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“Anyone can earn money doing something that makes him/her miserable. It takes a truly evolved individual to earn money while having fun.”
-Jay Conrad Levinson
One of the best things about owning a microbusiness is the ability to adjust your priorities to your current situation. Some priorities are locked in our top spot, but sometimes you will need to be more flexible. When you have a newborn baby to take care of, you need to be able to have a flexible schedule. Many jobs allow employees to take time off for such life events.
Owning a business also gives you this kind of flexibility – especially if you own a successful business that provides you with a residual income. Even if you do not own a business that provides you with a residual income, you still have so much control over your schedule. You will be able to change appointment times and work different hours. This year I got married and bought a house. The flexibility of owning a microbusiness helped make these exciting life events a success!
By Anthony Hilb
“What distinguishes people who are ten times more effective from the norm is not that they work ten times as hard; it’s that they use their creativity to come up with solutions that require one-tenth of the effort.” -Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
By Anthony Hilb
I noticed I was stressed when putting in long work days, so I decided to research relaxation techniques. I considered myself a Type-A kind of person when it came to work, and I noticed I wasn’t completely happy with the results. Feeling drained the majority of the time isn’t the goal of owning a business for me.
The Type-Z Guide to Success by Marc Allen has been a tremendous resource. Here are a couple of passages from the book I’ve enjoyed:
“I started to see – and then to believe – that not only was it possible to create success in an easy and relaxed manner, in a healthy and positive way, but that it’s the very best way to do it. All our stress doesn’t help us one bit; in fact it works against us. The more we relax, the more effectively we do any kind of task.” -Marc Allen
“Many people in our culture don’t believe that it’s even possible to succeed and still have a life of ease. Or they believe they need to work really hard, maybe even be Type-A workaholics, before they can succeed – and then they can relax and have a life of ease.
Many people even equate success with stress: There’s a deep core belief that success has to be stressful, that’s just the way it is, you have to be a Type-A to succeed. I absolutely disagree with this belief (and I’m not the only one!). There are many people who believe exactly the opposite: The more relaxed you are, the more at ease, the more you can and will succeed.
You make better decisions when you’ve considered everything in a relaxed state. (Everyone knows the value of “sleeping on” something – what can be perplexing in the afternoon is so often simple and clear the next morning.) The decisions we make in stressful states so often lead to more stress; it’s the plans we make and ideas we have when we’re relaxed that can take our success to a much higher level.” -Marc Allen
Have you ever used Asana? I heard about it when I was researching Facebook. It was started by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz. I’ve been using it for over one year, and it has been a tremendous help.
It helps me organize my to-do-list on all of my digital devices. They’ve recently updated the app, too. The best part? It’s free!
I’m currently using Basecamp too, which is also pretty awesome. They have a free 60-day trial period, so I decided to give it a shot. Many people love Basecamp, and so far I really like it, too. Using tools like these will definitely help you with your goals.
By Anthony Hilb
Do you want to learn how to build websites, smart phone apps, and software? Then watch the video below to learn how Treehouse will help you with these goals! I’ve been a Treehouse student for the past couple of months, and I’m extremely happy with my experience.