How valuable is YOUR time?

How valuable is YOUR time?

How much do you value your time? Do you have a dollar figure per hour?

Every business has tasks that no one wants to do, but someone has to do it, right? And if no one else can do it, then you have to do it, right? Wrong.

When you, as a specifically-skilled individual, have to do a million things unrelated to your exact skill-set, you’re wasting your time. Wasted time in a business is bad for business. You’ll end up being strung out, exhausted, and unable to focus on anything, because you’re doing things you shouldn’t, and you’re not doing a good job anyway because you’re probably dragging your feet on it.

Outsourcing or hiring someone to do the smaller things will allow you to focus on your business and provide a better product and service.

Knowing what you’re worth helps you weed out unwanted clients. 

Every business knows this one… The clients that are an instant migraine. Clients who are usually unwilling to pay you for your time are usually not worth it, because they waste a whole lot of your time and theirs, most likely don’t know what they want, and you might just end up dropping them.

It’s better to just say no from the onset, than to subject yourself to that pain. Do yourself a favor and send them to a competitor! It will keep them busy, haha! #sorrynotsorry

Now that you have all this free time by hiring/outsourcing those tasks, and saying no to all those waste-of-time jobs, you can now plan your time more easily, and live your life doing things that mean something to you. Take your dog for a walk, or read a book.

It’s very tempting to accept every single request from a client, especially as a small business because that means extra revenue (which could mean an equipment upgrade, a bonus or a new employee), but you have to stop and ask yourself if that task is worth your hourly rate, and if it’s not, then don’t do it!

Adding Value

How are you adding value to the world?

With every word that you say, every action that you make, how are you adding value?

With this blog, adding value is key to its success, but also adding an element of speed, is key. Shorter blog posts packed with sometimes just two lines of the value bomb. Longer isn’t better, I’ve learned.

Focus on adding value, refine your ideas, find the points which will make it more successful and build it.

Success is attainable for anyone who’s brave enough to put their mind to it.

Relax! Not everyone wants to be a business owner… 

Relax! Not everyone wants to be a business owner… 

Have you ever had an idea that you wanted to discuss but you were SO afraid of someone stealing it that you said nothing, and nothing ever came of that idea?

We have ALL had ideas like those. And the bullet to the chest is when you see someone else, totally unrelated to you, execute your idea… better.

Unfortunately, what most people don’t understand is that ideas are a dime a dozen, it’s the execution that counts. I’m actually not afraid of talking about ideas, and here is why:

Not everyone wants to be a business owner… 

90% of the time, when I ask someone why they don’t want to talk about their business ideas, it’s because of potential intellectual theft. Yes, we live in a very disloyal community, but that should not stop you from bouncing your ideas off of your potential consumers.

You have to ask yourself, do these people have what it takes to open the exact company, complete with your vision and execute it to become a sustainable competitive company? Are these people ready to make the same sacrifices you’re willing to make in order to take this idea and build it into a company? Probably not. 

I’ve heard a common local story, about a man who thought about bottling water and discussed the idea among colleagues because he was looking for funding, but one of the people in his audience decided that they liked the idea too and had access to the capital, so they opened their very own bottled water company. While I get the moral of that particular story, it leaves me asking what became of the entrepreneur looking for funding, and how much detail did he actually spill at that discussion? It’s up to you to be able to ascertain who can and cannot be trusted. (This is where your gut comes in handy!)

Business is about opportunity; has always been like that and will remain so. You will have those who are honest and like to see others succeed, and those who are like thieves, lurking in the shadows.

One way to look at this is while discussing your ideas (leaving out the secret details of course!), someone might just like your passion about the project and decide to invest, which can either make or break a venture.

So here are some pointers:

  • Do be careful about who you’re talking to, and what you’re talking about.
  • Do not disclose any information about your project which can arm a competitor or create one!
  • Do not be afraid of discussing your basic idea, as you will garner valuable feedback

[Side note: if you don’t agree with the above, that’s fine. Most people choose to hold their ideas very close to heart for obvious reasons and nothing is wrong with that. This is just a different perspective of a topic rarely discussed among young local business owners.]

Inbox Zero

Inbox Zero… the seemingly unattainable feat.

Here is an easy method to get you to inbox zero:

When you read something, you do one of three things:

If you need to action something in the email, flag it and leave it in the inbox.

If you do not need to action it but you should keep it for future reference, archive it.

If you don’t need it, delete it.

Once you practice this, you’ll see how attainable inbox zero actually is, and you’ll be able to keep up with items requiring your attention or action sent in email. Productivity high-five! 🙌

Getting things done… 

Getting things done… 

You can read hundreds of articles and books on getting things done, and download dozens of the top rated productivity apps in the App Store, but there is one method that many “productivity gurus” seem to forget to mention…

Just sit down and do the fucking work! 

There. That’s the best piece of advice I can give to anyone about productivity. Put one foot in front of the other and start walking. No amount of books or apps can do that for you. Keep it simple, make a task list, cross things off.

Bonus tip: make your bed every morning. It’s one of those items on your list that you can achieve, and by mentally ticking it off, you will set yourself on a path of productivity for the day. It actually works… Try it for a week and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Plus, your bedroom looks 200% neater when the bed is made up! Pros all around! 👌

Here we are again, another chapter, another leaf, another beginning, another step forward, and another phase of my career and this blog.

I haven’t written for a long time. I haven’t written anything substantial in two years. Recently, I had the opportunity to really look at my career path and where I need to focus to be where I want to be, which leads me back to this blog. Sharing my knowledge has always been important for me and this blog allows me to fulfil that need. I’m back on the writing wagon, but with a very different goal in mind.

Most of the unnecessary posts have been pruned (hidden from public view), so my new garden can grow a little neater. If you’re looking for something specific, just send me a note and I’ll email it to you.

Stay tuned to see what’s next!

Knowledge is Free.

Knowledge is Free.

I just watched a documentary about the life of Aaron Swartz. I did not know who he was, I did not know his story, and I did not know how great of an impact he made on the Internet.

Aaron protected the Internet.

If you know nothing about him – Google him.

Over the years, I personally have embarked on a journey which leads me back to this road where information should be free, and non-profitable.

I’m not speaking about piracy, but the free distribution of research papers, and information which would prove helpful to students and researchers. I can’t believe that we have to pay for information that should be readily available on the internet.

My stance is clear: knowledge should be free.

This is why I blog. I give as much information as I can. Yes, the information is part of my bread and butter, but honestly, I can’t profit from every single person out there in a dollars and cents kind of way. Nor do I have the desire to.

I want to live a comfortable life. I want to be able to travel freely and enjoy the latest of technology, and possibly have a family that I can easily provide for, but beyond that, I can’t see myself wanting this lavish lifestyle full of Range Rovers and beach-front mansions.

Blogging is my way of giving back. It’s my way of paying it forward. If I can help at least one person with this blog, then my job is done.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and it’s no coincidence that I happened to watch this story about Aaron (it was not my selection to begin with). The universe is obviously sending a clear message to me.

Today, I want to reaffirm that burning desire to help people. And this is the way I can do it, from behind my keyboard, without being a hacktivist.

But in some ways I am a bit of a disrupter. I say, and will say, things that will disrupt my competitors who are trying to squeeze every last cent out of a business. I believe in fair business, and that you should not be committing fraud to get a few thousand bucks out of a company. Shame on you.

This blog, and the TILT Blog, is where my disruption will occur.

I will continue to publish my knowledge, because although I’m growing a business, I cannot satisfy the world as a business. And someone, somewhere is going to benefit from the madness that happens in my brain.

This is a shift in my focus as I develop into the adult I am to become.

Grab some popcorn, with extra butter.

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