Working Only A Few Hours Per Week, Possible?

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Is it possible? I find it intriguing, especially after reading '4 hours work week' a long time ago. There seems to be quite a debate about whether it is possible.

What do you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author eClicker
    I have heard the expression "work on your business not in your business" which means to me if you want the 4 hour work week you would have to structure your business to the point you can step away from it and still profit with only minor tweaks. Not there yet but hopefully......
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    • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
      Originally Posted by eClicker View Post

      I have heard the expression "work on your business not in your business" which means to me if you want the 4 hour work week you would have to structure your business to the point you can step away from it and still profit with only minor tweaks. Not there yet but hopefully......
      That is definitely true. It does bring to mind how some people own companies and make millions or hundred of millions. And they only have 24hrs per day at most.
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  • Profile picture of the author Romeo90
    Of course it is possible...if you have a team that is doing the work for you.

    But for most of us, a 4 hour work week is unrealistic.

    The '4 hour work week' is more of a concept - a bunch of ideas (and good ideas) that will reduce the amount of hours you spend on your business.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
      Originally Posted by Romeo90 View Post

      Of course it is possible...if you have a team that is doing the work for you.

      But for most of us, a 4 hour work week is unrealistic.

      The '4 hour work week' is more of a concept - a bunch of ideas (and good ideas) that will reduce the amount of hours you spend on your business.
      True. Automation, outsource and structure.
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      • Profile picture of the author 4DayWeekend
        There are lots of business models where you can outsource a majority of the work, so it's very possible.

        However you need the right idea, good project management skills and a budget.

        Even then, 4 hours per week is very ambitious to begin with. I'd suggest anyone getting into outsourcing is going to need at least a couple of hours per day to liaise with people delivering the project.

        Possible yes. Realistic for most entrepreneurs - no. Especially not for the first few years.
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  • Profile picture of the author themichaelcook
    All good answers...

    I feel that it is possible once you have everything built and tested and have it converting good for you then I feel it is definitely possible to do as, If your in the Paid Traffic Route you just throw up some proven campaigns you have tested and keep an eye on them during the week...
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  • Profile picture of the author henryw1981
    I would say find an in demand product and a good mentor. Their are a lot of great programs

    out their, you just need to find what works for you. Also beforeyou join a program check

    out the reviews.
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    Working only a few hours per week is something you will achieve after organizing your business very well. This is not something you can do from the beginning. In the beginning you have to work a lot more than usually.








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  • Profile picture of the author PBScott
    As was said above, once you have laid down the groundwork of a great online business, and make everything you do super efficient, four hours is very obtainable. The easiest way is to grow to the point where other people do all your work for you, but you can also do it on a smaller scale yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author kkll78
    This is very possible! You just have to focus and take action! A key to this is once you are making money, find ways to outsource to quality people. This will really cut down on the time you have to put in.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gonzosan
      Of course it's possible, but it really all depends on what you want. If you manage to build a business or money making venture that brings in $1000 a week and that's all you want, then have at it. It's very much possible to work that little and have a decent income if you work very hard for it initially.

      As with anything, do it enough times and you'll get better and better at it and eventually the 8 hours you spend a day will turn to 4 then maybe 2 and so on. Find out what you can afford to outsource or even automate through software.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Oh yes, but you will not make much money. For example, you can create a web site and use ad sense. That way you do not have to worry. Basically, Google will do the billing for you. Still, with little traffic you will only make pennies. Oh well, that is better than zero.
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  • Profile picture of the author StuartMcMinigal
    If you work your socks off and built up a reputable business as well as having a team of workers/sellers/sales reps etc behind you. The 4 hour work week is not so much a gimmick but more of an inspirational book to help push people to working less and earning more money.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinChapman
    I always think that the more effort (time) you put in to your business the better it will become. Obviously eventually we'd all like to take a step back and only do 4 hours work a week but that's only something I'll be doing once I can pay people to do the work for me!
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    • Profile picture of the author China Newz
      Originally Posted by KevinChapman View Post

      I always think that the more effort (time) you put in to your business the better it will become. Obviously eventually we'd all like to take a step back and only do 4 hours work a week but that's only something I'll be doing once I can pay people to do the work for me!
      Agree with Kevin Chapman. Making money is not easy and in order to make a million dollars you have to put in a million dollars worth of work. Even if you aspire to make a solid middle class income, you'll likely have to put in at least a 40 hour week.

      Entrepreneurs are expected to work a lot longer because they have to manage the business. Haven't read The 4 Hour Work Week but, if you are only working 4 hours per week, that sounds more like a part time income, and gimmick to sell people on the idea that making money is easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    Yes you can easily do this as long as you don't want to grow your business. Build a team and you won't have to do much but you still need to focus on growing the business.
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  • Profile picture of the author alvinchua91
    Listen to romeo. Golden advice.

    4 hour work week isn't literally starting your entire business with just 4 hours a week unless you intent to earn 4 cents a year.

    What the author is trying to get across is that you should ALWAYS be working hard towards creating a business/businesses either online or offline that can help you create stable, passive income.

    When you achieve a stable, high passive income, all you need is around four hours a week to maintain the business. (Although you'll probably put in more hours cause you should love the biz)

    People like Bill Gates & Mark Zuckerberg can probably only work 1 minute a day or none at all. But they didn't start out like that. They had great ideas and they worked on it WAY WAY WAY longer and harder than other people.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Edson
    It's all in how you structure your business.

    I know real world business owners who NEVER step foot into some of the businesses that they own. They couldn't tell you the name of one employee, yet they make money from those ventures.

    If you create your business with the mentality of having to work in it... you'll always be working in it. If you create it to be run on it's own, eventually... it's going to run on it's own.

    The real question is, which method do you prefer?
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Yeah it's possible - especially if all you really do is use paid advertising, with very little free marketing. All you have to do is wait until you reach a point where you're breaking even on each sale that you make, and as you profit more and more on a daily basis... reinvest some of those earnings back into advertising... and level out your cost of acquiring a customer with some free marketing strategies. It is possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    "If you want a four hour work week, go get a job as a life guard." - Oren Klaff, Author of Pitch Anything

    It's possible, but why not bust your ass NOW for as many hours as you can to set yourself up to only have to work 4 hours a week later - if that's what you want.

    Brian Tracy always said that you make your living working 40 hours a week, then all the hours from 41 on is where you make your wealth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    OK

    So I have worked on my business for the last 10 or 12 years... Now for me to maintain my lifestyle I need to only do a few hours a week.

    However I am an entrepreneur and I always want more so i work a lot more than I need to however I do take a lot of holidays abroad and I am leaving for a 6 week holiday in a couple of weeks.. However I will be doing bits a pieces while I am away and also always trying to do deals with companies.

    Thats the best i can answer :-)

    Danny
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielLee
    Working four hours per week definitely is possible, but you need to really know what you're doing and you'll probably need to be outsourcing quite a lot of the work.

    Have you read Tim Ferris' 4 Hour Body? That's a pretty good book too.
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    If you have already found out how to make money on the web, were very dedicated and a person who would sit down and do each task till finished then yes probably.
    Could it be done with someone just starting out, yes but I wouldnt want to estimate the time it would take you to make money.
    Do I know people who have a four work week in IM, no I don't even though they advertise it. Once we find out how to do something and it works we always want more of it and don't want to lose what we have so we pretty much hump it on the web as much as possible.
    Lets see 4 hours a week making a great wso. I will be back in a year guys lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheila Ross
    The summery of this thought is, you will have to work "60 hours per week" before reaching this "4 hours per week" state. Otherwise it is a kind of exaggeration.
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  • Profile picture of the author neelshopno123
    Originally Posted by mikelmraz View Post

    Is it possible? I find it intriguing, especially after reading '4 hours work week' a long time ago. There seems to be quite a debate about whether it is possible.

    What do you think?
    First of all "It is possible". But this is based on your need.

    You can work for only 4 hour as a freelance worker in different websites or do anything special.

    But honestly, if you want to be stable, you need to focus on what you are doing. In that case 4 hours/7 days is really nothing. Its only possible to get a bunch of fruits if you have the tree with fruits. So you if you have ready system with good control, then you can earn significantly by working less than the 4 hours even. But YOU REQUIRES TIME to be established.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuccessMarketer
    Absolutely, you can.

    However you need to have the cash to outsource to get things done, including "done for you" advertisement.

    The main challenge with this is that you could end up working even longer trying to manage the people you outsource to...

    For example, I once got someone to create a squeeze page for me (to save me time) but I actually spent more time trying to explain what I wanted and correcting mistakes...

    So outsourcing - as sexy as it sounds - is not that straight forward.

    The ultimate solution is to employ an operations manager to manage all those tasks for you so you only have to speak to this one person. However this person will need to know very well what you are doing, your expectations, goals, etc (he'll need training basically!)
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  • Profile picture of the author wisdomoto
    It's a great catchy title for a book but far from reality even when you outsource heavily
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidAtias1
    Hi,
    It's possible to work few hours a week...
    I personally work 2-4 hours per week and make nice amount of money (i'm high-school teenager so I have no much time - and yes, i'm 18 years old)...

    Anyway, I didn't read the book "4 hours work week" but I want to read it, it's looks interesting.

    Somebody already read this book? should I read it?
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    • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
      Originally Posted by DavidAtias1 View Post

      Hi,
      It's possible to work few hours a week...
      I personally work 2-4 hours per week and make nice amount of money (i'm high-school teenager so I have no much time - and yes, i'm 18 years old)...

      Anyway, I didn't read the book "4 hours work week" but I want to read it, it's looks interesting.

      Somebody already read this book? should I read it?
      What's a nice amount of money?

      Can it support a mortgage on Long Island NY, a wife, and 4 kids? lol
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  • Profile picture of the author brutecky
    Originally Posted by mikelmraz View Post

    Is it possible? I find it intriguing, especially after reading '4 hours work week' a long time ago. There seems to be quite a debate about whether it is possible.

    What do you think?
    Of course its possable to work only 4 hours a week. Its also possible to work only 3 or 2 or 1 or no hours a week. All you have to do is adjust your income expectation.
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  • Profile picture of the author zeroaffiliate
    I believed it possible. All you need is a team to do what you are doing and all you have to do is to guide them. 30 min a day to guide , will make 2.5hr work week.
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  • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
    Yes you can work four hours a week. You'll earn about $10.50 too
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  • Profile picture of the author aarthielumalai
    Well, from what I've seen, you need a trustworthy team of employees in order to achieve that. Reaching that level takes a lot of time you would need to train your employees to the point where they would work without you monitoring them.

    Personally, I don't think that's achievable with online staff alone. You need to have a proper office where your employees can work. Someone trustworthy (someone you personally trained) to manage them would be the key.

    Once you set everything up, I guess you can just check on them a couple hours a week to make sure they're doing their work.

    This is what I'm going to do once I'm finished with college.

    It would obviously take a lot of time and money and effort to reach that stage, but I guess it'd worth it once we do reach it.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikelmraz
      Originally Posted by aarthielumalai View Post


      Personally, I don't think that's achievable with online staff alone. You need to have a proper office where your employees can work. Someone trustworthy (someone you personally trained) to manage them would be the key.
      I think it could be possible using only online teams. As long as you can find some way to check their work.
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    • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
      Originally Posted by aarthielumalai View Post

      Well, from what I've seen, you need a trustworthy team of employees in order to achieve that. Reaching that level takes a lot of time you would need to train your employees to the point where they would work without you monitoring them.

      Personally, I don't think that's achievable with online staff alone. You need to have a proper office where your employees can work. Someone trustworthy (someone you personally trained) to manage them would be the key.

      Once you set everything up, I guess you can just check on them a couple hours a week to make sure they're doing their work.

      This is what I'm going to do once I'm finished with college.

      It would obviously take a lot of time and money and effort to reach that stage, but I guess it'd worth it once we do reach it.
      I manage it....
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  • Profile picture of the author joaquin112
    Definitely possible if you can outsource most of the work. Possible although very difficult if you're just by yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
    Sure, but life's nice when you enjoy your work enough that you WANT to put in 6-8 hours a day. Building a new business from scratch every few years is what works for me. I've sold a few once they were established for multiple years' revenue.
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