Old Post- What Kind of Business Should I Start?

10 August 2010

This really is a note to self, but I think it will be interesting to write out a thought process for others to read, and it will save it so I can check it out later. I’m kind of excited.

SO- I want to find out how I can use the stuff I’m good at to start my own business, or develop a secondary income.

HOW? Ok, first I need to figure out what I’m good at, as many things that I can think of. Not just what I’m good at though, but what I enjoy doing. Even if I’m not good at something I know that if I like to do it I’ll become good at it soon enough. It’s important to be a hundred percent honest with yourself when you do this, most people may be uncomfortable with letting others see into their head like this, but I’m trying to expand my comfort zone.

THINGS I’M GOOD AT- I really like brainstorming and I think I’m pretty dang good at it. I’m really interested in Social Networking and Media- like facebook, twitter, etc.- and the potential for their use as a marketing and research tool. I love to think, and I think I’m good at that too. It fits right in with brainstorming but they’re slightly different so I get to write them both. I really think I would be good at managing others, and I love big projects.

HOW DO I USE WHAT I’M GOOD AT TO GET WHAT I WANT- Well, first you should decide what exactly it is that you want. I’ll be using my example- Develop a secondary income or own business.
So, my next step is to try and figure out how to use as many of my strengths at a time that I can in order to accomplish my goal. Looking at the things I think I’m good at, brainstorming, social networking, and things that I enjoy, like projects and thinking. Three of ideas for myself right off the top of my head would be a project manager, website admin and blog writer. Each of these jobs I could do from the comfort of my own home if I worked it right, and I could utilize all of my strengths while doing something that I enjoyed.

The next step is to figure out which of these three things is most obtainable. I think a project manager could be a possibility only if I got a degree and work experience (I’m shooting for sooner than that) or if I made my own company. I’m currently trying to become a decent blog writer right now, so we’ll check that one off as “feasible”. I like the way my site is looking and my general subject matter, I just need to muster the creative energies to write more extensively. I have no idea how you become a website administrator or how much they get paid, but it’s a job I could do from any location I think and it sounds pretty interesting.

Just like that, I’ve found a few ideas for ways to make money that fit right in with my strengths. Obviously it will be a little more difficult for you, because I had these thought out ahead of time and you may just be starting. Try to think using these steps though, and let me know how they work out. If you think a step is unnecessary or you have one to add, email me! lefebvret@hotmail.com.

You’re Bored? Do these.

9 August 2010

1. Clean your room – your parents say it, you hate it. But truthfully, if you are bored, take ten minutes and clean as fast as you can. The faster you go, the better you feel when you’re done. If that doesn’t do it for you, sit back and look at your progress, and try to compare your room to other people your age. My room is spotless, not because my parent tell me to, but because I can look at it and think “that’s right, I’m better than my friends because my room doesn’t suck.” I’m not neat at all, but just being productive with quick results can be satisfying. Even better, if you clean your room without having someone demand it of you, you realize that you’re the one in charge of how your room looks. Even if you don’t want to be honest with yourself, you probably feel good when your room is clean. Don’t screw yourself over just because you don’t think your parents should control how your room looks. Take the metaphorical wheel, clean it before they get a chance to tell you.

2. Do your laundry – Yeah, its lame. If you happen to be one of the few people who do like to do laundry, kudos to you. For the rest of us, we just hope it does itself. However, when you’re feeling bored, pop a load of laundry into the washer. It’s quick to start and once it begins you can say you’re being productive even if you just watch TV the whole time. Hell, I’m doing laundry right now. Not because I’m out of clothes or someone told me to, just because I know that if I do it myself when I have some spare time, then no one will yell at me to do it next week when I have better things to do.

3. Do Homework- If you’re in high school, do your homework ASAP. It doesn’t go away. It’s easy for me to say and really hard for you to do, but suck it up and get it over with.

4. Go make a friend- sounds cheesy but have fun with it. Go to the grocery store and high five some guy in the candy isle. I go to subway all the time and now I’m friends with the girl who makes my sandwich every day. I’m not an outgoing person by any means, but even if you’re shy a ten second adrenaline burst is all it takes to meet someone new. Introduce yourself to your elevator companions. Figure out what gets you in ‘the zone’ and use it like a tool. I got all red bull’d up on caffeine to ask a girl for her number because I know that when I’m hyper I can act without over thinking things in my head and getting nervous.

5. Write a book- Seriously, give it a shot. I’m doing it and it’s eating up the time wonderfully.

6. Challenge yourself to a game- Make up a quick game, with silly rules. Don’t do it at home, do it in public.
Guys- find a girl, convince her you need her number to stop the ‘aliens from attacking’. Don’t do It in a stupid way. “I need your number or aliens will attack!!” makes you a weird dude. Sit down across from them, and with a straight face explain to them that aliens are about to land to take you away and you need the phone number of someone close by in case you need to call for immediate help. She will know you are kidding (hopefully) and laugh. If you get her number, you win. If you don’t, then you’ve met a girl without a sense of humor and aren’t missing out on anything. You don’t lose either way.
Girls- Find a guy, make eye contact and stare as long as you can. Hopefully this will not only weird the guy out, it will make any friends he has with him uncomfortable as well. This means you win. If he stares back at you and laughs after a bit, you win. If he stares back with a straight face for more than about a minute, you should probably leave the area.

Dress the Part

8 August 2010

Looking like trash will get you nowhere. Dress the part of the role you want to play in life. You can stick to fashion trends if you would like, or you can do something completely unique. Whichever you choose, make sure it isn’t something so terrible strangers stop and stare, and be consistent. If you want to wear crazy colors, do it all the time. If you want to wear dress shirts and pants, do it all the time. If you do both, for example, people won’t get used to either style and you’ll just be some weirdo with two personalities. My brother dresses the colors up- converse that are colorful, bright pink hat, pretty sure he has orange jeans, and then shirts with neon pictures on them. It works, and makes him different from the unwashed masses and thus well-liked. I wear the dress shirts, and am also currently rocking plaid pants as well (that probably sounds gross but it works I promise). It’s how I dress and people have come to recognize it. More people ask about my wardrobe when I wear a t-shirt and jeans than anything else, and it feels good to have a style that is “mine.” I didn’t copy it from anyone, I made it my own.

Act the part. If you how you dress and how you act clash, you’re not going to make sense to anyone and they will probably be at least weirded out, if not worse(whatever that may be). My brother’s style of dress matches his personality perfectly- indescribable and unable to replicate. It’s just as unique as his personality, thus they go perfectly together. I’d like to think my behavior matches my appearance but I’m biased so I probably don’t know.. Anyway- Pick what you think represents yourself, not just what is trendy. Trends come and go but your personality is likely to stay the same for a long while. If you dress nice but act like a slob or have a terrible personality you contradict yourself(although honestly if you are like that you’re screwed anyway). Also I think I’ve mentioned this once, but DONT COPY OTHER PEOPLE. Dress however you want but be origional.

Note To Self- Buy more plaid.

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