Technology can be a blessing and a curse.
In the case of an online business, there is always something new out there to test or try. When you love testing and trying things (in this case we’ll stick with tools), one of two things happen:
1) You see the potential in the new toy, er, tool… and implement right away
2) You jump in & purchase when it’s offered and plan to get to it later… which inevitably becomes months later
Here’s a fun, albeit potentially depressing, exercise to try (I certainly know how to make things sound appealing, don’t I?).
Go through and see how many things you’ve purchased in the last few months that you’re actually using.
No judgement here my friends, I am the queen of this behavior.
And I wear my crown proudly.
But that’s only because I’m on the other side of it now and have decided that it’s not my goal to financially support the JVZoo’s of the world.
Here’s where the magic happened and how I got to the other side of this incessant love for new tools.
I made a choice.
I decided to stop doing the things I didn’t want to do anymore. I took at step back and looked at my business. What element of my business could I stop doing that would be worth the loss in revenue (for the interim)?
No more websites.
I’m finishing up my last two projects and cannot tell you the elation and freedom I feel.
For the first time in I don’t know how many years I feel crystal clear about what I’m doing. I only have two things to focus on:
The WP Chick and LeadSurveys
Of course there is plenty under both of those brands, but it’s all manageable. In the case of LeadSurveys, ignorance is bliss. This is a whole new world for me (yes, I instantly heard the song from Aladdin… “A Whole New World”…), and I’m loving it.
What I’m having the most fun with for The WP Chick is that I get to go back to what I loved most. Creating content, teaching, coaching…
All in a way that supports how I want to spend my time.
I swear I feel like I won the time lottery.
But let’s get back to looking at the things we’ve purchased and haven’t used, shall we?
Like many of you probably did, I jumped in on some special deals over Black Friday last November. There were a few plugins I had wanted to test so I grabbed them at a discount, then went about my day (*little side note* if you fall under this category of buying things and not using them, consider turning that into a blog series where you then go through each product in an individual post. A little food for thought).
Now that I’ve simplified what I’m doing in my business, I’m going back to some of these recent purchases and evaluating (i.e., was it a smart purchase?).
One of the plugins I purchased last November and have finally been putting to good use is the Beaver Addons plugin for Beaver Builder.
HOLY MOLY I love this thing!
I went back to it to solve something on one of these last two client sites and was beside myself with how easy it was to do exactly what I wanted to do. Mind you, it’s Beaver Builder. I knew it wouldn’t be hard.
BeaverAddons (which when installed is ‘PowerPack’ in the dashboard) has some amazing custom modules for Beaver Builder. Tons of content modules (my favorite) as well as lead generation, form modules, creative modules, and extensions (design effects) . Oh… and they have a ton of page templates for Beaver Builder too.
I used one of their templates & some of the modules on the LeadSurveys.io homepage.
I’m coordinating an interview for the podcast with one of the founders, but until then, I can’t recommend this plugin enough. I absolutely love it.