Getting Ready For 2019!

I can’t believe that it’s fixing to be 2019! Another year has just flown by. That old saying that time goes by faster as you get older is definitely true. The older I get, the more appreciative I get of living life, family and friends and my occupation. That’s right, I’m thankful for work. There are so many people out there unemployed right now. There are roughly 96,000,000 people unemployed.1 That’s a lot of people folks. So that’s why I’m so thankful for my job. I’ve been without work before and it’s not fun. It’s degrading as hell to be quite honest. Anyway, enough on that tangent. I’m supposed to be talking about 2019.

So, what are my goals or resolutions for 2019? First off, I have to split up my goals and resolutions between personal and business. Because they are so different they need their own category.

Personally, one of the major changes I plan on making is the way I eat. I eat way too much junk food. In fact, I probably eat out 4-5 times a week and that’s way too much. And the sad thing, I eat fast food, which is the worst type of food you can put in your body. I want to start eating more veggies and fruits. Cut out the sugar, bread, rice, and other carbohydrates. I don’t want to do the Atkins diet, but I do want to get my body close to ketosis. Another personal goal for 2019 is more movement. Not just exercise, but movement in general. When I’m sitting at my office behind my desk, just stand up and move around a little. I just recently received an Apple iWatch Series 4 for my birthday and Christmas present from my mother and I love the way it makes you stand up occasionally, breathe deeply and simply move around. It’s awesome! I also want to incorporate some actual exercise into my regimen.

Business wise, I have several goals and resolutions for 2019. First off, I’m going to focus on one project at a time. I have about 50 irons in the fire and I tend to move from one to the other without being thorough. Everything from music to web businesses, then I have my normal 9-5. So it keeps me hopping, that’s for sure. Secondly, I want to start focusing more attention on the little things. Let me explain. I have a tendency to work on the big picture because I’m a visionary and I have to literally put blinders on to focus on the details. I prefer coming up with the idea, the business plan and the creative side of all my projects, then I neglect the smaller more “foxes in the holes’ things. Another goal of mine is to learn my website development platform even better. I use WordPress and it’s the most powerful CMS system on the planet. Not to mention, it powers over 27% of the websites on the Internet today. And WordPress makes up 14.7% of the top 100 websites in the world!2 It’s a powerful platform and the sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can do with it.

Overall, I think 2019 is going to be a great year! A year of new beginnings, and hopefully growth in both personal ways and business!

What are your goals or resolutions for 2019? It’s not too early to start thinking about them. Use the comments section below and share your thoughts!

SOURCES:
1 https://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2017/01/13/donald-trumps-entirely-correct-there-really-are-96-million-unemployed-americans/#7cf8dd9b65ab
2 https://www.whoishostingthis.com/compare/wordpress/stats/

Ready for 2018!

Well I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely glad the new year is here. I’ve been getting ready for 2018 for a while now. It’s a brand new year and this year my motto is “Moving Forward”. Moving forward in every area of my life. Health-wise, spiritually, financially, mentally and physically moving forward. It’s a brand new year and I might as well make some changes because God knows I have areas in my life that need improvement. I need to get better at reaching out to people. I’ve become a hermit as I’ve gotten older and I don’t like it. I’m going to stretch myself a little more here and try to start going out with friends and family to have fun. My social life sucks right now because all I do is work and come home, eat, sleep and repeat. I need a little variety in my life. I turned 48 years old this past December so I’m not getting any younger. I admit, I’m still in my prime, but still, I’m wasting it away by being such a loner. So that’s one of my New Year’s Resolutions. Quit being such a loner.

To combat that, I’ve already joined an online dating service. I went with Plenty of Fish because first off, it’s free. And secondly, there’s a lot of cool features on there and I’ve heard great success stories from POF. I’m looking for a friend first. I’m twice divorced so I’m not in ANY HURRY AT ALL to get in a committed relationship. I want to start it off slow as friends and let it progress from there. Here I am talking about my personal love life and I should be talking about the business. Okay, let’s do that.

The business plans for this year are simple. Continue to grow JamieRichards.us, JamoRecords.com and MusicalGurus.com and as they progress leverage that time with the time I’m putting into my 9-5. I would like to be full-time in my businesses by Spring of 2020. That’s a 2 year plan so it’s really not that far away. You should always have a short-term goals list and a long-term goals list.

My 4 short-terms are simple:

  • Save money
  • Eat better
  • Exercise more
  • Be more social

My 4 long-term goals are:

  • Plug money into savings
  • Sock more into my 401k
  • Build my businesses to a point that I can sustain my current income
  • Finally, to meet the girl of my dreams and maybe settle down

I think those are all very attainable goals. Don’t you?

So let’s talk about the businesses a little bit. I’m very excited right now about JamoRecords.com. We now have a full-fledged online store where you can purchase audio tracks for your next audio/video project. I’ve also got all my personal albums up there and for sale. And a history of all of my music is represented on there now as well. MusicalGurus.com is also coming along. The vision for it is to have an online marketplace where authors can sell their music/audio files. So not only will you be able to purchase audio files there but if you’re an author you can sell your own audio files and make money. We cover every genre you can imagine and every type of audio file. Types like beats, tracks, loops, sound fx and commercial idents. We have genres like Hip-Hop/RnB, Rock, Pop, Top 40, and Dance and so much more. In fact, we have over 40 genres represented. Though the site is up and functional we still haven’t rolled it out to authors yet. We’re waiting to get a few things in order first. Hopefully by Winter of this year, like a Thanksgiving roll-out, we’ll be ready to go all out and launch it to the masses. We’ll also be rolling out an affiliates program so you can make money by selling our products through your own personal portal that we provide you. All you have to do is spread the word through your social media channels and email and watch the money roll in. So that about covers my Audio Production businesses.

Now about my website business. It’s simply called Jamie’s Company, but I operate on this website, JamieRichards.us. I shut down my previous website development business called WordPress Weavers because it was kind of redundant. I have this site and my web business isn’t that big, it’s just me. So, I shut down WordPress Weavers. Besides, my portfolio is represented here and all my business email channels through jamie@jamierichards.us. I am focusing on building WordPress websites, designing custom graphics, logos and whatever is needed for those specific websites. I can build a complete online business using WordPress where you can accept credit cards through your secure online store.

Then there’s the SEO side of things for your website. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. This is probably one of the most important factors in a successful website. Coding all your key words and phrases into your pages, posts, products and every nook and cranny on your website. The more SEO tagging and coding we do, the close to the top of the pile your website gets whenever someone searches for your business online. I focus on keywords and key phrases. Making sure that page is clearly defined by those key words and phrases and using such words and phrases throughout the content of your website’s pages, posts and products. This is a very time consuming process so that’s why I charge $75/hour for SEO optimization. All my other services get billed out at $55-$65/hour.

Overall, I think 2018 is going to be a fantastic year for me. I’ve got my road map already set. I’ve got my goals ready to go. I’ve prepared as much as I can possibly prepare so now it’s just matter of letting the businesses and my personal commitments flourish.

If you’d like to speak with me about working with you on your new website or audio production project please don’t hesitate to call me at 972-977-3573 or email me at jamie@jamierichards.us or reach out using the contact form below.

Thanks & God-speed,

Jamie Richards

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