Brad, I love what you said, "I went from counting hours to counting results". That is just what I needed to hear. Thank you.
I think it's a great idea, Caleb, and definitely something to be tried. My kids are my alarm clock. They're there by 7 every morning. That means I'm at work by 9at the latest and sometimes by 8.
If you're going to be early enough, it's not a problem to get up. I have a friend who goes to sleep around 8 every night. He's up at 3am to read/study without an alarm.
Graphics can be quicker, but you usually can't turn a switch and build up business very quickly. Coaching is very slow and in fact, took me 20 months to bring in a consistent $1,800 / month. I also didn't have a clue back then what I was doing.
Where are you getting hung up in growing your business? What's the weakest link?
Hey, Caleb. Not sure if this will help, but it's my experience:
I've been self-employed for over 10 years. In theory, I love it. In practice, it's killing me. I'm in the IT services industry. I wake up to an alarm clock and immediately check my smartphone to see what crises have developed overnight. Usually, there's nothing major, but if there was something major, I need to know, and to respond immediately. I hate this part of my job. I'd love to be able to get up and relax until I decide to start my workday, but my customers (and their computer systems) determine this for me.
Assuming everything is OK, I get some coffee (or make it, if I was too tired to set it up the night before), have some breakfast, take a shower and head out to the office. By the time I get to the office, I'm already behind, since calls and e-mails have already come in. I have no time to sit and think about what I want to accomplish for the day. Even if I did, whatever I want to accomplish is usually superseded by more urgent matters.
I feel ya- waking up to even just the possibility of an overnight disaster that becomes your responsibility to solve is incredibly stressful. Have you considered hiring a VA just to read your emails once a day (just before you wake up) and contact you with only those that require immediate attention?
Or you could view those overnight challenges as $$$- meaning you look forward to them, because it means you get to bill your clients and make more money. This is assuming, of course, that you're not on a retainer or if you are, that you haven't fulfilled the retainer quite yet.
I'm interested to know how you solve this.
I'm interested to know how I solve it too! ;-)
I'm the type of person who loathes the unexpected interruption. I find it very difficult to put any kind of positive spin on this type of thing.
As for the VA thing, I have thought about that. I get a lot of e-mails throughout the day (and night) and it would be nice to have someone who could pre-screen them and alert me when there was something important. It's tough to justify any extra expense right now, though. Maybe I could find a way to incorporate a VA into other aspects of the business though, so the expense wouldn't go just to making me less stressed.