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Am I Wasting Time?

Last night, as I was getting ready for bed, a thought hit me.

Am I wasting time?

Am I living paycheck to paycheck and wasting away my life grinding for numbers in my bank account?

The answer is yes. Yes I am.

Even though I love what I do and enjoy coming up with new ideas to improve productivity…at the end of the day, I go home to an empty bedroom.

I sit down, eat my “bachelor” dinner, scroll my Facebook feed, and go to bed.

*If you are not familiar with a bachelor dinner, you probably never had it. Think fast and simple food. Like frozen meals, burritos, or my favorite: Top Ramen noodles.

This work grind process is repeated Monday through Friday. 5 Days a week, every week.

Day after day until you finally notice that 2 months, 3 months, 1 year, and then 5 years have passed.

You don’t WANT to waste your time grinding to support your lifestyle. But you have to.

You enjoy the perks of living in a capitalist society.

You enjoy the perks of having extra money to spend on yourself or someone else.

You enjoy the perks of living a better life.

You enjoy the new car you can afford.

You enjoy the new iPhones, expensive concerts, and nice clothes you can buy.

The short term benefits are amazing.

But it still keeps you up at night.

Is your time really worth it?

Will you wake up 10 years from now and look back on what you accomplished?

Just something to think about…

Awkward Conversations with Clients

Have you ever had an awkward conversation with a client?

Of course you have.

But why do you think it was awkward?

Was it because you just sent over a long email discussing a sensitive topic? (Because you were too ‘afraid’ to discuss details on the phone)

Was it because you had a direct demand and didn’t want to have that weird moment between delivery of the message and the response to the demand?

Or was it because you are simply too nice to this client and don’t want to discuss tough issues with them directly?

Either way, it’s tough to avoid these situations.

After going back and forth between calendar invites and text messages a call time is finally setup.

You constantly keep this time in the back of your head.

It haunts you while you are working.

It haunts you while you are trying to sleep.

It stays on your mind all the way up to the time you need to make the phone call.

You’ve prepared.

You’re ready to answer all of their questions.

You’re ready to discuss the hard topics.

And you finally dial their number…

They answer.

You both have the usual small talk and share slightly fake laughs before that awkward silence comes up and you know it’s time to get down to business.

The conversation ends up goes well.


Other times it causes you to show your true emotion and curse to the gods in your mind.

But you never actually say what you’re thinking right?

At the end of the call… you think “It’s easier than I thought.”

The client was understanding.

You are relieved and can’t wonder why you were panicking so much in the first place.

These conversations are so difficult to have, yet so easy once you actually have them.

Still the anxiety that comes with these awkward conversations is something we’d all love to avoid.

Just Bought a Scarlett 2i2 for Audio Work

Today, I made the first step towards taking my music production to the next level.

I bought my first audio interface.

I bought a pre-owned Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface from a guy on the Let Go app.

After toggling back in forth whether I’d actually meet this guy and buy this interface (which I ironically had no idea how to use), I decided to pull the trigger and actually do it.

After work, I headed over to his place in DTLA.

I thought it was creepy he gave me his address, gate code, and building number…but I didn’t ask any questions. He had great reviews on the app and he seemed trustworthy based on that first impression.

I finally met Jon.

He was a friendly home engineer who DJ’d on the weekends.

He explained how to use the interface, told me a little about his new business, and we made our transaction.

I left and headed back home to try out this new baby.

Right now I don’t have any instrument or mics to connected to it, so it’s literally a stand-alone piece of hardware that I’m using for my DAW and headphones.

And I have to say…

It’s already worth every penny.

I was able to adjust one of mixes immediately.

I moved through the sound spectrum and adjusted levels with ease using the master control knobs.

Since the interface isn’t really supplying sound to my headphones, maybe the interface was just providing a placebo effect.

Who knows?

All I do know is… I have one of the three pieces I need to finish up my collection.

All I need now is a nice condenser microphone and a portable recorder.

I like to mix audio in my free time.

It keeps me sane.

It helps me relax from my long work week and gives me a chance to relieve stress by listening to music.

I guess normal people call it a hobby.

Taking a Break from Work to Discuss Superstition

Do you believe in superstitions?

I don’t.

But as I take a break from making website mockups in Photoshop, I took a second look at a text that made me reconsider.

While watching the Sunday Morning Football game, I saw old man running back Darren Sproles on the field getting playing time. He just ran for an 11 yard gain.

I went on a rant explaining how I couldn’t believe he was still in the league. He’s been around FOR YEARS and is very undersized for his position.

Minutes after this rant, he got injured on a run play. I’ve never seen him injured before.

Today I just found out he has a fully torn ACL and a broken arm.

At his age, that basically is a career ending injury.

That’s horrible.

Is it a coincidence that he got hurt minutes after this rant?

I don’t believe in superstitions, but this is the closest I’ll ever be to a believer.

Now back to these art boards.

Freelancers Need to Ask For Tips

Why do freelancers need to ask for tips?

Because they’re already underpaid.

I compiled data on the freelancing website Fiverr, by using a template response every time I delivered an order.

Before this experiment,

I delivered an order

Said thank you to the buyer, left a review, and maybe followed up with them for more work.

Never asked for tips, but sometimes received them. Maybe 1 out of every 30 orders.

Not bad.

Then working on my own projects I ordered from a freelancer that used a very GREAT response when delivering their order.

They basically asked me to leave a tip by “buying them a coffee.”

I laughed when I saw this.

Probably because I’m a tech guy and find great ideas comical.

But yes I laughed at this…at first.

Then I tipped the freelancer.

The tipped the freelancer an extra $10 on a $50 order.


Because she asked for it.


Delivered great work.

I thought this passive way of asking for a tip was genius, so I decided to try it out on every order I delivered.

I modified the delivery “template” to suit my orders and started to use that phrase on every delivery.

Now, I have a 65% chance of being tipped after every order. And these tips have already doubled the amount of revenue I receive on Fiverr.

Not bad for a couple of words.

Don’t Stop Searching for Answers

There are two ways to quench your thirst:

1) With a cold bottle of water

2) With Knowledge

I constantly find myself forgetting about my own (food and water) needs in order to learn more information.

When you are curious about something, you will search Google from top to bottom to find an answer.

You will spend hours upon hours scrolling through forum boards,

searching for key terms on blog posts,

and watching YouTube explanation videos until you finally find your solution.

If you can’t find an answer to your question, this curiosity will probably stay on your mind for the rest of the day.

Most people will forget and move on, but a select few will continue to pursue an answer and even be the first to write about the solution.

I want to be that guy.

The one that finds answers to difficult questions and provides easy to understand solutions.

Networking for Feedback Drains Me Mentally

Have you ever been in a room full of strangers?

Have you ever needed to listen to their stories and respond positively to what they are saying?

Then you have probably been to a networking event.

I love them, because it’s a great place to meet people who share similar interests.

I hate them, because meeting people can sometimes be fake.

Not intentionally,

But culturally.

You’re put in situations where it’s not friendly to disagree. The moment you challenge someone’s thoughts…

Intensity builds,

The other members of the conversation give you “the look”

You start to perspire,

You take the cultural chance that can make or break you depending on the other person’s response.

Stay with me here.

You’re put on the spot to follow up with your thoughts and make hasty decisions about your beliefs.

Most people lie.

I don’t,

But that’s not acceptable nowadays.

More on that later. (Correction: I Do Lie)

This back and forth tension is said to help you build relationships, but I find it mentally draining.

2 hours into the event and I’m already ready to leave.

I’ve handed my business card to a few people I’m interested in. The saga is done. This event has already paid off. Time to go (I tell myself every time).

But no. It’s not that easy.

The pressure is on for you to impress.

The pressure is on for you to upsell your thought or idea.

The pressure is on for you to please your other friends in attendance. The new modern age peer pressure.

Basically to sum up a networking event…

I go for the food. *Mic Drop*

Currently Checking Emails in a Movie Theater

Currently trying to focus my brain on the movie IT (hey there Georgie) but I keep looking at my phone. Client emails, tasks, and notifications are hard to overlook.

Wait…a kid just lost his arm. Holy hell.

But I find myself so caught up in work that I can’t take time to relax and enjoy a movie.

Simple Solutions to Difficult Questions

My first blog post is dedicated to the overthinker.

The person always looking for answers.

The curious how-to thinker always looking for answers on Google and Bing.


If you can relate, keep reading. If you can’t…then leave this tab open. You may need it.

One of my favorite questions to ask the world is “WHY”

WHY does something work?

WHY do you need all these steps?

WHY am I spending all of this time working on a single project?

I hope to use this blog to answer these WHY questions and provide a little insight into my thought process.Yes, actually you could say this is my rebellion against Google. Or better yet a supplement for the average user who wants answers. Answers that are so hard to find.

Some of the topics I want to cover is:

  • Workflow
  • Task Automation
  • Design
  • Business
  • and life as a Tech Guy

WordPress is my bread and butter and I use the platform for everything from writing blogs, to building landing pages, to sharing on social media. I am a self-taught front-end developer and have worked on 60+ sites using WordPress as my go to engine. I’ve also built sites using BigCommerce and Squarespace.

I should keep a list of all of my sites.

But nowadays I’m just too busy.

Contact me and I’ll send you a link.


I have a solid background in SEO marketing and optimizing e-commerce sites. See what I’m currently working on:

Building a 10,000 Product Database

Task and design automation is another curiosity of mine.

I always want to do as little as possible to get maximum efficiency.

Bulk creating product images,

migrating data via RSS Feeds,

or simply pressing a single button to share content on all major social media platforms.

Yes, a single button.

Buy me a coffee and ask me how.

I strive in taking the difficulty out of doing the most.

Marketing for the young entrepreneur is more difficult than you think. When I started my business Quiksnip back in 2015, I was the greenest person you could ever meet. I had just acquired a decent laptop and basically self-taught myself the Adobe creative suite and WordPress using blog posts and Youtube videos.

Navigating the depths of marketing was hard because it’s tough to tell whats right from wrong, but after years of trial and error, you start to develop a process of good practices and that’s what I hope to share here.

Don’t make rookie mistakes.

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