It’s been a very trying week. My job happens to be a third party agency that works with LAUSD schools and in light of UTLA strike, what has been an already unfavorable job has been made much more unappealing. Don’t get me wrong, I support the teachers. They should get what they deserve by whatever means necessary and I’m speaking as a product of the LAUSD system. So, strike on teachers, strike on.
But everything that feels problematic also has its rewards. Directly, indirectly, miles apart.
I’ll be seeing a repeat client this Sunday afternoon. Meeting another client next Friday after work. Staying on the grind, always hustlin’. And as trying as it’s been this week, I’m gonna keep digging until I find my treasure. I’m getting close. I know I am.
How ’bout you? How’s your week been?
(Don’t mind if I do)
For those of you in the Los Angeles area, I will be starting up the Discount Notary Days starting this Saturday, January 19th at the Starbucks in Downtown, LA.
603 S. Spring Street
$10 notarizations. No travel fee. Just meet there!
You really don’t.
You have work-on-the-business time.
When I’m not seeing a notary client or writing, I’m working on my part time business. I’m working my marketing — online, offline and word of mouth. I am brainstorming new ways to reach prospect clients. I am working on other hustles.
I am always trying my best not to let a valuable moment go to waste. I would hate to have had chance to crush an opportunity but didn’t because I was Netflixing. Don’t get me wrong. I take time out chill and come back to it all, but I also remind myself to stay focus on the goal. Trust me, I watched Birdbox too. I wasn’t part of the crazy challenge though, but I was feelin’ the movie.
When it was over, I went back to brainstorming ideas for the notary business.
Down time is research time. Idea time. Planning time. And testing time. Follow up time. Respond to emails time. It’s never truly down just “down time”.
I hate to start off this way, but no. I did not accomplish my goal for the week. I did not send out my five emails to individuals who work in Escrow, Real Estate, Loan Origination or Title holding. But it wasn’t that I didn’t try or make effort. I was missing my Errors and Omissions insurance.
It’s a type of insurance that is highly suggested l signing agents possess in order to get signing work. And when I send out my emails to these people, I send a little packet that shows proof of this insurance. Without it, I am extremely less desirable to work with. I called yesterday and spoke with the company who is supposing to be releasing my document and information so I can get on getting business.
And so that I am not completely just wasting time here waiting, I did set up emails prepared to be sent out once I can add my new E&O insurance proof to my packet.
So, yeah. I slipped up. And I on the first week of this. But once I get my insurance cleared, I plan to send 10 emails out. 5 for the emails I missed for last week and 5 for this week.
But all means, hold me accountable!
Finding time to connect with prospect clients is challenging. They have their schedule, you’re still working at your job and have your own schedule which doesn’t allow much in the way of effective communicating, but it does offer some openings. And my rule of thumb is:
Use the time you have as best as you can.
I get a 30 minute lunch break and two 10 minute breaks. Not much in the greater scheme of things, but I make it work. And I’m honest with my clients about it too when it doesn’t work.
The vast majority of my lunch breaks I spend on the phone making calls or sending emails. I don’t eat on my lunch break. I eat at my desk. I work for me on my lunch break. ‘Cause honestly, I don’t consider it a break if I’m still at the office.
On that 30 minute lunch break I’m given, I’m making plans to meet, I’m following up on texts or emails. Or I’m updating my calendar, sending out invites to remind people when and where we’re meeting.
I may not have a private lavish office to call my clients from but I find time to connect throughout the day so they know I’m on top of the project or I received their message.
For the things that require more then a 10 or 30 minute breaks, I ask them speak with me after 4:30pm. If I’m not home by then, I’m at least in route where I can talk more candidly than at my job. And my clients know I have full time job. They think it’s admirable that I would ventured out with a side hustle. “How entrepreneurial,” they say. They’re not wrong. That’s the goal here. But they understand something I haven’t spoken to them directly.
I’m willing to give up my time to do what it takes now to get to where I want to be later.
Side hustlin’ isn’t for the faint of heart although anyone can really do it. Just keep those lines of communication open and help your clients better work with you.
I know you want to finish the line with…
🎶 read-ing rain-bow🎶
But seriously. Reading was probably the kick in the pants for me that got me really into side hustling. I mean, it was how found so many opportunities to create extra income. By reading. By learning from other people who were kind and wise enough to document their experiences so people like me could read and learn from them.
500 channels of just stuff television and I promise none of that is going to get you up the way or good book or article is. Shift your mind and turn a page.
If you’re like me, you have a side hustle or part time business along with your full time job. That’s just how it is for now. But we don’t complain because everything we’re doing is for a greater purpose.
And greater purpose or not, that doesn’t mean we’re not vigil about our future. Hell, that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing — the 9 to 5 for some employer and the 5 to 9 for ourselves.
But we should never neglect investing. And not just in ourselves, but actually building a portfolio. I have a 401k account with my employer and it’s doing what it’s doing right now given the market. But I also have spread my eggs elsewhere. I have a couple savings accounts and one of those robo-investment accounts.
I’m not quietly sitting on a million dollars, although that’d be nice, but I do have a cushion here or there should an emergency arise. And I have monies saved away for future endeavors. As a smart 21st century woman should. Because ladies, we don’t just invest in the stale employers 401k plan. We do, because if it’s a decent one, then we get some kind of match from our employer. But we invest elsewhere as well to control our future. I want to decide what kind of home we’ll buy and where because we saved for it. We’ll decide how big our busienss grows because we saved away for it.
When it comes to our money, we gotta look beyond what they’re presenting us and see what else we can do. After all, we don’t work this hard for anyone but ourselves.
How are you investing your hard earned money?
In the words of motivational speaker, Les Brown, “success leaves clues”.
And I believe it. I believe successful people unknowningly left clues to how they became successful. Much of the time it’s persistence and consistent specific actions, but something in the manner of what they did got them to where they are.
And as someone who consistently side hustles, I want to break into the next level of ambitions, so I study the success and clues of others.
Predominantly, women. And one woman in particular, Marie Forleo.
Lately I’ve been listening to her podcast… at work. And I always feel like I end her podcast and little bit confident in what I’m doing even if it hasn’t entirely manifest. She always brings conversation back to creating a life we want to live. Being able to do the kind of work we want to enjoy doing while having as much control over as we desire. And that makes me feel good. Finding successful clues makes me feel good. And when I feel good, I’m able to do more. Like, maintain a level of consistency in efforts that will propel me where I want to be.
I look for successful people to show me to clues they’ve left to help me leap as well.
Whose clues have you found?
I love starting Fridays off with a “Happy Friday”. For me, I work seven days a week and that’s including for myself. But on Friday, my rat race comes to a close for the week. No boss, no coworkers, no office with artificial light and constant air conditioning. “Happy Friday” I get to break from all that.
But it also means I get to look forward towards something. And not just the weekend. But real plans, real social engagements with friend offline. I get to take back my life and steer to where I want it to be.
I look forward to Fridays because Fridays have me looking forward. To the bigger things and possibilities.
Do you “happy Friday”?
It is some easy to feel overwhelmed. It’s easy to feel like if you don’t get everything done right this second, you’re failing. And not only are you failing, but you’re also a fraud. For letting people believe that you could handle their project, service their business or charge them for your time. Because you haven’t handled it all right now.
The beauty of “right now” is that there is never a shortage of supply. Right now is right now. Literally and figuratively.
Breathe. You will get it all done. Maybe not right this very second for the the “right” now. Maybe you need to do a little more research. Maybe you have made all the calls or sent every possible email. But when you do. You right now will happen.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you don’t allow everything to take the pace it needs to get completed and thorough.