Founder’s Log 102017-05: From Mexico To Minneapolis Day 30
Well this weeks 10 day sprint has been pretty crazy to say the least…
The first thing that happened was I went to Mexico! Whoohooo, party time! Me and 7 of my close friends spent 4 days in Puerto Penasco, aka rocky point.
I don’t want to bore you with all the details, but man that trip was a blast. Hung out with good friends, ate tons of amazing seafood, and stayed in a beautiful resort, so I was pretty spoiled, to say the least. And since it was Mexico, I didn’t break the bank. On top of all that, I took my drone on the trip and got some incredible shots of the beach and even got a bit of good footage of a pirate ship! I’ll talk more about that in the next section.
Secondly, like a day after I got back from my Mexico party/mind reset relaxation trip, I flew out to Minneapolis, Minnesota for the annual Leadpages marketing conference called Converted. This was my second time flying out here and second time attending the event and I must say, Clay Collins knows how to throw a superb business conference. Everything was on point from my perspective.
The staff was friendly, the food was delicious and best of all, the speakers were jam-packed full of premium business and marketing info that will help me succeed. With all the stuff I have learned over the course of the conference, you have a ton of posts to look forward to about some of the amazing business and marketing info from the speakers that I learned last week.
Positive things that happened to me
In the last 10 days, I haven’t really been working much since I have been on vacation and attended the conference, but here are a couple non business-related, awesome things that happened.
I briefly mentioned this before about my trip to Mexico, but one thing that really stood out on the trip was that about a year or so ago I bought a DJI Phantom 4 Drone for business stuff, but mainly to take with me when I travel. It was an awesome purchase, because it has got to be one of the coolest gadgets I’ve ever owned.
I decided to take it on this trip and got some really awesome footage of the resort and beach, but even cooler, I discovered something I never expected to find…
A pirate ship!
Well, at least it looked like one. It was an awesome pirate ship booze cruise. I noticed it out in the water when I was on the beach filming the sunset and had to fly the drone out and investigate closer. It was much further out than I expected and it was a bit scary flying my drone way out over the ocean as I was worried something was going to happen to my drone, but the footage was worth it and luckily nothing happened. Here is a photo I snapped from above. I’ll try to get the drone footage edited and uploaded to Youtube so look out for the video in the next Founders Log.
How to get your bag checked for free at the airport.
The second major good thing was not having to pay to check in my bad at the airport. And not once, but twice! Saved me a cool $60 bucks! Horrible, I know, but it’s the small wins that we live for, right?
So how did I do it? Well easy…just don’t check in your bag. Ok, it sounds bad, and to be fair I didn’t do this on purpose the first time around, but let me explain.
On the way to Minneapolis, I was honestly under the impression my rolling suitcase was suitable for carrying on. I have never had any problems with it before, so I didn’t think anything of it. So I get my boarding pass, do all the security checks, get to my terminal and am ready to board. I was one of the last to board and go up, and they tell me there is no more room in the overhead compartment and they will check in my bag. I was like, “do I have to pay for it?” And they said “no” as it was complimentary because all the overhead bins were full and they hooked me up with a free bag check. Score! But they did say due to the size, I should have checked it in anyway and to remember to do that next time.
So on the way home back to Phoenix, I decided to play with fire and test my luck. Would it work again and what they would do if I didn’t check in my bag?
What can I say? I like to live life on the edge I guess.
Well wouldn’t ya know, it did! I went to the terminal, was one of the last ones on again. They gave out complimentary bag checks due to the overhead compartments being full and said the same thing; they just checked my bag in last minute and I boarded the plane.
So now I’m thinking to myself, “I should just do this every time!” Haha ok, that might be pushing it, but it was a fun little experiment and I saved a bit of cash. I used American Airlines for this flight and I don’t know if they can turn you away for not checking in an oversized bag, but I’ve never seen them do it. Anyway, obviously I don’t recommend anyone do this, but it was a cool little win nonetheless.
Goals I have accomplished in the last 10 days.
The goals I set were really just two things:
Go on vacation. Go to the converted conference.
And I managed to complete those with ease. I knew I wasn’t going to have a lot of time to work, but I did accomplish this bonus achievement! A simple design gig request popped up and I got the project done without doing any of the hard work myself. Let me explain.
How to make money online with no skill, no talent and no money.
To give you a litle backstory of how I got the job, an old acquaintance from high school knew I did some design work and messaged me on Facebook telling me that her and her husband had just started a new business. A brick and mortar septic/plumbing company to be exact.
She wanted to talk to me about making a custom illustration for a logo for her. I looked over the details she sent about the project and agreed to complete the work, no problem.
But there was just one problem…I am not an illustrator nor do I have any illustrators working for me or that I can reach out too.
So here’s what I did:
- I told her to send me all the details of the project.
- After I got the details, I told her to give me a day or so for a quote as I have to talk with my designer.
- I went to upwork.com, posted the details of the project, and made sure they could give me a fixed price. Within a day or so I got more than 40 responses.
- I found the most affordable, but talented illustrator I could and took the price she wanted, added on a managing fee for myself and sent it to my client.
- She agreed and sent me 50% of the payment to get the project started.
- I approved the designer at upwork.com and got them to start the job.
- In short, I managed the project through its different phases from scratch to completion.
To avoid any complications with the project, I made sure the client approved the sketch and various design phases along the way. The job is now complete and the client loves it.
Here are the stages of the project and the final design.
If you are an experienced entrepreneur or have project management skills, this might come off as overly basic but so many people don’t know just how easy stuff like this can be. I want to walk you through my process just to show that you really don’t need money or talent to start a business or make extra cash on the side. Just need to know what to do and how to do it. And you can even do as I did and orchestrate it all while in Mexico and Minneapolis with my laptop and an internet connection. Life is good. 🙂
If you still need more in depth details I wrote a whole detailed walkthrough here call “How to Make a Good Side Income With, No Skills, No Talents, No Money…and No BS!” Check it out.
My struggles in the past 10 days
Work has been a really big struggle for me in the last 10 days, but that was to be expected since I was on vacation and attending this conference where I needed to take notes and pay attention.
But outside of work, I found sticking to my routine very difficult. Since I left for Mexico on the 12th, I failed to do my morning routine even once; not a single part of my routine like meditation, journaling or working out, either. I slept in and went into lazy mode.
It is incredibly hard to be disciplined away from home. It feels like a vacation even though it’s not.
Solutions or possible for the struggles.
Never travel again… Ha, jokes.
I just need to stop making excuses and keep reminding myself the benefits of the routine. And even if I can’t do a full exercise routine, I still could do some push-ups and meditate, or read and journal.
For lack of a better phrase, it’s easy to fall off the wagon. In this case, its productivity and discipline. Especially when you work for yourself and don’t have anyone holding you accountable for your work.
I need to set up a daily reminder that tells me several times a day to:
“Remember What’s Important!”
My goals for the next 10 days.
In the days to come, I have some serious catching up to do. Below are some of the goals I will accomplish in the next 10 days.
- Create another post for ProjectConvert.com
Im slacking on the content creating. Maybe I’m spreading myself to thin already, but I need to start dishing out content for it.
- Design ProjectLander.com
Projectlander.com will be my landing page form submit site. Not a blog, or anything, just a pure business service site that will give people the option to hire me to create a landing page for them from scratch.Right now, the process goes like this:
- I get an email from someone wanting a custom landing page.
- They give me a rough idea of what they want.
- We spend a lot of time figuring out what services they actually need. Do they need copy, do they have images, whats kind of style are they looking for, etc..
- I give a rough estimate of the project, which turns out to be lower than expected.
- I design and we go back and forth tweaking stuff.So basically I want to create a website form that will email me all the info I usually ask and have it calculate the cost based on the input. I will dive more into this when it’s complete, but I’m hoping this will help me get closer to systematizing this service-based business a bit.
So basically I want to create a website form that will email me all the info I usually ask and have it calculate the cost based on the input. I will dive more into this when it’s complete, but I’m hoping this will help me get closer to systematizing this service-based business a bit.
Side note: I chose to separate Projectconvert.com and Projectlander.com for the sole reason of personalization. There are a ton of marketing blogs like hubspot.com, Leadpages.com or Convetkit.com that write decent online marketing info. But I rarely read them because I always think they are just trying to pitch their product. Maybe I am way off, but I prefer to read marketing content from a real-life authority figure, giving me personalized content he created.
Since I have been slacking lately on my morning routine, I decided to read The Miracle Morning again, but this time I bought the entrepreneurs version to see if it contained different nuggets of info specialized to my situation.
I have not yet completed the book, but so far it’s practically the same information as the original. However, they did add a fancy acronym, “S.A.V.E.R.S.” to help you remember the morning routine.
I will update this section or my thoughts in a new post after I complete the book, but for now I would not recommend this copy if you have already read the original.
However, take my review with a grain of salt because like I said I’m not done reading yet.
The adventures over the past 10 days were amazing. The vacation was extremely beneficial as it allowed me to clear my mind and relax. I gained clarity on why I work as hard as I do and I feel more motivated than ever to work and succeed. And if that wasn’t enough, the marketing conference supercharged me even more!
I’m telling you, if you are an entrepreneur or someone looking to succeed in life go to as many conferences or summits as you can. Not only are they full of industry professionals who have condensed year’s worth of knowledge and experiences into small presentations, but they boost motivation so much.
Yeah, yeah I know they can be expensive, but the ROI is well worth it. And if you are still not convinced, check out meetup.com and attend some of the free ones around your area.
Anyways back to the grind…See you in 10 days!
Cheers to success!