Full Time Income Takes Full Time Work…Even When You’re an Entrepreneur
Raise your hand if you want to make a full-time income from your blog.
Raise your hand if you are working full-time hours (or heck – at least 2 hours a day, every day) on your blog.
Here is the TL;dr version:
Full-time income takes full-time work, especially at first.
Now, the long version.
Lots of the people who write/vlog about this stuff are full of crap.
Those people who post photos of themselves on a yacht in the ocean with their laptop talking about working 2 hours a week or whatever? They’re full of crap. (Plus, anyone who has ever tried to work on a laptop in the sun knows you can’t even see the screen, right? RIGHT?)
Those people who tell you they write everything for the entire month in a couple of days and then rest on their laurels for the rest of the month? Also full of crap.
Those people who claim to make 6 figures while working 15 minutes a day? Full. Of. Crap.
Okay, I’m generalizing a little. Not all of them are completely full of crap, but I guarantee you they did not propel themselves to fame and fortune that way.
It doesn’t start out that way.
It takes time. Your time. Your time on a consistent basis.
If you’re not willing to put in full-time hours, or at the least very consistent hours, you’re not going to make a full-time income. That’s fine if you only want your blog to be a hobby. But if you want it to provide you with a living, you must leave the fantasy world promoted by the folks selling expensive products about how to do something that they don’t actually do.
Do you know how most of those people make money? They make it by selling a dream to people who believe that the Lamborghinis and mansions and bikini babes in the jacuzzi are within their reach for just a few minutes of work per day. It’s the ultimate Ponzi scheme.
Here’s the reality of it.
It took me a solid year of posting 5 days a week and working 2-3 hours per day 7 days a week before I first made $1000 in a month. I was overjoyed. I was thrilled. But I sure wasn’t able to quit my day job.
It took me another year of adhering to the same schedule before I started making thousands of dollars a month. At the end of that second year, I broke 6 figures through a fluke in the news and was able to leave my day job.
To maintain that 6 figure income through the 3rd year, without that fluke in the news, I worked 8-10 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week. Some of this was because the learning curve of running a blog as a business was so great. Some of this was because it’s actually a lot of freaking work.
By the fourth year, I was able to relax a little. I work from 6 am to 8:30 am, take my daughter to school, then work another 3-4 hours when I get home. When I’m working on a new project, I work more.
But as you can see, this didn’t happen overnight. I’ve maintained a 6-figure income for 4 years through:
- A full day’s work
- A commitment to learning more
It’s simple and difficult all at the same time.
What are you willing to do?
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- How much are you really willing to work?
- How much time will you give your business and how regularly?
Take a hard look at what you’re truly willing to do – and whatever that is, it’s ok.
But be realistic and base your goals on that amount of work. You will only get back what you put in.