Surviving loss of work: Re-Investing into the business world post-crisis

With the financial impact that COVID-19 has on the community around you, we start to understand the risk that we may have at maintaining or acquiring work in the immediate future. For instance, at this moment in time, many major cities are either “shelter-in-place” or have closures to “non-essential” businesses. That means that you are either 1.) a healthcare provider or essential worker like educators/teachers, 2.) food/grocery stockers, cashiers, etc, 3.) first responders, 4.) delivery system personnel like Fed Ex or Amazon Prime, or 5.) essentials for transportation like gas stations. If you are not one of those personnel, you risk the chances of losing your job or not being able to find work for a duration of time.

Understanding the risk of losing work, or preparing to acquire work once possible, here are a few tips toward getting ready for the re-opening of businesses.

  1. Understand Investments/Stocks/Retirement

Being aware of the fluctuation of stocks, bonds, and investments during this crisis is vital for anyone investing anything of value. A few tactics to consider, such as: A) pulling out your investment before your stocks drop too low (understanding the financial or fee penalties), B) riding the wave and hoping your stocks bounce back after the crisis, and C) Investing in other sources of revenue. Personally I am looking at a diverse portfolio and trying to find multiple avenues of investments in case of future risks. Sources of passive or residual income are always a great choice when available to limit the impact that loss of active work has on a household. Sometimes it is good to invest in some high risk and some low risk financial decisions.

2. Begin An Emergency Fund

Start setting some money aside in a savings account, especially if you are still getting paid during the crisis. Understand that ANYTHING can happen, and you need at least 3-6 mo of rent/necessities worth of finances set aside. If you are currently working, start setting aside a portion of your overall “profit” after expenses. If you are currently unemployed, set a minimum bank balance monthly, in which you try to limit yourself from going under that amount.

3. Prepare Business Documents

Start typing up or modifying application documents, such as resumes, cover letters, letters of recommendation, etc so you can begin applying as soon as possible. If you need assistance in writing or reviewing your resume, feel free to click here, and we will get you all set up and ready to apply for jobs!

4. Understand Essential Work and Markets

Now that both the previous and current generations have witnessed an international health crisis, we are all aware of which jobs come and go, which jobs are “essential,” which markets crash, and which investments thrive. We know that there will always be room for work and investments in the medical/health/tech world. Know that if you ever want guaranteed work, invest in these career paths, and consider the financial investments as well.

Understanding even just these few tips toward surviving the business closures and community “re-development” could give you an edge throughout you and your family’s lives.

Passive income investing: Are crowd-funded online real estate sites worth the investment?

Hello everyone, a brief intro on the discussion before I dig into the facts and performance summary of my Fundrise Online Real Estate Investments! In May of 2019, I invested $500 into a crowd funded real estate online investment site. Crowd funded means the platform takes the investments of multiple (basically hundreds and thousands) of investors and throws them into an investment pool to fund the creation of a project. The start-up cost for a basic/beginner package is $500, which was the maximum I was willing to spend on something that I just heard about and without anyone’s referral that I knew of. With that being said, yes I paid the 5 x $100, or 10 x $50, or well.. basically 50 x ten dollar bills to a website I just heard of! Just kidding 🙂 I did some online research and with extra cash that I would’ve spent on fitness supplements or something, I decided to invest it into potentially a source of passive income for myself for the future.

I provided a screenshot of my dashboard to show that I indeed invested in May of 2019, and began with the starter level pack.

Okay! The Fun Part! Analyzing the worth of your investment…

So, $500 can be looked at as $500 spent or $500 invested. An investment is a purchase in which you intend to receive the initial investment plus a profit, correct? I mean, why even invest if you aren’t going to profit? The dashboard of Fundrise will show display your portfolio performance, dividends, appreciation, etc. Basically, it will show how much you are making off of your investment like such:

As you can see, my account value is always increasing over time. It seems to be progressing at a constant pace, but does demonstrate a jump in value around January. That is become, since I have my dividends and payout set to re-invest, I had re-invested in new projects that were completed around that time.

The best part about the site, is that you have professionals who already do the calculating, analyzing, and investing for you. I didn’t have to select anything other than which investment package, and what investing approach and style I would like for my profile.

Here, I will show you how the dashboard displays your portfolio, presenting your portfolio worth, active projects, and investment format (equity or debt).

Taking this breakdown and considering if the investment is worth it, let’s look at the day to day investing.

It took about 3-5 months after my initial investment to start making 3-6 cents per day ($0.03-0.06). Now, I am making about 13-15 cents per day ($0.13-0.15). At this rate, accumulating approximately $3.90-$4.50/month or $46.80-$54.00/year. That would be accurate if I was not re-investing into the system. This means I will increase my daily value from week to week, so by the end of 2020, I might be collecting 20-30 cents per day. With that logic, maybe by 2030 I could be collecting $5-15 per day… and the pattern continues on and on….

Even if my daily re-investments were transitioned to direct deposit and my investment value stayed at a set number, I would still make my initial investment back in about 3-4 years of just letting it sit… which makes no sense to just make back the cash you invested, so why not let it re-invest and make you initial investment back and then some.

The concept is, possibly by the time I am 40 or 50 years of age, I could be receiving a monthly deposit for passive income from the Fundrise crowd funded source for $100-500. It will not be a anything close to full-time income or anything that you can solely live off of, but anything helps when it comes to acquiring multiple sources of passive income.

Feel free to post any comment, questions, or concerns! I am always looking at new perspectives, new ideas on investments, and interested in meeting like-minded individuals.

10 Ways On How To Retain Clients As An Existing Business


“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

– Voltaire

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August 27, 2019

 

10 Ways On How To Retain Clients

There are countless ways in which businesses can not only attain clientele, but retain it as well.

Below follow 10 examples that may aid you in your business from a variety of angles.

Some of these suggestions are simpler than others, but none is so overly complex that it shouldn’t be at least considered at length.

#1 – Gift Boxes Or Bags

There are a variety of ways that you can show appreciation for customers; gift boxes or gift bags are two of these.

Amazon provides easy-shipper black boxes which could be used to show your appreciation to your customers. These gift bags and gift boxes could include T-shirt, Ebooks, starter packs, stickers, coffee cups, pens, keychain, clothing, etc. This allows the customer to see not only that you care about their business, but you are willing to show your appreciation in a variety of ways.

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#2 – Branded T-Shirts Or Apparel

Sending customers Branded T-Shirts or Apparel builds value when customers receive this.

Not only does this (1) promote your brand, but doing this (2) also allows your brand name to achieve wider recognition.

#3 – Referral Kickbacks or Commission

Giving customers kickbacks via referrals or commissions is a simple way to show your appreciation that can solidify loyalty to a great degree.

Likewise, customers will not only continue supporting your business for a much longer period, but could add significant word-of-mouth referrals that would probably not take place if this idea was employed.

#4 – Discounts On Future Purchases

Customer discounts is works similar to #3, though it is coupled directly to customers themselves, rather than those that could be referred therein.

This not only encourages brand loyalty, but if carried out thoughtfully, could really snowball into significant growth depending on how those discounts are employed. For instance, one idea small business could follow is giving a 1% discount after the first purchase, with additional 1% discounts stacking on top. So while the second purchase might only net the buyer 1%, the eleventh purchase would net them 10% off, and so on. Of course, this discount is capped at a certain point, but it encourages incredible long term loyalty, that doesn’t sacrifice too much profit up front, but also rewards your most loyal customers over time simultaneously.

#5 – Exclusive Contents Or Perks

Exclusive content could be anything from educational to informative content, though it can certainly extend to much broader ideas.

These could perhaps extend to research papers, articles, and so on. Concurent with that, this could also include exclusive videos, group chats, and the like.

#6 – Recognition On Social Media Platform

Taking pictures with customers or clients and promoting those who support your work shows the world not only your appreciation for others, but how those individuals have impacted your life not just as a business, but as a person. Such an in-depth approach can really make a different in connecting with others and building community.

#7 – Free Services & Items Based On Loyalty

Giving customers free services at times, or free items, not only helps customer retention and encourages brand loyalty, but allows others to see that you’re willing to give something back to those that support your business.

#8 – Inviting Some Of The Clientele To Your Business

There are two main ways that one could show a client a business. The first of these could be done in person, and the second via a video.

Given that many people are intrigued with how certain business operate, this allows them to observe the business from an insider’s perspective, but also allows an in-depth view that is appreciated by some to a greater extent, much more than one would think in many instances.

#9 – Offering To Pay For Outside Services

Offering to pay for outside services could be done in a variety of ways. Before moving on though, there is a significant difference between pure professionalism and doing something for personal gain.

For instance you are a male, never be that person that invites a female out for personal gain, merging business with pleasure, when each belongs separately.

Now, whether ultimately acted upon or not, considerations should usually be made to show appreciation for others at certain times that have helped you in business, whether directly by being a customer, mentor, and so on, or indirectly through other avenues like referrals.

As an example, this can be done through dinner, attending a sporting event, a golf outing, as well as other ways. Having families spend time together could also be a great idea.

#10 – Promote Client Services

Only promote a client’s services if you truly believe in it. Stick to what you believe resonates with you the most.

This (1) helps your business relationships, (2) strengthens community, (3) helps grow their business, (4) shows that you care, and also (5) has the ability to help grow your business as well through word of mouth.

Final Thoughts

There are many considerations that can and should be given on how to retain clients. The simplest one is just showing your appreciation, and doing it constantly. How you do that is your choice, but a choice that should be pondered at length given crucial importance of it and the potentiality of it.

Never underestimate the power of appreciation, whether it is in business or life, for certain instances, though seemingly inconsequential at times, can strengthen relationships to a much greater extent than they are given credit, and also helps show others part of what you and your business are ultimately about.

 

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10 Things To Consider Before Starting A Small Business

10 Things To Consider Before Starting A Small Business

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Given that there are many mistakes that can be made when starting a business or already having one in operation, 10 considerations will be discussed that will help flesh out some possible mistakes business owners could make.

These are shared in order to help others be able to save time and money by not making the same mistakes, and thus be able to set a stronger foundation from which their business endeavors can take off from and maintain themselves on.

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#1 – Initial Registration & Considerations For Your Business

What type of business do you have? Will you have employees? Are you going to register as a sole proprietor or as an L.L.C.? Do you have a local or online business?

Your answer to those questions will undoubtedly tailor the best approach that you should take. Moreover, each answer has a distinct approach that is probably best for it, and/or best for you, so thoroughly researching the advantages to each question and consideration (such as to register as a sole proprietor or as an L.L.C.) will save you a lot of time or money.

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#2 – Conceptualizing Your Business Name

A common mistake that can be done by many new business owners is registering too many business names, websites, and so on. This is problematic not only because (1) you are spreading yourself too thin, but because (2) you could end up misallocating considerable time on multiple endeavors instead of sticking to one initially and securing that business model, (3) and you could end up spending considerable resources by registering too many business names, or websites, that could go to other portions of your business or even to self-growth as well.

Whatever business name you choose, make sure that you contemplate that at length so you don’t end up regretting it later by having made decisions that could have easily been avoided with some rumination and research.

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#3 – Consider The Overarching Implications Of Your Business Name
To simplify: does your business model only entail one area such as fitness, or is it something more broad? Is your business model simply arts and crafts, or does it include singing, acting, performance art and so forth? There is a distinct difference because whatever business name you choose to use will set the tone for what kind of customers and clients you get.

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#4 – Merchandising Your Business

Make sure you allocate your resources correctly.

For instance, a great mistake that is made by initial business owners is that many times merchandise is ordered in numbers much larger than it should have been ordered, or maybe that merchandise was ordered too early given that there’s no audience for that merchandise to reach.

It will always be easier for individuals to move merchandise with an audience already having been created or available, then it is to create an audience with your merchandise when your business is starting.

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#5 – Pondering The Range Of The Services For Your Business

While staring a small business is incredibly commendable and laudable, it could be easy for an individual to pigeonhole themselves into just one area business.

As an example, if you only offer a unique service or luxury items, those items and services can at any moment be no longer sought after by clients and customers depending on circumstances. This doesn’t mean one shouldn’t consider following suit with a business or an idea just because it’s a luxury item or because your business caters just to one demographic, not at all. It simply means deeper consideration of the fact that your business model might be dependent on not only a little bit of luck, but personal financially circumstances of clients and customers, and more importantly, regional, national, or global economic circumstances which affect everyone.

Not expanding onto other areas could be a mistake depending on what your future plans are, where you live, and what your business model is.

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#6 – Making Sure That You Have An Audience

Know your audience: is the consumer base that your business model needs already there, or do you need to work from the ground up in creating it? This is a crucial distinction.

If the prior is the case, then you don’t have that much of a problem. If the latter circumstance is the issue, then you might want to consider building an audience with social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and so on. This way, whenever you do advertise your services and merchandise, it already has a baseline of potential consumers for it to reach.

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#7 – Referrals & Affiliations

A great way to expand your business relationships and customer base is by creating or joining a network of like-minded business owners.

For instance, while you might only have a business in the realm of health, someone might require vehicle repair services. If you happen to already know someone that is a mechanic or owns a business, then you can refer that friend or client to that individual or business, thus strengthening that relationship given that you’ve not only promoted their business, but you’re showing yourself to be loyal to that person as you would others, which often can reap rewards of varying scales.

By remaining open minded, extending your network, and seeking to create referrals for others as well as strengthening the affiliations with other business owners, you stand to benefit by:
* Referring friends or clients to other business colleagues, and vice versa.
* Strengthening the individual relationships
* Strengthening the overarching network depending on how far reaching that referral extends to.
* Creating more contacts for yourself and/or others.
* Your business profiting and growing from the growth of the referrals and affiliations.

Simply stated, don’t ever underestimate the power of referrals. It has a lot more range than it is given credit for, it is simple, and it cost nothing but time and effort.

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#8 – Waste Of Capital

There are a lot of ways that capital can be misspent in business venture. This can be as simple as purchasing too many business cards and business supplies that aren’t needed yet, to something like purchasing merchandise (i.e. apparel) without having an audience available that will sustain that sort of investment.

Another great example is moving to a brick and mortar store way too soon without having the capital to withhold the business expenses in hopes of having that capital to be built later.

Capital that is misspent once is a hard lesson earned, and something that we all go through whether in life or business, but it’s something that can often be avoided with some research and extended considerations.

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#9 – Changing Project Names Too Often

It is easy to fall into the idea that you have a business name that you love, and thus, go into creating a name, website, social media platforms and so on, when you get started. But many times, though the idea may be ironclad, the name might not be, and you might end up switching names to often.

If you chose name A for your business and created a website with name A for it, then if you change the name for that business, you will have to change the name of the website, so on and so forth. You can see how this one mistake can trickle down like a snowball creating an avalanche of complications later on depending on how far and wide the name was extended towards.

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#10 – Spreading Yourself To Thin

The issue of spreading yourself too thin in business can take place in:
* Multiple project simultaneously
* Changing business names often
* Having too many meetings
* Spending too much time on the phone
* Spending too much time on social media
* Expanding into too many services and products
* Running and expanding a blog (or blogs)

There are many more ways in which a business owner can spread themselves thin, so it is crucial to keep awareness of where time leaks might take place, because every hour that’s misspent in business is an hour that cannot be gained back, and is an hour that could have gone to growth in some other areas.

Final Thoughts

In life, like in business, it’s easy to make mistakes. The great thing is that both life and business almost always offer a second chance. That doesn’t mean business owners should be afraid of making mistakes, not at all. This simply means that careful consideration should be had given that many times the mistakes that are being made could have been avoided because hundreds if not thousands of business owners have made that mistake before, and some have probably talked about it.

This isn’t always the case, but you would be surprised how many success and failure stories there are out here with gems of wisdom on do’s and don’ts for businesses of all types.

Don’t be afraid to try something out simply because you might fail, but don’t be gun-ho about storming towards the horizon with a new idea simply because it seems fantastic without giving it much thought either. Make sure to be mindful, proactive, and do research, if not considerable research into whatever field you are in to make sure that you not only start out the correct way, but you also limit the mistakes you make, as well as saving time and money that will be better allocated elsewhere.

Do any of you have any other mistakes you made in business that you wish to share, ideas that you wish to impart or wish you might have taken part of, or thoughts you want others to consider? It would be great to hear your input below on these topics below.
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Article Written Zy Marquiez
Writer, Researcher, & Book Reviewer
Owner of Blocked Up