Mindset, Learning, Collaboration

The future of work- how will you fit in?

The future of work

If you are struggling to find your place in the world of work that currently binds you to the 9 to 5 workday that includes a commute to work then perhaps you would be interested in working differently in our changing world of work. If you haven’t already noticed it, how we work and where we work have changed significantly in the last decade. Maybe you need to consider how you can use your skills and experience to work differently so you get more of what you want. For me it’s flexibility, over the last 12 years I have needed to work around my family commitments. What are you looking for? Whatever it is it can be achieved if you start by looking at the current digital landscape as an opportunity.

We are working differently

Consider the already changing way in which work is being done from when you first started work. Technology has changed the work landscape significantly. I no longer need to travel to my clients for all the interactions I have with them. For example, I can have a virtual online meeting with a new staff member to train them on the use of my system.  I can see them, they can see me, we can record our meeting and review what was said, we can share information on the screen in real time and if we need to bring in anyone else we can invite them in too – no matter where they are.

HR professionals and managers too have used Skype to interview talent for more than 10 years now, making it possible to employ the right person for the job no matter where they live. Working remotely has also never been easier and is becoming more and more accepted. How many of you know at least one person who works remotely? I know at least 4.

We want different things

So we know technology is enabling change but, what is driving this change in work? Technology is replacing functions that are time-consuming and in our current digital environment, we expect the thing to available quickly. We don’t like wasting time. This will be even more relevant to the Millennials who have grown up in this instant world and they are changing our world of work already. Staying in one job, doing the same thing day in and day out will not be tolerated by millennials who expect to be entertained whenever they want. They have ideals, causes and are motivated by these and not by money. Money is important, yes but freedom and variety are more important.

What can you do?

First, ask yourself if it is possible to do your work, or the majority of it from anywhere? If some tasks need face to face interaction can this be done by an online meeting?

Secondly, could what you be done on line or out sourced? Would you consider contracting on a short or long term basis?

Thirdly, could you or you and a business partner set up a business contracting to businesses anywhere doing all or part of what you do?

Fourth, do you need help understanding the digital landscape so you know what is possible?

We have lots of free information on the Anywhere  Business Network website so feel free to look through this. We highly recommend you check out our video series if you are thinking of a change so you have all the support you need on this journey. We even have a 30 day free trial to our online learning platform where you will collaborate with others just like you who are in various stages of development of their work life. They are all learning about having a mindset that will take them where they want to go. They are all setting aside any spare time they have to learn from those who are sharing their experiences, mentoring, encouraging and challenging those who are telling them “yes, I need to think differently, I need a change, I am ready to learn, work with me”

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Kerri Bainbridge

Half of Anywhere Business Network

 

Small towns are idea for living the digital lifestyle

I live in a small town! The town is blessed with a 200/200 megabit fiber that can reach out to the world!

People talk of living the laptop lifestyle of beaches and travel. When I think of the digital lifestyle it is an escape from traffic chaos and crime that the large cities tend to have as facets! You can successfully operate a business online from a town such as Greymouth!

Since my Daughter was 2 years old I have worked from home in an online setting being there for preschool-primary school and high school. She is 21 years old now and still is at home (that is another story). Yes, I have traveled, however I prefer the small town feel where you can walk down the street and know the other people and say hello by name!

I am grateful for the online flexible learning options that are available to anyone -including you! The company I have with my business partner (also living in a village) provide online based courses in social media and business coaching. You may ask how did we get the courage to break out into this business! We did so by learning about the opportunities via the Six Figure Mentors network! Anyone can experience the same transformation as us!

What is holding you back?

Feedback is appreciated!

You can follow us on facebook or our website!

 

Andrew

One Half of the Anywhere Business Network

Want some online business ideas?

Here are some ideas. If you adopt some of the ideas it is a good idea to do a business plan and find out the reasons that will motivate you towards your goals.

1.     Affiliate Marketing…………… Six Figure Mentors as an example:

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2.     An Ecommerce Store…….. selling goods and services on behalf of others -Local Craft is an example

3.     Earning advertising revenue from Blogging… using your hosted site and google ad sense

4.     Sell products on sites such as Trademe and ebay…. Picking up goods cheaply and on selling at a profit

5.     Coach, train and mentoring…. Like Anywhere Business Network

6.     Drop Shipping….. Being an Amazon Affiliate

7.     Freelance Blogging…… Writing other people’s blogs for them

8.     Virtual Assistant…. Answering email and telephone communication organising email etc

9.     Web Designer…. Designing word press sites for people

10.   Deal in Domains…. Domain reseller

11.   Outsourcing Services…. Find and source cheap producers sell at a margin

12.   Forex Trading… Risky

13.   Building Apps…. Games etc

14.   Become a telemarketer…… Speaks for its self

15.   Create and edit video…. High speed internet and software patience required!

16.   Manage Social Media on behalf of others….. An increasingly in demand group

17.   Create Content of Value and Sell it… eBooks and webinars

18.   Translate…. Skills required

A fair few of the above revenue streams can be combined to ensure you do not have all your risk in one area!

The above skills are available to learn at the Digital Experts Academy Digital Business Lounge at SFM -see our banner on this page.

 

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What ideas do you have for 2018?

What is your goal?

Feedback is appreciated!

You can follow us on facebook or our website!

 

Andrew

4 easy steps to success for 2018

2018 is going to be an awesome year for you! Why not make it even better!!!!!! Ask yourself these questions:

1.       Where is your Time Going?

Have a look at what you are doing in business and starting asking the question is productivity resulting? If nothing will result from the activity stop it! You are wasting valuable time!

2.       How is your cash flow?

Can you identify at a glance how much you owe, won and have available for your needs at any given time? Chances are you may need to upgrade your accounting systems!

3.       What does your marketing Achieve?

What is your return on investment from marketing? What is working what isn’t? Are systems in place to track your marketing effort?

4.       Breathe and take more time for yourself!

Chances are that this may have not been a priority in the past! This is a golden opportunity to make a change!

Establishing a set of values to carry you into the next year and to be created are a foundation for knowledge so you can develop feeling and emotions that match where you want to be! A paradigm shift in mindset is what you want to achieve in your motivation!

Planning your business and personal goals for the year may assist you with your own buy-in!

Spend the time planning!

Feedback is appreciated!

You can follow us on facebook or our website!

Andrew

Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

When your home is filled with clutter, trying to tackle a mountain of stuff can be quite overwhelming.

So here’s my advice: start with just five minutes. Baby steps are important. Sure, five minutes won’t barely make a dent in your mountain, but it’s a start. Celebrate when you’ve made that start!

Then take another five minutes tomorrow. And another the next day. Before you know it, you’ll have cleared a whole closet or a room and then half your house and then … who knows? Maybe before long your house will be even more uncluttered than mine. We’ll have a challenge!

For those who are overwhelmed by their clutter, here are some great ways to get started, five minutes at a time.

  1. Designate a spot for incoming papers. Papers often account for a lot of our clutter. This is because we put them in different spots — on the counter, on the table, on our desk, in a drawer, on top of our dresser, in our car. No wonder you  can’t find anything! Designate an in-box tray or spot in your home (or at your office, for that matter) and don’t put down papers anywhere but that spot. Got mail? Put it in the inbox. Got school papers? Put it in the inbox. Receipts, warranties, manuals, notices, flyers? In the inbox! This one little change can really transform your paperwork.
  2. Clear off a counter. You want to get your house so that all flat spaces are clear of clutter. Maybe they have a toaster on them, maybe a scented candle, but not a lot of clutter. So start with one counter. Clear off everything possible, except maybe one or two essential things. Have a mixer you haven’t used for ages? Put it in the cupboard! Clear off all papers and all the other junk you’ve been tossing on the counter too.
  3. Pick a shelf. Now that you’ve done a counter, try a shelf. It doesn’t matter what shelf. Could be a shelf in a closet, or on a bookshelf. Don’t tackle the whole bookshelf — just one shelf. Clear all non-essential things and leave it looking neat and clutter-free.
  4. Schedule a decluttering weekend. Maybe you don’t feel like doing a huge decluttering session right now. But if you take the time to schedule it for later this month, you can clear your schedule, and if you have a family, get them involved too. The more hands pitching in, the better. Get boxes and trash bags ready, and plan a trip to a charity to drop off donated items. You might not get the entire house decluttered during the weekend, but you’ll probably make great progress.
  5. Pick up 5 things, and find places for them. These should be things that you actually use, but that you just seem to put anywhere, because they don’t have good places. If you don’t know exactly where things belong, you have to designate a good spot. Take a minute to think it through — where would be a good spot? Then always put those things in those spots when you’re done using them. Do this for everything in your home, a few things at a time.
  6. Spend a few minutes visualizing the room. When I’m decluttering, take a moment to take a look at a room, and think about how you want it to look. What are the most essential pieces of furniture? What doesn’t belong in the room but has just gravitated there? What is on the floor (hint: only furniture and rugs belong there) now get rid of the rest.
  7. Create a “maybe” box. Sometimes when you’re going through a pile of stuff, you know exactly what to keep (the stuff you love and use) and what to trash or donate. But then there’s the stuff you don’t use, but think you might want it or need it someday. You can’t bear to get rid of that stuff! So create a “maybe” box, and put this stuff there. Then store the box somewhere hidden, out of the way. Put a note on your calendar six months from now to look in the box. Then pull it out, six months later, and see if it’s anything you really needed. Usually, you can just dump the whole box, because you never needed that stuff.
  8. Put a load in your car for charity. If you’ve decluttered a bunch of stuff, you might have a “to donate” pile that’s just taking up space in a corner of your room. Take a few minutes to box it up and put it in your trunk. Then tomorrow, drop it off.
  9. Create a 30-day list. The problem with decluttering is that we can declutter our butts off (don’t actually try that — it’s painful) but it just comes back because we buy more stuff. So fight that tendency by nipping it in the bud: don’t buy the stuff in the first place. Take a minute to create a 30-day list, and every time you want to buy something that’s not absolutely necessary (and no, that new Macbook Air isn’t absolutely necessary), put it on the list with the date it was added to the list. Make a rule never to buy anything (except necessities) unless they’ve been on the list for 30 days. Often you’ll lose the urge to buy the stuff and you’ll save yourself a lot of money and clutter.
  10. Teach your kids where things belong. This only applies to the parents among us, of course, but if you teach your kids where things go, and start teaching them the habit of putting them there, you’ll go a long way to keeping your house uncluttered. Of course, they won’t learn the habit overnight, so you’ll have to be very very patient with them and just keep teaching them until they’ve got it. And better yet, set the example for them and get into the habit yourself.
  11. Set up some simple folders. Sometimes our papers pile up high because we don’t have good places to put them. Create some simple folders with labels for your major bills and similar paperwork. Put them in one spot. Your system doesn’t have to be complete, but keep some extra folders and labels in case you need to quickly create a new file.
  12. Learn to file quickly. Once you’ve created your simple filing system, you just need to learn to use it regularly. Take a handful of papers from your pile, or your inbox, and go through them one at a time, starting from the top paper and working down. Make quick decisions: trash them, file them immediately, or make a note of the action required and put them in an “action” file. Don’t put anything back on the pile, and don’t put them anywhere but in a folder (and no cheating “to be filed” folders!) or in the trash/recycling bin.
  13. Pull out some clothes you don’t wear. As you’re getting ready for work, and going through your closet for something to wear, spend a few minutes pulling out ones you haven’t worn in a few months. If they’re seasonal clothes, store them in a box. Get rid of the rest. Do this a little at a time until your closet (and then your drawers) only contains stuff you actually wear.
  14. Clear out your medicine cabinet. If you don’t have one spot for medicines, create one now. Go through everything for the outdated medicines, the stuff you’ll never use again, the dirty-looking bandages, the creams that you’ve found you’re allergic to, the ointments that never had an effect on your energy or your eye wrinkles. Simplify to the essential.
  15. Pull everything out of a drawer. Just take the drawer out and empty it on a table. Then sort the drawer into three piles: 1) stuff that really should go in the drawer; 2) stuff that belongs elsewhere; 3) stuff to get rid of. Clean the drawer out nice, then put the stuff in the first pile back neatly and orderly. Deal with the other piles immediately!
  16. Learn to love the uncluttered look. Once you’ve gotten an area decluttered, you should take the time to enjoy that look. Make that your standard! Learn to hate clutter! Then catch clutter and kill it wherever it crops up.

“We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.” – Donald Horban

Hope this helps???

Kerri Bainbridge

One half of the Anywhere Team NZ

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