This is a guest post by Bill White
About two months ago, Joey K asked, “Are You Where You Want to Be?” I read his post and realized I wasn’t where I wanted to be.
I have some very real obligations coming up in the future that will impact my family’s financial stability. In about a year, I’m going back to school so I need to find a way to replace my income before September, 2013.
However, until I read Joey’s post, my financial emancipation quest had stalled.
- My blogs weren’t increasing traffic to my sites.
- I’d slowed on my guest posting efforts.
- I wasn’t moving forward with making videos.
- My plan on writing magazine articles was on the back burner.
Basically, I WAS SLACKING!
In case you didn’t read my comment after that post, I made a vow– a 30-day challenge to myself that I would have to back up. Here’s what I said:
I want to grow me and my wife’s own side businesses until they are bringing in $500/ month income combined (the ultimate goal of $5,000/mo residual is my 1 year goal).
Here are my 30 day action steps:
1: Create 10 informative YouTube videos optimized for our products and services.
2: Become an authority by writing and posting 5 guest articles and one magazine article.
3: Find and market an affiliate product and start an endorsement campaign.
4: Create a 3 to 4-book information product that will help thousands of people find and land jobs.
That’s my vow (7/10/12). I’ll tell you how it turns out on 8/10/12.”
I knew this challenge was a bold move. But, like boxing legend Muhammad Ali said, “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” Everyone out there knows that once you start talking smack, you’d better be able to back it up.
With a comment like the one I posted, I knew I had to put my money where my mouth was. So, I figured I’d better aim high and shoot as close to the mark as possible. Even if I didn’t make it, I would probably learn more from my failure than my success.
Here’s what I did
First, I want to tell you that I didn’t actually complete my mission. I didn’t make $500 in the last 30 days. I was only able to make eight of the ten videos by August 10th.
My guest posts and magazine article aren’t all accepted (but, they will be). My eBooks haven’t been reviewed by others yet, so I didn’t create the actual product package by the 10th.
I expect to have their comments back and the product package available by the end of September.
Second, I cheated. I made some Slideshare presentations in addition to videos (one of which I actually uploaded 2 days before I accepted the challenge).
I also decided to become an affiliate of a direct sales consultant, so I’m not endorsing a specific product but a person.
(In case you didn’t know, the profit potential in direct sales for those of us slightly familiar with online marketing and SEO is huge. We can use our skills to help people in direct sales make some serious dough, depending on the products we endorse. Since I’m just starting on this path, I’ll tell you how it goes).
My 30 Day Challenge:
1 – I CREATED 7 ONLINE VISUAL RESOURCES:
2 – I WROTE 3 GUEST POSTS
Are we experiencing an archaeological renaissance? (goes live on HISTPRES.com in September)
The post you’re reading now
Plus, I got an article accepted to an academic journal in July (2012) and have two more circulating through peer-review
3 – I DECIDED TO BECOME AN AFFILIATE FOR A DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVE and am working on an advertising campaign to expand her upline and online presence. In fact, some of those videos and presentations are for this affiliate endorsement.
4 – I DRAFTED A 3-EBOOK JOB SEARCH TOOLKIT and have forwarded it to several acquaintances for review. In addition to the 3 main eBooks and a free eBook, this product package will have at least six associated presentations and three instructional videos. It will be a game-changer for lots of job seekers out there.
All that in 30 Days
This progress may not sound like a lot to some of you, but I didn’t work on it full-time.
I’m a pretty busy guy:
- I have wife, a 2-year-old-son and take care of my 16-year-old sister
- I have a 40-hour-a-week job that doesn’t allow me to write for myself
- I exercise 3–4 times a week, I do 20-minutes of yoga, and I meditate for 20–30 minutes each day!
Aside from the weekends (one of which I spent in San Diego and I went camping for another one), that only left me with about 2-3 hours to work on these tasks each day.
Here’s what happened from this challenge
Work without results is a hallmark of most people trying to make it on the internet.
Before this challenge, I was one of those people spending my precious time working my ass off with few results.
While the improvements in the last 30 days haven’t been stupendous, I have seen some results:
- Traffic to my sites is slightly up with a big bump after my guest post got published.
- I made my first dollars online through Adsense and Amazon.
- My work has increased traffic to my affiliate’s website.
- I have requests for two additional guest posts lined up.
- I’ve already had two requests for my job search product, demonstrating people want what I’m making.
- I’ve landed my first two business clients (one pro-bono for a non-profit and the other is a paying gig). I will start online work for them as soon as I work out the details.
- I’m in the process of arranging my first public speaking event.
The best thing of all is I’ve realized that I actually can succeed on my own.
I can diversify my income and have taken the first solid steps towards financial emancipation.
From now on, I’m going to treat each month like a 30-day challenge and will keep setting the bar high until I realize my ultimate goal.
If I could do this working part-time in a month, imagine what will happen when I quit my job.
What about you?
What are you doing to reach your dreams? Make a 30-day goal and back it up.