Simply put, to start an online business on a part-time basis you need some three things: time, perseverance and consistency.
Most of you will know my story by now. I joined Wealthy Affiliate nearly two years ago, with a massive thirst to start an online business on a part-time basis, after searching for feasible, realistic and scam-free avenues.
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I am sure many of you can relay to the sense of achievement I virtually straightaway felt once I went Premium after a few days. Because finally I had found a place where I could follow lessons, I was given tasks to perform, deadlines to meet, where I could start building my website(s) from day one and I could be walked through the process of creating my own content step by step.
That was brilliant! And that was easy enough, I thought at the time.
What I didn’t account for was that when I started all this I was on a period of annual leave from my nearly full time 9-5 job – yes, that very job that was paying my bills at the end of the month, and was contributing to put food on the table every day.
Reality Hit Me Hard
The reality hit me hard when I went back to work. My objective by then was to write some three posts or reviews a week, as well as going through the lessons, as well as publishing more blogs on Wealthy Affiliate. Then there was the marketing aspect of the business which needed taking care of: building a presence on social media accounts, creating videos and posting them on YouTube, producing campaigns.
The task soon proved on the verge of the impossible. Which was no surprise. How did I expect to fit into a couple of hours a day at most, what I had started on by working for the whole day?
From The Stars To The Stables
Yep, my dreams and efforts soon came to a stop when I realised I could not keep up with my targets and my objectives. Which meant my online business started taking a turn for the worse.
I started loosing viewers. I started loosing traffic, and with traffic I started loosing authority. My ranking started going down the drain.
The problem is that I started putting too much pressure on myself. And, combined with family issues I had to face and tackle, I virtually came to a stand still. From trying to do too much, I ended up incapable to working at all. And I started loosing sleep, anxious at the thought that I may not be able to make it. I was developing anxiety attacks.
The importance of having my own business
The reality of it was that, where in the past few months, I kept blaming the fact that life event kept taking over my life, in truth it was I that allowed external factors to take over. I needed to regain control, but I also needed to prioritise what was really important to me: my business to succeed.
It was vital that I made time for my business. It was vital that I started working more actively and consistently on my business because I wanted my business to succeed for two reasons.
Ok, the first reason is that I wanted (and still do) financial stability and yes, why not, wealth. As I have often mentioned, if working for an employer, especially in the past, may have meant a secure pay cheque at the end of every month, nowadays it’s no longer so. Working for someone does no longer necessarily mean a job for life, and an assured occupational pension at retirement age. We all witness too regularly how well-established corporations or public sector have to make savings and start delivering redundancy letters to their work force quite unexpectedly.
And we have also heard in the news far too often how many pension packages have converted to nothing as a result of ill investments in the stock market!
But the other reason why I needed my business to succeed was fulfillment, being accountable to myself solely and nobody else, the flexibility of working at 11.50pm as I am doing now (because I wanted to have a lazy afternoon today, and guess what? I could and I did!), the urge to build something with my bare hands – or rather, something that was fruit of my own business acumen, intuition and creativity, rather than working on instructions.
There were two things that I needed to address: time and work mode.
The first thing I did was address the issue of time to my family. When I was not at work, it did not mean that I was available at everybody’s whim. I asked that I be left alone, as when I was on the computer or on my tablet, I wasn’t having fun on Twitter or on Instagram, but I was working.
But I also addressed the issue of time with myself. If it was a choice between house works and online work, it had to become less of the first and more of the second.
Finally, with regard to work mode, since the beginning of this year, I have decided to concentrate more on writing regularly.
You Can Start An Online Business On A Part Time Basis
Yes, because along with time, the other secret weapons to a successful part-time online business are perseverance, commitment and consistency.
I don’t know about you, but the number of times I used to get home from work and used to give myself half an hour break before starting putting dinner together, by sitting on the sofa and flicking through the telly programs!
At the end of the day, we need to remind ourselves of the reasons we are doing this, and take it from there.
My new regime is to work two hours every evening during my working days. Those days when I don’t work, including weekends, I try to dedicate half a day on my online business. I try to commit to this schedule as much as I possibly can. And when scheduling my ‘life’ on my calendar, I try to account for those two hours a day or for that half day during my non-working days.
I made a pack of consistency with myself on New Year of this year, when I resolve to write a couple of posts or reviews every week, as well as working on the marketing aspect of the business when I am not writing.
But the main thing to remember is that, like with any other successful business, starting an online business will require an enormous amount of perseverance. Success and earnings will not happen overnight. In a way I in fact suggest that you stop worrying about your earnings – write on your websites for the sake of helping others, do not overburden your creative mind with fear of failure, but find enjoyment in the fact that you can finally share with others the knowledge and experience you have about your niche.
A Day Of Fulfillment
Does this mean I no longer have time for myself? Or that I work seven days a week? Not at all!!
For a start, although I have given myself rules, I love to work on my online business. I love to be able to share my true passions by writing about them. To me it’s the best possible hobby anyone can have, as it’s a hobby that brings you money.
But if you adopt this routine, you will find that you are always going to be on top of your workload, with time to spare for whatever else you want or need to do.
I used to think that the day had only 24 hours. Now I can’t help thinking that the day has 24 hours which I am making the very most of.
How about you, how is your part-time online business coming along? What are your expectations? And what are your worst enemy that stop you from progressing? Do you really think you will be able to make a success of your business overnight, or maybe you have succeeded and you would like to share your best tips. No matter what, drop us a line in the Comment box below. I shall endeavour to reply to each and every of you as soon as I possibly can 🙂