The 6-Month Rule

My last blog post was on April 6th, 2011. Sigh…

My wife is new to the whole blog world. Her and her sister have their favorite blogs. They enjoy getting together to talk about all the updates and going-ons in so-and-so’s life. This past weekend, I overheard them talking about their all-time favorite blog and how the blogger hadn’t made a peep for months! They were both fed up and had moved on.

It made me think of my own blog, and I thought that I should touch base.

No excuses here except that over the past 5 months I’ve been busy…. very busy.

Before I move on to The 6-month Rule, here’s brief bullet-point update of what I’ve been up to.

  • Baby… Avalon is nearly 8-months old. I wouldn’t give up anything for the time I’ve been fortunate enough to be at home, and watch her grow over the past 8 months.
  • I’ve been taking on a few new local business clients and handling their marketing systems.
  • Met with Stu McLaren & Tracy Childers of Wishlist Member and Wishlist Insider – working on a top-secret venture with those guys. More on that later…
  • In the process of building a local Windsor/Essex Business Mastermind Network.
  • Concurrently working on a couple of new information products and membership sites.

There’s more, but that’s a start. Not nearly enough time to go out fishing over the past few months but all is well.

Here’s my 6-month self-employment rule.

A budding entrepreneur recently asked me when it was OK to leave his day job to work on his entrepreneurial ventures full-time. For me, I left my corporate-world marketing job in 2005 and haven’t looked back once. The 6-month rule is simple. You work on your venture, your passion, and your side-business at night or whenever you’ve got free time. When you are able to earn at least the same or more income (i.e. A bigger paycheck!) for a minimum of six months from your venture, you’re probably safe to make the jump.

Be strict. Feeding your spouse & children should always come first.

What have you been up to?

P.S. Here’s a picture of Avalon. She’ll be 8 months old in a few days. Scroll down, and look at the picture below taken at 3.5 months.