Goals for 2019. Which ones do you have?

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There are 3 basic goals for all of us for the coming new year.

ONE. Maintain the Status Quo. If it ain't broke, leave it alone and along with this, to maintain health so we can enjoy our status, which we've worked hard to have.

TWO. Increase in income, usually by an increase in business activity.

THREE. A winding down, slowing things, aiming toward retirement, golden years.

Most Warriors appear to be in group two. Do you want to increase your income in 2019?

If YOUR answer is YES, then you face the question; What are you going to do to increase it, or what other, new and/or different business or money making ACTIVITIES will you be doing? One thing we often see here is a "pachinko" effect, bouncing around from thing to thing (often called Shiny Object Syndrome) looking for something which fits what we want to do.

Here is a lesson from my teen years as a construction "gopher" for a new house builder.

All new construction begins with a PLAN. There is a clear vision, a picture in the mind of the finished product...and a blueprint to follow to make it happen. Sometimes, the builder would make adjustments according to the buyer's instructions, like a larger kitchen or a bigger bathroom. These would require new blueprints for that section.

Before a house could begin construction there was site preparation, getting it ready. Then, they would lay a FOUNDATION. This was what the house would be built on, and it needed to be strong.

Then, they would put up a FRAMEWORK. The house would start to take shape.

And then the builder would FOCUS on every detail. He would oversee every sub contractor, making sure the blueprint was followed, or if adjustments needed to be made, they were done right.

Plan your success. It has been a mantra of mine for decades, yet, still, so many just begin without a PLAN. You can find evidence of that here with posts such as "Giving up after 11 years" and "five years and no money later" ... we see a lot of people taking a lot of time to make very little money.

Those with a PLAN seem to fare much better.

And a good plan begins with the END RESULT in mind. The house builder had a clear vision of what his goal was, and a time frame for getting it done. It is amazing how fast they can build a house if everything is done in an orderly manner. The TV show about home makeovers, they often could build a house in a week. AMAZING.

But many builders can complete the task on time, if they follow the plan and don't get distracted.

A PLAN for increasing income would have AMOUNTS in it, right? You want to go from where you are today to an increase in 2019, right? How much? A 50% increase? A 25 thousand dollar increase?

HOW much do you want to make in 2019? Begin there. Then more questions come up, like HOW YOU do it. What will you do to get this increase?

This is where a TRANSACTION model comes in handy. If your transaction is 100 dollars and your increase is 20 thousand dollars, you know you need to make at least 200 transactions. Which brings more questions into your planning, like WHO, AND WHERE?

Some builders will build on spec, that is, with the plan to sell it once the home is built, and others specialize in custom houses, made to order. This is like a marketer building a blog and then trying to get "buyers".

It is a nice idea in business to have a customer lined up, one which can afford it. Make sure your PLAN includes prospects who have the money to buy your products or services. So, put that into your plan. The WHO you want as a customer, and more and more questions, like where to find them...

WHAT to say to them? When? All those basic elements of marketing.

So, before the new year arrives, you have a week to THINK about your plan...and once you have it in place, then you can begin to FOCUS and build your FOUNDATION and FRAMEWORK for a good year, one which could become your Status Quo for years to come.

PLAN. FOCUS. FOUNDATION. FRAMEWORK.

ACTION. ADJUSTMENT.

Do you have plans, or do you need some help with getting your plans ready, or are you one of those just do it folks?

GordonJ
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  • Profile picture of the author GivGivGivAsk
    Excellent advice GordonJ. I've worked in the finishing phase of construction for a few years so I often get to see the compounded effects of poor planning or mistakes overlapping mistakes. House building analogies have always served me well in other walks of life. Thanks for the reminder.

    To add to what you said, a successful man once gave me this analogy to work with.
    Building your foundation is the most time consuming, dirty, thankless work that you do for a home. And when it's all finished you cover it up with dirt. People come to your house and talk about how beautiful the woodwork is, or the painting, but they never care to go into the basement and take a look at the foundation. AND YET, arguably, the foundation is the most important part of the whole project; the quality of it affects the outcome of every subsequent phase of construction.

    working on my foundation now--in marketing.

    regards
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    Increase income that is one true goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Our goal in 2019 is to do less and make more (which required us to do even more this past year). The blueprint has been in production for more than a year and is almost ready to be implemented.
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Goals are interesting.. I would without sounding like a blanket statement say that most throw out goals like make more money or loose weight or whatever it is. As I see it, goals don't work like that.. I would call WANTS at that level; aspirations. To obtain those aspirations, that is where GOALS would be. ( IE I am going to eat more healthy, I am going to work out 3 days a week, I am going to drink 64oz's of water a day )

    Just so happens that Dave and I have been working on the same goal. HOW to create more income by streamlining what we already have. Basically do less and get more. I can only speak for myself, but based on Daves post There are many steps or smaller goals that have to be implemented to reach the aspiration of ultimate goal of doing less and getting more.

    Over the past 2 years I have extracted about a 15% gain in profit, by doing less. My aspiration this year is to double that number overall. Meaning I want my business to operate 30% more efficiently.

    I have studied more than my fair share of "Successful" people in my life. And I will say almost everyone I know, and most everyone I read about start their day in the gym in some form or another. Seems like an interesting activity in order to be successful. As much as health is probably the most important gift you can give A) to yourself and B) to your family there is something else there.

    I honestly can not think of another activity that demonstrates the fruits of your labor like a workout does. Yes it may take SOME time, but you will notice physically and mentally you are getting stronger. you can run further, you can lift more, you can push more. Stop working out and that all starts to fade.

    In business... this pattern is often enough not present.. do the work, and see the reward. In business there is a added need of Patience. Success more than often is not 3 weeks in the gym to see results.. it can be years. BUT consistent effort be it in the gym or in business DOES pay off.

    So in this season where goals... goals are such a big deal.. start with yourself. Set a silly goal like doing 100 pushups in 1 minute. and then everyday FOR 1 MINUTE do pushups. YOU WILL see results. you will see the work paying off - and its only 1 MINUTE to start the pattern of success in your life - to physically see that work over time does equate to growth and at the end of a years time when you knock out 100 push ups in one minute - that GOALS are achievable with discipline and patience.

    So setting goals like I want to make a lot of money next year are all fine and dandy - AS LONG AS there are smaller stepping stone goals like I am going to develop and implement a website this year. I am going to start collecting e-mail address' I am going to start pumping out a piece of content every 3rd day ( that would be 120 pieces of content in a year.) I am going to get active with twitter and Insta - meaning not just post about YOU, but use your knowledge as a point of leverage - asking for nothing, and just be seen as the person that knows what they are talking about - and not that guy / gal that spews off about THEMSELVES and whatever it is they are pitching.

    The best of New Years to everyone!

    And REMEMBER if you screw it up and fall off track, Chinese New Years ( February 5th next year ) is a great opportunity to reset and start over!
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    • Profile picture of the author ehlee
      Being fit keeps you sharp. And you don't need to spend much time working out. I love it. Most people don't exercise. Look around when you're out in public.

      Start lifting weights...

      Good luck.
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      • Profile picture of the author savidge4
        Originally Posted by ehlee View Post

        Being fit keeps you sharp. And you don't need to spend much time working out. I love it. Most people don't exercise. Look around when you're out in public.

        Start lifting weights...

        Good luck.
        push ups 1 minute a day LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennifer Isola
    I have been working for other peoples goal in the past nine years so probably my goal for 2019 is to create my own goals and work for it Wish me luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    Originally Posted by savidge4 View Post


    Just so happens that Dave and I have been working on the same goal. HOW to create more income by streamlining what we already have.

    BUT consistent effort be it in the gym or in business DOES pay off.

    AS LONG AS there are smaller stepping stone goals like I am going to develop and implement a website this year.
    Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

    Our goal in 2019 is to do less and make more (which required us to do even more this past year). The blueprint has been in production for more than a year and is almost ready to be implemented.
    Thank you for your excellent contributions. I was hoping the thread might gather some steam as it rolls down the page. So, let me add a little of my understanding about some of these goals.

    I LIKE the idea of doing less and making more. In fact, most of my adult life has been based on this idea. If that is a desire, then it begs for the HOW, RIGHT?

    Probably 1001 ways, here are a few I know of which have been tested and proven.

    LEVERAGE. Often one can find leverage through OPE, other people's efforts. One form of that is OUTSOURCING. Example: just a couple of days ago, I found an old audio file during my end of the year clean up. I sent it to REV dot com, and used my coupon and for only 10 bux, I got a 20 minute audio transcribed. About 5 pages of dense text.

    Some editing, a couple of graphics, a couple of hours and I have my FIRST product for 2019. I used OPE, saved about 15 hours of time, or about 2250.00 dollars.

    Now, I may print and bind this report, and send via snail mail. If so, then I might consider ECONOMIES, of scale, knowing 100 copies are going to cost me over 50% less than a print on demand report (but I better have 100 buyers lined up first).

    I think I've created a good SYSTEM for myself, because I have hours and hours of audio stored away, and I am very pleased with the REV result, I'll continue to churn out reports all year, which increases my productivity substantially, giving more money for less effort...by a mile.

    Now savidge4 makes a good point. STEPPING STONES.

    One thing I feel Tony Robbins got right is: people overestimate how much they can accomplish in a year, and underestimate what they can do in a decade.

    We see it all the time here at the WF. The first "test" of a financial goal is REALITY. If one wants to make 100 thousand dollars this year, but has never made even 20k in the past, his subconscious mind can't go the first stepping stone...BELIEF.

    Which explains why so many GOALS at this time of the year fall by the wayside very quickly.

    But say, I want my new SYSTEM (Audios transcribed, turned into reports) to generate an extra 2 thousand dollars a month, a modest goal. HOW? By numbers method, I need approx. 500 a week, or 72 bux a day.

    Well, if at 10 dollars, I need to sell 7 reports a day. If 35 bux, only 2 a day...

    Of course, before I have the audio transcribed, I've already sketched out a PROMOTION so I can identify the WHO is the target, and WHERE are they. The market research before I even send the audio for transcription.

    Having STEPPING STONES, and even a flow chart, or any tools which helps to stay focused on the goal, is an excellent way to monitor progress.

    I like the idea of % of increase and hours reduced to get it. So, hopefully, we can continue the HOW and why discussion of achieving our goals.

    Thanks,

    GordonJ
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    The 2 most obvious places to start... How much cash is coming in ( how much you charge ) and how much cash is going out. A simple increase of 10% sounds like very little... but depending on how many clients you have or much product you sell it adds up. Im talking about 30% growth, and a 10% increase is a hell of a start.

    Cost... I have a staff.. I pay Salary to. I have a Mortgage, I have internet bills, electric water etc etc etc. My employee cost is fixed ( IE salary ) I way over pay my mortgage and that will be paid off this year. Internet bills... I have long term set price contracts. Water bill is pretty fixed. Electric, I installed a solar system a few years back. that after the 4th year and breaking even on investment will be a 80% decrease in that expense.

    My BIGGEST business expense outside of Vehicles and Real Estate was actually my E-mail lists. 3 years ago I went to self management / internal server of this and literally save thousands per month overall.

    So increasing profits and not increasing load has been many small factors 1% here 3% there and spear headed with charging more. Learning to lock in pricing has been a huge help. be it internet, or things like postage anywhere I can identify savings I will research the day lights out of it, and make a move in that direction.

    Another big saver - and this one will sound stupid.. LED lights - was so worth the initial investment, and now they are even cheaper.

    Every business is different.. I dont work from home I have an office.. so my expenses are going to be exagerated. but the overall process of identifying savings with your own workspace is not so hard once you start looking.

    Cheaper cel phone provider. Investing in a Solar system that just runs your office type equipment - a computer costs like $20 a month to have on all the time.. multiply that by 2 or 3.. it adds up quick, and you can be in literally less than $500 in initial expense and drop that to a zero.

    Now on the business side of things.. looking at your process and decreasing the amount of time something takes has value. Like Gordon.. sending out something to get transcribed vs sitting there and doing it yourself.. the expense saves you time, and time equates to money.. that is a GREAT use of outsourcing. I have internal CRM's and the like that are custom for our needs.. the initial cost is a bit mind numbing but the overall savings over time... i find it priceless.

    I could babble on this topic all day long LOL but the basics... Ask for more up front and spend less to get it done!
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  • Profile picture of the author ehlee
    Launching fat loss blueprint in January.

    Action Plan

    1. Editing and rewriting it now.
    2. Creating book cover on canva.
    3. Composing sales letter.
    4. Promoting it on social media.
    5. Reinvest profits on campaigns.
    6. Create a course.

    Taking the leap. Taking massive action.

    Improve content and copy writing.

    Caveat, not worried about competition or niche saturation.

    Thanks for the wonderful thought provoking post...

    Wish y'all wealth and optimal health in 2019.

    Ethan H. Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author savidge4
      Originally Posted by ehlee View Post

      Launching fat loss blueprint in January.

      Action Plan

      1. Editing and rewriting it now.
      2. Creating book cover on canva.
      3. Composing sales letter.
      4. Promoting it on social media.
      5. Reinvest profits on campaigns.
      6. Create a course.

      Taking the leap. Taking massive action.

      Improve content and copy writing.

      Caveat, not worried about competition or niche saturation.

      Thanks for the wonderful thought provoking post...

      Wish y'all wealth and optimal health for 2019.

      Ethan H. Lee
      Best of luck Man - seriously
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    • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
      Originally Posted by ehlee View Post

      Launching fat loss blueprint in January.

      Action Plan

      1. Editing and rewriting it now.
      2. Creating book cover on canva.
      3. Composing sales letter.
      4. Promoting it on social media.
      5. Reinvest profits on campaigns.
      6. Create a course.

      Taking the leap. Taking massive action.

      Improve content and copy writing.

      Caveat, not worried about competition or niche saturation.

      Thanks for the wonderful thought provoking post...

      Wish y'all wealth and optimal health in 2019.

      Ethan H. Lee
      Great. At least you have a plan, sort of.

      I'm going to link to a tool which you may find very useful, I have NO affiliation with it, but they have a blurb in the beginning that it can be freely linked to, it is a THINK AND GROW RICH workbook, by Joe Vitale and Pat O'Bryan.

      I encourage to go straight to page 13, copy and paste it and fill it out today.

      Plans (goals) need to have TIME elements. In a prior post we talked about STEPPING STONES. You want to have checkpoints along your journey, and an ETA, estimated time of arrival.

      This page in their Workbook, is from the original book's PAGE 36 where Napoleon Hill laid out the six steps.

      THINK AND GROW RICH is one of the all time best sellers in both business, and self-improvement. I first read it in 1961, and I read it again, the first week of every year.

      You may not find all of it worth your while, but the parts on planning and goal setting are outstanding. Here is the link to the workbook: https://bit.ly/2So07p1

      By the way, I paid the big money for the real thing, it is a spiral bound workbook, and these types of tools can be invaluable to your goal setting and goal reaching journey.

      So, for you, some questions regarding TIME?

      WHEN will you have it rewritten and edited? Good enough to sell?
      WHY not have the cover done today? What would prevent you from doing it now?
      Re: the salesletter.

      In the past I've made all my students BEGIN with writing the PROMOTION, even before the product has been written. WHY? Because it makes one focus on

      the WHO is going to want it (Market-is it a "starving crowd"-HA, not in your case, eh?)

      WHERE will your promotion/salesletter INTERSECT with your prospect? Facebook? Forums? Blogs? Social Media? Newspapers? TV? Radio?

      Where exactly will your ad be seen? May be the most important part of the whole planning process.

      Which social media and HOW will you promote it? I think it is the first question you should answer, get the fuzzy vision to an absolute clarity of activity.

      Reinvest the PROFITS. OK, what will they be? What is the fixed costs, your overhead, the COST (most expensive part of marketing) of customer acquisition? What is the LIFETIME VALUE of your customer once you have them? What are the back ends?

      I've worked with people who have made millions of dollars with weight loss products, and others who have gone belly up faster than a whale in Japanese fishing waters.

      The million dollar guys KNEW their markets, understood their prospects. The ones who lost their shirts, and often more than that...

      were ones who just thought any new product into an existing lucrative and huge market would pay them handsomely,THEY, however, saw some very ugly results.

      It is good for you to have a plan. Add some THOUGHT to it, put dates and times on it, and make dang sure you have your PROSPECT CLEARLY identified and know their real reasons for wanting to lose their fat. At least 10 different types of weight loss customers, unlike their muumuus, one size does NOT fit all.

      GordonJ
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        Originally Posted by GordonJ View Post

        Great. At least you have a plan, sort of.

        I'm going to link to a tool which you may find very useful, I have NO affiliation with it, but they have a blurb in the beginning that it can be freely linked to, it is a THINK AND GROW RICH workbook, by Joe Vitale and Pat O'Bryan.

        I encourage to go straight to page 13, copy and paste it and fill it out today.

        Plans (goals) need to have TIME elements. In a prior post we talked about STEPPING STONES. You want to have checkpoints along your journey, and an ETA, estimated time of arrival.

        This page in their Workbook, is from the original book's PAGE 36 where Napoleon Hill laid out the six steps.

        THINK AND GROW RICH is one of the all time best sellers in both business, and self-improvement. I first read it in 1961, and I read it again, the first week of every year.

        You may not find all of it worth your while, but the parts on planning and goal setting are outstanding. Here is the link to the workbook: https://bit.ly/2So07p1

        By the way, I paid the big money for the real thing, it is a spiral bound workbook, and these types of tools can be invaluable to your goal setting and goal reaching journey.

        So, for you, some questions regarding TIME?

        WHEN will you have it rewritten and edited? Good enough to sell?
        WHY not have the cover done today? What would prevent you from doing it now?
        Re: the salesletter.

        In the past I've made all my students BEGIN with writing the PROMOTION, even before the product has been written. WHY? Because it makes one focus on

        the WHO is going to want it (Market-is it a "starving crowd"-HA, not in your case, eh?)

        WHERE will your promotion/salesletter INTERSECT with your prospect? Facebook? Forums? Blogs? Social Media? Newspapers? TV? Radio?

        Where exactly will your ad be seen? May be the most important part of the whole planning process.

        Which social media and HOW will you promote it? I think it is the first question you should answer, get the fuzzy vision to an absolute clarity of activity.

        Reinvest the PROFITS. OK, what will they be? What is the fixed costs, your overhead, the COST (most expensive part of marketing) of customer acquisition? What is the LIFETIME VALUE of your customer once you have them? What are the back ends?

        I've worked with people who have made millions of dollars with weight loss products, and others who have gone belly up faster than a whale in Japanese fishing waters.

        The million dollar guys KNEW their markets, understood their prospects. The ones who lost their shirts, and often more than that...

        were ones who just thought any new product into an existing lucrative and huge market would pay them handsomely,THEY, however, saw some very ugly results.

        It is good for you to have a plan. Add some THOUGHT to it, put dates and times on it, and make dang sure you have your PROSPECT CLEARLY identified and know their real reasons for wanting to lose their fat. At least 10 different types of weight loss customers, unlike their muumuus, one size does NOT fit all.

        GordonJ
        Awesome pointers...

        I've read Think and Grow Rich several times. It's astounding and stupendous.

        I read your posts with diligence. More often than not, your tips are spot on. I agree with most of your content. I thank you for writing realistic actionable steps.

        With due respect, I apologize in advance if I sound arrogant.

        I'm trimming and cutting out sentences that are repetitive. I spent most of 2018 learning to code and I'm grateful THAT I'll never have to outsource this stuff. I know you disagree because you're ALL for leveraging other peoples' expertise.

        Now, I'm focused on producing and writing content. My writing will impact readers.

        Your comment about..."Is it good enough?" captured my attention because I've been holding back a bit. And I realize that my content doesn't have to be perfect to launch. Eye opener.

        I'll be a damn fool to launch a product that is not good enough. But it won't be perfect. Perhaps it may not even be good...

        Good enough though.

        My edit is 90% complete. I'll use that for my sales letter. I've studied copy writing for years. It's not perfect but I get the logistics of it.

        And unlike most people, I don't need validation, approval or reassurance with my work.

        Working my plan. Not holding back anymore.

        I have customers.

        I tried every fitness and diet program under the sun.

        I discovered what works for those who are struggling and suffering. No guarantees though because everybody is different. I've studied and know human nature.

        Like my sales manager once said, "There are 2 guarantees in life. Death and taxes."

        Over 30 years of experience testing fitness hacks on myself, clients, students, professionals, CEOS, attorneys, friends, and lazy people.

        I could lose weight at "will." Dropped 18 pounds in 3 days before. I'm a fat burning machine. Feel vibrant every day. Still swinging the golf club, kicking, jumping, lifting, running, sprinting, stretching, hiking, and swimming.

        I figured out hormone hacks.

        And it's backed by science, psychology, philosophy, physics and street common sense. lol

        But all that is irrelevant if one doesn't take action. Right? The action is in the doing.

        THIS goes with everything and anything of value.

        For example:

        According to a Finnish study, men who frequent saunas 2 to 3 live times per week live longer than those who attend once.

        https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/...s-201502257755

        Action Plan

        Before you start sauna sessions, get medical clearance from your primary physician.

        1. Buy a sauna for your home.

        Price varies.

        2. Go to your local gym.

        Gyms have dry or steam saunas.

        3. Attend a spa.

        Costs anywhere between $10 to $100 per day.

        4. Stay in the sauna as long as you can handle the heat.

        If you're at a public facility, take a shower and jump into the cold pool. Stay in there for 3 minutes or more. Your pain threshold may be different so take caution. The cold pool dip activates brown adipose tissue which burns off white adipose tissue to generate heat.

        And it kills hunger and cravings. (Citation omitted)

        (I'll cover cold induced thermogenesis in another chapter.)

        I'll write more actionable steps in the blueprint. I'll expand the blueprint if needed.

        And I'll use public domain a bit. Government sites with no citation requirements.

        Looking forward to launching my first blueprint.

        Hope my writing is "good enough."

        Happy New Year!

        Thank you for your time...

        Ethan H. Lee
        Fat Loss Expert
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  • Profile picture of the author hardworker2013
    My goal is to double my income in 2019, this year was great for me in my Internet marketing businesses and my shopify stores. I plan to sell much more products on Amazon using Amazon FBA. People are making 6 figures monthly, i just want a large slice of the Billion dollar pie!
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    x,xxx a month at least.
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  • Profile picture of the author neilla ivulic
    Great advice GordonJ.
    I am a by profession and an OFW.
    My plan is to continue my goal in saving for our future and retirement. Be healthy and continue to learn and grow as a person.
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  • Profile picture of the author girlboss3
    My goal is to make money online as I am fed up of my 9-5 job.
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    • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
      Originally Posted by girlboss3 View Post

      My goal is to make money online as I am fed up of my 9-5 job.
      Am I right in saying, you would like to quit your job and earn your money online?

      If so, then you start with a number. HOW much would it take to replace your income, and include the costs of any benefits, if you have them. For example, a person making 30,000 dollars a year, may have 6500 in benefits; health insurance, other.

      So for you to quit your job, you begin with an exact figure of what is needed. And since paychecks are CONSISTENT, your online income needs to be reliable, albeit, maybe irregular. Right?

      Now you know how much. Then, HOW?

      Make a list of your skills, knowledge and your current job description. If you hate the work, cross that off of possibilities. If you like or don't mind the work, but hate the boss or co-workers, then put that on your skills list.

      Assuming SPEED is important to you, how much TIME will you set aside every week to work on your online money making? Do you have a realistic 15 hours a week? 10?

      Having worked with scores of people over the decades, I know people overestimate how much time they REALLY have to use, and a % of that is spent on non-productive activity.

      Since we're talking goals here, let's look at an example.

      Based on avg. American income and below 40,000 dollars a year considered to be "lower income bracket" how about we use 40K. You adjust for what you actually make.

      To replace a 40k a year salary, an online marketer would roughly have to earn about 50k to cover the loss of health insurance and other benefits.

      So how does one get to 50 thousand US dollars a year as fast as possible with their online efforts? Good question (if I do say so myself-HA).

      Looking at the TRANSACTION model and weekly income, one would have to make approximately $1,000.00 a week on average. You'll find many Warriors doing at least that in a wide variety of efforts and different activities.

      A thousand a week is about 143 dollars a day. On avg. if you make the 150 a day, you reach your GOAL.

      HOW to make 150 a day? At the low end, I might sell 10 specialty reports for 15 each. To whom? Well, I, being established have a list. A new person might want to connect with an established marketer offering a similar product and test the waters of a joint venture.

      I've sent several offers to my lists, from newbies who have produced a quality product.

      OR, one might do 150 a day in eCommerce, selling things via Amazon, or eBay. You need a reliable supply, and a decent mark up for your eCom efforts.

      You can CREATE or ACQUIRE, whichever suits you best. I do both.

      Here is my best solution to your desire:

      Your goal: quit the job, make money online.

      You KNOW how much you need. You look for ways to bring that amount in, either lower cost transactions and many of them, or higher cost transactions more targeted.

      You KNOW how much time you really have to devote to this. NOW, you must take a little time, and within your daily frustration, be diligent yet patient while looking for a model which best suits you.

      Fastest way to fail, to lose money, to spin your wheels and be stuck in a job that sucks is...to dive in, buy shiny objects like systems, blueprints, plans or join groups or follow gurus who make big promises.

      There is NOT one way, and there is NO system which works for everyone who simply follows the blueprint, if there were, we established marketers would be doing that too.

      You have a goal. Now clearly define it, with dollars and TIME frames. Get started, research, know yourself, or start to learn about your self.

      Almost all jobs under 50 thousand dollars a year can be replaced in about 2.5 years with a good plan of action and adjustment as you go. Some can do it in a matter of months, others might need 3 or more years, depends on how badly you want it to happen.

      Good luck. And we have no shortage of advice here, some of it...

      maybe, might even be useful.

      GordonJ
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      • Profile picture of the author girlboss3
        Great! Now I too would do a little evaluation as per my needs. Thanks for the reply.
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    • Profile picture of the author savidge4
      Originally Posted by girlboss3 View Post

      My goal is to make money online as I am fed up of my 9-5 job.
      Just some added onto GordanJ's post... dont quit your day job until you dont NEED it anymore. We can figure 8 to 6 for your day job.. you sleep 8 hours ( I sleep 4.5 hours on average ) that leaves you 6 hours to work on your what will be for now your "Side Hustle"

      When yopu look at Gordons break down... $150 a day is not all that much.. you could do that being an Ebay or Amazon reseller pretty easy. - pretty easy as starting small and working into it - I would say 6 months or so could put you at that number if not more.

      Are you into crafts? Etsy is a great outlet.

      In terms of online... Oh jeeze there is no limits - this generally just takes more time. You could realistically be looking at a 3 to 5 year side hustle before you would be able to go "Full Time"

      Its all on you... just Hustle with the time you have!

      Best of Luck
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      • Profile picture of the author girlboss3
        Even I am thinking to go with the side business along with current job. I will have to manage time accordingly.. but will surely learn all this...
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        • Profile picture of the author savidge4
          Originally Posted by girlboss3 View Post

          Even I am thinking to go with the side business along with current job. I will have to manage time accordingly.. but will surely learn all this...
          If you dont already look up Gary Vaynerchuk on youtube.. he talks about doing exactly what you want to do and gives great realistic no BS advice on how to do it. I would say this will be a purge watch session just to warn you. He has really focussed on this topic for the last 6 months or so.
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  • Profile picture of the author Liam Jose
    Basically I care about three things in my life.

    Happiness
    Money
    Health
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I fall into the increase income category. But I've also done a fair bit of thinking and realize I need to "refocus".

    Although I do have a number of "long term" sites/projects on the go I still have many more short term affiliate type of projects going on.

    I'm thinking I need to shift more into the long term space and just do things a little different. I'm still figuring out the details but that's what I have so far.
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    • Profile picture of the author savidge4
      Originally Posted by ChrisBa View Post

      I fall into the increase income category. But I've also done a fair bit of thinking and realize I need to "refocus".

      Although I do have a number of "long term" sites/projects on the go I still have many more short term affiliate type of projects going on.

      I'm thinking I need to shift more into the long term space and just do things a little different. I'm still figuring out the details but that's what I have so far.
      In the game of IM.. I think you need a balance of both.. obviously use what you have learned to build Brand and make a long term go at things, but when the iron is hot.. use that same knowledge to swing into the short term gains.

      In terms of online I probably sit in the 80 - 20 area long to short.. but oct nov and dec I was reversed and I put a kick ton of effort into a 1 item store dropshipping thing and made a pretty decent chunck.

      Time management and more importantly season management becomes the biggest thing to work out... almost all niches have highs and lows and learning to pick ones that work together for your overall day in an day out work flow is somethig to consider.

      As an example weight loss is pretty much now until june and most of your efforts should be in place.. I then switch over NOW in my efforts for weddings in June, and in say February will move into Summer stuff, with a slight transition into sports shoes come early august, and August 15th is when "Christmas" basically begins so will have worked on that.

      Staying ahead.. having content in the can allowing for trends and adding content is pretty critical ( i think ) moving from REACTIVE marketing ( short term ) to PROACTIVE marketing ( long term ) is an adjustment for sure.. but you seem like a pretty smart guy!
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  • Profile picture of the author George Flm
    I think I'll be hitting a home run with a method I learned from the school of hard knocks.
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    Hey. This is an inspiring thread. 2019 is gonna be a cinch.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jerlene
    $100 a day using CPA.
    1000 visitors per day to my blog.
    Ranked on first page for my main keyword.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    My online income is down to 15% of my total non-day job income. I want to decrease that to 0% through 2019/20. Then I don't have to worry about Google algorithm changes or PayPal bans etc. etc.


    I also need to spend a bit more time making my money work even harder.



    See - you guys who are younger than me need to buy less and save more. Now I am really starting to reap the benefits of that mindset.
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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    A focus on number 2, increase income, seems to be the choice, and why not, who doesn't like more money?

    In my original post I talked about building houses and following a plan. Today, let us wander into the wilderness. And surThrive.

    About the same time I was lugging around lumber and nails, I also spent quite a bit of time hunting, mostly rabbit and squirrel, with deer when in season, and quail and duck on occasions.

    One uncle, Bill Huff, was president of the Goodyear Hunting and Fishing Club and he liked to take me and my brother on the "lake" hunts. Another uncle, Frank Yoder, raised hunting dogs and he liked to hunt rabbit and squirrel. What both of these WW II vets taught me was, only shoot what you could eat. And we had to learn how to field dress them too.

    Never cared for pulling out the innards of the bunnies and squirrleys, but if we wanted supper, we did the chore. Also, while out in the woods with Uncle Frank, we would forage for food too. Learned a lot about what one can eat and what one should avoid. Being a boy scout for a brief period, I liked the badges about outdoors, my pinewood derby sucked and was the laughingstock of the race, oh well.

    OK. OK, what IM lessons are here?

    When building a house, we had a set of plans to follow. A blueprint.

    In the woods, our plan was to survive. And I think many Warriors today are stuck in the woods, and

    lack the skills to survive.

    OR, some of you have posted some very worthy goals, but many of you are not PREPARED. You lack the 3 things of the first post; plan, or foundation, framework and focus.

    And that is ok, you may have to switch to "hunter mode".

    In the woods or on the lakes, you REACT. You could set traps, I recall a simple dental floss trap for squirrels...that is improvisation. And perhaps you need to improvise your Internet Marketing ideas.

    TIME is the critical element, building a house takes a lot of time. Going hungry in the woods takes very little time.

    So, perhaps, some of you need to forage online? Eat the berries and plants you find while hunting the bigger game.

    What might that be or look like? I'd say eBay, and Craigslist are still good, in fact, berry berry good, places to forage for some quick cash.

    What we see here, day after day are people with NO money who want to do things on the cheap, or free or low cost.

    I take a different approach. I like my TIDE, and would rather work a bit harder to afford it rather than some cheaper off brand detergent which might make my skin itch.

    Not everyone has this concept, but I prefer QUALITY over immediate gratification. I want a good or even the best _______ whatever, not the cheapest.

    Anyhow, what can you DO today, to bring in a little bit of money, using just a little bit of time, and contribute that small amount to your "building fund"?

    Many churches spend years getting small donations to someday build their house of glory.

    With IM, you don't need to spend years of time, but you should have a map, a PLAN of where you want to go...and along the way, don't be afraid to do what you need to do to survive, UNTIL, you can surThrive.

    DO something. NOW!

    GordonJ
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  • Profile picture of the author naviown
    My goal for 2019 is to make at least $200k pure profits and buy a house. Keep going guys, everything is possible!
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Related to IM i plan to work as much as i can and to achieve mg goal of $100 per day
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  • Profile picture of the author EPoltrack77
    I have a couple of goals I want to bring forward from 2018. Everybody can say I have a goal but very few actually take action on the steps to achieve those goals such as first writing your goal down on paper. Second we need to have a time stamp to achieve that goal. Third we need a plan of action and daily steps that we do that will take us in the direction of reaching our goal.


    A new goal for me this year is to put spiritual matters first in my life!
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  • Profile picture of the author CarolSummer
    Ok so it's end of January and my goal for this year, at this point at least, is to take daily measures to build my own mailing list. I'm thinking re-activate my Aweber account as a first step, then start allocating funds each day towards solo ad sellers (udimi probably) Might try some ppc as well, more specifically AdWords and FaceBook.
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    Great advice! Looking forward to the next coming months for the year 2019. I think the most important about having goals is having the right mindset to accomplish these goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author michealking
    I am doing E-commerce and some of my goals for 2019 were;
    • I have to earn more than current earning and work less.
    • I have to manage my projects better than the previous years
    • I have to work hard more than this year.
    • I have to keep calm during the argument with my clients.
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    • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
      Originally Posted by michealking View Post

      I am doing E-commerce and some of my goals for 2019 were;
      • I have to earn more than current earning and work less.
      • I have to manage my projects better than the previous years
      • I have to work hard more than this year.
      • I have to keep calm during the argument with my clients.
      Thanks, good goals. Do you have a plan in place for managing your projects better? Any new tools you might be using?

      Since you want to cut down your hours worked, and need to increase the dollar amount per hour, what is your tactic or strategy for doing this? I'm sure many Warriors would like to know this too.

      You have to work harder, but less...your goal is EFFICIENCY, RIGHT?

      And what sort of arguments do clients have with eCom, are you a service provider to them? I know a lot of people got into eCom so they could AVOID clients.

      Thanks again for sharing your goals, there are a lot of Warriors who share those goals.

      GordonJ
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  • Profile picture of the author iamLizHolmes
    Simple. Live healthier. Work smarter. And 10x my income. Easy right?
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    To help as many people as possible achieve their Internet marketing goals.
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtreelife
    Investing in real estate has been my passion for the last 6-7 years. I want to provide as many good people with quality housing as I can....usually in the form of apartment buildings and upgrade them. I am going to use increased IM income this year to complete more details with partners.

    I also plan to get 1-2 vacation rental condos in Turks and Caicos.

    IM marketing income can make most people's dreams come true, but if there are no goals or targets in place, these dreams generally stay as dreams.
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  • My goal for 2019 is to boost my consulting business. This is all that i'm focusing on this year.
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