a restaurant reservation app they found recently, where you can line up for a restaurant in the app, and show up when it’s time to be seated. Ok great, I had that idea. Didn’t see how to make money back in the day. Didn’t move on it. That’s a story as old as time.

Apparently, the way is to allow people to cheat. Freemium model wins out once again. It’s a genius little thing.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the freemium model, this is when a business provides a free tier of service to everybody, and then has additional benefits beyond that for paying users. For example, free Spotify has commercials, and Spotify Premium doesn’t. Best $10 per month you’ll ever spend.

Usually, these premium features aren’t needed by everybody, but those who do use them, appreciate them greatly, and are long-lasting customers. The idea is, acquiring paid customers is really hard, so first entice them with a freebie, and lock them into the system. From there, you can give them discounts on the premium version or tell them about new updates to the system, with this or that awesome feature on the pro version. Advertising to a captive audience is much easier than trying to buy ads on Google Adsense. This is the version of freemium we are all most likely familiar with.

The other version of freemium is a little more controversial. This app my partners brought up is a prime example, where you can pay to shortcut the system. Whatever the system is, be it grinding honor points in WoW or standing in line, or paying extra to have a driver pick you up before someone else. It’s like a video game, P2W. Pay to win.

Sometimes I think that sort of thing is a little unfair, that it benefits the rich at the expense of the poor in a society where the rich are already advantaged. That’s my socialist side showing, I guess. The economist in me sees market efficiencies, and the entrepreneur in me sees opportunities.

All in all, the freemium model is a GREAT innovation.

This is a winning business model for digital products and services, where labor doesn’t factor into it. In fact for this kind of service, it may just be the primary business model at this point. After all, the cost of acquiring a user for free is already high, but then the cost of turning them into a paying customer is much lower afterwards.

In the struggle to Escape the Suck, how could you possibly apply this to any businesses you have in mind or are already operating?

That’s what I’m thinking right now. Nothing we have in our 1-2 stable can fit the bill of being adapted to a freemium model. But in the future? Maybe.

Let’s look at the list of companies using the freemium model, just as a form of social proof and research. If these big guys are doing it, it works. This is maybe the best way to go viral.

(You probably already have these accounts, but referral links just in case)

It’s everywhere!

What businesses do you run that could adapt this business model to improve? Maybe you could create a free tier if you don’t have one, with reduced services. Just enough to get them used to the quality of service that you provide.

I’ve tried to think about this for our little 1-2 Lab, but have been struggling with it, as it’s mostly labor. How could I automate part of it and give it away to people? I’ll have to think about it, and in the meantime, suggest this as a part of our digital strategy service to clients.

 

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