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Side Hustle: Reboot Your Business In 2020 (ep 01)

So, many of you will already know who I am. Some will have less of an idea, or no idea at all, who I am. Either way, bear with me with this article, please. This article is like a restart and significant declaration to the visitors, readers and subscribers of the website. 

 

If you thought that managing a side hustle in 2019 was going to be easy, well just look back at the year so far. If you started your side hustle in 2019, congrats. If you didn’t, what’s keeping you? The start of the new year is always a good time to take stock, review progress and take a look at your plan for 2020 and beyond.

Reboot Your Business For 2020; Why Start Now?

To answer that question, I have to tell a little story, I guess. My online adventure started back in 2016. Well actually much earlier than that, but I only really got serious in 2016. I’ve been sooooo busy with all kinds of ventures online, as well as some offline too.

 

So I took a long hard look at my business and made the harsh realisation that I was all over the place! To give you an idea, here’s the stuff that I’ve been doing….

  • Property Investments
  • Management Consultancy
  • Writing a book
  • Starting a new business
  • Starting a new membership site
  • Saving the world

That last one, I made up. Although I have felt a bit like a superhero, albeit a not so great superhero.

 

The Moment of Truth

Well, I’m sitting at my desk last Friday night. Listing down my laundry list of To-Do’s and it struck me. How the heck am I supposed to find the time to do all these tasks, do them on time and do them to at least ‘good enough’ and still have a life? The answer is obvious of course. You can’t. Something has to give. Family, friends, businesses, health, sleep even! I looked at the list in front of me and decided something had to go.

 

The Ah-Ha Moment

Looking at my list, there were so many things that needed to get done, across so many different projects. By project I mean anything that has to get done in a particular area, be it, family, business, a side hustle, social etc. I literally, just stared at that list and thought, ‘I’m wasting my life’ and worse I’m not happy doing it. Something had to happen and quick. I decided there are then I should take the advice that so many successful entrepreneurs recommend. Focus on just one thing – get good at that, then start the next. I had been spreading myself too thin, too many strategies, too much stuff of yesterday. I wasn’t moving forward because I was trying to push water uphill.

 

The Next Step – Cull That List

I took that list and linked the tasks to every significant goal, project or business I’m in the middle of working in. Now was the time to get mean and nasty with that list. 

Now I had tasks linked to projects, I was able to see where I was spending my time. Not only that but I could tell where I was being inefficient with my time.

Next I took a long hard look at each of those projects, which ones could I immediately stop that was either not serving me, anyone else, or was of no value whatsoever.

I cleared out a third of my list, some of that was online strategies I had started that just simply distracted from my core businesses. I decided to add new tasks.

  • Archive all project materials that were distractions and would not be used for the foreseeable future.
  • Unsubscribe from all tools, apps, programs that were related to these projects.
  • Unsubscribe from every mailing list that was related to these projects.
  • Prioritise each archived project in an order in which I might, someday, restart.

That was it, To-Do culled, distractions reduced, not minimised (Rome wasn’t built in a day). But I already began to feel more in control and ready to move forward.

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Side Hustle 2020 – Back To The Future

So what does that mean for mybiztips in 2020 and beyond? Is it the end? Am I never going to write another line?

No, mybiztips is here to stay. The difference is I am going to be more focussed on building an online passive or near passive income stream. Starting here and now.

What does that mean for you? Well I am hoping that you’ll stay with me on this journey, I’m hoping some of you will get inspired and start to take some action of your own and maybe even follow my approach and strategy over the coming weeks, months and years.

I’m going to share my journey with you, the good and the not so good. I’ll let you know what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, where I learned the information. What’s going great and what mistakes I’ve made. I hope you’re able to learn from my mistakes and avoid repeating them.

I’m committing myself to taking consistent action, I won’t stop until I am good at this one thing. Then and only then, will I move on to the next.

 

Coming next…..

Side Hustle in 2020. There’s a lot of ‘em and I’ve had my fair share of experimentation on the way. I finally realised what entrepreneurs the world over already know, and keep telling us. Focus on one good business first, commit to it, get good at it. Then when it’s established, start another venture.

Now that I’ve got rid of a lot of distractions, I can start to re-plan my online business. That’s going to be my focus for the next few weeks, I won’t write long articles, but I will give you updates on social media, as well as some short videos from time to time.

I’m hoping you’ll stick with me, share your comments and let me know how you’re doing as well. Let’s see where this journey is going to take us.

 

And remember, mybiztips – we are part of your team.

Until next time.

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Finding online side hustles that actually work (2019)

Finding online side hustles that actually work (2019)

If you want to identify online side hustles that actually work its’ best to look at those categories which have stood the test of time online. So what are those categories?

Research has shown there are five main categories which have proven successful for people to start their own side hustle.

Gigs.

This is by far the easiest and cheapest category to start because you don’t need to create your own product because it’s you. Search for freelance sites, there you’ll find they have hundreds of mini projects or task-based work (often referred to as ‘gigs’) that you can pitch for. All you need to do is to find the gigs that match your own skills and submit your proposal thereby getting people to pay for your services.

Affiliates, partners, joint ventures.

This is an almost free online side hustle, again because you don’t need your own product. Affiliation, partnering or JV ’s is all about promoting others’ products that you know and trust. Although you don’t need to develop a product you will need to build an audience, most likely through social media, blogging or review sites or videos so that people will act on your recommendation.

E-commerce.

Unless you live on a desert island, almost everyone knows about e-commerce. In its simplest form it’s opening a retail business online. There are many courses that you can invest in, there’s also an abundance of free tutorials and online courses available if you know where to look.

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One of the main issues of running an e-commerce business is managing all the various parts of the business such as branding, marketing, getting products to the customers, and keeping control of stock to name but a few.

Sites like Amazon and Shopify make this look easy and when you scale up your e-commerce business it’s possible to automate pretty much the full end-to-end business model.

Courses and programs.

Information products can be a great side hustle that over time can become your full-time income stream. It takes time to be established and it’s important your potential customers recognise and associate you as an expert in the information you are promoting.

Your course should demonstrate and deliver the solution that your audience struggles with. Get this right and you will have an evergreen source of income.

SaaS.

SAAS or software as a service is essentially the development of a software application that can be used offline or online. It’s a program that helps to solve a problem or help to leverage specific other resources.

A great example of a SAAS is Sumo, which helps solve the problem of generating leads for businesses. The hardest part of running a SaaS business is to stay competitive because frankly, anyone can just copy your software idea nowadays.

These are the main categories where you will find a good audience reach for your side hustle. They each require different resources, skill sets, and experience.

If you haven’t yet decided on your side hustle but want to make money from it quickly. Then the easiest one to start will be offering a service or services, by way of Gigs.

When you are ready, MyBizTips has collaborated with a top-tier, highly successful online entrepreneur to offer you this how-to-start-a-business course for only $27! It’s a one-time payment; no hidden charges.

Take advantage of this offer now at PASSIVE SCHOOL.  🤑💸💲💰

Till next time… 

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Peter Bright and the MBT Team

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5 side hustles that actually work in 2019

5 side hustles that actually work in 2019

2 ½ months in to 2019 already! What have you done with those new year resolutions?

Have you actually started your online business already, or is it still just a distant dream, or worse it’s a distant memory?

Remember when you were all fired up to make 2019 ‘The Year!’ ? This year would be different – right?

Well, if you did take action and start your new side hustle good for you! Go get ‘em tiger. But if you didn’t maybe these 5 side hustles that actually work, might motivate you to kickstart your new future life for yourself!

Here’s 5 side hustles that actually work:

Freelance

There are now sooooo many online agencies that you can sign up for to find projects or mini-jobs to work from home. Just search ‘freelance, work from home, or similar in your favourite search engine and then register for the agencies.

It’s important that you have a professional profile along with a professional email, if you have your email account from when you were at school, or you find your names taken unless you really do have numerals in your name (like ‘ janedoe20876@maildomain’ ), then find a suitable professional looking name.

If you already have a domain name it’s worth paying for a domain email account since it’s so much more professional. If you have already done work either full time or voluntarily for other people, ask them to leave references for you on your new profile.

Also, get yourself or update your LinkedIn profile with your new side hustle and add as many links to the freelance sites you are registered to. Then start putting together proposals for advertised projects or jobs that other people post on these sites. Here’s some sites you can consider – there are plenty more; Some of our favourites are UpWork, Freelancer, Guru and even Fiverr

Testing

Are you one of these techie people who just love to try to break other people’s programs? You are? Well, this might just be the side hustle you need!

Software and websites have bugs and will often need testing, even existing sites that just had an upgrade. Why not get paid for just trying to break things? Most of the time all you need do is run a few scenarios and then write it up, you’re getting paid to report what happens.

Here’s a few ‘testing’ websites to help get you started: UserTesting.com, Userlytics, TryMyUI, and Userfeel.

Arts ‘n Crafts

Are you good with your hands? Are you creative? That hobby you have making miniature golf courses, for example, could be a very nice little business. Unique gifts that are personal and hand made are always in demand and sites like Etsy and Shopify are great online marketplaces to sell your wares.

If you are a good designer, perhaps you can make unique printable designs that can be placed on to mugs or even T-shirts? Go on, give it a go!

The numbers guy, or gal

Not that PC I know, but well, anyhoo…. Are you good with numbers, done any accountancy work or ledger work in the past? You have great then maybe you can set yourself up as a ledger clerk or bookkeeper for small firms or self-employed businesses.

Believe me, they’ll be thankful for someone to drop their receipts and books to who can put the papers into a nice neat pile for their accountant. In fact, accountants often look for someone to that work for them, many small businesses and self-employed people don’t keep good books. It might take you a while to get a number of customers, but when you do you’ll generally have them for ‘life’.

Last but not least…

Proof of live (or is that life?)

You like reading? You must do if you’ve got this far through the article, joke, ha ha. I’m talking about proofreading. If you like learning new information, enjoy reading or you are OCD when it comes to spelling and grammar, then proofreading is a great side hustle that actually works.

There is more and more written stuff these days, in paper and electronic and if the author wants to be taken seriously and have a good following then the writing has to be god… oops I mean good, see what I did there? LOL.

You can proofread articles, student thesis, blogs, reports, books even. You’ll learn a lot and get paid to do it. You could even start a blog of the interesting and varied subjects you read about….

There you are; 5 side hustles that actually work in 2019. I hope you enjoyed the read and …..

When you are ready, MyBizTips has collaborated with a top-tier, highly successful online entrepreneur to offer you this how-to-start-a-business course for only $27! It’s a one-time payment; no hidden charges.

Take advantage of this offer now at PASSIVE SCHOOL.  🤑💸💲💰

Till next time… 

Commit To Success – We Are Part Of Your Team,

Peter Bright and the MBT Team

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5 Business Coaching Tips for Newbies (2019)

5 Business Coaching Tips for Newbies (2019)

When you start out on the long road to running a successful business, be it online or from your own home, you’ll come across challenges and personalities you’ll wish you could have avoided.

But after all, everyday’s a school day and there are always life lessons to be learned.

I thought I’d share with you some “coaching tips for newbies” things I wish I’d known when starting out….

Overcoming adversity, through tenacity.

Ploughing through adversity is one of the very best personal development experiences I’ve had. I always used to put my ‘never give up’ attitude to me just being pig-headed. But no, it turns out it’s a very good personal skill to have, I only discovered later that what I thought was being a bit stubborn – not letting go until something is either done or broken, is actually tenacity.

Everyone starting their own enterprise goes through some degree of hardship, the more you do and the more you don’t stop will build valuable personal and professional skills.

Tenacity, perseverance, adapting to and managing change, agility, resilience, humility and grit all help to equip you for success. 

Take time to think – but don’t procrastinate

Thinking time, you need this, especially in the early days/weeks/months of starting your business. Go for a walk sometimes, just to clear your head before taking action can even help you see a different way of approaching a situation or a perceived blocker.

But be careful that you don’t let thinking turn into non-action.

There are many ways to procrastinate so be aware and conscious of what you are focussing on and what your end-game is.

We are all in the values business.

There’s a saying, people don’t care what you know (or offer) until they know how much you care. Taking a look at your business and knowing what it offers is just one side.

Try to think of your business from that of your ideal customer. Look at what he/she wants to receive, how they feel when their desires are met, conversely – when they aren’t. What value do your customers place on the different channels or services that you offer?

Find and nurture your best talent.

I don’t mean talent in a team / network way, although that is important as you grow. No, I mean your personal talent. Are you good at writing, do you prefer one-to-one meetings, telephone, maybe you enjoy being in front of a camera?

These are all talents, some lend themselves better to your enterprise than others. Some work better as a channel for you to find customers.

Find your talent and build on it.

The final tip I can give for now is

finding a small group of good people who can help you build your team.

These can be assistants, part-time help, friends or mentors. People you know, some you may have to pay, others will volunteer their time and skills for you – depending on your relationship.

Pick people who want you to succeed, keep away from negative people and doomsayers. Build a team of positive influence and your business will almost certainly succeed. 

When you are ready, MyBizTips has collaborated with a top-tier, highly successful online entrepreneur to offer you this how-to-start-a-business course for only $27! It’s a one-time payment; no hidden charges.

Take advantage of this offer now at PASSIVE SCHOOL.  🤑💸💲💰

Till next time… 

Commit To Success – We Are Part Of Your Team,

Peter Bright and the MBT Team

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Are you ready for your very own Mentor (2019)?

If you missed my article on why I don’t do coaching but why I approve of mentors, go and take a look under the title ‘Why I don’t do coaching, but I will mentor you’

Well, it’s okay thinking you need a mentor, but what if you’re not ready for a mentor? Engaging with a mentor at the wrong time, or even the wrong mentor, could prove just as damaging for your business and your own self-confidence. You need to have the right mindset and be open to mentorship.

Here’s a simple quiz you can take that will help you decide if you’re ready for a Mentor.

Follow the approach below and decide for yourself.

Guide: Answer each question as either; No, Not Sure or Yes. Count all the answers for each response. And then review the key after the questions.

How true are these statements?

I can be relied upon to take being mentored seriously.

I believe this is the right time for me to accept mentoring.

I am fully willing to do the work and let the mentor guide m.

I keep my word without struggling or sabotaging.

I will approach the mentorship with an open mind and try out new ideas.

I will be honest with myself and my mentor.

I will be open and honest with my mentor and will express my expectations as they come to mind.

I will stop self-defeating behaviours which have limited my success.

I see mentoring as a worthwhile investment in my business and my life.

I am able to appreciate the success I gain from being mentored.

Now, count the number of No’s, Not Sure’s and Yes’s.

5 or more No’s – sorry you’re not ready. Maybe take a good look at how your business is progressing and also look at widening your reading material, look for successful people you would like to be like and read as much as you can of what they write or talk about including their autobiography. Retake the quiz when you feel more confident.

5 or more Not Sure’s – sorry, you’re not ready. You should also take the same approach as having 5 + No’s. You need to be more self-confident and self-assured. Become more proactive and determined. Once you are more proactive and can start to feel and see progress in your business, retake the quiz.

5 – 7 Yes’s – You are ready for a mentor, you will need to be completely honest and straight with your mentor. It’s very likely you will both have to work at it, but with focus and action you can progress and get a great benefit from being mentored.

8 + Yes’s – You absolutely will gain from mentoring. Find a mentor you can work with and get them to challenge you and make you accountable for all your actions.

I hope this has given you food for thought, if you are serious about growing your business or even looking to extend your options in your career, then a mentor can be a very useful addition to your support team.

By the way, MyBizTips has collaborated with a top-tier, highly successful online entrepreneur to offer you this how-to-start-a-business course for only $27! It’s a one-time payment; no hidden charges.

Take advantage of this offer now at PASSIVE SCHOOL.  🤑💸💲💰

Till next time… 

Commit To Success – We Are Part Of Your Team,

Peter Bright and the MBT Team

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Small business consulting: Why I don’t do coaching

Dictionary description:-

Coach: is a person who supports a learner, or client, in achieving a specific or a set of specific personal or professional goals by providing training and guidance.

Mentor: a mentor is a knowledgeable and experienced person who assists another (the client, or student) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

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What does a mentor do?

The following are among the mentor’s functions:

Teaches the student / client about a specific issue

Coaches them on a particular skill

Facilitates the client or student’s growth by sharing resources and networks

Challenges the client/student to move beyond his or her comfort zone

Creates a safe learning environment for taking risks

Focuses on their total development

Is mentoring and coaching identical?

No, not really.

People often confuse mentoring and coaching or they consider them to be one and tha same thing. Although they are related, they are not the same.

A mentor may be a coach, but a coach is not a mentor. Mentoring is “relational,” while coaching is “functional”.

There are other significant differences.

Coaching characteristics:

Managers coach all of their staff as a requirement of their job

Coaching takes place within the confines of a formal manager-employee relationship

Coaching often focuses on developing individuals within their current job roles

Interest is functional, arising out of the need to ensure that individuals can perform the tasks required to the best of their abilities

Any coach/student relationship tends to be initiated and driven by an individual’s manager

Relationship is finite – it usually ends once an individual learns the skill or is transferred to another job role

Mentoring characteristics:

Takes place outside of a line manager-employee relationship, at the mutual consent of both the mentor and the student/client

Is most often career-focused or it focuses on the professional development that may be outside of the client/student’s current area of work

The relationship is more personal – a mentor provides both professional and personal support

A relationship may be initiated by a mentor or created through a match initiated by an organization

The mentor/client (student) relationship crosses any job boundaries

The relationship may last for a specific period of time (nine months to a year) in a formal program, at which point the pair may continue in an informal mentoring relationship. Or it can be open-ended, where the relationship continues with time period as the student matures and the mentor becomes more of an observer / friendly ear for advice.

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I’ve been asked often to coach people on small business consulting, I don’t like to do that. For me, coaching is too much like teaching. I much prefer to provide mentoring support, why?

Because it’s that much more personal, it’s more broad and the results are so much more satisfying, seeing a person grow in both knowledge and personal skills and self-confidence are so much more worthwhile than simply teaching someone to complete a set of skills that will only improve one part of their life.

Mentoring small business owners and entrepreneurs is a great way to help them in their early stages of development. A friendly ear to listen, a knowledgeable and experienced expert that can help. Someone who will not only support you when you are almost ready to quit but someone who will make you accountable so that you stay on track. We all need someone we can look to for support, a mentor – at least a good one, can do that for you too.

By the way, MyBizTips has collaborated with a top-tier, highly successful online entrepreneur to offer you this how-to-start-a-business course for only $27! It’s a one-time payment; no hidden charges.

Take advantage of this offer now at PASSIVE SCHOOL.  🤑💸💲💰

Till next time… 

Commit To Success – We Are Part Of Your Team,

Peter Bright and the MBT Team

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What kind of business coach do you need?

What does a business coach exactly?

Business coaches help business people such as entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives to improve their skill-set and their businesses in a variety of ways.

Unlike mentors, business coaches usually work on a fixed schedule and a specific skill or set of skills, to share actionable feedback, personalized advice, and action plans for their clients.

This can be any area of their business such as;  increase company revenue, accelerate their career, or increase business growth.

Investing in a business coach may be the single greatest investment you make in your career or business. Whether you’re a business professional looking to get a promotion or a business owner who’s business is stuck and you can’t get your creative juices flowing.

A good business coach can get you out of that rut and get velocity back into your business.


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So what kinds of business coaches are there? Here’s just some for you to consider…

Business Results Training

This works best for Entrepreneurs, small business owners and marketers; they will often help you to set plans and actions to improve teamwork, exceed goals, improve business processes.

Maybe establish a framework or a new action plan to that’s unique to your business and your personal circumstances. These business coaches work closely with your business to review progress and recommend changes for improvement.

Business Workshops and Seminars

These are often 2 or 3-day workshops where you and maybe your team, are taken out of the day-to-day business operations and placed into workshops where a trained coach will lead you and your team through a series of tasks and activities following a certain theme or area of performance or business problem.

The outcome of the workshops is to make you and your team function and communicate more effectively and to work as a team. I don’t recommend workshops as a true value for your team since in most cases there are too many personalities that can disrupt effective workshop environments and unless you have a strong trainer, this can often lead to even more issues and problems than you started with.

Business Coaches for Women entrepreneurs, small business owners and Mom entrepreneurs.

Even in today’s world of inclusion and diversity, it’s still recognised that women often have to juggle a career, or business, with family life and being a mother. Also, many women who don’t have children often need the support of another woman to help shape their career or business program.


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There are several companies that provide business coaching for women, they can offer new ways of working; how to engage with their clients, how to market differently.

Understanding the modern psyche can go a long way to helping you progress in the corporate and in your own business field. That’s not sexism, that’s fact.

Action coaches.

Now you might think, well they are all action coaches – surely. Well yes, they are, but these specific action coaches are more focussed.

Often they will come into your business or study your career plan and will strategise and will put in place a set of actions that overcome the challenges of maintaining a business or getting that next promotion or career move.

They’ll leave you a concrete plan of actions to take and check in with you from time to time to see how you are progressing.

Business and Lifestyle coaches.

All work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) as the saying goes…  Business and lifestyle coaches take the whole you; your work life and personal life, your career and personal goals and they work with you to set out a clear path for you to take action along to meet your balanced world.

This is both personal and business development, helping you save time and ultimately money in not chasing the dreams you don’t have and following the ones you do. In my opinion, a good business and lifestyle coach is as near to a mentor as you can get without actually having one.

Start-Up coaches.

Hang on, I hear you say, I literally only just started, how can I afford a coach and what the heck can she/he coach me in? Well, how about; is your business idea actually viable? If you need capital can you write a business plan to take to the bank or investors? Are you already a good salesperson?

Do you know how to get your first customers? Need to jumpstart your business quick? All good reasons why you may want the services of a startup coach. Don’t worry, they don’t have to be expensive – or full time, in fact, some can be found online too.

Want to find the business coach who’s best for you or just get some low budget but value-rich coaching to help start your online business?

By the way, MyBizTips has collaborated with a top-tier, highly successful online entrepreneur to offer you this how-to-start-a-business course for only $27! It’s a one-time payment; no hidden charges.

Take advantage of this offer now at PASSIVE SCHOOL

Additionally, you can utilise the coaching course from Passive School and you can start planning and launching your side hustle! 🤑💸💲💰

Till next time… 

Commit To Success – We Are Part Of Your Team,

Peter Bright and the MBT Team