WHY

WHY create anything?

Whether its art or business, there’s no reason not to make something new.

Why?

Because you can, in an instant. That’s the miracle of you, because you are unique.

When you stop to consider the enormity of this, your amazing potential, it’s incredible.

Go do

Lose everything that no longer matters

I decided long ago to work hard at losing everything that no longer matters to myself.

I’m sure you feel the same way at times, just clear the junk in your life and move on, light and free; often though this is just talk.

So to avoid more of what doesn’t matter I’m taking less on. Possessions and business ‘opportunities’ can lose their shine pretty quickly so I’ve learned to filter.

By applying heuristics in advance of anything I take on and outsourcing wherever possible when I do start a new business project I reduce my exposure to heavy time input whilst still exploring my creative side.

My next moves workwise are a compromise between staying with what I know (heeding advice from Warren Buffett) and trying new approaches within that field (energy).

Help everyone else get what they want and you will get everything you need.

I’ve realised that I need other people to help get things done and I’m setting up an energy marketing resource to help people worlwide to optimize their online energy marketing in a very simple way.

To that end I’ve set up energybrokr which is niche specific to the work I do, perhaps a little too niche – but there is many an an energy broker affiliate that would love to know what I do right now.

Outsource

Tim Ferriss’ 4HWW is awash with stories of outsourcing less important tasks.

Lately I’ve been setting up a tiny website in a profitable energy niche using the help of the talent on fiver

For $5 (£3.54 at todays exchange rates) Andreas is making a website banner, and for around £20 Derren is making a professional intro video.

Update 25.6.2015 : I’ve already generated £409 off this niche site, which seems small beans, however there’s a big and almost wide open market to go at.

So I’ve outsourced all the stuff I won’t invest time in, or don’t have the skill or resources to do.

What this means for me is more time and less risk

Now I can concentrate on the important part, which is writing a few pages of good sales and info copy using my specialist knowledge.

So there we have a brief experiment with low time and financial risk, now I can concentrate on the important things like spending time with my family and looking after my health.

Possessions have quietly increasef to a point where I’m not comfortable so I’m offloading everything that can help someone else via ebay or free to friends or whoever wants my junk for their treasure trove.

If you’re new here, or you’ve got stories about offloading and simplification or want help with creating something new starting online, comment below and I’ll reply.

Thank you for reading here.

Adam

What Works

What works for me in work is enjoyment.

Enjoying my work powers everything from fulfilment to financial reward; witness my wifes tiny ice cream empire

I’ve been quiet here at bootstrap cafe but more active at Supalicious, motivated by the fact that we can get creative with something that belongs entirely to us.

Yesterday we basked by our ice cream trike in the Sun after happy people queued to throw money at us.

I’ve got many ideas including organizing more events like the recent Disco Day in Oswestry park, having a mini art gallery, bringing wacky flavours and most importantly many acts of random kindness.

Its not about the money, although the money rolls in, this is about happiness.
And that, my friends, is the point of Life.

Energybrokr

If its been quiet here, I can explain.

Having looked at a few niches ( self development, fitness, even dating ) I’ve come full circle back to energy.

Its best to play to your strengths and interests and I have to admit finding interest in commercial energy took me some time.

Eventually I found that helping others to build their own business and lifestyle suited me better than prospecting for customers. Also online offers more chance for creativity and I believe better long term results.

So energybrokr is being rolled out in simple form.

80/20 rule

The idea is to find twenty good people and earn a percentage of what the make, easier said than done as I know one hundred affiliates later I should just about there.

Eighty percent will never deliver much, twenty percent will work the business properly and five percent will do very well.

So I’m under no delusion that I’ll get rich overnight, there’s a huge amount of work to be done.

Hopefully I’ll leverage my time well with a large enough and end up with a strong base passive income from several sources. We’ll see.

Check out energybrokr.com and let me know your thoughts!

Meanwhile, Jen is starting up her Summer business, Scoopalicious ( ice cream trike ) which is really the happiest job in the world.

Really that’s all it has to be. We don’t care about it being a huge franchised money spinner, although it may be one day.

What we do care about is happiness for Jen and people who buy from her.
Demand is on the up and expansion in a small and careful way is coming.

Here’s the thing : we’re having fun. That really counts for a lot.

If you’re enjoying life and work, then great – if you’re not please start to make a change now.

NO amount of money is worth living a life of quiet desperation for.

worthy work

Lately I’ve realised that I’ve ignored my most worthy work.

Sometimes as creatives/ business owners we can go off at all sorts of tangents. Whilst frequent experiments are good ( see my previous post ) its easy to ignore your best work just because you’ve been at it for years.

I suggest you readDerek Sivers if you’re looking for a grown up, balanced view of being an Entreprenuer. I certainly love the simplicity and quiet truth at his personal blog.

When I think about how important energy is to Civilisation, I remember that my previous work in the field of commercial energy has been, well, rather good.

Thinking of personal blogs, I’m in process of reintroducing my own name blog at Adambeckett.net which at present is not an existing blog at all ; I merely own the domain name.

When deciding what I stand for, I’ve settled on continuing and improving my personal brand of advice on energy, because finding sustainable solutions for energy in the wider context of a rapidly changing world Environment is something worth standing for.

There will be a mix of personal stories and sensible advice for anyone interested in responsible, smart energy use.

Here at The Cafe I’ll continue with my more random stream of consciousness , I think with more inspiration for both Entrepreneurs and those in careers who are looking to improve their existing work.

If you’ve read this post to the end, thank you.
I really appreciate you being here.

Adam

Dubstep : Try One New Thing

Dubstep : work, life, attitude . why you must try one new thing today .

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Dubstep . Love it or hate it, the creativity is boundless – but how does this relate to your Life and work ?

To get inspired you need to try one new thing that could start good change in your everyday existence. It’s a snowball effect.

Skream ( Ollie Jones ) has always fascinated me in the way he works . There’s a story here and you can listen in below ( 3 mins )

Comments ? Go ahead

How to get paid in full

How to get paid in full for your work.

I think its about time for you and I to cash in on our potential, don’t you ?

The challenge

We all have our challenges in life . Over the last year my wife Jen has been seriously ill ( she has Multiple Sclerosis ) and whilst she has recently experienced an almost miraculous recovery, I’ve had to take my foot off the moneymaking throttle.

So with less money in the bank, now has never been a better time to launch a mission to help every reader here to create a worthwhile income from their existing talents.

Frankly, that way we all get paid.

Experiment Time

Here at my little blog I’ve never really asked anyone for anything in the way of money; whilst that’s a good way to build a trusting audience it would be a shame for me not to earn a penny from all the good advice I’ve dished out through Bootstrap Cafe and my previous personal blogs some of you have followed over the last five years.

How to get paid in full online

Don’t worry this won’t be some sort of making money online ‘Guru’ exercise, just a few words of common sense.

Over the years I’ve spent thousands of hours ( over ) analysing various marketing and lifestyle design blogs, very few of which I follow now.

Recently I read an interesting post by Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income

I’ve watched Pat build up an incredibly lucrative business online in the last few years. I highly recommend you visit SPI and check out what Pat has been up to lately.

What interested me was that Pat publishes his monthly income reports, the last of which stood at $98,639.65 not too shabby and a huge credit to Pats hard work, consistency and bravery.

Somehow from Pats latest post I stumbled into another blog Entrepreneuronfireby John Lee Dumas . What was interesting is that at the top of the site last months income was $241,492.00

.. Interesting ..

So what’s stopping me from doing the same ?

Nothing really.

A quick scan of the two aformentioned blogs yielded a couple of immediately useful points .

Pats blog is IMO the prettiest, very streamlined.

EOF is more cluttered but immediately sells more stuff.

This extends to the “Start Here” post on each blog, a very important post or page on any blog or website.

Pat promotes webhosting ( pays well ) then focuses on the email opt in ( perfect ) .

Mr. Dumas promotes webhosting, immediately followed by whole load of other stuff. Man, this guy isn’t shy of asking to be paid, and why shouldn’t he? He offers a great resource.

Listen up !

The other difference is that EOF primarily posts podcasts , which are a faster and more impactful way of communicating.
These podcasts tend to be guest interviews with many different stories from many different personalities. Good work.

So I’ll wrap this up. Expect me to be following suit.

Whilst I don’t need a huge income, I’m sure I can usefully employ the above strategies to make more rapid gains in key knowledge for my audience here, which means more money for me.

There I’ve said the ‘M’ word .

So, do you use these strategies on your site or blog , or if you don’t would you like to get paid by doing so ? Let’s hear you .

Not You

I once worked in an industry where people took to the stage to make elevator speeches. Those people went on to make six figure monthly incomes, which was fine for them.

Whilst I think I could have joined the elevator people, I know that space wasn’t right for me, which is why I took my own path.

Here’s a small story from when I was eleven.

We were having a lesson in school ( history I think ) and everyone in the room was convinced their answer was right, all except me. Everyone though I was ridiculous to believe what I did, but I refused to back down.

In reality people aren’t as convinced as they sometimes seem, they just put up their hand because everyone else does and it makes them feel safe.

And I got the answer right. Everyone else in the room had convinced themselves that the wrong answer was the right choice. People do that in Life often, when ‘leaders’ shout or adverts bark incessantly, telling us how to be.

So what’s the right answer ?

It’s the answer that feels right for you. Once you know yourself and can trust in your instincts just go for it, with no need to be afraid.