How can I find the time to build my web design business to 6-figures?
Here’s the schedule I used to do it.
I remember when I was building my web design business while I had a full-time job … Saturday and Sunday I’d be able to spend a decent amount of time on web design.
On top of my 40 hour full-time job, I was able to spend around 15-20 hours a week building my web design business … all while being able to hang with family/friends several hours a day or more.
My rough schedule was:
Monday – Friday
7:30am-5:30pm: Full-time job including drive time
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Workout
6:30pm – 10pm: Hang with significant other / spouse
10pm – Midnight: Work on web design
10am – Noon: Work on web design
Noon – 10pm: Hang with significant other / spouse
10pm – 1am: Work on web design
8am – Noon: Play music at church
Noon – 9pm: Hang with significant other / spouse
9pm – 10pm: Be depressed about the full 8-5 work week that was coming up, and be a drag to be with at that time. 😂
10pm – Midnight: Work on web design
The key is I knew this schedule was TEMPORARY.
What if in 3 years you could be making over $100,000 per year with $3,000 a month in recurring revenue?
Sound too good to be true? 🤔
If I said “1 year” instead of “3 years” … yes, that would be too good to be true.
But 3 years, it’s totally possible. How?
Baby steps. 📈
- First you learn how to build sites and how to setup your business. You build your own website in the process of learning. 3-6 months
- You build a couple sites for super cheap or free just to get some experience. 1-2 months
- You start prospecting and selling 1-2 sites per month bringing in $1,500 – $3,000 per month. You also get clients on your Website Care Plan for $49+ per month to start building your Monthly Recurring Revenue. You save the money you’re making from those 1-2 sites per month … all while continuing to work your full-time job. 6-9 months
- Once you’ve built up some demand and runway for your business ($10-$20k or so in savings), you quit your full-time job and take on a part-time job, freeing up 20+ more hours a week for your business. With the freed up 20+ hours a week you double the amount of time you can spend on your web design business.
- Now that your time has doubled, your prospecting efforts double and your sales double to 3-4 sites per month. You’re charging more now … $2,000-$3,000 per site let’s say … all while building your recurring revenue. 6 months
- Within 6 months you quit that part-time job you thought you’d need for awhile.
- At the end of this you’re comfortably charging $2,000-$3,000 per website, requiring everyone gets on your Website Care Plan ($49 per month let’s say). You also have $1,000-$1,500 per month coming in from the previous sites you’ve built who are on you care plan (20-30 sites)
In this example, this student was able to quit their full-time job 12-18 months after signing up for Break Into Web.
Can it happen faster? Absolutely.
Could it take 24 months instead? Absolutely.
Is it worth it? Absolutely.
What’s the alternative? 😓
You stay where you are … in that job you’re in. You keep dreading Sunday nights like I was … because you know Monday is coming and bringing a whole week of an 8-5 with it. You keep buying courses thinking there’ll be one that promises you a 6-figure income in 6 months … yeah right.
You do the hard work. You put in the time. You build the life you want from the ground up on a solid foundation so it’s secure.
- 1-2 years from now, you’ve fired your boss … you’re a freelancer working on your own schedule … you’re growing your Monthly Recurring Revenue to $1k per month and beyond. Every year you’re adding $500-$1,000 to your Monthly Recurring Revenue. 💵
- 3-4 years from now you have word of mouth working for you. You don’t even have to reach out to cold/outbound leads anymore. Every lead is coming to you … inbound. Your demand is at a level where you require clients to get on your Website Care Plan or you won’t build their new website. This adds fuel to your Monthly Recurring Revenue ensuring every project you work not only do you get paid to build the site, you also know you’re growing your Monthly Recurring Revenue. You’re growing it at a pace of $1,000 per month added per year … making your Monthly Recurring Revenue now be $2,000-$3,000 per month. Your take home is between $8,000-$10,000 per month … $95,000-$120,000 per year. 💵 💵
- 5 years from now you’re easily full with client work … charging $3,000-$5,000 per site. You’re building 25 sites per year (selling 2 per month). You’re now making $3,000-$4,000 per month from your Monthly Recurring Revenue, and you’re adding $1,000 per month to your Monthly Recurring Revenue each year. Your monthly take home is between $12,000-$15,000 … $140,000-$180,000 per year. 💵 💵 💵
- 10 years from now you’re making at least $10,000 per month in Monthly Recurring Revenue. You’re now in demand so much you can charge $4,000-$6,000 per site. You build 25 sites per year. All of them required to be on a Website Care Plan. Your take home is between $20,000-$25,000 per month … $240,000-$300,000 per year. 💵 💵 💵 💵 (This is the phase Kelly & I are in.)
- Every year after that, you’re adding at least $1,000 per month to your Monthly Recurring Revenue. 💵 💵 💵 💵 💵
So … does it still sound too good to be true?
Years 1 and 2 don’t. They sound pretty realistic. They may even sound like a step backward from what you’re making now at your 8-5 job. But you’re building your future. Investing in yourself and your business.
Year 3 and beyond is where it starts to kick in. Your hard work is paying off, and…
The sky is the limit.
John is owner of Artillery. Frustrated with his 8-5 job, he started Artillery and began freelancing at night and on the weekends. Freelancing allowed John to tour full-time in a band for several years. Learn more about John