… thinking what the heck does make this business so hard? I mean actually it’s not that hard, it’s just hard to stick to it. I started to doubt my decision of giving up on my students and doing this full-time. Depending on the Internet to make my money. Wow. How could I ever do that? Well, I remember that I had the same thoughts when I started out with my private lessons agencies. So business in the beginning always seems to be spiced with doubts. The problem is just to get back on track. Here are some of my experiences how you can get if you sometimes wake up and think this yourself:
Since a week the creative fair is over. Mum and I prepared so long to go there – find new contacts and do some work online – it turned out well although in amount of money we made less than expected. But one great thing we found though – a book shop which is willing to sell our DVDs (german site) If that turns out well – it’s all we could ask for.
But since we are back we made the mistake not to recover (the fair was super exhausting) but jump back to work the day after it. And that was just frustrating because we both didn’t really now how to go on now. I thought I need a day or two to get back on track but it actually took me the whole week to figure why this was so damn hard.
I think we focused solely on the fair for some months and on the creation of products for it. It’s not that I regret – we still sell the DVDs on the new site and on Ebay – it’s more that we had a clear focus and did all to be ready for that day – and we were.
Now we are back to setting our own goals and tasks and we haven’t been inspired at all this past week. Beside dealing with computer problems (which can kill all creativity) I had the problem that I didn’t know on what to focus. And that usually kills productivity.
So here we go – the number one problem in this business is the focus. You want to move mountains but actually just move little stone daily – and it’s up to you to move each little stone to make a mountain of it. That’s the hardest part – to accept that you really can’t accomplish tons every day. It needs time and focus.
I recently read a post from Paula and Dawanda at Affiliateblogger online where they described what they do every day. Actually this woke me up a bit as I thought – they focus. They clearly focus on e.g. back linking with guest posts or forum profiles while I jump from here to there and set up my little oil wells but you can take “running” literally. I need to do what I do again and again and it never seems to be enough. Focusing means building long-term success.
So here is what my day looked like so far:
- Get up at 6 am
- Have shower, breakfast, check emails
- Go to Mum, pick her up for a walk
- Go for a walk
- At around 8 or 8.15 am we are back and get on our desk
- The question appears: What do I need to do today? And then it starts – we do a bit here and there, what is necessary but what doesn’t help us to built our success immediately. So once I realized that this is the problem I want to change:
So it seems I need to set goals by week or month and accomplish them. The more you focus the more you earn – that’s the point. If you just run from one task to the other you won’t get much accomplished and work always in the middle with all what you do. The best thing is to set goals but small ones just as:
- get xx new subscribers this month and make a list on how to get there
- earn xx more dollars this month and make a list on how to get there
- Did I do something to put one stone on the mountain?
- Did I focus on the goal I set?