Let’s face it.  There’s no such thing as “passive income”.  It’s all… really fucking hard work.  And a lot of failures (for me).  This BLOG is about my own personal recount of whatever the heck it is I do to form an existence where I at least earn a living because I definitely know by now that I am almost unemployable.

Okay.

Maybe that was a bitch/bit too melodramatic.  I honestly by now don’t see how I can function as someone who can stick to a set schedule every week.  Because literally every single week is a different story.  I was all gung ho with creating this shopify general store one week, plunging myself into 15+ hour days of study self study with a store that has “viral” products.  Then I went to Taiwan and immersed myself in the city and country life while rock climbing/hiking/scootering/biking around all the meanwhile ordering knives for importing and auto parts.  Then I came back to city violations because the fencing around the warehouse needed to have slats in order to remove the view from the general public.  And the list goes on and on and on…

In the past 5 months I’ve:

  1. Invested 16,000 in a project that BARELY just now is starting to pan out with imported products from China and Taiwan.
  2. Invested 2-3,000 in selling a beauty product that did REALLY well for a few months and then got taken down by Amazon which crippled the hell out of sales and now I am back to square one.
  3. Had to let go of a few employees.
  4. Traveled to another country to visit suppliers as well as just taking a fucking break from the chaos for several weeks.
  5. Sales of used auto parts increased dramatically while I was gone to the point where one of my virtual assistants encouraged that I stay away from the business more often.
  6. Joined an ecommerce forum where I’m not obsessively combing over every post I deem relevant.
  7. Just finished with jetlag yesterday, waking up at 3am in the morning on the daily and now 2 days ago I started my period. And it seems as though my lactose intolerance has increased as of late to the point where ANY cheese exposure = DEATH. (TMI???)

LIFE. KEEPS. ON. HAPPENING.

Don’t get me wrong.  Every month is an adventure.  Every year is improvement.  I’m grateful for being able to do what I want with my life without worrying where my next dollar will come from.  But godamnit.

I feel like the overwhelm has made me shut down.  I need longer breaks and the time I traveled solo for a month was not long enough.  I’ve gotten to a stage where I’m constantly consuming media/audiobooks and I’m addicted to just consuming and consuming.  Granted I’ve been back to the states for a little more than 1 week but I should have hit the ground running like “RELEASE THE KRACKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”.

But.

Why do I feel like I’m in this no man’s land? Stuck?  Stuck physically, but definitely moving mentally?  Do I need a life coach?

Things I’ve learned about business which blew my mind because I’ve traveled:

  1. You can have a multi-million dollar company with just 1 employee.  MANY MANY people have done this and it is not uncommon.
  2. Intense focus gets shit done.  But people who are more ADD-like should focus intensely for a few months each on random different projects and sometimes it works out anyway.
  3. Kickstarter is really a cool platform. Met some people who are super successful at kickstarter campaigns.
  4. Net profit is more important than gross sales. By far.
  5. No job is beneath you if you want to be successful.
  6. Shit is hard.  “If it’s easy, everyone would be doing it!” – wise person told me.

This is from speaking/talking to successful people and spending days with them.  Also, I’ve found out what my priorities are and I should be shifting that this year and next if I want to “grow” things.

These are my specific goals for the near future:

  1. Don’t go camping/climbing every single weekend of the year.  Moderate this. (I know, BOOOO!!!!)
  2. Think more, do less non-thinking work.
  3. Even if shit gets hacked, keep on producing/who cares if things are corrupted. Fix it later.  Putting shit out there is better than nothing at all.
  4. Create a course on Udemy (even if it is a crappy one) just to test it out.  Why?  Because I do a million How-To videos and instructions for my own organizations and so WHY THE HELL NOT?
  5. Run through at least 20-40 facebook ad campaigns for auto parts AND knives.  Yes.  I’m going to be providing knives now.
  6. Follow the Profit First theory.
  7. Post/blog at least once a week.  Even if I don’t have any pictures to show.

Below is a picture of me enjoying the rock in Taiwan at this beautiful location called “Long Dong” which translates to Long Dick.

Just kidding!  “Dragon Cave”.

Look at the bottom right

Climbing at Long Dong.  Or as the locals call it.. “LD”.

I will be updating a post a week if not two posts a week even if I’m too lazy to compile any pictures for you.  I’ll be posting numbers but right now it’s past midnight and I don’t want my enemy Jet Lag to win.

KEEP ON, KEEPIN’ ON.

P.S.  Let me know what you guys think about the layout of this blog.  It’s pink, which is my favorite color because Pink to me represents ABUNDANT HAPPINESS and I celebrate it.  But if it is too distracting, let me know.

-Kim Dang


OH SO TIRED

I apologize for the lack of REAL meaty, how-to posts you guys desire (and face it, it’s the only thing you want anyway).

To quickly update.  For the first time in my LIFE I’ve hired a full time virtual assistant.  So far… so good.  I have more time for myself which means AFTER work this is what I do:

1) Drive down the hill to go indoor rock climbing at a Hanger 18 (upland, rancho).  I can do V2+’s now!

2) Spend hours and hours after midnight talking to manufacturers in China (Because I want to start an import company).

3) Spending hours creating new training for my VA.

4) Spending hours listening/learning from online modules by David Siteman Garland teaching me how to Create An Awesome Course Online (Because that’s also want to do).  I have subscribers for my software company (of which I am a co-founder) BUT it’s not nearly at the level it can be and I really want to spend the next months pushing it to the next level.

5) Spend more time meeting random strangers at meetup groups (Because … I want to!).

With more free time I basically exhaust myself almost completely with physical exertions of mental exertions and then I crash hard.  No one is forcing me to do anything.  Everything I want to do, I do it because I can.

I also sleep almost all day sometimes on Saturdays… because I want to [notice the theme here? the UNDERLYING theme?].  Here is a verbal explanation of my current life: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME I WANT TO I WANT TO I WANT TO. I WANT TO CLIMB. I WANT TO GO TO THE BEACH. I WANT TO GO TO THE FAIR. I WANT MORE. HERE LET ME TREAT YOU OUT BECAUSE I CAN. HERE LET ME TREAT MYSELF OUT BECAUSE I DESERVE IT. ME ME ME ME ME ME. YOU? OKAY, SURE. BACK TO ME. [My friend recently had a something similar.. a stream of conscience of some sort… and I decided it was pretty damn accurate of my situation as well… so I shamelessly copied her (Credit to Robin Tran)].

After a cup of sake + frozen strawberries to cap off the night.

After a cup of sake + frozen strawberries to cap off the night. Notice the eye goop? Good.

I’m learning how to love myself more and not having to worry so much about money (now) is such a blessing in almost all aspects of my damn life.

Sales dipped a little for the auto dismantling company but I spent a lot of time training vs. listing (to FREE myself!) so it was worth it.  I want to be free. I want to stop trading hours for dollars, dammnit.

Some screenshots that were relevant to my life below.  And that’s it!  Because I’m tired & I want to go to sleep.

I promise I PROMISE I will find time to post something relevant.  For now the most relevant thing I can tell you guys is:

1) I’m starting an import company.

2) I am going to start an online course THE RIGHT WAY (with the right softwares).  By the way, why does wordpress auto correct me when I type softwareS?  Is software not SUPPOSED to be plural? What?

3) I’m in the process of slowly and surely automating my auto dismantling company so it can run without me.  I’m taking the steps, sir!

4) I find that with financial stability I love myself A LOT MORE. (Free drinks on me!)  I want more than this provincial life!! (to be honest, this life is rather insane already).

5) I’m becoming more and more involved with different communities,I’m enjoying giving free advice left and right to help whoever I can and even though my sleep schedule is completely fucked up by now – I love it.

Auto Dismantling Sales

Auto Dismantling Sales

Separate Credit Card Sales

Separate Credit Card Sales

Software company sales

Software company sales

Question!: What is going on in your life that I can help with?  Leave comments below or send me a private email!  I’m not making any promises. But hey, I’ll take a stab at it.


April Financial and Life Updates

I almost didn’t post this month because similar to a squirrel caught in the excitement of shiny objects – I was damn near all over the place.  And for that I SUFFERED.  When I say suffer I really mean = did not improve!

Instead of listing a lot more items, I got distracted on the idea that HEY, MAYBE I’LL TURN MY WALLS IN CHALKBOARD WALLS!  Below is my progress:

part 1

part 1

part 2

part 2

part 3

part 3

almost done, first coat

almost done, first coat

second and third coat

the best damn motherfucking chalkboard if i ever see one

Then I figured, I needed to listen to a lot of podcasts and get exposed to more knowledge.  I signed up to various ecommerce forums (so damn helpful) and was bombarded by all these softwares.  In no particular order, these are the softwares that BLEW MY FUCKING MIND:

Zapier.com – they let you create actions, if-then stuff, to better automate your life.  And they link these actions CROSS PLATFORMS.  Like gmail, insightly, redbooth, dropbox, etc.  You name it, they’ve got it.  For example if an email from Company X’s client arrives in my inbox, I can set a task so that once it arrives an opportunity or new task will be created in insightly with a due date so I can keep track/follow up with the client.  Insightly is a client relationship management software.  Gmail is just where all my emails funnel into.  Or here’s another example – if I were to get an email with an attachment from a stalker, I can set a task that will automatically create a folder within Dropbox to store the attachments.  I named 4 programs I use regularly.  There are so many more, it’s ridiculous.  You can even link up Freshbooks so if you get a receipt scanned and emailed to you labeled “financial shit”, you can go ahead and have it automatically do something with Freshbooks.  THIS IS INSANE.

Another revolutionary software I’ve stumbled upon is Widgetchimp.com.  Now you can create eBay templates which can be DYNAMICALLY ALTERED at any point in time to something completely different.  Usually you would have to go into the HTML code and re-code the entire thing for you to have a cool listing description.  Now you can change the format around all the time according to the seasons/sales ideas.  The revolutionary thing about widgetchimp is that a) it’s never been done before by any other company and 2) it allows for easy A/B testing with your description template (to determine whether buyers will even give a fuck).

But let’s get real here – these apps won’t help you if you don’t already have your shit together.

Things I’m doing differently for the next month:

I admit.  I have a problem.  And that problem is … the inability to stop creating new companies.  No matter what.  I just.. gotta try it!  Do you LOVE that double negative I just threw at you there? Fuck yes.  I can’t ain’t stop myself from trying new shit out.  It’s probably because of my ADD.

So therefore!!!!! I am starting an import company.  So far it’s called “Import Business” until it actually profits.  I started doing the initial research for it and I teamed up with a friend.  Yesterday we did a video chat/share screen conference for four hours just looking at products.  I found some products were selling at $1/pop from china (given that you bulk order like $500 dollars worth of the “pop”) while on amazon and in america they are selling for $40+.  DAMN.  Given how there are sites like alibaba.com, you can now easily reach out to manufacturers in China without having to fly there and knock on their doors.  You just use skype.

Just to give you guys a real life example instead of being full of shit here are some screenshots of the “research” I did.

item selling on amazon

item selling on amazon

exact product you can order from China

exact product you can order from China

I also signed up to “Create Awesome Courses Online” (a month ago) and am in the process of creating a course for my software company.  I know – it sounds lame that I haven’t done so already but all it did was provide a software.  Now I want to add value to the subscribers by providing a course.

Because of these damn distractions & finding out I needed new glasses (yay for spending mo’ $$$$!) + contacts (#[email protected]&*#[email protected]!!!) …. my sales kind’ve stayed the same for April. Along with cash sales… ~ $16K.  Please see below.

April Auto Dismantling Sales

April Auto Dismantling Sales

separate Credit Card sales

separate Credit Card sales

Sales for the software company actually decreased from $800-ish last month in March 2015:

April 2015:

Software sales for April 2015

Software sales for April 2015

March 2015 sales:

march 2015 sales

march 2015 sales

When I look at my progress and then my friend who started Octomask.com tells me his sales were 750K last year all the meanwhile he maintains a full time job elsewhere… it’s like… SMH.

I am still making time to balance my fragile sanity by hanging out with friends & dating the bf.

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ate at Dino's Chicken and Burgers after rock climbing

ate at Dino’s Chicken and Burgers after rock climbing – fries DRENCHED in sauce. cray.

Ate by myself at Well Being Tofu House

Ate by myself at Well Being Tofu House. Gotta have ME time. Sometimes.

My only gal pal in Hesperia. Valerie!

My only gal pal in Hesperia. Valerie!

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I think my favorite dish for the moment has to be Sashimi Salad with Peach Sake. YUUUMMMMMM

MY FAVORITE DISH! Sashimi Salad with Peach Sake. YUUUMMMMMM

Ate at Thai Lotus in Victorville before watching Ex-Machine at the Cinemark 16

Ate at Thai Lotus in Victorville before watching Ex-Machine at the Cinemark 16. This picture was way too flawful but I dun care.

Reed enjoying his curry at Thai Lotus.

Reed enjoying his curry at Thai Lotus.

Yummy seafood stuffs

Yummy seafood stuffs – sorry for the blurriness.

Oh.  And I bought another car. It’s a 1999 Range Rover P38.  Gotta keep on keepin’ on!

What I really want to do:

Get back to actually doing stuff that will help others/actually matter.

For the next post I’ll teach you about how to create an online course using leadpages.com.  Do I currently know how to do it?  PSSSHHHHH…. don’t insult me [after watching tons of video tutorials… yes… yes I have a vague idea I can put into action].

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March Financial and Life Updates

You got that James Dean day dream look in your eye
And I got that red lip classic thing that you like
And when we go crashing down, we come back every time.
Cause we never go out of style
We never go out of style

 Whatup peeps.  I am in love with that Taylor Swift song right now.  I’m going to write my own rendition below:

You got that broad shoulder, confident swagger, blue gleam in your eyes

And I got that long hair, small curve, submissive thing that you like

And when we go crashing down, we come back every time

Cause we never go out of style

We never go out of style

Yeahhhh.  So the highlights below are sales numbers & lessons learned AND a link to the Livestream I will have tonight at 8PM on Youtube and Google+ about simple SEO techniques with wordpress.  You can come hang out with me, or not.

Life is still DAMN HECTIC.  AND I am woozy from Theraflu.  Theraflu at Walgreens is $2.00 more expensive than Theraflu anywhere else.  At least in Hesperia.

I’m trying to get to 20K/month and I am getting CLOSER!  Why 20K?  Because at that point I can hire a secretary/office manager full time and be happy with it. [I am currently vetting for one!]  I have virtual assistants and a trusty mechanic.  But a full time secretary/office manager is something else.  For the past 30 days these are my sales for my automobile dismantling company.

WHAT I LEARNED:

1) Listing/posting items is the number one priority.  I need to list at LEAST 100 items/week to keep replenishing the inventory.  If I FAIL to do so, sales drop.  Simple as that.

2) Nothing else matters until I get to 20K in sales.

For the software company I want to at least get to 1K/month in sales.  The cool thing about this is that there is NO crazy fees (besides the paypal fee), NO SHIPPING COST, No handling cost… just…… simple delivery of the software.  If it’s not for you, hey, full 30 day warranty.  Life is much easier with the software company.

Software company salesWHAT I LEARNED..AGAIN!:

1) I really need to do 3 part video launch sequence.

2) I cannot really focus on this until I master running the automobile dismantling company a bit more.  So chipping at this little by little is the best I can do for now.

Trying to pose like a BAMF.  But really, I need to get stronger and climb better.

 

Tonight I will be on Youtube/Google Hangouts on Air to answer your questions & teach you about SEO:

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvDHLdHCj6A

Google+ link: https://plus.google.com/events/cddd4gelqsivncvb7gdlqps3ris

If you missed it, don’t worry!  It’s recorded and stored on youtube below:

 

I have a sore throat that won’t quit so I’m not going to be all hyper.  The session will be short and sweet to whoever attends.  Other than that I want to ask you guys something – WHERE DOES EVERYONE GET THE ENERGY TO DO EVERYTHING???

I feel so drained.

I was on quora and I read that James Altucher, one of my favorite writers, has 15 streams of income.  I was talking to my warehouse neighbor the other day and he is retired in his thirties, renting out the warehouse in the back just so he can work on his toys – a boat, bikes, and cars.  GAH.  Time to get a move-on, KIM!

Thank you guys for letting me be so damn free and post whatever I want (or am I just doing this all without your permission?) on this little piece of the internet.  It really motivates me to keep on improving and it’s nice to look back to see my progress.

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February Progress Update

Howdy folks!  So I have to kick myself for saying I’ll update every Wednesdays.  THIS time I mean it, I’m going to keep it up.

I just want to pop in and give you guys a quick update on the two projects I have going on thus far + life stuff [do you even care?].  So seriously, if you don’t care.. you can skip this whole post. =)  No hard feelings.

Automobile Dismantling company – sales are steadily climbing.  It’s not where I really want to be since I just cruised it for the first half of the month (I focused on dismantling the 7 engines we already have versus buying another car).

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So far for February 2015.

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Separate credit card sales.

This is what happens when you cruise.. you think you will push sales to $15-$20K and you might be lucky if it breaks $13K this month.  There are still FOUR days left!

So in the spirit of NOT cruising/coasting along.. I went and bought another car because it’s ABOUT TIME to keep on gettin’ it:

Range Rover

My 22nd car is a 2003 Range Rover. Vroom vroom.

I’m also working on a software company.  Software company sales comparison of all of last year to the almost three months in of this year:

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Last Year’s Sales when we launched in August 2014. Total sales for last year.

This is this year’s sales.  My projection is.. at this rate… our sales will be maybe $4-$5K IF there is no progress whatsoever.  But I am going to try and create a community with the software company.  Wish me luck. & Provide input if you can!

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Total sales from January 2015 to now (February 26 2015)

Still made time for rock climbing:

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Climbed at Fairview Mountain in Apple Valley with old friends and new friends!

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Still pushing myself to lead ’em routes!

Still made time for Valentine fun in Vegas.

Climbed at Red Rocks

Climbed at Red Rocks

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Saw the O Show at the Bellagio. Awesome show.  $197 buckeroos/ticket.  It wasn’t cheap, folks.

Oh!  And I’m starting to eat healthy again.  SMOOTHIES EVERY MORNING with a touch of virgin coconut oil. Yum.

Where I’m going next:

This meetup event.  It is for High Desert Entrepreneurs.  This is where I’ll be on Saturday 2/28/15.

http://www.meetup.com/High-Desert-Entrepreneurs/

In MARCH 14th, 2015 I will be teaching a group of writers how to set up their wordpress websites.  I’ll begin filming the tutorial videos for that class this upcoming week.  I’ll update this post to have the link for that event soon. << I AM DAMN EXCITED ABOUT THIS EVENT BECAUSE IT IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO … HELP PEOPLE DO SOMETHING WITH WEBSITES! (AND EVENTUALLY EARN THEM $$.. OR SOMETHING ELSE… RECOGNITION? SELF LOVE? ENLIGHTENMENT?)

Giving inspiration is going to feel great.  It’s one step closer to feeling less selfish about this life.

What I should be doing next:

1) Creating a good email response system of the 700+ emails for the automobile dismantling company & the 70+ subscribers for the software company (including a 3 part launch).

2) Focus focus focus.

I’m so not focused.  I get easily distracted and I’m easily influenced by my environment.  It’s a trait I’m not proud to have but I am what I am and it is what it is. OH WELL!  The main thing is I don’t quit.  Most importantly I’m not quitting on not being so distracted so in the end I’m constantly trying to re-focus myself and it works (sometimes).

I really don’t know how people who have a billion things going on .. do it all.  They say the average millionaire has seven streams of income.  I have… less than four.  Hence, the non-millionaire status.  They must have a personal assistant at their beck and call because frankly… trying to run 2 businesses + have other nagging businesses snipping at my feet because I’ve started them & have yet to do anything with them, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a relationship, blah blah blah.. whine whine whine… HOW DO YOU DO IT?

It’s amazing everything hasn’t gone to shit.

This has been an extremely selfish post.  The next post you’ll get is a video series (maybe part 1) of how to go from NOTHING to a wordpress website.

Until next time.

Toodles.

 


The Momentum

The momentum matters.  And not caring to fail matters.  At least that’s what I’ve learned. Crawling out of my auto dismantling hole for a bit to check on other things I’ve started months ago I noticed.. oh sh*t!  There is genuine TRAFFIC to the other sites!  Time to improve on them some more…

I chip away at each thing whenever I can for however long I can.  Sometimes there is no chipping away at all.  But it’s better to throw it out there then to have it be absolutely nothing…residing in my head.

What failed for me:

I hired a bunch of people to post on social media accounts – this is a MISTAKE.  Hiring random people to post for you really hurts your reputation and decrease the number of users to subscribe.  Our subscription numbers went down dramatically because … well, people are smart.  They can tell if something feels scammy.  Our product is not a scam at ALL but seeing grammatically incorrect posts coming from India did not help our reputation. DO NOT DO IT!

Sourcing out EVERYTHING was a bad idea.  Sometimes you just have to do the work yourself because at the level of a founder you see 1000 details that needs to be attended to and at the next level of a hired out manager, they only see 100 details at most.  Kind’ve like how James Altucher were his first 200 users for one of his websites.  A website that later grew to thousands of users.  Do not be afraid to be your first 200… something (users, reviews, posts, etc.)

Not focusing on ONE thing DOES NOT WORK! (Like the double negative?)  I focused on too many different projects and end up abandoning all for 1. Once I believe I provided adequate care for 1 I can poke my head up to look around to see if the rest are still standing.

What I’m going to try:

Actually try more tactics/techniques – put in the time for these techniques now, they will pay off later!

Publish an eBook, any eBook about stuff I want to talk about. Who cares if no one buys it.  I’m going to do it.

If I have an idea – I’m still going to set something up.  I’m still going to erect something and put an effort into growing it whenever I can.  HOWEVER … this time… I’m going to do background research on how to approach it the right way & I’m going to focus on the details a bit more before implementing techniques.  Everything will still launch, no matter how messy.  Techniques will be tried with a more careful eye.

Traffic numbers for the random websites started because failing doesn’t matter:

Went down from $2K. OH WELLS!

Went down from $2K. OH WELLS!

Went up from $0. Yay!

Went up from $0. Yay!

Went up from $0. Yay!

Went up from $0. Yay!

3) Coming up next –

Yup.

(dot) com. Yup.

WELPS.  That’s all folks.  A very short post but at least I made one. The message here is: JUST DO IT.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!


Things I’m Afraid Of Are The Things I Should Do

I have a checklist of 10 things that will make my business better and out of the entire checklist I’ve only started on 1 or 2.  This checklist remained unchanged for the better part of a year.  Why?  Why do I not go about doing the things that will directly positively affect my business?  Reed told me I run around creating infrastructures on how to get things done (video training, training material, setting up a program management system, etc) versus sitting down and actually getting it done.

There must be something there I’m afraid of.  And when I looked at it more closely, it’s true.  There are definite fears.

The owner of an auto auction proposed to buy into my company in order to propel it to the next level.  I am considering it and I told him I’d send over the numbers.  I haven’t done it yet because I’m afraid of losing my freedom with the business.

I have over a thousand emails from customers yet I have procrastinated building a good mailing list.  What am I afraid of?  I’m afraid of my customers thinking that I’m spamming them.  I know mailchimp, yet I’m hesitating to jump in and do it.

I’m afraid of training anyone to take over completely because they might just quit.  I need to get over this fear.

I wasn’t afraid of moving to city by myself and to rent out a warehouse but I’m afraid of being alone meanwhile providing an environment of isolation.

I’m afraid of creating a facebook page because out of the hundreds of customers served, one might be dissatisfied and try to ruin the reputation of the company.  WHAT.  Why am I not doing these things due to these fears.

I’m inspired by James Altucher.  He really emphasizes just doing it.  No matter how small or messy.  Just do it.  Nike could’ve also subliminally affected my thoughts on this “just do it” mantra.

 

Logo

Logo

So I’m going to just do it.  I’ve re-written my list of things I should do to make my business better and I’m going to do them:

1) Add emails to mailing list & send out a first email. Use mailchimp.

2) Create an after-delivery automatic email to ask about the progress of a person’s order.

3) Send the business proposal, however draft-like it is.

4) Create a better shipworks template for both emails AND shipping labels.  Using Microsoft Web Expressions 4.0 which is a FREE alternative to Dreamweaver.  Great program.

5) Train assistant to do the pictures.

6) Reach out to other Dismantlers and ask them out for coffee.  Stop isolating yourself, Kim. (I noticed I am subscribed to California Dismantling… so I’m going to start reaching out today.)

7) Get M2E running with Magento.

8) Transform Dropbox into a shared space instead of for personal reasons.

9) Switch over to the new listing template.  Enlist Ron’s help.

I stopped at 9 because I don’t want to overwhelm myself.

 

YOU SHOOT ME DOWN, BUT I WON’T FALL.  I AM TITANIUM.

That’s the song playing in the shop right now.  It is fitting.

 

What are you afraid of?  Is it just a small fear that stops you from MASSIVE success?


There was less fear than there was pure unadulterated outrage at my disposition with a 9 to 5. This might not just be me, but before I quit I was on a nonstop binge of podcasts or blog posts by Pat Flynn, Tim Ferris, Ramit Sheti, etc. It was to hype myself up and it took a whole year to hype myself before D day. It also took over a year because I needed to save up money before I quit (I am not THAT reckless).

Tech Hack: For Free – How to Get Unlimited Sharing Space via Dropbox and BitTorrent Sync

Yes, another life hack for ya.

This one I discovered by experimenting around.

So, I know you guys have heard of BitTorrent… (Let’s face it, WHO HASN’T?!?!).

But there is another company called BitTorrent Sync and it lets you share UNLIMITED FILES between devices FOR FREE.  You heard me folks. FREE UNLIMITED SHARING BETWEEN DEVICES!

Wait wait, hold on a minute, I forgot to mention the caveat… you need to keep that computer on or the device has to be turned on for the sharing to commence.  The shared files are not going to be uploaded into “THE CLOUD”.  Instead your device will be the actual place where the files are stored.

Why is this useful?

Because now you don’t need to remotely sign into your other computer any longer to grab that file.  It acts just like dropbox but without the cloud.

THEN IT GETS INTERESTING…

I was thinking, hmmm, I do have several computers I keep on within the warehouse (just because there is no point turning them off and on everyday).  I have people who do NOT have a dropbox with unlimited space given to them so when I share my files (My dropbox is at 56 GB), they usually can’t see all my files because their dropbox is limited to 2.5GB as the free version.

What I do is I download BitTorrent Sync and designate the Syncing folders to be my DROPBOX FOLDER.  ANY changes I make via dropbox is synced automatically into the cloud and then consequently updated on the computers that remain powered ON.  ANY changes my friends/workers make in regards to any sync’d files are automatically updated on all MY devices with dropbox.

Is this getting confusing for you?  I hope not.

Here is a simple EXPLANATION:

dropbox

Limited to 2.5 GB Free Version

bitTorrentSync

bitTorrentSync Unlimited File Sync

 

file-sharing-folder

Files that can be Dropbox Files (For syncing to the cloud) AND can also be SIMULTANEOUSLY BitTorrent Sync Files (For FREE syncing between devices)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Computer 2 (Receives unlimited syncing)  <—–>  BitTorrent Sync’d NON-CLOUD Files (Unlimited Syncing) <—> Dropbox’s CLOUD Files (Limited to Your Dropbox’s Account) on your computer ==EQUALS== Make any changes to any dropbox files, Computer #2 will receive those changes and those files WITHOUT having a dropbox account.

Because most of people I share with on dropbox aren’t so ballin’ as to have 59.9 GBs (Free from friends accepting invitations and other promotional offers dropbox let me utilize), whenever I share with them any dropbox folder theirs automatically run out of space. 

This is a very useful work-around.  They can get your files whenever any computer containing the files is turned ON.  As if it’s like a folder on their desktop that automatically updates everytime they turn on their desktop/whatever else device they use.

There is no need to do a work-around if you have the money to invest in Dropbox’s Business Accounts.  $9/month for 100 GB sounds great when you want the luxury of getting access to files whether or not the computer these files are on are powered on or off.  However, with BitTorrent Sync you can keep your computer on and have others get UNLIMITED/ NO SIZE LIMIT access to only those designed files.  If you follow my hack and you combine the two, if the computer is not on, you still have access to these files.  The only downside is your worker/friend might not have access if they have a limited dropbox account.

Even though I wrote about this work-around.. I really have to pay homage to Dropbox.  Because of them, many businesses simply EXIST on a BETTER more PRODUCTIVE level.  They are awesome!

What have I been up to?  I went climbing in Big Bear.  AAAAnd had quite a blast celebrating a friend’s bday!:

Climbing in Big Bear

Climbing in Big Bear

 


A Conversation With An Investor

During the weekend I had the honor to go along rock climbing with Chris Francy (Owner of Edge Fitness and a registered investor).  He actually pushed me to do my first lead at Red Rocks Canyon.

Below is a list of what investors are NOT looking for when it comes to pitching an idea:

1) Asking for too much money for broadly described purposes.

2) Asking for a salary.

What investors are more open to:

1) Asking for about enough or even less than what you really need.  This perks their ears up.

2) If you get the attention of even one investor, you might get more from the same group.  If you don’t have anyone on your side to begin with, you are basically out of luck.

This may be common sense to some but investors are still pitched ideas where these points are vastly ignored and it is unfortunate that the presenters will miss out on their chances of getting funded.

Life?  Life is hectic because I purchased 3 cars within the span of 1 week (for the business).  2 of which were not intended to be purchased in such a short time frame.  I am in the middle of training another worker.  Life is also enjoyable because it is filled with doing whatever I want whenever I want.  I am lucky to have my health, my family, and a boyfriend who understands me.

Fun times.

Climbing in Red Rocks Canyon, Nevada.

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