Its been a while since I last posted a “what’s going on with me lately” type of post, but I think now is the perfect time to bring it back because there’s a lot going on and I’m always happy to keep you in the loop.
Here’s what’s up:
I Just Hired A Full Time VA
I finally did it!
On Monday, I hired my first full-time VA to do web programming and development to help me get all of my completed (and future) projects online, up and running. Also, because I’ll have to keep feeding him work to do, I know that my business will always be growing, even when I’m not doing anything myself.
In the past, I would try to figure out everything on my own – that’s just the type of person I am.
A control freak.
Now I know that doing everything on my own is definitely not the smart thing to do, at least not when you’re trying to expand your business and trying to keep hours of work to a minimum.
Minimum effort, maximum efficiency.
How I Found My VA
I found my VA through Chris Ducker’s Virtual Staff Finder, which made the whole process very simple and stress free. I’ve worked with VSF before but only on a one-off project, so I was curious to see how this was going to turn out.
The person they found for me is highly qualified, and at least from what I’ve seen from him so far, he’s excellent. Already (in just one day) he’s setup a new domain, installed wordpress and setup a theme on it with hardly any instruction from me.
Sure, that’s not too difficult of a task, but it was just nice to see that after a short message to him on BaseCamp (the project management software I’m using), he was able to take care of everything for me while I was asleep.
I’ll keep you up to date on how things are working out between my VA and myself, but I’m here to be a good boss and help support him and his family while he supports me and my business, so I’ll definitely be rewarding him beyond his regular wage when it’s deserved.
(I’m currently paying him $700 per month, which was his asking price and is standard for an overseas web developer per this article here)
Motive: Make Money vs. Helping People
This is interesting…
After I published session 15 of the SPI Podcast on Monday, an reader/listener left the following comment:
This is great content and I’d expect nothing less from you.
But I have a problem. I don’t care about helping people. I ONLY care about making money. Now… I realize that the more value I provide the more that’ll come true but I just have to take a stand against this idea that we as Internet Marketers and entrepreneurs have to adopt this altruistic mind set.
THAT’S the kind of thing that gives us a bad name.
Everybody’s out for themselves – it’s human nature. And I see nothing wrong with it. Why the self-deception?
Please don’t misconstrue this comment as confrontational!
I just want to clear the air because I know a lot of people feel the same and I’d love to hear your opinion on this issue.
Needless to say, this sparked a huge string of emotional responses from SPI readers (with arguments for both sides) which are very interesting to read. If you want to read my response and the rest of the conversation too, you can check it out by clicking here.
Round 2 – For Reals This Time
After I finished round 1 of P90X (my results post with pictures) I was in the best shape of my life.
I intended to go through another round of the extreme home fitness program, but unfortunately the holidays got in the way and I must have started round 2 at least 3 or 4 times already.
I’m really disappointed in myself, and although my physique hasn’t changed much (thanks to eating relatively well) my strength and endurance definitely has gone down the drain.
Because fitness and productivity are directly related, I also feel I’m not getting as much work done either.
Well, I’m announcing this here on the blog today to hold myself accountable – I’m now in day 3 of round 2, and I don’t intend on starting over again.
Thanks in advance for all of your support.
WordPress Plugin #1 – Completed!
A lot of you know I’ve been working on developing a WordPress plugin and I’m happy to announce that it’s finally complete!
I’m super stoked about it and my VA and I are working on developing the website and delivery process as we speak.
On top of that, WordPress Plugin #2 is already in development too. I’m even more excited about this one, so stay tuned.
You’ll definitely hear more about the plugins as they are made public.
Photoshop Tutorials Webinar for Bloggers
A lot of people were excited when I announced that I’d be hosting a couple of webinars to help bloggers easily use programs like Photoshop and Gimp to create graphics for their blogs that are commonly needed.
This will be happening and I’m currently in the planning process for the presentation. Check out the mindmap here to see what kinds of things I might cover, which were actually requested by you:
The most popular requests seem to be stuff regarding social media (twitter backgrounds and facebook images), logos and eBook covers, as well as just basic information about how to reduce file sizes.
It’s in the works, so stay tuned.
No – I didn’t get a traffic ticket, although I was pulled over twice within 1 week because someone apparently stole the registration sticker from the back of our car.
Anyways, this is the kind of Traffic School you can be excited about!
Corbett Barr from ThinkTraffic.net (you may remember him from session 8 of the SPI Podcast – How to Get More Traffic), who is a dear friend and one of the people I respect most online, is coming out with his first premium course called Traffic School, which I’m happy to say I contributed to!
It hasn’t launched yet, but today Corbett released a free 8-page report called The Real Reason Your Site Isn’t a Massive Success Yet (no opt-in is required) that is actually a very very good read, so I recommend you check it out.
You can also signup to be notified when Traffic School does become available if you’re interested. As Corbett mentions on his blog, this course isn’t for everyone and some may not be able to afford it, but you’re always free to enjoy the free content on his blog and in his reports.
Oh, and in case you missed this post back in January on his blog, I went head to head with Everett Bogue in a heated formal debate about blog comments and whether or not you should leave them on (my side), or turn them off (Everett’s side). One of the most fun “guest posts” I’ve ever done.
So – that’s what I’ve been up to. As always, I’ll keep you in the loop and I hope this inspires you to take some action and get things done too.
Wishing you all the best!