Working Smarter, Not Harder

We are both aware of our strengths and weaknesses and have designed our business around us. We do what works best for us and that is why we enjoy it as much as we do and why we are becoming so successful with it.

“Just because you work more, doesn’t mean you get more. That’s why you need to work smarter, not harder.”   ~ Paul Chucks

Everyone hears that phrase work smarter, not harder and agrees. It’s obvious, right? But is it? How many people actually apply this in their lives? Only when you apply it in your life/business do you know it, as one of my mentors says.

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When it comes to this system with book arbitrage the guess work has been taken out of it in terms of the actions to take. For me this gives us all who use this system a huge advantage as so many dreams fall by the wayside not because people aren’t willing to take action, but they don’t know which actions to take.

“Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort makes all the difference.”   ~ Unknown

With the correct action steps already spelled out for us collectively let’s dig a little deeper to see how we can then apply these in an individually smart way.

As individuals we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Are you aware of both your strengths and weaknesses? What are you naturally good at and what is challenging for you?

Once you figure this out in your book arbitrage business it is easy to devote more of your time to doing the parts that bring you the most satisfaction and thereby profitability i.e. your strengths. It also allows you to delegate the other tasks i.e. your weaknesses in the business, either immediately or over time depending on your budget .

This means you spend most of your time being productive, feeling good and getting results. The joy is in the journey and not just the outcome and your quality of life and confidence automatically increase too – almost instantly.

Any time you spend on your business is time you never get back. So it must be the best use of your time. Enjoying your role in it will make it feel like fun and not like work at all. Now that is smart!

If you take the 10 minutes or so to do this exercise your role will become clearer not just for today but every day in your business. With this awareness you can design your business around your strengths and weaknesses and that is how big success is achieved. It ends up being pretty effortless as you mostly do what you enjoy.

This is not to say that you ignore your weaknesses. On the contrary, once you are aware of them you can either allocate time in your schedule to do those tasks (when you are a small operation), say once or twice a week and then you know they are handled or allocate them to someone else who does enjoy those particular areas.

“Success is achieved by developing our strengths not by eliminating our weaknesses.”   ~ Marilyn vos Savant

This strategy really freed me from the tyranny of fruitless efforts. I used to think I had to shore up my weaknesses and spent an inordinate amount of time ‘trying’ to improve those instead of expanding on my strengths. Talk about frustration and hard work. Doh!

Now, however, since the very beginning of book arb I am very clear on my role as I am aware of my strengths and weaknesses. I enjoy my tasks as I am good at them e.g. buying/selling books, repricing, online networking, blogging etc.

I am also happy to delegate my weaknesses e.g. setting up spreadsheets, statistics, sorting out returns, setting up a website for this blog etc. It turns out Tom is brilliant at those tasks and loves doing them. Win-Win.

We are both aware of our strengths and weaknesses and have designed our business around us. We do what works best for us and that is why we enjoy it as much as we do and why we are becoming so successful with it.

Going forward we are both looking forward to delegating even more of our tasks to others who love those roles too. This will free up our time even more and allow us to enjoy the lifestyle we are creating. Book arb is about TIME and MONEY FREEDOM equally for us.

What are your strategies for working smarter, not harder? Be sure to do this exercise for being clear on your strengths and weaknesses today and not just intellectually agree that it is a good idea to do. It only works if you do it.

Being crystal clear about these and using them to your advantage is another essential strategy for easy success. Success isn’t hard once it’s clear. It’s simple and obvious.

Next, I will break down the exact way we are buying books to great effect.

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Specific Figures

Having our money work for us 365 days a year 24/7 means we no longer have to work very much at all. Is there any job we could do where we could work 24/7? Obviously not which is why it is paramount that we have our money work for us.

In the last post I promised you some specifics in the figures we have created so far 9 months into this venture. They may not be sexy yet but they are only growing and that is the point. Compounding takes a little time. In this case, a whole year to 18 months! That’s not 30, 20 or even 10 years, that’s one year and we only expect to really see the magic of compounding accelerate from here on as it has already started.

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Very often people give up when millions of dollars aren’t created in the first month. By the way in the next 4 months I would ask you to keep an eye on the specific figures by month 13. We have been working in the background on a project that is sure to blow the doors off what we have created financially so far with book arb and it’s still within book arb. We promise to show you how to do that too. More on that to come.

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”   ~ Bill Gates ~

As I’ve stated before our figures will be at $100,000 in sales in less than 18 months from a start of $1,000 and that’s without the added project we have underway that directly relates to this system. Now that’s a great return on investment by any standard.

And that’s pretty typical within our book arb community. Myself and Tom do not have any special skills that we are applying to this and there are others who have done way better than us and some others who are growing it gradually and consistently. That’s the point. It is possible to start this system where you are and to grow it at your own pace. Who cares if it takes a little longer than 18 months to create $100,000 in sales?

To date we have created $6,544.29 in sales. Now that’s more than every other year altogether in business online over 10 years.2018 07 19th - SALES TOTAL to DATE

In the month of May alone we invested $805.19, selling 81 books for a total of $2,362.42 and after all fees we got our investment of $805.19 back plus we made an additional $268.03 in clear profit in less than 30 days. Think about that in scalable terms.

Again, I add we have learned so much more even since May, it’s now July as I write this, and the books we are choosing now are even more profitable. We are still growing and becoming prosperous. That is the sweet spot of any business and we love that!2018 05 31st - SALES for MAY

Did I mention that as international sellers we do all this on-line without ever touching a book ? We are a book store who never sees our books. We do of course employ a prep centre to have the books we sell checked and upgraded for quality, ensuring our customers receive great value. The prep fee is also built into our figures and we still make a profit.

We know from our research that before we ever buy a book there is high demand for it. We are consistently honing our skills so that we can sell our books in less than 30, 60, 90 days or more depending on the profit margins we wish to make with each one. It is insanely easy for us to make money using this system.

“To get rich, you have to be making money while you’re asleep.”    ~David Bailey ~

Having our money work for us 365 days a year 24/7 means we no longer have to work very much at all. Is there any job we could do where we could work 24/7? Obviously not, which is why it is paramount that we have our money work for us. As I’ve said before the feeling we get waking up every morning with more money acquired whilst we slept is priceless.

This system is not the only way to get rich. That’s a given. But for us it is the most effective way we have seen for anyone to become financially free within a short amount of time that requires no college education, no special skills, no internet marketing expertise or a lot of money to get started.

Another bonus for us is that we didn’t build this system. Jon Shugart & Luke Sample did. We just apply it. Could it be more simple? Probably not.

Next I will share what I wish I had known when I started book arbitrage and the ways you can benefit from knowing that starting out.

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