Don’t Be Afraid to Get Help!

We are all so busy in our everyday lives!  We all have unique circumstances that require attention whether it be dogs, cats, kids, husbands/wives, parents, sisters, brothers, work, business, home, apartment, grandparents, friends, projects, and the list goes on.  We don’t have to own our own business to know that sometimes we just need help!  Are there certain activities that you absolutely HATE to do?  Something that you would hire out if you could?  Then do it!

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I think some of us feel bad if we hire out work.  Doesn’t that mean we can’t handle it ourselves?  NO!  I want you to stop thinking that way.  For so many of us we try to be superman/superwoman, and sometimes it just doesn’t work.  What I have been realizing this past week or so is that I would rather NOT be superwoman to my family and be able to spend more time with them.

I know this might be a foreign thought to some of us, and some of us enjoy everything we do around the house or in our business.  That is great!  As long as it isn’t taking away from other important things in life.  If you do everything for your family and still have time for yourself and for quality time with your family, then keep doing what you are doing… and by the way, can we talk sometime? LOL!

What I want you to do is think of the one thing in your life that you would hire out if you could?  Now, I want you to do it!  That is right… I want you to take the steps, and hire it out!  There are so many great places to get help.  If your help doesn’t require being at your home, then there are a lot of places to get virtual assistants for everything you might need.  One of my favorite places is O’Desk, but you could go to Elance as well.

You can post a job you want done and have people apply, or you could look for someone you would like to hire based on their qualifications.  Either way, there are some great people who can help you do what you need to get done for a decent price!  You don’t have to own your own business to get an assistant!  Think about how much money your time is worth.  If you think about it, why would you spend 2 hours trying to research how to do a specific project online when you could hire an assistant who knows what they are doing?

If what you need help with is at your home, then find a reputable company to do the work for you.  You might have to be there while the work is being done in order to oversee it, but you could be working on other things at that time!  If you are short on cash, then try to come up with creative ways to find help!  Instead of hiring a company to mow your yard, find a neighborhood kid who will do it for cheaper.  Not only is your lawn getting mowed, but you are also helping a child learn entrepreneurship and how to manage his/her money!

If that even seems like a stretch for you at this point, then set a goal, and once you make a certain amount of money, start hiring out the chore you hate doing the most.  For me, I love doing the laundry.  That is something I will never give up:)  But the cleaning on the other hand is a different story.  I absolute hate wasting my time cleaning.

If you are nervous with starting with a virtual assistant (like I was), just try someone out for a small project you need done.  Chances are if you hired a good worker, then you will quickly realize how much time, energy, and even money they will save you!  Yes… I said money!!  When I first hired my virtual assistant, I was nervous.  I soon realized that what it took me sometimes 2 hours to complete it only took her 30 minutes!! That is 1.5 hours saved, and I only had to pay her 30 minutes of her time.  It is a win-win for everyone:)

If you would like more information, you can email me at livebreatheinspireblog@gmail.com.  I would love to answer any questions you may have, or help you with anything else you might need!

Remember… sometimes we can’t do it alone, and that is OKAY!  We aren’t perfect nor should we be.  Know what those special tasks are that only you can do, and try to get to the point where you can hire out the rest!

What is something you would like to get help with?

Rini~

 

Optimize Your Digital Life

Simple ways to organize your digital life.

Simple ways to organize your digital life.

Your digital life consists of all the pictures, documents, information, and whatever else is stored on your phone, your computer, or in the “cloud”. Most people’s are a mess; they didn’t realize they needed an organizational system until it was too late. They now have 12,000 pictures across two different computers and even more on phones and tablets.  They have a few hundred documents from work or school on their computers and a very primitive backup system, if any.  This is most people. If you aren’t this bad and you managed to get some control over your digital life, good for you! Give yourself a pat on the back, but keep reading because this could still help you.
If you run a business, are in school, or are very digitally active, cloud storage would be very beneficial for you. Whether or not you know it or agree, we are transitioning into the age of “The Cloud”.  The cloud is a buzzword that basically means you upload your information to the internet and the service you are using stores that information for you.  To sum it up further, whatever information you put in “the cloud” is stored on the internet.  However you want to say it, it gives you a bit more freedom and frees up your hard drive space.  For example, depending on what service you use, those hundreds of documents you have could be available on your smartphone, your tablet, or your other various computers.
Don’t freak out! It used to be hard, but it’s becoming so simple that I recommend it to anyone.  If your a PC lover then Microsoft has a new program suite called Microsoft 365 that is a great option.  It’s 99.99 a year, but you get access to their programs as well as a terabyte of storage in the cloud. That’s a great deal! If your an Apple person, don’t worry.  Apple is rolling out a similar service this fall and until then, you can store your iSuite files as well as many pictures and other things in their iCloud.
I am telling you all this because I truly think it is the best option for digital management. As long as you keep your devices with access locked, then it is a great tool and it’s super easy to use.  All your data available at any time makes waiting in the doctors office an opportunity to get some work done. Or a phone call more productive because you can address the issue at that moment instead of waiting to “get back to the office”.  But the cloud isn’t for everyone.
If you typically use one computer and store all your information there, without needing to access it often, then cloud storage may not be for you, but look into it. It’s your decision that is based on your individual needs.
Ok, so on to actual organization!  Most people’s digital lives are separated into two categories, maybe three. Personal, work, and one other maybe school, blog, etc.  I look at digital storage as a pyramid. At the top are folders for broad categories that break down until every file has a place and folder to go.  This digital organization will be different for everyone. I have top files for home, each of my businesses, and one for sharing.  In home it is broken down by pictures, videos, and documents.  Pictures and videos are broken down by dates and documents are broken into past tax information, current tax information, important documents, house, cars, etc. you see where I am going.  It’s like a storage cabinet but digital.  Once you have the folders in place you can start to move your files.
Try to simplify and get rid of things. You don’t need tax information from 1970, so pitch it. If your are concerned because your stuff isn’t digital, don’t be. Just make it digital. Spend a day converting your life to the digital world. I did this two years ago and am thrilled with the results. It’s easier to find information and files and I am more productive having the information available to me at all times.
What are some ways you stay organized digitally?

3 Business Books We Love!

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There are 3 Business Books that we have really enjoyed reading and that have helped us greatly in our business ventures.  We tried to pick books that could be incorporated into most businesses out there.  You don’t have to be a business owner or want to be a business owner to get practical tips from these books.  We highly recommend them!  You can also check out the reviews on amazon for each of the items to see what others are saying!

1.
Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller – Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century

We liked this book because not only does it give you business advice, but it also gives you advice in general about how you can grow rich.  It talks a lot about the power of positive thinking.  It wasn’t until this book that I realized how powerful thoughts are.  It is a great book to help you retrain your brain into thinking more positively, and it gives you some great practices to start incorporating into your business today!

2.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)

Now we know most of you are thinking, “There is absolutely NO way this can happen,” and “It isn’t worth my time.”  That is what we thought the first time we read the title too.  What we didn’t realize though is how much quality information this book has to offer!  After reading this book you probably won’t be only working 4 hour weeks, but we guarantee that you will either be able to start working less or be more productive throughout your day.  Tim Ferris not only gives you tips about how to create a business for yourself, but he also shares how we can cut time and energy from doing the things we are so used to doing every single day.  We highly recommend this book (even if you don’t have your own business)!

3.
EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

Not only do we love this book for the wise business advice that it gives, but we also loved listening to Dave Ramsey read the audio version.  He has such a great southern accent and makes listening to his books fun!  We liked this book for the fact that he goes over how a business owner needs to think and act.  It also gives insight into how to treat employees.  He is such a wise man, and has some great tips for hardships that come up in any business.  He talks about hiring/firing employees, how to treat them, and much more!

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we have!  They each offer something unique to the reader.  That is why we went with these three books because we feel like they each hit on a different topic in business.  They will help expand your thinking and help you to take action into making your dreams come true.  Whatever they may be!

~Rini and Jess

Leaping Full Time into Your Business- Some Need to Know Tips!

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This is one of the most popular questions out there:

“Should I take the leap and finally quit my day job to start my own business?”

This can be an exciting and yet anxious time in your life.  You want to start fulfilling your dreams and do something other than your current job; however, before you take the leap, there are some things to think about.

A few thoughts to consider before quitting your day job:

– Are you the sole bread-winner of your family?  Do you have bills or have others relying on you to produce a steady paycheck?

– Have you considered the important details of your business, and do you have a plan for how you will start making money? (or have a plan for no income for awhile while your business takes off?)

– Is it just a rough patch in your day job, or do you actually not enjoy it anymore?

– Are you willing to work hard and adapt while you learn to be successful in your business venture?

These are all factors to consider while thinking about leaving your current job and starting off on your own.  It is a lot easier to do if you have a spouse who is bringing in an income, and your income serves as the “extra” stuff.  It is easier to start a business this way knowing that your financial needs will be taken care of if you don’t make money right off the bat.  If you don’t have a spouse making some income, then there have been a lot of entrepreneurs who lived off of savings for awhile.  Some have also made income from side jobs to help support their bills.

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You don’t need either of these things though to start off on your own.  If you don’t have the cushion of either of these items, then I recommend that you have a plan and have started working it out prior to quitting.  This way you have a business idea in mind, and you have been prepping it, so when you quit your day job, you are that much closer to your goals and bringing in income.  The financial hit hopefully won’t be as big if you plan more before quitting.

Another thing to think about is if you truly want to start your own business.  Every job goes through its ups and downs, so before you take the leap and quit, make sure you truly are not happy there.  You really have to have a calling for owning your own business to make it work because it can be a very difficult adventure.

Lastly, one important factor to consider is whether or not you are a person who is willing to learn and do whatever it takes to get your business up and running.  Entrepreneurs always have to be learning and adapting to their business and environment.  What might be best practice one day could be outdated in a couple of months.  This is what I personally love about business, but what some people might hate.

Here are some creative ways to make side income if you are truly ready to quit your job, but need more money in order to pay your bills:

– Freelance writing (for blogs, magazines, etc.)

* A good resource to use is elance.com

– Landscaping or mowing lawns

– Dog walking

– Sell your old items on ebay or craigslist

– Garage sale

– A part time job

– Virtual Assistant

– Substitute teacher

– Tutor

– Sell crafty stuff on Etsy

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I hope this helps if you are thinking about quitting your job to pursue your dreams!  If you have any other questions I would love to answer them.  Don’t hesitate to email me or leave a comment below!

Rini~