A Day In The Life Of An Internet Entrepreneur 2009 Edition

By Yaro Starak
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Back in August of 2005 I wrote an article that outlined what a typical day in my life was like. I linked to the post in my about page as I see it as a subject people are very interested in – what’s it like to live each day when you make money from the Internet?

You can read the original article here – A Day in the Life of an Internet Entrepreneur (August 2005)

I wrote that article after just over half a year of blogging and it represented what my life was like at the time. Now, four years later, things have changed and it’s time to update what a typical day in my life is like in August of 2009.

My Business Is Different

At the time I wrote the original day in the life piece, my main business and income source was BetterEdit.com, a proofreading service I started and built up over several years.

One of the major roles I performed to maintain the business was controlling the email communication system, connecting each proofreading project with an editor and providing customer support. This role was literally the main “work” in my life back then, taking several hours per day on average.

I eliminated the email management role when I hired an assistant, my good friend Angela, who to this day is still in charge of the day-to-day operations of BetterEdit and is also admin manager for my current business too. If you’ve ever sent me an email, chances are you have communicated with her.

I still have to deal with email of course, but the time pressure is no longer there and I only deal with emails that are about things only I can deal with. About 80% of my email is filtered away by Angela, meaning I never see it. She either responds with the appropriate template we have set up, or answers using her knowledge of my business and her supreme customer service skills.

If you want to know more about the systems we use to handle customer service, you can read the articles here

In 2007 I sold BetterEdit, leaving me to focus just on my blogging and information publishing enterprises. I also sold off all my non-blogging related websites, narrowing my focus to the aspects of my business I really wanted to grow.

I Don’t Do The Same Things Anymore

Back in my original day in the life post I mentioned that I spent quite a but of time on marketing online, doing things like posting in forums and studying search engine optimization. I no longer actively focus on these activities in as structured a manner as I did back then, and there’s a good reason why.

Four years ago I was building the foundations of my business, primarily attempting to increase traffic to whatever were my income producing websites. I personally was learning a lot, both from actively studying resources online, and conducting experiments.

This knowledge became part of my subconscious, so I simply “know” now a lot of what I found out thanks to the activities I did years ago, and no longer need to study it or practice it to the degree I did back then. It has become part of me and it’s a big reason why I can do what I do today with so much less effort.

Similarly, my websites (and business) is in a different situation now. My blog is an authority site, while back then it was becoming an authority. I needed to repeat certain processes that were appropriate for the stage of business development I was in at the time, which I no longer need to do as regularly.

It’s important to note the difference between now and then, especially if you are looking to emulate my success. You should look to copy my successful behaviors from the time in my past closest to the current situation you are in presently, taking into account for any conditions that have changed that could impact what you do. For example social media wasn’t prevalent when I built my blog, so I didn’t use it four years ago, where today it’s a good idea to use social media to help grow a new blog.

Another major change is that I no longer have a part time job and I haven’t had one for years now. At the time I wrote the original day in the life post I could have left the job, but I wasn’t in a situation in my mind that I was ready to leave. The job was relatively easy and paid well, so it was hard to quit, but eventually I did, leaving me with complete control over my most precious asset – time.

How Do I Spend My Time Today?

Today my life structure is still based on the same fundamentals as they were four years ago, which are essentially the key principles that have motivated me since the very first day I started in business.

Everything is derived from one core concept: Freedom

Freedom to do what I want to do, when I want to do it, where I want to do it with whomever I want to do it with (assuming they want to do it too of course!).

To achieve this outcome I’ve needed to define a few things, or at least take a solid guess through the process of elimination, since it helps to know where you are going before you start the journey there. These are some of the questions I’ve asked myself and are no doubt very relevant to your journey too –

All of these things can be drilled down into very specific elements, but for most people they start off blurry. In essence, the last ten years of my life have been about further refining and moving towards my ideal combination of the variables in the above elements. First I identify what I want, then I take the steps to get closer to it.

So how has this manifested itself in my current reality, or more simply put – what exactly do I do each day? Read on to find out…

The Morning

I wake up somewhere between 9 and 11 am currently and go to bed between 12 and 2 at night. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is still absolutely vital to me in terms of being productive during the day – but it goes deeper than that – I just don’t function very well without sleep.

This is one of the reasons why I don’t like traveling so much and I try and avoid moving around too rapidly, I prefer to move and stay, then move again after some time. I do love seeing new places and new people, but the disruption to my sleeping pattern is the biggest downside for me.

That being said, in recent years I’ve become more relaxed about sleeping (don’t you love that sentence). I’m better at taking naps and am less disturbed by things around me.

My sleeping schedule has also allowed me to participate in one of the things I really enjoy – listening to live trance music at local clubs – which is something I couldn’t do previously because I’d be tired by 11pm and the good DJs don’t usually even start until midnight at best.

Anyway, back to my schedule…

After waking up I go through a hygiene routine that includes tongue scraping, teeth brushing, light stretches and drinking almost half a litre of water. We can blame Eben Pagan for some of these rituals, especially the water one. I used to drink water first up, but not more than a couple of mouthfuls. After sleeping for eight hours, drinking a good amount of water makes sense, so I’ve upped my dosage.

Breakfast happens about an hour after waking up and begins with either porridge with goji berries, raw cocoa nibs, honey and oat milk, or scrambled eggs, toast and veggies, or a blended fruit and protein smoothie.

My online day starts when I turn on the computer and do some quick scanning for fun things like tennis news, facebook, twitter and blog comments. Then I knuckle down to whatever major task I have for that day.

My major task for the day is usually something from the to-do list and could be…

I have other non-business things on my to-do list too, but I won’t bore you with things like “get a haircut” and “buy toilet paper”.

The Afternoon

Previously my afternoons may have had a shift at work back when I had a casual job or some time spent at a cafe doing some work just for the sake of getting out of the house.

Today I still go out to cafes to write, but I’m not writing as often. Instead I find myself having more face-to-face meetings, whether that’s with friends, or for example with Gideon to talk business or even just to have a hit of tennis or get something to eat.

I’ve managed to surround myself with people who “work” a similar schedule to myself (none of us work 9 to 5 or have “normal” jobs), and although this wasn’t consciously intentional, I definitely was lacking a socialization aspect in my life four years ago, which today I am pleased to say has changed somewhat for the better.

I still do similar things in the afternoon as I did four years ago, such as collect the mail from the post box, go for a skate for exercise or head to a cafe in the city to work, or even just watch a DVD at home, but I don’t put up posters around campus anymore, nor is there any form of “real world” marketing that I need to do, it’s all online today.

I eat out a lot for lunch and dinner, but I also cook my staple meals at home. I tire of eating out all the time and enjoy the simplicity of basic foods at home, but as always variety rules, so I like to mix it up and eat out as well.

The Evening

My evenings are longer now since I go to bed later and may include work similar to earlier in the day, such as interviews, leading coaching calls, writing new content or non-work activities such as eating out, catching a movie, going to a party or social event (some networking events), or staying home and watching DVDs or listening to music, or educational training or working out.

I’m actually having a lot of trouble defining my life into these three structures of morning, afternoon and evening as my days are so fluid and lack boundaries. This is true to the essence of my goals – seeking freedom – as to live in freedom means you create as dynamic a lifestyle as you like, and in order to do that, you need to remove any constraints.

Perhaps it would be more relevant if I listed out the various activities I do throughout a given week and told you at some point in time I will do these things, but it’s random, rarely planned very much in advance and is based on going with the flow above all else.

I still have commitments of course. I value my subscribers and my members and understand how much you mean to me. I don’t want to damage these relationships and I want to continue to bring more people into my world online, so I work towards that at a comfortable pace.

As a human I need to grow too, so I need new challenges, hence I’m constantly looking for the next thing and considering what needs to happen to get from where I am to where I want to go.

So How Exactly Do I Make Money From This?

The problem with the description of my typical day is that you might be scratching your head wondering how on earth I can make money given I don’t seem to do much active work.

My first response to you would be to go read my blog archives and all the free reports and content I’ve released in the last almost five years of blogging, especially take a look at my now aging, but still popular post on the 80/20 Rule.

Asking you to study everything I’ve produced isn’t really fair, you don’t have the time for that nor the energy, I understand, time is a scarce resource until you change your relationship with it and eventually make it disappear altogether (that’s another story).

For the sake of simplicity here’s the answer you need…

I make money because of this blog and my email list, or going even further behind the curtain, I make money because I give valuable information away that people benefit from.

Every day I continue to grow a loyal audience who I form relationships with based, at the core, on trust, and that allows me to then make money selling my own products, as an affiliate selling other people’s products, and taking a fee to expose sponsors to that audience by selling banners and text links on this blog.

The key terms you need to focus on are attention and relationships. Why I have so much freedom in my life is that I have spent countless hours in the past building a system of resources that all work together to capture attention and build relationships without me needing to actively participate anymore. That last line is so important I can’t even begin to describe why.

There are so many layers to things, but this article is already long enough, so what I recommend you do now if you’ve never done so before, is read my Blog Profits Blueprint. It’s still the best resource I have out there on how I make money and how you can copy what I do.

What Do You Do Once You Achieve Goals?

It’s an interesting time for me to write this article as it’s the first time in the last four years that I haven’t been striving hard towards a BIG goal.

After the launch of my most recent training program, Membership Site Mastermind back in May, I deliberately left my calendar empty of any new major projects. I even pulled out of one big commitment I had coming up to partner in a live event. I am still working on current projects, which included the reopening of Become A Blogger Premium in June, but I haven’t scheduled anything beyond that.

I decided to do this because I wanted to take the gas off the pedal slightly and just sit on cruise control for a month or three or even six to take stock of what I wanted to do next.

Having just moved into a new apartment that’s pretty much the ideal of what I want right now, and turning my previous townhouse into an investment property, I have fulfilled my immediate financial goals that I set for myself. I continue to earn in a month what most people earn in a year using a very simple business model (simplicity is another goal I was striving for), and although I once again have a home loan thanks to buying my apartment, it won’t take long to pay it down. To put it simply, money is not a stress point in my life anymore, though of course it’s still a motivating factor in terms of what I do for future projects.

Outside of business, I have traveled the world for eight months, I’ve got the traditional material possessions most people desire like a house, car – even a cleaning lady! – and I just turned 30 (a good time for reflection), so many of my previous focus points are now attained, leaving me with that wonderful thing we call choice in terms of what I do next.

The idea of “just” writing to my blog for a while appealed to me, so that’s what I did and I’ve been doing up until now, at least in terms of work. I’ve been taking it easy, moving into my new place, and just letting my own internal motivations tell me what to do next.

As I write this I’ve got a feel for what new projects I want to focus on and I’ve even started the initial steps for two of them. Writing this blog is still one of the most fulfilling things I do, and in a lot of ways it’s even better now as the pressure is off to prove certain things to myself – I’ve done them. It definitely feels like it’s time to take things to the next level, but as always I’m not entirely certain how that idea will unfold, but it should be fun to find out.

I have to admit I always find these sorts of posts a little self-indulgent since they focus so much about me, but ever since I started writing the Entrepreneurs-Journey blog I’ve noticed that often these sorts of articles that go behind the scenes are what people enjoy the most. This I suppose, is the essence of why blogging is such a fantastic medium of communication, because bloggers are so willing to share, their audience enjoys the openness and the blogger enjoys sharing. It’s a match made in heaven really.

Your Turn

In the spirit of sharing, I welcome you to write down one aspect of your life you would like to change, stating in the present tense what you would like it to be and what you are doing right now to change it. You can do this by leaving a comment to this post.

Stating an intention publicly is a great way to commit yourself to achieving a goal, which is another great reason to blog openly – it makes you accountable to your audience, which, if you fulfill on your promises, helps you to build trust. By now I hope you know how important trust is.

Over to you,

Yaro Starak
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82 Comments

  • Great article, enjoyed reading it, Yaro.

    It’s an example of the kind of lifestyle I promise for my book readers –
    and one I’m fortunate to have been leading for the past many years :-)

    All success
    Dr.Mani

  • Hey Yaro,

    Firstly,where’s Mini Yaro? I still want to see him on your blog!!!

    Anyway, a very thoughtful and meaningful post. I really enjoyed reading this post because I too am looking forward to the next few months. Though, it will be the opposite for me as I’m going to be ramping up for a big launch.

    An aspect of my life that I want to change completely is to spend more time with family and friends. Just like you, I work at all sorts of times of the day not the norm 9 to 5 (because we own a business). In that way when everyone is at work, I’m either in the pool swimming, or doing some fun hobby and it’s hard to get them to come out with me because they are at work.

    As you have mentioned core influence and the people you surround yourself with are very important and I have made a goal to interact with new people every week – e.g. interviewing successful people.

    Well, I think that’s it for me. I hope to see everyone else’s comments and look forward to the next few months. :)

  • Always good to get a perspective of another online entrepreneur. Having kids puts a lot more parameters on the schedule, but I still have a lot of freedom to plan my day as I wish.

    Tim

  • AP

    Hey Yaro,

    Good post mate, basically what your saying – to quote from ”Feild Of Dreams”- ”If you build it they will come”. You built it, and they (your readers with dollars) have come!

    Your cracking jokes about the Haircut in your post aren’t you? I thought I saw a small mammal nesting in that wig of yours the other day; hairdresser my foot!

    Just joking, you look very cool, like a West Indian – Rastafarian – Doode!

    Cheers, AP

  • Your post was true inspiration Yaro, making a living by sharing and giving out valuable information, that’s quite the state to be in. I’m not there yet, income-wise, but I’m making my way — and that’s probably the thing I want to change too. Like you mentioend, the openness and honesty are very important, and I strongly believe that those who blog and do Internet business in a trustworthy way will overcome those who don’t…

    Speaking about trust and honesty… Just yesterday I stumbled on a review-blog, which had fake-comments in it, with all the commenter name being an affiliate link to the reviewed product. Comment form was there but it gave an error when trying to leave a comment. That’s not the way to build trust, and that’s definitely the way I want to do things.

  • Hay Yaro,

    I agree with Tyrone. I would like to see more of Mini Yaro!

    I think that you have always been honest and your passions always comes out through your posts. I would like to have the freedom of doing what i want when i want to do it. I am not there yet, but knowing that putting in the hard work will pay off down the road seems to be the motivator for me.

  • Great article, Yaro! I do enjoy seeing “behind the scenes” of not only what you’re doing, but how you’re feeling about what you’re doing. It makes me realize I should probably blog more about that as well.

    I have written a few posts that go into detail on my daily routine, or how many hours I’ve spent on different activities during a week. But usually when I do, I realize I’m not spending as much time with my family as I feel like I should. This is what I’d change.

    Even when I’m only working 5-10 hours per week, the rest of my time often doesn’t go to activities that I truly value. I probably waste a lot of time on-line reading or checking mail incessantly (although I’ve gotten much better at this, thanks to Eben Pagan as well.) :)

    My wife and I just made the decision to take both our kids (6 and 4) to go live in Costa Rica for a while. We’re selling everything and heading on down in January. These kinds of moves always seem to be a great catalyst for change in our lives. Now is the time for us to seize and enjoy every moment with our little ones. I’m looking forward to a great adventure with them, wherever life takes us. Change is good! It brings growth.

    Thanks for another great post!

  • Hey Yaro,

    I found this interesting, especially the bit about seeking freedom in everything. And I think it’s true that people enjoy the personal, real blog posts a lot (or at least, I do) even though I always feel quite self-indulgent writing those posts myself.

    Here’s my intention: I am walking once a day and going to the gym twice a week. I am eating regular, healthy meals and sleeping for 7 hours or more at regular times. I know what to do. It requires willpower and consistency. Two things Blog mastermind is helping me develop…. :)

  • Sue

    Thanks for this inspiring post, Yaro! I have many things I would like to change, but becoming financially independent is my biggest need. I am a soon to be single mom and working outside the home is not something I wish to do again. I have been blogging about a year now, but I have changed my blog focus a few times, and have done a lot of tweaking. Learning from the pros, like you, is what I do everyday to reach my goal of financial independence. It’s not just my dream, it’s my necessity.
    …Now, what’s this I hear about a mini-Yaro???

  • Yaro,
    Your daily ‘Grind’ seems all too easy these days!
    I hope that turning 30 means you can really setup the next 5,10 or 15 years in such a manner that your growth and guru staus remains to grow inside the 80/20 formula.
    I enjoy reading your ‘perspective’ style posts now that my online stuff is growing due to my 80/20!
    All the best,
    Don Christie

  • Hi Yaro,

    i’m Olusegun (Segedoo) from Nigeria. I have been reading your posts for a while and i have been so enlightened.

    Great Guy you are with HIGH QUALITY content – even the very old ones because it gives me an idea of how things have evolved in the blogging and internet money making world.

    I’m a newbie to the core but i’m growing Thanks to you and the guys i now learn from due to your blog.

    Thanks – a billion.

    You know what?

    I’m addicted to EJ for life. Hope to meet you someday.

  • Hey Yaro,

    Eben is responsible for me running every morning and drinking that pesky half litre of water in the morning. However, I can’ thank that guy enough.

    Igor

  • I am a struggling internet marketer; trying to make something out of all my efforts. Sometimes, all I wanna do is quit all these struggles. Your posts inspire me to continue on my pursuit; to deal with the struggles of life and eMarketing. Thanks Yaro…

  • Thanks Yaro. great article. Very real. I’m sitting in the middle of your 2 articles in terms of life situation. Funny.

  • A wonderful post, and it really speaks to me, having just recently launched a book with my wife (well, she wrote it, but I handled all the technical stuff with it). Right now, I am ready to kick off the marketing campaign for the 10 step make-up guide.

    You post is very inspiring, you seem to be very close to where I want to be in a couple of years, so here is my intention:

    I am free to work from home and to set my own time, while living in abundance with my family.

  • This was really interesting to read. It’s always great to hear about the daily activities of people who have really become successful in their field. It’s not everyday that you get to compare someones mindset from when they were developing their blog and business to after they make it all work.

  • Very inspirational Yaro, great stuff. I remember reading your blog several years ago and you certainly have come a long way. Currently I’m in the process of laying my foundations for my business. Hopefully in 2 years we can interview each other as the 7 figure bloggers.

  • Thanks Yaro, it’s great to get an insight into your day. I have to admit, I’m itching to know what those two new projects are that you’re starting to work on! :)

    Something I’d like to change is my tendency to worry unnecessarily. Here is my intention: I trust in my intuition completely, it leads me forward through the exact steps needed to achieve my goals. When negative emotions creep in I quickly get them in check which then allows my intuition to be heard.

    I’m already looking forward to your 2013 ‘day in the life of…..’ post. :)

  • Is good to see all these changes. The best part of this post is not so much what is written, but what it’s not. In terms of seeing to points in time and seeing the evolution, this post leaves us with a great deal to learn.

    Thanks,

  • Great article. I think whats cool about the most recent string of articles is you have now defined your blog and lifestyle as an end goal for your readers to aspire to and you keep leading people, via the archives, BMM, MSM and BAB to the steps you took to get there.

    How cool would it be if every single successful Internet marketer now had actually chronicled their entrepreneur journey?

    My goal for the next couple of months is pretty much to settle into a comfortable work/leisure pace in Brisbane, make my new project my biggest success yet and keep working on building enough passive or semi-passive income that in a couple of months I can travel back to Kenya for a couple of months and live better than I did when I was there a short while back.

    Definitely, one of the more ambiguous goals set out, but I guess still wrapping the head around it.

    • As always very , very inspirational. You know what? For most of my life I used to think in idealistic terms. Not anymore. I prefer self- made freedom in the wolrd to the nice and comfy thoughts in my head.

      There are very few individuals who can truly demonstrate such a high-level of freedom.

      Keep it up! You are a true inspiration for the rest who want to follow the same steps.

  • Great article Yaro. I think articles like this are motivational more than some of what you see elsewhere, simply because it is sharing real life experiences.

    Regards
    David

  • Dr. Sudeep Shroff

    Hi Yaro,

    I am commenting for the first time in your blog, although I have been following your posts for a long. You may recognize me as a new person in your Facebook’s friends list.

    About the post; the content here has surely made me see the inside story of your life which most of the budding bloggers aspire to achieve. What I have always liked about your stuff is the genuineness and concern about your readers. Even though you may find that this post contained more of “me… me”, let me tell you that as a reader, I have found lots of insight, direction and motivation.

    Keep posting and adding value.

  • You have handled the transition from entrepreneur to strategist with ease. It is not always the case and most entrepreneurs get stuck in details and hands on micro management which saps their energy and the business flounders.

  • I love when you take to looking back on how you started, what you did and how you got from there to where you are today.. Mostly ‘cos you’ll admit to difficulties, rather than try pretend that everything was perfect.. gives the rest of us hope :)

  • Tom

    C’mon Yaro, what about time for a girlfriend, man!

  • I’m actually glad you wrote this article because I read your previous “day in the life..”, and it didn’t seem to correlate with the way you seem to have so much freedom with your modern articles. I like these posts as they diverge a bit off the main topic of the site but shows how much of an ‘authority’ you are since your able to do just that.

  • Sounds like you’re living the dream Yaro… I’m still getting there :)

  • Hi Yaro,

    Great post. I, too, am on a journey to work how I want, where I want, when I want in order to be comfortable doing what I want, when I want, where I want!

    I am a student of Alex Jeffreys and what you wrote about in this post resonates EXACTLY with what Alex teaches. And, considering how successful both of you are, it obviously works :)

    I am new to your blog but have subscribed to your feed and am looking forward to your next post. Thanks!

    Paul Norwine

  • So great to see someone living their ideal life.

    I have managed to combine the dreams I have in my personal life with the dream I have of owing my own business. The link between the two is my blog about living a kick arse life and achieving dreams. Central to it is a Daisy List I’ve created. It’s a list of goals and dreams I will achieve before I’m “pushing up daisies”.

    My goal (in present tense): I am financially free, living my dreams and helping others to do the same. I also have a kick arse group of people working with me to build the business. Oh yeah, and I spend 6 months of the year in Banff, Canada and the other 6 at the Sunshine Coast in Aus. :)

    Thanks Yaro. Inspiring stuff!

  • Yaro, it’s funny how you’re so successful with “breaking all the blogging rules” with long, intermittent posts, when the received opinion for blogging is short, daily posts.

  • It was great to see how open you about revealing the nitty gritty of your life Yaro… though maybe I didn’t need to know about the tongue scraping ;-)

    The change for me is to get back to sailing. After years and years of doing ocean races on little yachts (36 foot) in races like the Sydney to Hobart, I haven’t been on any sort of boat for 18 months. Considering, my mind is most at peace when I am on the water this is a crazy situation and it’s time to change it.

    There’s only so long you can play boats in the bath tub.

    cheers,

  • Any plans for kids, Yaro? And how do you think that’d affect your life?

  • Yaro,
    Thanks for your information and inspiration!

    My Goal: I help thousands of people save energy and money, I’m debt free, and I spend a lot of time with my wife and kids.

  • Thank you for the honest down to earth article, its basically the dream of so many but only a handful can attain. I am a new student of yours in the BM course but lately i have gone off track just after a few lessons.Reading this article of yours woke me up and i promise you to get back on track because this article has remained me of the goals of why i enrolled in your online course. I like your style, its all from the the heart and there’s not a lot of people like you left online. Keep on the good work Yaros.
    Cheers

  • Thanks for sharing this post Yaro! It was truly a inspirational post which motivated me a lot.

  • JC

    Yaro, great article. I will also turn 30 soon. I am also hoping to make a dramatic change in my life … more time with family and things that I care about.

    Anyway, congratulate that you have reached your desired lifestyle.

  • hey Yaro, love the mini Yaro. I’m going to see where I can find a mini Sean now.

    As for the daily life, mine is kinda similar to yours, although there are a couple of things I need to work on. My sleeping habits suck. Too often I’ll be ready to go to bed then BAM, I get hit with an idea and my brain hits top gear and I can’t sleep until 3-4am, which kinda throws off my body clock.

    I also find it too easy to get stuck working on the computer when I could be out doing other things that are fun. But hey, none of us are perfect :)

    Cheers,
    Sean

  • Great post Yaro. You are definitely an inspiration – I look forward to joining you at the top shortly :-)

    Thanks so much for sharing,

    Cheers,

    Niro

  • Yaro, when you settle down with a bunch of kids you can kiss your sleep routine good bye!!!

  • Hey Yaro

    Excellent article and a source of great inspiration.

    The job of a solopreneur, can often get you down, hanging around like minded people like yourself is often needed.

    My free weekly web tv show has so been a drain of late, and your article has just lifted my spirits.

    Kind Regards
    Mark

  • Truly interesting post Yaro

  • I agree with what some of these guys said. BRING BACK MINI YARO, lol. Just kidding.

    This was truly an inspiring post Yaro. Thank you so much for that. It helps me to regain my focus.

    I’m just going to say it. My goal is to quit my job. Yes, I do enjoy what I do at work, but I enjoy Freedom much more. There, I said it.

    Thanks to everything I’ve learned from you, I’ve been able to really grow my business. Now it’s time to take it to the next level. I want to be able to say that I make per month what I currently make per year and I will be able to say that.

    Thanks for what you do here. Keep bringing the inspirational content because it’s a breath of fresh air.

  • Time for introspection, and exploring new horizons….your journey is about to begin anew, with focus on the really “important” stuff from now on in, perhaps?

    Wherever your journey leads you Yaro, I do foresee that you are destined to make an indelible impression, and I look forward to seeing your story unfold.

  • I really enjoyed reading this article and checking those links in the article. Thanks for taking the time to write this article.

  • What I would like to change is, to be more outgoing, and to be more open socially outside of being at home working on my business. I’ve begun to try to do that, but I need to do it more often to get more experience too =D

    Till then,

    Jean

  • Good story Yaro,

    Maybe, This article becomes the most a true inspiring story. It’s good to read your advice about blogging, but it’s great to read your blogging story to boost our mind in a our dream fulfiling.

    Once again thanks,
    Daniel Prihanto

  • Hey Yaro – I love the short bullet point list about the way you get from your creativity and what you’re good at, to actually giving that value to others and making money as a result. It’s soo simple if we don’t make it more compicated!

    thanks!

    Thomas

  • I want to spend more time writing. I used to get a lot of satisfaction from writing short stories, poems, and instructional information. It just seems that time has been in short supply and I don’t write as much. So I keeping with what you asked in your blog post I am going to start writing more. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation.

  • Yaro, I am also looking at next few months. One aspect I want to change is spend more time with my family.

    I work 9 to 5 and then on my online business at nights and weekends.

    I want to make changes in my planning for the next few months. This time with kids is as good as it can get :)

  • Great to know you have achieved a good part of your dream Yaro. Best of Luck!

  • Hi Yaro,

    Once again, another thought provoking post. This one has really hit home for me as it has never been about having money freedom, but more time freedom for me. Money can be created from an idea and can always be generated, but the time we have in our lives is always counting down and we can never get it back.

    In reality, the reason most people never succeed beside not taking action is really because they spend their most amazing asset which is time on activities that don’t really produce income producing results. One of the reasons I have enjoyed your older post on the 80/20 Rule.

    I thank you for continuing to do what you do as I have found your words to be very honest and appealing. I look forward to reading what you day will be like four years from now!

    Joshua Houghton

  • My favorite posts are always the personal ones. They’re entertaining to read, and it helps other entrepreneurs and online marketers realize their goals. While you can reach for big monetary goals like a house, cars, and full-time staff, it’s really more a matter of freedom- financially, mentally, and career-wise that everyone is looking for.

  • How do you do it?

    How do you get so many people to read and re-read your articles?

    I often skim articles looking for the “best bits”. Not this one. I read it all the way through, 3 times!

    It’s articles like this that makes thousands of bloggers continue rather than give up.

    Three years ago, I started my on-line business while working full-time for a large company. I worked evenings and weekends on my on-line business. I worked long, long hours for the company and long, long hours for my ‘bit on the side’.

    Four months ago, I gave up the corporate world and now work long, long hours solely on my own on-line business and I love every minute. Even though I work long, long hours, I can choose when I want to work. That’s the freedom I’m enjoying at the mo.

    Next stage is of course, reduce the working week and enjoy even more freedom.

    Thanks Yaro. I’m going to print this article and put it where I can see it every time I work!

    Andrew

  • Thanks for the insight into parts of your life Yaro, your generosity is always astounding.
    What would I like to change about my life……hhmmm
    I would like to find the avenue to share my lifes learnings
    and to actualize my dream of being free.
    I am working hard on these, forming a new life for myself with my blog and my business…. and many inner wanderings.

  • Cool post again I identified with it because I remember when I first started reading your blog over a year ago – when i was still 29 – I was up to my neck in building my business, I remember you put me onto rich schefren and is it perry the adwords guy? Man I used to work so hard. Last month or two I’m just getting used to no longer having a million things to do to run my business – I’ve got more time for my love of club beats also – but it’s almost as if now I’m getting comfortable, I’m getting ready for the next challenge.

    Really gives me the chance to recognise how awesome it is when you build the structures and the systems that can support other people carrying out the operations.

    There’s no longer that doomed feeling that if I don’t fix something no one else will and that I’m better off paying someone else to fix a problem than letting it bother me.

    1 thing though – I still paste up my posters myself – it’s good exercise and good to get out from the desk and in the street!

  • Thanks Yaro, great stuff as always.
    Freedom. One thing I really, really love. Those questions you’ve got there are quite useful, especially the first one. Asking what you are good at will determine what’s your future gonna look like. Finding your “calling” will not only produce superb results, but will also assure you that your next work will be as great as your last job.

  • Thank you for the wonderful post. You are well organized business, each engaged in their work…

  • I, myself, am not trying to get rich. I’m mainly looking for a replacement job on the internet. Before I took up my present full time job I spent much time link building and studying ways to make money on the internet. Now I spent much of my off time link researching SEO and link building.

  • Yaro, you are a true inspiration. It is always good living by sharing and giving. With so much competition these days those who share honest and true opinions and reviews will survive.

    I see so many fake blogs these days with junk posts and comments geared to making affiliate commissions. I hardly check a review on internet now as there are thousands of affiliates trying to tell me it is good, buy through my link.

    Give me a break.

  • I agree with Ravi, your lifestyle is truly an inspiration for the rest of us to follow. But there was one factor that gave you the edge. Time Factor. You entered at the right iem, met the right people, etc.

  • Yaro you are truly living the life that most of online entrepreneurs aspire to attain. We can only hope to pick up some good advice from you and work towards the kind of freedom you enjoy. Obviously we won’t all be as successful as you, but we can still make a decent income online if we keep at it.

  • I work at all sorts of times of the day not the norm 9 to 6. In that way when everyone is at work, I’m either in the pool swimming, or doing some fun hobby and it’s hard to get them to come out with me because they are at work.I would like to find the avenue to share my life learning and to actualize my dream of being free.

  • Sounds like a great and inspirational post!

  • Good to see a fellow BrisVegas doing well. It is great to see someone actually make it on the online world. I been following your blog for a while and found it inspiration for someone who is not just all BS but truely doing it. Good on ya.

    In response to your posts I did a write up of what my typical day is like. You can check my post here A Day In The Life Of An Upcoming Internet Entrepreneur with a Day Job

  • Funny enough, I wrote recently on these same core values of freedom.

    I too as a result of acheiving that level, flow through life without a ridgid schedule (unless say going to a conference which imposes one). Often everyday feels like it’s Saturday! and I never wear a watch or use an alarm clock. I sleep when tired, work and play hard as long as inspired, which technically called ‘free running’ puts me all over the map, at times being a vampire working at night when most are asleep, early riser making the surnrise ‘lunch’. late riser etc. It’s given me a new perspective on life to not be constrained to a normal one.

    But it wasn’t easy to get here, there were some very diffiicult choices along the way, some of those strategies are captured in this inspirational post:
    http://www.troynotes.com/5-guiding-stars-to-better-quality-of-life.html

  • I definitely would want to change my financial situation.

  • …I think i just stumbled upon inspiration. Am following you Yaro. You sure got a brand new fan in me

  • May 2010 continue to bring you success Yaro, you are an inspiration to so many

  • I find it interesting how one’s schedule evolves. Sounds like you have a grip on yours. Me: discipline is lacking, but I’m getting a better handle on it. I just wish there were more cafes and such near me.

  • Great blog Yaro! Just found it today, and it’s very inspirational to new bloggers like myself! looking forward to reading a lot more!

  • Hi Yaro,
    I would really like to have the freedom that you enjoy. I am diligently trying to learn and sure appreciate all of the information you provide. The economy has wiped out my construction business, so I am trying to prove the old adage, ‘You can’t teach an old dog, new tricks,” wrong. Thank you for all of the information and inspiration.

  • Freedom. Doesn’t that word taste good!

    It’s been 2 (almost 3 years – maybe more) since I had a “real” job. I can’t imagine going back to the 9-5 grind. I’m in college right now so my life is unrealistic, momentarily. I seriously love helping others build their dreams, but I’m working on mine right now.

    My top 3 future intentions:
    1) Build a VC Fund
    2) Start a Charity
    3) Live Free

  • wow..what a lifestyle you got there Yaro..
    I totally agree about the 8 hour sleep a day is vital. I really hope I can have 8 hour sleep a day..

  • I’m going completely off topic (kinda) here – that’s awesome you listen to Trance. I’ve been a huge Electronic Music junkie since the early 90s, it’s the best.

    I mostly listen to Psytrance (you’d probably like this – GOA influences).

    Your daily life sounds quite enjoyable, I love those days where you can get out and write, dedicate the whole day to just doing a few things which benefit you the most.

  • Hi Yaro,

    Great post. I am one of your Become A Blogger students and working on building my blog. I intend to enter the life of an entrepreneur in 2011. I am clarifying my Niche, building good content for my blog, networking and marketing my business and gaining coaching clients and loving every second of working with them. I also love freedom and am pursuing the things that I enjoy and would do for free. Thanks for all yours and Gideon’s expert advice. Lana

  • Liz

    Hey Yaro, you’re such an inspiration.

    This is up there with one of my favorite posts. It gives us great insight as to what it really takes to be successful and it’s a journey and we’ve all enjoyed reading about it ;-)

  • Hey Yaro,

    I’m always intrigued by “A Day in the life of” posts. I have to admit that I’m jealous of the freedom. I’m working hard to hopefully have the same one day!

    Have a great day,
    Emily

  • Good read Yaro! Being a housewife and a blogger I must admit I do as I please throughout the day. I’ve been meaning to stick to some schedule at least like waking up at around the same time and having a productive day.

    Which brings me to the next topic: What I would like to be?
    I am taking my blog to the next level so I can start earning from it and help out my household.

    I’ve been so hesitant because I don’t know if my traffic is enough to attract advertisers and I have no web design experience at all! Your newsletters are inspiring and helpful. Thank you!

  • yaro you are big motivator

    Thanks
    Misbah Mumtaz

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