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Goals for 2015 – Number 1: To remove myself completely.

Goals for 2015 - Number 1: To remove myself completely.

You got me sippin' on something
I can't compare to nothing
I've ever known, I'm hoping
That after this fever I'll survive
I know I'm acting a bit crazy
Strung out, a little bit hazy
Hand over heart, I'm praying
That I'm gonna make it out alive.

 

I love the melody of that song.  Not so much the melancholic meaning of it all.

A lot has happened since about a month ago.  I haven’t posted anything for January and before the month is over I told myself I’d get something up at least.

I feel like I am eliminating most distractions out of my life and just mainly focusing on two things at the moment.  That is namely rebranding HK AUTOSPORTS to AUTOPARTS LAB.  I started the social media accounts for AUTO PARTS LAB and I’m positioning myself to switch my entire eBay store over to the new name.  I was wondering why for the longest time I’ve been putting off marketing HK AUTOSPORTS in any manner and that’s because I’m a stickler with names.  I do not believe HK AUTOSPORTS represents what I’m doing and it took months to change regarding paperwork.

AUTO PARTS LAB will be hip and funny and interesting once it is launched.  I already had my developers set up the site, a few virtual assistants are working on the social media accounts, and things are moving along.  For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about it’s a company I started a little over a year and a half ago.  It went from garnering less than 1K in sales a month to now 10-11K steadily at minimal commitment.  This is with no social marketing.

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Separate from above, Credit Card sales.

I’m going at this full force so I’m hoping to push sales to 20K/month within the next four months [this might be a bit of a reach].  My competitors might be laughing at me on how slow I'm growing this company... but I go at my own random pace.

Super Fast Listings  was a company I co-founded with Ron and we recently garnered another subscriber to that business.  Making a total of 8 paying subscribers if no one cancels.  It is a software/excel sheet available for download.

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Last_year_2014

We launched I believe July of 2014.  This was 2014 sales.

I am also by default still improving my rock climbing abilities and taking it 1 week at a time.

10B

Lead my first 10B

It's still fun to try and top rope 11's

It's still fun to try and top rope 11's

And end up swinging out

And end up swinging out

I'm going to tackle trying to make money online and so far I have two areas that are semi-working for me.  Am I making real money?  No, I'm not.  Every cent I earn goes back into the companies.  So that's why this is not enough until at least another 6-8 months of effort channeled into pulling away from the business.

I recently spoke to the CEO of a competitor and after 5 years of work he is starting over from scratch again - he can afford his expensive toys of course (by now) but he fired everyone and had to start from scratch - still chugging away at the daily grind.

I don't want to be in that same position.  Many have reached freedom one way or the other.  Many do not want freedom because they are happy with what they have.  Many chose a limited freedom.  I want to walk towards a  type of freedom that is generous on my wallet and easy on the soul.  In documenting my efforts maybe it'll help someone realize their own desires to be free as well.  Chris Ducker's work is going to help.

I wish I quit school while in college and started companies a long time ago.  The reason I did not is because of my parents' completely traditional almost crippling attitude of choosing the safe route - "BE A DOCTOR! BE A PHARMACIST!" or just chalk yourself up to being a complete failure.  The other reason is I was a too afraid to go out on my own and just do it.

I am comfortable not becoming a doctor or pharmacist because while I was studying for those classes and taking those tests ... none of it made me happy.  I imagined my future and just dreaded all of it.  This made me change my mind a dozen times throughout college and take classes that were a waste of my time.  It was not my calling but I kept going at it hoping that someday a light bulb will go off in my head and a warm glow starts resonating in my heart for being what my parents wanted me to be.

Well SCREW all of that.

 

I have my own private online journals as well as my physical journals which I use to document my failures or successes (or emotional outbursts/breakdowns).  The reason why this is public and I'm not afraid to put myself out there is because ALTHOUGH I am not yet truly successful, I have talked to many friends who have tried again and again to make some type of living outside of their 9 to 5 job without a pint of success.

Can I help you now?  To a very small capacity in that maybe I can show my direct friends what is possible.  In 6-8 months I'm hoping to be able to actually help because by then I'll have everything set up more correctly [assuming best case scenario].

Goals for 2015:

1) Put in all the steps enough to truly remove myself from my main business.

2) Help others get started (If they want to).

3) Start a podcast

4) Write an ebook.

It is quite boring and almost depressing to merely survive as I go about building this business and other businesses.  It was so depressing at some points that I even hired a therapist to help me with my personal as well as professional life.  I even went and hired a personal trainer to help me cope with how my body was taking everything (different city, different weather, forever-alone feeling).  I want to feel grateful and surrounded even in the solitude of a job where I am 99% on my own.  Maybe one way to get there is to help others realize... yes.. you can do this too.  Yes, my motive is very selfish.  I am tired of feeling alone.  I always tell others, "It's not rocket science! You can do it too. Easy," but I don't provide any tools for them to start and realistically I just don't have to energy to devote in order to truly bring them massive success.

I'll only share what works for me.  There is plenty of free information about creating money somehow online, many of them might be scams or gimmicks and none of those will apply.

THE POINT IS (If you think everything was TL;DR):

1) I don't know how to make MASSIVE amounts online because I have implemented only 10% of what I know so far and I've yet to execute on the 90% that is advised of me to do.  But I've started and I've earned TINY small successes which are real.  None of it was earned by tricking anyone or by being gimmicky.

2) I want to stop feeling alone.  So I'm going to share pretty much everything to see if it helps anyone and EVENTUALLY when I am more on my feet - I will be able to genuinely help without feeling guilty of the half-assed nature of it all.  And by helping maybe I'll feel a lot less alone.

3) To never. stop. moving.  To continuously strive to be more healthy physically, mentally and spiritually (I bought this device to help me meditate).

I will choose to stick to an update schedule.  

I will update EVERY week on WEDNESDAYS.

 

I guess that's all.  If you like to join this journey with me and have posts delivered to your email... sign up below:

The Momentum

The Momentum

The momentum matters.  And not caring to fail matters.  At least that's what I've learned. Crawling out of my auto dismantling hole for a bit to check on other things I've started months ago I noticed.. oh sh*t!  There is genuine TRAFFIC to the other sites!  Time to improve on them some more...

I chip away at each thing whenever I can for however long I can.  Sometimes there is no chipping away at all.  But it's better to throw it out there then to have it be absolutely nothing...residing in my head.

What failed for me:

I hired a bunch of people to post on social media accounts - this is a MISTAKE.  Hiring random people to post for you really hurts your reputation and decrease the number of users to subscribe.  Our subscription numbers went down dramatically because ... well, people are smart.  They can tell if something feels scammy.  Our product is not a scam at ALL but seeing grammatically incorrect posts coming from India did not help our reputation. DO NOT DO IT!

Sourcing out EVERYTHING was a bad idea.  Sometimes you just have to do the work yourself because at the level of a founder you see 1000 details that needs to be attended to and at the next level of a hired out manager, they only see 100 details at most.  Kind've like how James Altucher were his first 200 users for one of his websites.  A website that later grew to thousands of users.  Do not be afraid to be your first 200... something (users, reviews, posts, etc.)

Not focusing on ONE thing DOES NOT WORK! (Like the double negative?)  I focused on too many different projects and end up abandoning all for 1. Once I believe I provided adequate care for 1 I can poke my head up to look around to see if the rest are still standing.

What I'm going to try:

Actually try more tactics/techniques - put in the time for these techniques now, they will pay off later!

Publish an eBook, any eBook about stuff I want to talk about. Who cares if no one buys it.  I'm going to do it.

If I have an idea - I'm still going to set something up.  I'm still going to erect something and put an effort into growing it whenever I can.  HOWEVER ... this time... I'm going to do background research on how to approach it the right way & I'm going to focus on the details a bit more before implementing techniques.  Everything will still launch, no matter how messy.  Techniques will be tried with a more careful eye.

Traffic numbers for the random websites started because failing doesn't matter:

Went down from $2K. OH WELLS!

Went down from $2K. OH WELLS!

Went up from $0. Yay!

Went up from $0. Yay!

Went up from $0. Yay!

Went up from $0. Yay!

3) Coming up next -

Yup.

(dot) com. Yup.

WELPS.  That's all folks.  A very short post but at least I made one. The message here is: JUST DO IT.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Things I’m Afraid Of Are The Things I Should Do

Things I'm Afraid Of Are The Things I Should Do

I have a checklist of 10 things that will make my business better and out of the entire checklist I've only started on 1 or 2.  This checklist remained unchanged for the better part of a year.  Why?  Why do I not go about doing the things that will directly positively affect my business?  Reed told me I run around creating infrastructures on how to get things done (video training, training material, setting up a program management system, etc) versus sitting down and actually getting it done.

There must be something there I'm afraid of.  And when I looked at it more closely, it's true.  There are definite fears.

The owner of an auto auction proposed to buy into my company in order to propel it to the next level.  I am considering it and I told him I'd send over the numbers.  I haven't done it yet because I'm afraid of losing my freedom with the business.

I have over a thousand emails from customers yet I have procrastinated building a good mailing list.  What am I afraid of?  I'm afraid of my customers thinking that I'm spamming them.  I know mailchimp, yet I'm hesitating to jump in and do it.

I'm afraid of training anyone to take over completely because they might just quit.  I need to get over this fear.

I wasn't afraid of moving to city by myself and to rent out a warehouse but I'm afraid of being alone meanwhile providing an environment of isolation.

I'm afraid of creating a facebook page because out of the hundreds of customers served, one might be dissatisfied and try to ruin the reputation of the company.  WHAT.  Why am I not doing these things due to these fears.

I'm inspired by James Altucher.  He really emphasizes just doing it.  No matter how small or messy.  Just do it.  Nike could've also subliminally affected my thoughts on this "just do it" mantra.

 

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So I'm going to just do it.  I've re-written my list of things I should do to make my business better and I'm going to do them:

1) Add emails to mailing list & send out a first email. Use mailchimp.

2) Create an after-delivery automatic email to ask about the progress of a person's order.

3) Send the business proposal, however draft-like it is.

4) Create a better shipworks template for both emails AND shipping labels.  Using Microsoft Web Expressions 4.0 which is a FREE alternative to Dreamweaver.  Great program.

5) Train assistant to do the pictures.

6) Reach out to other Dismantlers and ask them out for coffee.  Stop isolating yourself, Kim. (I noticed I am subscribed to California Dismantling... so I'm going to start reaching out today.)

7) Get M2E running with Magento.

8) Transform Dropbox into a shared space instead of for personal reasons.

9) Switch over to the new listing template.  Enlist Ron's help.

I stopped at 9 because I don't want to overwhelm myself.

 

YOU SHOOT ME DOWN, BUT I WON'T FALL.  I AM TITANIUM.

That's the song playing in the shop right now.  It is fitting.

 

What are you afraid of?  Is it just a small fear that stops you from MASSIVE success?

How To Get Over Your Fear Of Quitting Your Job

How To Get Over Your Fear Of Quitting Your Job

There was less fear than there was pure unadulterated outrage at my disposition with a 9 to 5.

[I'm sorry, this blog post is in response to quora question "How Do You Get Over Your Fear Of Quitting Your Job To Start A Startup".  Wordpress SEO won't let me have such a long title name.]

This might not just be me, but before I quit I was on a nonstop binge of podcasts or blog posts by Pat Flynn, Tim Ferris, Ramit Sheti, etc.  It was to hype myself up and it took a whole year to hype myself before D day.  It also took over a year because I needed to save up money before I quit (I am not THAT reckless).  This might not work for everyone - but it worked for me.

So let your outrage dominate your fear.

Be outraged for the following reasons:

1) You will most likely be underpaid in comparison to company profits.  They need to pay you less than what you are worth because hey - how else will they pay all that overhead + make a profit?  You are happily slaving away trying to prove yourself anyway... no need to interrupt you with an abrupt raise (just yet).

2) Most businesses close at 5PM.  When you are done working.  How can you have time to do anything else outside of work? (Like chores? Go to the bank? Go to the dentist?)  That's right - you either have to wait for the weekend or you have to take time off of work.

3) There is no guarantee you have your position forever.  So your house + livelihood + everymonthlysubscriptionyouhave are dependent on someone else's whim.  Yes, you can't be fired without just cause but sometimes companies just fail or have reduced clients so they need to lay off some workers to survive.

It's important not to be outraged at the players (your boss and coworkers) but be outraged at THE GAME.

You are simply getting out of the game by choosing not to participate any longer.

Remember this: You can still have a successful business while being employed full time for someone else.  You don't have to quit, really.  Why quit?  Maybe when your successful business requires more of your time  and/or you can realistically imagine a better lifestyle once you quit.

It may be different for everyone but for me quitting was possible because:

1) I saved up enough to quit without breaking down mentally.

2) I started it while I was doing a full time sales job.  I wanted to see if it was even possible for me to do it.

3) I could've worked for another year two (and I should've..would've...could've...) but I wasn't tied down by "golden handcuffs".  If you have a very cushy job than I would consider sticking around while building your business on the side until it makes you just as much as you would be making at your regular job.

Fears I still have:

1) People would not take me too seriously as I am a "girl" in a male dominated industry.  I have no prior knowledge of car parts.  I knew it works because I saw it worked with others and I myself tested it while I was still fully employed.  But even after I started the business and it is mildly successful - I have yet to update my Linkedin profile.  I've yet to make it professional public and I do not feel the need to ever make it public (Unless I'm in my fifties and I am talking about a business I started yonder ago when I was a wee 20 something that blossomed into a multi-million dollar company).  I only started talking about the website half a year after its launch.  When a customer calls in and hears my voice they demand to speak to "anyone over there who knows about car parts" because I am immediately written off (do I sound THAT OUTSOURCED?).  How do I get over this hump?  I am a small fish in a big sea and I don't feel the need to get over any hump.  I just want to swim.

2) Being isolated (instead of being actively surrounded by great minds) might degrade me mentally.  My companions are shop guys who prefer to keep the conversations to the chicks they bang.  There are still... friends from afar. And the internet.

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Yes. I'm cross eyed in this picture. Also - that's a mouse.  Also - does this resemble one of those Asian horror movies... at all?

Picture of Reed right before his conference.  He just re-learned how to tie a tie.

My handsome man.  Popped collar and all.  He told me not to post this picture, "because this is not what I'm about. I don't condone this type of outfit"... so I made it "small" & not noticeable on this blog. Hehe.

Inspired by James Altucher, I am now answering questions on Quora because I want to become a better writer & Quora is a goldmine of ideas/questions I can just pick and choose from as topics for my blog posts.

I'll post first.  And then apologize for it later. (Did you notice in this blog post I used "than" vs. "then" CORRECTLY?  Yup.  I try.)