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Working for yourself is sort of a weird thing at first. With the freedom comes a bit of fear as things get more “real”. Multiple times I’ve got worked up over the fear of everything falling apart. Waking up to see my sites no longer ranking in Google and no one buying my product on Amazon. So far none of this has come true, in fact, things are growing at a pace I couldn’t of imagined even 6 months ago.
If you read my brief history post, you’ll know I was a practicing school psychologist for five years. Last August I decided to make the leap and jump into my business full-time. My workday has changed greatly since making this change.
Because my wife works a regular job as a Spanish teacher, I still commit to doing most of my work Monday through Friday during the typical work hours. I wake up around 7:30-8:00 depending on when Sedona is ready to start her day. I’ll change her and get her ready for my mother in-law who babysits during the weekdays.
Heading to the “Office”
Checking Yesterday’s Earnings
Once my mother in-law arrives I take a trip to my “office”, which is the local coffee shop. I whip out my computer and with my green tea in hand I get to work. The first thing I do is check my earnings from the previous day. I’ll get on my Amazon Associates account and see how much money my affiliate sites brought in and exactly what products people bought, which can get interesting. Some of the more interesting things that people have bought on Amazon from my websites includes pretty much any sex toy you can think of and a horse head squirrel feeder.
After counting up my Amazon Affiliate site earnings I move on to see how many product units I sold. I know I make about $12 per unit sold, so I just multiply the units sold by 12 to get my net profit for the previous day. I add my Amazon Affiliate earnings and my product net profit and a couple other small earners to get my total net profit for the day before.
I also like to check my investment portfolio, which I currently have on Options House due to their low trading fees. I started handling some of my own investing earlier this year and so far I’ve really enjoyed learning more about the market and so far have been able to turn a solid profit. It will be interesting to see how things progress over time.
Keeping Your Customers Happy
Finally, after checking all this stuff it is time to get to work. Often I’ll go about answering any customer emails and fulfilling any product orders that I get on other marketplaces such as Ebay and Etsy. Dealing with customers in a friendly yet honest manner in a quick timeframe is one of the keys I’ve found to keeping people happy and getting quality reviews on your Amazon Seller Account.
Writing Fresh Content
At this point, I’ll transition to checking on my websites’ traffic and to see when the last time I made a post. If it has been more than two weeks I’ll write a post for the website. These posts are almost always between 500 and 1,000 words in length and cover things like product reviews and information about website’s general topic. For example, on my basketball sites I may write a review on a new basketball hoop or I may write about a specific basketball move.
If I am all caught up on article writing I may research new business opportunities. Currently, I may partner with a physician to sell his health and wellness curriculum online. Part of my research is to actually read through the curriculum and go to the classes that he teaches.
I will usually wrap up around 3 PM and get ready for my wife to get home from teaching. From 3 PM till bed I’ll pop on and off the computer to check things and answer any customer service questions. Then I start the whole process over again the next day.
As you can see from my explanation I rarely have two days that look exactly alike, but hopefully this gives you an idea of what a day in business life looks like. The autonomy is exciting to me and keeps me striving to grow my business.
Attempting to Explain What I Do
If you find yourself in the position I am in owning an online business you’ll find you spend a lot of time attempting to explain what you do to others. Most younger people have no problem understanding what I do, but trying explain how I make money to anyone over the age of 50 is like trying to explain quantum physics to a toddler.
I’ll often hear things like “Well, now that you work at home you can watch the baby.” The truth is that I’m working just as hard as I did as a school psychologist, especially as my business grows. So, while I love to spend time with Sedona, I have to allow others to take over some watching duties that way I can actually get something done.
So, that is how my days generally go. My business certainly is not passive, and as my business has grown so has the time I commit to it. What do you think? Does this sound like a workday you would enjoy? Please leave your thoughts and comments below.
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