But I Don’t Have Time!


April 15, 2011


“I don’t make enough money online because I don’t have time.”

Sounds familiar?

When asked for their biggest challenge in Internet Marketing, my subscribers listed this as the number one challenge.

How about you?

Do you have time-constraints that are stopping you from making money online?

Actually, me too…

I also don’t have time to spare.

As a (very tired) mom of 6 kids, who is currently expecting another child, I’m also quite low on time.

Yet I have managed to find the time to make money online from my own affiliate sites (and free web 2.0 properties).

I also own an online course that I promote and for which I provide support (In fact, I just spent a lot of time updating my course so that the information is completely up to date).

And I’m now putting the finishing touches on a new program that will take people by the hand, coach them, and “force” them to succeed (I put a lot into this and am very proud of how it’s turning out).

I’m not telling you all this to brag. I just want it to be clear that I know what I’m talking about and am pretty qualified to give you advice on how to make money even if you have little time.

So – what’s the trick?

Well, the idea is to use whatever time you do have wisely and accomplish with a little bit of your time what others take longer to do.

Tip #1: Create a Plan for Success

If your goal is to make money as fast and as much as possible, ask yourself this question:

What is my surest, easiest, and fastest path to cash?

If you are like me, you can’t afford to spend time on things that don’t work, or that only work sometimes, or that would take too long to learn or implement.

You have to focus on a plan that works.

Don’t waste your time on things that just sound like they may work.  You need to be convinced that your plan is most likely to get you there.

And as I’ve said in the past, there are different options you can take.

Pick one, and base your plan around it.

Now, let’s say you decide that creating affiliate niche sites would be a good choice for you.  These are sites that are focused on a tight niche and rank well on Google.

So what you need to do is learn the minimum steps required to make money with niche sites and just go for it.  You can always get more information on how to improve and do better later.

So if you’re going for affiliate niche sites, you need to focus on:

  • Learning how to pick products and keywords that sell
  • Learning how to create sites that sell
  • Creating sites based on those products and keywords
  • and getting traffic to those sites

That is it.

You don’t need to watch videos on copywriting.

You don’t need to learn how to create pretty graphics.

You don’t need to read dozens of emails on the latest guru launch.

Stay away from these things.

You just need to follow the plan you mapped out.

Too many times I see people who do not have a clear path in mind.  They focus on the wrong things in their efforts, and are too scattered to succeed.  Don’t be like them.

If you keep your goal in mind and a general path to get to that goal, you are much more likely to succeed even with very little time.

Tip #2: A Daily List

Now that you have a goal, and a way to reach your goal, you need to take it day by day.

Every day (or the night before) make a list of the most important things you need to do that day to reach your goal.

And when it’s time to work on your business start tackling your list.

Make your list very specific.  And in order of priority.

For example:

  • Find 3 high-volume, low-competition keywords
  • Write an article for each of my keywords
  • Set up my blog

Then focus on the items on your list and cross them off one by one.

Do the most important task first, then the next, and then the next.

Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by anything else.

If you do this, you will get to your goal much faster than if you don’t.

Tip #3: Divide and Conquer

You don’t have to work full time on your business to succeed.

What you need to do is figure out how much time you have and what you can do with that time.

Even if you just have 1/2 hour to work at a time, cut your tasks up into small pieces and see what you can do in that 1/2 hour.

For example:

  • Research products on Amazon
  • Find a good keyword to target
  • Write an article (or perhaps just a draft)
  • Buy a domain and set up a blog

Then, every time you have a 1/2 hour, just pick one of the items on your list and do it.

You will see that these chunks of time add up and soon enough you will have income coming in.

Tip #4: Get Things Done

It’s very important to get things done, even if they are not done perfectly.

It’s ok if your site doesn’t look good.  In fact, many of my ugly sites do very well.

It’s ok if your content is not perfect – you can always change it later.

It’s ok if one method of backlinking is not working well for you – you can always use others.

But it’s not ok to get stuck.

Just get things done and move on.

It’s those who get things done – even if not perfectly – who succeed in the end.

Getting things done is what counts.  Remember that.

These things make a difference

One thing I always keep in mind when I design my training programs is this time issue.

That’s why I make sure they include a very focused plan, with clearly designed small steps that will ensure that you are sticking to the right path.

And best of all – feedback from me or my assistants to make sure that the work done will indeed bring results.

Another thing that really helps is that I allow my students access to my outsourcers so they don’t have to do certain time-consuming (and boring) tasks (if they are necessary).

Because making the most of your time is extremely important!

So – what do you think?

How do you handle this challenge of not having enough time?

Are you allowing it to stop you? Or do you have your own way of handling this problem?

Have any tips to share?

Please let me know by leaving a comment.

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51 thoughts on “But I Don’t Have Time!”

    • Audrey – you need to know how to get people to come to your site. If you have a site out there and nobody sees it, then it doesn’t do you any good… One way to get people to come to your site is to get it to rank high on Google search results for particular search terms.

  1. Yes Sara, that is the way. The trouble is how to get to rank high on a Google search page, especially now with their changed methods/algorithm.

    After 12 months of trying IM via Affiliate products with not one sale, I gave up in November 2010 to take a break and haven’t decided whether to regroup or not. I think that my problem has been ‘grasshoppering’ from pillar to post, so your comments above make a lot of sense. I just don’t have the right mindset to go through your revised course just yet, but hope to get there soon.

  2. Those are some great tips, makes me feel like a lazy underachiever 😉

    One thing to try if you are too easily distracted is the Pomodoro technique (google it). A lot of people (including some very successful internet marketers) swear by it.
    It’s free.

    • Alex – thanks for the tip on the Pomodoro technique. I didn’t know it was called by that name, but I use it sometimes to accomplish tasks I don’t enjoy doing.

  3. Well, Sara.

    You you’re right! Some of the things I particularly noticed in the post was the need to focus on just one plan, and to cut the daily tasks into small bits. This is really sound advice.

    The reason most people fail is simply hopping from one shiny project to another. You don’t get good at stuff without practicing. And that means doing it more than once.

    The first time you do something you are likely to fail. It’s important to keep going so that you can learn from the mistakes you made the first time around. Otherwise your efforts are just wasted.

  4. Great post and useful info as always.

    I like to use “empty time” to get those jobs I really don’t like to do – done. for example I have my laptop by my side when I’m watching tv and do some blog commenting for backlinks during the commercial breaks. Amazing how much you can get done if you choose to use all those 5 minute time wasters constructively.

  5. Thanks for your good advice Sara. In my rush to cut down
    on emails so I can read others (not connected to IM work)in spare time, I inadvertently changed my original email and have given you new one, which please ignore and use same on in this reply as before.

    The only tip I can share is to pass this on:

    If you are not doing something that contributes to making money then time is wasted – or so I try to remind myself!

    But there are always updates, etc; techie support questions eg. print in my email was miniscule so had to get into yahoo customer support to sort it out. Another 30 minutes spent!
    Some things are just so unavoidable!
    Look forward to hear more about your coaching!
    warmest regards and congratulations for expecting!


  6. Thank you Sara, very helpful advice! I have a hard time focusing on what I need to do. I don’t have 6 kids but I do have an autistic young adult son who comes in & out when I’m trying to work so, I have to keep refocusing him & then I have to refocus. It helps though seeing how to set a plan & goals.

  7. Sara,
    quite simply you are a good girl.You cut through all the fuzz and haze…and you have 6 chillen!
    Thanks for something in short supply on the internet…sincerity and focus that you willingly share.
    Keep having a good thyme,
    sincerely Wilson

  8. Hi Sara

    Your idea about an hand holding coaching program sounds great. You will faced with two challenges: one, how much one will have to pay to receive this service, and how are you going to follow up each person’s progress. I’m looking forward to see what you come-up with. I also experienced many other programs that promised to help you make money on line. However, many of this “coaches” assume that people are aware of all the nitty gritty and leave you high and dry with lots of theory. That’s what I like about your course, you don’t take anything for granted, and you explain even the smallest step. All I have to do is follow the instructions. I’m speaking like a big “expert”, I haven’t made a penny on line and I hope this will be my last stop.

  9. Hi sara
    Yes I am easily distracted, gut generally I work according to a broad plan or I have done for the past month or two when my life settled down.

    My main problem though is lack of computer knowledge and experience.

    I follow instructions, make mistakes, have to find out where I make mistakes and correct them, not knowing how long it is going to take.

    There are some things that I learn through repetition that I get right all the time now, but I still have some way to go
    I plan in this way to get through the rest of your course by the end of the month, speeding up as I go.

    I have enough time, but I have found it difficult to get through your course as often I lack the very basic knowledge to proceed.

    The coaching course sounds like a dream come true once I have reached that level.

    Will it replace steroids which I have aimed for next?


  10. Hi Sara,

    Procrastination and time management are the two main things that are holding me back.

    Sometimes when I get home from a full day at my JOB I am just too tired to even turn the laptop on. But looking at what you are achieving as a full time Mum you are putting me to shame.

    I am a lot better now at avoiding new shiny things, but they still get the better of me from time to time.

    Your forthcoming course seems to be just what I need at the moment, I look forward to seeing it when it is released.

    Kind regards, Steve.

  11. Thank you for the post and Alex, thanks for the Pomodoro Technique info. Outstanding. I love Sara’s stuff and the idea of making time with 6 children really is impressive and congrats, Sara, on the 7th in waiting.

  12. Great suggestions as always, Sara. I think having a very clear vision of your goal and the steps you must stick with to accomplish it is so important. There are just far too many shiny things online that are so distracting. Accountability is important, too, and I’m sure your coaching program will provide that.

  13. I really admire you, Sara. As a Mother of six children but you still can do plenty of work like that. I just can’t imagine how I can do a part of yours work. What’s a shame!

  14. Thank you, Sara for your insight. I haven’t dived into your course yet, but it is listed in the top 5 items on my agenda. I am finishing up on implementing another one. I don’t want to get too overwhelmed at once you know. I have glanced over it. I am also interested in taking a peek at your coaching course. You have listed a lot of great tips here.

    Procrastination seems to be my main time killer. Also reading emails as they come in; etc. can really steal time. I find if I concentrate the first 30 minutes of my day on making money in some way, shape or form (this is before doing anything else like checking emails, that I really get a lot more accomplished. I have to confess I don’t do this every day and I really need to get in the habit of doing it.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  15. Yes Sara having a ready made list of what you plan to get done the next day is essential in order to get a head. I have started doing that and it keeps me on track. Other wise your mind gets over whelmed with what has to be done and then your wondering off track and getting nothing done. Still don’t know how you do it with 6 children!

  16. Sara, as someone that takes productivity time serious, I can really attest to the methods you mentioned.

    Thanks for putting it in perspective for your readers.

    Dwight Anthony
    Financially Elite Blog dot Com

  17. Sara,

    Another awesome post with more info than anyone could ever want. I, along with everyone else on your blog, appreciate the time and caring you put into your business. I’m very anxious to see the new product, as I am trying to get over that “affiliate hump” of trying to take this to the next level.

    Thank you again!

  18. Hey Sara,

    Great post!!!

    You have always been a great inspiration to me.
    If you can be successful while taking care of such
    a large family, I believe almost anyone can.

    I say that with the utmost respect to you. Giving
    the responsibility you shoulder at home with family
    and business speaks volumes to all of us in the matter
    of time management and taking action.

    You give us all hope and indirect strength,and the
    endurance we need to move forward without any excuses.
    My hats off to you and the value you share.

    Thanks again,

    Ron Brantley

  19. Hi Sara
    Since I will end up having my own website I have decided to bight the bullet and start a website to do your course instead of the blogger site.

    Just looking for a domain name, planning to use some form of my own name, any comments.

    Will be using WordPress as you have already guided me in one of your webinars
    Planning to use Host Gator do you recommend?

    Big question will the course you have been planning allow for students to have their own website even though they are beginners or will the course only be for the free blogger sites?

    The above are important questions for me concerning your course could you please advise.

    I hope having my own website will be part of your course training as the blogger sites are in the training I already have.

    Hoping to hear from you
    Christopher Hobbs
    PS congratulation on the coming baby

  20. Nail-on-head Sarah.

    I have suffered from “perfectionistitis”. So it is most important to just get started, and as you say – sort things out later!

    One issue I have found is that things generally take longer than we think.

    Thanks for your time,

    Mike FD

  21. Congratulations on the baby! Would you care to share when he/she will arrive?

    My biggest problem has been choosing a niche because I seem to find things with too much competition. I’ve been working on the Clickbank side of things but will now focus on Amazon and your course. You’re a thoughtful and wonderful teacher, Sara, and I look forward to your coaching program. Can you tell us when you’ll release it?

  22. Hi Sarah.
    My problem and the problem of so many people trying to succeed in IM, is not so much the time factor, but rather having completed courses and see little to no results for the time and effort involved. I believe any course if successful no matter how small proves that it works. The majority of people would make time to drive their success further.
    Looking forwarding to your new one to one proposed course.


  23. Sara,
    You hit the nail right on the head. This is my biggest problem. I get side tracked by all kind of e-mails with the latest tips and advice on how to do things.
    I have slowely developted a work plan and adjust all the steps to make them work even better.
    I would love to hear more about your coaching program.
    I am very interested in what kind of outsourcing you are using.
    I think this is one of the next steps I want to make.

    Congrats on the new baby

  24. I have had to deal with this same issue, Sarah. Luckily, I now only work four days a week, so I use my days off to catch up on my business. I also agree that a great way to stay on track is to map out what tasks need to be completed each day. While most of the time I am too tired to work on tasks after work, I still can look at my planner and see what should have been done which day and I can stay on track by adding that task to the next day if need be.

  25. Christopher, a lot of marketers think that it is useful to have a web site dedicated to a particular product or type of products.

    You can then look for a domain name that has some relevancy to what you are trying to sell, eg wirelessheadphonereview.com

    Using your own name would be good for a personal blog or family site but less useful for marketing purposes.

    Just my thoughts. Best of luck, LG.

  26. Hi Sara,

    I enjoyed your post.

    I have been struggling at this internet marketing thing since 2004 and have fallen victim to the same things virtually every one else that has not succeeded has.

    I too have jumped from following one system to another… which on one hand makes sense, because if something isn’t working, how long should someone continue doing it before looking for a better way?

    And so, most of us who have the dream to stay at home and make our livings there, take out our wallets and try the next thing that seems to resonate with us.

    In reading your post I was especially struck by this point

    “You need to be convinced that your plan is most likely to get you there.”

    I currently have about 40 websites not counting the ones where I let the domain names expire due to lack of results.

    And Lord only knows how many different plans are among those 40 sites that remain, and quite frankly, I’m now beyond frustration…

    Because I truly do not understand why I have not yet succeeded, even though I have quite a few of those sites ranking on page 1 of google for the phrases I’ve targeted.

    I’ve tried to look closely at the marketers that convinced me that their plan worked and I just can’t imagine that they misled me.

    So… if its not them… then it must be me.

    And yet, I can’t seem to figure out why I have not had a breakthrough.

    I ask myself everyday, what are the successful marketers doing, that I’m not?

    It’s a shame that with all the internet marketing “gurus”, who claim to have a passion to help others succeed, there isn’t an IM doctor that I could go to, who could look at my business and diagnose my problem. lol

    I am confident that I know how to do keyword research and I understand the subtleties of “buying” keywords.

    I am confident that I know how to optimize my pages for the phrases that I am targeting.

    I am confident that building backlinks with my phrases as the anchor text will help my pages rank well eventually.

    I am confident that something is wrong and I can prove it with my results… or perhaps I should say my “lack” of results.

    Now I’m not saying that I haven’t made any sales… I have.
    And I’m not saying that I don’t get any traffic… I do.

    What I’m saying is that this puzzle is missing at least one piece and I have no idea what it is.

    Thanks for letting me vent.

    You are one of the few marketers that I follow that make me feel like you are truly trying to help me.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy.


  27. This is very useful information for me and I believe there are many people need accurate information like this, from honest people like you…. Thank you

  28. Great blog post, Sara. 🙂

    My tip for handling the problem of not enough time…

    Umm, what I do is I get the most important things done first, and whatever time left I use for the not so important things. 🙂


  29. Thanks for your comments, everyone. Some good insights there.

    I have received a lot of questions via email and also on this blog about my upcoming group coaching program.

    I’ll give you more details about it later, but here are answers to some common questions:

    – The program will teach you how to create your own affiliate sites

    – It will be appropriate for new to intermediate affiliate marketers

    – Membership will be limited because I can only coach a small number of people at a time, so I am not going to do a big launch with this. For now, it will only be available to people on my list.

    – I will announce the details in the beginning of May and the coaching itself will begin in Mid-May

  30. Sara thank you for the good informaton as usual. One problem I have is I don’t know how to set up blogs after purchasing a domain. And do I use that one domain for all my blogs.

    I have been using blogger blogs, so I am still a little lost.

    But thank you for the pointed list of what to do. Great tips!

    Thank you

  31. Hi Sara
    The course is the best and easy to follow. I do have time to keep up with this program.My problem is also not knowing how to use the computer properly,no experience.
    Will keep trying until I get it right before I try the next course.

    Thank you

  32. Great advice and good common sense. Clearly you have the determination and discipline to apply these principles to your life and work in the midst of a very busy schedule.

  33. Hi Sara,

    what is better business model ?

    1. Micro niche sites

    2. Serving in one area, building a list and build authority in this area. Just like you in IMarketing business.

    Actually this is what you do – not build small websites, you make business in one area – coaching other people how to make money online ?

    Georgi Marinov

    • Hi Georgi,

      That is a very good question.

      The answer is that I do both.

      Actually for years – until the end of 2009 – I only did affiliate marketing for physical products.

      I only started creating products in the IM niche relatively recently.

      What I can tell you is that they are very different. There is no better way – it really depends on which way is best for YOU.

      I recommend you take a look at this post of mine which explains this further – start reading at the words ‘Different courses are right for different people at different times’.

  34. Hi Sara,
    Congrats on your 7th child! You’re a true inspiration because you are a successful internet marketer in spite of having 6 children and one on the way. I imagine your time is VERY limited and yet you still seem to accomplish your goals. This is truly inspiring and makes me think I can dig my heels in and get it done. Thank you.

  35. Hey Sara,

    Great post! Thanks for the sound advice. Having a list of to-do’s is always the way to go, the way to stay on track and stay focused. THIS IS NOT A PROMOTION! I purchased your Easy Paycheck Formula course a few months ago, and within a few weeks I made my first 3 sales – $98! It’s all about choosing the correct “buyer” keywords. Like you noted, even a thrown together, ugly site can convert traffic.

    Love your material and your training methods. My current job is rediculously stressful AND demanding – so hard to stay focused. However, each night (and sometimes during the day at work) I try tio find time to squeeze in writing an article, do product and keyword research, etc. It’s all about the little steps.

    Keep the information coming!


  36. Sara,
    Do you need a “guinea pig” for your new program? I have been following you for a while now, but I am really needing some help go get up to speed rather quickly as hubby is now unemployed again (the last time was for 2 years and that ended just last October). I need to get bringing in whatever extra money I can. I am not stupid, but something is just not clicking in my brain right now and I just need a little more one-on-one guidance I think. Thanks for your consideration

  37. I agree with your distractions. They all fit me down to a T, but there are some really interesting IM’s with real skills to teach. You are one of them and I have bought one of your products- thank you.

  38. Sara, this is unbelievably inspiring. What you have achieved despite being a mom of 6 kids is truly phenomenal. I feel as if I have no right to complain or bitch about time. When a mom of 6 kids can do it, there is no reason why we all can't.
    Awesome blog post.

  39. Spot on advice Took me several months to get it right now have several websites and several blogs I mainly make money from google find the right information and give it for free

  40. Hi Sara,

    As you said in post, time is the most challenging thing in my life and also distraction including excuses.
    Early waiting your New coming product and start moving.
    Advance gratitude

  41. Thank you Sara. You are right. We waste this valuable resource that God created in great abundance! I am impressed and inspired by your encouraging approach but l have not been able to make even a dime I’m my six years quest for making money online. I need your help! Show me how to make a simple website/Facebook page that l can use as a start to make my first dollar online. I appeal to your good self for this necessary breakthrough. Sam


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