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You Are Fired…

Over the last month or so I’ve done next to nothing to grow my business.

If I was an employee in this business then the words of Lord Sugar would be ringing in my ears and I would be sitting in the black cab thinking about my actions.

I’ve been doing things away from the computer, and when I have been online it’s to do client work for the sales I’ve made through fiverr, and my first foray into the world of offline marketing. Speaking of which thesis will be landing here very shortly :-)

What have I been doing?

  • Summer arrived in the UK, so I’ve been fixing the patio I ripped up in March
  • I’ve been busy in my lab, keeping my main source of income is kind of more important than my blog
  • Family birthdays and friends visiting at weekends

What have I not been doing

  • Promoting my safelist product to new safelist members
  • Creating the listbuilding WSO that I’ve been wanting to write since the start of the year
  • Sticking to my one post a week from the 52 Headline Hacks
  • Upgrading this site to thesis
  • Writing guest blog posts and taking action on the products I’ve bought

So the point of this post is to share my personal thoughts on why I’m spinning my wheels at the moment. If I listened to myself and took action on my ideas then good things would happen.

Take a moment to think about what you would do if you were the boss of your company, how would you rate your performance?

About the author: Andrew is a scientist who happens to know a lot about the technical aspects of blogging and listbuilding. If you have an issue with wordpress or your autoresponder and setting up squeezepages please get in touch via email / twitter or hire him on fiverr.

5 comments… add one

  • Sergio Felix May 29, 2012, 12:10 am

    Hey Andrew,

    Looking forward to see your migration to Thesis really soon, if you need anything let me know and a huge THANK YOU for your massive support.

    Take care and speak soon mate!

    Sergio

  • Nick Grimshawe May 29, 2012, 1:32 am

    I have to say I’ve been working on background things quite a bit, but all to create an integrated approach to what I am doing rather than the mix up I’ve been doing. I am really focused on streams of income online and off. It’s suddenly, to me, become critical to turn on the after burners so I can live my dream.

    Nick

  • Patrick Griffin May 29, 2012, 4:25 am

    Hi Andrew,
    Well now that is down in writing for all to see then this should give you the incentive to get these tasks done.
    P.

  • Jerry Iannucci May 29, 2012, 10:00 pm

    It’s funny you should write this today.

    I had a nightmare last night!

    I was back working in an office doing sales. For the past month or so I had not been doing any work. Every time the boss was around I would pretend to be busy.

    Finally he caught me playing video games which is something I often do at home instead of working.

    I knew I was on the verge of being fired. My boss walked up to me, dialed one of our clients, handed it to me and told me to make a sale.

    If there is anything I hate more than talking on the phone it is trying to sell stuff to people over the phone.

    I don’t remember how the dream ended but I am sure it was bad.

    I’m glad I don’t have to worry about being fired any more but sometimes it can be hard to be productive without someone watching over your shoulder.

    I go in and out of slumps. My trick lately is to make sure I set aside some time every day to work on new things. Even if it is only 30 min a day you will definitely start to see things getting done over time.

    Jerry Iannucci

    PS – You have a lab? I always suspected you were some kind of mad scientist.

  • Andrew May 31, 2012, 6:58 am

    Thanks for the comments.

    Going to do things stepwise, the market research survey is going out today, and product creation is next week as I’ve got the week off.

    Jerry, I’m a research & development chemist, basically I make new drugs that are required for clinical trials.

    The overheads mean it’s impossible to do this self employed, and when I look up the corporate ladder to jobs that pay more I don’t like what you have to do.

    You just get paid more to deal with shit and sort out internal politics. Sadly you can’t skip the middle management layer out and many of the business decisions being made have no logic.

    Anyway mini rant over, time to send the survey.

    Andrew

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