Few hours ago, I was invited to visit the studio of a local artist. I have never been to one since 2013. Before the trip, I hesitate to visit but when I ask myself when is the last time you try something new? I decide that 30 minutes visit should be good for a start.
Today, I learn about permission. It is a simple concept but it gives respect to anyone that should be credited. We will get ourselves in trouble if we do not have the permission.
It was end of March, I have sent the final transcript to the printer. While people is stressing about GST, I am happy that I have fulfilled one my life goal – writing and publishing my first book.
Back in 2007, I thought of writing a motivational book about Work, Love and Life. But I realised that I need more time to gain the content I need for work. So, I am focusing on what I have been doing for the past 3 years and sharing it to the people. After 3 months, I am now sharing 3 reasons why you should write a book and then I am sharing you how I can help you to write and publish yours too!
It is all about giving. Sharing.
When you write a book, you will be able to share your experience, expertise and document it in a form that has been used for many centuries.
Plus, if you put your book on Google Books for example, you are allowing the world to find related content to the subject and in a way you are “sharing” it to the world.
Need I say more?
Network. Network. Network
I visited my friend, Ahyat Ishak during Prospek Hartanah event in Gombak and I was called to the stage to basically take pictures with other property gurus in Malaysia together with the books written by all of us (namely Ahyat, Ali Majis, Ishmael Ho).
When you write a book, you will be able to expand your network within the niche you are focus on. It is also a positioning method for yourself and associate yourself with the people you want to be with.
“Your network is your net worth” anyway. So, write a book!
Your Expertise. Your Voice.
And when no one in your niche write a book and you are the first one to write it. Your have the VOICE. Your will be able to establish your territory and influence the niche.
You can now explore and knock doors of opportunities such as giving talks, organising seminars, personal coaching and you can repackage your book as an ebook.
Now, I believe you have enough reasons to write a book.
If I can do it in less than 1 month to finish a book while I spent another to smell my own book. You can do it too.
So, let me help you as I am opening a new course as follows:
Course Title: Your Book Your Voice
I am now offering one week book writing course for you to follow and learn the start till the end of book writing, publishing, marketing and selling.
No frills. You will have the access, anytime, anywhere.
From as low as USD 470 only!
Register your interests today, for more info, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, I have visited couple of “vendor” type boutique around Shah Alam and one in Puchong. Basically, vendor boutique is a boutique where the owner rented the designated spaces to any vendors interested to sell their product at the shop. You may have 60 different brands and companies in one shop and all of them are renting the spaces which generally sized at 1200 – 1600 square feet.
I have observed that there are a lot of opportunities that the vendors’ shop owners can grab and technologies that they can leverage (especially things that I can offer to help), so here are 5 things would complete their Vendor Management System, well at least in Malaysia.
Online E-Commerce System as a marketplace
Since most of the vendors’ shop owners originally sell their products online. They should already have an e-commerce site which should be integrated with online payment gateway like WebCash, iPay88 and Molpay.
And by turning their existing e-commerce site into a marketplace for their vendors, they can:
Offer additional added value service to their vendors – more sales channels. Long term relationship.
Perhaps, earn commission from sales.
Collect and share online database of customers (will be explained more below).
Provide notification system for vendors to be notified of the sales via online channels.
Provide dashboard for vendors for them to know which of their products are currently performing and which aren’t.
The cost to do this is between RM 5,000 – RM 15,000 to make sure it is done properly. And of course, system upgrade is needed to cater the traffic coming to the website.
But the ROI could be unimaginable. This is the 20% effort that could yield 80% results.
So, if you’re a vendor, you might want to suggest your boutique owners to implement this system.
Customer Relationship Management System and Mailing System
A good e-commerce system will come with customer relationship management system. But it depends on how extensive you would like it to be. There are many ways to look at what CRM could do to you, some include:
Collect customer information (name, email, phone)
Gather information about spending behaviour (how much the spent and how often) – this information will help you to understand them more and push for targeted campaign for these group of spenders.
Send periodic marketing campaign seamlessly and better, if you can schedule it AUTOMATICALLY.
Monitor the online campaign sent. Which one perform better than the other. And it includes when is the best time to send an email to your customer (time, day, date, week, month). Some call it email marketing, I call it “you should do this already”.
Generally, the cost varies from RM 500 – RM 3,000 per month depending on how large your target group is. Remember, you may collect as many info as you want, but knowing your ideal customer that spend the most money should be your focus.
Inventory Management System
And some new vendors’ boutique owner still manually keep track of the items on their shop which I see counter productive. Some e-commerce system I have built may be extended into having this option. And even alert the marketplace owner (website admin) of which product will be running out soon and which one is out of stock.
And the system is smart enough to suggest to the customer which item is hot and trending which should motivate the boutique owners and vendors.
I would be more than happy to work with boutique owners to get these things aligned and customise their budget for the vendor management system. Things like:
Targeted advertising technique with Facebook and Google Adwords
Search Engine Optimisation
Branding and PR training
Cost optimisation training
are some of the things that I might offer along the way or in the beginning.
So, if you are:
vendors’ boutique owners
that would like to know more, you may contact me via:
We make the same mistakes over and over again. Why? Because we are excited with the new discovery we had. And the “seems” best platform to share it is on your Facebook page, regardless personal or company page.
One thing about Facebook updates: It doesn’t stick.
Your “new discovered theory or knowledge” will be flushed by the massive newsfeed by other people. Unless, people are actively sharing, commenting and liking your status – which adds to the life cycle of the update.
And I am sure that at some point, you will be browsing your timeline to search for that one FB status that you wrote long time ago. Indeed, it is a daunting task to do.
3 Simple Steps to Make Your Content Immortal
Step 1: Write your content on your blog or website.
If you don’t have it. Hire someone to build it for you. Even if you are a standard pre-built design template for a start. Improvise along the way.
Step 2: Write “teasing” or “alluring” headline and summary.
Provide your website link at the end of the FB status. Inviting them to visit your website and blog.
Step 3: Searchable content
If you need to refer to it in the future, you can search on your website. It is now a “content library”. Besides it is search engine friendly.
I hope this will change the way you look at how website should be the focal point as Facebook is a social channel for interaction. While you yourself should own the content.
Semua yang anda lakukan di muka bumi ini perlukan ilmu. Dan pada bulan April lepas, saya telah pergi ke seminar saham rakan saya di Shah Alam, Selangor. Alhamdulillah, saya kini telah berjaya membuat pelaburan saham dan sudah profit.
Ramai dah tanya apa itu saham? Jadi, saya rakamkan video ni untuk tatapan semua:
Seminar Saham Syariah akan diadakan pada 17 Ogos 2014 dari 9pagi – 5petang di Shah Alam.
1. You can’t do everything. Hire people. Ask for help
I realised that we are more busy this year as compared to last year. Technology may assists us but we still have a lot more things to do.
Last month, I wanted to help expatriates and returning home Malaysians by compiling a list of International schools in Malaysia. I hired a virtual PA and she compiled me the list of International schools for me.
She managed a lot of small chores making phone calls, compile lists of products, price, etc. Delegate things you can delegate.
2. House rules
Since March, I’ve set house rules that I may be late for work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And I will be back early from work on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturdays mean half-day and Sundays are for family.
And flow of things are getting better when you have set yourself a things to follow. This will allow you to plan ahead.
3. Simple workout in the morning goes a long way
Since 2 weeks ago, I started to do a simple stretch my entire body in the morning. And my days are never the same.
I can feel the flow of blood through out my entire body instantly. As a result, I don’t feel like dragging myself to work. But looking forward to it.
4. 3R – Regret, reason, remedy
Reputation management. When you made a mistake, use the 3R rule. Regret about what happened, reason out and find ways to remedy.
5. Do it now if it takes less than 2 minutes
To be productive and effective, you need to prioritise. However, if something will need less than 2 minutes to complete, do it. That small motivation of getting things done goes a long way.
6. If you think your car is due for service, it is due for service
My car almost broke down last week. I have a gut feeling that it is due for major service (timing belt, alternator belt, air filter, oil filter, engine oil, power steering oil, coolant, etc).
I was right. As soon as I reached the workshop, my battery is dead. The alternator belt is not functioning well and trust me that you should trust your gut feeling.
7. Good water is very very very important
And lately, I feel even better day to day since I bought myself and my family a new water filter. I was little sceptical with water filter which business model relies on “servicing”.
I need something that work naturally. So, I bought Alkaway’s Ultrastream and now, I have good water everyday.
Free from chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals and bacteria. My vision is clear and to most important thing is that I know my family is getting the best water. When you get the basic things right, the rest will be easy.
And finally, if you want to know more about anything including the water filter, feel free to call or text me at 010-2321292. Or, you can fill up the following form: