Author Archive: Emma Ellis

I’m Considering Becoming a Freelance Salesman

I’ve always been interested in entrepreneurship and wanted to explore the possibility of building a successful business for myself. I enjoy listening to music, reading books, and luxuriating in spas during my free time. But how can one make money without having to work 9-5 hours?

After doing some research, I found a website called I Buy I Review operated by entrepreneur Elliot Berard, who buys and reviews online courses. One of the courses that attracted my interest was Inbound Closer, a program dedicated to helping you become a successful freelance salesman. It also offers advice on sales strategies such as cold calling techniques or negotiating contracts with clients.

First I had to figure out exactly what a freelance salesman is. A freelance salesman is someone who sells goods or services on a commission basis, meaning that they earn their income from sales. This could be in the form of providing advice to clients about which products are best suited for them and then selling those products online.

Examples of freelance salesman clients include:

  • Real Estate Agents who sell houses on behalf of the buyer and seller.
  • Event Planners or DJs that provide services for weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc.
  • IT consultants which offer advice to business owners about how to upgrade their computer systems in order to make them more efficient with less downtime.

After I figured out what a freelance salesman does, the next step was to figure out how they earn their income. A commission is an amount of money that one earns after completing a sale or securing business for another company.

In order to become successful at being a freelancing salesman one needs a variety of skills. For example, you need to learn how to identify potential clients in order to get them on the phone and eventually make an appointment for a sales meeting. You also need to be able to take control of any online interaction with customers which means learning skills such as copywriting or graphic design while picking up basic web development knowledge along the way.

I wondered if it was tough to learn these skills as a newbie and if it was, how to go about learning them. Through my research I learned that the answer is no. Courses like Inbound Closer can help you learn these skills in just a few hours.

It’s really not about how hard it is to learn, but more about what you’re going to get out of the process. One thing I really like about Inbound Closer is that they offer a refund if for some reason after taking the course and applying your skills in real life don’t generate revenue or leads.

I’m convinced now more than ever this may be my way out of the conventional grind. If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a successful and freelance salesman, check out the reviews of Inbound Closer and other online freelance salesman courses.

Who knows? You may find yourself enjoying a new career.

Self-Care

Finally, I wanted to offer some validation on the whole concept of taking a spa day. Treating yourself to a spa day, one within your means, allows you to disengage from that which causes you stress. Any excuse to leave your smartphone in a locker and spend some time inside your own brain may bring benefit. It also allows your body some time to be purposefully and meaningfully sedentary.

Self-care is a trendy concept currently but only because we now have a name for what people have always done – put ourselves first. But much of the time, for women in particular, putting yourself first – even momentarily – is met with accusations of being selfish. Truthfully, taking care of herself makes her a better mother, a better wife, a better employee, a better woman. And a society of better women is a better society.

Big Changes!

And finally, if you own your home and have a surplus of space and money, putting some structural changes in place to incorporate a spa is a great indulgence!

I advise choosing the bathroom with the best natural lighting. Whether you spa first thing in the morning as the yellow sun peaks in, at dusk to watch the sky change, or late at night with the white cast of moonlight, natural light allows you to better connect with nature while connecting with yourself.

Then choose a theme.

  • Rustic FarmHouse Spa: A classic clawfoot tub with jacuzzi jets built in, exposed wood, plants, and low chandelier lighting is a great look. This combined with grand treated windows gives a rustic and classic feel to the room. If you have space to incorporate a sauna or steamroom, it’s a great fit for a farm spa.
  • Contemporary Sleek Spa: Bright whites, tempered glass, clean lines and minimal décor is a great sleek look – it evokes the feel of a hotel spa or skincare clinic. Add some white linens and burn a clean linen candle to keep the space free of distractions.
  • Luxury: Bold lines, black accents, and displayed products give a great luxury spa feel. You work hard, you should be able to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sure, it’s a little ostentatious, but build some smarthome elements into your bathroom, make it your own.
  • Organic Goop-y Spa: You can be both well-off and environmentally conscious. An organic home spa is a great way to indulge at home without guilt. Wicker lighting, house plants, a neutral color palette, and high-end organic products will make your home spa a relaxing AND rejuevenating place to spend your evening after a high stress day.

Live Music – Whenever/Wherever Possible

While I love listening to music I already know and love, sometimes it’s too easy to stay tuned in and aware while it’s playing. For that reason, I suggest using music that’s either foreign to you or live and unpredictable to lean in on the spa experience. My husband recently learned to play piano, and now I like to take my baths while he practices. It makes me feel close to him despite having my alone time and space, it’s relaxing whether he’s playing Claire de Lune or practicing his scales. And it is unpredictable.

The piano is in the front room, about thirteen steps and a closed door away from my bath, so it’s also nice to be remote from the music.

Tidiness, Godliness

Cleanliness is one of my greatest tenants of relaxation. The noticeably cleaner a place, the more comfortable I am in it – especially when that tidiness is a departure from other environments. For this reason, my apartment is always very clean – as a departure from the grime of the city. And my bathroom is even cleaner.

There are lots of little tools to help you scrub down your bathroom. I suggest having a professional cleaner come one every 6 months, and using Clorox Wipes in between to spot clean. If you never let it get too dirty, then there’s never too much to clean up!

Sensory Overhaul

If you want to turn your entire bathroom into a spa, but don’t have the means or ownership to do a ground-up renovation, we’ve got you covered there too!

The first step to turning your regular bathroom into a relaxing oasis, is to remove clutter. It’s hard to relax when you’re looking at make-up, hair products, bobby pins, hair ties, and toilet paper strewn about. Find ways to hide your things – under sink organizers, drawer spacers, a hanging over-the-door caddy, and cute baskets are simple, inexpensive ways to keep your space decluttered. It’ll also cut down on your getting-ready time as everything will be in its right space. No need to dig through a cluttered drawer to find chapstick or hairspray.

Make sure that the smellscape in your spa matches your mood. Whether this be with candles or oil diffusers, make sure that you’re incorporating aromatherapy into your batherapy! I suggest an oil diffuser with tea tree and lavender. The tea tree is cleansing and invigorating while the lavender is calming and relaxing. And using an oil diffuser rather than a candle has an automatic on-off function and doesn’t introduce the risk of an open flame.

Now, if you’re able to paint, I suggest going with whatever color palette soothes you – I went with lavender and olive green – and that acts in contrast to the rest of your home. Walking into your spa should be a departure from the stress of the rest of your home and life. There should be a notable change in the “vibe” upon entering the room – smell and color are great ways to do this.

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Small Space

Sometimes the simplest approach doesn’t involve any structural changes at all. I mention this in our first blog because if what you need is something you can handle on your own, you don’t need our help! This is a great option for renters who can’t make any significant changes to their homes.

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Conair makes a small, easy to use, inexpensive, luxurious jetspa! For just about $50, you can transform your existing bathtub into a relaxing, soothing spa experience. Hang this device over the side of the tub and it’ll create jacuzzi bubbles to wash over you. Customize and adjust the nozzles to hit all the right spots. It has an easy on-off switch and plugs into any regular household outlet. Suction cups hold it in place and it’s small enough to store in a closet or drawer when not in use.

This combined with a bath bomb, some dim lighting, an oil diffuser, and some Sade or Mozart will bring the spa right to you without tools, structural changes, or any life interruptions.

Sometimes, it’s truly better to just think small!