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Author: Marceel

Marceel is a digital media technician living in Los Angeles, CA. He is a small business owner and freelancer that has worked on everything from portfolio websites to SEO optimization of nationally ranked sites.

Can 1 Person Change a Business?

The quick answer: No.

Ok you can close your browser now…

Damn thats cliche

Can 1 person change a business?

You can’t really say. I mean Steve Jobs was said to have “changed” Apple and make it a dominant company in the tech space, but he never did it alone.

You can’t change a business alone. Lets get that out of the way now.

If you’re an entrepreneur or have your own business and you’re trying to be superman (or woman) then it is possible.

But you’re risking your health.

Your time.

Your relationships.

and most likely your insanity.

Ok hold on chill out. I’m just stating the obvious here.

I’ve been working 3 months now for a Home Decor business based in Los Angeles. They usually handle B2B sales and everything is done by paper. They subcontracted me out to help their business “Go Digital.”

Now, here’s the problem…

This company has been operating the same since 1965. Everything about their product logistics and business models is kind of dated. The most modern thing in the office was probably me.

I came in excited to make a change, but soon realized I can’t do it all.

Discussing issues with management is a drag.

Seasoned employees aren’t interested in change.

They are severely understaffed…and the list goes on.

Good people. Great business.

But 1 person isn’t going to change company culture.

1 person isn’t going to develop online infrastructure that integrates with Quickbooks.

1 person isn’t going to operate an e-commerce site

and 1 person isn’t going to generate sales.

Every business needs to find its balance.

But don’t expect 1 person to change a business.

5 Keys to Success
• Buy In From Top to Bottom
• Develop Long Term Training/Awareness
• Hire a Content Manager
• Require Participation
• Use the Right Tools and Measure It

Zach Basner from Inbound

Inventory Management Book Wishlist

I enjoy reading about management logistics and how to keep a business running smoothly. I came across these 3 books and am putting them on my wishlist. If you have a copy, share it with me!

Inventory Management Explained by David J. Piasecki

ISBN-10: 0972763112

Essentials of Inventory Management by Max Muller

ISBN-10: 1400212375

Inventory Accuracy: People, Processes, & Technology by David J. Piasecki

ISBN-10: 0972763104

Typical Friday Night

Introvert Fridays are the best.

I have no shame in connecting my phone to my TV in order to watch Youtube videos.

None.

I have no shame in watching 3 straight hours of InDesign tutorials.

None.

I have no shame in eating leftovers and staying in the house.

Some.

Back to the Real World

Half a year later and I’m finally writing again.

Where did I go?

Does it really matter?

Do you really care?

Probably not.

In the words of Kanye West, I’ve been in the “sunken place.” I’ve neglected the world for about 5 months and I’ve finally decided to rejoin it.

Some call it laziness.

Some call it depression.

I call it a failed experiment.

I attempted to work remotely overseas and continue to live my minimalistic lifestyle.

Didn’t work out as planned.

Now I’m back in LA and on the search for new opportunities.

Traffic, traffic, and more traffic

I am an LA baby and have spent hours, days, weeks, and months being stuck in traffic.

Today I find myself in Beijing China…also stuck in traffic.
However, this is traffic, unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
This traffic is frustrating.
This traffic is insane.
This traffic is downright ridiculous.

Imagine being 1 mile away from work and spending 45 minutes stuck in a sluggish moving traffic line full of transit buses, personal cars, people on mopeds, bike riders, and people walking. The people on bikes are moving faster than anyone else on the road.

Everyone is running into each other. Like ants.

This is how my morning is going.

I woke up today at 6:00 am in order to get ready and make it into work by 9:00 am.
I left the house around 7:40 am (10 minutes late) and ended up at my destination at 9:30 am.

The traffic today wasn’t unordinary.
There was no crash holding up the line. There was no issue with the subway routes. This was a regular old day in Beijing.

And what makes matters worst…I didn’t even have my morning coffee.
What a start to my day.

As I left the house this morning, I knew I was in for a treat. I used my iPhone to pay my transit fare on the first bus and was surprised that it wasn’t nearly as full as the other days. I actually could turn around and spread my legs while standing on the bus. Getting off the bus was smooth and painless.

The 2nd bus, however, was pure hell.
As the bus approached the stop, I could see the bus was literally at its capacity with passengers squeezed into the 3 layered bus. The bus driver barely had any room himself to drive this jalopy.

I opted to enter through the middle of the bus.
There were about 50 people lined up to get on this bus and there was about room for 5 of those people. However, like a giant centipede, everyone started pushing against each other and squeezing into the bus. Luckily I was near the front of the line and slid my way in rather easily. But literally, I had one chick being squeezed into my ribs and another guy next to me being pushed deeper and deeper into this packed bus. It was hell.

The bus smelled like sweat and stress.

Everytime the bus driver braked, the momentum would cause the whole pile to move. No one was safe.

I eventually got on the bus and into the crazily packed subway full of people trying to get to their destinations. Other than the fact the security people always wave their little stick near my grown, it was easy getting on the well air conditioned train. The only issue I had was all the people with hot morning breath.

I got off the subway and walked another 20 minutes to get to my destination. I literally had to keep my head on a swivel because bikes and motorized scooters kept swooping by me. Jeez Beijing has too many people.

I can’t get over how bad traffic is here. I miss LA.

30 Seconds of Your Life Wasted

Sitting in my chair watching Soul Plane wondering why this movie is so damn funny.

So many stereotypes.

I repeat…SO MANY stereotypes.

Anyways, I’ve been MIA for a while and dealing with life changes.

Most of this time has been wasted reading articles on social media, traveling around LA for work, and playing PS4.

Time wasted?

Or time well spent.

Probably both.

I continue to nerd out and spend money on tv show memorabilia and random electronics.

I don’t even have a wallet anymore.

I hand the cashier loose and folded dollar bills knowing damn well I hated getting those when I was a cashier.

Does that make me an asshole?

To sum it up, I’ve been busy.

The same excuse I tell my friends when they invite me to places. The same excuse I give to my family when they ask me to visit. The same excuse I keep telling myself everyday.

The truth is…

I just wasted 10 minutes of my life writing this and you just wasted 30 seconds of your time reading it.

Thank you come again 📖

Checking In

7 days without coffee.

5 hours of sleep.

1.5 hour commute.

What does that equal?

A whole lot of complaining and happy hour visits.

Copy and Paste 101: Data

Share Documents

Write down each step in your Notes.

Copy and paste links

*MPNs

Incognito Mode

Can’t find it skip it

How many can you do in 1 hour?

How many in 4 hours?

I need..

Magic Mouse

Look at you. Company man

Look at you. 👀

Company man.

Make a catchy song.

You have great ideas

You over think everything

You’re a genius

You.

You’re set for greatness and you don’t even know it.

But you never act on your ideas.

You find one problem and toss them in the waste basket.

You’ve settled and you know it.

Look at you. 👀

Company man.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask A Professional

Don’t be afraid to ask a professional for help.

They know more than you do.

They usually want to help.

They can help you NOT make rookie mistakes.

For example,

Last night I asked a coworker’s advice on what image to post on Instagram.

She has a better eye for quality (and probably gets 10x more likes than I ever will).

She basically looked at the images I took with my iPhone, grimaced at them and chose the least crooked photo out of the 4.

The post performed well.

And this method still hasn’t failed me yet.

If you ever doubt yourself, reach out to a professional. They’ll end up saving you a lot of time in the long run.