Working a full time job will leave you with only an hour to a few hours a day to build your online marketing business. To work from home part time, there are two things that you should be clear of, and be consistent with. One is to set your goal and keep re-motivating yourself. The other one is time management.
Keep Yourself Motivated - You Need It!
"Follow your dreams!" "Never give up, keep going!" You've heard these slogans many times and think, yeah, I will. It's easy for you to say that though... When you actually work at home on your own, with your cat sleeping on the sofa, there's only you who can motivate and be motivated by yourself, you know.
Whereas at work, motivation factors are everywhere, created by synergy with colleagues, goals set by your bosses, tomorrow's agenda, your contribution to business plans. It's an employer's responsibility to ensure their employees are reasonably motivated.
Money is one motivation factor. But there's no one else who can give you a kick-ass encouragement, so you do need to set your goals yourself, and don't say "yeah, yeah", actually tell yourself you're following your dreams and you're never giving up. Every successful business owner is doing that!
So within whatever hours allocated to your part time online business, find a quiet time to write down your goals, any obstacles, and why you're doing this. For example;
Goals To Achieve:
- I will write at least three web posts a week.
- By the end of next month, I will master how to use Hootsuite.
- By this Christmas I will earn enough money to buy myself a new *** (iPad, garden furniture, car, etc.)
- During the 2 weeks vacation with my family this summer, I will not have much time. But I will read and learn about the new niche as much as I can.
Always write your obstacles with possible solutions. Negative statement will only get yourself to the negative direction, you know that?
Why You Are Doing Your Online Business:
- Because I want to quit my day job, I want to earn passive income and spend more quality time with my family.
- Because I want to pay off my mortgage earlier.
- Because I want to earn and save more money for my retirement.
You can write these down while commuting. More importantly, you should read these back every now and then. Everyday if you can, to remind yourself you are going to make it.
Scheduling Your Time
Your priority is to update your website - writing your blog, or create a video blog, create affiliate links and publish it. But (a) you don't have much free time and (b) there are many distracting factors. So it's important to schedule your tasks throughout the day, and you may want to change your routine, too.
For example, when I was working as an accountant, starting an online business was a real struggle. I only had 2 hours maximum of free time a day at home. My partner was watching a TV loud the whole evening - quite rightly. And we had a dog and a cat. There was no way I could concentrate in the evening. I stated to go to bed at 7:30pm, got up at 2:00 - 2:30am to work online. Still the pets got up early and needed attention, but at least I was able to use the very early hours for my new online business.
I'm a "morning person" therefore it worked for me that way. My mind is clearer in the morning, and I would be less focused in the evening and waste a lot of time by writing low quality contents. But if you are a night owl, you may find it the other way round.
Scheduling Your Tasks By Type
There are 4 types of tasks to do, and you can allocate your time to each type according to your daily schedule. The 4 types are;
- Preparation for your post (article, YouTube video)
- Creation (writing the article, create the video, resize and paste images)
- Promotion and social media engagement
- Engagement with others and learning (read useful articles, post comments, learn new techniques)
The actual creation of your work may be the most important element, but without researching the products or niche, obviously you can't write about them. You have to promote your work so that it will reach as many people. And you need to learn new skills to improve the quality of your work.
I'm sure you'll agree that by time-allocating each element throughout the day, you can work through efficiently. What I used to do when I had a full-time job was to;
- Read useful articles and post comments while commuting.
- Social engagement during the lunch break. I would schedule-post using Hootsuite to Twitter.
- Research my niche before dinner.
- Bookmark any useful articles before going to bed (read them the following morning while commuting)
- And start writing my article early in the morning.
Surfing the net, watching trashy TV programs, playing games and chatting on the phone are all distractors. You need as much "work home" time is needed, so stay away fro the distractors as much as you can.
Did you used to have to declutter your entire bedroom just before the college exam? (Or was it just me?)
If you are like me, that personality needs to be managed too. I need to submit work to my client by Monday first thing in the morning. And all of a sudden I can't concentrate unless I clear my wardrobe and decide which clothes to donate to a local charity shop.
I decided to schedule the time for declutter as well (yes, seriously. don't laugh!) I could do these things while watching TV with my partner.
By all means, it's essential to have your work-from-home environment as comfortable as possible so that you can only focus on your job.
Keep A Healthy Lifestyle
Get an adequate amount of exercise and eat healthy.
I am a keen runner and vegetarian - that doesn't necessarily I'm healthy. Too much exercise often exhausts me (the good thing about working from home is I can have a nap any time of the day!). I stuff myself with junk food, that's not good either.
Juggling your day job and your part-time work at home can be easier with a good motivation and your organising skill. Create a plan now, take action, and be persistent to be a successful internet marketer! Always be positive. If you never give up, something will happen. Remember that!