Will your weberprise survive your day job?

Much as I would love to work at home full time on webpreneurial activities, the money just isn't there (yet). So I'm back on 2-3 months fulltime contract to make some serious money. With commute, I'm losing about 60 hours a week. Since I resist compromising lifestyle (time with my son, wife, chores, projects and hobbies), that puts enormous pressure on the Two Hills weberprise.

I've scaled back blogging, almost stopped working on my book, pulled out of presenting at a conference, completely stopped coding for project OReckon, and shelved several new projects. This is frustrating in the extreme, but the money is nice :-D We can remit a little extra money to my wife's family in the Third World; she has ordered a pearl necklace she has wanted for ages; I can buy some stuff for my hobby (model trains); and we just might get our first exotic overseas holiday in over ten years (not counting trips home to her family).

I didn't plan for this. I had hoped to pick up one-to-three-week consulting gigs, but there were a few dry months and this bigger opportunity came along...

I'd like to say I work to an orderly project plan but I don't. I jump around across multiple projects as I get ideas, feedback, and opportunities (never get bored). But there is a vague plan behind it all and that plan did not include allowance for three months out of the business. For example, the book should be out by now.

I'm lucky that my consulting pays very well. This three months will pay most of what we need for the year. If you don't make as much as I do in your day job, then that day job will make even tougher demands on your time just when you want to devote yourself to building the weberprise. Plan for it.

Here are a few ways to cope.

  • Cut your income expectations and needs for a few years
  • If you have options, choose your day job for money not satisfaction, for now. The consulting gig I'm doing is not what I would ever do long term.
  • When you get busy, focus on keeping existing projects alive. Put new projects on hold.
  • Don't give your all to the day job. Try to hold a little energy in reserve for work in the evenings. Jack's asleep, and I have just enough left in the tank to write this

Any others?