10 Reasons Why Being Your Own Boss Is The Cat’s Meow

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Yea that’s right. I made a list of 10 reasons why being self-employed rules to get you to come read my stuff. Because lists are cool like that. People don’t have time to read paragraphs. That’s so 2012. I wrestled a bit with posting this as by doing so, I possibly alienate myself to any “offers you can’t refuse” for a traditional 9 to 5er. But I’ve learned these past few weeks as I’ve gotten a nice taste of success that if I’m ever going to truly make it big on my own, I have to be all in. Logistically and mentally. Besides, if someone really wanted me that bad and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, I would hope my commitment to what I’m currently doing would be viewed as a plus.

So enjoy this digestible bloggy goodness and share mmmmkayyy? I’m trying to make a living here.

  1. You can wear whatever you want. Jean shorts? Crocs? Ass-less chaps? Do it. You’re the boss. Save the good stuff for when you meet with clients. Otherwise, get comfy.
  2. No more sitting in mind numbing traffic. Every time I drive by the freeway and see a parking lot I feel tickly all over now. I do not miss that. Avoiding being in the car 2 hours a day is motivation enough to try and make it work on your own.
  3. You actually get work done. So many companies I’ve worked for that get in their own way. Too many layers of management…process. I get more done in one day then I was ever able to try and get done in a week at bloated companies.
  4. You can show up late and leave early. Hell, when you’re saving 2+ hours of commute time, it changes everything. Sure is nice to sleep in or have a big breakfast every once in awhile. And by big breakfast I mean 2 bowls of Cookie Crisp. Huge.
  5. You can design your office any way you want. Mini fridge…check. Triple monitor action? Check. Hot Tub? Soon.
  6. You can write stuff off. These days it feels like I’m being taxed on air. At least now I can write off purchases that my business utilizes.
  7. You can’t be fired, laid off, demoted, etc. In fact, this blog post is so friggin good, I just gave myself a raise. Yea self employment!
  8. You choose who you work with. And I choose Kate Beckinsale & Scarlett Johansson for my sales team. As soon as they return my calls.
  9. Unlimited vacation & sick days!! Hmmm, my tummy hurts. Millionaire Matchmaker marathon!
  10. My Boys Stuff. I never have to miss any of my boys’ baseball games, school events, etc. My time is controlled by me, and not having the stress of having to worry about missing anything is priceless. Worth the price of admission in and of itself.

What say you my fellow entrepreneurs? What would you add to the list???

My Switch From iPhone To Android: Part Two

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Earlier this year I decided to make a switch to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from an iPhone 5. I wrote an initial piece about this switch, and my reasons for it, mainly as I wanted a larger screen for my phone, and I had grown increasingly frustrated with Apple’s lack of keeping up with the competition. It is now roughly 4 months later and I’ve had plenty of time with this new device, and I can say with the utmost confidence…I’m going back.

Now before any backlash from Android enthusiasts or how I should try Windows Mobile (not going to happen), here’s the deal…I don’t fall into this strange world of fanboyism for electronics. There are people that will yell and scream about how amazing Apple or Android or whatever is and how everybody else sucks. To each there own I say. I think most platforms do a variety of things very well, and some things not so much. No one is perfect. But for my world, I’ve learned that the iPhone is where I need to be. Here’s why:

  1. I’m ingrained in the Apple ecosystem. I use a Macbook Pro every day and I miss the consistency and marriage of my phone matching with my computer and software. Using an Android device and a Mac just don’t work nearly as well.
  2. You can say what you want when you compare mobile operating systems, but in my opinion, no system is more polished, clean, and overall a pleasant user experience then iOS. I’ve used the Android OS and it’s just too fragmented, messy and quite honestly, I always found myself trying to get it to look and work like iOS anyway. Most notably I found the text messaging UI and camera UI on the Note frustratingly bad as compared to the iPhone.
  3. The build quality of iPhones is unmatched. Although I really like having the bigger screen with the Note, the build quality always felt cheap and more susceptible to damage.
  4. I never realized how many people I knew that used iPhones until I switched to Android. I miss the iMessage compatibility, and even more importantly, being able to iMessage with my kids on their iPods.

I really wanted to hold for the iPhone 6 which if I had to guess, will finally succomb to a larger screen size, but I don’t think I can wait that long so may pony up for the 5s. That was my experience, and interested to hear from others that have similar stories whether they ended up with the same or different results.

 

Buying Facebook Likes. It Happens. A lot.

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It’s just like anything else in life really. Anything can just about be bought for the right price. And buying Facebook Likes is no different. Chances are you’ve visited plenty of Facebook pages of companies or organizations that have done so. This post isn’t meant to judge anyone for doing so. It’s meant to shed some light on the practice and why anyone would do it.

The real currency online is trust and credibility, both of which are earned…no shortcuts. But when a company/organization launches a new website, Facebook page, etc., it’s usually a ghost town out of the gate. Imagine launching your new products, taking the covers off your fresh newly designed Facebook page and no one is there. What happens when the first few folks come to your page and see that no one likes the page? That exact scenario is what has some buying Facebook Likes. The idea of instant credibility by giving off the perception of a page that is liked by others instantly. It’s a tempting practice. Especially when you consider the cost.

$5.

Yep, $5 is all it costs to boost your Facebook page instantly by hundreds, sometimes thousands of Facebook Likes within a day or two. Sometimes within a few hours. If you check the marketing section over at Fiverr.com you’ll find hundreds of offers to buy Facebook Likes, Twitter Followers, YouTube Views, etc. In addition there are plenty of offers across the web that will do the same. It’s quick, painless, and incredibly easy and affordable. And completely ineffective.

I’ve actually had a couple clients who have come to me having done this, and every single one of them gained nothing from it. In fact, some over shot too much and got hurt from it as even to a novice user, seeing 10,000+ fans of a page, and no engagement whatsoever, is an immediate red flag. If anything you’ve hurt yourself more by losing trust with folks right out of the gate.

Resist the urge. Throw a couple hundred dollars at a Facebook ad campaign instead. It will cost more, but you’ll get real people that might actually care about what you have to say.

 

 

When Did Becoming A Hero Become So Easy?

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It’s inevitable that over time, how we define certain things evolve. With so many people in this world, different viewpoints, and a growing number of channels with which to share them, it’s expected. But dammit…when did becoming a hero become so easy?

I got pulled into the recent TNT show hosted by The Rock of course called The Hero. It was your standard reality show fare, less “reality” and more artificially created drama. But still somewhat entertaining for what it was. But I couldn’t help but cringe every time The Rock would cue up the dramatic slow music and talk about what makes a hero. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Rock. He’s a fantastic action star that I love to watch, but even he had to be drinking the Kool Aid a bit to get through this show. Watching the contestants babble on about how heroic they were taking on all these physical challenges, and turning down money. Ugh. I think some of them actually believed it.

Then we have the growingly popular Go Pro wearable cameras. You know the ones that you can attach to parts of your body while you take on the world so you can film it for everyone else to see. It’s cool tech, no doubt. However their tagline? “Be a HERO.”

These people that are jumping off of buildings, mountains, taking on extreme challenges? I’m sorry, that’s not heroic. It’s brave, courageous, gutsy…but it doesn’t make you a hero. Of course I know there are always exceptions to the rule. If you jump off a cliff and take on your fear of heights and inspire others to do the same, okay, you can make an argument in that case. I’m speaking generally here. I’m talking about how the media and society so easily label people as heroes that don’t warrant it.

Firefighters are heroes. Police Officers are heroes. Great teachers who make a positive influence in kids’ lives are heroes. People are heroic in how they positively impact, influence and make the world a better place for others.

So apologies to The Rock and GoPro. Jumping off shit doesn’t automatically make you a hero.