What does it mean to be Happy? How can we achieve a high level of happiness (a level of happiness like my little nephew has!!)? Truth is, it's different for everyone. While the definition of happy is the same for all: Showing pleasure or contentment. Not everyone is content or happy with the same things or situations. There is no magic answer as to what needs to happen for all people to be happy.
Even though we can't define what everyone needs to be happy what we can do is define the process that will allow you to identify what you specifically need in order to reach that high level of happiness everyone strives for.
The process starts by committing to a detailed self exploration to help determine your needs and wants.
1. Take 10-20 mins and brainstorm about all the things that you believe you need in order to be truly happy. This is actually more like a brain dump, whatever comes to mind write it down. For example.. I need $1 million to be happy, I need a house with a pool, I need to not work, I need to travel the world. Anything that comes to mind whether it's realistic at this point or not, jot it down. You should be able to come up with at least 20.
2. Now that we have our happiness needs on paper let's narrow it down to the top 10. The top 10 are the must haves, things that would make you truly unhappy if you didn't have them or we unable to do them. This is a long process. I want you to really think! Down to the tiniest detail about these happiness needs. This is your life we are trying to figure out, so go into as much detail as possible. It may take an hour or a week. It doesn't matter as long as you put 100% focus into this process.
Let's use the following top 10 as an example to demonstrate what I mean:
1. Travel the world
2. No Job
3. Two healthy children
4. Mansion on a hill
5. 2020 corvette
6. Loving/supportive relationship
7. Be in good health
8. Summer home on the lake
9. 10$ million in the bank
10. Season tickets for the NFL
These are the 10 we decided on, now it's time to break these down. Let's look at travel the world.
We need to consider the reality of doing this. All aspects need to be review in order for us to decide if this will really make us happy?
For instance, you would live out of your suitcase for a good part of a year. Every time you got familiar with a place it would be time to leave. It would cost an exorbitant amount of money. You couldn't realistically have children on this trip due to school and stability issues. You would be able to experience some really cool stuff but would you be to tired from all the travel to enjoy joy it? Perhaps a shorter trip to a specific area would better? After you have out in some significant thought can you decide if you really need ti travel the world to be happy. If yes then keep on the list, if no then cross it off.
Keep going to you complete a detailed review of your top 10. You may be surprised when you discover that new corvette wouldn't actually make you happy once you figured out that you couldn't fit the family in the car and that you were more enamored with the feeling of being cool than the actual car. ( happens all the time, people try buy a feeling through a car or boat, doesn't work).
Repeat this detailed review with all of your top 10. This process will help you truly consider you own happiness needs. Once you have done this you will be able to cut your list in half. You will find that after careful consideration you may not need or actually even like some of the items on your list. That's Great!
Most people think they know what makes them happy but in reality they don't. Truth is most haven't spent much time thinking about it. This process forces you to dedicate the necessary amount of time needed to help formulate legitimate happiness goals.
Remember, this is your life and you only get one! That's why is crucial to do complete this exercise. Your life and happiness are priority #1, so let's act like!
Since everyone's list is going to be different and unique to them there is no need to compare your list with others. Your life is your own, no one else's. The only constant on the lists will be that the 5 items that are left are absolutely necessary to that person to achieve happiness.
Now that the list is done, time to make a plan of action to accomplish it! We will discuss this process in the week's to come...
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11/12/2019 2 Comments
Instacart is all over the news these days. The company has come under fire from employees and shoppers alike! Shortly after a workers strike the company decided to cut their pay in the form of deleting a quality bonus! Co-incidence? Maybe, Maybe not. Either way, there is definitely a lot going on with Instacart these days!
So, whats the big deal and how does this gig work? We spent a week as an Instacart shopper in order to answer these questions! Here's the rundown.
As with most of this Gig's you need to sign up first and wait for materials in the mail before you can begin. We signed up and had our package a few days later. In the mail you receive a debit card to pay for the groceries and a lanyard with an Instacart logo on it. Once we got these we received a message requesting we buy insulated bags in order to deliver the groceries or provide photos of bags if we had them already. Luckily from of last gig review of DoorDash we had the bag they gave us. We sent in the picture and we were approved for work!
As we found out there are 2 types ways to make money. First, you can sign up for hours, go to the local store and work till your alotted time is up. Second, orders will pop up sporadically on the app. When this happens you can accept it and complete the order. Orders are either delivery only or full service.
1. Full service- this is when you go to the store, purchase the items needed, then deliver.
2. Delivery only- this is when the in-store shopper (an employee of Instacart who completes the orders and places on racks in the front of the store) does the shopping and you just go to pick up the bags, scan, and deliver.
We did both! For these orders we did not sign up for a time slot and just accepted them as they came up on the app.
The delivery only was very easy. After accepting the order we went to the store. In the front right corner was a rack and a cooler where the bags were held. We scanned our 4 bags and off we went. This delivery was a bit of a hike, 19 miles, but we were going that way anyway! We dropped off the bags on the porch as instructed, scanned them again and went on our way. What did we get for our efforts? The payout for that order was 28$, not bad considering the process took about 45 mins.
A few days later we picked up a full service order. This was fairly easy as well. The groceries are pictured on the Instacart App. You shop for the items, scanning each as you go, then you pay and head out to deliver. If there is an issue with a product that's not available the customer will sometimes leave instructions for a replacement item or you can text them and ask what they would like instead. This seems to not be a frequent occurrence.
We got our order completed and headed out. As we were just arriving to our location ( 4 miles) we received a text from the customer asking to leave groceries on the porch and knock on the door. So that's what we did. Overall, not a bad experience! Until it came to getting paid! The order we accepted was for 14$ ( took us 50 mins to complete) but we only received 12$. We reached out to customer service and they stated that the pay shown when you accept the gig has a tip included. However, the customer can delete that tip up to 72 hours after delivery without providing any reason. That's what happened here. We received less than expected even though the delivery was accurate and timely. Not cool to think your getting paid one amount and end up with less!
What about signing up for hours? How does that work? We found that out also!
sWe signed up for a two hour block from 11am-1pm on a Sunday. Heres what happened. In our area there are 2 store that do Instacart. While they are in the same region as far as Instacart is concerned they are 45 minutes away from each other. We had received a message stating we would be told where to go before our shift started. This did not occur, so we guessed and drove to the store we thought would be the busiest. Once there we waited for the shift to start. As soon as 11 hit, the app came on and told us that we should go to the other store ( that area was red which means it's more likely top be busy). Bummer!!!
Since that store was so far away it would take half our shift to get there! We decided to hang tight and hope for the best! Let's just say the results were not stellar. In the 2 hours only one order came in and it was for the store we were not near so we did not accept it. This order came in with only 15 minutes left is our shift! We didn't want to waste anymore time! So while we did only try this once we would suggest you stay away from signing up for hours. This gets into more of a job mentality than a gig anyway.The whole point of a gig is to work when you want, not to sign up for a time block so you have to sit at the store. You should be on an hourly wage if that's the case!
Would we recommend this gig? Yes and No!
When you treat this like a gig then it can be worth it. The pay is decent if you pick the right orders. If you need a few extra bucks then signup, download the app and take an order here or there when they pop up. DO NOT however count on orders coming, treat these as a bonus source of income, not a reliable one.
DO NOT try to treat this like a job, it's not. No Gigs are meant to be a job or else the would be called jobs! Don't sign up to work hours that you wont get paid for, that's crazy! Your time is valuable, treat it as such!
SO, INSTACART IS A VIABLE GIG, BUT CAN BECOME AN INSTA-SCAM IF YOU TREAT IT LIKE A JOB.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about our experience, we would be happy to share! We hope you found this information useful! Please pass on to anyone who would benefit form reading!
The GIG Economy seems to be everywhere! From Uber to Postmates to DoorDash to InstaCart. So many to choose from! With so many options how do you choose the one that's right for you? You can either try them all and see which is best for your needs or you can simply read our reviews and decide from there. We have already tried them out for you! Here's what we learned from our Doordash experience...
First things first! You cannot log on, register on the site and start working. You have to wait 2-4 days for your packet with your delivery bag and your DoorDash card to arrive. Only then can you start delivering. So even if you are just considering giving it a try you may want to just register so you have all the materials needed. That way if some free time pops up and you want to make a few bucks you can.
I signed up on a Sunday and had my Packet by Thursday. I was ready to go!
Once your ready you can log on to the dasher app. The App will have different areas mapped out near your location. When an area is busy it will flash red. Sometimes it's right where you are. Other times you have to drive there. Once you are in that area you hit the Dash now button. It will ask you for an end time to your Dash, once you select the end time the App will begin to look for orders. When there's an order to be delivered it will send it to you. You can either accept or decline. The order will show you which restaurant to pick up from and the amount you will make. If you decline, you must wait for another order to come your way. If you accept you go the the restaurant (sometimes you have to pay with the DoorDash card), pick up the order( you usually have to wait), and then deliver to customer. Once delivered you head back to the busy areas and wait for the next order. You get paid for your efforts once a week, Mondays. There is an option for fast pay but we stuck with the weekly pay.
As far as the process that's the long and short of it! So how did we do? Let's see...
I worked as a Dasher for 2 days. The first was a Tuesday from 11-130 and the second was a Sunday from 11-2. I delivered a total 9 orders on those two days. I earned $57.96 cents in my 5.5 hours of work. I also spent $12 in gas on my deliveries which left me with a grand total profit of $45.96!
When you look at this from an hourly wage perspective it's not that great, $8.35/hr which is well below minimum wage in our area. At first glance it looks as if Doordash is a waste of time! Don't dismiss so quickly, even though the hourly rate isn't good when you compare to a typical job wage I still believe there is value in Doordash as long as you look at it the right way!
DoorDash is not now and will never be a viable "Job", so don't try to make it one. Doordash is good when you want to make a few extra bucks and have nothing else to do. That's how you use it!
If you want to get the best out of it follow these Guidelines:
1. Turn the App on when you get out of work! Perhaps you can do a quick delivery on the way home. I found the money from each delivery to average around $8. So if you can do one a day on your five day work week then that's 40$. Not Bad! 160$/month average (Just be prepared, there aren't always deliveries available when you want them to be).
2. Do you spend anytime reading, studying, or even just watching TV? If so, go to a busy location in town where the hot spot is likely to be and hang out there. Read, study, watch tv on your phone in the parking lot. Turn the App on and deliver in between chapters or shows! This way your doing something you like while making a few bucks!
3. Need something to do with the kids? Turn on the App! My 7 year old was curious about what it takes to make money, so i took him on one of my DoorDash shifts! He loved it! We had a great time hanging out! We were able to make a few bucks and I was able to teach my son about work and money. Win-Win
THE FINAL VERDICT:
DoorDash is a viable gig to make a little bit of money in the short term. It is not a job, a steady source of income, or a career. By no means should you ever depend on this GIG to pay your rent or feed your family. It's just meant to be used as a way to make a few extra bucks here and there, which is great if that's what your looking for. As long as you use it the right way then I say go for it! If you want to give it a try just click here!
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Thanks for reading!
A little bit about me! I'm a family man with a lovely wife and three awesome boys. I have a bit of an entrepreneur bug. I started and sold my own company twice ( small businesses but the experience was valuable), I've dabbled in real estate, been an Ebay reseller, and also spent many years in management roles which is my current stream of income ( plus a few side streams I've put together). I'd say all in all I'm your typical guy trying to make a better life for his Family.