Time Management, Focus, and Low-Cost Labor

I wanted to update you on three articles I’ve recently published in the static area of superperformance.com.

In “Nine Sources of Free and Low-Cost Labor For The Solo Entrepreneur or Micro-Business,” I talk about the most difficult part of being a solo-entrepreneur: never having sufficient help.

Because it’s so expensive to hire help, you do almost everything for your business yourself. In most cases, “free” volunteer labor is not legal. And the abuses in the area of “free” labor abound.

In this article, I’ve gathered a list of “free” and low-cost labor and have some suggestions to make sure you use them in a lawful way. (But please remember, as I say throughout the article, I’m not a lawyer and you’ll have to check my understanding with your own legal advisors.)

“Time Management: Distracted By Time-Saving Technology?” is about how even the simplest tasks are actually taking longer to accomplish than they did before we had all the wonderful “time-saving” computer programs and gadgets that we do today. Maybe we’d have fewer distractions if we were more selective about when and how to use technology.

“Focus And Goal Achievement Through Visualization” is also about beating distractions, but, in this case, the people and other environmental distractions of the workplace. It explains the use of visualization techniques to create a focus strong enough to keep your mind on your goals and priorities amid multiple distractions and interruptions.

Who knew social media was funny?

I’ve mentioned here that I’ve been getting into using social media to make my website and blog better known. It’s been a bit of a struggle for me. I’ve avoided it — with the exception early on of some LinkedIn activity — because it’s so time-consuming. Writing an article for a website, a post to my blog and different blurbs for four different micro-blogging social media sites is just too much for a daily ritual. Especially since I’m also in the middle of developing a e-book project and a video course. Plus there’s the research. And that’s only the writing part of my day. Hey, I need time to eat and exercise, not to mention getting some occasional sleep. I hope once I get a system established, it will be easier.

But my complaint is the complaint of most small businesses. And we now know it is a typical complaint because iContact.com did a survey recently about it recently. (http://blog.icontact.com/blog/icontact-survey-uncovers-love-affair-with-facebook/). They are also running a contest for the best video submission that tells why you love or hate social media (http://social.icontact.com/icontactPeople.) People have all kinds of different reasons to praise or complain. If you’re interested in making a submission, you’ve got until December 5, 2011. Considering that you stand to win $10,000 for a first place (1 prize for “love,” 1 prize for “hate”) you might want to send in your opinion.

I discovered this stuff earlier today while I was researching for an article I wanted to write on the difficulties of social media for small businesses. I got sidetracked by finding the contest and then clicking on one of the submissions out of curiosity. I know better, but I just couldn’t help myself. Distractions like this are like catnip to the ADD brain.

Nevertheless, I found the wonderfully funny video I’ve embedded for you below. I’m a bit late in the day getting to blog about it. First I had to put it on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Then I had to email it to my brother and my sister. Oh, please, don’t get me started on complaining about email. I still have to write that article on small business and social media.

Enjoy the video: “Social Media is for Loosers.”

Three new articles for fun and profit

I’ve written and published three articles since I last posted here. Two you’ll find on superperformance.com, and one has been published on EzineArticles.com.

In “Gestures Don’t Have To Be Grand To Be Impressive — Or Profitable,” I talk about the ways in which you can do kind, generous, thoughtful things that deeply touch others. These are actions that are intended to benefit the other person without any strings attached. Yet, despite the fact that you do it without any particular expectation of return — that is, the primary reward is in the action — you almost always get other valuable returns. And if you do it as part of your business practices, you always profit in amazing, unplanned ways.

“Human Performance — The Three Essential Issues Made Easy for Business,” describes the critical factors in the study of human performance. They are actually quite easy to understand and simple to apply. They are necessary to the successful functioning of your organization.

How many confusing presentations you’ve heard on theories of human performance, performance management or human performance technology? Do you really get all the complicated terminology and convoluted details?

Here’s the short, sweet, untangled version of the basic, practical ideas.

The article I sent to EzineArticles.com “Image-Based Products – Easy and Consistent Profit Makers,” gives an overview of the business opportunities in creating such products.

By image-based products, I mean physical products that are based on photography, graphics and artwork. Such products might include printed tee-shirts, cards, stationery, journals, notebooks, ornaments, mugs — anything you might see on customized printing sites — and more. I’ve recommended specific image-based products to you several times in this blog and in other articles on superperformance.com.

I like to recommend them for solo entrepreneurs and micro businesses because they are so easy to get started with and for one person to produce, market and ship. Not to mention that there are so many outlets for selling them both online and off.