As you already know, I’m a dad for the 3rd time. Since the beginning of February, I’m a “stay-at-home” dad. I’m actually blessed to be able to take a 5 week paternity leave (paid at 60% of my base salary). Unfortunately, this great experience is coming to an end as I start my new job next week.
At one point in time, I had the goal of taking a 40 week paternity leave to work full time on my online business. This plan was my primary option until January (right before my wife gave birth!). This is when I got a call for the interview that I had back in December to tell me that I got the job. Since it’s the most interesting type of job in my field, I couldn’t resist giving it a try. It’s an awesome job only 5 minutes from my house. It will be like being paid to do something that I would do for free .
So I’ve been giving some thought about working from home, in my basement all day. Some people in my entourage told me that it wasn’t a good fit for me as I am a people person. I love to meet with people and I talk a lot. However, I have a true passion for working on my own business. This is what I discovered when I realized that I’ve spent every single night (from11pmto2am) of my parental leave on my computer. During the day, I was taking care of my wife and newborn. At night, I was becoming a mogul. Do you want to know how it went? Let’s take a peek at my short journey:
The first thing I have to say is that I’m incredibly productive at night. This is also how I’ve survived my MBA. In the span of 10 days, I was able to create a niche site from scratch: EMT Classes Academy. The goal was to see if I could apply different niche site techniques into a site that is not related to personal finance. In 10 days, I did my keyword research with Market Samurai, built my site structure and then wrote about 70 articles. I included my Adsense code along with 2 affiliate programs that I found via Click Bank. Since then, I have been promoting the site. I started slow because I don’t want to push the site too hard down Google’s throat. In 20 days of existence, I have received 7 search engine visitors and made $5.06… lol! Since the site is full of real and useful content, I guess it’s only a matter of time before I see it fly!
I also have to thank many bloggers who had helped me promote this site:
Sunil @ Extra Money Blog (for his external and internal linking strategy)
Jeff @ Life Insurance By Jeff
Andy @ Tight Fisted Miser
Dean @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog
Edward @ SEAM Publishing
Besides having the possibility of working on many projects and doing things that I could have never done (like creating EMT!), I realized that I’m truly passionate about running my own business. I wanted to know if I was able to work from home and enjoy my hobby enough to have it become my job. Well I think that cutting down on my sleep like this is an obvious sign that I truly love what I do online. What I like the most is the strategy level I can get when my mind is 100% occupied by my sites. I can now relate to how people who quit their jobs and go full time online are so successful. The power of their brains has been unleashed! This is that simple .
The biggest challenge I had during this short period of time is to concentrate on specific projects. At first, I lost a lot of time wondering around and bouncing from one project to another. In a few days, I had more ideas that I have had over the past 12 months! This is why I had to refocus and get back to my original plan. In 4 weeks (it’s not like the first week I really worked!), I was able to:
- Optimize a part of my sites to make affiliate revenue grow from $150 to $300/month (this is very steady now).
- Create a site about paramedic courses
- Create a 10 article series for a potential newsletter
- Do keyword researches for several terms / sites
- Almost complete my Dividend eBook (to be released shortly)
What is really interesting about these projects is that it won’t have an immediate impact on my sites. However, the exponential results of this will be incredible. And this is what I’m looking for: exponential long term results.
This will be a true shocker next week where I will have to put my suit on and wear a tie. As much as I like my day job, I’ve discovered that I really enjoy my “night job” too! The positive side of this is that I now know that I have an opportunity waiting for me if the corporate world doesn’t seem enticing anymore!
I still have a bitter feeling that I’m leaving a crazy opportunity to work on my company risk free since I would have been on parental leave. On the other hand, I’m also seizing a crazy opportunity to work in wealth management. Life is weird sometimes….
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