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How can you do it alone ....

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by HatArrows, Nov 21, 2014.

  1. HatArrows

    HatArrows Regular Member

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    Been involved seriously into IM for past 6 months,doing all the research, scraping and scratching by myself that been taking too much of my time and energy .The place i am working from rarely few people understand what i am doing and very few take interest.
    To all the solitary IMer's how do you manage your work schedule ,get motivated and connect to get things done.
     
  2. Conor

    Conor Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    If I have a lot of work at any given time, I'll often just pay someone to help me out (a family member, etc) and then just do the rest of the work myself. This helps me to focus and not get bogged down and swamped with work.
     
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    Just hire few VA's, train them, and let them handle all small tasks, while you focus on important things.
     
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    This is the real dilemma of IM'ers :p We try to do everything by ourselves. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should. Try to limit yourself to 1 or 2 area and outsource the other work to some professional from BHW. For example if you are good at article writing, then do this task yourself but outsource website design and development to some other person. Of course if you are short on cash it will be an issue so you can initially get some money by promoting CPA offers and then invest your earnings on bigger projects. But again its always easier said than done ..so good luck :)
     
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    proxygo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    ive worked solo online since 2002, and for bhw since 2008
    set a schedule and dont deviate from it, take time out time off
    i work 12-3 / 6-10 then im done for the day . period.
     
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    You can remain healthy off of six hours of sleep. That leaves you with 18 hours per day. Take that 18 hours (or 16 if you need the 8 of sleep) and break it up into increments of four. Take 10-15 minutes away from the screen every 4 hours. I find myself more motivated if I have small breaks within the day.

    Some point in the future, you will be able to hire someone to do your menial tasks to save you time. We all start off somewhere and it is not at the top, so dont beat yourself up if you cannot get everything done in one day.
     
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  7. Ray Rolls

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    Excellent advice from both proxygo & outoftown. Although I try to outsource the majority of the tasks since I work fulltime. I still find myself up at crazy hours or getting 3 hours of sleep until I can make it till sunday. Since I also train fighters my body has not been reacting properly due to me trying to do it all and being way to tired. Now I am making a concentrated effort to stick to a schedule no matter what when it comes to work online..otherwise I suffer offline. If I can't get it all done in the time allotted I force myself to let it wait. For me (as far as motivation) I can't keep fight training, im losing the passion and as I get older the younger guys are getting harder to keep up with. That's how you get injured so I.M. and my brands are my way out. Just remember why your doing what your doing and if your 'why' is strong enough it will push you through.
    Good luck,
    Rolls
     
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    Zwielicht Moderator in Training Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Red: They don't take an interest not only because they cannot relate to you, but because they don't understand what you are doing. It's all an enigma to them because it goes against the mantra, "you need to go to college if you want to be successful", that they were taught in their indoctrination mills as children. It doesn't help that Internet marketing already sounds like a dubious choice for a career because "it's impossible to make money on the Internet" to most people. Because of this, they either avoid you completely or they actively try to destroy your reputation and career so that you can admit your mistake of trying to start a business (how silly of you!) and go do something they want you to do, like go to college or join the military.

    Plum: Motivation is not an issue for me, as knowing that I am disappointing relatives who never supported me in the first place with my iconoclastic notions provides me with all of the motivation I need (and a bit of entertainment sometimes, too). As for the work, let me give you a list of some of my responsibilities:

    • Website management. This includes: writing 300-2000 words per article, creating high quality images for each article with Photoshop (between 1 and 6), and general website maintenance.
    • SEO (both for myself and for my clients). This includes: keyword research, SEO audit reports, competitive analysis reports, on-page optimisation, website optimisation, link building, social media optimisation, brandjacking prevention, and training my clients to understand basic SEO so they don't get lured by shoddy SEO companies in the future.
    • Photoshop (both for myself and for my clients)
    • Logo Design through Adobe Illustrator
    • Social media management
    • Computer repair/maintenance (because you can't do IM without a computer)
    • Checking and responding to emails
    • Updating and creating products such as my Blogger Conversion Kit on here BHW.
    • Oh, and let's not forget the members I help here on Black Hat World for free. :)


    Do you want to know how I get all of this done? Routine. Yes, I do the same basic thing in the same order each day. Every single day.

    Green: We all have our limits, and it appears that you have found yours. Here's one of my tricks: I take a break while I wait for emails. Most of the time, when I'm not doing work for myself, I'm waiting for emails so that I can proceed with my work for other people. Clients tend to respond slowly because they have their own work to do, so I usually just play a couple of games, take a break, or read threads on Black Hat World while I wait.
     
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  9. tony_d

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    I love solitude, but only if I don't need to achieve any particular throughput - ie, if I have 16 tasks to do, the worst thing for me is to be alone, because I won't get them done.

    I also know that I lose interest in things quite quickly - I think I put about 10 or 12 PBN sites online before I decided it was a waste of my time.

    The solution to all these issues was simple - hiring staff, or freelancers.
    I am now entirely free from tasks, and spend my time trolling BHW and reading other things that interest me, and drinking beer in a dark corner alone.

    I suggest you free yourself from tasks, too, so that you can focus on the macro level issues.
     
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  10. HatArrows

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    Got some valuable info from you friends .Beside's that i am also looking to get into circle of like minded marketers ,where i can engage with them in finding relevant and upto date information rather than putting my entire time in separating good from average,I believe that will help people in getting more productive.
     
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    I've found that once you've reached a certain stage, you've just got to outsource things to better manage your time... and stress.
     
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    Friend, it happens to all..... those who cross this stage will kiss the success soon .... All the best Mate
     
  13. gazmo

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    This is probably some horrid advice, but I personally started working more when I stopped putting myself under pressure telling myself "you should work more ... you should do that ... should ... should ...".

    I think that way I subconsciously told myself "you're too lazy, you're too lazy" even though I'm not. Now I just try to be calm and do whatever I want to do, and I tend to work more because I enjoy work more. I take breaks whenever I feel like it, and surprisingly, there's not a whole lot of them, it's mostly work for me now :)
     
  14. tony_d

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    I think that is actually very good advice.

    When we accept that we don't need to do anything, and that doing 'stuff' is just a choice, it's actually much easier to choose to do it.
     
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