Hours spent a week by *truly* successful marketers?

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Hi,

I am new to IM, but noticed a lot of people bragging about how little they have to work per week. However, I have noticed that those that seem the most successful really get after it, like a full time job.

Do you all agree with that? Do you have to work full time type hours to be seriously successful? Or, is it more of a ramp down after setting up your initial launches, and then you maintain it to keep raking in money?
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  • It's not how 'much' time they spend on their job.

    It's what they get accomplished in the time they 'do' spend on it that determines their 'success'.

    I.e., leverage, planning, execution.

    Example. Who do you think would earn more in 1 hour? Someone who flips burgers? Or someone who gives a speech to the local chamber of commerce, soliciting new business?
    Both "spend" 1 hour working, but one is more effective than the other.

    So no, you do not have to work full time hours to be 'seriously' successful. You really can get to the point where you "work" maybe only a few hours a month, if that, to have a livable income.

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  • Profile picture of the author JoeMack
    Originally Posted by bigjasonellis View Post

    Hi,

    I am new to IM, but noticed a lot of people bragging about how little they have to work per week. However, I have noticed that those that seem the most successful really get after it, like a full time job.

    Do you all agree with that? Do you have to work full time type hours to be seriously successful? Or, is it more of a ramp down after setting up your initial launches, and then you maintain it to keep raking in money?
    Making money with the internet is not like punching a timecard. Once you make the decision to live solely off of it, you are open for business 24/7.

    Obviously we don't spend 24/7 online. It comes in bursts, when needed. Today may be a slow day. Tomorrow you might have a podcast to create, content to distribute, etc.


    It takes hard work to get the plate spinning. But once spinning....you can focus on other income producing activities.

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  • Profile picture of the author affiliateagle
    Anything worth doing in life 100% and being the very best at it, will require everything. The price you pay is high. Anyone else that says other wise is either 1. Wealthy or 2. Full of Hot Air
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  • Profile picture of the author AsknWhy
    Hey Bigj,

    Congrats on moving into the IM world! You'll have alot to learn ahead of you and I hope some of my comments can help.

    Moving into FULL-TIME IM is a serious commitment, much like anything else in this world. How much time you invest in it depends on alot of things such as:

    1. Your business model
    2. How much money you can invest
    3. What do you enjoy?

    Your business model is critical when it comes to justifying time costs. You can spend $10,000 to make 10% or you can spend $3,000 and make 30%. Same outcome, different business model.

    Money is also a big factor. Money can buy discounts, it can also cause alot of stress. Everyone has their own level of risk tolerance in terms of money management, so this is really to each their own.

    and Finally. What you enjoy dictates the time you invest? I "work" full-time hours, but I ENJOY IM and I enjoy helping others. So it in reality it really isn't working at all.

    My word of advice is don't blindly follow the leader or what people say. Always ask "why".

    Best of Luck!

    Originally Posted by bigjasonellis View Post

    Hi,

    I am new to IM, but noticed a lot of people bragging about how little they have to work per week. However, I have noticed that those that seem the most successful really get after it, like a full time job.

    Do you all agree with that? Do you have to work full time type hours to be seriously successful? Or, is it more of a ramp down after setting up your initial launches, and then you maintain it to keep raking in money?
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus C
    It all depends on your business model and how efficient you are with your time.

    However, if you want to grow your business exponentially, you will likely need to start employing some people to take on the workload.

    Be the employer of your business instead of the sole employee and you'll have more time to focus on other things.

    - Marcus
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Smale
    From the successful entrepreneurs I speak to, I would say 60-80 hours a week is about the average for those making 6 figures a year (especially when starting out).

    There are successful people working less, but it's really not the norm (and chances are they worked a lot initially). If you just want to make 30-40k a year you could do that working a couple of hours a day, but to hit the big numbers you need to commit fully and put the time in.

    Obviously it depends how productive you are, too, but forget any of the bulls**t stories saying you can work 4 hours a day and make 6 figures a year, unless you've been doing it for years, have streamlined system and trusted staff.
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    • Profile picture of the author affiliateagle
      Originally Posted by Thomas Smale View Post

      From the successful entrepreneurs I speak to, I would say 60-80 hours a week is about the average for those making 6 figures a year (especially when starting out).

      There are successful people working less, but it's really not the norm (and chances are they worked a lot initially). If you just want to make 30-40k a year you could do that working a couple of hours a day, but to hit the big numbers you need to commit fully and put the time in.

      Obviously it depends how productive you are, too, but forget any of the bulls**t stories saying you can work 4 hours a day and make 6 figures a year, unless you've been doing it for years, have streamlined system and trusted staff.
      No doubt! This is a fact....
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
    Originally Posted by bigjasonellis View Post

    Hi,

    I am new to IM, but noticed a lot of people bragging about how little they have to work per week.

    ....yet they commit 40 hours a week to bragging.

    Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    I spend around 5 hours per day for the internet marketing. This is my passion.
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    You should probably be more specific in what you mean by internet marketing. It's such a broad term.
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  • Profile picture of the author wlasikiewicz
    If you wanna be successful at this game buddy then you have to put in the hours, there is no easy fix for IM despite what some people may say..
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  • Originally Posted by bigjasonellis View Post

    Do you have to work full time type hours to be seriously successful? Or, is it more of a ramp down after setting up your initial launches, and then you maintain it to keep raking in money?
    I think you are on the right track with those two questions. Initially most successful marketers would have worked hard themselves as they learned how to setup their businesses and create income streams. Along the way they (we) would have started outsourcing many tasks, and the goal would then be to become "free" in order to spend time "not working".

    If you set up your business to run on its own (with other people running most of the parts) then you are on the right track. However, If after several years you are still doing 101 tasks per day and spending 16 hours a day in front of your computer locked away from the outside world, then you might want to re adjust your strategy, unless you are having fun of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by bigjasonellis View Post

    Do you have to work full time type hours to be seriously successful?
    I think there's perhaps a very small number of people who become seriously successful without working full-time type of hours at it. But they're rare exceptions.

    Most people make very little money in internet marketing.

    Most of the very small minority who become very successful have worked very hard at it.

    I worked about 30 hours per week at it, for most of my first year or two, and then since then, I've done quite a bit more than that. Sometimes a lot more than that.

    I think people who own their own successful businesses generally work harder, and longer hours, than people who don't.
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  • Dont believe the 4-hour-week crap. Running your own successful business (online or offline) is shitloads of work and involvement from you. Chances are that you will work MUCH harder than in your standard 9-to-5 type of job.
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    • Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

      Dont believe the 4-hour-week crap. Running your own successful business (online or offline) is shitloads of work and involvement from you. Chances are that you will work MUCH harder than in your standard 9-to-5 type of job.
      Sorry that some of you feel that way and believe this. With that mentality, how are you supposed to achieve it? I can understand that many one man service related businesses have no other options than to do "shitloads" of work. However, everyone has the same opportunities to set them selves up differently. So I will just add this: Don't believe that it's "not" possible. I am proof of it.
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      • Originally Posted by stoltingmediagroup View Post

        Sorry that some of you feel that way and believe this. With that mentality, how are you supposed to achieve it? I can understand that many one man service related businesses have no other options than to do "shitloads" of work. However, everyone has the same opportunities to set them selves up differently. So I will just add this: Don't believe that it's "not" possible. I am proof of it.
        Of course it *IS* possible to "make it", but not by working 4 hours a week. NO SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS (online or offline) is built on a part time basis. I know many entrepreneurs, many of them millionaires, and trust me: not a single one of them has made it by working at half gas.
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  • Profile picture of the author charlier
    I think the push button miracle work one hour is not realistic unfortunately. I think that there are successful marketers who work less. However that is probably bec they outsource a lot of things.
    One you see success you can leverage to outsource some of the time consuming things to focus on your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
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    Originally Posted by bigjasonellis View Post

    Hi,

    I am new to IM, but noticed a lot of people bragging about how little they have to work per week. However, I have noticed that those that seem the most successful really get after it, like a full time job.

    Do you all agree with that? Do you have to work full time type hours to be seriously successful? Or, is it more of a ramp down after setting up your initial launches, and then you maintain it to keep raking in money?
    It really depends on what you're pursuing and the manor in which you approach. No doubt there are quite a few who have really finetuned their system and are able to outsource their work to assistants offshore or have a passive system.

    Instead of worrying so much about what the general work hour is; find something in internet marketing you're interested in and then invest to that field.

    Get a real good understanding and focus on one thing. One issue that I really had was trying to do too many things at one time (product development, website development) because it all seemed really interesting. But if you want to really find some noticable improvement I'd suggest to focus on something you really enjoy, something that really pays off.

    Once you get the hang of things, try to create a good streamline system and then you have more freetime to pursue other topics. Still keep a good understanding of other topics in internet marketing but don't get distracted; just focus on what your primary niche is
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    It depends. There are days I work only 1 hour total and other days I'm working 12-16 hours.

    The best days are where I do no work at all and money is still being poured into my bank account.

    You always need to keep up the momentum to avoid potential lapses. There are days where I don't even get one cent, but I make up for it big time the next day.
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  • Profile picture of the author cadirondo
    I have been in the internet marketing game for 10 years and it's only in the last 2 years that I've managed to to earn a yearly 6 figure income for 3 hours work per day. When I begun I was working at least 12 hours per day learning my trade. Most of my profits (80%) was re-invested in scaling and leveraging. I now have 7 members of staff who do the grunt of the work, my only job is to oversee their work on a daily basis.

    Consistency is key in this game, I know some who have invested 12 hours per day, 7 days per week for 4 months only to quit, thus believing that the whole internet marketing industry is a scam, whereas others have only worked 4 hours per day consistently for a few years and are now reaping the rewards. To some extent many have been brainwashed into believing that by clicking a few buttons per day they can become financially independant. It takes a lot more than this. It's a real business, no different to offline businesses so expect to put in the hours in if you want to see some real return an stick at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author KyleG1461
    Some people work harder and longer at IM than most people do at their "regular" jobs. Others really do just work a few hours a week. It massively, massively depends on what you are doing, how you do it and your own personality.

    However, always remember, that it takes years and years of hard work to become an overnight success.
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  • Profile picture of the author HzCy
    That depends on your business model.

    I cant say im the "successful" you are looking for, but I am living off the income I generate with IM.

    And, I am working about 1-2h a day right now.

    When I started out, I worked about 5-10h a day, to build everything, to get the traffic and so on.

    So it really depends.

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    • Profile picture of the author Enfusia
      Internet or otherwise, just about any successful business owner I've ever seen works a whole lot harder and more hours than any of his/her employees, that's for sure!!!


      Me, I'm a little different. I have a very aggressive set of goals that I am achieving. I took 1/2 a day off for my Birthday in Jan and 1/2 day off for Christmas. My normal days are about 13 hours actually at the computer working.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kal Sallam
    Do something you LOVE and you won't have to work a minute in your life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    It varies. Some people who have large advertising budgets and are actually making money on the FRONTEND probably spend around 30 minutes to 1 hour on with marketing their site.

    Other successful people only who only do FREE MARKETING probably spend around 3-4 hours a day. But this is something people dont mind... especially if they're making $5,000 a month in their business.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I can tell you that there is always a lot of work to be done if you want to be successful.

    Since I started working online I spend more time with my computer than with those who are around me.

    The truth is that I somehow lost the notion of ‘time’ working online. I always feel that time runs too fast.

    On the other hand, I deal with many people from many different countries and many times I have to exchange email messages with them when they are online – and not whenever I may desire, so I have to follow their schedule. This is why I don't have a fixed daily program.

    I work a lot more now than before, but now I don't work the way I used to do before. When I had an offline store I was always looking at my watch and wanting to finally go home. Now I don't care how much time I spend working.

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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    Originally Posted by bigjasonellis View Post

    Hi,

    I am new to IM, but noticed a lot of people bragging about how little they have to work per week. However, I have noticed that those that seem the most successful really get after it, like a full time job.

    Do you all agree with that? Do you have to work full time type hours to be seriously successful? Or, is it more of a ramp down after setting up your initial launches, and then you maintain it to keep raking in money?
    Eight hours a day, five days a week. There's a distinction though ... if you break down the execution time it's really low. But strategy development, or "figuring out what to do" is a full time gig.

    If a client comes to me with a product, there is a ton of research that goes into the product itself, existing customers, how to best present it, competitive analysis, figuring out keywords, etc. Then after all that it goes to the web team to create that presentation - graphics, ad banners, landing pages, content writing, whatever is going to go into it. The actual execution part takes very little time.

    Likewise if it's a speaking engagement or other presentation, to those not involved all I did was hope on a plane, catch a cab, say a few words, and I'm out. But it can take weeks to coordinate that and perfect the presentation and the speech.

    Or when I put my first WSO together, one of the selling points was about how "easy" it is to execute. It's easy NOW - but figuring it all out took a year's worth of trial and error.
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  • Profile picture of the author dndoseller
    The real point is that IM allows you to do what you love.

    Yuck words like fulltime, hours, etc. don't even apply - at least for me.

    It more like - I can't wait to get back to my computer so I can write another song, check my mail for orders and donations, see another video from someone using my music, etc.

    You need to tap into excitement and passion and then act on it.
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