Chris Garrett is a professional blogger, online marketing consultant, writer, and speaker. He co-authored ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income and is the creator of Authority Blogger, a course on blogging for business and professionals. Chris travels extensively, was born in Calgary Canada, and now lives in the UK with his family.
1. What is the best part of your job?
The fact that it is not a job in the traditional sense. I have freedom to choose – my hours, who I work with (or not), and so on, and I get more rewards the more I put in.
2. What does “work-life balance” mean to you and in your eyes do you have one?
It is something I have to continually keep an eye on. Lately I have done some restructuring to give the family more time. That said, I don’t have to miss any of my daughters school events, can drop work for family emergencies etc, and right now I am typing this on a “business trip” but my wife and daughter are right with me in the room. We just arrived in Melbourne via Dubai, as a family.
3. If you had to choose one thing that’s been the most effective in helping
to grow your business, what would that be? (a kind of marketing, a book,
networking, social media, etc) And how did that help you?
My network. Networking is the source of my opportunities and my support when things haven’t gone the way I expected.
4. Career wise how did things change after you co-authored the PRO Blogger
Some people take you more seriously when you have a book in print, but I had a couple of books before Problogger came out, and at the same time there were some family issues that meant I couldn’t take full advantages of the doors that opened up. It has been great for me though, no doubt. I’m very grateful to Darren for having me on board.
5. What’s the biggest mistake you see other consultants/marketers/bloggers
making and how can they fix it?
There are so many! I guess thinking they are the center of the universe is a biggie.
6. You’re a busy guy, how do you manage your time and could you share a
couple of tips on productivity?
First know what time of day you suit certain tasks – for example I am better at writing in the morning and calls after lunch. Second know what motivates you, why you are doing this. Last, aim for progress not perfection!
7. Do you automate any parts of your business? If yes, what parts and how has
this helped you?
I’m a programmer in a previous life, so I can’t imagine NOT automating. The key thing is you can NOT automate relationships.
8. Do you usually work in a fixed location or do you work on the road a lot (cafes,
other cities, etc?) and why do you do so?
Well as I say above, I am traveling on business as I type this
It helps to be mobile, for variety and for inspiration, but I do it out of necessity.