When I was first approached about starting a virtual business, the idea sounded laughably impossible.
When you say you don’t have enough time to start and maintain a virtual business, I totally know how you feel because I used to feel the same way too. (You can read more about my story here.) What I discovered, however, is that all virtual businesses are different.
For me, I started an online franchise – a business-in-a-box, if you will. As I began working with my mentor, I realized the success of my business would not depend on 20+ hours dedicated behind a computer, but only 5-10 hours each week of focused, strategic activity alongside my day-to-day habits and social engagements. It’s so simple and has completely changed my family’s financial situation!
If you’re considering launching your own virtual business, but feel like your schedule is too full, I have 6 reasons why you have ample time for a virtual business:
1. You’re binge-watching Netflix and/or consuming hours of TV each day.
According to a recent Nielsen survey, the average American spends 5 hours per day watching TV. I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of this. After a long week, one of my favorite ways to unwind on a Saturday morning is to cook breakfast with my husband and catch up on “Orange Is The New Black,” “The Mindy Project,” or “New Girl.” There’s NOTHING wrong with indulging in a favorite show every now and then. The issue is many people get caught in the TV trap daily. It is the first thing they turn on in the morning and the last thing they’re watching at night before going to sleep. Over the last several years I have significantly cut my television watching habits and my business numbers have soared. The minute I flip on the TV I ask myself, “have I completed all of my income-producing activities for today?” (In all, they take me anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to accomplish each day.) If I haven’t, I shut off the TV and focus on business. I always tell myself…if I have time to watch television, then I have time to build my business. The TV only comes on AFTER I’ve completed my business tasks for that day.
2. You spend more than 5 minutes on Facebook each day.
Before I started my virtual franchise, social media was merely a time waster. I would pop on Facebook and see what was new in the lives of family and friends from college or high school. While it was great for keeping up with people, I often found myself wasting a lot of time on it. Today, social media is the #1 key driver of my business. It’s my online storefront that keeps me in front of hundreds of thousands of people all around the world! Now scrolling through Facebook isn’t wasted time…it puts money in our bank account! If you’re spending ANY amount of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc…why not learn a few simple steps that can help you earn an extra $500 or $1000 per month from it? Our team has mastered successful social media strategies that show people how to generate income online in just a few minutes a day!
3. You have a 10 minute (or longer) commute to work.
Running a virtual franchise is all about building relationships, so I talk with a lot of people on the phone. The great thing is, most of these calls last 10-15 minutes. If it’s a training call, it may last closer to 20-30 minutes. Point being, I have a 30-40 minute commute each way each day, so I can usually fit 3-4 calls into my morning and evening commute schedule, depending on the nature of the call. I actually enjoy my commute because it’s a dedicated time that I can easily speak with 4-8 people each day to build my business!
4. You take a 30 minute to 1 hour lunch break.
The middle of the day is another great time to schedule 1-2 calls, work on social media posts, or reply to emails. You can getaway to a quiet lunch spot, local coffee shop, or perhaps your public library and use your lunch hour for business activities.
5. You’re a stay-at-home parent.
Many of the most successful virtual franchisees with my company are stay-at-home-parents. How do they make it work? They know how to prioritize and multi-task. While parenting is a full-time job, you have key moments of downtime throughout the day. If your child is an infant or just starting to walk around, you likely have several windows of nap-time throughout the day. This could be for 1 hour or 3+ hours, since every child’s sleep schedule is different. If you have pre-school age children, you can do business activities while they are away for a few hours. For older children, the school day is an ample window of time to balance household chores and business tasks.
6. You volunteer at church, with a non-profit, community, school, or business organization.
I love my community and believe in supporting it, so when I find a cause I’m passionate about, I do my best to find ways to volunteer. Maybe you’re on the PTA for your child’s school. Perhaps you’re a cancer survivor and stay involved with the American Cancer Society. I love history so I joined DAR and volunteer as I’m able. Volunteering is an incredible way to meet people who are equally passionate as you are about a given cause. These people may decide to purchase product from you, join your business, or refer business to you. They key is to focus on relationship. Volunteering is a great way to make the world a better place while also developing key contacts for your business.
Many people assume that running an online business is time consuming, but I only spend 5-10 hours per week running mine and the payoff for our family has been incredibly rewarding. If the desire for change is strong enough, people make time for what they want to make time for. As they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Do you have a passion for social media or wish you could find a way to generate extra income online? Click here to find out more about how you can start creating an income from a virtual business in just a few minutes a day!