Lately I’ve been consuming a lot of productivity and business podcast’s like Michael Hyatt, Erik Fisher and Ray Edwards. Now they have some amazing tips and supply top notch content. However, much of their tips are for people that are already leaders, entrepreneurs and make a living on their passion and dream.
I would love to have my entire day to work on my side business but I don’t. I have a day job and that’s where many of us fall. We get up early in the morning or stay up late at night to hustle and get things done in what is called the margins, the small slivers of spare time.
Our pursuit of starting a business or making a dream a reality mean three things: Limited time, Limited amount of money and Limited opportunities to attend conferences and workshops due to the cost and time.
Do the things that only you can do. Hire a virtual assistant to do the rest.
When I hear that I want to scream “I’d love to!” I completely agree but for us ‘hustle in the margins’ folks it’s not as easy as just hiring a virtual assistant as most of us can’t afford to, yet.
Then the argument for that we should anyway is that “Time is money” and I agree. The time I spend doing something that someone else could do could be spent generating content and move my blog and business forward. But again, my blog does not generate enough income to pay a virtual assistant and I am against borrowing money and go into debt.
What to do when you can’t afford to hire a virtual team to help you?
1. Find someone to trade your skills with. What if you can’t find someone? I’m torn on using places like Fiverr. However, if that person has a good rating from other customers then in a sense you are fulfilling work for someone who seeks it. Maybe that person lives in a country where 5 dollars is equivalent to 20 dollars here and you just helped to feed someone’s kids. Just remember to pay people for what they are worth as soon as you can. Being cheap just to be cheap is not the way to go.
2. Let others in on why you are hustling and allow them to help you. We tend to think our dream is all about us and that we have to do the grind ourselves. Our dream is not about us, it’s about sharing it with others. It may not mean you suddenly have a friend who wants to spend every Saturday helping you but who can be there for support and accountability.
3. Create a plan to stay on track but put in realistic deadlines. Again, put in realistic deadlines. You can’t create the same amount of content as those that are doing this full-time. Don’t compare yourself to someone else. This is your journey and your time frame. Use others as a motivation but not as a comparison.
4. Build in downtime or you will burn out. You can’t build Rome in one day. Remember, many of the ones we see that are successful have worked years or even decades to be where they are. We only see the end result. They too had to do everything themselves in the beginning.
5. Edit things from your life that is not helping you move forward. We tend to hold on to things that no longer serve us. Cut them out if they are adding stress to your life.
So if you like me get a bit frustrated at times, remember, those uber-productive, successful people have once been in your shoes. Just keep going and you’ll get there!
What podcasts, books or blogs both inspire you and frustrate you?