Posts Tagged ‘virtual assistant’

Tim Ferriss: 4 Hour Work Week Video Review

October 15, 2008

If you haven’t heard of this book, then you definitely need to watch this video!

Some top quotes and ideas from the book:

  • Lifestyle Design.  You don’t have to live the high stress, long hours life. You can assess the lifestyle you want and then design it. You don’t have to work all your life to sit on a beach at 65…you can go sit on one now for very little money. 
     
  • Outsource as much as possible. Weigh up how much time you spend on things. Automate them. Outsource them. Pay other people to do them if it gives you more time. Spend $30 on a cleaner once a week and spend a few hours with the family. Get someone from http://www.elance.com to write your articles for you. Virtual assistants are the way forward. [Note from JP: I have used several since reading this book and they are brilliant]
     
  • Be, do , have. Decide what you want in your life. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? What do you want to have? and then get on with achieving it. Life is too short to be stuck in the office. Set extreme goals that are worth achieving. Question everything. 
     
  • What are you passionate and excited about? Go do that.
     
  • Elimination. Have a “not to do” list and make sure you don’t do it. Don’t watch TV. Cut down your email to once a day (and then once a week). Don’t waste time being busy. Be productive in less time and spend the difference achieving your splendid goals. 
     
  • Find your muse. Discover a way to make money by virtual and outsourced means and free up your time to do what you love. This may take time to achieve, but you can make a plan and achieve it, so you can live a freer life. 
     
  • Empower people to make decisions without you. So you can have free time.
     
  • If you don’t set the rules, they will be set for you. 
     
  • Living more is the objective. 
     
  • Know what you will do with this abundance of time. Look at your passions and missions. Move from a life of survival to one of passion and excitement. 
     
  • Experiences override possessions every time. Live life, don’t postpone it. 

I found this book inspirational and it is JAM-PACKED with information and links to great sites. 

Tim’s own site is here and it has calculators for your new life, and all kinds of free information to get you started => http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/

Tim also has a great blog – check it out here => http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/

Make more money: 6 ways to generate income online

October 11, 2008

The media is full of economic meltdown and it may seem like the sky is falling in. But there are ways you can still make some money in the downturn without investing much of your own up front.

  1. Write a blog and monetise it. Some people are making serious money online using their blogs, which are free to start and post to. You just need to add regular content and find ways to make money from your blog. You can use Adsense or become an affiliate for other people by recommending their goods. You need to blog about something you are passionate about and interested in, otherwise you will get bored and stop blogging, so choose carefully.      

  2. Write an e-book and sell it online. Ebooks are just electronic versions of books. They are generally in PDF format and can cost the same as, or more than print books depending on how valuable the content is. If you are an expert in something people will pay money for, try writing and selling your own e-book.        

  3. Sell your spare stuff on eBay. With people having less money to spend, and credit becoming rare, people will be buying more second-hand goods on eBay. Go round your house and find anything you have not used for 6 months. Check out your closets, drawers, garage, and the study. Take some digital photos and get that stuff out the door and some extra cash in your bank account.      

  4. Become a freelancer online – or become a Virtual Assistant. It is a global market and it is often cheaper to find someone online to provide a service than it is to find someone in your area. Check out Elance online. You can register as a provider and work from your own home at hours that suit you.        

  5.  Write reviews and be an Amazon affiliate. You can join up with Amazon, create your own store and be receiving commission as soon as people buy through your links. If you love reviewing books or other goods, then this might bring in some more income.       

  6. Write articles that advertise other affiliates. An article online is 500-700 words that other people may find interesting. You can receive affiliate commission income if people buy products through your affiliate links. Find a product you like. Join up as an affiliate. Write articles to promote them. Post articles online. 

[Personal note: I am currently trying all of these. But remember, even if you are making more money – you need to keep it in order to build your wealth.]