6 Steps to Creating Your Profitable and Fun 30-Hour Work Week
Many new entrepreneurs can remember the excitement of doing the groundwork to get their new business off the ground. Work didn’t feel like work. It was easy to put in long hours joyfully with the prospects of turning their dream of being a successful entrepreneur into reality.
But after the excitement dims, business ownership can become a grind, especially if the revenue isn’t flowing like you want. And sometimes even when it is, it leaves you with even less time to do the things you love. Creative entrepreneurs start looking for the magic bullet that will help them not only have the business they want, but more importantly the life they want, too.
This search for more explains the popularity of Tim Ferriss’ book, “The Four-Hour Workweek”, smashing contemporary thinking about success and hard, time-consuming work.
But many people like to work, like myself, and aren’t striving to accomplish it all in one work hour each weekday.
When I started my second coaching business I was a busy mother of three, working part-time in my therapy practice. I told myself I would add 20 hours per week of the coaching business temporarily, maybe a year, until I could transition out of the dollar-per-hour clinical work and work part-time again in my new leveraged business. I had to maintain good boundaries to stick with my work time. I even had a coach who lamented that I wasn’t able to put more than 20 hours into my coaching business.
Three-and-a-half years later with a more difficult transition to the new business model than expected and dealing with upheaval in my therapy practice with the unexpected death of my office colleague and father, I was still working 40-plus hours per week. And it was starting to take its toll.
When having a conversation with God, my inner child and upstairs committee, I had a mutiny inside. Working full time wasn’t part of the deal, so they weren’t going to play anymore.
I heard myself tell my current coach, “I want to work no more than 30 hours per week.” I could see how working those extra 10+ hours per week was interfering with my health and me spending time with the people and doing the things I valued most.
So the committee said, “Then why don’t you”.
From that day forward I decided I would work no more than 30 hours per week with six weeks of vacation each year. Here are the steps to follow in order to take control of the hours you want to work: