Some of my friends can’t believe how much ‘free time’ I have. I just got back from a couple of weeks in Europe. I was off for another couple in the fall, and when some friends from Japan recently came into town for 10 days I spent most of the time showing them around and enjoying this beautiful city.
At first glance I can understand why it appears that I have lots of time off. But there’s much more going on than can be see from the surface…
Being a Consultant is Great
There’s no denying that one of the perks of being a consultant is managing your own schedule. If done properly, you can work when and where you please.
I’ve always adopted a flexible schedule. But what many people don’t see is the amount of hard work I’ve put in over the years and the hours I continue to invest.
There’s More Than Meets The Eye
Before starting Advicetap.com I regularly spent 10 plus hours a day on my business. Maybe 5 hours each weekend, that’s 60 hour weeks.
These days however I’m clipping at a steady rate of 14 hours a day.
To some that may seem like too much. No worries, there’s no right or wrong amount and I’m not telling you this to gloat about my workload, on the contrary, I want you to get a clear picture of what’s involved in building a successful consulting business.
All About The Love
That’s why you need passion in this game. I couldn’t put in so much time if I didn’t enjoy what I’m doing.
Sure, my schedule is flexible. Yes, I can take a good chunk of time off when I want. The reality is I hardly do. Even when I take time off, I’m still spending an hour or two working on my business each day in one form or another.
Building a successful consulting biz is hard work. However, if you enjoy what you’re doing and can put in the time, great things start happening.
So what’s the secret? As you can see working hard is a big part of it. Working smart and focusing on the right things is even more critical. The other factor was creating systems and processes in my business to allow my company to run smoothly while I enjoy time off.
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