I know myself that starting an online business on a side is such a big hustle.
When you have a full-time job where you weekly spend 40+ hours and a family with small kids begging for your attention every free minute it’s almost impossible to find the quality time to get the job done.
Like me, you surely see many experts trying to teach you how to build the online business so you could finally leave your job and work it full-time.
The truth is, the most of them did not have a full-time job. Ever!
Or they just did not have any family commitments when they were starting out. They did not have a well-paying job that’s not easy to replace with the income (if there’s any) from a starting business. Or they just had no option because they were laid out or faced some kind of edgy situation where they just had to go all-in.
Without these family commitments you have it was easy for them to quit their boring jobs and start a new endeavor in an exotic country. Living on a cheap and working all day long on their dream project.
However, it’s absolutely different for you who simply do have many things going on in your everyday life.
Simply, there’s not enough time in your day to start a side business.
You only have lunch breaks and about 1 hour after you put kids to bed each night to work for yourself. Then there are only weekends, the time you’d love to enjoy fully with you family, have fun doing your hobbies and fully recover yourself before the next work week kicks in.
Happy family is my #1 priority
However, you try to get at least something out of the time at your disposal at the expense of your loved ones.
Your time is extremely limited and it’s almost mission impossible to find more of it.
I’ve tried to improve on that front for about two years, unsuccessfully. Even when I was able to carve out some more time the difference was not big enough.
I’ve not only struggled with getting enough free time. But finding the quality time when I was distraction free, able to focus on the essential things for getting my side business off the ground.
The time for calling with people from my potential target audience, writing remarkable content for my blog, reaching out to business owners to land a guest post opportunities, then writing, building relationships, and so on. There were ton of things I wanted to do, but barely got done anything in the whole week.
The worst thing was that even when I finally managed to get more than 10 hours in my week, I still accomplished very little.
I’ve been exhausted after the whole day at work, the family stuff and chores waiting for me at home. The result was that I always ended up doing comfortable and easy tasks which were getting me nowhere near to earning the first money from my own business.
My plans were always big, but most of the time I’ve failed miserably.
The biggest issue was putting things into action.
Even when I had some free time when I should have done something fruitful, I was looking at meaningless things. And not doing something that would have actually mattered.
I was just running away from doing the real work.
Always opting for an easy task like washing the dishes, shopping for food, cleaning my inbox to zero, reading, watching videos from courses, or learning new “quicker” shortcuts for starting my business without ever trying them in real.
However, after investing thousands into the right courses I’ve realized where the issue was.
I’ve learned that the difference is in the mindset and the ability of completing the essential things which grow my business.
Now, I’m regularly creating much more free time for my side hustle. Time when I’m energized and excited to work on the tasks, even on those hard ones which are way outside of my comfort zone. [Read more…]