These Women Launched Their Businesses in 90 Days. Here's How They Found the Time.

Time is one of the big obstacles that keeps people from starting a business. And I get it. I launched while working part-time and then continued to run my business the next year when I took a full-time job for a few months. (No shame in the day job.)

But really?

When you know what to focus your time on, you don't need as much of it. 

In the past year, I've watched clients launch their businesses in 90 days with about 10 hours a week. I asked a few of them to share how they managed to find the time. Here they share their time challenges, and how they overcame them. 

CHALLENGES: Whew! I did 90 day business launch while I worked a full-time job 45 minutes from my house & was parenting my then 1 year old! 

HOW SHE DID IT: I worked on it in the evenings, weekends and during nap times. My husband was a big help in helping give me the time to get it done. It was hard especially with a toddler but it was worth every minute!

HER SITE: beginninggood.com

 

CHALLENGES: I was working full-time in the corporate world, and for the majority of the 90 days was also undertaking another semester of my Masters degree.

HOW SHE DID IT: On weekdays, I often got up an hour earlier and used that time to work on my business. I definitely wouldn't say that I'm naturally a morning person, so I had to actively adjust my sleeping patterns, but I found that quiet, early morning window of time, before the day really gets going and interruptions arise, a really productive period. I also stayed back at the office late once or twice a week, working on my business after hours. I found if I went home, I could easily get distracted by a myriad of chores (or Netflix!); if I stayed at work, I got things done!

HER SITE: rachelhumphrys.com

 

CHALLENGES: My biggest time obstacle was working full-time, but I was (am) also taking my coach training and had to put in the work for that.

HOW SHE DID IT: Weekends were definitely when most of the work got done, but I also found time in the evenings, especially because a lot of the work was still new and exciting. Even when things were hard or frustrating, knowing that I was building something I really wanted helped me find little pockets of time. And I got serious about taking an actual lunch break at the day job, which was great for me to draft and edit content.

HER SITE: thebravecouncil.com

 

CHALLENGES: I was working full time and began the search for relocation back to the states from overseas. 

HOW SHE DID IT: I woke up early to work before the day job. During lunch I would make social media post or check in with Facebook groups that offered networking opportunities.

HER SITE: seventhandpeach.com

 

Ready to launch your business in 90 days? We'll tell you how. Join Michelle Ward and I for this free workshop. Grab your spot here. 

13 Reasons to WAIT Before Starting Your Business

You want to start a business, but your tendency is to wait. 

Wait until you have all the answers
Wait until starting your business doesn’t feel overwhelming
Wait for other people to approve
Wait until you can quit your job
Wait until you’re comfortable introducing yourself as a business owner
Wait until you’re as polished as people who have been in business for years
Wait until you pick the perfect brand colors or font
Wait until you have a professional headshot
Wait until you can spend $10K on a website designer & developer & branding strategist
Wait until you have a drool-worthy Instagram account
Wait until your first client drops out of the sky
Wait for a sign that you’re ready
Wait for someone else to tell you to go ahead

But the thing is...

No one’s going to choose you
Your desire is the sign
Clients need to know what you can do for them before they appear
You don’t have to live a camera-ready life to make money
New businesses should focus on what they do more than how they look
A selfie is fine to start with
Your branding will change, anyway
A beginner is the only thing you can be
You’ll grow into your new role
Starting your business now is what will allow you to quit your job later
Your approval is what really matters
It’s only overwhelming when you try to do it all at once
You get answers when you start doing

The wait is over when you decide it is. 

Join Michelle Ward and I for our free webinar, How to Launch Your Business in 90 Days, to stop waiting and start doing. Sign up here >>

9 Reasons Online Business is Great for Introverts

More than anything, you want to do work that makes difference and really helps people, but you’re also total introvert who gets worn out by lots of interaction with people. 

Then, my friend, an having an online business may be for you. It can be MAGIC for introverts. Hello, my name is Laura and I’m an introvert with an online business. How do I love it? Let me count the ways. 

9 Reasons Online Business is Great for Introverts

 

1 | You Have Ownership Over Your Career

This is a huge responsibility and means there’s no one else to blame for your failures, but GAH it feels so good to own what you do and be in charge of your destiny. 

 

2 | You Can (Mostly) Work at Your Own Pace

Aside from deadlines you set for yourself, working independently means that you can take as long or short as you like on tasks. If you know you need lots of time to process new ideas, you can build that into your schedule. If you want to batch tasks and spend all day intensely focused on one thing, or conversely build lot of variety into your day, you can. 

 

3 | You Can Set Your Own Daily Schedule

Early bird? Night owl? Childcare? Not a problem. In addition to the freedom and flexibility, getting to choose when you work means you can work when you feel most energized, no matter what the clock says. 

 

4 | You Can Control Your Work Environment

Fluorescent lights, neon accent walls, and uncomfortable chairs begone! If you’re working at home, you can adjust the lighting, noise, colors, everything tactile, and even the smell. When your environment greatly affects your mood, focus, and productivity, this is a huge deal. 

 

5 | You Can Scale Your Work to Accommodate Your Life

Knowing that I someday hoped to be a parent, this was one of the big things I had in mind when I started my business. When my son was born, I was able to give myself a four month maternity leave and gradually ramp back up as everyone was getting more sleep. Being able to dial up and dial back the intensity of my work based on life events has been such a blessing. 

 

6 | You Can Make Adjustments to Your Career on the Fly

If something in your career is not working, you have the power to fix is very quickly without having to go to a boss or get approval from other people. Want to shift from services to products? Do it. Want to stop blogging and start podcasting? Do it. 

 

7 | You Can Choose Who You Work With

As an employee, you cross your fingers and hope that no a-holes get hired. (No, I don’t want to take notes in this meeting, Brian). As a small business owner, you have a lot of influence over who you work with. Through your branding, offers, prices, and policies, you decide who is welcome and who is not. subliminal message I have the best clients ever I love you all.

 

8 | You Rarely Have to Leave Your House

I mean, unless you want to. But really. 

 

9 | You Get to Do Good in a Way That Feels Good

I know you want to do something that matters and will make a difference. Having an online business lets you do that without being beholden to someone else’s priorities, values, or business practices. You get to do good and feel good about it. 

 

Have you been thinking of starting an online business? Don’t let the tech trip you up. Grab my free cheat-sheet below, and go do some good.