I’m proposing a new format for my blogs. You see my occupation is to educate the public on how to work less and earn more. Now I’m going to in future begin to discussing some of the issues you may be facing and offering a solution. So I propose that you send me your issues for the discussion board and we’ll see what we can offer.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

James

Posted by: simplyfreedom | August 31, 2008

What do you do for fun?

It’s a common issue that’s often banded about in todays community and yet workers still give up the majority of their week ‘at the office’. So if we’re so aware of this issue, why do we still do it? Just to make the point clear about how crazy this is I want to break it down to a very basic level. Let’s go to the basics of ‘us’ humans. We are designed to survive, to eat, breed and with our intelligence we entertain ourselves. Then society developed ‘work’ where a product/service was traded for food or some other material. This was very basic trading either materials for materials or time for materials.

It was then inevitable that we would develop ourselves, want better homes, buy better materials and generally have things ‘better’. This is a good thing, but in a way we over developed ourselves. It’s now a common occurence for someone to work 60+hours a week. Working this amount of hours would not leave you much time to do the things you enjoy. So in essence you’re trading all your time (which to me is my most precious commodity) for material possesion. Really think about it. Then think about if someone asked you what you did for fun, what would you answer with? Try this with people you know who work many hours and quite often they really have to think about it. Give it a go.

Thanks to this development there are ways to work smarter instead of harder as I made the choice to do a while ago now. I’m not here to give my story but I did chose to take my time back and leverage my efforts so that I could afford the lifestyle I wanted and have the time to live it. I now specialize in giving people back their time without sacrificing lifestyle.

But going back to the question in the title, I believe we should all ask ourselves this question frequently and see how much time we get doing that. We only get one shot at this world, will you get to 65+ and look back and think where did that go? Yes I achieved a wonderful career, but did I enjoy myself? Did I see my kids growing up? Did you spend enough time doing sports?

I’d really appreciate comments on this topic as I’m interested to find out peoples stories and if/how they overcame this issue.

To your success

James

simplyfreedom.biz

Posted by: simplyfreedom | August 27, 2008

Have you looked at your retirement plan lately?

I came across this really worrying concept this week about my financial future and I just had to share it.

Say your current salary is a comfortable $60,000 per annum (around $5000 per month before tax), you’re 30 years old and plan to retire at 65. Look at this formula:

NB. This example does not take into consideration promotions or pay rises, as they are not guaranteed.

Working Years Earning = Retirement Age 65 – Present Age 30 = Working Years Left

Working years left 35 x 12 pay slips/year= pay slips left 420

So you have 420 pay slips to last you for the rest of your life. Is that enough for you? Let’s break it down for our example.

NB. This example does not take into consideration interest rates, super annuation payments, tax or house price increases as this is a simple guide.

pay slips left 420 x current monthly pay slip $5000

= Remaining total earnings $2,100,000

This figure of $2.1m is to last you for the rest of your life. If you buy a house, let’s say costing about $400,000, that’s your total down to $1,700,000. Then you add the cost of a child, which is estimated to be around $170,000 over 18 years according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in this MSN Money Article , so this brings your total to $1,530,000. So you now have $25,500 per year (if you live to 90) to do whatever you like with. But wait! What about food (take off $150 per week which equals $7,800 a year) and a car (take off $10,000 per year)?
Now you’re left with $7,700 a year! Is that enough?
What about socialising, holidays, hobbies, more children or improving your home? Also note that around a third of that will be lost in taxes (with a home business you also save on taxes). Will you have enough to do all the things you want to?

James

simplyfreedom.biz

Posted by: simplyfreedom | August 17, 2008

A Little Short On Cash Building Your Business?

Building your home business can truly be a costly one.  Each time you turn around you seem to spend every dollar you have on advertising and not getting ahead in your business.

It basically will nickel and dime you to death.

You really can’t get ahead in your business if you have to spend a ton on advertising, especially when you are first starting out.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could show you basically step by step how you can build your home business without spending a ton of money while doing it?

Well, there is some good news.

I recently came across something that I think will really help your business as it has mine.

It is a videos series by a guy named Mike Dillard called “Building On A Budget”.

In these videos Mike shows you how to build any home business for $500 or less.

I took these free videos and purchased his ridiculously low priced book, and within two weeks of applying the techniques he teaches and am now getting as many as 10 new qualified prospects per day.

The best part is that I did not spend much money while doing it.

Now I have the tools to grow my business without getting nickel and dimed to death.

You can get free access to these videos by going here…

http://jamesweavin.buildingonabudget.com
(copy and paste the link into your browser)

Enjoy your new found wealth,

James Weavin

Posted by: simplyfreedom | August 14, 2008

MLM/Network Marketing Scam?

As you may or may not be aware MLM/Network Marketing is fast becoming the marketing method of choice for many industries worldwide. But it still has this horrible reputation, but what did the industry ever do to be labeled and cast out like the puppy no one wanted? Now at this point I must confess I was seriously one of the skeptics that when I first heard it thought whoa, you crazy? I was sitting there in my high tower believing I knew everything I needed to know about everything and saying whoa that’s one of those illegal pyramid schemes. Unfortunately my argument was quickly shot down when I had to ask ‘what is an illegal pyramid scheme?’. I honestly had no clue what one was and yet I was quick to judge (just for those who were like me, a pyramid scheme is where a business operates to recruit people into a company and these recruits get money to bring more people into the company on the promise of a product, however there usually is no product. This is illegal.). However when I looked into the opportunity I was being offered I was actually shocked at how narrow minded I’d been. So I’d like to set the record straight and change the attitude that’s swept across internet blog sites the world over.

Firstly let’s look at the shape, could that be the problem people have? Well if a member of a network organization is talking to someone about the industry they will most likely mention the word down line and might even draw a diagram. This could involve a circle and it may end up in a pyramid shape. At this point the viewer will stand up and announce to the world in a fit of hysterics “I knew it! It’s a pyramid!” and then they run out the building screaming like you just announced you got the worlds most horrible and contagious disease. Ok maybe that’s a little over the top but you get the idea. But why did that viewer have such a reaction, have they ever looked at the corporate world they’re in at the moment? That’s the biggest scam of all time and yet we know it as the “norm”! Think about it, you have the CEO/Founder at the top right? Then you have Senior Management (say you have two), then comes Management, followed by Employees. What shape did you end up with?

Corporate Pyramid

Yep you guessed it! A pyramid!!!!

Ok so it’s not the shape we’ve got a problem with. Maybe it’s the stories of people earning the likes of $175,000 in a month (which I know a lady who actually did this so its real). Sure I understand that the normal reaction is “that sounds too good to be true!”, but is that a good enough reason to stop looking? When during your upbringing did you learn that you couldn’t earn that kind of money? You can, anyone can, no matter what their education, background, race or current situation. Anyone can succeed, you just need to set your mind to it and take action. Simple. I can tell you how to achieve this if you like, just send me a message and I’ll show you all you need to know to achieve more than you can imagine. Sounds corny I know but its true and I didn’t know how else to put it! So don’t let your head tell you that you know everything and be open to the possibility that you can succeed and achieve what ever you want in life. Once you’ve decided you want to succeed, let me know and I’ll tell you exactly how to become financially free. It’s that simple, everything usually is, so don’t miss out.

I look forward to speaking with you.

James

SimplyFreedom

Posted by: simplyfreedom | August 14, 2008

Thinking positive – Does it work or is it all fluff?

An age old debate that crops up on a regular basis is the use of a positive mind set. Many people say that having a positive outlook can completely change your life, health and relationships, but just as many also completely disagree with this saying its pie in the sky. So I wanted to test it, does having a positive attitude really “change your world”?

Now before I tell you how I got on I’ll let you know a little about me. I’m James, originally from Birmingham, UK and now living in Northern NSW, Australia. I’ve a background in Marketing, successfully completing a degree in the subject and now following the career path. Now I grew up a very straight down the line, things are black or white, if your not happy with something change it kind of guy. I didn’t go for any of this personal development “malarkey”. As far as I was concerned life is life. Despite some suggestions of looking at personal development I would point blankly refuse muttering the words “why would you spend money on that?”. So essentially you could say I was rooted in the negative camp, maybe could’ve run for President of Stubborn Negativity. In a last ditch attempt to change my attitude I was asked if I would be willing to watch The Secret. Now for those who don’t know it’s a documentary/movie that’s also in book form that’s all about personal development through positive thought. Now I didn’t much go for the personal development bit, but hey there were snacks and there wasn’t much else on the box that day, so I agreed. So I watched the movie and listened to the testimonials of how a positive attitude can change your life and your results in anything you set your mind to. I actually found it quite interesting and they made it all look quite easy, but I was still very skeptical. At the end of the film I thought, non of that can be true, can it? Now despite the fact that I was skeptical I didn’t really want to think I could be missing out on something. So I decided to give it a go, well I’d got nothing to lose and everything to gain (in trying to prove it wrong!).

So now here I am down the track and what did I discover?

I discovered something I really didn’t expect. I found out that it works! Shock horror I had to admit to being wrong! (which being stubborn took a lot of effort!). I played the game full out and consciously kept my mind on the positive. I also visualized on the things I wanted (as also recommended). And things started to happen for me! Job offers began to flood in (with not much effort!), opportunities for adventure arose and my relationship with my partner jumped up in levels and I just felt truly happy! I just felt like smiling all the time! It was weird, such a small thing changed how I looked at daily situations, it changed my experiences and I actually began to see people around me in a new light. I could see when someone was positive and negative. I could relate their experiences to their outlook. Now believe me I’m not trying to preach here, I’m literally going on what I know and have found. But since then I’ve looked into positive thought some more and found a few really interesting concepts.

One of them being that you choose 90% of your results! I read an Ebook all about how you choose what happens to you in your life. It uses the example of how reacting to one event can set off a whole chain of events throughout the day and can escalate dramatically. It also looks at how you cause yourself undue stress by how you react and how you can change your thinking to improve your chances! You can pick up a free copy at www.home-based-business-know-how.com.

Another principal that has stuck in my mind and fascinated me has come form that book. And it is how two people can have the exact same experience and yet if you asked them one could’ve had a fantastic time and the other could’ve had the worst day of their life. But how is that so?

Well when you keep your mind positive you tend to pick up the positives and see the silver lining in everything. They see the chance for happiness in every scenario. You’re constantly looking for the positives so you don’t even notice the negatives.

FACT You can’t think of a positive and a negative at the same time! Try it!

Where as on the flip side a negative person will only pick up the negatives. If Mr Negative goes on holiday and immediately thinks of something they don’t like they’ll spend the whole holiday looking for other things they don’t like! Why? Because no one in the world likes to be wrong. Plain and simple, so if you believe you don’t like something you will constantly looking to back up your argument about how horrible something is. If you spent a holiday looking for things you didn’t like how could you possibly have a good time? You just couldn’t!

So is it that simple? Is it that you can really just decide to have good things happen to you? In a nut shell YES! Just decide to be happy, that’s all you essentially need to do and look for the positives everyday and be thankful for everything good in your life. By thinking about all the good things it’ll certainly put you in a great mood to start the day and the rest will follow. A great saying is that nothing is good or bad, but the human mind makes it so.

Remember nothing ever stays the same, but is it getting better or getting worse you decide!

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, I look forward to your comments and make sure you forward this to anyone you know who is negative! It may help them!

James

SimplyFreedom

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