In fact, watch your language. All the time.
A good close friend of mine and I were talking yesterday afternoon about the projects we have on our plates and how we both feel like we’ve got a lot going on right now. In the middle of our conversation, we realized we kept saying the word “done”. We kept talking about all the things we needed to get “done”. When we’re going to be “done”.
“Done” is kind of an awful word. It’s how some people want their steak… well “done”. Completed. Nothing more to add, nothing more to do. And although that may sound good, especially at the end of the work day, done that negates hard work. N
So we decided instead we would say “accomplished”. We don’t have a lot things to get done, we have a lot things to accomplish.
We need to become aware of our language. What we say and how we say it to ourselves. In the English language, we seem to use a lot of words interchangeably while some words are weaker or stronger than others. Sometimes to the right words can help us stay motivated and the wrong words can have us fizzling out.
I’ve been guilty of this too.
Postmates will offer free delivery until Sunday at midnight. Or $5 sandwiches. Or $5 burritos. Or whatever promo and discount trying lure me to spend. And then I tell myself I’ll treat my self that day. But that $10 treat becomes an expense I hadn’t calculated in my budget which is no bueno.
But those treat yo self moments add up pretty quickly. And next thing I realize, I spent almost $100 on food outside of my grocery budget because I came across a deal I thought was too good to pass up. That’s the covert downside to “deals”. In order to get them, you still have to spend money. Especially when ordering out.
It’s only a deal when I was planning on buying whatever the item was and with the deal, I’ll be spending less to get it.
So I’ve been training myself to stop and remember the bigger picture. Remember why I hustle. I don’t have to hustle. I can be content with living paycheck to paycheck. I can hope my employer gives me a raise or I find a better paying job or I win the lottery that I never play. I can hope and wish for a lot of things. But acting is more effective than wishing and hoping. So before I open the UberEats app or the Postmates app, I ask myself what in the kitchen can I make to eat instead? Do I really need that? Is it worth?
Yes, I can make something to eat from the kitchen. No, I don’t really need to order that and it’s not work $15 plus the small cart fee. Small decisions like these help me steer myself back to what I’m doing all this for.
I gotta goal. I got something I’m aiming for. And careless spending is not going to help me get there.
What helps you stay on track and thinking about the bigger picture?
May we remember the man whose sacrifice paved the way for our evolving equality and justice system in this country. You may say it’s imperfect or needs to improve. But I say, we are not where we were yesterday.
Martin Luther King Jr. maybe one of the ultimate hustlers of his time. His goal wasn’t for money or building an empire of his own. But to help steer the wrongs society had written. To help guide the generations after his away from hate and towards love. To create better days than the ones before.
However you spend today, please take a moment to remember this man. This courage, his passion and his sacrifice. And may it be the fuel for your aspirations and dreams.
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?