Are you constantly working for hard earned dollars or are you working towards easy money?
As we grow up we’re taught, “you need to work hard.”
You need to get paid for your time.
You need to clock in.
You need to clock out.
You need to get paid for the time that you’re spending.
And that’s how your value is created.
That’s how you believe your value is measured.
And that’s how you will be rewarded in life.
Then, when we hear easy money referenced, it’s often made out to be a bad thing.
Too often we see people in society who are just grinding away in their 9-to-5 jobs.
And they actually value their own worth in, “How much time can I put in? How much work can I do?”
They don’t think nearly enough about leverage.
Most of their time is spent in the immediate day‑to‑day work.
But they should be spending more time thinking about how to make things better, and thinking about leverage.
Leveraging their time and energy by finding people to help get the results that they want, in an efficient manner, so they don’t have to be hustling every day.
Whether in work or life, most of us strive to accomplish more in less time. Wouldn’t it be nice to do in a few hours what it used to take you half a day? By concentrating and minimizing distractions, you can.
The chances are that you are not taking full advantage of the cutting-edge technology available to you. There are now several options in our market to consider.
Here are 3 ways court reporters can stop the hamster wheel spin cycle of working hard and leverage your time to work smarter.
CONTROL & MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS
In order to work smarter, you must control your surroundings and minimize distractions. Make sure to hide that cell phone! One study found that having your phone present, even if you are not using it, can make you perform 20% worse than if it was out of sight.
One of the most impressive (and user-friendly) tools is a collaborative SaaS cloud-based software known as CoverCrow. Their platform helps you keep your job alerts lean and mean by focusing on only the jobs in which you would be interested. You set your own customized job alerts using advanced filters so you only get notices for the specific types of jobs you want to take and allows you to focus on the jobs that make more money.
It helps keep you off social media sites like Facebook altogether, which is a big black hole that sucks your time. CoverCrow allows you to check in with your live availability and current GPS location, letting agencies know that you are available for the next job and also locates jobs close to you while you’re out in the field, giving you that ability to take more jobs during the day and reduces wasted travel time. Or you can set the alerts to notify you for in-person jobs only, eliminating travel time altogether.
Mastering the art of delegation is an essential skill for high-earning court reporters. Even the biggest control freaks, perfectionists, and micromanagers can find this difficult, but find ways to accomplish this. The key is understanding that the ability to delegate will make you more productive. One study even showed that CEOs who delegate experience lower levels of decision fatigue, fewer instances of burnout, and generate 33% more revenue than those with low delegation skills.
Delegate the stressful task of scheduling by using niche industry tools like CoverCrow’s auto accept feature, which can schedule lucrative jobs for you while you’re on the record so you are always the first to respond and you don’t lose that perfect next assignment.
Building a team of scopists and proofreaders and delegating your most time-consuming tasks to them can free you up to take more high-income-earning jobs and stay on the record 5 days a week. Use the latest tool for court reporters, Stenovate, to not only find and hire the right team, but also manage your entire workload right on their platform.
The newest scintillating remote-work trend for white-collar workers, in industries from tech to banking to insurance, is to double their pay. This includes freelance and official court reporters alike. Their schtick is to “work two full-time jobs.” Like Fight Club, the first rule for these folks is “don’t tell anyone” and “don’t do too much work, either.”
Dual-jobsters, from freelance to official, bragged on Facebook groups that they earned over $50k more per year by being able to take multiple remote jobs per day from the comfort of their home or courthouse office using remote platforms such as Zoom.
CoverCrow spent a good part of last year programming in all the different certification requirements all over the United States to help take the guess work out of accepting remote jobs in other states. Agencies and reporters have the assurance that they are in compliance with each state’s certification requirements when they post jobs or find jobs on the CoverCrow platform.
As you jump in to 2022, I hope you take the time to think of ways to stop the cycle of working for hard-earned dollars and create systems and put people in the right seats that have you earning easier money.