“I only work 5 hours a week”
I was never the entrepreneurial type. But after I lost my job as an audio engineer in 2009, I had to get creative to make ends meet.
Thirteen years later, at the age of 39, I built two online businesses that together earned $160,000 per month in passive income. She also recently published a book called How to Get Paid for What You Know.
The first business I started was The Recording Revolution, a music and education blog that sells music production courses. The second, which I started in 2018, teaches people how to make money from their passion, like I did. It’s the most lucrative business, thanks to sales of online courses and training programs, as well as affiliate commissions.
About 2,800 people use my products, and my goal is to help more entrepreneurs grow their businesses online while working fewer hours.
My top priorities are spending time with family and being able to give back, so I’ve set up my work and personal life so I can focus on those core values.
This is what my typical day looks like:
Morning starts slow and easy
I usually get up at five in the morning – before the kids – because I always want to take an hour to myself. I’ll start with coffee and the Bible.
After a bit of reading, praying, and writing a diary, I’m going to make breakfast with my wife and wake the kids up. We’ll spend 20-30 minutes eating together in the kitchen before I drop them off at school by 7:30 a.m.
Then I go back to my desk at home, or do a quick gym session if I’m in the mood.
On Mondays, I plan and create YouTube videos and podcasts. Potential clients usually find me through this free online content. If they like it, they can sign up for my newsletter and get emails about free resources and premium online courses.
I make a large portion of passive income from these courses. I designed my business system to send emails automatically, so the bulk of my job is just to maintain a constant flow of new, free content.
Recording videos and podcasts takes about two hours. I also have someone who edits and uploads content. My remaining hour on Monday is for answering emails or advising members Training community of six people.
On Wednesdays, I spend time in community interaction and then host a 90-minute live call with our Business Advance Training students.
Once a month, I film exclusive training for my paid community members which adds about two extra hours of work per month to my schedule.
I’ve never been a fan of bustle culture; I don’t think it is healthy or wise. If you can find a way to build systems in your business so that they mostly work on their own, you don’t need to waste time doing ongoing maintenance.
After all, what’s the point of “being your own boss” if you work all the time?
Family time is the number 1 priority for me
People often ask me what I do all the extra time in my week, and my answer isn’t the most exciting. I run errands, go to the gym, go to the car wash, have coffee or lunch with a friend, or dive into a good book. Now, I’m readingLiving Without Fear by Jimmy Winship.
But most importantly, I spend time with my family. Friday is “date day” with my wife. We rehearse, we go out to lunch, we catch up, we talk about the kids, we meet our marriage counselor.
Recently, we focused on how to communicate better when we have disagreements. No marriage is perfect, and the work I’ve done in our relationship has made me a better husband and father.
My wife and I don’t compromise on taking the kids from school together. We want to be home when they are. We have another family dinner which is non-negotiable. We sit down to a tech-free dinner every night. Most evenings, my wife cooks and I wash the dishes. But we also eat out a few times a week.
We love going out for walks, swimming in the pool, watching movies, or playing Nintendo Switch with the kids. By spending time together, we hope to teach them basic life skills like how to share feelings and be kind to each other. I also want them to feel valued, family members included.
We’re big on travel too – locally in Florida and around the world. A few summers ago, we spent a month in the south of France. And just this spring, we stayed in Puerto Rico for three weeks. Having the time and flexibility to put these types of memories together is invaluable.
Radical generosity is a core value
We go to church every Sunday, and often do volunteer work with local organizations that help non-residential residents of our city.
My philosophy is that I make this money so I can donate most of my profits to charities and my local church, groups that do a lot of good in the world.
Right now, my wife and I donate 30% of our income, but we hope to eventually donate 50%.
Graham Cochran He is the founder of The Recording Revolution and author of “How to get paid for what you know″ He is a business coach for more than 2,800 clients around the world. follow him Instagram And the Twitter.
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