Is escaping the traditional 9-5 attainable? Is it possible to start your own business, outsource, utilize tools, and replace yourself from your business almost entirely?
The answer is simple…
Anyone who knows me, know’s I love to automate. Everything. I’m not a fan of working a set amount of hours each week. Especially when that number is 40. I can’t wear all the hats in my business. I hate hats.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with working a 9-5 or getting 40 hours of hard work in, in one week if that’s your thing. There’s just one problem.
It’s not everyone’s thing. People live their lives, convincing themselves they have to work 40+ hours every week. This belief taints and violates a person’s view of automation. I hear it in conversation all the time when answering the question, “how many hours a week do you put in?” It goes something like this:
Me: “Typically anywhere from 5 to 15 hours in a week. Much of my business is automated at this point”.
Violated new acquaintance: *eyes get really big* “Wow, you are so lucky! I wish I could do something like that…”
Automation isn’t just a fancy word for hitting the lottery and having a “business that runs itself!”. Much more goes into it.
I, and others, put a great deal of time and energy to reach such a place of automation (in my case, a 5-15 hour work week).
This isn’t magic nor is it a secret every guru is keeping from you. Many people run their businesses in a similar fashion. Automation is achievable and it’s clearer now than it ever has been.
PLUS even if you think it’s stupid to work less than 40 hours/week, it would still benefit you to get as much automated as possible, so you could devote more time on other things that make you money.
I really do love automation. I outsource personal tasks, like finding a maid, to Fancy Hands and other similar services. I’d rather spend time with my friends, binge watching Netflix, not scrubbing toilets and doing laundry. It may sound lazy, but its the truth and I promise you, my friends love spending quality time with me every day ;)
So what is the main ingredient for escaping the 9-5? How do you get rid of 40+ hour work weeks?
Virtual Assistants (VA’s). VA is just a short term for independent contractors, acting as virtual staff for your business. The concept can be unsettling. Hiring someone you’ve never met and likely never will meet (all the VA’s I hire are from the Philippines) is a new phenomenon. Fear not, the quality of work from the right VA produces just as excellent work as if you hired from your home country.
VA’s are here to stay, and I’m proud to utilize the services of such incredible people. There’s no escaping the 9-5 hours, without VA’s.
Software can only take you so far (for now). At some point, a human has to do some work. I just prefer to pay people in the Philippines $250-600/month to handle the bulk of tasks for me.
I’ve been working with VA’s for over three years now and I’m amazed how much I learn each year. From Filipino culture and special holidays, to breakthrough ideas for utilizing my team, I’m always learning something new.
I have grown to love working with VA’s and teaching others how to effectively do the same. When describing what I do for a living, I’ll often spend hours talking about different ways I utilize VA’s and all the potential opportunities that come with having a virtual team.
I really enjoy those types of conversations. Maybe a little too much. I’m guilty of day-dreaming about the seemingly endless possibilities of VA’s. Don’t judge me.
More recently, I’ve been insanely inspired about this topic and the freedom in business it affords (especially online businesses). I’ve also been busy with life.
In the past year, I’ve moved to another country, partnered with multiple people in new business ventures, and went back to the U.S. twice. Once for a wedding, and once for a family emergency (fun stuff). Now that things are settled down for me, I launched something I had wanted to do for a little while now. An online MasterMind Group. Check it out if you’re interested in learning things like Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), how to utilize virtual assistants, and other creative ways of making money online.
What’s holding you back from getting on the path to freedom and utilizing Virtual Assistants?
Let me know in the comments below. Your biggest obstacle may be one that I, or someone else reading this, has already overcome.