It's OK If You Want To Do This Part-Time

by Zeus66
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Not like anyone needs my approval, but a lot of us here do this IM thing full-time. It's a business and we rely on it to pay the bills, keep a roof over our loved ones' heads, etc. But I sometimes think we give short shrift to those who have jobs they are comfortable keeping and just want to earn a few extra bucks in their spare time. That's a completely valid reason for getting into online marketing. It's how I started way back when. It's smart, actually. Keep the steady reliable income while you learn the ropes and get your feet wet. If you want to take it to the next level, at least then you can make that decision without the added pressure of do-or-die. You'll be more likely to make a reasoned decision instead of throwing the Hail Mary pass.

So... Here's to all of you who work somewhere and do IM part-time! You rock!

If you're looking for recommendations for making the most of your part-time hours, I suggest list building and marketing (of course!) and niche affiliate marketing. Focus on one of those to the exclusion of pretty much everything else because you just don't have the time to dabble and play around. I'm not saying you have to stick with either one, but I like each because when they start working you'll find that you only have to put in maintenance time and not so much time developing things. Get good at list building and marketing, for example, and eventually you could make a few hundred bucks extra a week literally working no more than an hour or two each week.

John
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Motion
    I was working 10 hours a day back in England.. I streamlined everything.. outsourced the support (they get paid on a per ticket closed basis) and I now work about 30 minutes a day and travel all over the world.

    Work the System by Sam Carpenter pretty much changed my life!
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    • Profile picture of the author hikerguy777
      Originally Posted by Joe Motion View Post

      I was working 10 hours a day back in England.. I streamlined everything.. outsourced the support (they get paid on a per ticket closed basis) and I now work about 30 minutes a day and travel all over the world.

      Work the System by Sam Carpenter pretty much changed my life!
      I don't have enough posts to post links yet...is his site workthesystem dot com?
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Though I think of myself as "full time" - what I do is work several things part-time.

        I work on sites part-time, write part-time, work a part-time job, etc. I don't have the strain of trying to be "at the top of the heap" in anything and can do something different each day.

        Works well for me and results in a full time income. That was the goal in the first place. The multiple part-time efforts provide stability as well - if one area slows down in income I can just ramp up one of the other things I do to make up for it.

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        • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          ...what I do is work several things part-time.
          Kay, this is my approach too.

          The idea of leaving one full time job for another was not why I wanted my own business. I wanted the freedom to use my time my way and not be told when to do what.

          You start feeling like you are being treated like a child when you have a boss telling you when to be here and when to be there.

          If someone doesn't have any self discipline I can see where it's necessary but for me it was just intolerable.

          I like being able to choose from a number of different tasks depending on my state of mind.
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        • Profile picture of the author Audrey Harvey
          Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

          Though I think of myself as "full time" - what I do is work several things part-time.

          I work on sites part-time, write part-time, work a part-time job, etc. I don't have the strain of trying to be "at the top of the heap" in anything and can do something different each day.

          kay
          Exactly what I do Kay. I love trying new things, some are keepers, and some I don't do again. But, I do enjoy the variety. I'm one of those part-timers you mention, John, I still have a part time job I love, and I'm pretty happy with the balance I've achieved.

          Edit: Ahhh, dang, that was my thousandth post on the forum, and I was thinking of saying something profound for that one..
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Motion
      Originally Posted by hikerguy777 View Post

      I don't have enough posts to post links yet...is his site workthesystem dot com?
      Originally Posted by Joe Motion View Post

      I was working 10 hours a day back in England.. I streamlined everything.. outsourced the support (they get paid on a per ticket closed basis) and I now work about 30 minutes a day and travel all over the world.

      Work the System by Sam Carpenter pretty much changed my life!
      Hi Hikerguy,

      That's the one!

      One thing I will say is that my profits have decreased since working less than 30 mins a day, but still earning enough to enjoy life (a lot!)
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  • Profile picture of the author simbot82
    thats my aim. I want to cut back my 9-5 job to say 3.5 days a week and supplement the rest with IM.
    I have a little girl due next weekend so want to spend more time with her and Mum.

    Currently focusing on Niche sites ($30ish per day sites say up to 10) and offline offering free seo appraisals of small to mid local businesses on the proviso of getting email address and building a bit of a list

    So if you know anyone around here who can help me find niches (suck at KW research) then Yay

    Any advice
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    • Profile picture of the author Sojourn
      It's so tempting to want to jump right into IM full-time but the transition is bumpy in the best of circumstances. I spent a solid year doing this part-time around a demanding job just to get my feet wet. The irony is that many of us do this so we can spend more time with our family but when first starting out - whether it's full time or part-time with a full-time job - we can actually have less times for our family. It pays off in the end if you stick with it, though!

      Originally Posted by simbot82 View Post

      thats my aim. I want to cut back my 9-5 job to say 3.5 days a week and supplement the rest with IM.
      I have a little girl due next weekend so want to spend more time with her and Mum.
      simbot - Congrats on the little one!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nickolie0990
    That's the thing with the internet, you can work part time, but make a full time living or better. Just depends on the actions you are taking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    As a former (yes, former) full time home business owner, I can absolutely say
    for certain that you can make a nice part time income working a few hours
    each month.

    I would say I know work between 16 and 24 hours a month, or less than an
    hour each day. That time put in brings me in about $3,000 to $4,000 monthly
    of "side" income.

    I decided to go into semi retirement because my wife stopped asking me for
    money to pay the bills (which there are very few of now) last year. I finally
    got to the point where I said, "why am I killing myself?" There are so many
    things I'd rather be doing.

    So the few hours I put in now are basically to support my Magic The Gathering
    card addiction. You should see my Ebay bill.

    I second what John says. Build a list. My list can support my addiction
    easily with just a few hours work each month. The key is providing value
    and giving people what they want.

    Semi retirement is wonderful (which is part of the reason why I don't post
    nearly as much here as I used to) and I wouldn't go back to working full
    time for all the money in the world.

    Here's a quick and dirty way to have some money coming in for life with
    just a little effort up front.

    1. Create a product in an evergreen niche like Travis Sago did in the get
    your ex back niche.

    2. Get affiliates.

    3. Let them do the work for you.

    Sure, it's a little effort at first, but once the ball starts rolling, it doesn't
    stop as long as it is a true evergreen niche and not something volatile like
    MMO.

    But if you're not up to that, do as John says. Build a list in a niche market,
    preferably not MMO, and you can easily make a few hundred a month from
    just a few hours of work each week.

    Great post John. And yes, full time isn't for everybody.

    It's not even for me anymore.
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  • Profile picture of the author FXdarling
    it takes much time to build your business, but once it is up and growing you can spent less time for it. This is exactly what happened to me. By outsourcing the things that I hate to do, I spent few ours a day for doing some small staff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Ogbin
    For me I love freedom much more than anything else.

    Before I discovered the amazing Internet making Money World! I was so miserable working around 14 hours each day including weekends and holidays!!

    But now, I work with my business online and making 6 figures a month, I never didn't dream before.

    When you have a fired desire and passion be sure that nothing can stop you.

    Good Luck for everyone
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  • If you're new to Internet Marketing, this is all very valuable advice.

    There's no way to suddenly flick a shift and be a full time Internet Marketer. And, unless you have a lot of luck, this just won't happen.

    It's far better to build a business slowly, fo a few hours a week (list building is very important here). That gives you a valuable resource if you ever do have a change in work patterns.

    I'm also recommend keeping at least a foot in with a day job. There are lots of benefits to having one.

    The aim to work part time with a day job (3 or 4 days a week), with the flexibility to pursue Internet Marketing outside those times is an excellent one, and will work well for many people. It's much closer to how I see my own IM career going then some of the unrealistic 'quit your day job' posts that appear from time to time in this forum.

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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    Thanks for your post. I absolutely love my nine to five job and really do have a lot freedom at "work." For example I'm typing up this post at work right now.

    Regardless I simply started trying to make some quick cash online because I just wanted some extra mad-money. I started out with a simple goal of like $100 a month and now I make my car payment and car insurance payment with my online dealings.

    That's more money in my pocket from my nine to five, which means I actually have a decent savings account for the first time in my life. Also when I want something I can just go buy it, which has eliminated all of my credit cards with the exception of one (for emergencies!)

    I'm kind of tied down until October so I can't really travel or do anything fun like that, but come November I'm going on an adventure!
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  • Profile picture of the author simbot82
    Profound enough I would suggest
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  • Profile picture of the author wannabetechie
    Great advice - keeping your fulltime job and working on IM part-time. But the problem is that with a fulltime job, if you start doing IM on the side, there is hardly any time left for anything else.

    At least initially, when all the work on the sites is being done. What about social lfie and your health?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Abso-friggen-lutely.

    When I first started this whole IM thing back when there were stage coaches, I had a full-blown financial planning practice that took up a lot of my time. So I started out as a part-timer. However, when I sold my practice, I started putting in 12, 14, even 16 hour days. Looking back, I could have accomplished twice as much (heck more than that) in HALF the time if I had just focused on one or two things.

    So your post is very appropos John. I think people can accomplish a lot more if they focus on list building and niche marketing to get started. It's also very critical to take any money you make and reinvest it back into your business. Something I neglected to do in the beginning.

    So heck yeah, doing it part-time is VERY doable. Every now and then someone will ask in the forum if they should quit their job and pursue IM full time. From a financial planning perspective, that's generally NOT a good idea. It makes more financial sense to at least replace your income and make sure you still have extra for health insurance, saving for retirement, making sure you have enough life insurance, etc. before quitting any job.

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