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Work Smarter, Not Harder
Here's something that most online business owners struggle with - Working too hard for not enough return. Even when the return's are good, the hours can be grueling.
As an Internet marketing mother, I can’t afford to be sitting at my computer 24/7. I chose to run an online business because I want to be home with my kids, but at home glued to a computer screen isn’t like being at home.
Even if you don’t have a kid or a spouse, a business should not become your entire life.
It’s a recipe for burn out and a dismal life that revolves around a computer. At first, building your business and working really may seem exciting, but then you look up and realize there’s nothing else in your life.
So, how do you work smarter and not harder? In other words, how do you make more money with less personal time invested in your business.
To me, it comes down to 4 key points:
Here’s some more thoughts on each of those:
1. Value Your Time:
You need to set and limit your working hours. You probably run your business, so you can stay home with your family&/or have more freedom. Well, being a prisoner to your computer doesn’t do either of those things for you.
In addition, when you limit your work time, you are more productive. If you have only 3 hours to get work done, you’re more likely to stay focused and do what you need to do. If you have set aside the whole day to work, you’ll probably slack off and hang out at forums, check your stats endlessly or find other distractions. Sorry to say - that’s NOT working.
2. Leverage The Strengths and Time of Others:
Don’t think of yourself as a solo entrepreneur...think of yourself as a team. You can leverage the strength and time of others by:
3. Implement Passive Income Models Into Your Business:
Outsourcing and having your own well-managed affiliate program are ways to generate passive income. Other ways to add more passive income to your online business are:
4. Embracing Technology:
This one might be tough for some non-technical people. Honestly, I’m not very technical and I get intimidated by technology...but I do know that if I can automate something in my business, it saves me time and money. That’s why I have a programmer on hand to help me with stuff like this. I don’t have to implement the technology myself. I just use it to my advantage in my business.
Some uses of technology can include...but the possibilities are ENDLESS:
So please, stop doing so much work! Your business, family and friends will thank you for it!
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