Work Bitch Diaries – Day 1

Title may be a bit aggressive but, it is not meant to be offensive although, the name of my blog should say it all. This is really a platform for me and, you to ask each other questions, motivate and, help get through the work day. Sometimes you just need a little extra boost of support and, this is exactly that!

I made a facebook group awhile ago called, ” The Entrepreneur Life.” I made it kind of as an extended blog but, also a platform where we could help each other. I also, have a page for my blog, That’s A Bang Out Of Order and, one to promote products I’m selling on Amazon called, Ethical & Handmade Children’s Toys @ethicallyinclined . I like the idea that you all would be able to reach me and, vice versa through another platform. You can also, tweet me @thatsabang and, on instagram @thatsabangsfitme. I have about five instagrams because they all focus on different platforms. I will have everything listed below.


Okay, now that we have that all out of the way I wanted to chat a little bit about working at home. I think I have beaten this subject down quite a bit in past blog posts. I have posted about scheduling etc.. but, working at home is challenging and, I like to talk to you all about it as much as possible. There is a bit of a stigma on social media that working from home is so easy and, you constantly have time to do everything. Just like a 9-5 job, I too need to put in work hours during the week and, it can tend to get insane. I will find myself working on my laptop for five to six hours at a time and, I wonder what happened to the day. Or, I am listing items all day, working on social media posts, scheduling social media/blog/youtube videos, editing a video and, the work is literally endless. I could work 24 hours a day for a month and, still not be where I want to be business wise. All of these things tend to scatter in my head and, some days I struggle with which one to begin with. Although, they are all businesses they are still semi-creative and, you really need to be in the right mindset. Today I am blogging because I woke up and, that is exactly what I wanted to. It is almost like craving a type of food you have to have it and, really want it. Working tends to take priority over everything. Yes, I have been known to be a bit of a workaholic. The phrase, “The struggle is real,” is not really wrong it just depends on what struggle you are talking about. May looks like it is going to be two weeks of filming hopefully, two-three videos a day and, then the next two weeks of editing. Working on 4 blog posts three days a week and, working out. I have a month to get it together before I start applying to work as a waitress to prepare for Hawaii expenses. It is a bit stressful but, it is kind of exciting that everything is so up in the air. How do you all handle working from home? Are you able to balance your everyday life with your work life? Do you schedule everything out or go with the flow?

This week has been a bit odd for me I feel like I have been slacking pretty hard which, never happens. It’s funny, I’m not really slacking I’m just not working the forty plus hours a week that I have been putting in. If I am hanging out with friends, family or, doing something besides working I feel a bit guilty. I know it takes five years to grow a successful business and, I have three that I am trying to grow plus, a social media following. I really need to be present everyday for my businesses succeed but, I also, don’t want to neglect myself or, others in my life. And, little things like laundry or cleaning; or, big things like my health and, fitness. Sitting at a desk for 5-8 hours a day does not help my health or, fitness. I have been working out like crazy which, I will talk about in a fitness post. I try to go on walks or, take a break from the laptop because it literally sucks up my time. These next couple of weeks are going to be super busy however, that is my favorite part of my businesses. I love putting in the work to help them grow and, really paying attention to what I can do better and, rework my business model. Come visit me on my Facebook group or, Instagram so, we can help each other on our work bitch weeks!

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

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How Am I juggling All My Jobs

 

Before, I start out with scheduling and, everything I do not by any means have this all figured out. I am constantly evaluating what I can do to be more efficient and, how I am really going to get everything done. I have weeks were I get so much done an, others where I just can’t seem to get out of my own way.  If you work at home I’m sure you go through the same struggle you have a bunch of laundry to do or, a room to clean but, you prioritize your business or vice versa. It’s almost like a double edged sword because, until your business is becoming an extremely profitable one you, spend any free time on it if, you are like me.

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So, you don’t actually allocate enough time for simple things like cleaning etc.. Lately, I have learned to balance it better and, wake up earlier. If, I want to be successful I need to put time into each business and, not neglect any of the businesses. Right now, I have my Amazon Business, eBay, Poshmark, Blog, YouTube Channel an, Freelancing jobs. I mean one of them is going to get neglected and, it happens more often then I’ like to admit.  I have found that scheduling is the best way to prevent any neglect from the business to happen. One mistake I make daily is that I try to fit each business in on one day. Instead, I need to dedicate one day a week for each or, one in the morning and, one in the evening. This is my third blog post that I am writing today and, I woke up around 7:00 a.m. it’s almost 1 p.m. It sometimes takes me awhile to write my posts especially if I want to post great and, informative content for you all to read; and, of course that is the only type of content that I want post.

        

I need to write about fourteen articles a week so, I am always two weeks ahead of myself. It is not always easy to come up with fourteen well written articles without burning yourself out.  What I have done is researched questions people are asking and, then I will make up a bunch of drafts that I need to complete in the next couple of weeks. This way I am not constantly searching for content to write. For most bloggers that are writing for their audience they base their posts on what is going on that week. I try to have a good mix of both.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

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Tips From The Brain Of An Amazon FBA Seller

I would say being an Amazon FBA Seller is anything but, basic.  The perks of owning your own business also, comes with lots of headaches as well as, investing a fair share of your money. This is not said to discourage you but, you may be putting in forty hour weeks plus and, getting pennies if anything. Most sellers have a full time job while they are building up their Amazon business. Not having a full time job while building my Amazon business was a huge mistake on my part. Unless you have $50,000 you can invest right away and, not be hurt financially by investing this money you have some serious things to consider. If you are living on your own I strongly recommend staying at your job and, keep Amazon as a side hustle. Unfortunately, we all need money to survive and, this becomes a problem when you are starting a business that you will not make profit off of quickly. This is said for most businesses, it takes five years to actually see a profit. I am on my third year and, oh boy, is that accurate. I need many side hustles like Freelancing to make money and, most of my money gets invested back in Amazon. Frustration does not even describe how you feel when you watch all your money go back into your business and, you are silently crying on the inside. On one hand you know you are feeding your business to help you in the future and, on the other hand it’s like where did all my money go. You will 100% question yourself and, don’t expect friends and, family to be supportive at first they will think you’re literally sitting around doing nothing all day. Especially, as an FBA seller when you ship out your boxes to Amazon they won’t see your hustle all the time and, you’re working mainly from home so, defiantly keep that in mind. The mental questioning really gets to you at some points but, that’s when you realize you are building a business and, it’s not easy. If building a business was easy everyone would be doing it instead, of working for other people. You will need mental clarity so, I suggest going to the gym, local coffee shop, moving outside to work on your porch , lots of music, watching a show while working and, walks. I try to get out of the house daily because you will go stir crazy.. The re-seller community is amazing on instagram and, they are a constant score of encouragement and, tips. The amount of gold they drop everyday on instagram is amazing!

Okay, onto the actual Amazon business. You need to get approved to sell on Amazon and, you will automatically be approved to sell books but, you must look up categories in the help and, ask for approval. They are cracking down on Amazon sometimes you have to pay to be approved for a certain category and, you most likely will not be able to sell brands like Nike which,  you would have to have gotten grandfathered into. Yes, this is a pain in the ass and, can really mess with you especially if you have clothing or, shoes you are trying to sell of a really popular name brand. Clothes & Shoes must be new if, you want to sell use clothing head over to ebay or, Poshmark because Amazon would probably kick you off and, you’d need to wait six months to get back on. Amazon will not hesitate to ban you if, you try to sell a restricted item etc. so, you need to make sure you are unrestricted before you even try to sell in a category other than books. Oh, and you are restricted from selling collectible books you have to get unrestricted in this category or, you books will be sitting collecting dust. You have to get unrestricted in DVDs, VHS, etc.. yup, they restrict you in basically everything. And, for most of these items you must have wholesale invoice they don’t except store receipts so yea, you may be restricted for awhile until you have a solid wholesaler that you purchase from.  Being an FBA seller is challenging but, can be worth it especially with ROI for books!

Things I forgot to consider when pricing my items are the fees that I will be taking on when selling this specific item. You have the fee for Amazon about $49.95/mo. Scanpower $69.95/mo. if you use it regularly every month I have been having to pay $0 which, means I need to get more books haha ( Insert monkey with hands over the eyes), $228 for AsellerTool/6months, the shipping fee for the items and, the percentage Amazon takes plus, the cost of the item. Yeah, it is a bit much and, can be a bit frustrating to have all these fees you are paying for. You also, need the scanners to actually figure how much the cost of the item is; see this link for a detailed explanation

( http://thatsabang.com/?p=511    ). This is why it has taken me three years to kind of catch up with my business because in equipment I’ve spent over $1,044 in equipment. To some people that is not a lot of money to me that took awhile to pay off plus, ink, paper, printer ( I recently got a new one a laser printer) and, the labels for the dymo label printer ( thank goodness this does not need ink!). Now take the fees that you pay for the year $599.4 (Amazon), $839.40 ( ScanPower), ASellertool ( $456) = $1,894.8 a year in just fees. This does not include the whammy of the storage fee that you get hit with if you items are over 365 days old I think this happens twice a year. You really have to keep up with this because you could spend even more money keeping your inventory at Amazon instead of sending it back to you. Unfortunately, this hit me kind of hard this year and, everytime UPS came with boxes and, boxes of books my heart sank and, I had mini panic attacks ( I still live with my parents for the time being and, they were not pleased to have the boxes in their house but, I don’t think they realized how displeased I was to have to pay to ship books/items sent back to me haha). This is why I emphasize knowing what categories you can sell in because sometimes they just hit you with sorry, you are now restricted in that category, ( learn from my mistakes!).  I will also, go into how important rank is in a minute so, hold on. You need to keep all these fees in mind when you’re pricing your item but, you also have to keep your pricing competitive.

Some FBA Sellers will make you very, very angry because the book could be worth $40 and, they’ll have it for $10. This happens so much it’s incredible how annoying some of the sellers are and, I don’t understand because they are barely making any money if any. Price wisely as, you don’t want to piss off other sellers but, you also, don’t want to price too high. Here is what I would normally do for very good or, good the new price would get slashed in half and, that’s how much I would price it at. If it’s ex-library or, acceptable condition I divide the price by 3. I will give you an example below because it sounds more complicated than it is.

Okay, so here is an example of a book that I have and, this is where you wil get 100% frustrated. This ranking is extremely good at over 800,000. That means for every 800,00 books purchased this book sells. The lower the rank the better! Now, you see that new the price is around $74 and, normally I would price my book used good or used very good at about $35. But, instead we have sellers who don’t understand the value of the book and, they priced it in the $9-$11 range. I don’t know who they think they are helping but, it’s not themselves… Right now, to make any money off of a book the lowest you can have it at is $10 becuase the fees went up as they do every year. Here is a prime example of how you should not price your books as a FBA Seller. FBA Seller’s are paying a fee for a reason; there are storage fees but, it’s also, to have Amazon Prime ( Two Day free shipping), available to your sellers. You can also, look at camel,camel,camel to see how often the item or book sells and, the range of prices they sell for. Okay, now into rank.. Oh my, rank can be a big problem because you want the lowest rank possible for a quick turnover. But, on the other hand you can luck out and, get a high ranking book that sells in a couple of months.. Ranking gives me a headache because I do gamble sometimes for books that I will make a large profit on and, the ranking is very high. In my experience it is not worth it look for low ranks because you want the fastest turn over as possible especially, when you are just starting out. Do not ignore the rank! Yes, when you are at a book sale you have to be able to look at the rank and, calculation of how much you will make off of the book in a matter of seconds. Most sellers know what their criteria is and, have their scanners set to beep if the book meets these standards. I personally don’t do this because I may miss a book that I can make a quick buck off of. It’s really up to the seller as, it is their preference.

I hope this helps you kind of get an idea what is like to be an FBA Seller and, I will be posting more so, stay tuned for those posts.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

 

 

 

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Airbnb: This is my favorite way to travel. While in Italy we saved so much money using Airbnb and stayed in an amzing apartment. Airbnb is much cheaper than a hotel and, you can filter what you need for your trip. You can get an entire house or, a room in a house. It’s customized to your needs.

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Ibotta: Clip coupons no more! This app has all the coupons you want minus the many hours of coupon clipping. I even saw 1% off ebay! Ibotta helps you save money on groceries, mobile shopping, travel and, so much more! You also get $10 just for signing up through my account. 

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10-11.5 hour Work Days

Hello Loves,

As I am listening to some tunes and, catching up on some blog writing I thought I’d chat with you all. This week has been a week of extremely hard work. No, I wasn’t digging any holes or, building a house but, I was building my eBay store. Between ebay ( which, to be  fair is getting most of my time), Amazon, Blogging and, YouTube I am a bit exhausted. I actually enjoy being this busy and, it is such a thrill to try to get these businesses to where I would like them to be. Reality is that I have at least three loads of laundry to wash, a dirty bathroom to clean and, a dirty room to clean. They aren’t disgusting but, it’s getting to be where I really need to clean but, where do I find the time… Well, considering that I find cleanness a necessity I need to prioritize. I talked on my instagram story about the importance of balancing work and, life when working from home. Honestly, I am actually really lucky I am single, live in my parents house and, have limited responsibilities. A lot of resellers that work from home are parents and, do not have as much as me to dedicate to their business yet, they are extremely successful. It is funny how much work I have actually been doing and, how much busier I am since opening up my eBay store. It is also, exciting and, a challenge that I am really to take on. Waking up earlier is going to have to happen for me and, utilizing my book to schedule. My number one priority is my health and, fitness which, I always make time for and, I would say the other ranking priority is my business where I need the money to support myself. Adding into my schedule will have to be laundry and, cleaning. I will also, be adding in daily walks and, yoga in the morning and, at night. Since I am sitting a lot or standing there isn’t constant movement like, walking which is a must for me. I thrive when I take walks and, do yoga. Giving my body energy through exercise will help me during my very long work days. Today, was a rare day where I went to the park with my family for lunch and, got to play frees-bee.  That is how I want me days to be, I work hard and, I play hard. I also, got some stuff done for both my Amazon and, eBay store and, hoping that some problems will be resolved. My parents helped me by doing some excel spreadsheet item inventory which, will be a big help when I go to list all of my items. I posted promotions in all my stores because I am looking to drive traffic to them. I have run a few ads for the first time on Amazon which, had seemed to be helping, I will have to look into the analytics. I also, took pictures of all the items that are going to be listed tomorrow on eBay. And, the freaking Long Term storage Fee for Amazon had me so salty this week when, I had to pay to ship items that didn’t sell back to my house. Needless to say there has been an influx of boxes and, a shortage of space which, is why all those items will be listed on eBay; I do not play around I got right to work unloading them and, listing them on eBay. There are a lot of item and, it will take me awhile but, rest assured I will have them all listed. That promoted my $1 off 4 books promotion going on in my eBay store right now! I have been so concentrated on my typing I didn’t hear the music turn off finally realized and, it’s back. Anyway, I want to make sure I am not just listing books this week so, I will tackle two of the Goodwill Bin bags that need to be listed and, half of one of the boxes in my office of clothes. In case you didn’t know any excess inventory you have laying around is called a dead pile, I do not want dead piles, dead piles equal money sitting around. Right now I have at least ten piles between my clothes, goodwill bin bags and, books that just came in. Ahhh….. That is way too many at most I would want one small dead pile in case of an emergency and, even that pile I wouldn’t have lying around for long. I averaged about 52.5 hours of work in the past five days. That is a rough estimate and, I somehow managed to have enough energy to make every single class at the gym that I go to Monday-Thursday! I don’t think I understood what tired was… Of course, I want these businesses to be successful so, I try all ways possible through social media to promote them. I made a news letter for my eBay store today because I felt I needed one. I will provide the picture below if you all would like to see it. Guess what is coming up in March? It’ book sale season! I am beyond excited and, a little nervous about juggling eBay and, Amazon during the book sale season. The challenge is quite compelling though, and, I just love doing both. One of my goals is to save up for a liquidation purchase of clothing that I can sell on both, ebay and, Amazon. No, I didn’t forget about Poshmark or, Vinted where I have been putting all the clothing/shoes I’m selling on eBay on that platform as well. Let me know if there is anything you’d like me to talk about when it comes to my businesses or, reselling. I will try to answer your questions in an article at least once a week. Although, I have been swamped I have drafted a bunch of posts when it comes to selling and, I will be posting them throughout the Spring and, Summer so, get on the email list where it will notify you when, a new post is up. Fashionista’s I haven’t forgotten about you I will be bringing you some posts in March as well!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Scanners Used By An Amazon FBA Seller

Hello,

Recently, I have been asked about scanners I use as an amazon fba seller. I chatted a little bit about it on my Instagram amazon_fba_seller and, decided I wanted to go into further detail on here. I started as an Amazon FBA seller about three years ago and, have had a bit of a slow start. Despite my best efforts to sell books an, venture into new items Amazon has been a bit of a challenge for me. The start up costs are expensive and, the pay back is defiantly worth it but, I have not had too much money to invest which is why my progress has gone a bit slow. I have recently venture into different items and, would like to learn how to purchase liquidation so, I am able to sell clothing etc. on Amazon. I have been following a lot of sellers who have been in the game longer and, are really hustling. If you all did not know I opened my ebay store three weeks ago and, have been listing away. If you want to check out my items that I have for sale I will leave a link below. Now that I think I have actually grasp selling on Amazon I want to give you what you have been asking in regards to scanners.

  • Cell Phone:

You already pay for it and, it is easy to download apps. I use Scanpower and, ASellertool. When the book sale season is not in progress Scanpower is the app I scan with and, when book sale season is in progress I use ASellerTool.

Scanpower: Used to scan inventory into Amazon and, scan products to be able to see if they are worth selling on Amazon. Scanpower has a new plan if you scan 42 items it is free. If you do not have a lot of money to work with this is great to use for the first couple of months. Scanpower does need the internet so, you will need a hotspot or, to sign into the internet where ever you are. Book sales normally have internet that you are able to use but, there are two times I had to borrow a hotspot because the internet and, reception didn’t work well. This is where the ASeller Tool comes into play.

http://www.scanpower.com/#_l_1x

ASellerTool: You can scan for live search on your phone or, have scanners with the data in them in which, you would not need the internet. The data is downloaded by you the night before the book sale. ASellerTool can be a bit pricey but, well worth it especially with how fast the scanners are pulling up items that you just scanned. It improved my scanning time at book sales by at least 60-70%.

http://www.asellertool.com/FBAScan.html

What scanners do you need?

Here are the ones I used as well as, pda. It took me about two years to save up to purchase them.

 

These are pdas

Dell Axim x51

Dell Axim x51v

Here are the scanners that I use:

You will also, need Compact Flash with at least 4GB so, it can fit all the data that needs to be stored when you are scanning to see how much a book is worth. I had no idea of the size that I needed and, then I talked to ASellerTool support at least two long conversations before even knowing that the 1GB I had was not going to work. Learn from my mistakes!

 

You will also, need a converter (CardReader) so, you get that data onto your CompactFlash

 

You are set to go to a book sale and, start to scan make sure you download the new data on your compactflash the night before a book sale or, you will not have the updated data and, your pricing won’t be accurate.

Here is where you can find book sales:

http://www.booksalefinder.com/

I will have more information coming your way. If you can let me know in the comments what you want to hear about that would be super helpful. Your questions can be turned into an entire article.

Have an enlightening and, adventurous day,

allie

 

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The Entrepreneur Life

,Follow my entrepreneur life on my facebook page The Entrepreneur Life. Here is my latest post I hope you all enjoy and, now I really am going to bed…

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It is so late I really need to got to bed but, I wanted to share with you where I am at for all my businesses in 2017. I just started selling on ebay and, my goal is to have about 300 items listed every week in 2017 which, is going to be a challenge but, one I am ready to work very hard for. My ebay isn’t getting too much attention but, with hard work, more listings and, learning I am hoping to increase my watchers to at least 20 for now but, I hope to have them in the hundreds or thousands by the end of 2017. Poshmark has been moving like a snail and, I am trying to work from a new angle but, I am not sure why I haven’t been getting many bites even with my ongoing promotion. Poshmark has been a bit of an enigma that I am determined to solve. Amazon continues to grow and, I must feed it inventory every week or I can kiss my chances of making $3,000 a week goodbye. I understand how many products I need to sell in order to make close to a certain amount of money. I am still figuring out Amazon and, we are by no means making money off of it at the moment but, that is because I don’t have thousands of dollars to invest in Amazon. I am starting to focus back up on my blog and, trying to make money off of that because I think it is entirely possible. I have different topics I will be focusing on in order to gain more followers and, companies that want to run ads on my blog. YouTube although, I am absolutely in love with making videos I do not think I will be able to make money off of my channel but, I will continue to produce videos because I do have 51 fabulous followers and, I just enjoy it so much! Yes, there is more… I am continuing to do Freelance jobs because I need to make money and, enjoy writing for the companies. Freelance is really where I am bringing money in and, my plan is to make about $1,000 a month with Freelance which will require a lot of work. I think I covered everything haha… I really do work very hard and, I know it will pay off in the long run. It does deprive me a bit of a social life but, it is hard to have a social life without making money right? It is funny with all of these jobs I always here why don’t you get a part time job…. Well, although, I may not be making enough money to live on at the moment if I continue to work extremely hard it will pay off. I would not do will in a 9-5 job I am a creative person, explorer, boundary pusher who is an entrepreneur. This is my life welcome to it…

Allie

 

 

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10 Ways To Stay Motivated To Get Fit

Hello Loves,

I will be beginning my meal prep and, workout journey this Sunday and, I am beyond excited. As you know from my previous post I will be going to Arizona in 48 days which is about five weeks away! I am so excited and, I have come up with ten ways to keep myself and you motivated! Of course, I will be continuing my weight loss journey after Arizona but, if I could drop 15-30 pounds in five weeks I am going to give it my all! I have tried something similar before but, never with this intense of a meal prep and, workout plan. When I’m all in, I am all in!

  1. Have a place where you check in and, hold yourself accountable

I use my YouTube Channel, Blog and, instagram @thatsabangsfitme to check in and, hold myself accountable. Try using your social media to keep you in check.

2. Plan all your food and, workouts ahead of time

Planning is super important to me especially because I have so many different jobs that I actually don’t have spare time to rummage through the pantry to see what I will be eating, this is a bad habit for me. I never plan for my food and, am always in a pickle about what to eat. As a vegan it is important for me to prep my meals ahead of time so, I know how many calories I will be getting a day as well as, nutrients. Workouts are important to schedule out as well because you can work on different parts of your body to help you gain strength as well as, lose fat. It took me two days to plan out all of my meals and, workout for the next 45 days. It is well worth it and, less time consuming in the long run.

3. Get New Workout Gear That Fits

No, do not buy clothes that you think you are eventually going to get into, been there done that and, it is a bit depressing especially if you haven’t actually taken the time to meal and workout prep. Don’t leave yourself in a disappointed state get something that fits. Workout gear needs to be tighter so, it is not falling down, getting caught etc. while you are working out. A few new workout outfits can help inspire you to keep at it. I have bought workout clothing from Prana an ethical clothing site or, from thrift stores/Poshmark if you are on a very tight budget like myself. Also, buy proper footwear for what you are going to be doing do not wear walking shoes to a zumba class and, vice versa. Do not set yourself up for failure.

4. Pop On Those Tunes

Create a playlist on Spotify, Pandora or, YouTube for the morning. When I wake up I like to listen to energetic music that will put me in a positive mindset.   Create a few playlist for different workouts and, switch out your music. Listen to music that inspires you, brings you joy and, keeps you motivated. So, pop on your headphones hit play and, have a five-ten minute jam session before work/school/or at home stuff.

5. Create A goal & Journal

Some of the ways I stay motivated is setting goals for the week. I will set a certain amount of steps or, to smash a certain yoga move. I will also, journal about my day or, how I am feeling which, I usually do on my blog or YouTube. Writing is always a motivation for me. What kind of goals do you want to accomplish for the week write out a list and, check it off when you accomplish your goals. If you don’t want to write on any social media including a blog or make videos on a YouTube get a journal and, write it down. If you take 10 minutes out of your day when you need to release some emotions make sure you write it down.

6. Set a morning workout

When I mean morning I mean something like yoga that will stimulate the mind and, muscles while also, giving you a sense of calm. You can try meditation or a stretching workout that won’t be overwhelming to your morning while still waking up your body.

7. Your Phone Is Probably Attached To Your Hand

If you love quotes like me then, this should really move you to get working. Set an uplifting and, motivational quote as your lock screen or home screen. You can also, write a quote and, set an alarm 30 minutes to an hour before your workout. This will motivate you to continue and, complete your workout.

8. Make Your Workouts Fun

This is something I have learned for myself I will push myself to complete a workout I hate but, I won’t repeat it to often. If you are already having trouble getting yourself to do a workout you do not want to do anything else to discourage yourself. Pre watch workouts and, see if you would actually enjoy doing it. Toss in 3 workouts that you love into your routine because why should you do a workout you simply hate. If you are a beginner to working out try simpler workouts for beginners. It also, helps to go to the gym and, workout in classes with other people. Once, I hear the music I get so pumped and, always have a great group workout. Make sure you mix up your workouts so your body doesn’t get used to it and, you don’t get bored. Every now and, then throw in a workout you might not like and, make it your goal to be able to do the whole workout by the end of the month. You have to build up your body strength do not get upset if you can’t do a push-up eventually you will be able to but, you must work at it. I am in the process of working on my upper body strength so, I will be able to do more than one push-up.

9. Eat Creatively

The worst mistake you can make is having the same two meals every week. Your body will eventually have a bunch of cravings and, you will have trouble eating it after awhile. I always recommend eating vegan and, I have found some great and, adventurous meal preps from this YouTuber:

10. After a month or two buy yourself a new outfit

Show off your amazing bod to all your friends and, family in a new outfit. Praise for what we have accomplished is always inspiring and, keeps us going. Once the compliments start coming make that your inspiration to push that much harder! 70% Of your work starts in the kitchen with what you are eating and, 20% is work you put into those workouts. Remember you are in charge of yourself and, you can do it! I will be here to hopefully inspire you all through this amazing transformation and, journey. It is not only physical but, a mental transition. You can, you will!

Amazon Raises FBA Fees

Ciao Tutti,

Amazon just released there fee changes for 2017 and, Amazon FBA sellers are freaking out… Now, it does change a few things when it comes to selling as an FBA seller but, they change their fees every year. Amazon is trying to weed out the FBA sellers that aren’t committed to really selling on Amazon and, honestly I couldn’t be happier. Although, I am not that thrilled about the fees which, I don’t think any seller is, it just changes how I will be selling on Amazon. Instead of having lower priced books I will have to stay within $10-$15 at the lowest instead of $6-$8 at my lowest. For some reason this is not registering for other sellers and, they are fed up with Amazon claiming they will go switch to ebay. I have been doing quite a bit of research and, ebay is not a bad place to sell although, I haven’t done enough research to really sell on ebay. I have tried to sell on ebay and, it was a bit of a bust so, research is necessary to sell at least for me. I also, need a niche when selling on ebay. It is a good idea not put all your money into one item or one place it should be spread out in case it does not work out. I have been only selling on Amazon FBA for two years seriously. I have a business plan set up for each year which, tells me how much I need to purchase of each category and, how much money I will need each month to do so. With not having a large amount it is quite difficult to accomplish but, I will talk about how I semi-support myself while trying to build up my Amazon sales in another blog post.   So, my strategy this year will be slightly different more expensive books for full price book sale, half price will be a little cheaper and, box day will be $10 books instead of $5-$8 books. Adjusting with the price change that happens every year is important especially with gas changes etc. Just like we have to adjust to the economy so do our businesses. So, if you are an FBA seller take a breath and, adjust as needed just like every year especially if you want to continue on with your business.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Boss Lady

Hello Loves,

You all know I have been chatting with you about my many business ventures and, how to really make money blogging. I am still in the learning stages but, I am putting my heart and soul into every venture that I set out to take on. I have learned that I so need to make a calendar for myself and, schedule out posts throughout the month, when I’m shipping out products for Amazon; YouTube Videos to be shot, Freelance jobs, Pet Sitting… You’d think I’d be rolling in the dough from all these jobs.. I have invested quite a bit of my own money into my Amazon business and, in order for it to reach the amount of sales I want it to reach I need 600-1,000 books a month and, somehow only spend $300 a month. I mean, it is possibly but, that is an extra $300 a month I need to come up with. Yikes, so much money going out and, not much coming in. But, just as I had said in a previous post we need to invest in our” health” just like in this case I need to invest in my future. I am already thinking about my 401K, Investments, Retirement, and future projects to invest in. I take all of these things extremely seriously and, moving into my mid twenties I want to be in a comfortable position. At 25 years old I don’t want to be living pay check to pay check which is why I am putting the time in now. I was able to save enough money to invest in my first two businesses, learn from them and, then able to invest in my Amazon business today. Researching and, learning are super important when it comes to Amazon and, all of my other business ventures. Recently I was watching a YouTube video on a man my age who is making $10,000,000 a year with Amazon and, consulting. He said he got $50,000 in investment for his Amazon and, it just grew expediently. To turn $50,000 investment into millions of dollars is not only impressive, it is smart. Now being only 22 years old I have zero collateral to be able to get this kind of money for an investment. I thought I would start out smaller with my goal but, to make it really happen and, blow my goals away, I will need to implement what I learned. Right now I am trying to get as many Freelance jobs as possible within my field and, try to make an extra $1,000 a month. With the $1,000 a month I would set aside $400 books, $40 phone, $30 gym, $200 NZ trip, $100 groceries, $200 savings, $30 spending money. You may think $1,000 isn’t much money but, to me it is amazing because it keeps my business and, life going. If you noticed I don’t have apartment expenses and, that is because  I am still living with my parents I also, do not own a car. I am in the middle of studying for permit/license yes, I realize I am old and, should have all of that already there is a short story to go along with that but, basically time got away from me. I have been putting time in to study for the permit so I’m hoping by the end of December I will be good to go to take the test. Once I have a license and, car it will open up more expenses but, it will also, give me the ability to travel to book sales and, be able to dog walk etc… But, back to the point you have to make this all happen for yourself and, so do I. My goal is to be solely reliant on myself and, nobody else. Like one of my favorite quotes says, “Your attention please , no one is coming to save you. This life of yours is 100% your responsibility.”

It is so true, you are responsible for you and looking out for yourself. 20 years down the road you don’t want to regret not giving yourself a solid platform for yourself. I am still planning on doing a woofing trip to New Zealand because I’m young and, I want to travel! Skys the limits because the only one in the way is yourself so, take control of you and, build a cushion for yourself, become a boss lady or gentlemen.

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

Photo Credit First Photo Taken By Anna Kobeleva   :

Anna is a talented Photographer who just took some beautiful all natural beauty shots of me. She did such an amazing job!

You can look her up on facebook and instagram using her name

 

 

Making $300,000 Blogging?

Ciao Tutti,

Making Sense Of Cents is a blog that is showing up all over Pinterest every-time I am looking for more ways to make money blogging. I am no expert and, have a lot to learn when it comes to blogging. But, I am wondering how she makes so much money within a year? she does have people working for her so, I can see how that would start to make you quite a bit of money. She also, knows all about affiliate links… I was amazed at how many companies have affiliate links and, I have signed up for a few including BlueHost. This is to test if I start making money blogging or, if the affiliate links do nothing. She as big goals set for herself as, I do but, she is really seeing them work out in front of her eyes. Her monthly incomes can range from $30,000 plus, I mean, who wouldn’t want to start a blog with the potential to make quite a bit of dough. I obviously haven’t had a blog for three years to get paid because I haven’t made any money off of my blog as of yet. I just love writing to you all and, conversing about interesting topics. But, I thought it’s time to have your hard work earn you some income. I just signed up for her 7 day email of how to make money on blogging. Just like my other blog posts say, I will be testing this method to see if it works. I will do a monthly income update as well as, an update when it comes to all these extra programs that I am trying. My goal within 6 months is to make $6,000 at $1,000 a month lets see if that is doable before I spitting off large goals like $20,000 a month and, $100,000 a year. As, I promised I am working on my blog everyday bringing you all fresh insight. I know there have been a few questions about how I started blogging what hosts I am using etc.. I will do a separate blog post although, I am not am expert I will try to help you all as much as possible because if blogging is your passion I welcome you! I have loved blogging over the past three almost four years and, could not think about going a day without it! If you want to ask questions about blogging which will help me so much here are the platforms you can contact me on:

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Recap:

Goal- Make $1,000/Month Blogging

Update you all every month with a report on how much I have made

Update you with what extra income sites are working such as user testing

Make sure you comment on one of my social media platforms asking all your questions about blogging! I will answer as many questions as possible in one or more posts.

Well I hope you all are enjoying learning about extra ways to make money as much as I am! It is exciting!!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

 

Music I am loving 1920s-1950s Playlists on Spotify!

YouTube Channels I love:

Mango Island Mamma

Its all ways beautiful

Hannah McNeely

Melanie Kate Love

NikkiPhillippi

Edgy Veg

Legit NutritionHawaii

Books I have been reading: Anne Of The Island part of the Anne Of Green Gables Series

Book I highly recommend: Ocean At the End Of The Lane

Favorite Holiday Movie: Borrowed hearts