Hard work vs. Smart work: The Secrets Nobody Talks About

Humans are lazy by nature.

Yup…you heard me right!

And I’m going to prove it…
Laziness is the primary reason we invent things. We keep looking to create stuff that’ll help us do things faster and quicker. We don’t do maths again with our brains since we now have calculators, we no longer go to the mall to buy provisions; thanks to e-commerce websites and people like you and me…he-he. Our propensity for laziness is also what makes us susceptible to get-rich quick scams and promotions.

Bottom line is that we are a lazy species and this attitude of laziness and complacency often slips over into our business. This can have disastrous consequences for the entrepreneur or would-be entrepreneur. Handling and running a business requires a ton of hard work, and as entrepreneurs and business owners, laziness is a luxury we cannot afford!
We shouldn’t just go about telling people we are entrepreneurs, we should also show it, by our time and commitment devoted to improving and excelling at whatever business we are running.

According to current stats, a significant percentage of successful entrepreneurs devote about 60 hours to their business every week! If you can’t see yourself working at this level, then maybe you aren’t ready to bring your business dreams to reality.
Now, before we go on, it is important to realize that there is a difference between working hard and working smart. One can spend a ton of time on his business but achieve very little when compared to someone else who spends less time. So, how does this apply to you and your business?

Ensure you work not just hard, but smart as well! Make sure your time is judiciously spent, invent your time into productive activities that will move your business forward and take you to the next level. Look at the activities you are engaged in throughout the day, analyze which ones are helping your business progress and which one isn’t, cut down time for those activates that aren’t doing much for your business and focus on the ones that are pushing things forward.

Review your actions. Whenever you find yourself engaged in any activity, ask yourself, “does this help move my business towards my goal.” If your answer is “no,” then make the necessary adjustments. This would keep you focused and ensure you are always engaged in productive activities.

Time is steadily slipping away, and like the adage goes “Time waits for no man” productivity isn’t only about hard work, but it also demands that one works smart! Become a smart entrepreneur today and place your business in the position for success!

Have a great week!

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 george says at 22:49 et
I've been selling on amazon FBA for the last 14 months.. Doing well, around 14,700 usd net profit after costs and taxes per month.. Looking to expand now to Shopify too with your help! Thank you!
 
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 Mike says at 23:12 et
Nice one Pat! Let me know when you reach 2k per day :)
 
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 daniel says at 21:27 et
What do I need to have to sell in EUROPE?? in pan european seller central
 
Claudia says at 21:27 et
Business registration in an EU country or company in EU, VAT registration in every country where your inventory is held, (usually its UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic) Also need CE certification. then you do in future also Annual income tax filings in your EU registered country, Monthly VAT filings in your registered countries, Annual, quarterly, or monthly filings of your activities with Interstat (the frequency depends on your sales volumes), A continuous customs bond for Schengen countries.
Continuous customs bonds for non-Schengen countries (basically the UK). There are companys that handle all that paperwork like FBA-Hero, check resources sections..
 
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 Alex says at 21:32 et
Hey fellow Shopifyers and Amazoners ! I would be very grateful for some input! I am setting up a blog for my site. I am not looking for the native shopify blog vs. wordpress pros and cons?
 
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 Samuel says at 21:32 et
Shopify has built in blog functionality - that's all you really need.. why would you separate blog from the store, it makes no sense these days.
 
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 Ab says at 21:42 et
any good facebook bots?
 
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 Chris says at 21:43 et
check manychat.com and trustmsg.com to build list via chat on facebooks..
 
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 diego says at 21:44 et
Who is importer of record when shipping to amazon? AMAZON?
 
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 little_tiger says at 21:45 et
No.. Amazon will not be the importer of record for any shipment coming in from overseas. Your shipment will be rejected. Your freight forwarder should take care of this! For example I use Flexport..
 
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 Jay says at 21:45 et
What are hidden costs when importing by sea freight?
 
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 Chris says at 21:45 et
JAY - Cargo Insurance, Customs Bond, Arrival Agent Fees, Warehousing fees, Delivery to amazon warehouse fee and of course Custom clearance.. Your freight forwarder should take care of this and give you invoice if any taxes are due!
 
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 Mister A says at 21:45 et
Any tips on choosing right product for FBA?
 
Claudia says at 21:45 et
Have you watched the video about the rules on choosing the product? in short, choose a small and lightweight product, not easily breakable, not a complex electronics, avoid patented stuff, price range 20-50 usd, make sure DEMAND is there and check with best seller tool!
 
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 Highlander says at 21:46 et
What categories are best for white labelling busienss?
 
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 lou says at 21:46 et
Sports and Outdoors, Home & Kitchen, Patio, Lawn & Garden and Pet Supplies.. Avoid Appliances, Electronics, cameras, jewerly, music and watches
 
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 sultan says at 21:47 et
2 questions. Love the community very helpful read..

1.Whats BSR??
2. Whats MOQ?
 
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 Uncle Sam says at 21:48 et
BSR... BSR (best sellers rank) is how well you are ranked on amazon.. the smaller the number the better!
Ideally you must be under 10,000 BSR to get 5-10 sales per day!
 
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 Lucy says at 21:48 et
MOQ minimum order quantity.. Usually 500-1000 units when doing whitelabelling..
 
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 Boris says at 17:39 et
I started private label selling 6 weeks ago and my conversion rate is 8.5%. Is that good or bad? I sell around 7 units per day
 
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 lou says at 17:39 et
It's good. Your goal is to sell 10 units per day, $10 per unit profit. You are on the right track, keep pushing!
 
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 bitmap says at 15:14 et
great course, love every minute of it!! please do more videos about facebook ads!
 
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Claudia says at 15:15 et
will do! we have facebook mastery bonus coming soon! awesome stuff
 
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william says at 12:34 et
Hi everybody, I'm new here and is excited. I'm just looking at the Course Intro. I'm starting with ZERO and will keep you guys posted.
 
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Claudia says at 12:35 et
Hi William, great to have you here!! I'm sure you will love it. Share your progress with us!
 
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Ricardo says at 07:30 et
We are improving a lot our fb ads, yesterday we've reach 200 orders, and today we are closing with almost 900, but I have a question: How do you manage lots of orders? I use oberlo but is it anything beside 'clicking' to every order? I also, how to deliver automaticaly to my customer when their tracking code is available(?) (this hugh increase is because I just started facebook ads, before I just do everything organic) thanks!
 
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 Alice says at 07:45 et
900 orders per day??? wow that is amazing result Ricardo, well done! With such big volume you need to hire virtual assistant to help you "clicking". Oberlo automates prefilling the forms, address, sync of the orders but still some clicking is needed!
 
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 Caleb says at 07:46 et
WELL DONE BRO!!! WAY TO GO! Your story is very inspirational. Are you selling only to Mexican audience with such success?
 
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 Roman says at 10:41 et
Great success always inspiring for me, thanks for sharing!
 
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Ricardo says at 07:30 et
we are targeting, USA and Our own fan page, we have 3.2 Million people of our niche and more than a half are from mexico, and other parts of the world (latinoamerica for most), I started some years ago managinf only fan pages and make them viral, recently I have this new adventure of ecommerce. If you want you can visit one of them here: fb.com/elrockescultura.org anything else glad to help!!
 
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wade says at 05:00 et
I know that combating procrastination is an important common theme here – But I think maybe you guys have forgotten how intimidating and overwhelming some of this is. Yesterday for about 6 hours I was really going though some negative emotions – Thinking no way this can work and no one is going to responded to these products I am putting up – What took me out of this funk was 1) the fact that I am starting this business for very little money 2) the realization that doing something I least had a better shot and making it than I had doing NOTHING – Might sound simplistic but that’s the edgy thinking it took for me. I think what maybe the more experienced folks here have disregard is how over whelming it can be when you can latterly chose ANYTHING for you shopify niche and product line – that is awesome and daunting all at the same time….. God I hope I get the White label level soon …LOL One last thought fear of success and fear of failure seem to go hand in hand and feed off of one another…
 
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 adam says at 05:02 et
Wow well said Wade. I went through similar hardships when starting out... What if people don't buy my product? What if it's too late? But then again what do I have to lose? It's not like i am investing 100,000 into this.
 
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 Rob says at 05:03 et
Good Luck Wade! You are on the right track just by giving it a try. 99% of people fail because they never start and give it a chance.
 
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Dimitrios says at 16:12 et
Hello,
I just started in this member's area. I am using AsinInspector for researching Amazon products and I compared its results with Best Seller Finder. I have noticed a huge difference in Estimated Monthly Sales. Best seller finder shows almost three or four times more sales. Can you explain why this is happening?
 
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 Mike says at 16:14 et
We'll check! probably different update time, as asin inspector is usually updating more often!
 
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 lou says at 15:04 et
Great start for the year!
 
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GERRIE says at 08:26 et
I would love to go to the Canton Fair. Do they contract with Dropshippers?
 
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 Mike says at 08:27 et
Yes many of the factories are glad to be a dropshipper.