Guess who is back, back again

The Slap heard around the world and other things

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Just in case you didn’t see it, here is right after the incident.

Yes, that is right, I’m back after a forced break by life getting in my way. The best part is I’m a lot stronger than I was, and my focus is back where it should be. A lot has gone on since I last updated you all on what’s going on. I will check in on that and current events in the real world.

Will Smith and the slap was heard around the world (Except in the USA, where it was cut out)

It all starts with comedian Chris Rock making a G.I. Jane joke at the expense of Smith’s wife, Jada Pickett Smith. It needs to be noted upfront that Jada has Alopecia’s hair loss condition. As a result of this, according to reports, she decided to shave her head. It’s a personal choice, and it should be respected; plus, I think she pulls off the look.

Now to discuss the elephant in the room, Chris Rock’s Joke. On a human level, did he cross the line? Yes. However, from a public relations perspective, the fact that Jada Pickett Smith shared her issue with hair loss. The results from that are on her. She and her husband are public figures, so anything they do or anyone else in the public eye is fair game.

The problem was made worse by Will Smith; going up on stage and slapping the “s@%t” out of Chris Rock (in his own words) caused the problem worse. We are two days out from the Oscars, and people are still talking about it, telling us where the priorities are for those in our country. This incident wiped the Ukraine/Russia war off the front page of every newspaper in the world, and then, to top this off, the slap overshadowed Smith’s Oscar win. The optics of the situation looks dire for Smith, no matter how you look at this. The biggest reason he’s apologizing is he and his people know he is going to lose endorsements and potential movie contracts.

Breaking News: 6:23 pm EST on March 30, 2022
According to CNN and the AP, The Academy’s Board of Governors says Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars and “refused” and says it has opened disciplinary proceedings against him.

Speaking of the Ukraine/Russia war, It’s was the worlds leading headline for four almost five weeks. Things happening in this unprovoked and bring back memories of World War II. Many are comparing to the idea that this may be the start of World War III. Since there are similarities, from a historical aspect, this as an event can’t be ignored. We, as a nation, need to remember our history as we all know it repeats itself. I know that Ukraine is not a NATO nation, but it comes down to a fundamental human rights issue. Is Russia wrong? Yes, Is Russia losing this war yes. The next question comes down to the idea is what is the Russian Federation going to do next? I wish I had the answer to that question, but I know what I will do to protect my family and business.

Lastly, a minor update on me, Many things in my life are starting to settle down. However, I learned something more about myself that I had a feeling on, but was never too sure of till last December. I found out that I have a disability, one that I was expecting, but it didn’t sink in till I saw it on paper. I have finally come to terms with it and, for the most part, am starting to understand it. It’s not going to change things, but I can now explain why things were the way they happened in the past, and now I can look toward the future.

Thanks again for stopping by to read my blog or listen to us on Anchor. FM.

What does it take for a business to recover from the current pandemic?

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I started thinking recently about how businesses will recover from the financial hardships caused by the current pandemic. The first thing I came up with was that some companies wouldn’t be able to recover. It could be for several reasons like financial, personal, and environmental. These particular businesses in question will have to face the fact that they have worked very hard at the building may not work in the post-covid economy.

The nasty word coined during covid was the word “pivot.” It may be repeated several times during the pandemic, even though the word did well when tried to subside. However, as much as I had to say the word, it’s spot on regarding what you need to do to stay in business. My thought is you need to be more agile or flexible. You must be able to change on a dime. Because if you don’t, you will not be in business for yourself anymore. Many companies I’ve seen have had to cut staff, get loans from the Federal Government. I know many companies have taken their beatings and cut very hard (I’m one of those businesses).

The biggest thing that the whole pandemic has taught me is that we need to be leaner as companies. For example, many companies are ditching office space and retail spots, co-working situations, or just working at home. Before the pandemic started, I would look at co-working office space to help me expand; then Covid hit, so I pulled back from the idea; many companies also cut marketing-related services, where companies go entirely wrong. I just went in another direction to keep my business alive.

Many business owners believe that marketing-related services are fat you can allegedly cut from a company budget. It is so not the case. It would help if you found other cuts in your business, which could include cutting independent contractor hours or eliminate positions. It would be considered unpopular and may optically look very negative. The one thing most businesses owners need to remember when it comes to their businesses is to keep the emotions. You MUST look at the bottom line.

These are just one of many things I’ve thought about over the last 19 months. My business is starting to look up again, and we are about to create a new chapter. So follow along with us here on our site or via our social media platforms to keep informed of our comings and goings.

Side Hustle — Considering publishing a book

If you want to make a little extra cash on the side, consider writing and selling your book. It can be about anything – from general topics like entrepreneurship to niche markets such as pet care. Even if it’s just a few pages long, people will buy it because they’re looking for quick reads that don’t cost much money. All you need is a computer with internet access and an idea! For starters, it can be a lot of work.

How does one get started? You can write your book for free using a word processing program on the computer. Once you have enough content, pay someone to format it to be ready to publish online or in print. It doesn’t cost much money, and there are plenty of freelancers who will do this job cheaply compared to what they charge for a full-time job. You can even find people on freelancing sites who will do it for free in exchange for the exposure that your book gets when you publish it under their name. There are many benefits of having a published book – including being seen as an expert and authority figure while making money off every sale!

If you want to keep things on the inexpensive side, have it be a DIY book. You don’t need an editor, but you will pay someone for a good cover design. There are many benefits of having a published book – including being seen as an expert and authority figure while making money off every sale. This way, it creates a potential stream of income for you. With a bit of effort, you can promote the book with the right help or using social media to promote the book. That alone takes little effort to do; We can show you how to do it.

For example, if you self-publish a book about your adventures as a travel blogger and sell it on Amazon for $0.99, you can make up to 70% of the profits! That means every time someone reads your 25-page Kindle e-book, that’s potential $0.25 in your pocket (minus delivery fees). It doesn’t get much better than that!

This is just one way you can earn money with self-published books – there are many more ways out there waiting for people like us who want an easier way to make some quick cash without too much effort or hassle involved.

Now that you know the ins and outs of self-publishing books for profit, it’s time to get started! You can begin by taking some notes on what your book is about. What are the key points? Who do you want reading this type of content? How will they benefit from reading it? Once you have some ideas down, please look at our list of top places to publish your work–we’ve got them all right here in one place. From Amazon Kindle e-books to Udemy courses, there are many different ways to make money with self-published material these days. Have fun exploring, and we’ll see you out there!

We get this question all the time

Since the pandemic started last year, as many of you are aware, people were losing jobs. As a result of this, auctions houses and businesses like mine got very busy with the million-dollar question, “What is this worth.”

For us as a company, We get that question asked all the time. However, people specifically come to us with baseball cards. During the pandemic, sports cards, in general, did see an off-the-chart demand as people were looking for something to do it. With all of that said, it created another wave of flippers in it to make a quick buck and get out. Once many of those people made their money. However, the cards they didn’t want or just the common cards were taken to local card shops or other places where you can sell stuff.

The problem is that most sports cards are extremely overproduced, which in turn drives down the value of the lot of cards that you are looking to sell as a whole. Most dealers, including myself, will not buy large lots like that unless it comes with a beautiful price tag.

As a result of the Pandemic, as of July 1, 2021, we made the executive decision to stop accepting consignment offerings.

Here is our reason why:

Market value is determined by demand and rarity as well as the economy. Also, a sentiment often affects the value potential a consignor attributes to their item. More than one person will have to want to buy your item to drive the price up. 

People seem to think that they can get what they paid for it or more and potentially profit. This isn’t always the case. This results in a lot of misunderstanding and having to educate on what an item and really gets. Not what they say it may be worth.

To keep in mind, you have to look at all of the available platforms out there to figure out where an item has the best chance of selling.

Honorable Side Hustles – Virtual Assistant

With how the world is changing, people not only have their full-time job, but they are also doing something on the side to earn some extra money. We already wrote about the top 10 side hustles that you can start doing right now, but we thought it would be good to do more of a deep dive on each to give you more insight into them. We will provide you with more information on Virtual Assistants and what they can do for a client.

General Assistant

If you have never delved into the world of Virtual Assistance, this is more than likely where you are going to start. A general assistant’s work varies massively from spell-checking documents for clients, helping with different admin tasks to alleviate some of the workloads to monitoring content on a website or becoming a moderator on forums, and more. The possibilities are endless when you are a general assistant, and it allows you to try many different things to develop a much broader skill set. General Assistants can earn from $15-30 per hour.

Social Assistant

Now we start to look into different specializations of an assistant. First, we have the Social Assistant. Social Assistants tend to look after the Social Media content while also looking after the other generic admin such as email management. Social Assistants slightly differ from Social Media Managers, as they will also engage with different brands and do hashtag research to ensure that the best results are achieved. The Social Assistant is suitable for those businesses that want to have continual content on their different Social Media channels. Pay for Social Assistants varies from $15-50 per hour, depending on the amount of experience you have.

Recruitment Assistant

That’s right; some businesses will recruit an assistant on a 20-hour package to reem through different CVs or even take interviews themselves. It can be a beneficial aspect of virtual assistance, especially if you already have some clients in the recruitment sector. The work is easy and long, meaning more money for yourself. You will find that the first job from a client will be CV skimming, then if you do a good job, they may well ask you to help within the interview itself. It is important to note that you cannot guarantee what sector your clients will be recruiting for, so having a four-year background in software engineering might not be as helpful as you think! Recruitment Assistants can earn from $20-40 per hour.

Writing Assistant

If you have a penchant for writing, being a writing assistant might be perfect for you regardless of the topic. Businesses need many different forms of content writing, from email marketing, website copy, letter writing, product descriptions, and more. The amount of paper that a business needs to be done would amaze you. Again, this is a much more generalized writer than a blog writer or copywriter, but it is a great stepping stone towards those roles. Some clients may even want to have a book written by themselves to then coin as their own to sell online! The pay for a Writing Assistant can range from $15-35 per hour; once you specialize in a single writing aspect like blog writing, it is possible to earn $120 per hour.

Design Assistant

All too often, businesses find themselves needing a graphic designer for different things such as email marketing design layout, website design layout, logo creation, and more. Design Assistants have a general grasp of graphic design. It isn’t to say that you are expected to understand and have highly rated skills using Photoshop and Illustrator. Design Assistants’ jobs tend to get are more for simple designs that can be carried out on Canva. Still, it is crucial that you set the right expectations with the client as some will try to get a graphic designer quality for the price of a Virtual Assistant. Design Assistants are looking from $20-50 per hour depending on previous work.

Bookkeeping

Somehow, bookkeeping has fallen under Virtual Assistants, leading to an influx of businesses contacting different VAs to carry out detailed bookkeeping. Suppose you have the proper knowledge and qualifications to be able to help companies with their bookkeeping requirements. By all means, you can make sure that if you don’t have the suitable skill set or level of skill, you let the client know; otherwise, you could end up costing them quite a lot of money in due course. Helping businesses with bookkeeping can bring in anywhere from $25-60 per hour.

Marketing Assistant

Some assistants get to a point where they can help with various services for a business and become an invaluable part of the team. Some of these duties can be website management, search engine optimization, lead generation, setting up sales funnels, ad management, and more. Again, they will not bring in the same level of service that a boutique agency would, but they have more knowledge and know-how than the layman. The earning potential is very high for Marketing Assistants, but they also start low. Pay can range from $15-75 per hour, depending on the experience and complexity of services offered.

The Final Piece

Virtual Assistants can do so much more than look at emails, and there are so many different ways you can go. The hardest part is getting those first few clients. After that, use other services such as Fiverr or Upwork to build a bit of a brand and gain some reviews online, as word of mouth is everything in the VA game. Networking is a great way to pick up some new clients, too; be sure to let people know that you are offering these extra services; you never know who will contact you to do some work.

With how the world is changing, people not only have their full-time job, but they are also doing something on the side to earn some extra money. We already wrote about the top 10 side hustles that you can start doing right now, but we thought it would be good to do more of a deep dive on each to give you more insight into them. We will provide you with more information on Virtual Assistants and what they can do for a client.

General Assistant

If you have never delved into the world of Virtual Assistance, this is more than likely where you are going to start. A general assistant’s work varies massively from spell-checking documents for clients, helping with different admin tasks to alleviate some of the workloads to monitoring content on a website or becoming a moderator on forums, and more. The possibilities are endless when you are a general assistant, and it allows you to try many different things to develop a much broader skill set. General Assistants can earn from $15-30 per hour.

Social Assistant

Now we start to look into different specializations of an assistant. First, we have the Social Assistant. Social Assistants tend to look after the Social Media content while also looking after the other generic admin such as email management. Social Assistants slightly differ from Social Media Managers, as they will also engage with different brands and do hashtag research to ensure that the best results are achieved. The Social Assistant is suitable for those businesses that want to have continual content on their different Social Media channels. Pay for Social Assistants varies from $15-50 per hour, depending on the amount of experience you have.

Recruitment Assistant

That’s right; some businesses will recruit an assistant on a 20-hour package to reem through different CVs or even take interviews themselves. It can be a beneficial aspect of virtual assistance, especially if you already have some clients in the recruitment sector. The work is easy and long, meaning more money for yourself. You will find that the first job from a client will be CV skimming, then if you do a good job, they may well ask you to help within the interview itself. It is important to note that you cannot guarantee what sector your clients will be recruiting for, so having a four-year background in software engineering might not be as helpful as you think! Recruitment Assistants can earn from $20-40 per hour.

Writing Assistant

If you have a penchant for writing, being a writing assistant might be perfect for you regardless of the topic. Businesses need many different forms of content writing, from email marketing, website copy, letter writing, product descriptions, and more. The amount of paper that a business needs to be done would amaze you. Again, this is a much more generalized writer than a blog writer or copywriter, but it is a great stepping stone towards those roles. Some clients may even want to have a book written by themselves to then coin as their own to sell online! The pay for a Writing Assistant can range from $15-35 per hour; once you specialize in a single writing aspect like blog writing, it is possible to earn $120 per hour.

Design Assistant

All too often, businesses find themselves needing a graphic designer for different things such as email marketing design layout, website design layout, logo creation, and more. Design Assistants have a general grasp of graphic design. It isn’t to say that you are expected to understand and have highly rated skills using Photoshop and Illustrator. Design Assistants’ jobs tend to get are more for simple designs that can be carried out on Canva. Still, it is crucial that you set the right expectations with the client as some will try to get a graphic designer quality for the price of a Virtual Assistant. Design Assistants are looking from $20-50 per hour depending on previous work.

Bookkeeping

Somehow, bookkeeping has fallen under Virtual Assistants, leading to an influx of businesses contacting different VAs to carry out detailed bookkeeping. Suppose you have the proper knowledge and qualifications to be able to help companies with their bookkeeping requirements. By all means, you can make sure that if you don’t have the suitable skill set or level of skill, you let the client know; otherwise, you could end up costing them quite a lot of money in due course. Helping businesses with bookkeeping can bring in anywhere from $25-60 per hour.

Marketing Assistant

Some assistants get to a point where they can help with various services for a business and become an invaluable part of the team. Some of these duties can be website management, search engine optimization, lead generation, setting up sales funnels, ad management, and more. Again, they will not bring in the same level of service that a boutique agency would, but they have more knowledge and know-how than the layman. The earning potential is very high for Marketing Assistants, but they also start low. Pay can range from $15-75 per hour, depending on the experience and complexity of services offered.

The Final Piece

Virtual Assistants can do so much more than look at emails, and there are so many different ways you can go. The hardest part is getting those first few clients. After that, use other services such as Fiverr or Upwork to build a bit of a brand and gain some reviews online, as word of mouth is everything in the VA game. Networking is a great way to pick up some new clients, too; be sure to let people know that you are offering these extra services; you never know who will contact you to do some work.