WordPress: Save time by using templates

One thing I hate about writing posts is recreating the same layout and style for each post. It’s just time consuming and sometimes I forget what I did to get that specific style, so I have to either cut and paste from an old post and edit all the content or open a second window with an old post and cut and paste the necessary code. Whew! Tired just talking about it.

Luckily, there’s a plugin that let’s you create content templates and you can get it here: TinyMCE Templates

Or just hop on over to Plugins -> Add New, and do a search for “TinyMCE Templates”. Install and activate.

You’ll now get a “Template” menu item in your admin menu. Click that and name and add your first template. Now, when you create a new post, you’ll have a button to “Insert Template”. Choose the one that you just created and it’ll add that code into your editing window. Voila!

CSS: nth-of-type()

When you need to select the nth number of an element. This differs from nth-child because nth-child will select the nth child of a parent whereas nth-of-type will select the nth of the type of element.

Take this piece of code for example:

<div class="parent">
  <h2>Hi There</h2>
  <p>1</p>
  <p>2</p>
</div>

 

nth-child will select <p>1</p>

p:nth-child(2) {
  color: red;
}

 

nth-of-type will select <p>2</p>

p:nth-of-type(2) {
  color: red;
}

Organizing and Planning

I’m a firm believer that a healthy dose of organization and planning mixed in with a little spontaneity is key to anything that you want to do in this world. This is especially true if you’re thinking of dropping that 9 to 5 job to pursue your dreams. This step is vitally important not only to have a clear understanding of where I stand today, but to see what my minimum bottomline will be. From this, I can figure what extraneous expenses I can get rid of and where I need to focus my time, money and energy on.

So how did I do it and what did I do?

Get a hold of my finances and calculate out fixed expenses. I took my bank statements and credit card statements from the past 6 months and pulled them into a spreadsheet like Excel. I then isolated my fixed expenses like rent, car payment, cell phone, internet connection, etc. (any expense where the amount per month does not change). Total them up and average them out per month. This gave me the bare minimum I need to make on a monthly basis.

Calculate out variable expenses. These are the expenses that fluctuate from month to month. Things like getting coffee, getting gas, eating out, etc. are variable expenses. Total them up and average them out per month.

Eliminate or adjust your variable expenses. By calculating out my variable expenses, I saw that I was spending on average $100 per month on coffee alone. I don’t know about you, but I can stop drinking coffee without going too out of whack. That will save me $100 per month. I kept doing this for each variable expense category and figured out if I can eliminate it. Mind you, there were categories that I cannot do without like getting gas for the car or eating. For these items, I figured out on how to reduce the amount of driving I do thus reducing the amount of times I need to fill up. For instance, ride my bicycle to the gym or grocery store. For eating, I figured out I can do more grocery shopping and eat in rather than eating out all the time. If I do eat out, them order something that’s a littler cheaper in price than I normally get…or ordering water instead of the soda or beer.

With this done, I had a good overview of my finances and the changes I need to make in order to stretch my dollar. Was it a good idea to quit the 9 to 5 and pursue my dream job for the next 6 months (preferably you’d want enough for a full year)? For me, the answer was a “Yes!” If the answer was a “No” and I still wanted to pursue my career, then I would have stayed at the 9 to 5 job, make those changes to the variable expenses and saved up as much as I can in order to have a nice 6 month cushion.

Almost forgot one thing…to figure out the amount needed to get the business off the ground. Bartering and trade is an excellent way to get what I need without it hitting my wallet. Also, leveraging my experience and what I already know and do it myself. For instance, my 9 to 5 job was a web developer…thus designing and developing this website I did myself.

A Letter of Intention

Friends and Family,

Today, I have declared that I am worth taking a chance on and that I have the smarts, creativity and discipline to pursue my passions and dreams. So I resigned from the corporate 9-5 job.

I owe it to myself to take this leap of faith; to trust in the universe and that I will be taken care of so long as I put in the effort of action. I also trust in myself and my abilities…and not just the ability to write code or to take a photograph, but the ability to learn, the ability to listen, the ability to be openminded, the ability to take action.

So I ask of you not for a prayer for me to be successful but to take a look within and make sure you’re living your passions and dreams or at least creating a path to them because YOU are worth it. You owe it to yourself. Trust within your heart and you will be just fine.

I will be documenting my adventures into the world of photography, especially my wedding photography business, here on my blog. You will be able to follow along as I navigate this new world of entrepreneurship from business to creativity side.

~Marvin