How to Create a Company that Can Run without you

how to automate your business

That’s the dream, right? A business that works for you and not the other way around. But how do you automate your business so that it allows you the time to do what you love?

What’s the point of being self-employed if all you do is get a job in your own business as a CEO!?

The idea is to make money with as little interference from you – the business owner – as possible.

Imagine a running concern, where you just check up once in a week or so (if that) and that company gives you a sizable amount of money to spend. An automated set of systems that doesn’t require your input as such. You will be free to spend your money, go on a world tour, sip non-alcoholic drinks on a beach in Thailand, etc, etc, etc. :)

But what steps are involved in creating such a company that can run without you?

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Being a better writer

Just a quick post to let you in on the secret.

Copyblogger, for those of you who don’t know, is a blog that helps bloggers become better at writing copy that sells. If you are not reading it, then you should be.

Brian Clark, the founder of Copyblogger, wrote a post a while back, titled 10 steps to become a better writer. It’s a must-read!

Business Focus – Lessons from Iqbal

Business Focus

Little car trouble + laziness = big car trouble. That’s a given. 

You can learn a thing or two about finding focus for your enterprise because as the following story illustrates, a focused business may be the only ticket to success that an entrepreneur requires. 

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15 Ways You can Earn Money – but with a twist

I remember reading about people who have already done what I wanted to do. Reading about it gave me the confidence that “if they can do it, then I can do it too!”

There are a lot of ‘make money’ lists out there. This one is different and hopefully more useful because I have actually done each of the listed businesses.

Some of them are online money making ideas, others are offline businesses that you can start. And please be warned, this is a long post (I have tried to be brief and helpful which is not an easy feat for me).

One can easily make a full-time income doing any of these projects. Some of the ones listed here still contribute to my bottom line one way or the other, by God’s Grace (I am not rich by any definition, but I do enjoy what I do – creative self-employment, if you may :) ).

The idea behind these business ideas is not to get rich quick, in fact, it is not even to get rich the way we understand rich to be. The idea is to creatively start projects, explore different opportunities and see which one might stick.

So, in no specific order, here are the 15 projects you can start to make money…

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Internet Marketing: Earning My First 1,000 US Dollars

Like any scientist will testify, everything starts with an experiment. And it is my understanding that all experiments start because of the single most undervalued attribute of human nature; curiosity.

I started the experiment of earning money from online means (affiliate marketing to be exact) to see what happens, and to integrate my interests of graphic designing, dealing with interesting people and knowing stuff.

I couldn’t bring myself to just set a target of ‘this much money’ as money itself should not be given an intrinsic value. I wanted to just earn enough to do something.

So I planned on traveling to anywhere in the world for a two to three weeks holiday, all paid for through my online earnings.

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