How many hours do you put into your home business?

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Hi everyone l put many many hours (can be 40 +) my self and always on the net every day, l find as l build up online business, the more hours you need to work to keep on top of things, however l hope to slow down soon as l will out source some work.
l think hard work always pays off and in years to come l will reap the benifits.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I put in around 6 hours per day to marketing and 2 hours on the phone. When I first got started, I could only put in 3 to 4 hours daily and another 8 to 16 hours on the weekend.

    A good rule of thumb (for me) was that 20 percent of what I did actually brought me the results. The other 80 percent was just a waste and had me spinning my wheels.

    Find what really works for you and spend more time doing it. I wouldn't over work yourself. When you are tired, you get out of 'flow' and that can waste your time.
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  • Profile picture of the author brianboyer
    I would say I invest at least 50 hours of my time each week. I need to slow done a bit and lower it to maybe 30 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyAnne
    Way to many hours - between internet marketing and consulting i would say easily 70 hours per week. But that's only because I am developing 3 niches at the same time right now and constantly have ideas what else needs to get done. With 5 additional people working for me who also put in a solid 8 hours or more per day that racks up to A LOT of stuff getting done. - In the year 2012 I hope to bring those hours down to about 10 per week and let my employees do the rest
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    • Profile picture of the author mysteryleaves
      Originally Posted by TiffanyAnne View Post

      Way to many hours - between internet marketing and consulting i would say easily 70 hours per week. But that's only because I am developing 3 niches at the same time right now and constantly have ideas what else needs to get done. With 5 additional people working for me who also put in a solid 8 hours or more per day that racks up to A LOT of stuff getting done. - In the year 2012 I hope to bring those hours down to about 10 per week and let my employees do the rest
      Yes thats is wot l want to do so hopfully in a few years l can ease off and have more spare time.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Typically midday to 2am every day, seven days a week. Crazy huh?
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  • Profile picture of the author tiptopmovie
    i give alsmot 12 hours daly but my busness down becoz of google down my all sites in search results but i start work agen hope it will fine ....
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Baxter
    so much for the 4 hour work week huh? lol...maybe about 10 hours per day, not cause I have to I just love doing what I do.

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author imfusa
    I would say that i put 8-9 hours/ day for online home business work.
    I would do more, but i get a headache after 8 hours of working.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amelia O
    Around the clock except time for meals and sleep..

    You gotta be hands-on if you are treating it like your business.. If not, it's just a side-line.

    Even if you outsourced most of your stuff, we should inject most of our time on how to improve our business conversion and stuff.

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I only sleep 6 to 8 hours and I have a real problem on time management... tons of emails to be answered daily from customers to my writers and vice versa... spending lots of time on research for customers' articles...
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  • Profile picture of the author tonio79
    Some massive amounts of hours being mentioned here......but in a way thats nice to hear.....and i bet those that put the hours in are making some decent returns...eventually.

    Its important for newbies to know that it might take some time to start generating a turnover and then some profits.....and that to sustain it initially will take some effort too.

    Take action, keep going and modify and correct yourself as you go and you can make it.....but never....never give up....that is the only sure fire way of failing!

    Thanks for sharing guys

    Tonio
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    • Profile picture of the author mysteryleaves
      Originally Posted by tonio79 View Post

      Some massive amounts of hours being mentioned here......but in a way thats nice to hear.....and i bet those that put the hours in are making some decent returns...eventually.

      Its important for newbies to know that it might take some time to start generating a turnover and then some profits.....and that to sustain it initially will take some effort too.

      Take action, keep going and modify and correct yourself as you go and you can make it.....but never....never give up....that is the only sure fire way of failing!

      Thanks for sharing guys

      Tonio
      Thats some great advise, thats the key keep going and all your hard work will.The only way l have found in life to make money is to work for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mly2000
    hoonestly, since i am just starting out, easily all day, every day, 13-15 hours a day.

    brain busting work and sometimes i just get tired and stop for the day before i screw something up lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author mjMONEY
    LOTS of time, I finally got out of my "day job" and do this full time now, I love this so much I won't ever let myself go back to the mindless day job grind, ever.
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    • Profile picture of the author doorkicker13
      Originally Posted by mjMONEY View Post

      LOTS of time, I finally got out of my "day job" and do this full time now, I love this so much I won't ever let myself go back to the mindless day job grind, ever.
      That's the kind of stuff I like to hear. Good for you!
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      • Profile picture of the author mjMONEY
        Originally Posted by doorkicker13 View Post

        That's the kind of stuff I like to hear. Good for you!
        Thanks man it's truly a dream come true. I thought it would take FOREVER to get here but all this success came to me in month. It's amazing!

        -MJ
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  • Profile picture of the author kyhell
    Originally Posted by mysteryleaves View Post

    Hi everyone l put many many hours (can be 40 +) my self and always on the net every day, l find as l build up online business, the more hours you need to work to keep on top of things, however l hope to slow down soon as l will out source some work.
    l think hard work always pays off and in years to come l will reap the benifits.
    I spend more time cruising this forum every day than i spend working my business!

    Start outsourcing you can't afford not to
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  • Profile picture of the author Manuelcrc
    I can't really put a scale to it. It could be 8 hours on some days and zero on others. I free style.
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  • Profile picture of the author yougpeter
    When I was just starting out i put 20h a day
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  • Profile picture of the author Pallen874
    50+ a week
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Too many hours, according to my husband. Easily 12-14+ hours a day, 6 days a week. But I made three sales this week, two of which were on the same day! So I told him, 'See? That's why I spend so much time in the office!'

      Most of the time I'm marketing the business, looking for some fresh content either for the site or for the blog, setting up my Twitters to run for at least 12 hours ahead of time, visiting forums...

      Yes, if you want your business to succeed, you're going to put in more time than you would working for someone else. Corporations have Marketing & Advertising departments, purchasing and shipping departments, inventory and QA. Since I make and ship my own products, I have to do it all, and it can't all be done in an 8-hour period unless I want this business to fail.

      So when I get orders in, I have to switch department modes to design, pack and ship. Then I can go back to marketing or head over to purchasing to restock my inventory.

      Fortunately I don't get a ton of phone calls for orders. Unless the customer has something really specific to ask me about, it can all be done online and through email. But when a call does come in, I step into my customer service department and handle that too.

      But I'll echo what others have said - if you want to succeed, you have to put the time into it almost daily, especially with online businesses. And you can't ever give up!
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  • Profile picture of the author davechan
    My home business is at least 10 hours x 7 or 70 hours a week. I think the key to success is having passion about your business. It's hard to imagine not putting in this amount of time. You're the sales person, support person, marketing person.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Gray
    It's different for everyone.

    Do what YOU need to do to make you successful. If that means 10 hours for some, it may be 40 for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    Originally Posted by mysteryleaves View Post

    Hi everyone l put many many hours (can be 40 +) my self and always on the net every day, l find as l build up online business, the more hours you need to work to keep on top of things, however l hope to slow down soon as l will out source some work.
    l think hard work always pays off and in years to come l will reap the benifits.

    40+ hours Wow

    My schedule has been a bit harder, 16 hours per day, 7 days a week for nine months.
    12 cups of coffee and a packet of fags a day.
    I gotta stop this soon before it starts affecting my health.
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    • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
      Originally Posted by Tim3 View Post

      40+ hours Wow

      My schedule has been a bit harder, 16 hours per day, 7 days a week for nine months.
      12 cups of coffee and a packet of fags a day.
      I gotta stop this soon before it starts affecting my health.
      Lucky for me, I had to give up caffeine years ago and I quit smoking two years ago, which gave more time to concentrate on the business because there is no smoking inside our house. Although I do drink a whole "pot" of decaf coffee per day. I got a huge 40-cup Brewstation for Christmas; fill it to 20 in the AM, gone by the end of the day. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author ayma
    When I first started busines, was working full time for 37.5 hours a week and spent another 20-30 hours on the business.

    Life was tough lol
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  • Profile picture of the author misterkailo
    I am consistently putting in 50+ hours for my business. I don't believe in the hypes of people telling you that you just need one hour a week and work at your own pace nonsense. Hard work really pays off!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    I don't think it is about working longer and harder. It is about working smarter.

    I average about 2-3 hours doing the core tasks to run my business. All the other stuff is just messing around.
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    • Profile picture of the author zena lour
      im on the net almost all day
      i work about 10 hours a day but i think about the business 24/7
      i need to get a life :rolleyes:


      zena
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      • Profile picture of the author buckeye614
        I guess it would depend on the type of business you have.

        I don't need to put in much time since I don't use a blog, or do SEO type marketing.

        I do it the old fashioned way and talk to people via Facebook, Twitter, business cards and face to face, and I drive them directly to my website for a free trial.

        I only take about 4 hours a day to follow up and talk to prospects and my distributors.
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      • Profile picture of the author ksmusselman
        Originally Posted by zena lour View Post

        im on the net almost all day
        i work about 10 hours a day but i think about the business 24/7
        i need to get a life :rolleyes:


        zena
        I'm right there with you!! I was out of the house two days in a row - that's a record for me!!
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        • Profile picture of the author leclaims
          I feel like I'm never off the clock!

          Running your own business is very time consuming and it seems like the work never ends. Sometimes though, you just HAVE to unplug and tell yourself "It can wait until tomorrow!"
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr911Pres
    When I started my first company, I spent every waking hour learning the ropes and making mistakes. I learned my lesson there so I hired a coach to help me develop this company (in a different industry) a lot faster. It's still a lot of work in the beginning. I have experienced the payoff!
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  • Profile picture of the author WorkitSmart
    I usually invest about 5 hours a day. But, if needed, I go over time. It really depends on the work load for the week. There are dull weeks, there are busy weeks... and sometimes, I also have lazy weeks.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberSorcerer
    I put in about 16-18 hours a day 7 days a week. But I do a number of different things to, not just IM.

    For instance, I do security research "reverse engineering malware and finding vulnerabilities in software and scripts" along with freelancing, application development and offline consulting. So I keep pretty busy but I love what I do too. It's not really work to me.

    And trust me, when I take a vacation it's a good one. I spend more on my 2 week vacations per year, than most people make in a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author corsleymaxwell
    I agree because I also put more than 10 hours a day for my online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    How many hours do I put into my business?

    All of them, of course.

    Isn't that what the rest of you are doing?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike McAleer
    put in whatever is necessary to succeed. i think that you can work less and achieve more if you are smart.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ofthemix
    I try to put in between 32 and 48 hours a week. I get sidetracked pretty easily with family, friends, hanging out on my forum, and researching, so I don't always manage to put a full 40 in. I'm working on getting better about dealing with distractions though.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidfstyles
    When I started back in 2003 I used to put in about 60-70 hours per week to learn as much as I could... but now a lot of what I'm doing is on AutoPilot. What I've found is it's best to focus on just one project at a time and avoid getting distracted. Now I work whenever I want to work, so if I'm on a new project I will sometimes work 40+ hours per week and then take a month or two off. Hope that helps. David.
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    I work about 15-20 hours per week for my Internet Based Business. Much of my marketing is paid, so it works for me while I am sleeping, Google, MSN and Facebook PPC and some banner advertising.
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  • Profile picture of the author businessmarketing
    Hi,

    I worked for 60 hours a week. I have learned a very important lesson not to jump from one idea to another until you finish with one project that you are working on.

    Jen
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  • Profile picture of the author Gourmet Gifts
    Yeah it seems the amount of time spent online tends to increase without necessarily increasing productivity.
    I try to do shorter bursts of an hour or two in between working my bricks and mortar business and having a life.
    I would say I out in about three hours each and every day on top of what is required. But it is refreshing to have three days away from the screen once a month.
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  • Profile picture of the author ReikiGirl
    When I started in 1999 - it was every waking hour just about - for 2 years - nothing but hardcore working.

    Now, I do my best to stay on a schedule of at LEAST 10am - 5pm Mon - Friday. And after the children are in bed, I'm usually around the computer, I'll do some work, but I don't require myself to. =)
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemeth
    Usually 60-70 hours
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  • Profile picture of the author mygold
    Working on forum is not a profession, it can be hobby that done by smarter people who want to keep their communication with whole world. I work 2-3 hours in a day. that's enough form me.
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  • Profile picture of the author vstar00
    Ill spend a month where I am doing 100 hour weeks, then I will spend a month doing 10-20 hour weeks as I travel. The best part about this job is you can choose when and where you work. But I still work just as much as I did in a real job. Plus the more you work the more you earn...
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  • Profile picture of the author prasanth5
    It is not the question of how many hours we put in our business. It is all about the innovative techniques of SEO that we employ!
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  • Profile picture of the author tskailey
    I work online everyday about 10 hours or more. Since I'm doing SEO, it requires a lot of time to be online.
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  • Profile picture of the author saqqa
    for me , as a newbie, i invest 4 hours daily,,, and increasing
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    10-15 hours per week on average.
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  • Profile picture of the author corsleymaxwell
    Today I am investing 12-14 hours per day for my online business. But it gives me a great result.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Jordan
    The usual hours I would put in any business - 40+ hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaronphilip
    I am currently putting in only 3-6 hours a week in actual work and another 8-10 in research and development for several of my sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Marr
    I do it whenever I can. I don't really count how many hours I do but it's how much work I get done and what needs to be done. I guess if you really love what you're doing, time just flies and sometimes there's not enough hours in a day.
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