Treating it Like a 9-5

31 replies
  • OFF TOPIC
  • |
Heya Warriors! I have 3-5 months to figure this out or get a real job.

I've been considering getting back into Internet Marketing. Specifically for the Xo, Faith site listed in my signature. It's a peer to peer support website featuring topics like chronic pain and physical well-being. I have $100 I can spare on it on a monthly basis which means, I need to be careful about what I'm doing.

Thus far I imagine a typical "9-5" day to look something like this:

9:00am - Write Morning Post
10:30am - Edit Post for Publication
11:00am - Publish Post & Syndicate to Social Media
12:00pm - LUNCH (yum)
1:00pm - Reach Out for Guest Positing Opportunities
2:00pm - Write a Guest Post for Publication
3:30pm - Set up Social Media Schedules
4:00pm - Blog Commenting and/or eMail Marketing tactics

What does your IM 9-5 look like? Care to share?
#treating
  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Originally Posted by Jaysmyne View Post

    Heya Warriors! I have 3-5 months to figure this out or get a real job.

    I've been considering getting back into Internet Marketing. Specifically for the Xo, Faith site listed in my signature. It's a peer to peer support website featuring topics like chronic pain and physical well-being. I have $100 I can spare on it on a monthly basis which means, I need to be careful about what I'm doing.

    Thus far I imagine a typical "9-5" day to look something like this:

    9:00am - Write Morning Post
    10:30am - Edit Post for Publication
    11:00am - Publish Post & Syndicate to Social Media
    12:00pm - LUNCH (yum)
    1:00pm - Reach Out for Guest Positing Opportunities
    2:00pm - Write a Guest Post for Publication
    3:30pm - Set up Social Media Schedules
    4:00pm - Blog Commenting and/or eMail Marketing tactics

    What does your IM 9-5 look like? Care to share?
    Jaysmyne

    You may wish to centre the signature as I did not see it over on the right at first all I saw was the written text

    Jason
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10969717].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Having a solid plan and good, consistent work ethic is half the battle (IMO).

    Good luck.
    : )

    Jonathan
    Signature
    "Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity."―Joseph Sugarman
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10969755].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    Well I technically don't have a 9-5. This is because I sleep at 4 AM and wake up at 12 PM. Weird habit I know.

    But I start working around 2 and get it done by 7 or 8.

    I am trying to change my schedule to make it a more 9-5 thing but I guess I am accustomed to this lifestyle.

    Good luck with the targets you are trying to achieve
    Signature

    >>>Get your websites ACTUALLY ranked by checking these out: Quantum SEO Labs, Home Page Link Building & SERP Ability. Want to get rid of negative listings? Check out Reputation Enhancer.

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10969772].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    My working times are similar to others here, so not 9-5, usually 11am to 3 am.


    What am l doing, fonts mainly. But l do have a new strategy for doing them, so cannot really discuss that, since it has taken me a year of hard work, and meagre returns to figure that out.


    I wish you all the best.


    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10969808].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author djayturner85
    Wishing you all the Best and I am sure that if you put all of your effort into it then you will succeed
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10969811].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    you should be working your plan and not worrying about what my, or other peoples, plan is

    al
    Signature

    Broken promises don't upset me. I just think, why did they believe me?
    ~Jack Handey~

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10969993].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Banned
    Originally Posted by Jaysmyne View Post

    Heya Warriors! I have 3-5 months to figure this out or get a real job.

    I've been considering getting back into Internet Marketing. Specifically for the Xo, Faith site listed in my signature. It's a peer to peer support website featuring topics like chronic pain and physical well-being. I have $100 I can spare on it on a monthly basis which means, I need to be careful about what I'm doing.

    Thus far I imagine a typical "9-5" day to look something like this:

    9:00am - Write Morning Post
    10:30am - Edit Post for Publication
    11:00am - Publish Post & Syndicate to Social Media
    12:00pm - LUNCH (yum)
    1:00pm - Reach Out for Guest Positing Opportunities
    2:00pm - Write a Guest Post for Publication
    3:30pm - Set up Social Media Schedules
    4:00pm - Blog Commenting and/or eMail Marketing tactics

    What does your IM 9-5 look like? Care to share?



    You've got a serious case of I wanna be an employee going on.
    Signature
    Hi
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10970220].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      You've got a serious case of I wanna be an employee going on.
      Yes, l didn't want to spell it out, but blogging and social media, pfffff,....seems like a sure-fire way to an interview.


      I still use social media, but it is a virtually useless way to make serious money online.


      Spent 2.5 years more than 5 years ago, writing content, doing all of that kw stuff, optimizing my pages, blah, blah, with a couple of bucks in adsence per month to show for it.


      Some can make decent money from this, but about 93% won't, so it is a risk.


      I would give the blog idea 4 to 6 weeks, then ditch it, unless it shows real potential. Blogging or creating a site, is very labour intensive.




      Getting a new account with Fiverr and taking on anything, could give you about $700 a month.


      But the best idea is to look into creating video's for local businesses. Do a professional looking video on Fiverr, and sell it to a business for a few hundred. Probably do the video for $50, and make a few hundred.


      I haven't tried this myself, but have got offers from some giftware businesses to do a site for them, so l believe that it would work.


      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10970283].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Jaysmyne
        You've got a serious case of I wanna be an employee going on.
        I don't see why structuring my time is a bad thing? There's more than one reason to mimic a 9-5 schedule.

        In any event, I'm not basing this labor off of unproven results. There's an endgame here with advertising but I need to get my blog traffic up before I can approach that.

        you should be working your plan and not worrying about what my, or other peoples, plan is
        Wow, people around here are salty aren't they? I was simply looking for strategy feedback and looking to have a time-management conversation with a few people.

        I am trying to change my schedule to make it a more 9-5 thing but I guess I am accustomed to this lifestyle.

        Good luck with the targets you are trying to achieve
        Thank YOU! I am simply doing it this way because, I need some kind of structure to keep me focused ya know? There are just far too many online distractions when working online.



        Having a solid plan and good, consistent work ethic is half the battle (IMO).
        That's what I thought but other's seem to disagree and think I want to be an employee or that I'm too concerned with what others are doing...

        You may wish to centre the signature as I did not see it over on the right at first all I saw was the written text
        Yikes! Thanks for the heads up!
        Signature
        Xoxo, Danielle Faith
        Xo, Faith and DanielleFaith.me
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10970300].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
          Originally Posted by Jaysmyne View Post

          That's what I thought but other's seem to disagree and think I want to be an employee or that I'm too concerned with what others are doing...
          Do they have a point? (Many people are too concerned about what other people are doing/thinking about them.) If not, just ignore them. Something to remember no matter what you're doing (especially when you start becoming successful) people will always say you're doing something wrong.
          Signature
          "Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity."―Joseph Sugarman
          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10970549].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author yukon
          Banned
          Originally Posted by Jaysmyne View Post

          Heya Warriors! I have 3-5 months to figure this out or get a real job.

          I've been considering getting back into Internet Marketing. Specifically for the Xo, Faith site listed in my signature. It's a peer to peer support website featuring topics like chronic pain and physical well-being. I have $100 I can spare on it on a monthly basis which means, I need to be careful about what I'm doing.

          Thus far I imagine a typical "9-5" day to look something like this:

          9:00am - Write Morning Post
          10:30am - Edit Post for Publication
          11:00am - Publish Post & Syndicate to Social Media
          12:00pm - LUNCH (yum)
          1:00pm - Reach Out for Guest Positing Opportunities
          2:00pm - Write a Guest Post for Publication
          3:30pm - Set up Social Media Schedules
          4:00pm - Blog Commenting and/or eMail Marketing tactics

          What does your IM 9-5 look like? Care to share?
          Originally Posted by Jaysmyne View Post

          I don't see why structuring my time is a bad thing? There's more than one reason to mimic a 9-5 schedule.

          In any event, I'm not basing this labor off of unproven results.




          I don't get it.

          You're considering the 9-5 schedule and now your schedule is proven?
          Signature
          Hi
          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10970932].message }}
          • Profile picture of the author Jaysmyne
            I don't get it.

            You're considering the 9-5 schedule and now your schedule is proven?
            Yes, structuring your time is a proven method for success. Treating it like a job is a proven method for success. Simply because Internet Marketing is your job for yourself.

            Now, what I was considering or asking for feedback on was asking for feedback on was what strategies should I be using during that 9-5 time and how to keep on track.
            Signature
            Xoxo, Danielle Faith
            Xo, Faith and DanielleFaith.me
            {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10970961].message }}
            • Profile picture of the author yukon
              Banned
              Originally Posted by Jaysmyne View Post

              Yes, structuring your time is a proven method for success. Treating it like a job is a proven method for success. Simply because Internet Marketing is your job for yourself.

              Now, what I was considering or asking for feedback on was asking for feedback on was what strategies should I be using during that 9-5 time and how to keep on track.


              So at 5PM your done for the day even If you have five more hours of work that needs to be done?
              Signature
              Hi
              {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971478].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

        Yes, l didn't want to spell it out, but blogging and social media, pfffff,....seems like a sure-fire way to an interview.


        I still use social media, but it is a virtually useless way to make serious money online.


        Spent 2.5 years more than 5 years ago, writing content, doing all of that kw stuff, optimizing my pages, blah, blah, with a couple of bucks in adsence per month to show for it.


        Some can make decent money from this, but about 93% won't, so it is a risk.


        I would give the blog idea 4 to 6 weeks, then ditch it, unless it shows real potential. Blogging or creating a site, is very labour intensive.




        Getting a new account with Fiverr and taking on anything, could give you about $700 a month.


        But the best idea is to look into creating video's for local businesses. Do a professional looking video on Fiverr, and sell it to a business for a few hundred. Probably do the video for $50, and make a few hundred.


        I haven't tried this myself, but have got offers from some giftware businesses to do a site for them, so l believe that it would work.



        Just because you failed at it, doesn't mean it doesn't work. There are people who are millionaires off of blogging and social media alone.

        But videos on Fiverr? That's a good idea? Yes, whore yourself out for the crowd that wants to spend as little money as possible.
        Signature
        SEO, AdWords Management, Social Media Marketing, and more.
        Get a FREE Quote.
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10970583].message }}
        • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
          Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

          Just because you failed at it, doesn't mean it doesn't work. There are people who are millionaires off of blogging and social media alone.

          But videos on Fiverr? That's a good idea? Yes, whore yourself out for the crowd that wants to spend as little money as possible.
          True, but most cannot get it to work.


          And l didn't say do videos for Fiverr, use Fiverr intro's, etc to do a professional looking video and market it to local businesses.


          So do that and do quite well from it. But it is door to door selling, so it has its drawbacks.


          {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10970917].message }}
          • Profile picture of the author Jaysmyne
            Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

            True, but most cannot get it to work.


            And l didn't say do videos for Fiverr, use Fiverr intro's, etc to do a professional looking video and market it to local businesses.


            So do that and do quite well from it. But it is door to door selling, so it has its drawbacks.


            Well, I have had success in the past doing it this way. One way to do it is to build up your site and then sell advertising space independently of an advertising network like adsense or media.net. Once you build your domain authority up along with your social media accounts, it's easy enough to get sponsors for your content.

            The best bit about it is, that this allows you to blog about something that is important to you and that you are passionate about. Makes it a lot easier than writing articles for other people on topics you don't care for or being a door to door salesman.

            Everyone is different. If you make your money doing videos that is great. That simply is not my expertise or my passion.
            Signature
            Xoxo, Danielle Faith
            Xo, Faith and DanielleFaith.me
            {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10970965].message }}
          • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
            Originally Posted by tagiscom View Post

            True, but most cannot get it to work.

            And yet you think you are going to make $10,000 monthly recurring income by designing fonts.
            Signature
            SEO, AdWords Management, Social Media Marketing, and more.
            Get a FREE Quote.
            {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971446].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author socialentry
    Do you guys include random cigarette breaks, sick days, watching cat videos on youtube and naps under the desks,

    in your schedule?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971133].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author yukon
      Banned
      Originally Posted by socialentry View Post

      Do you guys include random cigarette breaks, sick days, watching cat videos on youtube and naps under the desks,

      in your schedule?


      Exactly... and OP better work through lunch for posting on Warrior Forum.
      Signature
      Hi
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971509].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by socialentry View Post

      Do you guys include random cigarette breaks, sick days, watching cat videos on youtube and naps under the desks,

      in your schedule?
      I've taken up the OP's suggestion and structured my day as follows.

      9.00 Start work
      9.01 Watch cat videos on YouTube.
      9.30 Morning tea break
      9.45 Nap under desk
      12.30 Lunch (yum)
      14.30 Afternoon nap under desk
      16.45 Watch more cat videos on YouTube
      17.00 Finish work for the day.

      If I can maintain a hectic schedule like that, I should be successful by next Tuesday.
      Signature
      Arguing with an idiot is like playing chess with a pigeon.
      It'll just knock over all the pieces, poop on the board, and strut about like it's won anyway.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971556].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author yukon
        Banned
        Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

        I've taken up the OP's suggestion and structured my day as follows.

        9.00 Start work
        9.01 Watch cat videos on YouTube.
        9.30 Morning tea break
        9.45 Nap under desk
        12.30 Lunch (yum)
        14.30 Afternoon nap under desk
        16.45 Watch more cat videos on YouTube
        17.00 Finish work for the day.

        If I can maintain a hectic schedule like that, I should be successful by next Tuesday.

        Claude has that same schedule only each hour is lunch (yum).



        9.00 Lunch (yum)
        9.01 Lunch (yum)
        9.30 Lunch (yum)
        9.45 Lunch (yum)
        12.30 Lunch (yum)
        14.30 Lunch (yum)
        16.45 Lunch (yum)
        17.00 Lunch (yum)
        Signature
        Hi
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971583].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by Jaysmyne View Post

    Well, I have had success in the past doing it this way. One way to do it is to build up your site and then sell advertising space independently of an advertising network like adsense or media.net. Once you build your domain authority up along with your social media accounts, it's easy enough to get sponsors for your content.

    The best bit about it is, that this allows you to blog about something that is important to you and that you are passionate about. Makes it a lot easier than writing articles for other people on topics you don't care for or being a door to door salesman.

    Everyone is different. If you make your money doing videos that is great. That simply is not my expertise or my passion.

    Ok, more power to you if you have had some luck with this, but l put 2.5 years,full time into one site, that l was interested in, and it was pretty useless in the end.

    Originally Posted by socialentry View Post

    Do you guys include random cigarette breaks, sick days, watching cat videos on youtube and naps under the desks,

    in your schedule?

    Yep, l go off and watch silly videos after 3 am, need a laugh before nodding off.

    Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

    And yet you think you are going to make $10,000 monthly recurring income by designing fonts.
    I used to think that, but after a failure with my last font, and analysing my sales, and other data over the last year or so, am more sure now.


    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971500].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jaysmyne
    Originally Posted by yukon View Post

    So at 5PM your done for the day even If you have five more hours of work that needs to be done?
    Originally Posted by yukon View Post

    Exactly... and OP better work through lunch for posting on Warrior Forum.
    Who knew others would feel a scheduled work day is such a controversial issue!
    Signature
    Xoxo, Danielle Faith
    Xo, Faith and DanielleFaith.me
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971542].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author yukon
      Banned
      Originally Posted by Jaysmyne View Post

      Who knew others would feel a scheduled work day is such a controversial issue!
      None of the employees knew.
      Signature
      Hi
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971578].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    I have had success in the past doing it this way
    Why did you stop working that schedule "in the past"? You do what works for you. Others do what works for them. Everyone feels "my way is the right one" - human nature.

    Part of the joy of working at home is flexibility of schedule and work hours.

    Wow, people around here are salty aren't they? I was simply looking for strategy feedback and looking to have a time-management conversation with a few people.
    You are having a "time management conversation" - but not one where everyone agrees with you or admires your detailed work schedule. The only person who needs to approve of your schedule - is you.

    What people are saying (and they are poking at you a bit) is that many marketers love NOT having a job - NOT working a "9-5" - NOT being strictly scheduled. In reality - many IMers do work 'regular hours' because it fits well with family duties. There is no right or wrong to it.

    I think sticking to a schedule can help new marketers - otherwise it's easy to spend the day chatting on forums, watching cat videos, reading email sales pitches, etc - and then realize you got no work done.

    As time goes on you adapt schedules to suit your personal tastes and lifestyle. That's how it should be, isn't it?
    Signature
    Be the person your dog thinks you are.

    Saving one dog will not save the world....but will forever change the world for one dog.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971589].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Jaysmyne
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      Why did you stop working that schedule "in the past"? You do what works for you.
      I stopped working this particular schedule because I got offered a marketing position with a reputable casino that paid about 5x what I was making doing it "my way." I've been with the casino for 5 years and recently due to office politics and a few other personal reasons I decided to go ahead and take a stab at doing it on my own with something I'm actually passionate about.

      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      WhyOthers do what works for them. Everyone feels "my way is the right one" - human nature.

      Part of the joy of working at home is flexibility of schedule and work hours.

      You are having a "time management conversation" - but not one where everyone agrees with you or admires your detailed work schedule. The only person who needs to approve of your schedule - is you.
      I totally get that. The warrior forum used to be a place where people exchanged ideas and built each other up. After becoming active on here again, I can see the attitude has drastically changed.

      No one is open to new ideas and people are attacking each other and bringing each other down for no particular reason. It seems really petty and is not constructive criticism.


      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      As time goes on you adapt schedules to suit your personal tastes and lifestyle. That's how it should be, isn't it?
      Bingo. I thought that went without saying? I guess not.
      Signature
      Xoxo, Danielle Faith
      Xo, Faith and DanielleFaith.me
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971617].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author socialentry
    Did you guys know you could use doom as a tool for network administrators?

    https://www.cs.unm.edu/~dlchao/flake/doom/

    preview:
    • Certain processes are vital to the computer's operation and should not be killed. For example, after I took the screenshot of myself being attacked by csh, csh was shot by friendly fire from behind, possibly by tcsh or xv, and my session was abruptly terminated.
    What do you guys think? What if you are being attacked by csh?
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971762].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    No one is open to new ideas and people are attacking each other and bringing each other down for no particular reason.
    I don't see that happening here. If you look honestly at this thread you'll notice the first 6 posts after your first post in the thread - were supportive and offering their own experience with scheduling.

    You didn't respond until there were two posts (#7 and 8) that questioned such a strict schedule as being "like a job". Not an unusual stance as IM is often praised for flexibility of schedule.

    Take the positive comments and proceed to work in whatever way lets you be most productive. Allow others to disagree without taking it personally. And just laugh at the comedians.
    Signature
    Be the person your dog thinks you are.

    Saving one dog will not save the world....but will forever change the world for one dog.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971795].message }}
  • Time mebbe slips throughya fingers less'n you catch it — an' even that dance is a kinda illusion.

    Best managementya got is feelin' on the Here an' Now with sum diligently honed encyclopedia tucked underya boobies an' spanna possibility smacked openoutsum onya potential nextioes.

    Kinda wisdom an' smarts trippin' out on a tightrope walk invitin' darts.

    Long as you are hooman about the deal — singularly vulnerable, massively progenerative — mebbe the worst can happen isya f*ck sh*t all up an' destroy the cosmos on a whim.

    Other than that, I figure mosta us are gtg if we figure on flowa booby doo — sumtimes strikin' out, sumtimes reinin' in, but never wholly obliterative or consoomin'.

    Slow, exotic pulsea forward zoomin'.

    6-10 got plenty room in.
    Signature

    Lightin' fuses is for blowin' stuff together.

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971945].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Other than that, I figure mosta us are gtg if we figure on flowa booby doo sumtimes strikin' out, sumtimes reinin' in, but never wholly obliterative or consoomin'.
    I not only understand that - I agree. I must be evolving...
    Signature
    Be the person your dog thinks you are.

    Saving one dog will not save the world....but will forever change the world for one dog.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10971989].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author smilealot
    I recently read an excellent book on productivity, The One Thing' by Gary Keller. In there he mentions Stephen King (pretty sure it was him) and his schedule. Basically it boils down to producing what has to be done in 4 hours and spending the rest of your day on the 'other' stuff. Excellent read for entrepreneurs, which is what we all are.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[10975292].message }}

Trending Topics