DOING A TOTAL MAKEOVER

So the new year is upon us and I am sure all of us are ready for a fresh start. Wash away 2017 and say hello to 2018, but I always wonder.

 

“Why do we wait for the new year to start something new?”

 

Can’t we just start any day of the year and start taking action today?

 

Whether we can or can’t doesn’t matter because, there is something about starting a new habit on day one of the new year.

 

What are your goals for 2018? Weight loss, career change, re-locate to a new city or country?

 

This year I decided to “really” think about my goals. Not just make regular goals, no no no!

 

We need to make S.M.A.R.T GOALS.

 

The goals that I have for myself are the same as 2017, however, I am only focussing on four for 2018.

 

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Frankly, these are goals that I have been working on for almost two years. I would argue that I have not done enough to see them through to the end.  However, others would argue that I have learned a lot in those years and therefore, I should also appreciate those experiences.

 

Which is true..

 

So this year, I would like to only focus on 4 goals because it will allow me to be a “laser focus” on those four goals. I came up with 4 goals because I am currently reading, Awaken the giant within. by Tony Robins.

 

One of the quotes that stood out to me in the book was.

 

“People overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they do in 10 years.”  By Tony Robbins

 

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it is so true because we have these amazing goals that we would like to accomplish in the coming months, however, we all expect to get them done in a year or less. So, when we do not see any results in a few months, we easily get discouraged and quit on them.

 

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Don’t get me wrong, there are some goals that can be accomplished in a year or less, however, there are some goals that will require more time and effort than we originally thought.

 

For example, I am also reading the book, The everything store, Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon by Brad Stone.

 

In the book, Stone tells the story of how Jeff Bezos created the multi-billion dollar company that was almost called, “The Everything Store.” It took Jeff Bezos almost 10 years to make Amazon a global company.

 

What’s even cooler is that Jeff Bezos knew that it would take about this long, if he kept an aggressive approach to growing the company by raising funds, buying smaller companies and making deals all over the world.

 

Yes, it is nice to make goals, however, it even better if we make S.M.A.R.T GOALS.

 

 

What are your goals for this year?
Can those goals be completed in under a year?
If not. How long will it take you?
What action will it take to complete those goals?

 

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Let me know guys and see you guys soon!!

 

DEMARCO

 

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BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

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You read and hear about it all the time. Where a successful entrepreneur talks about the day he decided to quit his day job and dedicate all his/her resources on their new business venture. For example, entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban who was working for a small software company and was fired after closing a big deal for his employer. We all know what happened to Mark Cuban after that..lol. The CEO and co-creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, dropped out of one of the most prestigious universities in the world to launch Facebook.

Yes, we all like to hear about the underdog stories, but no one likes to be the underdog. Noone likes to have their backs up against the wall and have a do or die attitude. Why? Because it’s extremely uncomfortable. and people do not like being uncomfortable. Myself included. I am scared to death of it, but I always remind myself this one quote.

“Nothing amazing ever happens when you are comfortable.”

Circumstances in my life have opened up my eyes and ears on how much I rely on institutions like schools and jobs to improve my quality of life. I figured that if I put in the time and work, I would be safe, secure and happy. (“well, that is what I was told growing up anyway.”) Then, I started to notice one inevitable fact. If I continue on the path that I am on right now, I will not be safe, secure and happy.

I am about to quit a job that I have been working there for 3 years now. The thought of leaving is scary because the job has silently conditioned me to believe that, “This is what I’m good at and no one else in the market wants to hire me. So, I should just be happy.”

I originally took this job as a way to pay bills until my side hustles were profitable enough for me to quit. Then the days turned into weeks, the weeks turned into months and the months turned into years. In addition to that, when you have income coming in (Just enough money to pay the bills) you get complacent and comfortable. “That’s what happened to me.”

There wasn’t any urgency to getting my side hustles back up and running again. I’d stayed at this job for the last three years unhappy, unappreciated, and underemployed. All because I did not believe in myself to improve my quality of life. Instead, I “expected” my job and my employer to do it for me.

I can only speak for myself about this matter, however, I honestly believe that if you stay in a location or situation long enough, you start to believe that, “There is nothing beyond this point and this is who I am and what I know.” It gets especially even harder when we rely on other people and institutions to do the work for us. At this point, we are so reactive at work, that we do not bother to be proactive in our personal lives.

“If you work 8 hours a day and you come home and do not work on your own goals. You are not tired, you are uninspired.”

Now, when you add the length of time you invested in a company, the rejection letters from other jobs in the market place (Because you no longer wish to work there anymore), and the constant nagging from the media about how scarce the job market is, then you really start to believe that there is nothing else out there for you.

So let’s be real about this for a minute. The majority of the people out there are content and satisfied with that reality. They have no problem with coming into work and doing their one particular job. and then going home right after.

I Just want to go on record, that there’s nothing wrong with these people nor do I think that in any way I’m superior to this type of thinking. I just feel like I would have a better chance of improving my life instead of allowing someone else to do it for me.

The fact is, the wealthiest people in the world are self-employed. Not only are they self-employed, but they understood that in order to make changes in their lives they would have to take back control of their money, time, and resources. They also understand that doing one particular job is not enough to make a difference. Most importantly, the mega-successful understand that no one else other than themselves will create the quality of life they want. So, they set out to create it for themselves.

 

 

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For example, George Lucas who is the creator of Star Wars. During the making of Star Wars, George Lucas and company spent all the money the movie studio gave them to make Star Wars.  George Lucas approached the movie studio for more money to finance the rest of the movie, but he was denied. So, George Lucas took matters into his own hands and ended up maxing out all of his credit cards and selling his own home to finance the rest of the production of star wars. We all know how that turned out..lol

One of my favorite examples is Sylvester Stallone. He had struggled in school and as an up anc coming actor. His dream was to be a leading man in a big movie production, but the reality was, he had a speech problem and didn’t look like a leading man for a movie.  His solution to that problem was to create a script that he could play as the leading man.  It took Sylvester Stallone only three days to write the movie, Rocky. He approached movie studios with his new script in the hopes they will love it. The movie studios loved the script, but they did not love Sylvester Stallone being Rocky. Long story short, he eventually got the part, but it required Stallone to write his own script with him being a leading man. No other movie. the studio was going to do that for him.

What I am trying to say is, no one is looking out for your best interests. No one cares about how much money you are making to pay your bills, no one cares if you have enough time to spend with your family. If you think the government, schools or your employer will improve your quality of life for being a good citizen, worker or student. Then, do not hold your breath for too long.

 

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ARE YOU JUDGING PEOPLE?

So, are you judging people because they do not share your goals, vision or plans.  
So, are you judging people because they do not share your goals, vision or plans.

So, are you judging people because they do not share your goals, vision or plans.

I have a client that I see every now and then. Our first encounter was a few months ago. We were doing small talk in order to make the transaction less awkward.

She decided to mention that she is doing some sort of business on the side and that I might be interested in the business venture. I was curious, so I asked her what it was? She refused to tell me unless I met with her at a meeting location. I already knew what it was when she finished her sentenced. Muti Level Marketing.

How do I know? Because I was already involved with two different multi-level marketing companies before.

Despite what people say about them, I believe that it is a good system if you like the whole idea of recruiting people and making passive income. Who doesn’t like passive income?! I even invested my own time and money and didn’t see much results. Doesn’t mean that It is a bad system, I guess it was not for me then and It is still not for me today.

So, I politely told her “No thank you. I am not interested in taking up any other projects because I have three at the moment, that is taking up my time.” (Pretty straightforward and to the point, right?!)

 

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She just kept pushing, I was already getting annoyed with this lady. And guys, if you ever meet me, I cannot hide my emotions. When I get annoyed, you can easily tell by looking at me, I am annoyed. No poker face here..lol

We still exchange contact information, if she needed any further assistance from either me or my employer. Then I start getting the calls and text messages. I knew it was her at first, so I ignored them. (That was the worst thing I could have done). Then she kept calling more. Finally, I answered and spoke with her for a while.

She wanted to tell me about this great business idea and that she could only tell me in person. And I was not about to drop my things and meet this woman and waste my time. Then her boss or manager started talking to me over the phone as well. He also tried to butter me up about the business venture. So, I asked, What’s the service or the product? Same answer as my client. (She was trained well..lol). From there, I was annoyed and simply said, “I am not interested.”

Done.

A few months ago, I ran into her again and it was good to see her because she is a nice lady. She asked me again about her business venture and again I told her no. ( She is persistent, I will give her that..lol)

Then she said, “you are closed minded.” After that statement, I was completely shut off. She was talking for a while and quite honestly, I have no ideas what she was saying because I was uber annoyed and frustrated with her at this point.

The point of this story is not to talk bad about the lady, is to remind ourselves that just because a person does not share our same goals, plans, or vision. They are not closed minded! They have other goals, vision, and plans for themselves. Even if you do not find their goals as fascinating. as yours, it’s still their decision.

I had to learn this years ago and I am re-learning this again. Lately, my goal, vision, and plan are to blog and travel the world. The reality is, not everyone wants to travel and write blogs. Just because I come across someone who does not share that goal, does not make the inferior to me.

So, the next time someone does not share your goals, vision, and pans. Do not write them off like my client did to me. Respect their decision and tell them, “That’s awesome! Do you have a blog or a social media account so that I can follow your journey?” Support them, encourage them!!

That’s how you network!!!

DeMarco.

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LOW VISION TECH REVIEW

Hey, everyone, I hope all of you are doing well today.

 

Today it is HUMPDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
Haha, I sound like I just said the secret word on the Pee Wee Herman’s playhouse…lol
HUMPDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

 

Okay, but for real now guys. Every Wednesday on my blog, I will feature a new product, tutorial, how to videos, life hacks, and accessibility settings to help the low vision and blind community with sighted challenges.

On a side note. When I am writing, I am always listening to music to inspire and motivate me. Right now I am listening to “Wanna be Startin something” by Micheal Jackson. I believe this was the famous album that had thriller and won 7 Grammy’s..lol wow. Great album. Check it out HERE

On to the tech post.

Today I have the myth the legend, Sam from the Blind Life. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

He has a great YouTube channel which you should subscribe to because; he has some pretty impressive reviews for the low vision and blind community. Sam is also legally blind so, hearing his reviews on products made for the low vision and blind community, are really cool. I personally like Sam’s reviews because they are coming from first-hand experiences from a person with low vision.

Check out this review that Sam did on the New Readit Scholar HD. This is a newer and updated portable CCTV. Looks awesome. Do you guys remember the big ones we used to have in class? I wasn’t sure if I was reading a paper or doing a CatScan on someone..haha laugh

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Why having personal success is vital for your well being.

Why having personal success is vital for your well being.

For the last last 7 years, I have been on a path to be my own boss and a self-made entrepreneur.  The thought never really crossed my mind up until I was working for At&t.  If it wasn’t for At&t being such a horrible place to work for and then later on getting fired, I may have ended up in a dark place.  The pain was so bad, that it forced me to reconsider my options.  I wasn’t clear exactly what I wanted to do, but I did know for a fact, working for someone else wasn’t for me.

During those years, I have tried several business attempts and have experienced more failures than an average man is willing to endure in their lifetime. I mean for real man..haha.

When those moments do happen, I feel pretty low and sorry for myself for even trying. But then I start thinking about all my heroes growing up.

Grant Cardone was a drug and alcohol addict in his 20’s before he became muti-millionaire in sales and real estate.

Dave Ramsey went bankrupt twice before he became a millionaire.

Sylvester Stallone couldn’t find a stable job or acting gig before Rocky.

Micheal Jordon has admitted that teammates would pass him the ball for the winning game shot and missed. But because of those misses, It allowed him to hold 5 championship rings.

George Lucas had to mortgage his house in order to finish Star Wars; because the studio would not give him any more money to finish the film.

Jeff Bezos the founder of Amazon had people laughing at him when he was selling books online from his garage in the 90’s

 

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Are you worthy to achieve your goals?  AM I WORTHY?

 

Wanting to be your own boss may not be your dream, but I am pretty sure there is something that you would like to accomplish in the near future. Without a target to shoot for or a purpose to drive us, we will have an emptyness inside that we will try to fill with material things.

I heard a travel podcast the other day and the host was saying, “If you want to travel or all of sudden you have the itch to travel around the world. Then do it! It is necessary for your well being to do it. Traveling may very well be the next step of your evolution for your life and therefore, it is necessary that you do it!”

Like I said, maybe traveling or being your own boss may not be your next goal, but I am willing to bet the farm you have some sort of goals that you would like to follow through. You may not realize it at the moment, but working towards that goal may be the next stage of your evolutionary life.  Look at the questions below and write down your answers on a piece of paper or put it in your phone to look at.

In order for me to grow in my personal life, I need to (FILL IN THE BLANK)

 

What goals have I been thinking about lately that could improve the quality of my life?

 

What goals have been keeping me up at night and not allowing me sleep?

 

When I complete this goal, my life will be better in terms of (FILL IN THE BLANK)

 

Don’t settle guys and always keep pushing. When life pushes you down, you get back up and tell life…

“You hit like a B…….! haha

 

DEMARCO

 

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SEPT 2017 ONLINE STORE REPORT

 

Hey everyone, Low Vision Guy here with another post. This post is a little different than my previous posts. I will start posting monthly reports of a new Shopify store that I opened up in July 2017.

As you already know. I am visually impaired and as a result, getting around is pretty much limited. I can get around via public transportation or Uber. But I would also like to work from home or anywhere in the world. That is why I created the Low Vision Guy blog and most recently, an E-commerce site called SIMPLEMITTS.COM. The whole purpose of these projects is to create more income by having remote micro businesses.

I look forward to learning and mastering this topic. Once I do, I would love to show the blind and low vision community how to do the same thing. Why? Because we (the Low vision and Blind community) rely on transportation, convenience, and the majority of the time, the assistance of others. So, I want to take back my freedom and start something from scratch and show you guys how to do the same 😉

Some of you will say, “It’s a lot of work to run your own business. Frankly, I rather work hard to run MY OWN BUSINESS than run someone else’s! Think about that.

Shopify monthly report for SEPT 2017

If you do not know what a Shopify account is, let me explain. Shopify is one of many E-commerce sites that lets anybody create an online store. You can have a store to sell almost anything. Whatever your device or product is, Shopify can cater to that.

With low entry fees when it comes to opening an online store, it’s a no-brainer that it is a lot cheaper than leasing out space at a mall or having a little kiosk. The newspaper keeps reporting that stores are having a hard time making their sales quotas, due to heavy competition from Amazon, Walmart, and overseas wholesalers

With Shopify, you only pay for the monthly plan that best fits your needs. There is no contract, but there is a discount if you do pay in a lump sum. Shopify has over 500,000 users and it safe to say that micro businesses are here to stay in America.

My business model: Drop Shipping:

Drop shipping is where you open up an online store with “no” inventory. Once a customer makes a purchase, you go to the vendor, buy the product and send it to your customer.
Easy, right? Well for now anyway. Once I start to get more orders, I will look for another method to fulfill them. So far, I notice that the bulk of my time is getting customers to the store.

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This is my breakdown for last month

I ran 5 Facebook Adds
I spent $.20.35 for the month
I reached 405 people.
I got 0 likes on my Business Facebook page.
I got 0 clicks on my website
1 got 0 sale

This is a hard to write but I have to do it anyway; because I promised myself and to my readers that no matter how good or how bad a month will be, it’s important to document these monthly reports.

This past month was garbage. It was garbage because I learned a valuable lesson. “Do not play with the business money!!”

This past month I was broke and had no other income coming in, so I had to use the money that I set aside to for facebook adds. Once I started using the money, I used up all the money. With the promise that I will pay myself back ;(. The results, I did not pay myself back. I know man! I know!! Trust me!

As a result, I could not run any facebook adds as planned so I had to rely on using Instagram. Between Facebook and Instagram, I have about 300 followers. With Instagram, I can see the number fluctuate up and down with all my posts, however, with Facebook, the needle does not move unless I pay Facebook to advertise for me.

I have a friend who mentioned to me the other day that there is a rumor going around on the internet that Facebook will hide your content to your followers and potential clients. They do this in order for you to be convinced that you need to purchase facebook adds.

I can see his point because I post at least three times a day and I barely see any changes to my Facebook page. The only time I do see some activity is when I pay Facebook to boost my page or a post that I created. On the other hand, when I post on Instagram, I do see the results there a lot quicker. I see the likes and the followers almost Immediately

So I invested in a course that will help me grow my Facebook pages, however, my execution has been slow..lol.
No excuses, I paid the money, so of course, I need reinvest into the time and start making it work for myself.

Where I got the sale:

I had only one sale from a client who trains at the gym where I work. I have to be careful because the gym will see me as competition for selling different gear other than what they are selling.

That is why my store is great because I have options for people who are beginners all the way to people who are advance. Most importantly, people can stretch out their money a lot further on my site than when they walk into a gym with limited supply.

Aside from making that sale, the other good thing was that my first customer confirmed that shopping for gloves was easier than the majority of sites she has been on. For example, she saw what category she fell into. Once there, she did not have to worry about whether these were the right gloves or not. All she had to worry about is the color she wanted.

An update on the sale:

2 weeks after she has been using the gloves, she confirmed that she loves the gloves and that they were a great upgrade from the pair she owned previously.

So the proof of concept works!! yay!!!!

I also bought some inventory to have for better pictures and make reviews on them. I made my first review here

WATCH MY REVIEW ON TITLE BOXING’S GEL GLOVES.

When I go on Youtube to look up reviews on boxing equipment, I would always run into a low-quality video review. There are some good ones, but you would really need to look for them. So I figured I can do a better than that. I took the same platform as the guys who do tech reviews on youtube and applied those foundations to make my own review.

I know I need a little work, however, the more videos I do, the better I will get. So, I figured that I can combine the two and make great videos. The first video took me a while and I almost wanted to quit, but I did some push-ups and punch the punching bag until I finished the video.

 

WHAT I LEARNED

-Not use the business money
-Just posting on Facebook is not as easy as posting on Instagram
-The concept of my store was validated by my first sale.
-Learned to make a product review on Imovie

GOALS FOR NEXT MONTH

-Make 10 sales
-Reach 200 followers on Facebook and Instagram
-Create 5 trainers package.

Due by 11/11/2017

Let’s see how I do. Let me know what are you guys working on!!!!

DeMarco

Low Vision Guy

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET YOUR MIND RIGHT!

Over a week ago I heard a lecture from the world-renowned TONY ROBBINS. If you do not know who TONY ROBBINS is, then please check him out on youtube or buy some of his books. Tony went from being a janitor in his late teens to now making almost $6 billion dollars a year with his 22 companies that he oversees.

In this lecture that I found on Youtube, I was hearing Tony talking about being in the RIGHT STATE OF MIND. Many of us are not in the right state of mind because we are so busy with life and frankly, where does one find the time to get in the right state of mind?

Why is it important to be in a good state of mind? Having a good state of mind allows us to reduce our stress, think more clearly and make better decisions about our lives. Most importantly, we are more pleasant to be around. Have you ever been around someone who constantly complains, worries, has social anxiety or just makes you uncomfortable to be around? The fact is, we all have problems, but some of us do a better job handling it better than others.

We are all looking to be in a good state of mind, however, the act of doing it could be the problem. For example, after having a long week at work, we are ready for the weekend so that we can hit the clubs or the bars. For some people being in a good state of mind is drinking and getting wasted to release the stress of work and life.

Another example would be people using drugs to get into that state of mind. I have known people to take some pretty heavy stuff to get in their so-called “state of mind.” Those same people will justify it up and down why they need to do it. Life, kids, bills, work, etc.

TONY ROBBINS made it very clear and straight to the point. If you have to ingest and consume substances to get you in a better state of mind, then your reality sucks! It’s SO TRUE!!!! When I pause for a moment and think about the people who rely on these substances to get in a good state of mind, they usually are big complainers, conformist, and unmotivated individuals.

Don’t get me wrong, I have had my fair share of drinks in the past, and when I heard Tony talk about this subject. It just made perfect sense. The times I was partying and drinking was mostly because I was so unhappy with my work and life balance.

So how do I find my happy place without damaging my health DeMarco?! Well, thankfully, there are natural and organic ways where one can find this much-needed state of mind. We can do. one of the following in no particular order…

Medatation
Exercise
Yoga
Serving a good cause
Being social at a mixer or networking event.
Chanting in a Buddhist meeting
Follow a religion you admire and respect.

I was telling this to a co-worker on how we can still get the same state of mind without drinking and he looked at me like I was crazy. It is easy for him to drink and smoke weed instead of going to the gym and putting some work in.

See, the act of doing something is not the reward, the reward comes from after we do that activity. Does that make sense? Re-read that sentence again!

For example, I don’t want to take the time to drink 5 beers, what I do want is the buzz that I get from drinking 5 beers. I want the feeling and comfort of drinking 5 beers. I am looking for that relaxed state of mind as a result of drinking 5 beers. Get it!!!!

So what if we can find an activity that will give us the same results as drinking 5 beers and still put us in the right state of mind?

With that question in mind? I asked a few people that I worked with and everybody said: “Yes, of course.” But when it came to the time of thinking of an activity or applying it, they were also quick to dismiss it.

For example, studies show that people who exercise at least 3 times a week are likely to be happier and have a better outlook on life. Cool right?!

At work for example, when I feel antsy, stressed or overwhelmed. I go outside for a walk, stretch, jump up and down, raise my hands above my head as if I am trying to touch the sun. Once I am done, I feel GREAT!!! I got some blood circulation going. I feel looser for stretching and feel accomplished because I had a little power walk to wake me up.

My state of mind is not completely clear or where I want it to be, however, it is a lot closer where I would like it to be and I feel much better when I go back inside.

Or, I can just smoke a cigarette and go on social media for my 15-minute break…lol

What do you guys think?

 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR PHONE INTO A BIG CLOCK

Hey, everyone, I hope all of you are doing well today.

Today it is HUMPDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
Haha, I sound like I just said the secret word on the Pee Wee Herman’s playhouse…lol
HUMPDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!

Okay, but for real now guys. Every Wednesday on my blog, I will feature a new product, tutorial, how to videos, life hacks, and accessibility settings to help the low vision and blind community deal with limited vision on our terms.

On a side note. When I am writing, I am always listening to music to inspire and motivate me. If you like 90’s R&B, then the Pandora station if Usher is awesome. Nowadays, I really do not hear that much R&B, so when I do hear it, I definitely appreciate it. Next time you are listening to your streaming app, try 90’S R&B.

On to the tech post.

Today I have the myth the legend, SAM FROM THE BLIND SPOT. He has a great youtube channel which you should subscribe to because; he has some pretty impressive reviews for the low vision and blind community. Sam is also legally blind so, hearing his reviews on products made for the low vision and blind community which makes him a credible source. I find his videos help when I want to purchase low vision needs or looking for a life hack to deal with low vision living.

In this video, SAM FROM THE BLIND SPOT will show you how to make your regular Android Phone into a big CLOCK.

Check out the video here and enjoy:

MY ONLINE STORE JULY REPORT

Hey everyone, Low Vision Guy here with another post.

This post is a little different. I will start posting monthly reports of a new Shopify store that I opened up a month ago.

As you already know. I am visually impaired and as a result, getting around is pretty much limited. I can get around via public transportation or Uber. But I would also like to work from home or anywhere in the world. That is why I created the Low Vision Guy blog and most recently, an E-commerce site called SIMPLEMITTS.COM

The whole purpose of these projects is to create more freedom and make my own schedule. I regularly hear from people (mostly people who are lazy.) that it is a lot of work to run your own business. Frankly, I rather work hard to run MY OWN BUSINESS than run someone else’s! Think about that.

 

Shopify monthly report for July 2017

So, it has been about a month since I had my Shopify account. If you do not know what a Shopify account is, let me explain.

Shopify is one of many E-commerce sites that lets anybody create an online store. You can have a store to sell almost anything. Whatever your device or product is, Shopify can cater to that.

With low entry fees when it comes to opening an online store, it’s a no brainer that it is a lot cheaper than leasing out space at a mall or having a little kiosk. The newspaper keeps reporting that stores are having a hard time making their sales quotas, due to heavy competition from Amazon, Walmart and over seas wholesale online stores.

With Shopify, you only pay for the monthly plan that best fits your needs. There is no contract, but there is a discount if you do pay in a lump sum. Shopify has over 500,000 users and it safe to say that micro business is here to stay in America.

My business model: Drop Shipping:

 

Drop shipping is where you open up an online store with “no” inventory. Once a customer makes a purchase, you go to the vendor, buy the product and send it to your customer.

Easy, right? Well for now anyway. Once I start to get more orders, I will look for another method to fulfill them. So far, I notice that the bulk of my time is getting customers to the store.

My store and what I am selling:

 

My store is called SIMPLEMITTS.COM In this store, I am selling boxing gloves to consumers who have no idea how or where to buy gloves.

The majority of the consumers automatically go to Amazon, Walmart, Target or Dicks Sporting Goods to try to find a good pair of gloves.

I figured that I could build a site just like how shoe companies built their websites.

 

“Shop for the right occasion.”

 

The other product that I am selling is training videos to personal trainers on how to do boxing and kickboxing workouts. Just like how there are certifications on how to be a yoga instructor or a TRX instructor, I believe that I have the experience and the knowledge to teach someone to be a boxing mitt instructor. These videos will be digital products versus the traditional physical products. Think of them as on demand videos. Download them to your computer or phone.

 

My niche market: I have two types of clients.

 

Before you start selling, you need to be very clear who you are selling too. Without that, then you are running in the dark with a flashlight.

Client #1

My clients are between the ages of 20 and 45 both male and female. In this market, there always seem to be more women than men. I assume it is because of the fitness appeal of doing boxing exercises. Either way, it does not make sense to market people who are too young or too old.

Client #2

The other clients are personal trainers and fitness instructors. Along with the digital products; I am also going to sell trainers equipment. Like for example, jump ropes, training pads and more.

Now that I know my product and clients, It’s time to market and find them.

Selling and Marketing:

 

I have been in sales for almost 15 years. Most of my experience is face to face and over the phone. I believe that my best quality is talking and connecting with people. So, when it comes to sales, I can connect with people, build rapport and make a sale with hardly any effort. (Granted, it doesn’t always work, but at least they know my name when they come back.)

When it comes to selling online, it’s not harder; it’s just different. It’s a different style, and approach. I believe the same fundamental elements of selling are still there. Even though I know this, the execution is harder than I thought.

Marketing: Facebook adds.

 

I have heard a lot of great things about Facebook advertising. The fact that Facebook has BILLIONS of users every month from around the world is amazing. Not only that, without people knowing, Facebook is collecting every little bit of data about you so that they can sell it back to marketers.

With the information that you have generously given to Facebook, I was able to make a Facebook Add which I was able to customize and target to the type of client that will buy my product. Makes no sense to target teenagers if they do not meet my demographic. Don’t you agree?

It’s amazing how Facebook Adds can help a business advertise. Now I understand why the print publication is having a hard time selling add spaces to small and large business. I can stretch out a dollar a lot more with Facebook’s data.

 

This is how it works:

 

You can put age, gender, region, interest and more. What’s even cooler is that if you are on a budget, you can set your daily adds to charge you $1 a day. Bare in mind; you pay for what you get. The more money you put down, the more you get out of it. In my case, I only had a budget of $5 a day. With $5 a day, I was able to reach about 800 people per day. If I had set my budget to $1 a day, it would have only reached 300 people per day. Still, these are pretty good numbers to me. Your Facebook adds is not just being shown to 300 random people. It’s being shown to exactly 300 potential customers who “fit” your demographic

 

Okay…

We know our product:
We know our market:
We know our customer:
We know where to find our customer:
we know how much our marketing budget is:

It’s time to post….

This is the part that I am struggling with. For these Facebook Adds to be successful, you need to have a great photo or video and engaging call to action lettering.

The digital add has to be so good, that it will make you want to click on it and buy.

Here are my number so far with Facebook Adds.

I ran 7 Facebook Adds
I spent $42.36 for the month
I reached 5,314 people.
I got 93 likes on my Business Facebook page.
I got 22 clicks on my website
$0 sales
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The numbers may seem discouraging, but I feel like this is the price for learning. Compared to what college and universities cost these days. I happily accept these numbers. 😉

Instagram marketing:

 

My second approach to marketing is using Instagram. Facebook owns Instagram, So, when you pay for an add on Facebook, it also shows to the users on Instagram as well. Which I think it’s a plus because I do not have to spend more money to reach more people on a different platform.

Instagram is a little bit harder for me because there are different variables to consider when using another social media platform.

 

Picture quality:

 

First of all, you need to make sure you have good image quality. I have noticed that the accounts with the highest amount of likes and following are the ones with the best picture and video content. If you are someone that likes to take pictures and play with the filters than this will be a great fit for you. On the other side of the coin, if you are someone like me that takes pictures once in a blue moon, then you will have some challenges.

 

#Hashtags (keywords)

 

Second, you need to make sure you are using the correct Hashtags. Hashtags are keywords to target your audience. For me, it will be #Boxing #Kickboxing and #BoxingGloves. These keywords are crucial for my business because this will target my ideal customer back to my page.

 

Consistency:

Third, You need to post pretty regularly on all your social media platforms. If you post one bad quality photo per day then you will have less traffic and by default less interest on your page. The top accounts that do well post at least three photos or videos per day; and of course, they are the highest quality post you will find on the internet.

The best way to look at Social Media and to make sure you are getting the results you want. You have to treat it like a plant.
You have to give it daily care and water it every single day for your plant to grow. Right?

Social media is the same thing. If you do not nurture and water your social platforms, then they will not grow. If your platforms cannot grow, then your brand will not grow.

 

What I learned:

 

X-I learned how to build an online store. Shopify makes it real easy to create an online store. I have not tried the other services out there. However, I am happy with Shopify and their customer service support.

-Before I put a product out there, I need to do my market research and see what other retailers are selling the same product for. If you are not careful, then your potential customer can easily search and buy the same product somewhere cheaper.

-I learned how to launch Facebook adds. I am still in the beginning stages of it. However, I am pretty sure the more I do it, the better I will get.

-I need to treat social media like plants. If I do not water them daily, then they will not grow. Same concept here. I need to spend at least an hour a day to maintain my social media presence. Posting on social media can reduce my marketing cost and will help me build a funnel of potential customers going forward.

-I need to publish high-quality pictures. The generic screen shots of the products are not enough. So, I ordered some inventory to the house. When they arrive, I will do a product review. Hopefully, that will generate more traffic.

Well, I hope for the 2nd month I will have better numbers to report. Thanks for reading the post and look forward to hearing from you soon!!

DeMarco

THE VOICES IN OUR HEAD

Hey Peeps.

 

The biggest enemy we face is not our boss, spouse, friends, or even your business competitor. It’s the person that lives between your ears is who you should concern yourself with. Why? Let me explain.

As I reflect on my life, my families lives, and my role models that I aspire to be like. I notice that we all have little voices in our heads that for some darn reason, it has the audacity to doubt us. No matter how much work, research, preparation and money we invest in something; the little voice between our ears still has something to say about it.

I am willing to bet that if I ask 100 people if they have any goals that they would like to achieve? 100 out of 100 would say yes!!!

Now, If I ask the same 100 people a couple of years later if they achieved their goals? 70% would say “No” and given up on their goals, 29% would say “No” but have not given up on their goals, and 1% would say “Yes” that they have completed their goals and have moved on to something else.

During the process of achieving your goals, the little voice in our head is saying…

“Hey, you sure you can do this?”

“Now remember, if this doesn’t work out and people laugh at you, don’t say that I didn’t warn you.”

“Why do you want to try something new?  You know you like you boss (sometimes). The job is not so bad; you get two weeks off a year for vacation time and do not forget, every Friday it’s pizza day at the office. Yay!!. Aren’t those good enough reasons to stay exactly where you are comfortable?

The little voice in our head doesn’t like change, and as a result, it convinces us that you shouldn’t either.

For example, have you ever had a great idea that you couldn’t wait to tell your friends and family about?
Now, have you ever experienced a great idea that lost it’s appeal or excitement because of all the “what if’s”?

When it comes to our goals, for some reason, we assume that it will be a walk in the park with no obstacles or struggle in sight. We do not think about the paperwork we need to file, the bills we need to pay, the marketing we need to do, the research we have to do, the inventory we need to invest in, the rejections we will encounter, the competition in the market and more. Thinking about all this, would make you wonder why would someone even bother to go through all this trouble for an idea?

And do not forget, that voice is still there through out the good and the bad. The little voice in our head is like a tick eating away at a log cabin.

You may think, “It’s a tick, it will take that tick years maybe even decades, to devour that cabin.” Think about this: We are the log cabin, and that tick is the little voice in our heads eating away at us. It will gradually, eat away at our confidence, self-esteem, dreams, ambition, and even our self-respect.

Before you know it, there are ticks everywhere eating away at our foundations.

So, it brings me back to why I like to read about people who have made their goals and dreams into a reality. Because like us, they also have those little voices in their heads too, but the difference between them and other people, is that they take action anyway.

We need to take action despite all the odds, all the people telling us no, get a regular job, buy a house, live somewhere with cheap taxes, quit your dreams because you are not young anymore and you need to start thinking about your future and so on.

I am not sure what dreams you have abandoned or what goals you are approaching half heartily; just keep in mind that the little voices in our head will never go away. It will be there in your worst and best of times. If that is the case, might as well work on something that is worth working on.
Don’t you agree

Randy Coutre said it best; “The doubt never goes away, you just learn to compete with it.”

For ways to deal with your little voice, check out my article here.

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