Lately I’ve been taking a hard look at the way I’ve been going through my days. It seems like each day I have some new chaotic thing going on and it’s frustrating. Six months ago my online business was flourishing. I was bringing in tons of commissions and sales. I had plenty of writing clients – in fact, I had so many I was turning them away from time to time. More than all that, each day left me feeling happy and fulfilled.
Spring on forward to today and everything is stagnating. I’ve got money coming in, sure. I’m still making PLR sales here and there. I’m writing for a few clients. My Kindle books are still selling. It’s not bad and that’s one of the reasons I like working online.
Here’s the thing. I haven’t been growing my online business. I’ve barely been maintaining it because when life started getting tough I put work on the back burner. Unfortunately that doesn’t really work if you want to succeed online. When you’re working online you have the freedom to take time off, but if you keep putting your business on the back burner it’s going to fall apart without you there.
My income has dropped to maybe 60% of what it was when I was growing my business.
Having a business is:
- Keeping your hosting paid for.
- Replying to emails.
- Handling small day to day details,
Growing your business is:
- Creating new income streams.
- Making new connections with people.
- Releasing new products.
I’ve been settling for “having” a business thinking I’d get back to it when things calm down. Here’s the simple truth though… life never calms down. It just goes through different stages of chaotic and busy.
So, what is one to do? For me I need to remind myself I’ve worked through worse and everyday people deal with worse. I can handle running my business and dealing with life. I just need to schedule better, delegate better, and concentrate better. All of those are things I can do.
You can’t just let your business stagnate and expect to keep the same earnings. If you aren’t growing your business and actively working to keep it profitable, you’ll see some of those profits start to slip away.
I’m reading this course by Tiffany Lambert right now called “Work Life Balance Without Excuses” as well. Over on her blog we’ve been able to watch her work hard and keep her business growing while going through huge life changes including a divorce. She’s kept things growing. It’s pretty fantastic and I can’t wait to see what I can learn from her.