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When we were younger, we couldn’t wait to become adults. Every day, we wished that we could wake up as adults already, earning our own money, living on our own, and doing whatever we wanted to do. Well, we certainly got our wishes & don’t we all wish that we didn’t wish for this in the first place.

And for a lot of us, being an adult is harder than we thought it would be. Sometimes, we want to go back to the past and enjoy our childhood once again. Of course, that’s not possible. 

But you know what? Being an adult is challenging but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves. Adulthood is the longest part of our lives, 40 years to be exact. It’s long and if we don’t find a way to enjoy it, we’re just gonna let our life pass us by. And do you really want to look back at the end of your life and realize you didn’t live it to its fullest?

We just need to develop and master a few life skills and we can definitely enjoy this challenging chapter in our life.

  • Have a hobby

It is always great to have a hobby & if you still haven’t found one, get to work and find one so you can have a work-life balance. As adults, work takes up a lot of our time (if not all). And work/business takes so much of our energy that at the end of the day we are exhausted and don’t have time to take care of ourselves. But the truth is, we need to find time to take a break from our busy lives and focus on us. Our lives can’t be just about work and making money all the time. We need to give ourselves a breather, a time to recharge. We are not machines. We are more than just our jobs (business) and we need to establish that by having a life outside of it.  

  • Pay your bills

This is a simple concept but so many people either fail to do this or ignore it altogether. Bills are a part of life and they need to be paid. Boss babes are responsible and will always make it a point to pay all their bills, on time. If your bills become harder to pay, then it’s a good opportunity to make some changes. No matter what you do, don’t let your bills pile up, be paid late or worse, be left unpaid.

  • Have your own savings account

Where do you keep your money? Do you have your own savings account? It might seem inconsequential to have one now but it’s a great plan for long-term. Saving early will help you prepare for the future and for emergencies.

  • Know first aid

Knowing first aid is always handy. It’s a great life skill that you can use to help yourself and others. 

  • How to budget

Budgeting helps you keep track of your money coming in and out. And when you take the time to track your money and balance your budget, it helps you manage your money better and will have room to save more. Also knowing how to budget your money will give you a clear knowledge of how much you can and can’t spend on certain things.

I honestly love doing cash envelope system by David Ramsey. It has helped me pay off debts on time, know exactly what I spend on food, entertainment, etc.

  • Have and apply common sense

We tend to overthink a lot. But sometimes, all we need is a little common sense to make decisions. 

  • Know and understand consequences of your actions

You are the only one who can decide for yourself but make sure that, whatever you decide, you are prepared for the consequences of your actions and decisions. 

  • Cope with change

Change is the only constant thing in the world. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we can adjust to whatever challenges life throws at us.

  • Form your own opinions

Whether you share another person’s opinions or not, make sure it’s yours. Do your own research about issues. Listen to people’s own opinions. Then form your own. Don’t believe in an opinion because somebody told you that should be your opinion, too.

  • Learn to manage your time

We’re adults now. We are in charge of our lives, including our time. We have to learn to manage it so we can efficiently accomplish our goals. 

  • Lower your pride (or forget it completely)

Pride is an ugly thing. We won’t learn and evolve when we let our pride get in the way. Let go of it and your world will change. 

  • Accept criticism and learn from it.

Fact: We don’t know everything. We might think we do but there is always something new to learn everyday. People who give us constructive criticism help us become better versions of ourselves. Accept it, thank them for it, and find a way to apply it to your life. 

What other life skills do you think we need to master during our adult phase?

Gone are the days when consumers are dubious about shopping online. Today, almost everyone has online shopping applications on their phones such as Amazon, Poshmark, and Mercari. But does this mean we have to say goodbye to traditional shopping? From the looks of how things are, a lot of people still go for in-store shopping. In order to see if there really is a victor in this shopping debate, here are the pros and cons of both shopping practices.

Online Shopping

In recent years, online shopping has been on the rise, with customers increasingly using their mobile devices for various online shopping activities. According to a March 2016 study regarding mobile shopping penetration worldwide, 46 percent of internet users in the Asia Pacific region and 28 percent of those in North America had purchased products via a mobile device, whether smartphone or tablet computer. As of the third quarter of 2017, desktop PCs still accounted for the majority of global e-retail orders but smartphones were the number one device in terms of retail website visits. During a 2017 survey, 11 percent of online shoppers stated that they shopped online via smartphone on a weekly basis (statista.com).

There’s one major reason that explains why online shopping reigns supreme. One word. Convenience.

  1. You can shop 24/7!

You don’t have to worry about what time the mall opens or closes. Online shopping applications and websites are open all day and all night for you to browse items from your favorite brands. So the next time you’re stressed out in the middle of the night and you need some retail therapy, just go on your phone and window shop online!

  1. Sit back, relax, and start shopping!

Feel like shopping but too tired to get up, get dressed, and go out? No worries, online shopping has your back. We all get those moments where we feel like we want to buy something or check something out at the mall but it’s too inconvenient to go out with just one or two items in your agenda. It can be considered as a waste of time and effort–especially given the travel time to get ready and go to the store.

  1. Perfect for the busy bee.

Too busy with work or school? It can be troublesome to force a shopping session into your packed schedule. But shopping online can be done during your buffer times, when you’re stuck in traffic, during your lunch break, while in the train going home. It’s easy as long as you have a bit of time and you have your phone with you!

  1. You can immediately find reviews.

More often than not, online shopping platforms have a ratings/reviews section in the product page. So even if you’re not buying from an official store, like in Poshmark (where you usually buy from resellers), you can get reviews from customers who have purchased the same product from the exact same seller.

  1. Everything in one place!

Unlike going to malls or other physical stores where you have to keep looking around different sections and departments, online shopping platforms usually have everything you need. You can easily find what you’re looking for through the search bar, or by browsing through the different categories. And even when you don’t know what you’re looking for, there’s always an option to browse the most popular and best-selling items on the platform!

In-Store Shopping

Despite the rapid growth of online shopping, in-store shopping is here to stay because it has a number of advantages over its contender.

  1. It’s easier to inquire and transact in person.

There can be inconsistency in terms of how sellers and brands reply to you online–some are not responsive, some don’t mark items sold immediately and just keep you waiting, while some just take too long to reply. If you’re impatient when it comes to waiting for online replies from the seller, or from the website’s customer service, in-store shopping may give you a better experience. Salespeople are always present and at your service in malls and stores to answer any question and to inform you better about the products they have.

  1. You’re more sure of the products you’re buying.

This is where online shopping can be tricky. You don’t know what the product really looks like in person. You don’t know the real color and size, you can’t really inspect it when you can only see it through your electronic screen. When it comes to clothes and shoes, you don’t know the fit and the feel of the item. Unlike when you shop in-store, you can fit the items and walk around in them to test them out.

  1. Ditch the long waiting time of shipment.

Although online shopping is extremely convenient, it comes at a price. You have to be willing to wait for your item to be shipped and you have to pay an extra for the shipping fee. While some are willing to pay for this premium, some may not–especially when you need the item immediately.

  1. In-store window shopping can be more therapeutic.

Nothing can compare to walking around the mall or your favorite store and being able to see and touch the items that catch your eye. A lot of shoppers find joy in simply inspecting a certain product, testing it out, and trying to get a feel of it. You can’t really do much of that online, can you?

  1. Delays, returns, and exchanges can be complicated.

Issues with items are inescapable–more so when you buy online and you’re unable to inspect the items properly, might be the wrong size, color, or just not what you were expecting. Having items returned or exchanged means you have to ship it back, and they have to ship you something new again. This can be very inconvenient when you have a lot of other things going on in your day to day life, and you got better things to do than ship and track your parcel every now and then.

There isn’t really just one right way to go shopping. You can choose to shop online or in-store depending on what you’re buying, how much time you have, or what you currently feel. Online shopping is growing exponentially but in-store shopping also has its own benefits. It’s all up to what you need, and which one works best for you.

 

 

 

 

Gadgets used to be just an add-on tool for many, an extra accessory to ease things up or make a status show (talk about the millennium gadget hype). But times have changed so rapidly that today, gizmos aren’t just as simple as how they were before.

In this modern era, gadgets have become an essential part of everyone’s life. In general. they help people become more productive with tedious tasks done in minutes, organization assessed real-time and statuses updated in seconds. From an accessory to a need, today’s gadgets make every single thing so easier for humans.

Amongst all the set of people on earth, one group that has to have a good set of gadgets is the business-motivated bunch —the entrepreneurs.

Being the busy cluster, entrepreneurs usually have a lot of things on their plate. They move from one place to another, manage a couple of staff, go to a lot of meetings, make a lot of calls and handle tons of workload. It is, therefore, important for entrepreneurs to be capable enough to handle any type of situation and be equipped with the right set of gadgets.

So if you are a budding entrepreneur (or aspiring to be one), the question is, what types of the gadget should you have?

Let us serve you this list.

 

  1. Ultralight laptop with an ultralight charger

Yes, we all need a portable computer. Whether you’re on a MacBook, netbook or a Windows laptop, staying connected (in this time of digital connectivity and social media) is a MUST. An ultralight laptop will be of big assistance as you move around places because it helps you manage your business wherever you are. You can search for leads while staying at home, check sales while sipping your coffee in a cafe and work on proposals even while traveling. You can also communicate fast and easy with your staff, suppliers and do a lot of business negotiations. Why should it be light? Because you have to carry it anywhere! A good light laptop charger should also come handy because remember you don’t wanna run out of battery.

 

  1. Smart Phone plus power bank

So now you know that your phone is your life. It is how you connect with everyone in the world whether it’s via call, chat, email or whatever social platform. It cannot just be a simple, old-school phone. It should be a smartphone and it should be a good one, preferably with a nice, high-resolution camera and a huge memory so you can store files, download productivity apps and multitask on a couple of things. In the same way, you have to make sure you carry a reliable power bank with you. You don’t wanna lose battery charge while working in the middle of something. Note that a good power bank can supply a whole day of power for a whole day of work.

  1. SmartWatch

Let us say that the smartwatch is one of the best inventions of this time simply because it is a really smart tool. Smart watches can do so much more than just tell the time, and that’s exactly why entrepreneurs need them. One can use maps, answer calls, listen to music, keep a track through notes and reminders, set alarms and also keep a check on their fitness, heart rate, steps walked and much more using a smart or fitness watch (Pascal, 2018).

While entrepreneurs love to multitask, smart watches make the multitasking task easier. It is an all-in-one device that eliminates all other types of devices (and of course, that means a lesser hassle for you).

  1. Smart Pens

Our list of smart gadgets won’t be complete without a smartpen. A smartpen is a high-tech writing tool that records spoken words and synchronizes them with notes written on special paper (Leibs, 2018).

A major brand that produces one of the world’s best smartpens is Livescribe. Their smartpens use a little camera and special paper to record what you write and also have a built-in microphone for recording audio. The recorded audio is synchronized to the writing –the system knows what you were writing as you recorded the audio and can play them back together. Audio can be played back using the pen and paper, and the recorded drawing and audio can be played back on a computer, online, or on an iPhone or iPad (Walsh, 2010).

Now, this is a total convenience especially if you are not fond of bringing pens and papers during meetings or if you’re simply not into taking down notes —keeps things light as well, right?

  1. Portable Scanner and Printer

Yes, in this digital world, there are still a lot of documents that need to be scanned and printed. Portable scanners and printers let you do all these things anywhere. No need to look for some printing cafes, as long as you have a wireless connection and a device to support it, then you are good to go.

Aside from all these smarty-pants gadgets, we should also take into consideration that the wi-fi/internet connection is an essential factor to make things possible.

Also, note that at the end of the day, gadgets aren’t supposed to control us. We have to use them to become smart, practical and successful entrepreneurs so work wisely!