Suggestions for balancing a J-O-B and PLR business

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I am just starting a PLR business and I'm working part-time on it while working full-time at my job with a salary. I'm often putting in 10-12 hours a day at my teaching job (yes, teaching high school requires more than an 8-3 day) and I'm finding it hard to come home and work more. I take my laptop with me to work and try to get work done when I have small breaks - but sometimes those can be few and far between. I can't be the only one doing this!

Any suggestions for balancing two jobs? Any good ideas for motivation?

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  • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
    I also work 10-12 hours a day, with an added 2 hours of commute time when I go back to work.

    The thing I found that works is trying to do what I can when I can take a break (service based industry, making breaks rare at times.) I don't have a laptop, but what I find works well for me is to use break time to outline my content for later.

    I bought a digital recorder on the off chance that I come up with ideas on my drives. I hoped to be able to use it to "write" while I drive, but I never really became comfortable with talk to text... mainly due to not really having a quiet spot to work at home.

    Motivation is hard at times. I try to push myself a little each day, but not to the point of burnout on either end. I have found motivation comes much easier as my traffic and sales increases. The PLR store has been a slow starter, but it has started to take off for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    I do not work a full time job along side my PLR, so I'm afraid I can't give advice specifically related to that, but I think this tip might help you with feeling as if you aren't doing enough etc.

    I would set yourself a target of x number of articles per day, even if it's just one. It might seem slow at first, but with PLR it helps to be constantly producing new content, and it's better than getting overwhelmed and not coming up with anything. That way, even if you're tired from your day job, at least you'll be doing something (however small) to advance your PLR business.
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  • Profile picture of the author IdeaLady
    Divide your tasks based on the amount of time and concentration they take. For example, you may find it hard to write if you only have 10 or 15 minutes available (some people do, some people don't). However, that time might be perfect for editing an article or doing some research.

    As an example: I had a doctor appointment this week. I knew there would be waiting time, but there would not be a big block of time. A few minutes in the waiting room, then moved to the exam room, a few minutes there, then the nurse comes in, a few more minutes, then the doctor, etc. I took a print out of an ebook I am editing and used the short blocks of time to edit a few pages at a time. Each little piece doesn't seem like much, but it added up to getting quite a bit done. Certainly better than nothing!

    It is not easy to launch a new business while working full time, but if it were everyone would do it. Congratulations to you on taking the initiative to follow your dream!
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    • Profile picture of the author Tashi Mortier
      I also have an advice for you:

      While working there are several tasks to do. Now instead of doing everything right now, I jot down some tasks that I know I can do even when I'm tired on my notepad. This way I can use the time where I have the highest energy for the difficult task and do the easy tasks like sorting some files etc. at those times where I feel tired.

      This might help you, too. Use your time wisely, maybe you can even relax while sorting your e-mails, so don't do that in the break time at work, research for your articles instead.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ted_B
        Hi,
        I'm in the same position, with a full-time job and trying to get a web business started in my "free" time. It's not easy, but I think it's achievable.
        I write one article a day at lunch time. I do research the night before, make some notes, then write it out at work, type it up later at home. Lots of work, and I know I could shortcut things by lugging my laptop back and forth, but I actually get 1-2 articles a day like this right now.
        I guess my best advice is be ruthless with your free time. I used to spend lunch hour catching up on emails and phone messages. Now I shut everything out, find a quiet space and get my article done. You can do this if you shut out distractions. I know I make it sound easy and being a teacher I know there are a lot of demands on your time. Hang in there and keep writing!
        Best of luck in your ventures.
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  • Profile picture of the author NoelleGrandison
    Jenifer, I'm in almost the exact position you are in: I work in a theater about 60-75 hours a week, and am working on starting my PLR business as well.

    The best way I've found to keep motivated and moving is to keep each of my steps small. I don't try to think about everything I have to do to get going all at once (getting the website up, getting the autoresponder up, writing 10 articles today, etc).

    Instead, I pick one element to work on and give myself a strict time period to do it. (i.e. I'm going to spend 15 minutes researching topics, then 20 minutes to write my first article on it). Keeping your steps small will really help to keep you moving forward; with small steps you can quickly feel a sense of accomplishment building. And you'll find it easier to do do small tasks that build your business when your at home and exhausted from the day. Trust me, you can easily get yourself overloaded if you try to tackle everything at once after a long day of work!

    I also don't get too many breaks during my work day, so honestly I find trying to split my focus during the day (between day job and business building) just makes me feel more frustrated and overwhelmed and less likely to actually get anything accomplished.

    Finally, don't give up! Results won't necessarily come quickly, but we're building a lasting quality business. When things start to pickup, you'll be glad you spent the time on it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
    IF you can find a way to outsource it then you are in luck. Otherwise just plan out a small time each day and just work on the business. Don't waste anytime reading the forums or anything else.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gail Ogden
      Finding motivation to use all of your free time to work is very difficult. When motivation is hard to find you can't push yourself, you have to pull yourself. Meaning always have a picture in your head as to exactly why you are doing this. Not the money but what you want the money to give you, be it freedom or just freedom from financial worry or whatever it is. Then set small goals to do so much everyday to reach your ultimate goal. Don't make your daily goals overwhelming. Don't beat yourself up when you don't get something done just remind yourself why you are doing it. Always focusing on the true why-you-want will help you find the energy and motivation.
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      • Profile picture of the author JeniferStarr
        Thanks for all the great advice. Working so much can be overwhelming at times. It helps to know others are in same boat!
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        • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
          I worked in schools for a long time as a teacher and as an administrator, it makes for some very long days.

          I did not find much success on a steady basis until I decided what my end goal (for the time being anyway) was going to be.

          Once I did that, I could work out the parts backwards to see what I could do in the amount of time I had.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    I'm sorry, I'm not aware of what this JOB thing is you speak of. I'll have to google it. Is it something you're forced to do by the government or a form of public service?

    But seriously, weekends? You should have some free time then.
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    • Profile picture of the author AcmePLR
      Originally Posted by jasonmorgan View Post

      I'm sorry, I'm not aware of what this JOB thing is you speak of.
      Someone coined that term sometime in the '90s I believe, saying that the work "job" stands for "just over broke." Copywriters have been using it ever since when they're trying to sell business opportunities. Thankfully, I've been seeing less of the term and I think it's starting to die out.
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  • Profile picture of the author netlexis
    Jennifer, there's a lot of very good information here, but I wanted to add that you shouldn't beat yourself and think you're not doing enough. All those little steps you consistently do will add up or least that's what I keep telling myself

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    This answer may be unpopular but it worked for me years ago: sleep less.

    When I started in 96 I had 4 children under the age of 12, was single and worked 4 pm to 1 am. With commute time and all the kid/school stuff, I could only make the business happen by sleeping 3 hours a night. Long story and it sucked but I made it happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author mysterrio
    Originally Posted by JeniferStarr View Post

    I am just starting a PLR business and I'm working part-time on it while working full-time at my job with a salary. I'm often putting in 10-12 hours a day at my teaching job (yes, teaching high school requires more than an 8-3 day) and I'm finding it hard to come home and work more. I take my laptop with me to work and try to get work done when I have small breaks - but sometimes those can be few and far between. I can't be the only one doing this!

    Any suggestions for balancing two jobs? Any good ideas for motivation?

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    I think it is a great idea to break your PLR business into a tiny chunk of you day or week. Set aside 30 minutes a day or 15 minutes a day OR even 30 minutes a week - whatever you think YOU can spare and put everything else aside- even your 'real' job.

    PLR business time is like "ME" time. You need to take the PLR creation time and just run with it. Hope that helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
      Originally Posted by mysterrio View Post

      I think it is a great idea to break your PLR business into a tiny chunk of you day or week. Set aside 30 minutes a day or 15 minutes a day OR even 30 minutes a week - whatever you think YOU can spare and put everything else aside- even your 'real' job.

      PLR business time is like "ME" time. You need to take the PLR creation time and just run with it. Hope that helps.
      That depends on the job. The OP is a teacher so putting everything aside at her job will have some legal consequences... before you consider the angry parents.

      I do agree with the rest though.
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      • Profile picture of the author mysterrio
        Originally Posted by Doug Wakefield View Post

        That depends on the job. The OP is a teacher so putting everything aside at her job will have some legal consequences... before you consider the angry parents.

        I do agree with the rest though.
        I should make it clear that my thought was...that at home - during her home time she should put her day job aside whenever she can - thanks for helping me to make that more clear.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyLambert
    As a resident slacker, it's hard to offer advice on working MORE but I'll try

    I think you ought to just put in 1 hour to 30 minutes a day at home or before school. I would NOT work weekends if I were you because you NEED some time off.

    I like the idea that you're doing it on laptop from school. Try not to do it all in one sitting - I know you and your 40 pages in 1 day ways!!! Try little bites instead and it won't seem so overwhelming.

    And get lots of 5 packs up. This helps because:

    a. It gets lots of varied keyword searches into your site (and remember those people often see lots of other packs they want) and

    b. It lets people test you at $5 instead of having to wonder if their $50 investment is going to be worth it. I personally know your PLR is great but others don't know you and won't want to risk it.

    So 1 page a day - each week gives you a new traffic stream coming in.

    5 pages a day - about 1 hour for you, means 5 new packs per week.

    Tiff
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    • Profile picture of the author JeniferStarr
      Originally Posted by GuruGazette View Post

      This answer may be unpopular but it worked for me years ago: sleep less.

      When I started in 96 I had 4 children under the age of 12, was single and worked 4 pm to 1 am. With commute time and all the kid/school stuff, I could only make the business happen by sleeping 3 hours a night. Long story and it sucked but I made it happen.

      I absolutely admire your determination and sacrifice. I know that I can't live on 3 hours of sleep and teach and write. But I'm very impressed that you were able to do that and survive! You're incredible!

      Originally Posted by Doug Wakefield View Post

      That depends on the job. The OP is a teacher so putting everything aside at her job will have some legal consequences... before you consider the angry parents.

      I do agree with the rest though.
      So true. There's no turning your back on teenagers.

      And @ Tiffany, you know me and my procrastinating ways too well! I am definitely going to focus on the small packs now.
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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    Have students do it for extra credit.



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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    How about setting up a PLR Writing day instead of taking the bit of time you have everyday to write those articles?

    Andrea
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    • Profile picture of the author Drewry_Media
      Originally Posted by Andrea Wilson View Post

      How about setting up a PLR Writing day instead of taking the bit of time you have everyday to write those articles?

      Andrea
      That's a good idea. I was going to say that too, because if he takes his time writing articles, he could write 5 articles a day, as a part time home based job. That's only 5 hours out of the day, and the rest of the day to go out and do as you please!
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  • Profile picture of the author Drewry_Media
    I know the feeling. The car dealership as a day job is working two 12 hour shifts, plus they snuk up working every Saturday, instead of the original 2 Saturday's they only asked in the beginning. They say one thing, and then say another. If the internet is something you truly love, you'll figure something out creatively, in managing to get beyond working 12 hour shifts. Believe you me, I know the feeling!
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  • Profile picture of the author WealthWithin
    I do a day job and slowly growing a publishing business.

    If you need to add more things to your schedule, you need to drop current things on your schedule. I don't watch TV or read news. I work on my side business from 7pm till about 12-1am. When my friends are playing and partying on friday nights and weekends, I'm usually working.

    With the projected numbers on my online income, I should be able to quit the JOB within next 4-5 months and make more money.

    I've now started outsourcing some repetitive tasks. If I already earn $20/hr, but then I can get someone to do some repetitive tasks for $5/hr, I immediately boost my productivity by 200-400%.

    I guess the answer to the question is, work more hours, outsource some tasks - or do both.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Guthrie
    If you're going to produce article packs on a single product, I suggest doing all your research at once...rather than doing research for each angle on a niche. That way you'll have everything you need in front of you when you're writing...and your articles should come quicker to you.

    Also, as much as possible, start with topics that you have some familiarity with rather than niches you know nothing about.

    Best of luck, and let us know when you're ready to sell your PLR!

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  • Profile picture of the author Peggy Baron
    Hi Jenifer,

    Tons of good advice here, although I like Garrie's suggestion the best. Brilliant!

    Sometimes I think the less time I have to do something, the more I get done. If I were to analyze it I'd say it's probably because I like to be under the gun and have some structure forced on me.

    What I like to do is hold a mini-contest. I say mini because I'm the only one doing it, but I tell others so I'm accountable. Plus, reporting how I'm coming along with it is motivating for me. The last one I did was to see how many words I could write in 5 days (no editing or rewriting during that time). You could make it a binge-writing weekend.

    The results amazed me and I had quite a few new PLR articles written at the end of it. It was fun! Sort of.

    Just an idea! Otherwise, I agree with the 1 article a day approach.

    Peggy
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    • Profile picture of the author Tashi Mortier
      But if you're making your students do it, I think there is at least a class party on your cost at the end of the year.
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      • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
        I have some offline businesses while i still create time for the IM.

        What you should do is just create a time table.

        Since you are a teacher, everybody knows that schools usually have their lecture time table, so you will be able to know when you have lectures or when you will be doing things that relate to our teaching job.

        Even if it is just 2 hours you got out for IM, make it worthwhile by having 100 percent concentration.

        It may be hard from the start but when you begin, it will start flowing.
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  • Profile picture of the author hotseochick
    I think the thing to remember is that you are not alone. If the work load becomes overwhelming, you can enlist the help of others. Perhaps you have friends or family members that can help. check in here and see if anyone can help or offer suggestions. Just remember to take it one step at a time. You can do it!
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    • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
      Friends and family can be a huge help (or a burden).

      My wife gives me a hand with some of my packs. She doesn't know the technical stuff, so that is my job, but she does do some of the writing. She did one of the three packs in my last WSO along with about half of the packs in my store currently.

      She gets happier when one of her packs sell than I do with mine.

      She hasn't been feeling well for the last few days so she hasn't got much done, but just asked me today for a topic list to work with. Works out perfect as my winter layoff ends in about 7 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    Doug - I think it's great you can work with your wife! Useful because PLR is flexible, so when she gets ill she can take a break. Hope she's better soon! My partner, on the other hand, isn't interested But thankfully he is still supportive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan1234
    Your biggest problem will probably be rapid burnout. That's avoidable if you feel that people are truly interested in your sales approaches. The best way to find truly interested people is to use something like Google Alerts or Blogger Link Up to identify them. Then, when you approach them, you'll at least feel a warm fuzzy feeling.

    I'm curious as to how you feel about this suggestion. Be candid.
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