Staying Motivated: Helping Others

In the past two, maybe three months, I have been asked to help another aspiring notary with getting her business off the ground. She reached out to meet via one of my Craigslist ads and asked if would I be willing to meet her and help her with some ideas. After several email messages, I agreed to talk by phone.

This woman, Claudia, emailed stating she just got her notary package, and is an Accounting student and wanted to see if I’d take her under my wing. My first thought to her email was, wow. How brave must she have been to reach out and ask if I could help her in pursuit of her career. Which is weird because isn’t that how we’re suppose to approach getting to the next level? Asking for help? Reaching out? Getting advice from people who are already doing what we want to do?

Strange how the right path seems like the weird path to take, huh?

She emailed saying she was in the Long Beach area and wouldn’t mind taking taking clients I received in this area. Well, of course she wouldn’t mind taking on clients further away from my service area as it would business for her. Little does she know, I’ve serviced clients in that area and will continue to do so as long as I’m able to, but if I’m not. I’d be more than happy to hand them off to her. But I understood where she was coming from.

My second thought when I read Claudia’s email was, is there something I’m doing that makes people think I’m successful at it? That’s okay if it is, I’d just like to know what they’re seeing that maybe I’m not. But the truth of the matter is, we are responsible for helping others when we can no matter if we think or success is large, small or nonexistent. I’ve myself have had help along the way. So I can’t deny helping someone else if I’m in a position to do so.

And yes, this means I am helping someone who will be in direct competition with me. Some… what. She may be able to execute notary services according to the requirements of California per her commission, but she can’t do it the way I can. She can’t be me. She can’t come up with the same ideas as I do. She can’t create the same marketing ideas I’ve had. She can only do her and I can only do me.

Even as hustlers, we can’t be afraid to help someone else on their hustle even if it seems like their competition. For all we know, it could be the catalyst for other opportunities as well…

Discount Notary Day #5

Good Morning and Happy Sunday. I am here at the Blue Elefant cafe for Discount Notary Day #5 for the year. I try to make my way to this place a few times a year as it’s one the coolest and most eclectic coffee shops in Los Angeles without it being pretentious in the least. And if you’re a fan of the Mid-City area, they have this thing called available street parking which is nearly unheard of. At least, on Sunday.

So my Facebook posts for today’s event has performed it’s best with people both showing interest and stating they would show up so I’m excited for a wildly successful today.

Will update you later how things go!

Working 5 to 9: When You Don’t Control a Resource

Where are all the cars?

If you’ve been keeping up with the Uber IPO news of late, you know that Uber is set to go public this Friday, May 10th. And the company is looking at a $90 billion valuation. But more importantly, that their drivers are striking today in about a dozen major cities in protest to cut wages and longer hours.

If you’ve been keeping up with me, you know I use Uber frequently for my notary business. It’s how I get around Los Angeles to all my clients. It’s how I’ve gotten to clients in areas I typically don’t service, but thanks to Uber, I could. But in light of the strike today, I’m down a resource that’s beyond my control.

How does that work?

The short version: I would not be available to see clients today, if requested. Couldn’t I just take the bus? Yes, I could. But depending how far I’m going, my commute to the client would be longer than the both of us would like and I may be traveling to an area that’s not all that safe.

Typically, whenever something like this happens, as someone who side hustles, it’s my job to find an alternative solution. My alternative solution could be to use Lyft. But they too are striking today. I could find another ride sharing service. I could take the bus to clients who are closer. However, just like I have no control over the Uber and Lyft strike, I have no control over the location of clients.

So they best I could is hope this strike doesn’t last longer than today and that I don’t have a super in need client.

Has anyone else been in a similar pickle with their business or side hustle?

WHEN… You Made A Mistake

I am human. Which means I make mistakes from time to time. That sucks because it can affect my business if I don’t address it correctly or right away.

Right now I am headed to see a client that I saw last Thursday. But not because she had more work for me – which would be lovely – because I made a mistake on one of the documents I notarized for her. And there is no excuse I’m going to give. I made a mistake. But as soon as the woman notified me she needed the document to be redone, I set up a time to meet her the same day – today – so I don’t further inconvenience her or let her think I don’t care.

Because I do.

And in all honesty, I care more about my reputation, so I care how she feels about working with me. So, yeah, I messed up. I am human. But I’m fixing it. All in the day of the life of a hustler.

WHEN… You Made A Mistake

I am human. Which means I make mistakes from time to time. That sucks because it can affect my business if I don’t address it correctly or right away.

Right now I am headed to see a client that I saw last Thursday. But not because she had more work for me – which would be lovely – because I made a mistake on one of the documents I notarized for her. And there is no excuse I’m going to give. I made a mistake. But as soon as the woman notified me she needed the document to be redone, I set up a time to meet her the same day – today – so I don’t further inconvenience her or let her think I don’t care.

Because I do.

And in all honesty, I care more about my reputation, so I care how she feels about working with me. So, yeah, I messed up. I am human. But I’m fixing it. All in the day of the life of a hustler.