Best Tools and Tricks For Running an Online Business While Working

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I still work full time.  I know - I haven't made the leap to self employment yet.  But with that being said, side hustling is tough.  And it requires some skills and tools that traditional entrepreneurs don't have to deal with. Let me back up a second.  If you didn't realize it - I run 5 websites (including all the social media jazz and stuff), write for two major publications, freelance write for some other publications, have a wife, raise my son, and work full time 40-50 hours per week.  It overwhelms me a bit writing that, but here I am, at 10pm at night, writing again. The truth is, I love to write, and I love online business.  I have multiple sites because I get bored focusing on one thing and need to mix it up a bit.  But all of … [Read more...]

My Monthly Income Stream Report – March 2014

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I can't believe that, as I'm writing this, it's almost tax day.  That means we are 25% through 2014.  Where has this year gone?  It seems like just yesterday it was Christmas - I'm really feeling time fly.  I'm also shocked by how fast my son is growing up.  A little over a year ago I announced my first child was on the way, and now he's crawling all over the house and standing against everything he can pull himself up on.  It's just crazy! Wbeing said, it's been another good month both online and offline.  Let's get to it!   Important Happenings Several great things happened this month that I'm really excited to share with you.  First, I'm excited to announce that I'm now writing for Forbes about education and personal … [Read more...]

Multiple Income Stream Goals for 2014

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Welcome to my goal post for 2014 - finally.  Yes, I realize that it's already March, but I think it's important from an accountability standpoint to publish a goal post online.  In reality, I actually already crafted my goals, and I spent a lot of time in December really hashing out what I wanted for the year. Last year, my wife made me a beautiful whiteboard (not really white, actually canvas), that I've plotted out my goals and milestones for the entire year.   Now, I'm just codifying publicly what I'm already working towards.   2014 Goals Alright, so here is what I'm working on this year, and the reason why.  If possible, I'll also share any tactics I'm using and any progress made. Monthly Epic Posts:  One … [Read more...]

My Monthly Income Stream Report – February 2014

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February was a busy busy month for me, both online and offline, and I totally skipped out on creating content here at Beat the Nine to Five.  However, I made some key changes that will hopefully free up my time to allow me to focus better on creating content versus doing other stuff. Beyond the craziness, February was also a great month for my business - even better than January.  I'm excited to share with you the good and the bad from this month, and what I'm doing to better myself, my business, and my family.   Important Happenings I had a few key learnings this month that I wanted to share.  Like I mentioned earlier, this was a month of craziness, and it led to being fully overwhelmed by mid-month.  This was due to a crazy … [Read more...]

The Key To Side Hustle Success: Focus On What You Know

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I had two interesting exchanges with readers over the last several weeks, and I wanted to share a key takeaway from them. First, I had a reader ask: Why don't you tell us how you went about choosing the web sites you bought last year, why they were doing so poorly at that time, and how they are doing now. It might be good to explain how you went about monetizing them, and why you  chose certain ads for that purpose. The second reader asked the following: How do I get started with an online business and how do I figure out which one is best? And what do you think my answer was to both of them?  Focus on what you know!   The Key To Success The absolute key to success in everything I do is focusing on what I know.  Every … [Read more...]

My Monthly Income Stream Report – January 2014

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Happy New Year!  Welcome to my first income report of 2014 -  and I'm really excited to share it with you.  I just got back from an amazing vacation with my family and baby, and it was great to get away.  All of our friends told us to take the baby on a trip before he was able to walk, and they were right - it was fun to just take him along with us everywhere! Each month, I share what I'm doing to develop my multiple income streams.  I try to share what's working, and what's not, so that you can learn from what I'm doing online and offline.  I also share all of my earning, down to the penny.  Starting this year, I'm also going to share my expenses for each month, so that you can get a real sense of how much I'm actually taking … [Read more...]

How to Actually Repurpose Content That Works

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Everywhere I turn, I'm reading another article or listening to another podcast that tells me to repurpose my content.  I never fully understood what it meant to repurpose my content, but over the last few months I've finally figured it out. I wanted to share with you several ways that I've found to successfully repurpose content, and how you can leverage this strategy in your business.   Repurposing Life Into Media The first things that I've found to be highly successful to my business has been to repurpose things that I've done in life into my online business.  What?  Life...  Yes, things that I've done normally, or struggled with. For example, after my wife's baby shower, she struggled to put together thank you notes for … [Read more...]

Refocusing on Expenses and Operational Excellence

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December was a month for me to refocus on the actual nuts and bolts of my business.  As you'll see shortly, I spent a lot more than I should have this past year in unnecessary expenses. I think it's key to analyze the cash flow report of any business and see what makes sense and what doesn't - and online business is no exception.  That's why I did a detailed line by line analysis of my expenses and looked to what was truly needed, what could be cut back on or consolidated, what should be eliminated, and what could be added. Here's some of the changes I made this month to make 2014 not only the highest grossing year online, but also the most profitable.   Products and Services The first area I looked at were products and … [Read more...]

My Monthly Income Stream Report – December 2013

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December is always an interesting month for me.  For one, it's extremely busy for me at my nine to five job.  Second, you never know what you're going to get online as well.  This year, December was slower overall, but that's okay.  Given everything that I was doing offline, it was much needed.  However, it also gave me time to plan. However, last month I dominated when it came to investing, which was fun.  This year, I'm also participating in an investing throw down with several other bloggers, so hopefully I'll be able to hold my own there as well.   Important Happenings A few important things happened last month.  First, for the first time ever, I really sat down and mapped out what I want 2014 to look like.  I'll share more … [Read more...]

Review of CoSchedule – My Favorite WordPress Editorial Calendar

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If you're blogging or running a business online that relies on content marketing, developing an editorial calendar is key.  We briefly talked about this important topic when Developing a Blog Marketing Plan, but it's really one to hammer home. Content serves a purpose - just randomly throwing it out there doesn't do anyone any good.  Your readers won't be able to follow you, you won't get the conversion you want, and your blog or business site will become a garbled mess. A very simple example is one that I just did this week on The College Investor: I scheduled the article "5 Ways to Learn About Investing in the Stock Market" before my "Investor Challenge" article.  Now, in my Investor Challenge article, I could link back and say … [Read more...]