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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.
Spray and Wipe
Many motorcycle owners wash their motorcycles using a spray-on then wipe-off cleaner. Have you ever taken a moment and thought about this process and the paint?
When your motorcycle has just a light dust from sitting in the garage this type of product works well. This is not the case when you have ridden down a dirt road or on busy roads in rainy weather. The road grime and surface dirt are much grittier and much more likely to scratch the surface.
Spraying liquid onto dirt only changes the dirt into mud. Wiping mud with a solid cloth actually wipes the mud across the surface you are attempting to clean. When you use a spray wash and then rinse the surface with water, if the cleaner does not contain a releasing agent, the same action happens. This is why what you use to wash your motorcycle and the formula it contains makes all the difference in the longevity of paint. This is why Magic Wash should be your choice. Spray Magic Wash onto your motorcycle and watch the bubbles release the dirt from the surface, ready to be rinsed or wiped off without scratching the paint.
A cleaner with a releasing agent also makes washing your motorcycle faster and easier. Washing is the first part, the second part is how the product finishes. The formula provides a streak-free rinse and can also be used without water if necessary.
Magic Wash is why customers use many of the other surface maintenance products in the #Moto-Tec-it family of products.
Watch the video to learn more about Magic Wash.
See you on the Open Road,
Time is the Multiplier
There is a Bamboo plant that is absolutely amazing and a great metaphor or anyone wanting to begin a GIG, start a business or achieve success in any given field.
The bamboo plant requires a dedicated individual with a consistent and persistent mindset. This particular Bamboo plant must be planted then provided consistent maintenance. The plant begins as a seed, then the planter must water the plant daily while ensuring no weeds or other plants begin to grow near or around the plant itself. The process takes more than four and a half years of maintenance without a sign of growth or success. Then in just 5 weeks the plant will grow to record heights reaching almost 90 feet.
12 months verses 5 years
What can we learn from this simple Bamboo Plant. Bill Gates has said most business people overestimate what they can achieve in twelve months yet they neglect to realize what they can achieve in 5 years.
Starting a Gig, business or any new position requires a growth mindset coupled with the determination to continue through whatever comes until the goal is reached.
Begin with a business plan of one, three and five years. These are benchmarks and objectives to be reached. A business plan is an evolving document which should be referenced quarterly and modified when needed. The strength of a GIG or Small Business is the flexibility and ability to make corrections and adjustments in short periods of time when necessary. Often a business will develop a plan only to put it away never to look at it again. I suggest to look at your plan and make adjustments on a quarterly basis. Your present situation is also changing although your values remain constant.
If your GIG is one without much personal interaction I suggest joining a group of like mined individuals. I myself attend a lot of activities through my local Chamber of Commerce. I also have friends who are in business whom I can reach out to for advice and use as a sounding board.
The GDP and consumer confidence numbers are in. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime. The expert was once a beginner, big business began as a small business. Let’s enjoy the ride together.
Hope is not a Strategy
Out with the old, in with the new. This is the time of year when many of us take inventory. Inventory of our lives, finances, dreams, and goals.
This past year provided my wife and me challenges with blessings to match. We entered the new year spiritually, financially, emotionally and physically healthy and strong. We were entering our eleventh year of marriage. Our past challenges had never caused a rift or even a crack in our relationship. We both attribute this to our mutual faith and desire to honor God in all things.
We had taken time at the end of 2016 to plan for 2017. Early into the year, my wife experienced some dental issues. With busy schedules, the dental issue developed into a health issue. In January our car needed extensive repairs. It was time to consider taking on a car payment. In February our septic system backed up requiring extensive repairs and money. We decided to fix our car since we had to pay for the septic system. We had the mechanical repairs made to the car only to find the convertible top would cost between 3 and 4 thousand dollars to replace. Now a new car was not a desire but a need. Two weeks later my vehicle needed a new engine. We were still optimistic having a truck we used to pull our camping trailer and of course our motorcycles. Well, my motorcycle’s maintenance bill was over $1000.00. Soon after having my motorcycle fixed the truck’s transmission began to slip. Our vehicles had become our financial challenge.
The Blessing of multiple revenue streams
Fortunately, my wife was employed as an Instructional Coach at a school. We owned Moto-Tec-it.com and I had some GIG’s. I did special jobs constructing a teaching garden at my buddy’s farm. Mike, my buddy, had taught me how to install drip irrigation systems which I did as a subcontractor. I began growing Shiitake Mushrooms in January which brought in some cash in the fall. Then the school where my wife worked needed a substitute teacher.
Fail to plan, plan to fail
Having a job or owning a business does not always provide the finances needed at a specific time. Having multiple streams of income is a blessing and a need. When the job ends, retirement comes, the paychecks stop. I do not believe anyone can save enough money to retire young and live as long as people are today. I know several people who have outlived their savings. Savings are necessary and definitely a start. Having a means of consistent income is the secret. Make it your goal to begin a GIG in 2018.
Mike and Tim
Starting The New Year Right
The fall and winter months are a time of celebrations, family and the ending of another year. This year beginning in the fall have brought a much different closure to the year than I have ever experienced.
It was a Saturday in the middle of October. My wife and I were having a conversation during lunch about the upcoming winter months. Our business activities began in mid January and we were busy all season long. We were beginning the last quarter of the year when our business usually tapers down. Owning a business specializing in motorcycle wash and detailing products, understandably winter is a slower season for business. Beginning in early winter most motorcycle owners winterize their bikes and begin preparing for the next riding season.
Following our conversation about our year of business the topic changed to her role as Instructional Coach and the school where she worked. She told me about some of the students and the challenges she had become aware of. Now as Instructional Coach she had a greater awareness of the entire school, the students, and the challenges the teachers were facing. The stories of her interactions with the students, especially the young men were very enlightening. Many of the male students were being raised by single mothers. Most of the teachers were female so these boys were not given the opportunity to identify with a male in a role of authority. Soon she had me agreeing to apply to become a substitute teacher at her school.
I went to her school the next week and applied to become a substitute teacher. Following my approval I was given my first substitute teaching assignment for the following week. During my interview I told them I could substitute one possibly two days a week. My desire was to substittuet four to six days a month. This is an example of just one of the many benefits of owning your own business. As a business owner you get to schedule your hours, work when you choose, although the work still needs to get done. I believe so much in being in business for yourself I have started a Gig Business Group.
My first assignment was teaching a 5th grade class. When I rode my motorcycle to work that October morning the temperature was in the 40’s. Riding a motorcycle caught the attention of the parents ans students as well. Seeing a motorcycle in the parking lot, on a cold weekday morning was just a little different.
The class began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence, then the days announcements. Some of the students were lest than actively involved during the pledge which as a Veteran I did not appreciate. Following the announcement it was our first teachable moment. I began by introducing myself and telling them a little about my life- including serving in the Army. When they knew a little about me, my desire to share with them some life lessons I had learned. we addressed the Pledge of Allegiance and our Flag. I shared with them their opportunity to attend school, especially the girls, which wasn’t true for other parts of the world. I educated them on what the Flag represented, how each soldier takes an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America.
Opportunities with hidden blessings
Following my scheduled days to substitute I was asked it I would consider being a long-term substitute for 6th and 7th grade math. This was a challenging request, math was not my major, I did not want to fail the students. The school staff did not want a rotation of substitute teachers. The principle was certified in math and would develop the lesson plans while guiding me with instruction and lesson applications. I looked over my schedule and upcoming commitments, then agreed to serve as a long term sub through the end of the year.
My first day of class was challenging. The students were challenging the substitute. The next day and each following the students began to understand me and I them. They learned from the first day my priority of respect, attention to detail, and personal discipline did not end with my military service. The second week was much better, entering the third week they had accepted me. They realized I was their for their benefit. I was told by several student, “You really want to teach us math, you want us to learn”. These words were enough to make a grown man shed a tear.
Veterans Day was special. The entire homeroom made me a banner for my service. Two girls proudly gave me a card they had made thanking me for serving. Each day was an opportunity to teach real world lessons. One day we discussed a fast food restaurant employees inability to make change. Another day we discussed how algebra is used everyday by police in accident investigations. I was able to share how understanding graphs and coordinates translate to business, even military service. I was able to share with them how much I now value education which while I was their age I took it for granted.
Freedom is never Free!
I was able to teach some students. I would like to offer you an opportunity to teach others as you go. The Veterans Administration on November 29, 2017 has announced they are now issuing a national Veterans ID Card. This is not the medical card. This is strictly an ID Card recognizing your service. This card is to be used in lieu of a DD214 to document your service to receive discounts at retailers. When you use this card this is your opportunity to educate those with whom you have contact. We must remind our fellow citizens Freedom is not Free! To request your VIC, Veterans must visit Vets.gov, click on Apply for Printed Veterans ID Card.
See you on the “Open Road”,
Working a job is what most American do to make a living. Many of us begin working while in high school, some graduate college (approx 25%) and then work becomes our means to make a living.
Working for someone has it benefits. Business owners are the ones taking the risks. Their business is more dependent on them than their employees, and they are the ones that get to work the most hours. Business owners have to deal with taxes, regulations, and a host of business-related issues many never know.
Working for someone also has limitations. Working hours are the discretion of the owner/manager. Income is limited due to expectations and allowances for other employees. The paycheck you receive is after taxes and deductions leaving you to live on that which the government and the business dictates.
Working a GIG allows you to determine your hours. Income is limited by choice, not by others. Your paycheck is what you dictate. Owning a business allows you to deduct legitimate business-related expenses. This means you can deduct that car, your meals if you can show a business connection, and so much more. In summary, you get to live on the first part of your earning, the government gets whats left.
Owning a business allows you freedom, the opportunity to determine your own fate and it also allows you to grow your retirement instead of saving for retirement. You have the opportunity to develop a cash flow for as long as you want. This is important because I know several people who have outlived their savings and investments. Owning a business, working a GIG allows you to continue to earn even in the twilight years of life. When you work for someone else, when you stop working so does your income. Owning a business does not have to be the same. Once again the choice is yours.
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Remember hope is not a strategy, plan your work, work your plan.
Tim and Mike
Today is Thanksgiving and Friday following Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.
“Black Friday” earned its name from the past. Most retail businesses had been operating in the “red” the first part of the year. Friday after Thanksgiving was the day business began to operate in the “black”. Finally breaking even and hopefully making a profit.
Last week Walmart made the announcement that they were raising their digital prices to help support their brick and mortar stores. Their reasoning was shipping costs were negatively affecting their retail stores’ profitability.
Owning a business and dealing with shipping costs, I have learned how much shipping expenses affect profitability. When I order large quantities of product I am able to calculate my per item cost keeping shipping expenses at a manageable level. When I ship only a few products to my customers, shipping costs always negatively affect my net profit. Why, because customers have been trained to expect “free shipping” from many online companies. Shipping costs always exceeded what customers are willing to pay. (I have a fixed cost for shipping while absorbing the balance in gross profit)
What is your margin?
The takeaway: make sure your product price margin is able to absorb unexpected costs allowing each sale to be profitable.
The second lesson is to observe what the “big boys” are doing. In the past, on Black Friday most retailers would be actively promoting sale items with deep discounts. This has been the trend, however, this year is remarkably different. Retailers have learned that customers “cherry pick” the sale items and then buy other items elsewhere. The result, although the stores experienced traffic, their profitability was negatively affected. Retailers were taking the lead from grocery stores implementing the concept of a loss leader. This works in an environment with consistent long-term customers but not so well on one-day sales.
The second takeaway: make sure your sale pricing does not draw customers just for the sale, negating customer loyalty. “Groupon” is a good example. Their concept is great, promoting days or times when you want to increase traffic. The problem is “Groupon” users only visit establishments with a “Groupon” special, increasing business but not profits.
Having a Gig Business we must learn from others, their wins and losses. We do not have the deep pockets or the time to make up for past lessons.
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Tim and Mike
Passion never Obligation
“Work can be a place for grown-ups to have fun.”
My Dad taught me so much, laying the foundation for a successful life, which sadly I realized later in life. My mom would say, “Your Father never meets a stranger.” This is an area of my life in which I am like my dad.
The reason I never meet a stranger is I have had diverse life experiences. I have lived in different countries, experienced different cultures, and have worked a lot of different jobs. My first job was pumping gas, followed by food service, retail, and manual labor work. The hardest job I worked was in a Buggy Shop making leaf springs. I also have a technical education becoming a Dental Laboratory Technician and an academic degree in Education and Sociology. I attribute my career success to education, both in the classroom and on the job.
My work experience allowed me to decide what I did and did not like to do. Some things I have done were fun for the short term, but long term I would dread going to work. Some jobs were great – for a young man but getting older life would be hard.
When my children were entering the work force one of my boys loved playing music. I encouraged him to consider pursuing something in the music field. His response,”Dad, I do not want my relaxation to become work”. Words of wisdom.
It is often expected of school teachers to naturally serve in church or community functions as nursery or children workers. Their passion for kids should never be an obligation to fill a position. This is true for a GIG.
Opportunity does not equal obligation
When choosing to gig make sure it is truly something you enjoy. When gigging while doing something you enjoy, something that recharges you emotionally and renews your energy you will truly thrive. The best way to describe this is to gig out of passion not obligation.
Working a gig into a business the gig must meet three criteria to be successful, a fourth to be financially over the top. Your gig must be manageable. It is always to better to do nothing than to do something poorly. Gigging must be profitable for it to turn into a business. Some people gig because they enjoy their gig. This is often the exception not the rule. For a gig to become a business it must be sustainable. Doing something once is usually not that difficult. Doing something over and over again becomes a challenge. When a gig becomes scale-able and now others are working for you, that is when a gig business is over the top.