Inside The Hustle: Same Day Notary Service

On my way to service a notary client in the Hollywood at a nursing / convalescent home. The person helping or representing them found me on Craigslist last week and I was lightly in touch with her for a few days. Usually, when I don’t hear back, I assume they found another notary or no longer need the service.

But she sent an email and I’m on my way. I just wish she provided me a contact number. Little logistical necessities that help a great deal.

She’s also lucky I’m available right now since I’m flexing my time at work. I don’t have to be at work till 12:30pm, so squeezing this in works for me. I just hope I can reach by her time I get there and secure this assignment.

WHEN: Your Network Expands

It’s been a really long day at work. Like, not overly long in the sense of time, but long in the sense of activities and things taking place. But in my new (I can still call it new?) job, I find my days getting longer and my network getting bigger.

And I’m so okay with that.

I think all I ever wanted from my old job – other than better pay, better benefits, professional development that actually applied to the admin staff, flexible hours and decent coworkers – were opportunities to grow my network and build my career. That’s how I knew that job was a dead end one.

I had no opportunity to network with anyone in my industry because my company thought I wasn’t important enough.

Yeah, I accept that harsh reality now, but I hated it then. I wasn’t good enough to network. Which I translated into my professional goals didn’t matter.

Now, it’s essential to my role that I constantly be networking. Meeting new people, plugging in the programs we offer and the value of my role in the company. Today, I got to meet and hang out (loosely speaking) with the ladies of Sebastian Professional. Later in the day, an actress from the Hart of Dixie stopped by and talked with each one of us. And hugged us and mentioned how much she loved the work we’re doing. So that meant meeting her assistant and a photographer who was there to shoot her on site. Meeting more new people.

This is was networking like for me now. No two encounters are the same. No two experiences are alike. But each one offers of wealth to learn from and people to connect with.

This Week’s Goal: Purging My Apartment

I am of the firmest belief that a tidy and organized apartment is a successful apartment. Or at the very least, can be. However, I am not tidy in the least. Organized? Oh, yeah. Got several systems. Tidy? Not so much. And one would think they go hand-in-hand, but I can prove you wrong in 12 minutes. And it wouldn’t be a very proud moment.

But I’ve been working on purging since the first. I’m not cleaning or scrubbing just yet. Simply getting rid of things that no longer serve me or my goals. I like the idea of minimalism, but I don’t I’m that kind of person. I don’t mind aiming towards a minimal version of my own. But for now, I am just chucking crap that’s useless, pointless and good blocking energy.

I believe a tidy space is also a space that attracts success and good vibes. I also believe working people are going to be a little messy from time to time. I mean, if your desk is spotless and clean all the time, are you really working? I would say not, but we can debate that later. I do want the working spaces in my home to be as tidycas possible when I’m not working in the. So when I go to that space to work, I feel like I can either start anew or pick up where I left off without feeling distracted, overwhelmed or displaced.

So wish me luck. It’s day 24 and although I should be close to being done, that remains to be confirmed till the 30th. And hopefully by then I would have made a huge impact in what I don’t nees. Fingers crossed!🤞🏽

Working 5 to 9: Hustle Anyime

I was on the bus yesterday morning headed to work and a man got on the bus through one of the back doors with a wagon full of essential oils. He was selling them as an alternative to perfume and other fragrance options. He said a general hello to the rest of the passengers on the bus then sat down. I got off before he did, so I never knew where he was going, but it didn’t matter. He was already at work.

He was hustlin’. And for us who are consistent with the hustle, we know it never quits. We may say we’re gonna have a little side hustle after work and on our off hours, but we get the hustle in whenever we can. Nighttime, daytime, anytime, we are hustlin’!

I don’t know if I’ll ever find myself selling oils or whatever else can be transported in some tote or wagon, but sometimes we gotta step outside what seems normal to earn a little extra money. And we gotta work when the opportunity presents itself. Think of the people at the promenades. Whether they’re pretending to be still as a statue, move robotically or perform magic tricks, they’re all working out side our normal comfort zones. And doing it during prime hours.

Hustlers are different. We’re not like everyone else. Because deep down, we don’t want what everyone else is willing to settle for. That’s why we hustle.

How Green Are Hustlers?

It’s Earth Day. And we’ve heard all day how we as a global community need to take more responsibility for the home we share: Earth. I grew in liberal California. Recycling was a part of P.E. We had organic grocery stores before it was this huge thing. Every hone and apartment complex had a blue container snd knew exactly what it was for. And a side hustler, you can’t find anyone more (perhaps, unintentionally) green than us… except for those people who still huge trees. I think they’re all in Oregon, though.

As side hustlers, we’re already “green” whether we realize it or not. We do are damnest not waste…anything. Money, time, materials. I mean, everything either gets reused or recycled before it gets discarded. And mainly because we’re working with a shoestring bucket. We can’t afford to waste because everything we do is geared to bringing in extra money.

That sheet of blank paper that printed because it was part of the printing job will get turned into notes and shoved into a book before it’s tossed out. And it’ll only get tossed out once we have reviewed those notes and transcribed them somewhere else. Side hustlers are already green because we’re strictly focused on making more green. For now, its the only color we see. Well, that and black. Which are all good colors when it comes to money.

Happy Earth Day for being green all year long!

Money Matters: What Are You Doing With Your Tax Return?

So, after tax season comes tax return season or… audits… or money you may owe to the IRS. This is can be a touchy topic here, but bare with me. And I know lots of people will say, “If youre getting a tax return that means you gave too much money to the government interest free”. I don’t disagree with that statement but I’m not here for that arguement… yet. I’m here for those of you ladies who’ll be getting a return.

So, let’s talk about how we’ll be using that money and where it’ll be going. I’ve already received my state return and I had that directly deposited into my “Dream Home Fund”. That’s a bit of good news. If I actually see all of my $1,164 federal return, I’ve already decide to divide that into thirds.

  1. One-third will be split among my savings. $194 will be going into my Emergency Fund. And I’ll drop the other $194 into my “Dream Home Fund”. Really trying to beef up that goal.
  2. Another third will go into my business and personal development. Any remainder monies will go into my Emergency Fund.
  3. And the final third, $388, will hang out in my account for 30 days. If in 30 days I cannot find a real need for something important I need to buy, then it will be split again among my savings accounts. Or maybe I’ll start my Travel Fund. I’ll see.

If you noticed, I have only two real goals for my tax returns. To save money and to invest in myself. That’s really it. That’s all I want to do. I don’t need to buy anything for myself or my apartment. Im not trying to go on some splurge and live it up. No shopping sprees for me.

I made a decision not to pay down student loan debt, because I just feel right now while I am making steady payments on time, it’s important I beef my savings, both long and short term. And when I get my saving accountd to where I want them to be in the near future, I’ll change gears.

Point is: my money has a plan because I’m on a mission. What’s the plan for your money?

Happy Friday: Keep It Moving

Happy, happy, happy Friday, ladies! April never looked so good. I’m really enjoying Spring right now. Hope you are too.

Well, I’ve been finding my momentum and kicking up a little speed. Enough speed to keep up everything I got going on and finding a nice balance to it. Managing my time better, particularly. And as easy as it sounds, it’s not. I mean, in a perfect world, it would be.

But things happen. I leave work late. Traffic through downtown is always hot mess, especially anywhere near on an on-ramp. I’ll get a same day notary client I need to see. Email correspondences I’ve neglected from earlier in the day. Over the course of a few minutes, it feels like there’s always something coming up making it harder to get important projects completed.

So I schedule in myself. I schedule myself in my calendar like I was one of my freelance clients. I block off a few hours a week and only work on stuff for me during that block. And it helps. More than I thought it would. I don’t get everything done but I get the ball rolling and as long as the ball is moving, so am I. For the moment, that’s what I’m gonna do.

Keep it moving.

Inside the Hustle: Notary Signing in Compton

It’s about time I start sharing what my hustle looks like, don’t ya think? Right now I’m in an Uber heading southbound to provide notary services for a client I received via Omega Homestead Remodeling. I was contacted by them via Craigslist. His assistant, Elizabeth, called me with the deets. So, here I am having a lovely conversation with Christopher, my driver who is also a options trader.

WHEN: You Know Your Pressure Points

Working through a headache right now, not entirely sure if it was brought on my eating so late in the day or by clients who insist on monopolizeing my time. But I’m trying my best to work through the pain. Found some visual aids online how to use pressure points to alleviate the pain in my head. And speaking of pain, my biggest pressure points are time thieves.

Time thrives? These are people who have no regard for your time because they don’t care how they spend their own. I’m sure I’ve ranted about this before. Quite positive, actually. And I’ll continue to rant.

I think it’s absurd that people don’t know how to shut themselves off. Great, you have a lot to say. I can’t and don’t always want to hear I, though. Like many other people don’t want to hear it. And as talkative people, you need to learn to read body language. If someone is backing away from you while you’re talking, they’re trying to escape. If someone is clicking around on the computer while you’re talking, they’re trying to send you a message.

People, please… I beg of you. I envy social butterfly types. I do, really do. But I don’t always have the patience for you. So, please. Become intuitive. Learn when people have had enough. Don’t become a middle of the day pressure point.