Anyone successfully doing Offline Part-Time?

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Hey all,

I am just getting going with my offline biz (offering websites and SEO), but I have other commitments:

1x Full-time day job
1x Wife
1x 18 month old daughter

As you can imagine, I get home from work at 5, then spend time with my daughter, put her to bed around 7, have dinner. Then there are househould chores to do etc etc General life stuff. Daughter wakes up at 6am next day.....

Man its hard trying to find the time to fit even a part-time offline biz in.

Anyone else have these issues? are you having success despite them?

Thanks for any encouragement, advice etc

Steve.
#offline #parttime #successfully
  • Profile picture of the author Seantrepreneur
    I started when I have a full-time job, wife, and brand new baby girl. It's hard, but it also makes you even more hungry. Of course, you are going to have to make sacrifices, but it all comes down to how bad you want it.

    I can remember last year it was a perfect 80 degree day and my friends were all going out on a pontoon boat for the day. I was all excited to go and then I got a call for potential large deal. I dropped everything and went down to my office at the time (my basement) and had a brain storming session with some others that would be involved in this project. I knew I wanted success bad because even when I was down in the basement on a day like that when I knew all my friends were having a good time, there was no where else I would rather have been.

    It's inconvenient at first, but you will get used to juggling everything. I can tell you thought that when you finally become successful and you can quit your job to do this full time, there will be no feeling like it.

    Feel free to add me on Skype if you want to talk about this some more.

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  • Profile picture of the author chackett
    I'll keep you posted. I'm in a similar situation, although offering different local offline services. I'm going to give the postacard / direct mail advertising method from Bob Ross' awesome thread a go. It's a lot of work, but I can pull it off.

    I have all the same things you do. Full time job, wife, two young children. My commute to and from my job is about 1 hour each way. So I waste 2 hours of my day in traffic. Hopefully I can do some calling once I'm ready during that time.

    It's definitely tough, but if you really want it, you'll find a way.
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  • Profile picture of the author kenmichaels
    Originally Posted by StevieJK View Post

    1x 18 month old daughter
    That the age when they are soo much fun, but they can seriously suck the energy out of you, while your trying to keep up.

    well that's how it was with mine anyway, he is 2.5 now, and not much has changed, hes a ball of energy.

    I have personally had to make some serious changes to my schedule business wise since he was born.

    Its not easy. and we are blessed with in-laws who love him and help out
    as much as possible.

    I forgo sleep, and fishing, those were my 2 time bandits.

    the fact you can put yours to bed at 7 give you a LOT of options.

    if you work 7 to midnight, and you work primarily west coast.
    you should be able to start building a decent nest egg.

    im sure insurance is a huge deal to you right now, so i doubt you
    will be able to quit your job any time soon, but you may be able to get enough saved where you can make your job part time, so you can
    keep your benefits...

    and that will give you more time to build...

    right now you just have to decide whats important, and make a plan
    and then try as hard as you can to stick to it.

    every time you kiss your little one good night... there is your inspiration
    to keep on track
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  • Profile picture of the author DonHuevos
    It's a balancing act for sure. I had to make sure I set actual "office hours" when working on my offline biz. This insures you're spending the time building your biz and also protects you from spending too much time on your offline biz.

    Must of us do this because we love our families and want to provide for them, but in all of our getting, we need to make sure we don't lose the very things we're working for.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bassam1982
    i guess the answer is how you master "time-management". Its too crucial to prioritize which is I should do first, but at the end of the day, all of them are necessary. But, It has to be on its right timing.

    Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author StevieJK
    Wow, thanks everyone!

    It's so nice to know that you are not the only person in your current situation.

    I know it will be tough, but I have been reading the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and it talks about doing things at a steady pace, doing a little each day - this compounded over time will build up to great success.

    It just feels difficult at times starting work so late at night, lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
      Originally Posted by StevieJK View Post

      I know it will be tough, but I have been reading the Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and it talks about doing things at a steady pace, doing a little each day - this compounded over time will build up to great success.
      Stevie,

      That book you mentioned above is AWESOME. It completely changed my outlook on changing some things in my life. It took the pressure right off me and allowed me to function properly.

      When I started my business almost nine months ago I had a full time job, single mom to three very busy children and had to do all my own housework, cooking and ironing.

      I sat down every single night for three hours and learnt everything I needed to. In February this year I started on my own, not by choice, but because I got retrenched.

      Was it worth the 8 months of pure exhaustion and no life? Hell Yeah!!!!!



      It will pay off. Just don't lose heart when it gets tough.

      Di
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanmckinney
    Stevie,

    I work a 9-5 as well. Since November, I have steadily increased my "part-time" offline, with goals to become "full-time".

    The job I have is not to bad, it pays well, and some circles (i.e. family who still thinks I am operating a pyramid scheme), think I am crazy for wanting to walk away.

    I am the youngest person in my profession and billet, they all think I should stick around,and in 10 years I could be ever higher and further up the food chain.

    In theory , not a bad idea... but just one thing I hate more than anything: the sound of my alarm clock.

    It's not easy, I step out for *breaks" to make phone calls to clients, I take days off just to do work from home, I usually:

    Get home at 5
    work out until 6:30 (p90x for last month, so this is a NEW addition)
    cook dinner/eat
    Then work on my business until midnight/1.am.

    I am wondering how long it is before my clients catch on that I usually return calls during the usual "lunch time" and "end of the day hours"

    Best of luck!
    Ryan
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  • Profile picture of the author mikelukjaniec
    What I did was create an action plan around the few hours I could work on my Internet Marketing Business and then work the plan consistently every day until it became a routine! Then, when I started making some money I invested the money back into my online marketing, to create leverage. That way, I was working the same hours and gradually getting better & better returns, until I had enough coming in to do it full-time!
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    • Profile picture of the author StevieJK
      Originally Posted by ryanmckinney View Post

      Get home at 5
      work out until 6:30 (p90x for last month, so this is a NEW addition)
      cook dinner/eat
      Then work on my business until midnight/1.am.
      Yeah, I think that's the only way - to stay up late and get it done. I think I can squeeze a few hours in before bedtime like you do. Thanks.

      Originally Posted by DianaHeuser View Post

      When I started my business almost nine months ago I had a full time job, single mom to three very busy children and had to do all my own housework, cooking and ironing.
      WOW - job, 3 kids and all the housework AND you created a full-time business, big congrats to you! Can I ask how many hours per day you worked on your offline biz?

      Originally Posted by mikelukjaniec View Post

      when I started making some money I invested the money back into my online marketing, to create leverage. That way, I was working the same hours and gradually getting better & better returns, until I had enough coming in to do it full-time!
      Cool. By re-invest - do you also mean outsource/hire VA's to do the work for you..?
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  • Profile picture of the author sureshots
    It's hard to be successful offline part time, the only reason I'm successful is because I currently have a real online business giving me a full time income. I used to be a welder and doing offline marketing was tough at that time that's why I got into affiliate marketing first and once that replaced my 9 - 5 income then I moved to offline business which becomes really easy once you know what you're talking about!. I recommend learn and mastering one internet marketing skill before getting into offline marketing. It makes it a lot easier to speak to clients!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rogue2323
    Yeah man I hear you! I'm in the same boat w/ 2kids and a gf and work about 50 hrs a week. I'm just driven to be successful because I'm convinced once I figure out this IM and know my system and routine and make money doing it, then I'll be living the good life!
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  • Profile picture of the author sharmaravi08
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    HYou may try doing some automated tasks. Like I offer senuke service at fiverr which generates nice $$ for me. You can also become re seller of anyone's service (it can be me too ).
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  • Profile picture of the author StevieJK
    Big THANKS to everyone who replied so far!

    It is so hunbling to know other people have been through what you are going through, even if it feels like you are the only one in the world at times

    You guys rock and I am wishing you all even more success for the future.

    My journey is just beginning, I will keep you all posted
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    • Profile picture of the author StevieJK
      One more point - it's funny, because in The Slight Edge book, it mentions that surrounding yourself and spending time with a master group and people who have/are already doing what you are doing is a big ticket to being successful.

      Bingo - the warrior forum it is!

      You guys rock
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      • Profile picture of the author asterbeatrix3
        Originally Posted by StevieJK View Post

        One more point - it's funny, because in The Slight Edge book, it mentions that surrounding yourself and spending time with a master group and people who have/are already doing what you are doing is a big ticket to being successful.

        Bingo - the warrior forum it is!

        You guys rock
        Completely agreed with your this specific point. i am also working as my part time and enjoy sometimes. But sometimes it really gets so hard for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author agonce
    Originally Posted by Minisuit View Post

    Hello Friend,

    I do business and my wife take cares of my daughter. I go home at 8pm and have little chit chat with my daughter and wife while having dinner at 9 pm then I sleep at 10 pm. The moral of my story is I take care of earning bread & butter for my family and my wife take cares of my daughter and herself.
    hello friend, stop making useless post to advertise your affiliate program
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  • Profile picture of the author sash024
    Keep up the good work brother.
    Stick to your family they are your strength and everything would be real great very soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneybuddy
    you just have to utilized your time and focus on the more important aspects...Also there lot of opportunities you may find on advertisement ..all you need is a little effort to perform all those...
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  • Profile picture of the author StevieJK
    Wow - you guys rock!

    Thanks for all the responses, it's great to know we are all going through this together.
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    • Profile picture of the author gandrews711
      Hang in there, StevieJK!

      As an older member here, let me suggest that it's a delicate balance between time with your kids and time with your passion.

      My only advice would to make the time with your family count for double if you can by focusing on quality, rather than quantity. With regard to your new business, how could you have a better cause of motivation?

      Much luck. . .

      --George
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  • Profile picture of the author sweetcrabhoney18
    I think the biggest piece of advice I have to offer would be to get a VA online. It really has saved me a lot of headaches and stress having someone there to help me do the jobs that take up the most time. You can find VAs all over the net and generally they cost about $5 to $10 an hour. Getting help with emails, html code writing and content writing saves hours and hours. Instead of having to do all those things myself I can focus on other things instead.
    Currently I work from home full time as a mom, wife and owner of three companies and I love it most times.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevieJK
    Maybe we should form a 'trying to build a full-time offline business in our spare-time' Mastermind group!

    Sure would be a great way for us all to motivate each other and support each other through the difficult times.
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