Define your dreams or someone else will
How to solve the EU VATMOSS mess?
Here’s a simple solution if you sell software or are a SAAS: use a reseller. It works like this: you do your business as usual, but once a customer wants to buy, you shuttle the customer to a website of your reseller, where the customers pays for the software or service. In legal terms the customer is buying from the
reseller, who in turn buys the software from you. This shields you from EU #VATMOSS and sales tax obligations, as the reseller has to handle this. Your company is not selling any more to consumers in the EU, but instead selling to a company (the reseller). This construct shields your company from VAT and makes accounting simpler, as you have only one customer in the EU (the reseller). Obviously, the resellers charge for this service. Your advantage is much simpler accounting and less accounting fees. In practice this reseller setup is technically similar to using Stripe or PayPal, when you use their service and servers to do a payment transaction. The fees the resellers ask are higher than Stripe or PayPal, but the resellers take on fraud prevention, VAT handling and payment charges. For customers outside of the EU you can still use Stripe and PayPal (I recently heard that Japan is moving to -or having- a similar VAT system than the EU).
Here’s a list of resellers (I didn’t try them, so I can’t give a recommendation):
Be aware that using them might have implications with regard to EU privacy protection laws (this is also the case when using stripe).
The invoice solution
There’s also another solution: you can use an invoice service who handles the EU VAT calculations for you: https://www.quaderno.io/. Then you can combine quaderno with the VAT Mini One Stop Shop (the link is to the UK, other EU countries also have an equivalent service). This is cheaper than a reseller in terms of payment fees, but requires more accounting (and accounting fees).
You are stuck in your job. Enough is enough.
The first thing you need is a muse to replace your income, so that
you can leave your job.
If you think that way, your muse probably takes over the role of your
job and you get stuck again. You don’t want to replace your job with
You want to replace your job with freedom. That means have
a dreamline first. Then find a muse that fits your dreamline. The
sequence of dreamline – muse helps you find motivation to finish your
muse (or try another one if it doesn’t work out). Then, at last, you
can quit your job.
In the 4-Hour Work Week an “income autopilot” is extensively described. Here’s the short and to the point version:
- Select an income source that’s easily and cheaply tested (< 500$)
- Automation is possible within 4 weeks
- No more than 1 day a week management
- Control distribution
- Decide on distribution before committing to product
- Pick and affordably reached niche market
- Brainstorm products with the following characteristics:
- Main benefit in 1 sentence
- Price: 50 – 200$
- No more than a couple of weeks to produce
- Explainable in good online FAQ
- Create a product option, but don’t commit yet!
- Think of an information product
- Micro test your products
- Test result: Divest or invest
- MBA – Management By Absence
- Remove yourself from the equation
- Contact outsourcing companies vs. freelancers
- Ensure the outsourcers communicate with each other and solve problems themselves
- Offer few options
- Fire bad customers
- Offer a fantastic guarantee
Bio: The muse is “The Labelry” – a custom wine labelling website. www.thelabelry.com
I’m a hardware engineer and I own an electromagnetic testing laboratory. I don’t have much experience with web development but I outsourced every piece of work for the online muse business and built the site for less than $5k.
Proof: bottom of this page…. http://thelabelry.com/faq.php
Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas together created an essentially blank booklet with pre-formatted pages to be used as a daily journal. The 5 minute journal was born when UJ and Alex were walking in a park talking about their morning and evening routines. Basically UJ wrote a journal in a short format every night before going to sleep. Both of them recognized the chance to develop this idea into a tangible (physical) product and sell it online. They even developed and IOS app.
The journal is a 268 page hardcover book available at fiveminutejournal.com .
Once the journal got recommended by Tim Ferriss it apparently sold out on amazon.com.
Once your dreamlines are ready, you’ll need to pay for them and for
your living costs. Yes, you can save beforehand, or live off your
investments, but most probably need an income source. This is where
the concept of a muse enters.
Clayton is an expert in lifestyle design.
After leaving the US, he’s vagabonding around the globe, searching
and finding adventure, from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to Budapest.
Here’s the example dreamlining worksheet that Tim Ferriss uses in “The 4-hour Workweek”. The worksheet is adapted such that the cost calculations are done differently for recurring monthly cost and one-off costs.
What’s probably most important is: Tim develops 11 dreamlines in total, but he chooses only four to first work on.