Sami4u (11 January, 2011)
Yes, I said it right. 13 months in a year.
You can even work 14 months in a year.
As webworkers/entrepreneurs/aspiring entrepreneurs/webmaters, time is the best thing we can invest in our business. It is something that is more valuable than the money you invest in your sites.
You want to devote more time to your business, but you can't find how to do that. The reason: you already have a full time job, you are a single father/mother, college studies etc etc.
So how can you get yourself an extra month every year to work on your business??
Wake up 30 minutes early.
Yes, as simple as that. Wake up 30 minutes early every day, every week.
I am strong believer of 40hr work week. Its the minimum one should spend on his business. So when you get up 30 minutes early every day you get:
0.5hr x 365 days=182 hrs.
182 hrs/40 hrs = 4.55 weeks
Thats more than a 'work month'
So, you get an extra 182 hours of work, an extra month altogether, every year just by waking up 30mins early..
That means more time to invest, more profits and more money.
Now, if you can afford to wake up 60 minutes early then you will get a '14 month year'.
This post of mine would be useless if I didnt tell you how to get up 30 minutes early. So here's the blogpost which is also the source of this thread of mine: How to Get Up Right Away When Your Alarm Goes Off
I have been reading his blog since last few days and its really good. He has written some really great posts on his blog.
Sami4u (11 January, 2011)
Ah! So that means that I tend to work 24 months a year...
I would advice you to read the 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy instead, and be healthy. Honestly, these sleep cuts are not funny et all. Have a nice sleep, live for today, as you never know what can happen tomorrow. It's more philosophical, but I don't like seeing people as workmachines wasting their lives... The 4 Hour Workweek book will highlight how much BS each person does on a daily base as part of their "work".
Loko (13 January, 2011)
Moreover, its better to have money upfront when outsoucing your work and many people start off with nothing on the Internet.
And as such, this post of mine is for those who want to devote more time to their business. If one is already spending a lot of time on his business then I don't think he needs to screw up his sleep.
One of the best tips from the 4 hour work week is to drastically reduce the time you spend checking email. I guess you could be well advised to avoid Face Book too. Since you inevitably get distracted to check things out that don't help you make any progress.
If I get up early, I try and work on something productive right away.
Checking emails, reading forums (I know, I know... ), reading news, FB and lot more. Although if you consider this as fun, and not part of your work, it's fine I guess. Designer, programmer should not work 4 hours, I mean, you shouldn't worry about how much they work, you should care about how much You work. I'm not saying every entrepreneur should work 4 hours, it can be whatever but healthy amount.
"And as such, this post of mine is for those who want to devote more time to their business. "
It's pretty self-explanatory then to either start earlier or finish earlier, isn't it
Nobody works only 4 hours a week on a business, this was one of the dishonest suggestions of the 4 hour work week book. It was re-printed to clear out some of the dishonesty.
One item that struck me was that Tim (the author) became the Chinese Kick-boxing champion by cheating (dehydrating to reduce his weight at the weigh-in to get into a lighter-weight category) and then re-hydrating before the match, and then bending the rules by dodging the opponents and simply shoving them out of the ring, and winning due a technicality in the rules.
So it became an easy win for him, but there is more: the main martial art of China is Kung Foo and not kick Boxing. So he picked a minority sport too! And how many westerners would have been able to enter even due to language difficulties (Tim studied Chinese in China)?
I read somewhere else that the definition of work is what you dislike doing, so if you only do 4 hours of unpleasant work per week, you achieved this goal!
But till then I will make sure that I devote maximum time to my business.
However, I do not believe in the notion of a 4 hour work-week. I guess many people might accept it because the idea sounds good to them. But as an entrepreneur/businessman its all bull.
Be it Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Zuckerberg. When you are entreprenuer, you have to work hard and smart.
If and when I will be outsourcing the writing and backlinking, I still won't work for 4 hours a week. I would be busy in setting up 3 more sites and outsourcing that work as well. More sites, more outsourcing.
If you want to grow your business, working 4 hours a week is impossible. Even 40 hours a week will seem less.