How Many Hours Do You Work?

Feb 28 2010

How many hours do you work?  I find that everyone wants what I have but when they realize how many hours it takes to actually accomplish they seem to give up hope or try and find an easier way.  I’ll save everyone the time, there isn’t an easier way.

I have had the luxury of never working for anyone other than family my whole life except for a few jobs in High School and College.  The running joke is “when you work for yourself you get to set your own hours and if you want,  you can work only 30 hours”   I completely agree with that statement but I always answer “True..but I still work the next 4 days in the week as well” With this self employment you soon learn that if you want more money you’re going to have to go get it.

As a business owner I am always working and always playing.  The difference is..I determine when.  Other than vacation time I can’t ever remember a week I didn’t work 50 hours.  For 3 or 4 months a year I’ll put in 100 hours which translates to always working.  Although the hours get rough I really like working.  I admit,  I’m incapable of doing this without the support of my wife (who also works full time) but the beauty of my hard work is it goes right into my pocket (and the US government’s)

I’ve found that my working patterns are also the patterns of many entrepreneurs.  Hours that include every day of the week and morning and evening hours.  I have yet to meet a successful person that half asses it through the day.  If you HAVE or WANT to leave work at the same time every day, you have little no chance of making big wealth. It’s not saying it can’t be done but usually those hours are available AFTER the wealth has been accumulated.

So my question is this.  How many hours of work do you put in each day?  Have you set up your life so others make your money for you or do you still make it for someone else?  I’d love to hear some stories of where you were, where you are, and where you want to be.

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7 comments

  1. Anunt

    If you really like what you are doing…it’s not really working…it’s more of a hobby…and you get paid for it.

  2. Johan

    Well, I work full time (40 hrs) in the Telecom biz then about 1-2 hours a day on my domaining projects. I would’nt say that the domaining hours count since it’s like a hobby for me.

  3. Jim Holleran

    It’s all about being productive and not being busy. I work 4 hours a day, no more because I have twin 2 year old daughters I hang out with. I make enough money to do this trading time for money is not worth it for me in this stage of my life.

    Bottom line is this, you need balance in your life, if you trade time for money than find something else to do which I tell many of my friends. That is why I like the internet, you can make passive income.

    Thanks, Jim

  4. Joe

    An average of 8 hrs per day: I study and work. Domaining is a passion and a hobby: liking it so much, I don’t count the time spent in it.

  5. Mike

    I like to say i’d rather work 16 hours a day for myself than 6 hours a day for someone else. anyway when you work 9-5 for someone else, is that really just 8 hours of your day? not if you count, time to get ready for work, time to drive to work, your lunch break which is hardly free time, then your drive home from work. not to mention it is hard not to take your job home with you. so i see that a regular 9-5 job is really like 7:30 – 6. that is how i express the amount of hours in real time. now, if you want to make the company happy of course there is always overtime! 😉

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