Motorcycle detailing products specifically formulated for motorcycles.
My question, “Do you walk with a limp?” is not about walking. During the journey through life, each of us encounters trials and storms which will have an influence on our lives. These storms and their influence may be for our good or our detriment. This is why the foundation on which we build our lives is crucial.
When the foundation of our life is strong and secure, we will weather the storms of life. Having a sound foundation we often come through the storm without lasting effects, although memories will remain. If our foundation is not secure, never tested, the storms of life can crush us – leaving open wounds.
We cannot thrive in life attempting to live with open wounds. Open wounds limit our ability to fully embrace life. Healed wounds might leave scars. Scars remind us where we have been, not where we are going.
The focus of many churches today is the 4-14 window. The 4-14 window references the statistic that t80% of Christ Followers make the decision to do so between the ages of 4 and 14. Unfortunately, with many churches focusing on children and youth, they leave adolescents and adults to figure things out on their own.
When children and youth become followers of Christ at a young age their faith is complete. Complete although not tested. When our faith is tested, we must rely on our knowledge and understand of the character of God and his word, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” Heb 5:13
This is the reason Mounted Eagles Motorcycle Ministry and other ministries exist – to minister to the members of the community other churches miss. Understanding many members in our community do not have a church to call home, we desire to be a resource, a trusted friend.
As a veteran and motorcycle rider, I identify with both communities. As a member of both communities, I have observed similarities. Veterans often have a difficult time reconciling their past with the sermons they hear in church. Church members find it hard to relate to or accept the veterans. Veterans and motorcyclists often do not conform to what many church members think of when describing a typical church member.
When a person is not accepted by the church body, they will choose to not attend. Not attending church, the individual misses the opportunity to develop or reinforce their foundation for life, what one believes or considers valuable. When the storms come, and our values have not been established or reinforced, poor choices and bad decision are made.
This became reality for my veteran community this month. A member of our community encountered multiple storms and personal challenges. Not having a church body, withdrawing from his community, isolating himself, he ended up committing suicide. (Approximately 22% of suicides are Veterans).
Not long ago a motorcyclist in our community was killed during a charity ride. When his family was planning his funeral he had no church home, no minister to call. These times happen more than we realize or admit.
Presiding over a funeral is challenging, more so when the deceased is a stranger. Last year I was asked to speak at a veteran’s funeral. These events are why I choose to minister to the members and friends of my community. During these difficult times I am able to come alongside the ones grieving, as a friend, offering encouragement and a shoulder. We discuss faith, share truth from the word of God and pray. It is during these times hearts and minds are seeking comfort. Comfort from the only one able to provide complete comfort and peace, Jesus the Christ.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving give thanks, then He will give the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Phil 4: 6-10
We are available if you have questions, request prayer or want to support our ministry.
“Many serve, the servant with a limp, ministers.”
Your fellow Follower of Christ,
Reverend Timothy J. Smith Chaplain (Moto-Tec-it Tim)
Mounted Eagles Motorcycle Ministry
Liquid on road grime makes muck
Washing a motorcycle by spraying liquid onto the road grime on a dirty motorcycle makes muck. When the wet muck is wiped up with a dry solid cloth, the cloth traps the grime against the surface. The grime might be gone but often a residue remains.
Ultra Gloss Bike Wipes are non-woven pre-saturated wipes. The “non-woven” wipe design captures the grime in the wipe. Removing the grime from the surface before a light buffing protects the surface. The cleaning agents in the wipes (Wipe-on) with the jewelers polish remaining after the grime is removed (Wipe-off) polishes the surface revealing the shine.
Watch the video Ultra Gloss Bike Wipes
Shine while riding on the Open Road,
What Hat to Wear When
Owning and operating a small business requires someone to wear a lot of different hats throughout the day. Many business owners agree one of the benefits of business ownership is no two days are alike.
“Routine is wonderful until it becomes a rut, a grave with both ends missing.” Tim Smith
In my past career, a company I worked for hired a consulting firm to help focus the company’s sales force. During lunch, I was able to speak with the consultant inquiring how the company he worked for won the contract. I learned, during our conversation, that Roger was actually the owner of the consulting firm. His ownership of the company caught me by surprise because his business card only had the title “Consultant”. I learned that he wanted to be seen as an employee, not the consulting firm owner, believing this allowed for more honest interactions with his clients.
Roger and I were able to speak after the training and again a few weeks later. I learned from him the importance of being knowledgeable and competent in the multiple facets of a business. He taught me it wasn’t necessary for me to be the expert, but knowledgeable enough to know when I needed to hire an expert.
No one knows your business better than you. This is the first learning Roger taught me. Knowing my business I also know who needs the products or services I offer. Product knowledge is necessary for successful marketing. Marketing is creating the buzz which later results in sales. Sales done well results in profit and sustainability.
Every day I wear many hats for Moto-Tec-it.com, from inventory management to customer retention all the while developing a manageable, profitable, sustainable business and every facet in between.
The war on cash
Business owners choose your financial institution wisely! Did you know there is a war on cash?
“Tim, never let the U.S Government do away with the penny. Tim if the penny goes away, it is only a matter of decimal points.” Walter V. Smith, Comptroller 24 years
Two large banks are waging war on cash in the United States. These two banks have implemented policies, which although subtle, are controlling. These policies will have an adverse effect on small businesses. One bank has America in their name, the other began as a six-horse stagecoach.
These cash policies are intended to limit, while tracking, cash transactions. Banks become more profitable by limiting cash transactions. Limiting or eliminating cash, banks reduce labor hours and personnel requirements. When financial transactions are digitized, less time and labor is spent counting, dispersing, and managing cash.
Requiring personal identification to deposit funds into a bank account is an invasion of privacy. Recently I made a deposit to my account consisting of three checks, and $50.00 cash, for a total of $125.oo. This deposit was on a personalized deposit ticket issued by the bank. To make the deposit of $50.00 cash into my account, my personal identification was required. Understandably, excessively large sums of cash should be accounted for but $50? One bank even limits individuals making deposits into an account to be a signature on the account. (This means a business cannot have an employee make deposits into a business bank account, or a parent depositing funds into a child’s account)
Small business is a major revenue generator for the local economy, often in cash. Financial institutions exist to support businesses and must earn our business. We are expected to trust banks with our money, shouldn’t they be expected to trust their depositors?
Products Made in U.S.A.
Surveys confirm customers in the United States prefer to purchase products Made in U.S.A. Customers when asked also prefer to purchase their products and services from Veteran-Owned Businesses.
Global Impact on local economies was the topic during a recent monthly meeting of our Chamber of Commerce. The meeting facilitator asked, “What recent events come to mind pertaining to Global Impact on our economy”?
The first response was “tariffs”. The facilitator followed up this response asking, “How do you think businesses in our community responded when asked how they believe their business would be affected be tariffs”.
When the Chamber questioned local businesses, the consensus among the chamber members surveying, believed most businesses would have a negative perspective. The survey confirmed the opposite. All of the businesses surveyed anticipated little or no impact. In fact, businesses were in favor of the tariffs. Their reasoning, material costs are relatively fixed whereas labor costs are much more significant while much more difficult to compete against.
When consumers purchase Made in USA products they are supporting our economy. Purchasing products from a small business, is fueling the engine, which drives our economy. When customers support small businesses they are making a difference in their local economy. Supporting a Veteran-Owned business is one way to promote service to our country while thanking those whom have served.
Gig Business Group.
What’s your gig?
Is your gig a service or a product? Gigs exist in many forms and every gig is different.
Service gigs involve labor and must generate revenue to compensate for all the time required to complete the gig. Ultimately, everyone is compensated for their time. Professionals charge hourly or for a procedure, employees are paid by the hour.
When pricing a gig consider the preparation time (getting everything together for the gig), travel time (to and from the gig) and the incidental expenses incurred. These small, seemingly insignificant, expenses will add up during the course of a year. If you were to add up the total of your seemingly insignificant expenses and divide them by your hourly compensations you will begin to see how important tracking expenses make a difference in your profitability.
Gigging a product is much different than gigging a service. Product gigging can be passive, (listing products and letting them sell themselves), or active, (promoting and demonstrating them to potential clients). Product gigiging is usually easier to determine profitability because product costs are fixed with packing and shipping the main incidental expenses. When selling a product, compensation for time is still part of the equation, although to a much lesser extent.
Compensation follows either the service being rendered or the product being received. With a service gig when the gig stops so does the revenue. Product gigs can continue to provide a stream of income long after the promotion and demonstration is completed.
In closing have both types of gigs, both have their benefits and shortfalls. I would encourage everyone to find a gig and join the world of entrepreneurs. It is the most rewarding while challenging aspect of business.
Tax Day 2018 has passed. April 15th Federal Income Tax Day (this year April 17) is the one day a year when most people accurately see their total income for the previous year. Tax day is when the government determines how much of the income hard working people make is left for them to spend and live on. This is not the case for business owners – People working a GIG.
Business generates revenue, as do individuals, but business operating expenses are deducted before tax liability is determined. This means a business is able to deduct their expenses, the costs of doing business allowing more discretionary spending. Business expenses include cost of goods sold, capital investments, auto expenses, mileage, repairs, meals and entertainment, lodging, and even clothing when the expense is business necessary.
How does this affect a GIG Business? When you work a gig you are able to deduct those business expenses which decrease your tax liability. In essence you determine how much you spend of the revenue you generate, allowing the government to get the leftovers.
A Place for Grownups
Work can be a place for grownups to play while earning a living.
People work to earn a living. Making friends while having fun, work can become like the playground of our childhood. Remember playgrounds? There were some playgrounds where I never wanted to play. The work place can be similar. But the right playground with friends can make a day fun and rewarding.
Gigging can be the same. I myself have multiple gigs in different work environments. I grow Shiitake Mushrooms, Substitute teach, work on special projects, all while running a business and ministry. Why, because variety is the spice of life.
When I first began to work I had to clock in and clock out every day. My next real job was in management where hours never match the paycheck. Working in sales time and compensation were closely related. My sales position also required a lot of windshield time and nights away from home. Owning a business I determine my time and the government gets what’s left after expenses.
Working a GIG I choose the What, Who, When, Where and How Much. What gig I will do. Who I will gig for. When I will work my gig. Where I am willing to go. How much I will make when I choose to GIG. Now isn’t that the ultimate playground for adults?
Gigging is fun!
We have launched our newest product, Natural Fungus Blocker. NFB is a product every person growing plants in a humid climate zone will benefit from.
“When growing plants in a humid climate, it is not a matter of if but when, you will need a fungus or dry mildew solution.” Our formula is all natural and food grade making it safe for vegetable plants and the person applying the spray.
We call Natural Fungus Blocker the “trifecta’ for plant fungus and downy mildew on plants. The formula incorporated three very special ingredients. Farmers of the past would pour their excess milk on their plants resulting in healthier and more abundant yields. Our results were amazing when we dehydrated whole milk, mixed it with two other ingredients, then applied the formula to our plants.
Natural Fungus Blocker optimizes the benefits of milk, adds needed minerals while maintaining the plants ph. Packaged as a dry powder to be added to 64 oz. of water in your sprayer, you are eliminating one more bottle to be recycled.
If you would like to learn more here is a link to the Teaching Farmers
Having a gig can be in many forms. Here we launched a product as our latest gig. In the past I have done drip irrigation as a summer gig. Designed drip irrigation grids for square foot gardening. I have even become a log farmer of Shiitake Mushrooms.
#Moto-Tec-it Tim and Teaching Farmer Mike
Working the business
Business owners wear many hats. People starting a GIG soon learn how much time and energy is spent completing activities never anticipated. The GIG is the fun and easy part – getting to the point of doing our gig – is the challenge. This is why the Gig Business Group exists.
Having been there, done that as business owners – we are here to encourage you! When I was starting out, fortunately, I listened to a Ted Talk with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. My take away was people over-estimate what they can accomplish in 12 months while underestimating what they will accomplish in 5 years and keep your lifestyle simple no matter your success. I remind myself of these two principles daily.
Working in our business
Starting out in business our focus is getting our GIG going. We do what we must to begin doing business as soon as possible often running before we walk. Our focus is on results without considering the foundation of a profitable, manageable, sustainable business or gig. Soon, we find ourselves busy, stressed, and tired, even making money without considering if we are profitable.
Working on our business
Never feel guilty for not working in your business! This is a lesson I had to learn. It is a very different perspective to work on your business, not in your business. Working on your business allows you to make objective decisions after considering all your options. Then you are able to plan for the future while creating the lifestyle you desire. Your desired lifestyle was probably the reason you began doing your gig.