How I run my business in just 20 hours/week | Gillian Perkins

10 years ago, I was running a small music school in the Willamette Valley.

In a lot of ways, it was a great gig!

> I spent my time working with music & kids.
> It was easy and fairly enjoyable.
> I was even — kind of — my own boss.

But it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows…

> Since most music students are school-age kids, most music lessons happen between 3pm and 9pm. That meant I had to work every evening (plus most Saturdays) in order to get in enough hours to support myself.

> Despite working as many hours as I could, I was still only able to bring in ~$20,000 per year.

😕

After several years of running the music school (and letting my life be run my music lesson schedules), I decided I needed to find something that gave me a bit more flexibility. Starting an online business sounded like a great opportunity!

12 months later, I was “working on my blog” for 30+ hours/week, but not really earning any money from it at all. So, of course, I was still teaching music lessons to pay the bills.

At this point, I was working 50+ hours every week, yet still earning only ~$20,000 a year.

I felt like this math didn’t make a lot of sense.

After all, shouldn’t I be earning more for the hours + effort I was putting in?

Apparently, that’s not how things work.

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Fast forward four years. Today, my online business earns ~$20,000 per MONTH. And we’re on target to reach $500,000 in revenue this year.

I’m earning 12 times as much as I was earning four years ago.

Am I working 12 times harder?

🤔

12 times as many hours?

🤨

I think you know the answer.

Yeah, no. There aren’t enough hours in a day.

So, then… what’s going on? Where is this money coming from, how much am I working, and what am I DOING?

Revenue Breakdown

Here’s exactly how my business currently generates revenue:

INCOME

  • Membership site: $16,500/month
    (500 members x $33/month)
  • Courses: $6,000/month
    (15 sales/month x $400)
  • YouTube ad revenue: $4,100/month
  • Affiliate revenue: $1,600/month

Total income: $28,200/month

EXPENSES

  • Independent contractors: ~$7,000/month
  • Software: $800/month
  • Office expenses: $300/month

Total expenses: $8,100/month

Profit: $20,100

In the interest of full disclosure, please note that both my income and expenses vary a fair amount from one month to the next.

Schedule and Time Allocation

I currently work about 20 hours/week in order to generate that roughly $20K monthly profit. How? What am I spending my time on? Here’s a breakdown of what I do each month:

  • Planning: 4 hours
  • Managing projects: 6 hours
  • Writing free content (like this): 10 hours
  • Producing YouTube videos: 18 hours
  • Reviewing content created by my team: 5 hours
  • Membership site content creation: 8 hours
  • Membership site management: 6 hours
  • Improving marketing/sales systems: 6 hours
  • Engaging with audience: 6 hours
  • Email: 6 hours
  • Managing finances: 1 hour
  • Miscellaneous: 5 – 15 hours

Total working time: 75 – 85 hours/month

This works out to about 20 hours/week. My work time does, however, vary somewhat from one month to the next, depending on whether we’re running a live event or major marketing campaign. When nothing exciting is happening, my working time can drop as low as ~10 hours/week, whereas when we take on big projects I sometimes work ~30 hours/week.

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As you can see, a lot has changed. I went from working 60 hours/week and earning $20K/year (which works out to ~$6.40/hour) to working 20 hours/week and earning $20K/MONTH (about $230.00/hour).

It’s been a dramatic shift… even more so because it happened over just four short years.

Here’s what I DON’T want your takeaway from this to be: “Wow, Gillian is so amazing — she earns $230 per hour!”

🙈

‘Cause, guess what? I’m the same girl who — not very long ago — was earning $6.40/hour.

So, what I hope you take away from all this is that WHAT spend your time on matters a lot more than the number of hours you work or how “hard” you work.

Four years ago, I was working my tail off, but barely keeping the lights on.

Today, I’m working waaaay less and, when I am working, I’m doing things that really light me up.

That’s the power of building a business strategically; the power of working smarter, not just harder.

I want this for YOU.

(And I’m betting that you might want it for you, too.)

If I had to guess, I’d say that, right now, you’re probably in one of two situations, either:

A) You run an online business (or blog, or YouTube channel), but you’re working WAY too many hours for the amount of money you’re bringing in.

OR

B) You’re currently trading hours for dollars, working a 9-5… and you’re really ready to move on to the next thing and gain more control over your schedule + income.

If that first situation (A) sounds like you, and you want to shift things in a better direction, then  I’d recommend you start by creating a clear plan — a plan for running your business in a way that will produce a lot more revenue with a lots fewer working hours. You can click HERE to download my Easiest Business Plan Ever and design a more organized + strategic business.

On the other hand, if you’re working a day job (situation B), and just trying to figure out what your best options are, then you’ll appreciate my free guide Eight Ways to Make Money Online EXPLAINED.

Whatever your current situation, I want to walk with you on your journey towards working more strategically and intentionally. Because, the truth is, I haven’t “arrived.” We ALL have room for improvement!

Gillian Perkins

Hi, I’m Gillian! I’m a marketing strategist who helps online entrepreneurs 10X their sales with FB ads + sales funnels. I love combining tech, analytics, and psychology to create powerful marketing systems. When I’m not helping my clients scale their businesses, I’m spending time with my husband and two little boys, exploring new places, or seeking out choice espresso.

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Abdullah - March 11, 2020 Reply

my sister Gillian , best regards, GOD with us , thank you for assistanc

Adeyemi - January 18, 2020 Reply

Hi Gillian!

Thanks for this wonderful and expository content; it’s highly motivational. I have known about making legitimate income online for a while now but it’s been quite challenging to make it happen but with your content I can see light at the end of the tunnel and I hope I’ll be able to make things happen this time with your guidance.

Thanks for the light!

Adeyemi

William - January 7, 2020 Reply

Hello Gillian,
I am responding to your invitation to write to you with a YouTube question. (Thank you). This is from your video “How Long did it take to earn my first $1000 on YouTube?”

I have several good ideas for a channel that differ in content. The obvious way to go would be to have more than one channel. My hesitation there is about the entry level requirement to monetize (1000 subs & 4000 viewing hours) Having more than one channel at least doubles the requirement and waters down a potential concentration into one channel.

Do you see a way I could mix the subject content and somehow keep it organized for viewers and thereby concentrating all subs into one channel? The constant of course, would be ME! I would star in all my own videos!
Subjects:
1) I live my life as an Artist, oil painter (will share that)
2) I want to help people develop their “perfect” memories
3) I live in Nicaragua (Spanish speaking) and want to share how I became fluent and how “you can too”. Also actually offering Skype classes to bring in some income.

As you can see, some pretty diverse content for ONE channel! I was thinking that there has to be a way to sew it all together in one channel, but am seeking your ideas.

Ps. I am new to online business building, including all things YOUTUBE, but willing to learn.

I’ve only seen a couple of your videos and now found your site. You have a very pleasing way about you as well as some very well organized pertinent content!
Thank you Gillian!
William

Harold Thompkins - November 26, 2019 Reply

Hello Gillian:
Thank you for this content. I have had a desire to build an online business for years now. I’ve procrastinated and failed to stick to my plans and it has been very frustrating. I came across your this article and I was re-inspired. I am going to get started and I’m using this content as a plan and guide of where I want to go with my business. Thanks so much I look forward to learning more from you. Your site is great and gives me a great example to aspire to. Thanks again.

Luna - November 20, 2019 Reply

I really excited with your video on youtube and motivation, thank you so much

Sadeq - November 10, 2019 Reply

Good morning,

I actually saw your channel by YouTube recommendatio list and I love your content, that you share .
And I have been watching your channel for a while.
I was thinking about an Idea of creating my own website something similar to Craigslist ,if you know that site I guess it exists in the united states.
And since you have the hands on experience, I said why not I take your professional opinion about this idea.
Like how to get traffic to my site?
How to advertise my site ?
Dealing with payment processors to charge, as you know Craigslist charges for sone types of postings.
So I know your time Is valuable and thank you so much for reading this✌️
Let me know what you think,because honestly II said who is better than to give me thier opinion.
Sorry made a mistake in the first email address I apologize but this is my email sadi999995@protonmail.com
Thank you again

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