You might (or might not) have been following my journey as a Solopreneur, and although I had great ambitions for this side project I failed again on my promise to deliver regular content. I feel bad about that, but 2018 is still long so let’s see what I’ve achieved so far and what might follow in the second half.
As I started to work 100% on my own projects in April 2017, 2018 is the first year I’ll work only for myself without a traditional job. It has become the new normal to follow my own schedule and right now I couldn’t imagine going back to a regular 9-5 job for anything in the world.
With that said, I am solely responsible for making progress within my business and life which is by no means easy.
I started a stronger diet after Christmas and was able to maintain this until February when issues with my back caused a month pause without any training. It’s so easy to fall back into your old habits if something goes wrong, but I recovered from that and came back stronger.
This year I started regular running plus the usual workout so I’m doing sport on at least 5-6 days a week. With the right dieting I lost 5kg and plan to loose 5 more until the end of the year.
As I made progress with my endurance and strength I was also ready for a new challenge: The Tough Mudder!
In June I finished my first TM which is an 18km obstacle run.
I’m super proud of this achievement and can recommend a challenging personal fitness goal to everyone. If you’re fuelling your body with crap or never train it don’t expect to bring the best performance in your business.
Productivity is not only a matter of planning, hacks, apps and magic tips – training your body and mind on a regular basis is the best thing you can do for yourself in order to do your best possible work.
After we got married last year my wife also became pregnant at the end of 2017. Everything is going great so far and we just need to wait 3 more months before we will live as a little family!
Because I’m working from home and we now need an additional room we had to move to a new flat in early 2018. I’ve moved so many times since being a student so it’s not really new to me, but a move always consumes a lot of your time and power.
I thought about working from a co-working space but I don’t really enjoy the thought of spending money on something I already have at home. Plus I couldn’t really perform activities like recording my Youtube videos in there.
Finally, we are in a special situation as my wife can’t work since months so we are both at home all day every day.
For some this might sound horrific but we are having the time of our life. In a list my wife is coming always at the first place, business will have the second place at any time. That makes some decisions pretty easy.
As she is concerned about me reaching my goals as well, she never stands between me and my business. We allow each other enough space, and she is my motivation to work harder and faster in the morning so I can enjoy relaxed time with her later in the day.
On the business side of things I’ve been following my self dictated schedule for most of the year so far. In numbers this means:
- 26 Posts for my main Blog Devdactic and Membership Site
- 23 Technical Youtube Videos for those articles
- 6 Video Courses for my Membership Site
- 28 Vlog Episodes
- 1/2 of a new Flagship Video Course (not yet released)
This content ist a key aspect of my marketing strategy and I’ll continue to produce new content on the same level in the next 6 month.
The daily Vlog for one month was an experiment that I highly enjoyed, but I couldn’t spend that much time on a daily video afterwards just because it’s not really tight to my main sources of income.
Which brings us to the point – can you map direct value to those actions and pieces of your work?
The simple answer would be no.
But presenting myself as an expert on a specific topic started my journey and is the key aspect of this part of my business. It forms a connection to my audience and I refresh this connection on a weekly basis.
However, the Vlog wasn’t tied that strictly to the core part. I wanted to show people what’s happening behind the scenes, behind the coding videos and tutorials they see.
I want to establish a closer, more personal relationship with my audience.
That’s also a reason I focused more on Instagram to show other elements of my life. That’s the reason I currently record all my coding videos with a little video of myself typing.
And that’s the reason I’m going to appear more regular inside Youtube videos again, perhaps with a weekly blog like Being Freelance.
Although my main source of income is my membership site which is covering by now close to all expenses, I’m still doing consulting work. In general I don’t like the idea to trade hours for dollars, but with a baby on the way I’m happy to add some k to our savings.
Also, those projects reconnect me with traditional businesses. And while I enjoy some parts of that, I’m most of the time happy that I’m working differently and on so many more tasks and topics then I could ever to in a traditional job.
After one of my latest projects I have to admit that I’d like to walk away from this source of income rather sooner than later.
I can do the work, and the payment is great. But I feel like I’m doing work others could do even better, and it’s not really matching my strengths.
Plus it’s not scalable and I want to focus on building more passive income assets over time.
The rest of 2018
It’s amazing to see what you can achieve in half a year. And it’s a good idea to reflect what you’ve been doing so far this year.
On the personal side of things, my next goal is to run a half marathon in a few months. Not sure what comes after it but I like to have goals like this so I have a good reason to be strict with my diet.
While I can’t foresee the future and how my working routines will change once it’s the three of us, I know that I’ll focus even more on growing my membership site. If I can add 50-100 more paying members with a constant growth my monthly income would be safe.
I’d also love to invest more time in making videos about business topics I’ve learned about in the last years to help people make progress on their own side hustle that could become their own lifestyle business one day.
Also, I’m bouncing around the idea of providing coaching for people just like you that are looking to grow their own business. If you are stuck or looking for advise on how to start your lifestyle business, leave a comment below or send me an email!
Finally, I’m ready and willing to start something completely new and I currently tend to move somehow into the area of eCommerce with physical products. This is one of the last areas I haven’t really touched by now, and I definitely want to add this to my list one day.
Are you happy with your progress so far?
Let me know below how your first half went or what your major success was in the first 6 months of 2018!