One of the most frequently asked questions that ‘soon-to-be’ online business owners seem to ask is…
“Can I really set all this up and be successful around my job/kids/life (insert as appropriate)?”
So I thought that this next post should address exactly that.
All of us lead busy lives and we have found that there are a wide variety of people who are attracted to the lifestyle benefits of building a thriving online business. However, they all generally have a few things in common.
Firstly, an obvious desire to escape the rat race and to enjoy life… or in other words, to find a way to truly start living rather than simply surviving. Secondly, they all seem to have a multitude of other things going on in their lives.
They are not the type of people who are sitting at home twiddling their thumbs. They all have jobs of one kind or another, some professional, some trades, some stay at home Mothers & Fathers. They either have kids, or busy social lives, sports commitments or family to keep in touch with. And we are exactly the same. 🙂
We have 2 kids (4 & 6), I have a small business and Ben is also a UAV Pilot & Business Development Manager on a full time basis. We have regular family commitments, children activities galore, holidays to take and busy lives to live. The main thing we do have though is a determination to build our business so that in the not too distant future Ben can leave the Business Development side of his career behind and turn that hobby back into a hobby.
So the simple answer is YES! Yes, you can build a successful online business around everything you have going on in your life.
Having said that, here comes the serious part and the completely honest, sometimes confronting part…. you have to want it bad enough.
You have to be prepared to turn off that tv, get home from work and get stuck into more work, give up some of those Friday nights out and sometimes feel a little tired because you have stayed up working later than you expected. The change you need to make will differ slightly for everyone, but once you make the decision to get on with it, I can assure you, you wont ever look back – and as a bonus, we (along with the rest of the SFM community), will be here to help guide and coach you through all the bits you need help and coaching with 🙂
So here are a few tips to get you started…
- Prepare a rough schedule of your current days/week.
Include when you get up, time it takes to drive to work – if its significant enough – work hours, tv time, when you go to bed, your regular nights out – if they exist.etc…
- Identify the times when you could actually be doing something more productive towards starting/building your online business.
ie. do you really need to watch the TV show or scroll through that much Facebook. Be tough, this is your future, lifestyle, income and life adventure we are talking about. Be prepared to get up a little earlier to listen to a podcast or join in on a webinar on your commute, and follow that up with some hard yards in the evenings.
- And finally, ask yourself what is really stopping you from taking that next step.
If you can find the time (which you can), and you have the desire to live a better lifestyle then be honest with yourself about what is holding you back.
You aren’t reading this post because you are lazy or indecisive, you are reading this because you know that the way things were done by people 20, 30, 40 years ago just don’t work these days – these traditional approaches mean that you may get to enjoy life once you retire – assuming you even have a retirement fund??
Why not join the ‘new rich,’ begin your digital lifestyle and take advantage of all the tools, education and opportunity that this booming digital economy has to offer?
We are here to guide you and reassure you that, YES, you can start your own thriving online business around whatever is currently going on in your life and we would be more than happy to discuss in more detail how you can get started around your current commitments. In fact we are even willing to put our money where our mouth’s are and offer you a FREE 30 minute consultation via Skype valued at $97.
Just click here to book a time and we will gladly do everything we can to help you build a thriving online business.
See you on the other side. 🙂