Monthly Archives: June 2012

Thoughts on Writing More, Destiny, Growing Balls, the Dollar Shave Club, and Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today begins my new posting schedule! I’m excited because this finally means my posts are more consistent which is good for you and good for me! Mondays will consist of the Helpful Posts of the Week. They’ll consist of interesting, helpful things that I’ve found throughout the week. Expect around 5 helpful links, pictures, or anything else a week.

  • If you’re a writer, you’ll want to read this. They’re simple suggestions on how to increase the amount of words you write each day. I’m coming to terms with this, but I’ve realized that I’m becoming a writer. Between coming up with blog posts, writing copy for our business, communicating through e-mails, and other things, I write a lot of words each day! You will also do a lot of writing for your business; especially if you have an online business.
  • Another post from Chris Guillebeau. I’ve learned a great deal from him and will continue to. Check out his new post, On Destiny, Influence, and the Impossibility of Being Self-Taught. It’s awesome stuff!
  • “Our inward power, when it obeys nature, reacts to events by accommodating itself to what it faces – to what is possible. It needs no specific material. It pursues its own aims as circumstances allow; it turns obstacles into fuel. As a fire overwhelms what would have quenched a lamp. What’s thrown on top of the conflagration is absorbed, consumed by it – and makes it burn still higher.” – Marcus Aurelius. If this quote gets your juices flowing, check out Julien Smith’s new blog post, The Simple Guide to Growing Some @#$%ing Balls. TRULY inspiring stuff!
  • I’m a huge fan of StumbleUpon lately. I came across this company last week. It’s the Dollar Shave Club. If you want to see a great example of a great website, business plan, and marketing, be sure to check out the site. The video is hilarious and makes me want to do business with them. Can you create a video like theirs to entice customers to do business with you?

Hope this helps start an incredible week for you and your micro business!

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There’s a New Posting Schedule at the Micro Business Kid!

After 41 gruesome nights delivering newspapers as a side job, my sleep schedule is closer to normal once more since I quit last week. That also means I’m coherent enough to spend more, quality time working on our business, posting content more consistently here, and creating a micro business guide that will help you go from having an idea to a fully functioning micro business!

I’ve also come up with a more consistent posting schedule and here it is:

Monday @ 6:00 am EST: Helpful Post of the Week. I used to do this everyday but I think once a week on Monday will be sufficient. There will probably be around 5 helpful things a week and what better day to share these things with you than at the beginning of the week?

Tuesday @ 6:00 am EST: Interview of the Week. A few weeks ago, I asked readers  what they would like to see added to the blog. One suggestion was that I interview other micro business owners and share their perspectives with my readers. I thought it was a great idea and the first interview will be posted this Tuesday! I currently don’t have any other interviews lined up so chances are that Tuesdays won’t have regular posts for the time being.

Wednesday @ 6:00 am EST: Thought-Provoking Questions of the Week. What better way to get you past “Hump Day” than by making you think? Expect around 3 questions each week.

Thursday @ 6:00 am EST: Book Review of the Week. The purpose of the Micro Business Kid is to provide you with resources, among other things that will help you start and grow a successful micro business. About 99% of my business sense came from reading books. I’m constantly reading and learning new things so I figured I’d share what I read to entice you to read the same. Maybe we can start a book discussion sometime in the future?

Friday @ 6:00 am EST: Actual Post of the Week. Fridays will be the day that I post a regular article that has to do with Micro Business. This will give you something to read in the office while you’re counting down the minutes until your weekend starts and it will give you inspiration while you plan your escape over the weekend.

Sound good?

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What is “value?” How do you create it?

I’m trying something new! Instead of numbering each Thought-Provoking Question of the Day, the subject will be the actual TPQD. This will hopefully cut down on the monotony of generic topic titles…

Today’s thought-provoking question of the day is two-fold:

  • What is “value?” How do you create it?

Value doesn’t have anything to do with the actual price. When you talk to your friends about a new purchase, the purchase was probably made because it was a “great value,” not because it was a great price! Everyone wants to believe that they’re getting great value for the price they pay. The more perceived value the customer has, the more a business is able to charge. This isn’t taking advantage of the customer at all. If a business provides great value to customers, then they should be compensated well. To me, value is how much a customer thinks something is worth and how willing they are to pay for whatever that business is selling.

Creating value is quite difficult as there are a lot of intangibles involved with this process. I think ways of creating value include great customer service, great customer interaction, quick shipping times, low shipping costs, a great copy, bundling a bunch of services into one, great photography of your products, doing things for free which the competition charges for, giving away great advice when no money is involved, and a well-designed website among others. Note that none of these things have anything directly to do with the actual product.

What does “value” mean to you? How do you create it?

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17 Things I Should Have Known at 17

This post was inspired by Julien Smith’s post titled 20 Things I Should Have Known at 20. Awesome food for thought so check it out.

5 years ago, I was 17 and in my freshman year in college. Damn, how things have changed! This was before our business, before I tried out for professional soccer teams, and before I’ve met so many incredible people around the world by doing what I love. This isn’t directly related to running a micro business, but a lot of these lessons can be used in running one.

 

  1. Your GPA in school has no direct correlation to how successful you’ll be in life.
  2. The college you go to has no direct correlation to how successful you’ll be in life. It’s no big deal if you don’t go to college.
  3. It’s about who you know, not what you know. Street smarts get you further than book smarts.
  4. It’s not a good thing when your credit card limit constantly increases.
  5. You probably won’t be friends with the friends you had in high school 5 years after high school.
  6. You probably won’t marry your high school sweetheart.
  7. Potential is a great thing to have but eventually you have to do something with it.
  8. Don’t do “it” just because everyone else is. Have your own opinion.
  9. Do as much as possible when you’re young. Play as many sports and join as many organizations as possible.
  10. What you write on Facebook, stays on Facebook.
  11. They say that high school is the best 4 years of your life but that’s only true if you’re proactive and make it that way.
  12. He who provides the alcohol will be popular.
  13. He who provides the alcohol is probably only popular because he provides the alcohol.
  14. You get away with a lot more when you’re young, so take advantage of that. Do dumb shit and learn from it.
  15. Don’t let the dumb shit you did in high school scar you for the rest of your life.
  16. High school crushes are awesome. You know what’s better, actually having a girl/boy friend instead. Ask the person out.
  17. Don’t break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend and keep on going back out with them. This is a great way to become emotionally unstable. Once it doesn’t work, it will never work.

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