Going it alone. Insanity?

by Rich Mann 10 replies
Is trying to run an IM business single handedly insane? I have been trying to keep up with all the effort it takes to create web sites, Blogs, articles, vids etc,etc.. and need to know if this is the definition of insanity. Anyone have thoughts on this that may be trying to go it alone? I have lots of skill but just can't seem to keep up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
    No, that's what most people are doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      It's true. I would have gone totally insane if it wasn't for my invisible rabbit companion.

      However, with outsourcing, networking and, of course, this forum, nobody need ever feel isolated in their business.



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  • Profile picture of the author Andyhenry
    Yes - It is insane.

    Usually it starts because you don't know enough to keep you effectively busy, then you can't afford to get anyone else to do things, and then you finally realise that you're a control freak and don't trust anyone else to do things for you.

    Then a few years later you realise that done properly - you get much more done and it's better and quicker

    It's only a good idea to do everything yourself if you have no regard for effectively increasing your income.

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    nothing to see here.

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  • Profile picture of the author MikeRogers
    Hey Rich,

    You may be trying to handle too many sites or niches at one time with no automation...

    Least, that's what I did last year... The little bit of extra money you make from splitting up your focus is definitely not worth the aggravation. So, I intend to cut back this year and only concentrate on one or two niches at the most.

    Wish you the best of luck!

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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    pick one market and stay with it until its profitable. only do one at at time and come up with a daily routine. Here is mine

    2 articles for ezine
    2 blog posts
    2-4 videos
    bookmark blog and videos

    do this every day for 3 months, then when the niche is completly automated work on your next one.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bryan Zimmerman
      I had the same problem until 3 weeks ago. I just did not want to outsource anything because I thought it was cutting into my profits. Man was I wrong. At least for me, once I outsourced a few things that are just tidius time takers, my profits went up. I look at it as the time I used to spend trying to "micro manage" everything I now spend on testing to find the next profitable niche.
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      • Profile picture of the author keyaziz
        If I didn't offload some of my tasks (ESPECIALLY the ones I haven't had a chance to properly learn and could mean losing out on lots of sales if done badly or even partially good) I think I would have exploded.

        It felt really overwhelming a stressful thinking about all the things I needed to do for my product. Getting help has saved me a lot of stress in my head and allowed me to focus on the most important part of it all - my actual product - which I have made to the best of my ability.
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  • Profile picture of the author AntonioWrightMV
    Honestly, once you hit insanity, that's when you know you're on your way, at least that's how it was for me.

    When I really started to get my online business going, I sorta had trouble being able to do everything without just going nuts, but once you make a list of what needs to be done and make it routine, then the feeling of ease sets in.

    I made a simple list, and every day, I wake up, reply to some e-mails, write about 15 auto-responder e-mails, about 15-20 articles, then I do a 10-min video after lunch, then everything else can just be done over the period of the day. It's about getting into the habit of doing it, and then the craziness will go away...until you get about 1500 people in your business, then it will come back. haha!
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      • Profile picture of the author Rich Mann
        As always, I can always come here for a reality check. I am technically advanced in many areas but I have come to realize that I have spread myself too thin. Some of the technology has changed so much in the past couple of years and trying to stay on top has proven to be a horrific learning curve.

        I'm not a young kid so I have had to rely on the self taught method of obtaining my education. Looks like it's time to let go and outsource.

        Yes - It is insane.

        Usually it starts because you don't know enough to keep you effectively busy, then you can't afford to get anyone else to do things, and then you finally realise that you're a control freak and don't trust anyone else to do things for you.

        Then a few years later you realise that done properly - you get much more done and it's better and quicker

        It's only a good idea to do everything yourself if you have no regard for effectively increasing your income.

        Regards,
        Andy
        Thanks Andy. This is pretty much my workflow.

        Frank Donovan
        However, with outsourcing, networking and, of course, this forum, nobody need ever feel isolated in their business.
        Frank, this is of course exactly why I come here. I tend to feel extremely isolated at times.

        MikeRogers
        You may be trying to handle too many sites or niches at one time with no automation...
        Guilty as charged...

        nicholasb
        pick one market and stay with it until its profitable.
        My 2009 business plan. Great advice.

        keyaziz
        It felt really overwhelming a stressful thinking about all the things I needed to do for my product.
        Time for me to tame these emotions by giving them to someone else.

        AntonioWrightMV
        I made a simple list, and every day, I wake up, reply to some e-mails, write about 15 auto-responder e-mails, about 15-20 articles, then I do a 10-min video after lunch, then everything else can just be done over the period of the day. It's about getting into the habit of doing it, and then the craziness will go away...until you get about 1500 people in your business, then it will come back. haha!
        Thanks Antonio. This sounds way more doable than my current to-do list.

        And thanks to all you. I'd be lost without the WF and all the great people in here.
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