What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

SPEAK YOUR MIND

Really?

What if we could use the opportunities in life to reflect what we do.

What I am referring to are the positive things of course instead of focusing our time and energy on the negative.

What if we could use the opportunities in life to reflect what we do, especially in our online tutoring business.

What I am referring to are the positive things of course instead of focusing our time and energy on the negative.

While I was in Vegas, there were so many business practices that I could apply to my own online tutoring business.

A little bit of background as to why I was in Vegas.

First, I get to turn 40 this year.

Notice I said, “Get to.”

I am still 39 until August.  LOL

My grandmother absolutely loved Vegas.

In fact, she would visit two times a year.

She was a pretty special lady to me.

My mom had an opportunity to go with her mom about 15 years ago and ever since then she had a dream to take me there.

I never expected once my mom paid for the airfare and the hotel that she would keep paying my way.

She honestly provided me an all expenses paid vacation.

And on top of that, she gave me spending cash to play slots each day and bingo.

I wouldn’t call myself a gambler, but when someone gives you free money to play with it is a lot of fun.

So here are some of the big takeaways I can give you that I learned.

Take a vacation

It can be so hard to take a vacation when you love what you do every day, but it feels amazing to put the business on the backburner and just have some fun.

Gimmick vs. Value

Some places in Vegas had gimmicks to get you in the door, but they could be deceiving.

One night we were given free tickets to see Divas Las Vegas.

My mom said, “Oh, look we can go to this show for free.”

Since I had no interest in a Drag Show I told her, I wasn’t interested.

Then she looked at the fine print, and it said something like with a $50 food and beverage purchase.

Another place was handing out mardi gras beads to come into their casino.

Does anyone value the 25 cent beads?

Mardi gras beads

It may work for some, but you need to think about if your ideal client will value what you have vs. just having some gimmick.

Expect to Win

Each day my mom had different spots picked out to play Bingo.

I love Bingo, but usually, your odds of winning are pretty low.

So the first day we went in, I decided to go in with a winning attitude.

I thought to myself, “I am going to win.”

I walked out that day winning twice.

The funny part was that the first time I shouted, “I won!”

I got weird looks, so I quickly changed it to, “I mean Bingo!”

I was obviously out of my element here, but they all got a kick out of it and just smiled at me.

Wish others well

After I had won the second time, my mom hadn’t won once yet.

I felt bad, and I was praying for her to win as well.

We were coming up on the last game, and I gave her my 2nd winnings.

At the end of the last coverall, my mom was packing up, and I looked at her and said, “Isn’t there a second chance coverall?”

She looked at our sheet and said yes.

Guess who won $250?

If you guessed my mom, you would be correct.

I was so excited for her because she had been so generous to me.

I truly wanted the best for her.

This example is just like our business.

We need to connect with other online tutors and wish the best for them.

We can help each other out and be there to support each other, give referrals, boost each other up when we aren’t getting the results we want, and so much more.

There are so many people in the Ultimate Support Group that I wish well on every day.

They comment in the group, show up on the calls, and give great advice to others.

Enjoy the people you are with

Often we forget to enjoy where we are at in life and the people in our lives.

I enjoyed just spending time with my mom.

I felt like a kid again.

Being in Vegas with my mom was a reminder to me always to enjoy the people you are with and continue to pay attention to them.

We can get stuck in advertising for more students, working on marketing efforts, fixing our websites and creating videos that we forget to appreciate the students we do have and our very own families, who we are doing all of this for in the first place.

Money Stealers

Honestly, I see slot machines are money stealers.  You may have little wins, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t seem to add up to what you lost.

We have many money stealers in our business.

Keep your eye out for them.

They often can be the next thing that you just know you have to have, but be smart about what you invest your money in.

Don’t be fooled by 15-day trials in which you have to put your credit card information down to get the free trial.

Many times you will forget 15 days later, and they charge you a full year for it.

Then you read the small print, and you can’t get your money back.

Be aware of what you are purchasing and if you are not using it, then cancel it.

A Good Business Name

I had someone suggest that I go to the High Roller. 

I thought it had to do with gambling and immediately erased it from my mind.

Then when I got to Vegas, I realized the observation wheel was called the High Roller.

I see countless people who do that with their business as well.

If you come up with a cute name, that doesn’t explain what you do; your ideal client becomes confused.

With confusion comes inaction.

Therefore, when you are picking out a good business name, make sure it is something that explains what you do.

It can be as simple as Joanne Kaminski, Online Reading Tutor.

Conclusion

I am not walking away from Vegas with the old cliché of what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

In fact, besides walking away from Vegas with an extra $250 in Bingo winnings, I walked away with some valuable lessons regarding our online tutoring business.

  1. Remember to take a vacation once in a while.
  2. Provide value, not gimmicks.
  3. Expect to be successful.
  4. Wish others and their businesses well.
  5. Enjoy the people you have in your life.
  6. Don’t invest your time or money on money stealers.
  7. Come up with a good business name.

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