How to Manage Your Team Using Redbooth

This is part of my How To Start And Run An Ecommerce Company Step By Step blueprint.  The first part.

Sooooooooo…… Redbooth is free up to 5 users. ¬†There are other team management programs you can use.

If you are managing a coding team and you are coder yourself – try gitlab.com

If you are a person who isn’t a coder but wants to manage a team larger than 5 people AND you have money – try basecamp.com

If you are a person who isn’t a coder but wants to manage a team of 5 people or less BECAUSE you have less money (ie. broke) – I would go with redbooth.com HANDS DOWN, YO.

I know, I know, you are probably wondering, “WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT REDBOOTH?!”

To which I will say… calm down. Yo. ¬†Let me thoroughly explain:

1) Redbooth is WONDERFUL to manage tasks because you can reference your team with an “@” sign, just like twitter, within a task, and it will not only update the message with a time stamp within redbooth BUT it will also send a notification email to your team mate you are referencing. ¬†And THIS is where it is valuable. ¬†Email notifications simply gets NOTICED! ¬†Having the cumbersome duty of visiting the actual website is no longer necessary. ¬†The trick is…you can reply to the email notification within your own email and it will update on redbooth as well. ¬†Crazy, eh? ¬†This saves tons and tons of time.

Below is a screen shot from a project I am working on:

Nifty, eh?

Nifty, eh?

2) Everyone in the project can see EVERYTHING and can see who is referencing who.  You can also privatize tasks as well to a few viewers or only yourself.  This allows for privacy as well as the ability for everyone to have an overall look at the project in one glance.  I highly recommend switching the view to COLUMNS from LIST view because it makes everything more absorb-able (like osmosis!).

  • How to BEST use this feature is to have tasks with the big picture in mind:
  • Customer Support, Sales, Website Design, Website Coding, Content, Admin Username and Passwords, Finance.
Redbooth

Redbooth

3) Since the search function is incredibly fast it will be better than wading through your email.  You can assign a task.  Connected to a task are essential things:

  • Privacy – you can assign who can see the task.
  • Integrations – you can connect google documents, dropbox, box, or upload a document from your computer.(To use all integrations you need to upgrade… but attachments are accessible with the free membership).
  • Time tracking – you can put in how many hours the task took you to finish or how long it took for you to assign the task.
  • Assigning the task – you can assign it to a team member and they will get an email notification of the due date as well as all the details within the task AND the attachments IN THEIR EMAIL as well as on Redbooth. ¬†THIS IS SO USEFUL.
Task

Things are blacked out for privacy.

So why is it good to use over others?

It makes the experience of managing a team, keeping up with deadlines, knowing a task is associated to what project and there is a cookie crumb trail for you CLEARLY DISPLAYED so you can backtrack a task to its origin quite easily, knowing who said what and where and WHEN (everything is time stamped), and being able to see the big picture by a mere GLANCE with the task view.

I am a fan of Redbooth because it makes sense.  A lot of thought went into creating this software that is user friendly and intuitively makes sense for me Рtheir consumer.

If you have any questions about Redbooth do not hesitate to ask.

On a personal update:

Went to King King in Hollywood to celebrate my friend Brandon’s bday!

King King, YO!

King King, YO!  It looks like I might need to get my fingers checked.


 Talking To The Competition About Automobile Dismantling

Because I am the type of person to get the cell phone numbers of all my mail people – and am on a texting basis with them (Fedex, USPS), I am the type of person to walk around my work neighborhood to have small talk with the local business owners.. AND.. I am also the type of person to text the CEO and owners of my competition to ask them.. what’s up?

I found out they were/are incredibly more die hard than I am. ¬†Granted, I am a female in a male dominated industry. ¬†And I don’t have partners.

But because of that it makes me want to become just as die hard (even though I believe I’ve almost killed myself starting this business). ¬†So I dropped out of my Intro To Auto class I’ve been taking at the nearby community college in order to finish up my goals that I have been postponing due to trying to figure this life out. ¬†Dropping out of a class when I am getting an A was not that hard to do.

I am officially a “drop out”. HA!

One CEO and his Co-founder worked nonstop, 10 hour days, for a year. ¬†Didn’t hire out so they profited faster.

Me?  Outsourced almost everything I could.  Now things run without my micro-managing involvement.  But at the capacity that it can be?  No.  At a comfortable capacity where my sanity still remains with me?  Yes.

I am doing more outdoor activities.  I am sleeping in later.  I am feeling more relaxed.  Life is less… scary.

At the pit of my stomach I feel like I can do so much more.

I used to look down upon businesses that didn’t want to grow when they can do so much more. ¬†But it seems like at the expense of their own happiness, most people won’t want to do “so much more”. ¬†Most business owners just want to be happy. ¬†Make enough money to live, have enough freedom to be in control of their own schedules, and spend life as stress-free as possible.

My perspective on businesses and ownership and running businesses is changing.  Not because of anything life-changing.  Just that I want to choose a more free life over one where I have to suffer to be rich.

My goals for the end of the next 6 months:

1) Keep on automating my business so no one depends on me for anything.

2) Get my internet business at least launched and running (who cares the number of subscribers, I just need the infrastructure set up).

3) Push sales to 12K/month.

4) Become a better outdoor rock climber.

5) Transition the name change successfully.  Launch a large SEO effort.

6) Answer more questions, ask more questions, be more involved in online communities.

7) Genuinely care more.

 

I like writing random posts.

Riverside Rock Quarry

Riverside Rock Quarry


MY BOOK KEEPER IN PAKISTAN TEACHES ME ABOUT WEED

This is the type of conversations I have with my book keeper on a Thursday afternoon. Of course. 

J (Book keeper): *Sends me a link regarding an article about weed*
you will not believe that this is growing in my back yard ..

me: it is?
you are growing weed?
HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!
it is illegal here
in california
do you smoke it?

J: nope

me: well, you can smoke it

J:¬†dont know how to .. ūüėõ

me: are you sure it is growing in your backyard?

J: i might have pic, wait let me check

me: okay.  email me a pic

¬†J: some people drink it but i dont think any one smoke it around here …

 me: WHAT THE HECK.  HAHAHAAHAH!

 me: no one drinks it here
they cook the oil into food
or smoke it
that’s it

J: i think its a different kind ..

me: yeah

J:

Plants

Is this Weed?

DSC_0071

tell me if its smoke able .. ūüėõ

me: hmmmm
at any point
do you see tiny teeny
stuff like

Weed Bud

This looks like a small creature.  Almost.

J: no, it never go like that ..

me: LOL! ¬†then it isn’t the right kind

J: some of my friends smoke weed but it come in black rubber type form ..

J: BTW where were you born .. ?

me: vietnam
weed never comes in a black rubber type form
HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS CRACKING ME UP J!

J:  i have seen nuggets of that stuff also,

me: you have seen it?
where? in your backyard?

J: nope some people make them to eat or troll some one..

me: maybe you are confusing weed with something else
HAHAH

J: it might be different type but it is same stuff ..  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis_(drug)

me: yeah

this the stuff used here..

its same thing but processes

me: OH!!! wow
i did not know this
J: processed#
J: i dont think you even smoke  cigarettes
me:¬†i don’t smoke anything (This is a half truth.)

J: Good for you..

So …. From Wiki: Charas is the name given to a hashish form of cannabis which is handmade in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Jamaica. It is made from the resin of the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica). The plant grows wild throughout Northern India along the stretch of the Himalayas (its putative origin) and is an important cash crop for the local people although the cultivation is illegal in India.

Looks like this:

Weed of Pakistan

BALLS AND STICKS. ¬†THIS ISN’T PHALLIC AT ALL.

So I did not know this.  Now I know.  And now YOU know.



Almost Breaking Up Again, So What’s The Point?

I was having a conversation with a friend today about an “almost break up” moment I had with my boyfriend and she said, “Hey! Me too!”. ¬†I inquired what was her reasoning and she explained that it has to do with different communication styles. ¬†Both of our boyfriends are fairly inexperienced with relationships. ¬†She confessed she is inexperienced as well. ¬†And come to think of it, even though I was in a long term relationship at one point‚Ķ I am also fairly inexperienced.

What have we learned, really?  Unless something forces us to drastically change, we just carry the mistakes of the past into our current relationships and blame it on each other if we call it quits.

The meshing of two people with two completely separate lifestyles is a recipe that needs a LOT of compromising to work. ¬†I don’t know of anyone who likes carrying around compromises in their back pockets.

Sometimes I get caught in the “now”. ¬†Sometimes I am very selfish. ¬†And when that happens I don’t see the whole forest when I am stuck amongst the bristles of a leaf barren tree. ¬†And sometimes HE is too. ¬†No one’s perfect! ¬†Maybe that metaphor was a bit too much.

By being caught in the moment РI amplify the importance of decisions and I amplify my emotional sensitivity to a point where words will hurt (hard).  When things are amplified and urgent, this could create stress and a heavy feeling on everyone involved.

There just needs to be a reminder that hey – I have the rest of my life to figure this out. ¬†What’s the hurry? ¬†If there is a mixture of kindness, patience, and willingness to be emotionally open – really – there is no reason to act with haste.

That is one life lesson I’ve learned (among others) about relationships thus far. ¬†That there is time to learn and grow. ¬†There is time for trust to be built. ¬†There is always time for that proof to bloom in anyone’s perspective of who you are‚Ķ ¬†You can decide to be urgent if it is biologically healthy for you to do so. ¬†Otherwise, there is always time.

So chill.

Honestly, you can be free and single at any point in life.  Nothing will stop this from happening if you want it to happen.  No marriage certificate, no promise ring, no title… nothing.  So the decision to go back to a status quo might sometimes be what you need.

However Рon the other hand… the risk you are taking by having someone in your life to act like your sounding board, to open your eyes on how you are when you are so damn close to another human being (different from family and friends), to give you a healthy reflection of how you really come off… and to care deeply enough to be honest with you about it because there is a vested interest in the betterment of yourself as a person… is worth the whole thing.

All of it.

The entire risk of a relationship.

And that’s the point of a relationship (to me).

So I guess I am pretty damn oblivious to a lot of things.

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On a separate note, here is a random incomplete poem I wrote purely for entertainment purposes while I was bored at the warehouse:

Plunging, suddenly I am hurling towards

More idle time, racking my brain for more stymie rhymes

Steering my irises through window panes

Letting these surroundings fast forward I will choose

To be fashionably late again

 

I am simply mopping to cope with coming down from

Another adrenaline high

I am also playing pretend to infuse these sometimes provincial moments

With exciting lies

I will act like I am hypnotized

I will fake it till I make it as I compromise

 

Oh don’t bother coming down from your thrones

To join me here weeping

Where I will squeeze tears as a sport because it is better than

Not feeling.

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Because I am feeling silly, asian, and duck-faced:

 



SEO RESULTS IN 17 DAYS FOR YOUSEF ERAKAT aka Fouseytube

So in my last post I spoke about how the keyword phrase “Yousef Erakat Biography” is searched 5,000 times a month but has extremely low competition.

I wrote that post on MARCH 5TH, 2014.

It has been only 17 days.

My blog already is getting visitors from that keyword phrase and is ranked on the 2nd page of google.

THAT’S HOW FAST SEO WORKS WHEN DONE RIGHT.

Yousef Erakat Search

Yes. ¬†I get hits for “Cartoon Finger”.

 

Yousef Erakat Search

Right under IMBD, yo.

But don’t fool yousefs (yourselves).

SEO takes at least 3-4 months to matriculate anywhere for a real business.

This was just a test.  That worked.  If you have any SEO related questions for me please do not hesitate to ask.

Search for “Yousef Erakat biography”. ¬†See me on the 2nd page. ¬†Let’s see what happens a month from now.



My Boyfriend’s Internet Company Email

I got this test email the other day after telling him he needs to have a good welcome email set up once someone signs in and subscribes.

This is what he sent me.

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On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM, R <> wrote:

Hi Penguin,

I made your profile on CENSORED COMPANY NAME, which you can view here:
http://testotestotheresreallynourl.com

You will be able to access your admin page from the managers cabinet sign in (from the sign in page, click managers cabinet and then enter your login info there), which you can find here:

http://www.CENSOREDCOMPANYNAME.com/manager/sign_in

On the managers sign in page, enter your login credentials:

username: penguin@butt.com
password: peng234

Please enter a detailed profile, with a full menu, and some photos. We find that the more information you provide will  highlight your business better, and it will also make the customer feel more comfortable with choosing your store.

Thank you for joining CENSORED COMPANY NAME!

Your 90-day free trial will end on  March 29th, Latuda!  After the 90 days, if you are happy with our service and do not wish to cancel, your credit card ending in 45penguinbutt67 will be charged $59 on a monthly basis.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help setting up your account.

Sincerely,

R
CENSORED COMPANY NAME CEO, Co-Founder
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Apparently R needs to learn how to call me by my birthright name sometimes.  Because being called an animal can get tiring.  And on top of that, Latuda is a made up word.

 



No One Gets My “Wew”

Maybe it is a mild form of turrets for me, but I say “Wew” all the time to a lot of random people.

It brings me joy to utter that word.

Convo with R:

Me:  I messaged Wew to a whole bunch of people today. No one understands. Except Bob.

R:  And me. I understand. You even have a wew face.

R: My phone now autocorrects to wew.

And that is why R is still on my boyfriend list.

Convo with Bob:

Waking up LATE

Waking up LATE



Who Is Yousef Erakat?

So, who is he?

I was introduced by the video below and I almost DIED.

Them buns are fiiiiioooonnneeee, girl!

Then I went online to google him and there was no real biography page existing anywhere.

So here is your biography.

Name: Yousef Erakat

Age: 24

Height: 5’11

Does he have a girlfriend?: No

School: San Jose State

Race: Palestinian American

Has: Biceps & Triceps

How did it all start?: He was a theatre student and he wrote a business plan and used social media consistently, hustled, and worked hard to provide entertainment via Youtube concentrating on topics such as being Muslim, Terrorism, Racism which led to other skits involving Kidnapping, random pranks, and Drake.  Yeah. Drake.

Subscribers on youtube as of now: 1,446,275.

When did he started getting popular?: 2012

Sources:

Here

Here

His Youtube channel here.

Furthermore…

A lesson in SEO

Take a phrase that is searched a fair amount a month… that has low competition… and write about it.

Let’s see what happens?

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I will show you the before and after traffic.

Stay tuned!



How To Undo Sending An Email In Gmail

Yes, I know you probably have sent one or two emails you regret and you were in Gmail while you were doing it.

Well, I am here to tell you‚Ķ. you can UNSEND it. ¬†It is a short window of opportunity but better to have a window than to have a closed “You Messed Up, Yo!” door slammed in your face.

1Step One. (Redundant, eh?)  Anyway, Sign into Gmail OBVIOUSLY.

 

 

 

 

2

Click on the icon that looks like a peg at the right hand corner of the screen.  Then left click SETTINGS.

step 1 undo

 

 

 

 

3Then go to the LABS tab –> Within LABS search for “Undo”.

Step 2 Undo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4Then after that click the radio button “Enable” and click “Save”.

Step 3 Undo

Step 4 Undo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Test it out by sending an email and clicking “undo” at the very top when you don’t mean to send it.

test email

undo button

 

YOU ARE DONE!

It has been awhile since I wrote a “How-To” post instead of ramblings.

Updates:

I might be developing a website creation addiction.

After working with my developers for over a month, my commerce website just launched! Sales (non new website related) are going great and it is now tax time again. ¬†I am currently working to develop two more websites, both of which are totally unrelated in every sense. One is selling one single product (Funded). ¬†One is selling a web service (30K+ project, Funded). ¬†I am also taking an automotive class, exercising every week, and I recently moved to a house with 1 other roommate who looks like he loves health. ¬†I will reveal these websites in due time – probably won’t be for another 6 months or so.

Being so busy makes me horny‚Ķ all the time. ¬†Does that happen to you? ¬†Then you are all like, “Oh shit‚Ķ” and you have to plow through the feelings by working harder and ignoring your natural urges? ¬†Like smothering your groin while it is yelling at you, “Pay attention to me!!”

 

 



A Poem About Sex (Must be over 18 to read below)

The other day my email to text conversation with R went like this:
Me: I like to write poems… about sex.
Me: Below is another one I wrote just now because I am horny.  And poetic.

 

The twist and turns, the fabric burns
Of limbs and skin and fluids churn
Out sticky cream; it hurts, it seems
that this pain is what i yearned in dreams.

 

The musk of tuffs, of smothered hair
of smell it permeates our air
It tears, your tongue, my swollen tip
Your grip, I trip, grab both my wrists

 

I’ll scream it out, out loud your name
I’ll whimper softly as I came
Again, once more, this faucet leaks
Eyes rolled, fluttered white to every squeeze

 

Exploding then, both flushed and red
Scratched back, bruised lips, a soiled bed
The cuddling is but only short lived, a Ruse
A simple pause before impending round Two.
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R’s response through text:

“I saw your email.
And read your poem.
My big dick and balls.
You’d like to know ’em.”

 

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Yep. ¬†It’s exactly what you think it is.

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