This is an excerpt from my new book, Home Based Business Escape Plan.
“I haven’t heard an alarm clock in over five years. Okay, that’s a very small exaggeration. There was once when I had an early morning doctor’s appointment. And, there was once when my daughter went on a trip with Church and I had to get her to the bus by eight am. I have a spiritual mentor, whom I meet Saturday morning. Sometimes I have to meet him at 8am. And, since I normally sleep until about 8:30 or so, I do set the alarm on my iPhone. But in general, I sleep when I want to. Get a lot of sleep. And, wake up when I damn well please. For my normal day, however, I wake up in peace, and not to the grinding sound of an alarm or the cacophony of Guns and Roses on the classic rock station.
After awaking, I grab some tea, whatever spiritual book I’m working through, my phone, and the dog. I go out on the back porch and see what the day is like. The dog bounds around the yard. I read some. Pray some. Drink tea. Get a sense of what I’m supposed to do that day. (I don’t plan much.) Around 8:45 I let the dog back in. I go to my office, a whopping 5 yard commute, and turn on my computer. For the past couple of months I’ve started each working day by doing a scope on Periscope. That’s a live streaming app that a few forward thinking marketers are starting to use. My scope lasts about 30 minutes or so. After it’s done, I upload the file to YouTube. Everything else, like posting on Facebook, etc, is handled with software. After that I normally work on whatever project is at the top of the list.
I consult some. I used to do a lot more of this, but I got tired of cheap clients, so I tripled my prices and only accept referral business, which I get more of than I want. I charge the hell out of clients so they’ll pay attention to me. I’m worth it! I understand business, sales, and online marketing better than very few people on the planet.
So, my mornings are usually spent creating courses, reports to sell, promotional emails, or writing sales letters. Every now and then I have a support issue, which needs immediate attention. Like someone decides to open a dispute with PayPal merely because they can’t find their login details email in their trash folder. Oh well! I could actually have to work for a living, right? Often I need to talk with business partners on Skype about projects. After about three hours of work on the morning, I eat lunch with my wife and our home schooled kids. After lunch I take a nap. Really! I believe in naps! Afternoons are spent working out, helping our kids with their home schooling, which doesn’t take much time because I’ve purposefully taught them to be self-sufficient. Evenings I cook. Watch TV with my wife. Read and go to bed. Somewhere in that mix I exercise about an hour a day. Honestly, I probably do about four hours of real work per day. Four hours! I make a multiple of what I made as a teacher. I don’t commute. I don’t stress out. I have no boss. Life is good!
Not trying to rub anything in, but how does that compare with your day? Don’t worry. I would have been a little miffed at that question too in the not too distant past.
I’m not Bill Gates or Elon Musk. I’m just a guy with some skills that I picked up over the past few years who has the cojones to use those skills online to make money. You can do this too. We’re more similar than you think. Let me ask you this. If you could live like this, what would your life look like?”