As entrepreneurs we all dream of the day when we can leave our job and travel. We brazenly walk up to our boss and say, “You can have your job. I don’t need it anymore.” (Or something like that, this is a G-rated website. 😊)
Then you head down to some Caribbean island and work four hours a week raking in the cash, sipping on some tropical drink with a little umbrella in it. All the time having the waves lap at our feet as enjoy the Caribbean life with your significant other.
Is this some crazy out of this world idea? No.
It’s not going to happen overnight. Next week. Or next month.
But it can happen. It’s just going to take a little mind shift to make it work. But if you keep working with your end goal in mind, you will be able to escape the slow cubicle death.
Have a Plan
If you want to blog and retire, you will need to have a plan, it’s also that you stick to it and follow through.
Write down your goals.
Research has shown that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve their goals than someone who doesn’t. Grab some paper and write down your goals.
Come up with at least two goals for each of these categories. You can have more but I wouldn’t overdo it.
Then keep your goals handy so you can see them every day or post them someplace where you can see then throughout the day. Read them in the morning and again at night. This will help fortify your goals into your everyday thinking.
You Are Going to Have to Work Around Your Work Schedule and Family Schedule
Hmmmm… What does that mean? Well, it means that you are going to have to figure out what’s important in your day to day routine. Yes. Family first. I know and understand that, but everyone has some spare time in other parts of their day?
Maybe at lunch? Spend a little time on your lunch correcting a post or creating a new post (like I’m doing now). Do this instead of surfing the web or playing solitaire.
Instead of playing video games after work, maybe you find a nice quiet place and start typing?
Be consistent in your posting scheduled, your tweets and what-not.
Consistency is key to building your audience. Currently, I post three times a week. And my readership grows as new posts are released every week. I hope to eventually reach new posts being released five days a week.
Consistency builds followers.
And over time, consistency builds trust.
Engage with Others. Daily
Social media is all about being social. Engage with others every day. Make it a point to hit Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and whatever the next big social media platform is.
Get on these sites and engage with your followers and meet new followers.
Look for Ways to Monetize Your Website
Generating some income, no matter how small, is a great motivator! Come up with some ways to get a little cash flow going. Do you have a product that you can sell? Maybe a service? An eBook? If you are stuck on ideas, check out my posts on monetizing your website.
I remember when I made my first $20.00 online. Boy did that fire me up!!! It worked too.
Since then, I’ve continued to build my blog with quality information that you can use.
Generate Evergreen Content
Evergreen content? What’s that?
Do I have to write about trees now?
No, it’s not about trees. It’s about content that doesn’t get outdated or irrelevant. It’s information that people will look for any time during the year. How to blog post make great evergreen posts.
When sitting on that beach with a tropical drink with a little umbrella in it becomes a priority, you will find a way to make it happen. But you have to want it first. We always find a reason NOT TO DO SOMETHING. Now it’s time to find the reasons TO DO SOMETHING.
You are going to have to make some sacrifices but if your end goal is to have more time with your special someone and not to worry about the 9 to 5 doldrums. You’ll find a way to make it happen.
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Until next time everyone,