Category Archives: Self Employment

30 Day Challenge

Meet 30 People in 30 Days

A few days ago I met Agnes Cserhati at the Entrepreneur Roadshow in Basingstoke. (check out #erb2013 in Twitter).

Agnes is a very bubbly, motivated, experienced entrepreneur, and she was giving a talk on her experiences, and giving recommendations for new or budding entrepreneurs.

Agnes at the Entrepreneur Roadshow, #ERB2013

Agnes at the Entrepreneur Roadshow, #ERB2013

 

Find out more about Agnes at

http://www.ac-powercoaching.com/

Social Media for Business

 

or follow her on twitter:

@agnescserhati

 

 

 

Amongst all of the hints, tips, and advice she gave, Agnes set us a thirty day challenge: Business is all about relationships, and in this world of Social media, [Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn], it is important to actually meet people. her challenge was to meet 30 people in 30 days.

So, going to the pub with a mate doesn’t count, but 30 people who could help you, or you can help, and start work on a relationship.

Now those 30 people may not transform your life or your business, but it will start to develop some great habits that can become a way of life for a successful entrepreneur.

So I decided to take on that challenge, and document how it goes.By doing this, I hope it will commit me to sticking with the challenge when things get tough….

Day 1, Meeting 1 – Dave, the tenant

Day 6 – I ate my Frog

Day 6, Meeting 2 – The Frustrated Team Member

Day 10, Meeting 3 – The Power Coach

Watch this space for the next instalment of my 30 Day Challenge!

I hope you enjoy reading about it

chris smithBye for Now

Chris Smith

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How to Sack Your Boss

Some bosses are a complete nightmare – They’re never happy with your work, some are bullies, sometimes your face doesn’t fit, so wouldn’t it be great to be able to SACK YOUR BOSS!
angry boss bully

It’s usually the other way round. Your boss isn’t happy with you, so he sacks you. Or he makes your life so miserable, you have to resign to stay sane. Or you just struggle on, hating your job, but needing the money.

So just for a change, would you like to know how to Sack Your Boss?

For most people having a job is great, but for some it can feel like a trap. You need the money, but you hate your work, and especially your boss.

So being able to Sack Your Boss, and say “Thanks, but I don’t need this any more” would be the most wonderful feeling:

  •   No more Monday morning Blues.
  •   No more dreading asking for time off if the kids are sick.
  •   No more keeping your fingers crossed hoping he is in a good mood.

So, how do you solve this dilemma? You can’t just quit, you need the money. Finding another job could be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. So here is a way out of that dilemma:

Start working on your escape, part-time.

Plan your escape

What do I mean?

Start a little Work From Home business, part-time.

An extra £50 a week, fitting it around your other commitments may not sound like much. But if you choose wisely, it can grow and grow,

Network Marketing

Many Work From Home businesses are based on Network Marketing. That means you earn money as commission from the products and services you sell personally, but you can increase your income considerably by introducing other people to the business. You earn commission on their sales as well as your own.

… and this is your escape plan!

Work 8-12 hours a week, evenings and weekends, building up the retail side of your Work From Home Business. Talk to other people about what you’re doing, and see if they would like to join your escape plan!

As your team grows, your income grows, and you will start to approach, match and overtake your earnings from your full-time job. This is called “Working full time on your job, and part-time on your fortune“.

As soon as you are earning enough – you can SACK YOUR BOSS!

Imagine the feeling of walking into the office, knowing that you don’t need it any more, and handing in your notice.

Imagine the excitement of working towards that day! And as your income grows, and you get closer and closer to the day when you can leave, you will find that you don’t have the monday morning Blues anymore! You don’t care what mood your boss is in, because you know that it won’t be long before you SACK YOUR BOSS!

Click on this link if you’d like to find out more about Kleeneze, my preferred Work From Home Business.

Bye for now.

chris smith

 

Chris Smith 

Independant Kleeneze Distributor

Winner – Distributor Challenge Trophy 2012

 

 

How To Start Your Own Business From Scratch

How to start your own business from scratch

Start a business from scratch

 

It seems like every week now, there is a new headline in the news about the number of unemployed people, the number of people made redundant, a company making some job cuts etc.

 

Long gone are the days of a job for life, or even being able to move between jobs and stay employed for life.

 

So I want to suggest an alternative to you:

If you cannot find someone to employ you – employ yourself!

employ yourself

By that, I mean start your own business. It is so easy to do this today. People used to say the British are a Nation of Shopkeepers. Now we are a nation of entrepreneurs. Self-Employment is the new “Job for Life”

 

There are some big advantages to being self-employed:

  • For one, you get more sunshine.
  • You have no boss, except maybe your other half).
  • If you want a payrise you can simply take on extra work.

 

So – how do you do start your own business? Here’s a quick checklist, and I’ll go through them in some detail later.

  • Decide on the product or service
  • Advertise
  • Earn Money

OK, that may seem a bit silly, but I wanted to make a point – it doesn’t have to be complicated.

 

Decide on the Product or Service

This is where you need to look at yourself, and decide what you can do, and look at the marketplace, and decide if there is a demand for it. This could really be anything – From dog walking, car washing, gardening, handyman. Can you do these things? You probably don’t need to invest in loads of equipment to get you started.

There are other, home-based businesses, where you have the support of a national or international company. Examples are Home-Shopping businesses, such as my personal favourite, Kleeneze. If you want to find some information about that, just visit my Kleeneze Information Site.

 

Find your customers

This is where the Internet, and Social Media in particular has changed the ball game. It used to be that when you start your own business, you rely on friends and family, and then word of mouth. Then you have to place some (expensive) adverts in local papers every week and so on.

Expensive adverts

 

Still, Friends and Family and Word Of Mouth is the best place to start, but in parallel with that there are loads of Social media applications that are free, easy to use, and have MILLIONS of people out there that you can reach out to.

To start off with I am going to assume that your business is aimed at your local population. However, if you are, for example, a website designer, then that service can be provided for a customer anywhere in the world, so this would not apply to you.

Over the next few days I will write posts, each of which will give you a quick guide on how to market your local business using…

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Google+
  • LinkedIn

 

 

 

 

 

Each one of these will connect you with a different group of people who may, or may know someone who does, want your product or service.

Each of these Social Media will be covered in a new blog post in the next few days.

The basic strategy that you use for all of these Social Media is as follows:

  • Brand Yourself
  • Identify potential customers
  • Engage with them
  • Look for opportunities

DO NOT simply create an account and blast loads of adverts at all and sundry. That will get you no business at all.

I will expand on the details of this strategy in another post in the next few days.

 

Oh, and last but not least…

Earn Money

If you have a product or service for which there is a demand, and you have found some customers, then you should complete the final step – Earn Money.

 

I hope that has sown the seeds of some ideas for you. I will write the next posts for you in the next few days, so please watch this space.

 

Bye for Now

 

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want more sunshine?

I’ve been self-employed now for about six years. Before that, I had an office job, pretty much 9 to 5, although usually in before 9 and not out until well after 5.

 

Now, you know how we Brits like to talk about the weather.

 

Well I remember two things that used to frustrate me a lot in my office job.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. It seemed like, whenever there was any sunshine, it was during the week, and when the weekend came along, it was raining.
  2. In the winter – it felt like I never saw daylight. I would drive to work in the dark and go into the office. Then when I’d finished, I would come out of the office, and drive home in the dark. As far as I was concerned, the sun had not even bothered to come up during the day.

 

Since I become self-employed (find out more here), and also since I started on this program of self-development, my views have changed. and they’ve changed in two different ways.

 

Firstly, I don’t worry now about things that I cannot control. That sounds really blase, and it’s probably not entirely true, but I try not to worry about things that I cannot control. The weather is one of those, and the times of the sunrise and sunset is another.

 

One of my favourite phrases that comes to mind is “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes

 

As a result, I don’t really mind if it is dry and bright during the week, and pouring with rain at the weekend.

 

Now I accept that is a selfish point of view. My daughter recently helped out in a school fair, with lots of stalls and games outside to raise money for the school. it was on a Saturday, and if it had been pouring down, then there would have been a lot of disappointed people there.

 

But from a personal point of view, I don’t worry about that now.

 

Secondly, and this is the point that I really want to get acrossas I now work for myself, I can take advantage of the sunshine WHENEVER it is. If it is sunny on Monday and I want to have a picnic by the river, I can do it. I don’t have to ask my boss for a day off.

 

If it is pouring down with rain on Saturday, and I want to work on Saturday, I can do that too. I don’t need to ask the boss if there’s any overtime going.

 

So if you are sick of wet weekends, and dark winter afternoons, there is an alternative!

To get more sunshine yourself,  take a look at My Business, and see if you’d like to join me!

 

Bye for now

 

Chris 🙂

Dave and Louise

Could I just tell you my favourite story about one of my team members?

 

I run a Kleeneze Home Shopping business. If you’re not familiar with Kleeneze, it is a very simple business – you deliver home shopping catalogues to houses near where you live, Customers order from them, you deliver their orders, and you get paid commission. You show other people how to do the same, and you earn commission on their sales as well.

 

So the two parts to it mean that it appeals to 2 different types of people…Those that just want an extra £50 – £100 a week part time, and those that are looking to build a major residual income and make huge changes in the quality of their lives.

 

In September last year a lady called Louise replied to one of my adverts. I sent her some information, and she said she would like to give it a go.

 

I had a bit of a chat with Louise, to find out a bit about her, and her situation. She explained that she had 2 twin girls, about 9 months old, and husband worked long night shifts.

 

Now, I try not to pre-judge people, but in my mind I imagined Louise with a big twins buggy, piled up with nappies, milk, and catalogues pushing it up and down the streets where she lived. She could maybe earn  £50 a week if she was determined, but it would be hard for her.

 

So she signed up, received her starter pack with a few catalogues, and called me a couple of days later to say that she had a £200 in orders. That was pretty quick I thought. She explained she had given a catalogue to her Mum, who had taken it in to her work at the supermarket, and got some orders from her friends. Pretty resourceful, I thought.

 

She ordered a few extra catalogues so she could get more orders – that shows keen, I thought.

 

Louise placed another order for some more goods for her customers, and was just starting to get on a roll when her Nan died.

 

So Louise had to go away for a couple of days to the funeral, and left hubby (Dave) to pick up some catalogues she had put out.

 

Now I knew this would go one of two ways. Dave would either say “I’m not helping with this stupid catalogue job, waste of time” , or he would have a look at it, see there was something in it, and run with it.

 

It was the latter. Dave went round to collect the books, got a few orders from people who had never met him, and he realised how simple it was, so he put the catalogues back out to some new houses on the same day, and a couple of days later got some more orders, put them straight out again, and so on.

 

Dave started calling me, asking questions, coming to the meetings, talking to other people about the business.

 

He suddenly realised he could quickly build this into something that would allow him to give up his dead-end job, and build a fantastic life for his wife and children….

…and that’s exactly what they’re doing.

 

After 4 months in the business Dave quit his dead-end job. After 8 months Dave and Louise went to Gold distributor level, and earned over £2000 in that month. Dave regularly sends me pictures of him in the park with their daughters, enjoying the sunshine. That’s another thing about working for yourself – you can choose when to take advantage of the sunshine.

 

They have already made a huge change to their life, and I know this is going to be huge for them.

 

I remember thinking they would be lucky if they got £50 a week from it. Just goes to show how wrong you can be.

 

You can read their story in their own words here.

 

Bye for now

 

Chris 🙂