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One Step Closer To Freedom: Part 1

One Step Closer To Freedom: Part 1

So I finally decided to do it and take the plunge.  Travel for half a month without attending to the businesses much.  My goal for 2016 is to be completely free of a schedule.  So the next trip will be one whole month.  Then two.  Then three.  Then... who knows!  I REALLY really want to stop trading dollar for hours.

Everyday, I'm one step closer.

If you want to see the financials, just skip over whatever is below (all the traveling stuff) & scroll towards the very end.

Where we went:

  1. Ha Noi
  2. Ha Long Bay
  3. Sa Pa
  4. Hoi An
  5. Ho Chi Minh City
  6. Vinh Long
  7. Canh Tho
  8. Osaka
  9. Tokyo

Our trip, in maps:

Where we had to go

Where we had to go (roughly from LAX --> Ha Noi). We had connecting flights, stopping in Japan.

Our Way Around Vietnam

Our Way Around Vietnam

Then To Osaka

Then To Osaka

Then to Tokyo

Then to Tokyo

Then back to LAX.

Then back to LAX.  The jet lag was intense!!!!!

I wanted to go to Thailand and Cambodia as well but we ran out of time.  We booked our flights as we landed, not before we flew to Vietnam.

I just want to give a HUGE thanks to Julio, my travel buddy.  Wherever we are, she is always on the ball with collecting maps and asking people for directions, speaking in our native tongue (Vietnamese) quite well, keeping us on track pretty much and completely enthusiastic about the possibilities of proposed adventures ahead.  We never missed our flights and everything flowed pretty smoothly.  She is always cheerful, quickly rebounds when frustrated and overall a great travel partner to have.  If I had a yelp rating for Julio as a travel buddy, I would give her five stars.

Julio (Aka Julie Nguyen)

Julio (Aka Julie Nguyen). Five Stars.

Even babies like her. Five Stars.

Even babies like her. Five Stars.

We landed in Ha Noi at like... 11pm.  Having no hotel booked as we just winged it, we were dropped off at a random street and just rolled our items to the nearest hotel. Tu Linh.  There was no vacancy.  They recommended another branch just down the street.  Rolling our items down a dark, abandoned street in Ha Noi felt nice (or unsettling).  We pulled up to the second branch and it was locked, lights were off.  I told Julio at this point it was time to do the appropriate thing = PANIC.  Julio disagreed and from within we saw a lady approaching the doorway to unlock the establishment (the door was locked with a U lock).  A man sleeping at the reception area stirred awake to help us move our items in.  While in the shower, I encountered a guest, Mr. 4 inch cockroach.  I swallowed my scream and asked the hotel people to make it disappear.  They did so with the aid of their sandle plus the sanitation system (toilet).  The next morning Julio and I worried since we didn't plan much, we'd have to spend half the day planning.  No such thing - Quyen (I think that is how you spell her name), the hotel front desk lady helped plan our entire Ha Long Bay and Sea Pa trips within 1 hour.  She saved us the stress of having to plan it ourselves - so we had time to explore Ha Noi.

Everywhere we went, Julio kept asking me why is it that when she speaks in Vietnamese, they respond back in their broken English?  So the locals would rather suffer through trying to communicate in English than further corresponding with Julio with her Vietnamese.  Later on we both figured out, to our dismay, that we sucked at speaking TRUE Vietnamese.  We just sucked.  Some of us, moreso than others (Out of the two of us, I mean).

Needless to say we got "Chat" like hell.  Translation: "Ripped off".  Failing to hide the fact that we are foreigners and not having any ability to bargain, our trip immediately became more expensive.  Every item's cost within any market became twice or three times the usual amount.  At least with non-vietnamese speaking friends, they are oblivious and ignorance might be bliss.  We were reminded everywhere we go that we were going to get ripped the fuck off.  And there was cackling accompanying these reminders.

I bought a coconut in Sa Pa for $50,000 Dong.  Later on I learned that it costs $5,000-$10,000 Dong/Coconut and I gave my left arm for one in Sa Pa.  At least they didn't take my hypothetical first born.

First stop! Ha long bay.  It was ridiculously breathtaking.  I had the chance to stretch myself out with the view of the islands as my backdrop.  I'm talking about Tai Chi, here.  I was taught a cooking lesson, sang Karaoke till midnight with a bunch of travelers from Australia (all Indians), explored caves, kayaked, watched how pearls are made, and slept to the sound of the water.  My phone made us look more photogenic than we deserve. HAHA.

Me & Julio when I had longer hair

Me & Julio when I had longer hair

Don't you just want to climb that rock?!

Don't you just want to climb those rocks?!

I remember eating freshly caught squid and eating it WITH its ink.  I remember drinking too much and singing too hard, Julio snapchating the singing and a friend from the US telling me she saw me singing last night.  I remember Julio and I kayaking the heck out of our arms.  We were two Asian girls yelling "LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT... no... TWO RIGHTS, TWO RIGHTS, THEN ANOTHER LEFT, JULIO, WE GOTTA SYNCHRONIZE OR WE WON'T MOVE FORWARD" in order to catch up with the people ahead of us so they could take a picture of us on our kayaks.  The things we do for a picture.  I have it on my other camera so I'd have to add it below.  WAS IT WORTH IT?  Yes, it was.

SA PA 2016

SA PA 2016

Our second stop - Sa Pa where we had a home stay with a Hmong family.  The Hmong people in Sa Pa are really traditional and physically small (sorry if this offends anyone).  They let their children roam free so you would see toddlers just littered everywhere on the mountainside.  Like goats.  Khu, our travel guide told us the story of when she first say "White men" in her village.  She yelled "MONSTER! THERE IS A MONSTER APPROACHING," describing the tall, hairy white man ambling towards their home.  Her mom told her it was just another human being but when I put myself in her shoes, an extremely tiny Hmong toddler, I guess seeing a white man would be quite scary.  I now look at all my white friends differently. (Kidding/not kidding).  When we first go to Sa Pa there were tiny crowds of Hmong ladies around us asking if we want to take a tour to their homestays.  We have already booked one, so one lady in particular, Khu, called Julio's cell phone.  Julio thought a stranger was calling her and I told her it was Khu (standing 1 foot away with a lit phone corresponding to Julio's lit phone).  An interesting fact - when you are trekking your way up the mountain, you will be followed by more Hmong ladies in hopes of befriending you along the way so you would eventually feel guilty enough to purchase something from them when you have reached your destination.  The Hmong followers we've gained helped us pick out our walking sticks, weaved foliage into flower decorations, and although senior in age (40's-50's), they out hiked us easily as this was their daily walk (a 4-6 hour trek up and down the mountain).  No wonder they live such long lives, they exercise everyday, eat their natural home grown food and breathe fresh mountain air.  A local vietnamese girl named Mo taught me how to ride a motor bike on the side of the mountain which gave me the SKILLZ to give Julio a ride through a fog filled city.

Peaceful

Peaceful

Khu easily outhiking us and Julio is saying she went from pharmacist to hiking 6 hours straight. This ain't no tea party!

Khu easily outhiking us, looking godamn bored out of her mind and Julio is saying she went from pharmacist to hiking 6 hours straight. This ain't no tea party, Julio! And here I thought you were a gangsta!

PART 2 is coming up next.  I'm just too tired to type anymore right now.

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Oh yeah, I wrote this before I wrote the above, so here ya go:

[Please note: Of course, I have friends who are selling at $40K/month or even $60K/month... and I am not there yet. Maybe next year.]

I was barely on the phone throughout my trip since reception was so spotty for me (except for being on facebook and instagram) and I just stepped back to the office today.  I've come back to these numbers:

Auto Dismantling Sales

Auto Dismantling Sales ...$18K+...last 30 days

Software company sales ... last 90 days

Software company sales $1K... last 90 days (since we didn't work on it much, the numbers plummeted)

Just started Amazon

Just started on Amazon.. almost 1K!

January sales outside of a website

January sales outside of a website (this dipped from the usual $1-2K) since I had a new hire.

Previous last 4 days of february

Previous last 4 days of February

Overall = Not too shabby for not working for half a month.  Thanks to my staff.  Not me, of course.

My goal is to get to $30K/month within 4 months.

Stay tuned for Part 2 coming in 1 day.  I want to vomit my memories onto text before I forget what happened on the trip.  Maybe vomit is too strong a word.  I want to capture the good times onto text before any early onset of alzheimer's kicks in.  Not anymore appropriate?  Oh well.  I cut my hair, which I might regret later, but below is the new do:

See ya!

See ya! Sorry for the horrible grammar!  I'll start assimilating more as the days go by.

PART 2 WILL HAVE:

  1. Adventures with other travelers we met on the road.
  2. More random observations.
  3. Julio quotes.
  4. Pictures not on facebook.
  5. The FIVE + different types of toilets we encountered on our trip and how Vietnam is doing is wrong and Japan is doing it right. (You had this coming, Vietnam...)

The funnies of online dating & moving onwards with life, love, happiness

The funnies of online dating & moving onwards with life, love, happiness

So finally we relinquished to giving up on something that wasn't working and I think we'll both be the happier for it.  With that said - Life moves on. =)

I expanded my business to selling on Amazon as well as my own website and I'm going to start traveling in January. Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Japan bound!

My goals for 2016:

  1. Be completely and utterly free from a schedule.
  2. Become a stronger, better rock climber. Try to climb 11's by the end of the year.  Go camping more, go climbing at least once a week.  Take more trips. See the world.
  3. At my own pace, start delving more deeply into the software industry, selling intangibles and courses.

Personal goals:

  1. Live life valuing the things that matter, care more for the people who matter, and be happy.

    Hair needs washing

    Eyebrows need plucking. Hair needs washing. No filters. Just came back from a long day. But happy!

  2. Raise Harold up to become a healthy carefree dog.

    Harold on my lap

    Harold on my lap

The THIRST regarding TINDER vs. POF

Not one to sit around and mope after an amicable ending, I signed up for POF and Tinder. And I saw my ex on there. Woooooo!

Tinder = I think it's good for making friendships.  I met up with a rock climber through tinder and we just climbed at a hanger 18. It was a blast!  POF = Damn. The spam.  Hundreds of messages within a few days alone. The options seem limitless, really.  I'd recommend any female to sign up for POF just for the ego stroke it so willingly gives. HAHA.

Funny messages/things I've encountered on POF:

"I've always wanted an ASIAN."

"What do you think about a cuckhold relationship?"

"Hi." ........2 hours later & no response .......... "Hey Beautiful." ............... 2 hours later.......... "Hello.".............. 2 hours later......... "What are you up to?"

"Let's Netflix and chill."

"How do you chill?"

"Let me own you."

"Are you up to BLAZE???"

"You 420 friendly?"

"Marry me."

"You are two hours away? DON'T WORRY I DON'T MIND DRIVING"

Funny messages/things I've encountered on Tinder:

"Hey! You are only five minutes away!"

"Hey! You are right next door to me! I'm on Street Name & Street Name! Don't be surprised if I drop on by!"

"Hello, you graduated from UCLA?"

"Hey, IT SAYS you are 10 minutes from me."

"What do you do with all those cars I see on your instagram?"

For the most part people are nice and cordial. But meeting through friends >  online dating.  I'll keep you guys updated on the randomness to come.

 

 

 

 

EXPANSION, PUPPY, NEW APT, CLIMBING AND MORE LIFE.

Harold

EXPANSION, PUPPY, NEW APT, CLIMBING AND MORE LIFE.

So it seems as if after I got hacked, I lost some motivation to post every month.  My last update was in August 2015.

There has been many changes since my last update and I'd like to share with ya'll.  In no particular order...

I doubled the price for the software company (I co-own with Ron) and we are still selling. I took a "how to create awesome courses" course and this is one of their tips.  I followed it and it works.

doubled

$1,209.50 in sales for 10/1/15-11/18/15.

What that essentially did was increase our revenue from 2,772.78 (2014) to $5,870.95 (2015) increasing sales by 111% [graphs below].  Not bad for part time work.

2014

$2,772.78 for 2014 sales.

2015

$5,870.95 (2015 sales so far)

As for the auto dismantling business, I was randomly texting the owner of another dismantling company and ended up buying him out as his was shutting down. So I had to hire another employee, which upped the worker's comp yearly payments, and I also had to hire another VA to keep up the workload, which increased a shitload of expenses.  DID I MENTION.. several more cars were purchased?!

Not net, mind you.

As of November 18th, 2015.  Not net, mind you. & it doesn't include anything earned from the software company. Because it might be another year until I actually take $$ from that venture due to its still growing nature.

So sales are getting to be better at around 20K but I really need them to go to 30K/month to be "okay" with things and afford everyone.  To help facilitate that, I did something I haven't done before - got a business loan to purchase more inventory.  It's a risk but hey, no risk, no reward.  Paypal was like, "hey, here's 20K and you can pay us back with 15% of your daily sales, no late fees, and no penalties (except if you don't pay us anything - THEN WE WANT IT ALL BACK of course).  So within 1 minute, they gave me 20K.  I was on different forums contemplating taking money from Paypal and some people were given 200K (because their sales were probably in the millions) in order to expand their businesses.  So 20K is like a spit in the bucket.

FUNDED

And I immediately withdrew it to the business bank account.

Will all of this money be snorted up my nose, you ask?  

Nope.  I'm not into that sort of thing. Yet.

I'm going to use it to purchase the inventory + manpower I need to push us to 30K/month.  That's what.  Don't you dare question my judgement on this! Paypal working capital works pretty well for small businesses.  It's like those micro-lenders in those third world countries.  We shall see how this goes a couple of months down the line.  If I can't "make it rain", I'll just pay them back to get the monkey off my shoulders. WE. SHALL. SEE.

I also made other moves like..

  • got a 2% cash back business credit card (due to the huge amount of money being spent every month, this was a sound decision)..
  • and I negotiated better shipping rates with UPS that will open this whole avenue of being able to sell more heavy items to my customers...
  • AND worked late nights to create a central area where all the inventory will be sync'd to one place. website JUST launched.
  • and started selling on Amazon
  • and found out Amazon lets you have 2 day free shipping on orders over $45 if you are a business entity (did NOT know this before! damn you, Prime, for not saying anything about this to me!)

I was only able to do all of this because I hired another worker to help take over tasks I used to do.

That is why I believe taking money from Paypal is a good decision.  It will allow me to pay for what's necessary to increase inventory and in turn increase sales.  Once I push sales to 30K/month, it will be a GAME CHANGER, bitch.  What I do know right now is I have a kick ass team.  Small, but kick ass.  Gotta have a kick ass team when the business is so tiny.

But life is not all about monies and numberz.

Seriously, where do people find time to do everything? WHERE? I can barely do a few things/month.

Onto PERSONAL stuffs:

I...

  • am still climbing (rocks).
  • rescued a female puppy whom I named HAROLD.
  • still find time to enjoy holidays, friends, date, etc.
  • used to rent from various peeps but now I have a place of my own (mainly so that I can keep Harold).  Probably will buy a house in the future after taxes are submitted for 2015. Maybe.
  • am still not 30 yet! (hah.)
still cimbing

still climbing. 

Harold the female dog.

Harold the female dog. & love of my life.

Halloween party w/ my gal pal Val

Halloween house party w/ my gal pal Val

Went to Hollywood for Fright Night!

Went to Hollywood for Fright Night!

Random Compilation

Found time for a puppy, dating, cooking my own food, attending comedy shows, and having family time with my very Asian parents. + other random stuff.

Things I've failed at:

  1. Taking more vacations.  So in January I'm planning to go on a trip with my colleague maybe to Machu Picchu.
  2. Becoming a better climber. I want to at least be able to lead more 10's.
  3. Trying to start an import company (too many other projects got in the way). This project got kicked to the wayside.
  4. Maintaining and going to more meetups.  I went to a Maker Con and am super inspired to buy a 3 day printer!  But that was it.
  5. Keep in better shape.  Losing 10 lbs was NOT my goal. But it just happened because I was working too much and forgetting to eat.

Upcoming Goals:

For the next three months I will

  1. Lead climb more 10's.
  2. Probably hire another worker + buy more cars ==> push sales to 30k/month.  Or ship at least 500 items/month by the end of March.
  3. Go on a trip - anywhere! (In January).
  4. Release a video series for the software company and push sales to $2000/month.
  5. Attend more tech meetups! (LA is just so far... but I would love to go to more of these meetups. Anyone want to carpool?)
  6. Figure out who I am and what I really want in life (hahaha... this is a lofty one).

Life Goal:

  • To be happy.

THANKFUL FOR:

  • the undying support of my parents, who would visit me and bring delicious Asian food.
  • friends from college, friends from the high desert, & my work team.
  • being able to wake up everyday and live life as a free, happy, healthy individual.

What I learned from getting Hacked

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What I learned from getting Hacked

That it'll take me a couple of hundred dollars (even with my cost effective trusty developer) to recover everything and even then it'll be glitchy as heck. Oh, and always back up everything, everywhere.  Not just back some things up in one of your four external hard drives so that it becomes a godamn easter hunt for a hard to find egg.  Have a backup in each of those external hard drives and then back up those backups in more external hard drives. Yup.

So excuse me for all the broken links and the images not appearing from the past blogs.  This ONE blog post should be okay.

Back in January 2015, when I posted about my goals on disconnecting from the business while simultaneously growing it, I'm proud to report to you guys a few milestones.

Mind you, it took me nearly 9 months.  The term of a normal pregnancy, if you will.. to do the following.

I managed to grow the business to 17K-18K/month in sales.  You heard me.  However, I still need to reach 25K/month to really make any dent.  And some of my friends do 62K-250K/month [albiet on their own respective businesses which are not related to my industry whatsoever], so my modest goal of 25K is a very VERY modest one.

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Sales for the month of January 2015

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Sales for the month of August 2015

Another interface (It is a bit less because there was a lag between the first and second sales reporting program).

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Off-line sales:

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I'll let you glimpse at the sales in 2013 when I was barely starting:

started from the very bottom

started from the very bottom - August 2013.

So in January 2015 my sales were around 11K-12K.  In August 2015 my sales equal around 18K.  That's more than a 50% increase in sales over the course of 9 months.  I still need to get to 25K because to play with the big boys I need to purchase cars that are around $5-$10K cash each. 25K in sales with a more than 80% sell through rate.

And below are numbers for my software business (which I co-found with Ron):

July_1_to_August_31

Earned $467 for the period of July 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015. This is about as close to passive income as we can possibly get.

2015 Earnings

2015 Earnings ~ $3287.00.

The software business is ran as a subscription based business.

Did I start my import company yet?  No, but I will need to do something about that.

My ULTIMATE goal still is to remove myself from my main business, let it run by itself, and not let it dominate my life.

 

And I think little by little I'm accomplishing just that.

I took a week off just to see if everything would go to shit.  And things didn't [go to shit].  So I got to do a road trip through Nevada, Utah, and Colorado - rock climbing along the way and sight seeing.

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I will probably try to start a million more businesses but I hope that one day they will be spawned from complete leisure and pure curiosity more than anything.  Because I need my bills paid as much as the next guy.

But what I'm learning more and more is that I really don't care to have a stressful life even if it brings me more moola.  I'd rather enjoy life, enjoy nature, then be stuck in some office job.  That is why having businesses that can organically grow little by little is the way to go for me.

My goal from now till December 2015 is to push sales to $25K/month all the meanwhile detaching myself.  I'm starting this thing where I randomly take a day off of work during the week.  1 week off of work will become 2, 3, 4, 5, 6... then maybe it will be FOREVER (THE DREAM!).  I will also try to get at least $1K/month in passive income from the software business by the end of 2015.  Just a few more subscribers!

I started from the very very bottom... now I'm .. somewhere.  I'm not where I want to be just yet but I'm getting there.

Living life is more important.  Friends, family, my health & happiness is so so much more important.

 

Tired. TIRED!

OH SO TIRED

I apologize for the lack of REAL meaty, how-to posts you guys desire (and face it, it's the only thing you want anyway).

To quickly update.  For the first time in my LIFE I've hired a full time virtual assistant.  So far... so good.  I have more time for myself which means AFTER work this is what I do:

1) Drive down the hill to go indoor rock climbing at a Hanger 18 (upland, rancho).  I can do V2+'s now!

2) Spend hours and hours after midnight talking to manufacturers in China (Because I want to start an import company).

3) Spending hours creating new training for my VA.

4) Spending hours listening/learning from online modules by David Siteman Garland teaching me how to Create An Awesome Course Online (Because that's also want to do).  I have subscribers for my software company (of which I am a co-founder) BUT it's not nearly at the level it can be and I really want to spend the next months pushing it to the next level.

5) Spend more time meeting random strangers at meetup groups (Because ... I want to!).

With more free time I basically exhaust myself almost completely with physical exertions of mental exertions and then I crash hard.  No one is forcing me to do anything.  Everything I want to do, I do it because I can.

I also sleep almost all day sometimes on Saturdays... because I want to [notice the theme here? the UNDERLYING theme?].  Here is a verbal explanation of my current life: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME I WANT TO I WANT TO I WANT TO. I WANT TO CLIMB. I WANT TO GO TO THE BEACH. I WANT TO GO TO THE FAIR. I WANT MORE. HERE LET ME TREAT YOU OUT BECAUSE I CAN. HERE LET ME TREAT MYSELF OUT BECAUSE I DESERVE IT. ME ME ME ME ME ME. YOU? OKAY, SURE. BACK TO ME. [My friend recently had a something similar.. a stream of conscience of some sort... and I decided it was pretty damn accurate of my situation as well... so I shamelessly copied her (Credit to Robin Tran)].

After a cup of sake + frozen strawberries to cap off the night.

After a cup of sake + frozen strawberries to cap off the night. Notice the eye goop? Good.

I'm learning how to love myself more and not having to worry so much about money (now) is such a blessing in almost all aspects of my damn life.

Sales dipped a little for the auto dismantling company but I spent a lot of time training vs. listing (to FREE myself!) so it was worth it.  I want to be free. I want to stop trading hours for dollars, dammnit.

Some screenshots that were relevant to my life below.  And that's it!  Because I'm tired & I want to go to sleep.

I promise I PROMISE I will find time to post something relevant.  For now the most relevant thing I can tell you guys is:

1) I'm starting an import company.

2) I am going to start an online course THE RIGHT WAY (with the right softwares).  By the way, why does wordpress auto correct me when I type softwareS?  Is software not SUPPOSED to be plural? What?

3) I'm in the process of slowly and surely automating my auto dismantling company so it can run without me.  I'm taking the steps, sir!

4) I find that with financial stability I love myself A LOT MORE. (Free drinks on me!)  I want more than this provincial life!! (to be honest, this life is rather insane already).

5) I'm becoming more and more involved with different communities,I'm enjoying giving free advice left and right to help whoever I can and even though my sleep schedule is completely fucked up by now - I love it.

Auto Dismantling Sales

Auto Dismantling Sales

Separate Credit Card Sales

Separate Credit Card Sales

Software company sales

Software company sales

Question!: What is going on in your life that I can help with?  Leave comments below or send me a private email!  I'm not making any promises. But hey, I'll take a stab at it.

April Financial and Life Updates

April Financial and Life Updates

I almost didn't post this month because similar to a squirrel caught in the excitement of shiny objects - I was damn near all over the place.  And for that I SUFFERED.  When I say suffer I really mean = did not improve!

Instead of listing a lot more items, I got distracted on the idea that HEY, MAYBE I'LL TURN MY WALLS IN CHALKBOARD WALLS!  Below is my progress:

part 1

part 1

part 2

part 2

part 3

part 3

almost done, first coat

almost done, first coat

second and third coat

the best damn motherfucking chalkboard if i ever see one

Then I figured, I needed to listen to a lot of podcasts and get exposed to more knowledge.  I signed up to various ecommerce forums (so damn helpful) and was bombarded by all these softwares.  In no particular order, these are the softwares that BLEW MY FUCKING MIND:

Zapier.com - they let you create actions, if-then stuff, to better automate your life.  And they link these actions CROSS PLATFORMS.  Like gmail, insightly, redbooth, dropbox, etc.  You name it, they've got it.  For example if an email from Company X's client arrives in my inbox, I can set a task so that once it arrives an opportunity or new task will be created in insightly with a due date so I can keep track/follow up with the client.  Insightly is a client relationship management software.  Gmail is just where all my emails funnel into.  Or here's another example - if I were to get an email with an attachment from a stalker, I can set a task that will automatically create a folder within Dropbox to store the attachments.  I named 4 programs I use regularly.  There are so many more, it's ridiculous.  You can even link up Freshbooks so if you get a receipt scanned and emailed to you labeled "financial shit", you can go ahead and have it automatically do something with Freshbooks.  THIS IS INSANE.

Another revolutionary software I've stumbled upon is Widgetchimp.com.  Now you can create eBay templates which can be DYNAMICALLY ALTERED at any point in time to something completely different.  Usually you would have to go into the HTML code and re-code the entire thing for you to have a cool listing description.  Now you can change the format around all the time according to the seasons/sales ideas.  The revolutionary thing about widgetchimp is that a) it's never been done before by any other company and 2) it allows for easy A/B testing with your description template (to determine whether buyers will even give a fuck).

But let's get real here - these apps won't help you if you don't already have your shit together.

Things I'm doing differently for the next month:

I admit.  I have a problem.  And that problem is ... the inability to stop creating new companies.  No matter what.  I just.. gotta try it!  Do you LOVE that double negative I just threw at you there? Fuck yes.  I can't ain't stop myself from trying new shit out.  It's probably because of my ADD.

So therefore!!!!! I am starting an import company.  So far it's called "Import Business" until it actually profits.  I started doing the initial research for it and I teamed up with a friend.  Yesterday we did a video chat/share screen conference for four hours just looking at products.  I found some products were selling at $1/pop from china (given that you bulk order like $500 dollars worth of the "pop") while on amazon and in america they are selling for $40+.  DAMN.  Given how there are sites like alibaba.com, you can now easily reach out to manufacturers in China without having to fly there and knock on their doors.  You just use skype.

Just to give you guys a real life example instead of being full of shit here are some screenshots of the "research" I did.

item selling on amazon

item selling on amazon

exact product you can order from China

exact product you can order from China

I also signed up to "Create Awesome Courses Online" (a month ago) and am in the process of creating a course for my software company.  I know - it sounds lame that I haven't done so already but all it did was provide a software.  Now I want to add value to the subscribers by providing a course.

Because of these damn distractions & finding out I needed new glasses (yay for spending mo' $$$$!) + contacts (#$@&*#$@!!!) .... my sales kind've stayed the same for April. Along with cash sales... ~ $16K.  Please see below.

April Auto Dismantling Sales

April Auto Dismantling Sales

separate Credit Card sales

separate Credit Card sales

Sales for the software company actually decreased from $800-ish last month in March 2015:

April 2015:

Software sales for April 2015

Software sales for April 2015

March 2015 sales:

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march 2015 sales

When I look at my progress and then my friend who started Octomask.com tells me his sales were 750K last year all the meanwhile he maintains a full time job elsewhere... it's like... SMH.

I am still making time to balance my fragile sanity by hanging out with friends & dating the bf.

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ate at Dino's Chicken and Burgers after rock climbing

ate at Dino's Chicken and Burgers after rock climbing - fries DRENCHED in sauce. cray.

Ate by myself at Well Being Tofu House

Ate by myself at Well Being Tofu House. Gotta have ME time. Sometimes.

My only gal pal in Hesperia. Valerie!

My only gal pal in Hesperia. Valerie!

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I think my favorite dish for the moment has to be Sashimi Salad with Peach Sake. YUUUMMMMMM

MY FAVORITE DISH! Sashimi Salad with Peach Sake. YUUUMMMMMM

Ate at Thai Lotus in Victorville before watching Ex-Machine at the Cinemark 16

Ate at Thai Lotus in Victorville before watching Ex-Machine at the Cinemark 16. This picture was way too flawful but I dun care.

Reed enjoying his curry at Thai Lotus.

Reed enjoying his curry at Thai Lotus.

Yummy seafood stuffs

Yummy seafood stuffs - sorry for the blurriness.

Oh.  And I bought another car. It's a 1999 Range Rover P38.  Gotta keep on keepin' on!

What I really want to do:

Get back to actually doing stuff that will help others/actually matter.

For the next post I'll teach you about how to create an online course using leadpages.com.  Do I currently know how to do it?  PSSSHHHHH.... don't insult me [after watching tons of video tutorials... yes... yes I have a vague idea I can put into action].

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March Financial and Life Updates

March Financial and Life Updates

You got that James Dean day dream look in your eye
And I got that red lip classic thing that you like
And when we go crashing down, we come back every time.
Cause we never go out of style
We never go out of style

 Whatup peeps.  I am in love with that Taylor Swift song right now.  I'm going to write my own rendition below:

You got that broad shoulder, confident swagger, blue gleam in your eyes

And I got that long hair, small curve, submissive thing that you like

And when we go crashing down, we come back every time

Cause we never go out of style

We never go out of style

Yeahhhh.  So the highlights below are sales numbers & lessons learned AND a link to the Livestream I will have tonight at 8PM on Youtube and Google+ about simple SEO techniques with wordpress.  You can come hang out with me, or not.

Life is still DAMN HECTIC.  AND I am woozy from Theraflu.  Theraflu at Walgreens is $2.00 more expensive than Theraflu anywhere else.  At least in Hesperia.

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Theraflu, why must you cost $15 for 12 packets???

I'm trying to get to 20K/month and I am getting CLOSER!  Why 20K?  Because at that point I can hire a secretary/office manager full time and be happy with it. [I am currently vetting for one!]  I have virtual assistants and a trusty mechanic.  But a full time secretary/office manager is something else.  For the past 30 days these are my sales for my automobile dismantling company.

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Just 6K more a month to go!

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Nonpaypal/Credit Card only transactions

WHAT I LEARNED:

1) Listing/posting items is the number one priority.  I need to list at LEAST 100 items/week to keep replenishing the inventory.  If I FAIL to do so, sales drop.  Simple as that.

2) Nothing else matters until I get to 20K in sales.

For the software company I want to at least get to 1K/month in sales.  The cool thing about this is that there is NO crazy fees (besides the paypal fee), NO SHIPPING COST, No handling cost... just...... simple delivery of the software.  If it's not for you, hey, full 30 day warranty.  Life is much easier with the software company.

Software company sales

Software company sales

WHAT I LEARNED..AGAIN!:

1) I really need to do 3 part video launch sequence.

2) I cannot really focus on this until I master running the automobile dismantling company a bit more.  So chipping at this little by little is the best I can do for now.

Still rock climbing:

Trying to pose like a BAMF.  But really, I need to get stronger and climb better.

Staring down into Lucerne Valley

Staring down into Lucerne Valley

 

 

Bought another car:

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Tonight I will be on Youtube/Google Hangouts on Air to answer your questions & teach you about SEO:

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvDHLdHCj6A

Google+ link: https://plus.google.com/events/cddd4gelqsivncvb7gdlqps3ris

If you missed it, don't worry!  It's recorded and stored on youtube below:

 

I have a sore throat that won't quit so I'm not going to be all hyper.  The session will be short and sweet to whoever attends.  Other than that I want to ask you guys something - WHERE DOES EVERYONE GET THE ENERGY TO DO EVERYTHING???

I feel so drained.

I was on quora and I read that James Altucher, one of my favorite writers, has 15 streams of income.  I was talking to my warehouse neighbor the other day and he is retired in his thirties, renting out the warehouse in the back just so he can work on his toys - a boat, bikes, and cars.  GAH.  Time to get a move-on, KIM!

Thank you guys for letting me be so damn free and post whatever I want (or am I just doing this all without your permission?) on this little piece of the internet.  It really motivates me to keep on improving and it's nice to look back to see my progress.

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HOW TO HIRE A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT AND WORDPRESS Q&A

HOW TO HIRE A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT AND WORDPRESS Q&A

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google-hangouts

EVENT STARTS: 8PM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME. TODAY! 3/18/15.

If you prefer to watch it on YOUTUBE, left click HERE.

If you prefer GOOGLE+, left click HERE.

Livestream video below if you want to watch it on this blog platform:

Agenda: I will give you 30-45 minutes to ask me your burning questions about wordpress AND I will show you how to hire a virtual assistant (with Odesk or Elance).

Follow me!:
Twitter: @kimpossibledang
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kimpossibledang
Instagram: @kimpossibledang

And at the webinar I will be giving away a FREE installation or FREE 30 minute session with me (installing a plugin, questions about widgets, etc.).  You do not have to be local, I can remotely help you through Teamviewer.

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How To Start A WordPress Blog: Step By Step Video Series

How To Start A WordPress Blog: Step By Step Video Series

Finally it is here!!!  I woke up at 4AM to do this in time for the 2:30PM meetup today.  Yes. That's right.  Where else am I going to find the time?  ALSO!  If you scroll down there is a surprise.

KEEP YOUR VOLUME AT NORMAL LEVEL  for THE INTRO BELOW:

 

TURN YOUR VOLUME DOWN VERY LOW for THE TUTORIAL VIDEOS:

Video #1 preview below: I kind of do another introduction so please don't be annoyed.   The resolution is so poor in the preview, I suggest you click on the link below the preview to view the video in high resolution.

Unable to display content. Adobe Flash is required.

For high resolution [which is actually what matters], please click on the links below:

Part 1: http://www.screencast.com/t/xtZSZJ64L

Part 2: http://www.screencast.com/t/AuyxM3wHD1

Part 3: http://www.screencast.com/t/qA9jsEB80

Part 4: http://www.screencast.com/t/oAMEJV1F

Part 5: http://www.screencast.com/t/iFu7qfcZgLa

Part 6:  http://www.screencast.com/t/zPcPaPnSmc

2015 Survey of Top Hosting Companies for your convenience:

Top Web Hosting Companies

Top Web Hosting Companies

USEFUL LINKS FOR WEB HOSTING & DOMAIN NAME HOSTING:

If you are going to buy from bluehost click here on the picture: 

Click here for Namecheap.

In the name of full disclosure, the above links are Affiliate links.

WHAT IS AN AFFILIATE LINK? Basically, if you are going to purchase hosting anyway from whoever, an affiliate link is like a, "Why thank you Kim, because of you I learned something and was going to purchase this anyway, I'm glad to buy it with your affiliate link - it lets Bluehost know that thanks to you I am buying their stuff - they will give you a small tiny cut of what they earn (instead of keeping everything for themselves) to say THANKS."

It is a "thank you" all around.

Coming Up Next:

I WILL BE ON GOOGLE HANGOUTS THIS WEDNESDAY:

DAY: WEDNESDAY (duh)
TIME: 8:00 PM (YES, a time when you're supposed to be on a date!)
WHERE?: HERE! AND ON GOOGLE! Go to this site at 8PM tomorrow. You will see the link 10 minutes before 8PM!

WHAT will I be doing?: The splits. JK! No, I will give you 30-45 minutes to ask me your burning questions about wordpress AND I will show you how to hire a virtual assistant (with Odesk or Elance).

Follow me!:
Twitter: @kimpossibledang
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kimpossibledang
Instagram: @kimpossibledang

And at the webinar I will be giving away a FREE installation or FREE 30 minute session with me (installing a plugin, questions about widgets, etc.).  You do not have to be local, I can remotely help you through Teamviewer.

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February Progress Update

February Progress Update

Howdy folks!  So I have to kick myself for saying I'll update every Wednesdays.  THIS time I mean it, I'm going to keep it up.

I just want to pop in and give you guys a quick update on the two projects I have going on thus far + life stuff [do you even care?].  So seriously, if you don't care.. you can skip this whole post. =)  No hard feelings.

Automobile Dismantling company - sales are steadily climbing.  It's not where I really want to be since I just cruised it for the first half of the month (I focused on dismantling the 7 engines we already have versus buying another car).

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So far for February 2015.

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Separate credit card sales.

This is what happens when you cruise.. you think you will push sales to $15-$20K and you might be lucky if it breaks $13K this month.  There are still FOUR days left!

So in the spirit of NOT cruising/coasting along.. I went and bought another car because it's ABOUT TIME to keep on gettin' it:

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My 22nd car is a 2003 Range Rover. Vroom vroom.

I'm also working on a software company.  Software company sales comparison of all of last year to the almost three months in of this year:

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Last Year's Sales when we launched in August 2014. Total sales for last year.

This is this year's sales.  My projection is.. at this rate... our sales will be maybe $4-$5K IF there is no progress whatsoever.  But I am going to try and create a community with the software company.  Wish me luck. & Provide input if you can!

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Total sales from January 2015 to now (February 26 2015)

Still made time for rock climbing:

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Climbed at Fairview Mountain in Apple Valley with old friends and new friends!

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Still pushing myself to lead 'em routes!

Still made time for Valentine fun in Vegas.

Climbed at Red Rocks

Climbed at Red Rocks

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Saw the O Show at the Bellagio. Awesome show.  $197 buckeroos/ticket.  It wasn't cheap, folks.

Oh!  And I'm starting to eat healthy again.  SMOOTHIES EVERY MORNING with a touch of virgin coconut oil. Yum.

Where I'm going next:

This meetup event.  It is for High Desert Entrepreneurs.  This is where I'll be on Saturday 2/28/15.

High Desert Entrepreneurs

Hesperia, CA
17 Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs in the Victor Valley area of the High Desert, this group is for you. Let's meet up the last Saturday of the month. It's an opportunity to network and to offer su...

Next Meetup

Come-and-go meet and greet

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015, 10:30 AM
15 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

In MARCH 14th, 2015 I will be teaching a group of writers how to set up their wordpress websites.  I'll begin filming the tutorial videos for that class this upcoming week.  I'll update this post to have the link for that event soon. << I AM DAMN EXCITED ABOUT THIS EVENT BECAUSE IT IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO WHAT I REALLY WANT TO DO ... HELP PEOPLE DO SOMETHING WITH WEBSITES! (AND EVENTUALLY EARN THEM $$.. OR SOMETHING ELSE... RECOGNITION? SELF LOVE? ENLIGHTENMENT?)

Giving inspiration is going to feel great.  It's one step closer to feeling less selfish about this life.

What I should be doing next:

1) Creating a good email response system of the 700+ emails for the automobile dismantling company & the 70+ subscribers for the software company (including a 3 part launch).

2) Focus focus focus.

I'm so not focused.  I get easily distracted and I'm easily influenced by my environment.  It's a trait I'm not proud to have but I am what I am and it is what it is. OH WELL!  The main thing is I don't quit.  Most importantly I'm not quitting on not being so distracted so in the end I'm constantly trying to re-focus myself and it works (sometimes).

I really don't know how people who have a billion things going on .. do it all.  They say the average millionaire has seven streams of income.  I have... less than four.  Hence, the non-millionaire status.  They must have a personal assistant at their beck and call because frankly... trying to run 2 businesses + have other nagging businesses snipping at my feet because I've started them & have yet to do anything with them, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a relationship, blah blah blah.. whine whine whine... HOW DO YOU DO IT?

It's amazing everything hasn't gone to shit.

This has been an extremely selfish post.  The next post you'll get is a video series (maybe part 1) of how to go from NOTHING to a wordpress website.

Until next time.

Toodles.