Working Smart AND Working Hard

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I never liked the phrase “work harder.” It was mainly because I associated it with manual labor. Now there is nothing wrong with manual labor, some people really enjoy it, but I do not. Because I made that association, I would always resort to the phrase “work smarter, not harder.” What I am realizing is that working smarter is just being more aware of your work flow. You still have to invest a good deal of your energy into whatever you are trying to achieve to get results. That is working hard and that has nothing to do with manual labor, although it could.

Being more aware of your “process” can only make you be better at what you are trying to work on. Maybe having to exercise and meditate before you start your work day is apart of your process. Maybe taking breaks or allowing yourself to day dream is apart of it. Everyone has a different process, but becoming aware of how you operate and following through with it can enhance the experience of work. 

Now, when it comes to working hard, I think it has all to do with how much energy you are putting into a job, project, etc. The more energy you put into it, the more you are going to get back. When my wife and I started our dog walking business, I put EVERYTHING into that. My mindset was: determination. Working smart was utilizing all of my previous dog walking experiences and my tech savvy nature. What really made everything come to fruition was how much energy I was willing to put into the business. I was all in. And because of that combination, because of that recipe – we found success. 

Disassociating manual labor from hard work has changed my perspective on work. I know that I worked hard on our dog walking business. I know that I can do the same for Souls Gone Wild. The interesting thing with this lifestyle is that you tend to have more free time and I like that. I like having time to relax, to talk and to meditate. Sometimes it is nice to just be. I feel like we don’t allow ourselves to do that. For me it important. As much as I realize how important it is to work hard, it’s also important to find balance. I think it is possible to burn yourself out doing something you love. Balance is key. That is the second component to working smart – knowing how much energy you are putting into your work and finding out how much works best for you.

This is a minor breakthrough for me and I find it liberating. The question now is how will I work smart with Souls Gone Wild? How will I work hard with Souls Gone Wild? How will I maintain a healthy balance of work, adventure and rest? I think harvesting all my experiences regarding teaching, healing and doing readings along with the entrepreneurial skills I gained with our pet business will allow myself to work smart. Also, having a sharp focus on what it is I am really trying to achieve is important. From there it is just a matter of putting in the work, but also keeping work / life balance in mind. That was one thing I was not good with regarding our previous business. It took me time to learn how to find the off switch. Knowing when to turn the switch on and off is all about working smart, but when this switch is on – go hard!

Find Your Freedom,
Andrew

6.1.18 | NJ

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Non-Competition

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Competition is inevitable. We live in a competitive world. You will especially experience competition when you are being seen, being heard and having success. People will want what you have or may just feel threatened by you and begin competing with you. At this point in my life I find competition amusing. Why? Because I just don’t care. I understand that competition exists, but that doesn’t mean I have to be IN competition with others. You have a nicer RV than us? Great, I don’t care. You have a diesel truck? Great, I don’t care. You’re business is more successful than ours? Great, I just don’t care. My focus is on myself and what we have. Sure, when I start a business I take a look at all the competition out there. It helps give me an idea how I should set my rates, but other than that, I put it out of my mind. I don’t wake up thinking, I must be better than them! I wake up motivated thinking, I hope to be better than I was the day before. 

Competition and jealousy are things I am just not interested in. Sure I am human, but I strive to be inspired instead. I love non-competition. Being in competition just seems like too much wasted energy. I believe in abundance and I believe in possibility. Something that stops  a lot of people from pursuing their dreams is this notion that there are too many people doing it already, so why bother? If you have that mentality, then you probably won’t get anywhere. Just because there are five dog walking businesses already in the area, doesn’t mean you will never get your own clients. Just because there are a bunch of healing centers or yoga and mediation teachers in the world doesn’t mean you can’t teach or start your own practice. 

You’re on the high dive. You’re thinking too much. Just jump! Just start what you want to start. Don’t worry about the people you will disappoint, don’t worry about failing, don’t worry about the competition. It will always be there, its just a matter of getting your space with it. 

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Andrew

5.23.18 | NJ

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How to grow your dog walking business!

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My wife and I ran a dog walking business for a little over two years. We experienced tremendous growth our first year which required us to hire employees the following year. In March of 2018 we officially sold our business to travel in a RV full-time. We are now working on building our new brand – Souls Gone Wild. My wife teaches yoga and I teach meditation. Anyway, we wanted to share some of our secrets on how to grow your dog walking business!

The first topic I would like to bring up is word of mouth. Don’t be shy about talking about your business, especially when you are just starting out. When it comes to dog walking, trust is a big issue, so when you do a great job for one of your clients, they most likely will refer your business to a neighbor, friend or family member. As an incentive, we would always offer a free walk if a client referred us. Something else that is good to have are business cards. Sometimes you meet prospective clients while you are out dog walking. It is always good to have extra business cards on you, so when someone asks about your services, you can give them your card with all of your information.

That leads me to the next topic – internet presence. You will need a web site that has all your information for prospective clients to review. It is always good to have the following information available; contact information, service area, services offered, rates, etc. Get your business on google and yelp.  This gives people a way to find your business, connect them to your web site and a way to leave reviews.

Ah, yes – reviews. This is an important topic. Having reviews gives you credibility. When people find you on the internet and like what you offer, they will usually finish with seeing what clients think about your business. Having reviews puts you on the map. Don’t be afraid to ask for reviews in the beginning. We asked for reviews and some people ignored it and others were happy to leave us one. Others also left us reviews without us even asking, which was great. After a while we stopped asking. 

We had a lot of success gaining clients from Rover and Care. With rover, clients will reach out to you. The main thing to be aware with Rover though is that most dog owners that use rover usually expect low rates and for their to be no “policies.” We found that some people were not bothered at all that we were a business and had certain rules, but some will definitely be turned off by it. Care was great because we could look at dog owners posts and see their general location, dog walking needs and expectations. I would look at the site a few times a day and would constantly be reaching out to people. The key to both sites is to respond quickly and setup a meet and greet. When we showed up to someones house we a business t-shirt on, business insurance, reviews and background checks we would almost always win over the client. 

Something my wife and I did pretty often in the beginning stages of our business were mock-ups. Mock-ups is a technique you do in meditation to attract your needs or desires. It’s kind of like the law of attraction. This is actually something I teach. More information can be found on our web site: www.soulsgonewild.com

Bottom line, if you do a good job, speak up and put yourself out there, you will do just fine. Be persistent and don’t fret about competition. There are plenty of dog walkers and dog walking business out there. It is good to aware of your competition, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be in competition with them. That will only suck away your energy and deter you from focusing on your own business. 

If you have the money to do online advertising, go for it. I think it can help, but I don’t think it is necessary. We did just fine without it. Find what works best for you! If you feel you need some help or more insight I would be willing to do business consulting, however, if you are starting or operating your business near Philadelphia, PA – I won’t be able to provide consulting. Email: soulsgonewild@gmail.com

Good Luck and have fun!

-Andrew

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When working for others, doesn’t work

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I entered the work force when I was fourteen years old. Since then I have probably worked forty maybe even fifty jobs. I lost count. Sure some jobs were better than others, but overall, I never really enjoyed clocking in. Something happened when I was living in Chicago though. I discovered independent contractor jobs. My first independent contractor job was a dog walking position. I loved it. It was the first time I really had more freedom in my work space. I wasn’t completely autonomous, but it was much better than what I was used to. When I moved to Wilmington, NC I taught meditation and did aura readings. I was an independent contractor. What I didn’t know was that I was working my towards becoming my own boss.

In 2016 my wife and I started a dog walking business. It’s January 11th, 2018. I have been my own boss for two years now. I love it. I may be ready to move on from our current business, but I’m not ready to move on from being my own boss. It works for me and that feels good. So as we transition out of the dog walking business and into our new brand, its a little scary. I honestly don’t think I could go back to working for someone else, I really don’t. I like to call the shots. I like to take risks. I like to hustle. I like knowing that my motivation will be compensated.

It took me a long time to figure out what was wrong. It also took me more time trying to make my survival space match up with my identity. Fail and fail some more and eventually you will find an open door. When working for others, doesn’t work – start looking at what will work.

I spent a lot of time doing dumb shit like looking through jobs I would hate simply because I thought that was all I could get. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know my strengths. Running a business has taught me so much. It showed me that if I really put my mind to it and invest my energy I can get results. It also has taught me to respect myself and my time. It was a process of stepping into my worth. I imagine I will continue to do that in my next endeavor.

What brand or business do you want to create?

-Andrew

Who is running your business?

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I wouldn’t say that I am seasoned entrepreneur, but after running a business for the past year and a half, I have learned a few things…

Recently I have thought a lot about the title of this blog. Who is setting the tone of my business? Myself or my clients? After giving this some thought, I realized that I was no longer the one running the business, my clients were.

You see, with the business that I am in, there is a fairly high demand. It is one of the reasons my wife and I started this business, but I must say, with a high demand and little help, the business can start to turn on you.

Our first year in business there was a very high rate of growth. Along the way we had to implement policies such as a cancellation policy. I knew our clients would not like it, but it was something we had to do. It really helped ground our schedules more which was helpful.

Eventually we hit a point where we needed help. There was no way around it, so we started hiring employees. This was quite the growth period; workmans comp, payroll, labor laws, employee handbook, high turnover, etc. After going through a few employees that don’t work out, you become so grateful when hiring an employee that does their job well.

Having employees changes everything, especially in our line of work. It really impacts the clients. We really started feeling this energy from everyone that nobody wanted us to continue growing and hiring employees. They only wanted Heather and I doing the work. In a way this can be seen as a compliment and also can become very frustrating. We experienced both.

It’s funny. When I worked for other companies, I would always think how I would do things differently. Now that I have my own business, I understand why my former bosses did what they did. If everyone had the chance to run their own business, it would completely change their opinions on their former managers and bosses. Don’t get me wrong there will always be a few bad apples out there, but I certainly understand the stress a manager and owner goes through now.

So, who is running our business now? The energy is shifting for us. We are taking back control. We have had to update policies and we have eliminated working on weekends all together. That is a big no no in our line of work. You just don’t do that. But we did and I feel the freedom already starting to return. The business started consuming our lives to the point where there was no room for anything else. It just wasn’t healthy.

Something I am learning lately is how valuable my time is. I know that the more time I have to put my energy into things that I love doing, the more happy I am. I often felt that I wasn’t doing what I loved, I was just resisting what I hated. That resulted in a lot of bad job experiences throughout my life. I love being an entrepreneur, but I think it is important to start a business that you truly love. I also think that even spending an excessive amount of time doing what you love can be unhealthy. I love filmmaking and I used to create daily vlogs on YouTube. As much as I loved making videos, I started not enjoying it anymore. Balance is key.

With the tone resetting with our business, I am already looking at what is next. I used to think that expanding with a dog daycare or creating business management software was the next step on our business journey. To be honest, I don’t think any of those ideas have to do with our next step.

Eliminating debt, passive income, art, happiness, travel, the unknown, meditation, being healthly – this is what I envision. All I know is that the growth period is going to be huge. Challenge accepted.

To be continued…

-Andrew