Mondays at the Micro Business Kid consist of the Helpful Posts of the Week. They’ll highlight interesting, helpful things that I’ve found throughout the previous week.
- If you want an example of a great website lay out which provokes customer interaction, look no further than this one. If it doesn’t make you want to have a cheeseburger, you have no soul….or are vegetarian, which is cool too.
- How Apple and Other Retailers Subtly Seduce You in Their Stores– A good read if you have a physical storefront and a good read if you’re a consumer. Basically, everyone should read this.
- How to Hack Your Brain according to LifeHacker. I believe that a business is limited by the mind of it’s creator. This is a good article to read if you want to expand your life and take your business to the “next level.”
- 50 Life Secrets and Tips according to High Existence. AKA ridiculously simple ways to become a better person and entrepreneur.
- If you’re anything like me and its difficult to wake up before noon, this is an article you’ll definitely want to check out! How to Make Yourself a Morning Person by Meghan Casserly.
- How to See the World by House Sitting according to Married With Luggage. You may or may not know, but a goal of mine is to be able to move to Europe in 2-3 years and explore it as much as I can and as cheaply as I can. I’ve looked into house sitting a bit and came across this site. If you thought traveling Europe was expensive and impossible, think again.
Most of the people who come across the Micro Business Kid are fortunate to live in a “first-world country.” We have so many opportunities, experiences, and connections that others in “third-world countries” can’t even fathom.
I’ve noticed that there are posts on social networks lately that talk about “first-world problems.” Some of these may include your phone battery dying, running out of gas, or your milk being expired. These are things that some of us let turn into a horrible day. If you put were to put things in perspective, someone, somewhere always has it a lot worse than you do. Some people don’t have electricity. Some don’t have water. Some don’t have anything to eat. See where I’m going with this?
I believe that it is our obligation of citizens in first-world countries who have all these incredible opportunities to us to help those that are less fortunate. Maybe you’ve always wanted to do this but never knew how? Well I’ve found a solution. It’s called Kiva. Definitely be sure to check out the site for yourself, but it’s basically a way for you to give a micro loan to entrepreneurs throughout the world. You give these people loans to grow their businesses and your loans eventually, usually get paid back in full. The minimum loan is only $25!
Giving micro loans to others is something that we incorporated into our family business. We focused mainly on motorcycle entrepreneurs in African countries like Kenya and Uganda. There’s something incredible about helping someone on the “other” side of the world who you will probably never meet or come in contact with grow their business so they can provide food or better opportunities for their children.
This is something that I’d like to incorporate into the Micro Business Kid. I’ve created a Lending Team on Kiva where you can join me in making a difference in someone’s life. Click the link here to start improving the world one entrepreneur at a time. Please note that I will be changing the Team picture as soon as I have a logo.
My goal is to give out at least one $25 loan a month but I hope to give out more. If you think about it, $25 isn’t too much to ask for.
- Cancel your gym membership to the gym you don’t go to anymore.
- Skip a $5 latte 5 times a month.
- Don’t go to the movies every weekend.
- Pack your lunch at least once a week.
- So on and so on.
I hope that the Micro Business Kid has already improved your life in some way. I ask that you help me help others do the same.