Happy Independence Day!

30 Day Writing Challenge – Day 19

One thing I’ve noticed over these past 19 days is that my schedule really doesn’t lend itself to creating any kind of sustainable business habit. To elaborate, I still have a full-time job. I work the midnight shift, on a two week rotating schedule. Hours are usually from 8pm to 6am, sometimes from 6pm – 6am. My typical rotation looks like this:

Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat   Sun   Mon   Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri   Sat
Off      M       M       M      Off    Off    M      M     Off     Off      M       M     M    Off

and so on. I work a maximum of 3-10 hr days in a row, then have 2 days off. I get every other weekend off. If I have to work on a weekend, it’s only Sat and Sun. I’m off the two days before a weekend and two days after a weekend. I get to to have Mon/Tue off on one week and Thu/Fri off the next. I work every Weds. Pretty freakin’ great schedule, if you ask me. And yes, I designed it myself.

When I’m not working, I have my partner of 20 years, 8 cats and 3 dogs to share time and space with. Finding time to work on things when I’m off is the tricky part.

Anyway, the point is, trying to create any kind of a habit on my schedule it not easy. Doing my best to stick to whatever routine I can grasp onto .. and hoping for the best. I got off a 12 hr shift at 6am this morning and slept until 11:30 am. I’m on the computer thinking about things. I have the opportunity to write my Day 19 entry right now, so I’m taking advantage of it.

On another note, here’s something interesting that’s going on in a Facebook group I’m in:

The group owner is a product and website creator. She either creates or promotes products, and will sometimes offer a Done For You set up service as part of the deal.

She’s been making her living online full-time for about 10 years or more. Her business has been great for a long time, and over the past few months, evolving and seriously ramping up.

Last evening she asked her group members if any of them had the skills necessary to provide these set up services and if so, how much they would charge. Almost immediately she had 4 or 5 people raise their hands.

She then challenged them to put up a sales letter for their services, including Buy Buttons, and to tell customers why they should choose to use their services instead of someone else’s.

Within a couple hours she accomplished:
1. Identifying some possible outsourcers for her business
2. Helped a handful of her customers create an additional revenue stream
3. Helped raise the stature of those individuals within the group, as they are now being seen as “resident experts”
4. Increased her capacity to delivery these DFY products on a much grander scale
I’m sure other pluses will come to light as this event plays itself out.

I found it completely fascinating, hope you do too.

Robin Lee
 

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