Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Best Share and Rental Based Services for the Modern Business Man on A Budget

Owning your own company or operating a personal business can sometimes seem more challenging than having a major corporation. One of the reasons for this is that there are less people to rely on, as a smaller start-up, it is likely that you only have yourself to manage and execute all responsibilities. This can feel overwhelming and maybe even lonely. As a major corporation, you are likely to have many people who work around you and a great number of resources to handle anything that comes up when you are not able to be there. The money invested is pooled and it is expected that the available resources will be better due to the increased financial strength that comes in numbers.

If you are struggling with ways to save and are interested in the value that can be found in community based, share style, or rental services, you should consider some of the below options to cut costs and operate within your budget.

Car Rental or Car Share Services

Transportation can be an expensive depending on where you live. Sometimes it makes sense to rely primarily on public transportation but that still leaves you without an option when you need to get somewhere outside of town or have to transport large items for a meeting or client interview. Sometimes it just makes a better impression to arrive in your own car versus the bus or train. There are plenty of great car rentals or share services like Zipcar. You pay a monthly fee to have access to a car whenever you need it. They have multiple pick up locations and make it easy to return it even if you need to drop it off late at night

Bike Shares

Another great solution for transportation issues, bike share programs allow you to hop on a bike at hundreds of locations within a city and drop it off at another location closer to your destination. You pay a monthly, yearly, or one-time fee. However, like most service, the longer you commit to paying up front the lower the monthly cost per use will be.

Co-working Spaces

There are so many companies out there that are now offering the opportunity to work remotely that co-working spaces are popping up all over the place. They usually offer a variety of styles of spaces to fit any type of need. The level of privacy is obviously reflected in the rate but the cost goes up the more privacy you need. This can also be a great way to network with other people within similar industries, or at least make some friends who understand what working solo is like.

Co-Living Communities

These types of co-living situations have seemed to pop up after the rise in co-working spaces. The idea is that the model for co-working was so successful, that it could likely work when applied to other parts of your life, like your living space. The style is similar to dorm living but in a more adult environment.

Juggling Living in the Now and Our Businesses

The Past, Future but rarely Present

The business world at large demands projections, business plans, analysis of data and constant checking of figures – which area of our business should we concentrate on next, which country should we try to conquer next? A full time job in itself if we don’t have people to help us out! All of the above serve to keep us in either the past or the future. The present moment is fleeting and reflects what we have been doing in the past anyway – so why spend so much time analysing it? Surely, by looking at the present moment and where we are – not just in business, but in our lives – we have a pretty accurate yardstick of how we have been creating our lives to date.

Business is a Serious Business

Most businesses are run with the aim of making money – yes, I know – I’m stating the obvious! However, isn’t it just this factor that takes the joy out of many businesses? A bit like a person who loves amateur dramatics, but when they decide to transfer over to the professional stage the joy dissipates because now their lifestyle depends on their success. There is a mantle of seriousness which now envelopes them and, except for a fortunate few, it’s not fun anymore, but business. This very seriousness is what ties people up in knots, makes them tense, stressed and out of touch with their intuition and guidance. There is too much fear of failure and thoughts of not having enough money to support themselves, needing to go back into work that they hate doing just to make ends meet and even the fear of people telling them ‘I told you so!’ There are many layers to starting our own business. It’s about making ourselves vulnerable because we can ultimately be rejected by the world and nobody wants what we have to offer. The ultimate rejection! It takes courage to take that leap of faith.

We have to be Passionate

Loving what we do is really the only way to have any chance of a successful business, and I’m not just talking about money. I’m sure all of us have had dealings with businesses which have been run delightfully – restaurants that serve the most delicious food for example. Then one day we visit our favourite restaurant and the food isn’t quite as good, the service isn’t quite as personal and, on enquiry, we find that the restaurant has changed hands. The passion and energy of the person/people that started it has gone and, unless the restaurant is taken over by people with equal passion, the customers are going to feel the difference. Is there ever the same level of passion shown for a business which is already a running concern versus one that has been built from scratch with blood, sweat and tears? I don’t know, but I doubt it. It is our energy which runs our business. We can have unlimited funds to throw at it, but unless we have passion for what we do that money is going to go down the drain, as potential customers will sense that we aren’t in business for the love of it, but purely as a way of making as much money as we can, in as short a time as possible. We won’t show up as people that they can trust!