I don’t have the time… This is the WORST excuse for not starting. Seriously! Whenever I hear this it drives me crazy. Mark Zuckerberg has the time. Oprah has the time. Beyonce has the time. Whoever in your life that you look up to and admire, they have the time. What makes you so different?

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We only use this excuse because we know we can get away with it. It’s more comfortable copping out, using time as an excuse, than realizing that you’re lying to yourself.

“How do you find the time to build a business while working your day job?”

“DO YOU SLEEP?! How do you find the time?”

“How can I better manage my time to get everything done that needs to be done in my daily life and work life?”

Frame it any way that you want…  I’ve received this question more often than any other and let me tell you, you will never find the time, you have to make the time.

And, allow me to clarify. You can’t make time. Time is a finite resource. It is going to pass no matter what, we can’t pause it. It’s all about managing your actions with the time you have. Let that sink in.

If you’ve been saying that you don’t have the time to start or grow your business, I can almost guarantee that it’s not because you don’t have the time. It’s because you aren’t effectively using the time you do have. Are you driving full speed in the wrong direction because your GPS isn’t set for success? Here are five tips to get you back on track:

1. You don’t need as much time as you think. Starting a business while working a 9 to 5 and managing my personal life, I didn’t have a ton of disposable time. I’ve been able to build a five figure a month business on less than 15 hours a week. It’s about knowing what you should focus on, and knowing what you don’t need to focus on. This is why I’ve always invested in a high level coach or enrolled in the right course to help me understand where I needed to focus my efforts. The internet has so much noise right now. When you’re starting your business, you feel like you have to be everyone – Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, you name it. The truth is, YOU DON’T! What you need is to find a profitable idea and start making money. Learn to hustle smarter.

2. If you can’t manage your time with a side hustle, you’ll never be able to manage your time as a full time entrepreneur. In most cases, I don’t think you should ditch your day job before your side hustle gets off the ground.  Here’s why. Many LOVE the idea of being a full time entrepreneur, owning your time, having freedom, being the BOSS but so many people don’t know how to be the boss. They don’t know how to create a productive schedule that delivers consistent results. If you can’t effectively manage the few hours you have available to you know, what would you do with an additional 40-50 hours a week once you quit your job? Get great at leveraging the time you have now before you need more of it.

3. Wake up earlier. Stop hitting snooze 4 times before finally rolling out of bed. Get up an extra 60 minutes early every morning to knock out things for your business. That’s an extra 7 hours, almost a work day. You’d be surprised how much you can get accomplished first thing in the morning when you’re more alert and less likely to get distracted. And before you start saying, “Jay, I’m not a morning person”, stay up later and apply the same strategy.

4. Don’t try to do everything yourself. I know you’re an ambitious over-achiever who is brilliant and fully capable of doing tasks in your business. Just because you’re capable doesn’t mean you should be spending your time doing it. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. It’s important to operate within your zone of genius and outsource or automate everything else. Grow your team. Hire an intern, get a freelancer, invest in others who can take things off of your plate instead of adding to it.

5. Automate! Automate your processes. Automate your systems. Automate your social media posting. Automate your email sequences. Automate as much as possible. By making your business it leaves you with more time to do the things that actually generate income.


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