This Week’s Goal: Cold Emailing

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Keeping in the spirit of finding small chunks of time and using it to our best advantage, let’s talk goals.

If you’ve read any of my earlier posts (before my 3 month hiatus), you’ve learned that my ultimate goal is to be in business for myself.  Ideally, work from home and support a comfortable lifestyle.   Not quite there yet.  However, that larger goal is broken down to smaller, manageable goals that can help me chip away and reach that bigger goal of mine.

I own a part time mobile notary business here in sunny (but currently cloudy and cold) Los Angeles.  Which, is one of the reasons I’ve haven’t posted in so long time.  After I get off work to go meet a notary client which is normally outside of my service zone, I am tired when I get home.  Don’t get me wrong, the notary aspect is fairly easy, but traveling, coordinating, confirming and booking and making sure I am the perkiest self I can possibly be (and I don’t care for perky – on myself or anyone else), I’m a little mentally drained. I am spent.

But like many optimistic people, I’m hoping to make some tweaks in 2019 to what I don’t like about what I do and improve those things that I do enjoy.  My notary business is not an exception.

So, my goal this week is to one work on securing some loan signing work.  In a nutshell, Notaries can be certified –which I am — to notarize real estate loan documents and make more money in a single visit.  How much more money?  Anywhere from $40 to $100 an hour more.  Right? RIGHT? So, I’ve been collecting email address and business cards from brokers, agents and escrow officers preparing to send them a small information package about myself and let them know I am available to work them.  I’ve already drafted the email template and assembled my package of documents saved in my Google Drive.  I just need go start sending out the emails.

So my goals is to reach 5 people a week and follow up with the a week and half after my initial contact.

Not a hefty goal.  But manageable. Something that can be done on my small chunks of time.  And hey, if you want, you can be my accountability partner.  I’d love to have someone to make sure I am on track doing what I said I was going to.  And I’ll be your partner if you want.

So, what’s your goal for this week?

Working 5 to 9: Finding the Time

The biggest excuse among most of us is time.

“We don’t have enough time”, “we can’t find the time to do this or that”, “where did the time go?”  Time seems to be this invisible enemy we’re all racing against to get shit done.  Whether we’re just rushing out the door to make it to work on time or trying to see if it’s worth our time to run to the store today after work, after that client or sometime later this week.  And for our lady hustlers out there, finding time to meet with and work with clients, time is a b*tch! (Forgive my political incorrectness here, it just happens to be a part of my vernacular.  Sorry, not sorry).

Rather, the lack of time is a b*tch.

I don’t know if you’ve heard or read those memes where they name some celebrity (Beyonce comes to mind) and they compare the whole world to this one person (forgetting that high profiled celebrity has an entourage of people at their beck and call) saying that this person has the same 24 hours in the day as we do and they get their shit done.  Not too  sure if this is meant to guilty trip us or motivate.  It’s questionable.  And, yeah, that’s true.  But, like us too, many of those A-List actors and performers had normal jobs or normal lives prior to their current status and had to find time in their normal days to make it as big as they’ve become.

They too had to find the time.

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My dearest fried, Elissa, sent me this photo/ quote from a book she’s reading  few days ago.  And yes, shame on me for not asking what book this was from, I’ll ask her later, but as you can see she clearly circled a passage that talks about time:

Look for windows of time just for you, and use them in small and creative acts.  Get to the record store at lunch hour, even if only for fifteen minutes.  Stop looking for big blocks of time when you will be free.  Find small bits of time instead.

Time is no longer an excuse any more, unless we allow it to be.  You don’t need a lot of time to start and even work on your hustle.  Granted, a lot of time would be nice, but do know how much you could get done in 60 minutes versus 24 hours if you knew that 60 minutes was never going to come around again?  And essentially, it won’t.  Not those same 60 minutes.  Maybe not even those same uninterrupted 60 minutes.

You and your hustle or your dreams or goals or plans or whatever you’re calling it in 2019 can go far if you just find the smaller blocks of time and use them to your best advantage.  Going forward, I want Wednesdays to b about the work we do for ourselves, not our bosses, not again some time clock (another enemy) from the hours of 5pm -9am.

So, today or any other day this week, how will you use your small chunks of time to start your hustle or take it to the next level?

Where’s Your Motivation? Don’t Numb Out.

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Before you click on Nexflix or Hulu, is there else something you could be doing instead?  Writing, reading, brainstorming?  Maybe just making a list of of the things you want to accomplish this week.  An errand list.  It’s so easy to want to kick of your shoes and rewatch “Birdbox” or “Dumpling”, but that’s not going to take you to the next level.  Especially is that’s your regular unwind routine.  Try a glass of red wine and a good book.  Right now, I’m reading “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be”.

Maybe you don’t want to read.  Fine.  Although, good ideas are sparked from reading.  But, please don’t numb yourself when you get home from a long day.  Use yourself for yourself.

Money Matters: Setting Goals

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Since it’s still early January and many people are making promises and resolutions to themselves on how they’re going to do better this year, I want to continue to talk about money.

Openly.

Honestly.

Because, let’s be honest here, it is the catalyst to anything we want to do in our lives.  From going to the grocery store to take a week long vacation in another country.  Money is how we get there.  And I don’t care how you come across money, you’re still going to need.  Whether you work for it or someone gives it to you, money, money money.

I promise you, I’m not obsessed.  I’m conscious.  I am conscious of the tool money and how it plays in our lives.  More importantly, how we allow it to play in our lives.  So, let’s start of this year right.

Let’s set some money goals.  And we’ll do this together.

Here, I’ll tell you mine for 2019:

  • I want to save $1,000 for my Chase Savings account.  Chase, like many of the other big banks, aren’t paying anything in the way of interest.  But I’m not saving this grand for the interest, but rather for immediate access.  For an emergency.
  • I want to earn a minimum of $2,000 for the notary this business this year.  I had a pretty good year last year with my notary business as a part time venture.  It definitely has pay for itself a few times over, but now.  I want to take it up a notch.
  • And, I want to add an additional $1,000 to my dream home fund.  Started this a couple of years and have successfully saved over $2,500.  It’s not much in the way of buying a home, especially here in LA, but you know what they say about taking on something.  You gotta start somewhere.

So, all in all, I am looking to save and/or earn an additional $4,000 this year.  Ambitious?  A little a bit.  It just means I’ll have to be more creative than I’ve been in the past to get to where I want to be.  Hence, that’s why I hustle.

So, what are you money goals for 2019?  I’d love to hear them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 2019 to You!

No, I know it’s the seventh day of the New Year.  And although you may think that my New Year’s greeting is a little (or a lot) late, we’re still in the time frame of people counting their days into the new year.  So, I don’t feel that late.

Now, for the last quarter of 2018, I was a little MIA, I know.  I suck.  But if it makes anyone feel better, I was very busy with my notary business towards the end of 2018.  Even at the start of the new year, which makes me feel pretty good.  But much of my success is owed to my consistency with my marketing efforts with the business.  Consistency.  Something I should have kept up with Single, Female and Hustlin’.

And that’s my goal for this year.  To provide better content for those single women out there who are hustlin’.  And we hustle for many reasons — cost of living, long term dreams, the desire to build our own business, a short-term goal — but whatever your reason for picking up a side hustle, I’d love to help you along the way however I can.

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Find Your Interests

I don’t expect to succeed at everything I attempt, but I do believe in attempting everything I want to do. So I took some time out of my day and went to a tax lien investor seminar in Pasadena. At the last minute, I had a guest join me, which made it more fun to attend.

I make myself do/try something of interest to me and is pushed me outside of my comfort zone as often as I can. Ideally, once a month, but I will take the opportunity whenever it presents itself.

So, my fellow hustlers, what are your interests and how do you push yourself to do more, learn more and succeed at more?

Presenting to the guests how to make passive income with taking liens investment
Real Estate Tax Lien Seminar
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Where the REW held their tax lien event Sun. Sept. 9th

Happy Friday: Reflection

I think one of the best phrases I hear all week is “Happy Friday”. When I say it at the office, it’s my way if acknowledging the break I’m getting away from a job and a group of people I don’t enjoy being around.

But when I share it among my tribe, it’s about reflecting on the week that just past. What happened, what’s happening, the good news, the let downs, all of it. It’s a time close that week’s chapter while reflecting the progress and plans of the coming weeks and months.

So, yes. It’s the freakin’, go and have you so fun. But pat yourself on the back or pick yourself up if you need to.

Happy Friday, my hustlers.