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How To Get More Done In Less Time

By Welly Mulia | Productivity

Most people follow the 8-hour work day schedule.

They get up in the morning, work, take a lunch break, work again, then call it a day.

The question is: why do we work 8 hours a day? Have you really stopped and thought about that?

Let’s revisit history and see how the 8-hour work day came about.

It all started in the Industrial Revolution when factories wanted to increase their output. In order to achieve this, they had their workers work very long hours. We’re talking as much as 18 hours per day for 6 days a week.

It wasn’t until a man by the name of Robert Owen who suggested that work hours be dramatically reduced that the 8-hour work day came about. Owen came up with the phrase “8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest”.

Robert Owen with his 8-hour work day proposition

So that’s the 8-hour work day was ‘founded’ a few hundred years ago in the late 18th century.

This is 2017.

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Thank You – New ConstantGrowth List

By Welly Mulia |

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After adding to your address book, here’s a new article I’ve just written titled ‘5 Tips To Get More Done In Less Time‘ — which you might find useful.

3 Ways To Bootstrap Your Business To Success

By Welly Mulia | Business

I’m sure you’ve heard the word “Bootstrapping” countless times, especially if you’re in the startup or small business world.

Basically, it’s about being as thrifty as possible when running your business. When you don’t have outside investors investing in your business, you rely on your own savings to initially fund the business and get it running.

If things go well, you get enough customers and sales to get into a position where positive cash flow from the business starts to fund the expenses.  

Being a bootstrapper (is that even a word?) myself, here are some tips for those who are looking to start their new venture or grow their business on a shoestring budget.

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Contact

By Welly Mulia |

If you have any question, the best and recommended way of contacting me is by asking your question at the end of a post/article in the comments section.

If you want to privately contact me, you can email me at: welly (at) constantgrowth.co –> yes, that’s .co (NOT .com)

Resources

By Welly Mulia |

Below are some tools I use in my business. Almost all of them offer a generous free plan to get you started, and in a lot of cases (like mine)… the free plan is all you need.

Before using any kind of tool, always make sure they fit into your business workflow. It doesn’t make sense to use a tool just because it’s free. Ask yourself: can this potentially help me?

Another thing is… depending on which stage your business is currently in, some tools might not be right for you at this time.

Messaging

Slack (free and paid)

Slack is a great messaging app for your team members. It’s like a ‘simplified internal forum’. You create ‘channels’ inside the app, each channel with a different purpose. E.g. Marketing channel, product roadmap channel, sales channel, customer service channel, etc.

You then add the relevant teammates inside these channels. When you post to a channel, all relevant teammates will see your message. You can also PM a specific teammate.

We use the paid version of Slack as it allows group calls and lifetime message retention… while the free version only allows 1-to-1 calls and limited message retention.

Skype (free and paid)

I use Skype for calling a non-teammate. E.g. Chatting and networking with other business owners.

I also use Skype for calling teammates when wanting to do ‘share your screen’ calls as Slack currently does not have this functionality. I use the free version as it’s good enough for my purpose.

Task Collaboration / Project Management

Asana (free and paid)

We use this to collaborate with all team members to get the job done. We use their visual Kanban board to create, assign, and manage tasks. With this, we can easily see who is doing what and by when — both on a bird’s eye view and on a zoom-in level. This allows us to easily track where things are in the pipeline.

Our visual Kanban board for one of our projects

We use the paid version of Asana as it provides us with more features that we need such as advanced custom reports and custom fields.

Trello (free and paid)

Before using Asana, we tried Trello, but it’s too simple for our needs. A lot of startups and small businesses still use Trello though, so you should definitely check it out as it’s simpler and easier to use than Asana.

Engaging & Helping Customers

Groove (free and paid)

I’ve used Groove before for simple projects. It’s a really easy to use helpdesk software for providing customer service. You’ll get up and running in no time.

Note: On the pricing page, they say the free plan lasts forever. But near the end of your 30 days (after signup), you’ll get a notification via the user dashboard and email informing that your free plan is about to expire. You’ll need to manually contact them and ask them to extend on your free plan.

Intercom (paid)

Intercom is more for SaaS businesses. We’ve been using them since late 2015 and very happy with them. It’s a tool for engaging with your users — see what they’re doing in real-time with your app and then communicating with them based on their behavior. I know… awesome right?

We also use them for providing customer service to Zaxaa users.

Writing & Note-Taking

Google Docs (free)

I haven’t had Word installed on my computer since 2013 and this is because I’ve been using Google Docs instead. It’s a replacement for Word. It’s free. And you don’t need to install anything because it’s all in the cloud. You simply access it via a web browser.

You’ll never lose your work as it’ll automatically save your work as you type. And you can access it anytime and from any device.

Evernote (free and paid)

If you’re still using Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac) to jot down notes locally on your computer… STOP! Please don’t follow my footsteps…

Back in my Windows days, I use Notepad to take down notes, but I learned a painful experience when my hard disk broke down suddenly one fine day. All my notes disappeared.

Use Evernote instead — it automatically save your notes ‘in the cloud’ as you type… so that they’re always available anytime you want. No more lost files!

While I use Google Docs for writing longer articles, I use Evernote for jotting down ideas, rough outlines, and other things/thoughts that are meant to be viewed by myself (not shared to others).

Spreadsheet

Google Sheets (free)

This is the replacement for Excel. Things you can do with Excel, you can do with Google Sheets.

Screenshot & Video Capture

Jing (free)

Sometimes it’s much easier to get our point to another person across via image screenshots and videos.

Jing is a super simple tool for capturing screenshots and quick video walkthroughs. Everyone in the team uses this when helping customers and also when communicating between teammates.

It’s really easy to use. You just screen capture or record the video (max 5 minutes), then click an upload button and it’ll be uploaded to their server. They’ll then give you link to share your screenshot/video.

Jing offers a paid plan if you need to increase your account’s storage, but the free plan is generous enough at 2GB. If you reach close to this limit and want to save some money, you can always delete old files from your account to recover back some extra storage.

Screenflow (paid)

For Mac. This is what I use to record longer video walkthroughs and create video courses.

Camtasia (paid)

For Windows and Mac. This is the same company that creates Jing. I’ve used Camtasia when I was using Windows. Neat piece of software for creating videos.

Online Storage

Google Drive (free and paid)

Google is very generous. They give me 17 GB of free storage to store my files in their cloud. It’s more than enough for me since almost all of my files are documents and spreadsheets.

I also use their free Google Photos app which automatically backs up all the photos on my phone to their cloud. And here’s the really cool part… ALL (yes ALL) my photos do not count towards my storage space (see I told you they’re very generous!).

You can always upgrade to a paid plan if you need more storage. They’re very affordable. Last I checked it’s only $2/month for 100 GB.

Dropbox (free and paid)

This is also an online storage service like Google Drive. You can back up and store your data in their cloud server and you can access them anytime and anywhere from any device.

I used to use Dropbox till a few years ago when I made the switch to Google Drive. Both are awesome and you’ll never go wrong with either.

For me, it ultimately comes down to Google providing Docs and Sheets (which I use heavily), and automatically storing these files into Google Drive — which just makes things more convenient.

Secure Password Manager

LastPass (free and paid)

For security purposes, you should use a different secure password for each and every website. Never, ever use the same password for all your accounts! This app makes it a breeze to create and remember secure passwords.

By secure, I mean passwords that are long and include a combination of numbers, alphabets, upper- and lower-case letters, and other characters like !@#.

If you use lastpass on your desktop, it’s free. I’m in the paid plan because I also want to use LastPass on my phone.

Calendar

Google Calendar (free)

I hope you’re not one of those people who say “I don’t need a calendar. I can remember everything!”

Depending your brain to remember things and tasks is a huge mistake! The truth is… you can’t remember everything. And why would you want to remember everything?

It consumes your energy and ‘RAM’ every waking moment, which should be put to a much better use like paying 100% attention to the task at hand rather than having to allocate some of your processing power ‘just to try and remember what you should be doing today’.

Jot down your activities, meetings, and tasks on a calendar so that you don’t forget. So that your mind can let go and be free. So that you don’t always have this ‘I need to remember to do X’ in the back of your mind.

I highly recommend Google Calendar. It syncs to all your devices — be it desktops, laptops, phones, or tablets. So even if you’re on the go, you’ll never forget anything.

Selling Online Courses Or Digital Products

Yeah of course I’m biased here. This is where I toot my own horn and shamelessly plug my own selling platform right?

In all seriousness though.. I’ve used Zaxaa to sell our own courses, templates, WordPress theme and plugins (though we’re not doing that anymore as we’re completely focused on Zaxaa).

Add to the fact that Zaxaa processes $2.5 million USD worth of sales transactions every month, wouldn’t you say we’re pretty decent?

If you’re an online course creator, coach, consultant, or you sell any kind of digital products, why not give Zaxaa risk-free try? We provide a FREE 30-day trial.

Cocaine

Spotify (free and paid)

Music is like cocaine (high five if you agree!).

Without nice melodies to my ear, my productivity drops.

Spotify boasts a total of 30 million songs covering different languages and genres. You simply do a search for what you want, click on the result, and your favorite song starts playing! You can also create your own playlist — maybe one for work, one for leisure, one for yoga, one for ‘baby lullabies’, and one for that overdue candlelight dinner with your partner?

And all this for free when you stream their songs online. If you want to listen to them while offline, you can upgrade to the paid version.

About

By Welly Mulia |

5 words.

Relentless personal and business growth.

That’s what ConstantGrowth is all about.

Everything starts with the human — YOU! Grow the human and the business will inevitably be successful. And for the record, the business we’ll be discussing here are small businesses.

There

I’ve

said

it…

If you want to (1) improve yourself as an individual and (2) consequently grow your business, I’ve created this site especially for you. (yay!!!)

For others not interested in these 2 things, I’m afraid I have nothing here that will be of value to you. Sorry to be blunt, but I really don’t want to waste your time any longer. I wish you every success!

One more thing I should let you know. The things I write here are based on my experience (i.e. things I’ve actually did and tried), not just theories.

Hello my name is Welly Mulia. I love the internet (who doesn’t?), Formula 1, traveling, improving myself (duh), small businesses, and of course my beloved family. Ohh I also love the idea of working from anywhere in the world with just a laptop and internet → amazing isn’t it?

We live in an information age where this is entirely possible. And it’s not just an idea for me and my team to work from anywhere… because we all work remotely to deliver awesomeness for our customers 🙂

My introduction wouldn’t be complete without showing you a cheeky picture of me, so here you go.

Selfie at a mastermind event recently

My First Business

I remembered the year 2004 like it was yesterday.

It was the last year that I would be working for someone else.

I never had any formal education or training with regards to running a business. I’m also not any smarter than the average person. But I was determined to run my own “show”.

So I started my first business anyway (while working full-time in my last job)… despite not having any special talent or skills.

It was an event organizer for seminars and workshops.

Though the business did not work out, I learned tons of valuable business and life lessons, which proved to be useful as I’ll explain below…

Make Money Online? Sounds Scammy…

The next phase of my business journey probably sounds cliche, but (yes) I was browsing aimlessly on the web when I saw an ad promising anyone can make money online.

As you can already guess — much like everyone else — I was hooked on this idea. Can I really make money on the internet? Or was it just a scam?

To cut a long story short, the concept of “making money online” was definitely not a scam because I wouldn’t be here writing this if it were.

My first try on “making money online” was Google Adsense. Took me 11 months to earn my first paycheck from Google. But even after that, I wasn’t having much success with it. 

Upgrading to a ‘Real’ online business

After those Adsense days, I went on to sell HTML landing page templates. Mind you, back then if you weren’t a designer… you wouldn’t be able to create beautiful landing pages quickly. Nah, WordPress landing page plugins didn’t even existed. This was 2010-ish.

Not long after… the whole WordPress plugin and theme “revolution” for online marketers and entrepreneurs was just about to start…

We followed along with the crowd and developed our first WordPress theme (called Profits Theme) that allows any newbie to easily create landing pages in record time. At that time, we only had 1 competitor. No one else was providing this solution, not at the level of product quality, detail, and support we were providing.

From Profits Theme, we developed a few more WordPress plugins that cater to online small businesses and marketers.

Taking On More Complex Projects

And after “WordPress life”, my partner and I started a much more challenging business in the form of a SaaS.

For those unfamiliar with the term, SaaS stands for Software as a Service — and it basically means providing on-demand software for a monthly recurring fee.

This is how Wikipedia defines SaaS:

Software as a service is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted.

Wikipedia

On-demand software is typically hosted in the cloud, which means you don’t have to install anything on your computer. You just log in to a web portal and start using the software. It’s always available 24/7, and you can access it anywhere and anytime you want.

(how awesome is that!?)

Our SaaS is called Zaxaa and it was actually born out of necessity rather than for profits.

So here’s what happened…

Back when we released Profits Theme, we got such an overwhelming number of folks purchasing… that we have to temporarily close the cart down because we weren’t able to support any more customers after this huge spike.

There were only 2 of us running the show at that time — me and my partner. I remember every day we were handling 100+ support requests.

A few weeks went by and things started to stabilize. We were planning to re-open our cart to take in more customers and we looked at a few alternatives for our cart. At that time we were using aMember — which was great — but we wanted something that was more robust and easier-to-use (and hence faster setup time).

We searched for a solution and it eventually came down to 2 options — software X or Y — that can do what we want them to do. X was way out of our budget and we’ve also heard horror stories of how difficult it is to use, even for simple tasks.

So we went with Y. After 2 months trying it out though, we weren’t happy with how we wanted it to work.

Hence we decided to create our own cart to do the things we wanted it to do. This cart was originally planned for our internal use — to be used when we re-open Profits Theme.

Along the way as we started developing this cart… we thought to ourselves… “hey if we’re having trouble finding an easy-to-use but robust cart, I bet other small businesses and marketers like us would love to have access to it as well!”

And so we decided to make our in-house cart — Zaxaa — available to the public as well.

Long story short… Zaxaa has become our one and only business. We eventually shut down our WordPress business and solely focused our time and efforts on Zaxaa.

And of course we now have more than just me and my partner running the business. We’re a team of 7 now.

Zaxaa is a SaaS in the sense small businesses pay us a monthly fee for using it to help sell their digital offers and upsells (read: grow their business). Zaxaa is based in the cloud, so it’s always available on-demand. You simply login to your account at https://www.zaxaa.com and you’ll be able to access all your data and set up and sell your offers.

Speaking

Sometimes I do speak at events to share my knowledge and experience with others. But very seldom. I’m an introvert and like to work by myself behind a computer than ‘going out there’.

So… that’s my story in a nutshell. I hope you find this site useful! To start growing, go here.

Black Friday 2016 Promo

By Welly Mulia |

Zaxaa & BEATS Email™

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

Black Friday 2016 Promo

Hey folks!

To celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving, we’re running an awesome Black Friday promo! 🙂

Buy 1 Year Of Subscription
Get Another Year Of Subscription FREE​

But you have to be FAST, because when we hit 50 sales or reach Monday, 28 November @ 23:59 Eastern time (whichever comes first), we're taking down this promo.

As you might already know, we offer 3 types of services you can choose from:

(A) BEATS Email System™

This service is for those interested in an email marketing autoresponder system. You can check out the full sales page here

(*) For this service, to qualify for the “Buy 1 Get 1 FREE” promo, you must at least sign up for the 30,000 contacts YEARLY plan. You can sign up for a higher plan, but the minimum is the 30k contacts plan. You must get the YEARLY plan, promo not available for monthly plan.


(B) Zaxaa Sales Maximization (Premium Automation)

This is for those who want a shopping cart / order taking system to take orders and payments. In addition, you can also create sales funnels and offer upsells and downsells to maximize revenue. You can check out the full sales page here

(*) There is no minimum plan to qualify for this promo, but you must get the YEARLY plan. Promo not available for monthly plan.


(C) Zaxaa Sales Maximization + BEATS Email System™ (Ultimate Automation)

This service is essentially (A) + (B) above -- for those who want both the email autoresponder system and the shopping cart system. You can checkout the full sales page here

(*) There is no minimum plan to qualify for this promo, but you must get the YEARLY plan. Promo not available for monthly plan.​


So basically this is how the promo works

Deadline

Promo is only available between Wednesday, 23 November 12:01 AM till Monday, 28 November 23:59 PM (all times US Eastern time)

Limited Quantity

Only 50 units in total are available, regardless of service types (A, B, or C)

Act FAST

When we hit our target (whether by deadline or units sold), this promo will be closed

Eligibility

Promo is valid for both new and existing customers

Existing Customers

For existing customers, you’ll be automatically prorated based on how much credit is left in your account. So even if you already have a yearly plan that expires mid of next year, for example, the system will automatically deduct the price you have to pay based on how much credit is left in your account. For existing customers, you'll pay for 1 year subscription based on the CURRENT pricing on the sales page, not at the rate when you first joined.

Multiple Accounts

You can buy multiple accounts. For example, if you're a coach or consultant that set up systems for your clients, this could be a good time to take advantage of this promo!

I hope you realize that this is a great deal! You can do your due diligence and see similar types of services are charging you way more.

This means if you grab this promo, you’ll save a huge amount of money. Thousands, and even tens of thousands of dollars.

Just to give you a quick comparison, a similar email autoresponder service charges you $199/month for 25,000 contacts

With our promo (BEATS Email System™), it’s only $18/month for 30,000 contacts. So you pay much much LESS (only 10%) to get MORE contacts.

Use your savings in other areas of your business, like advertising or creating marketing campaigns, for example.

30 Day No Questions Asked Money-Back Guarantee

You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If for any reason, you feel that our services are not for you, simply let us know by contacting us and we'll send you a prompt refund for your purchase made in the last 30 days.

How To Take Advantage Of This Black Friday Promo

Your Black Friday promo coupon has automatically been applied in the buttons below

Simply choose which service you want (A or B or C):

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