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GuitarManDan

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Hey Everyone,

The month of August has been my best month yet with the business (ended up doing around $15.5k). I know I still have a long way to go before meeting my ambitious goals for the next business that lends itself to scaling on a massive level (as this business there is a ceiling with the current setup), but it's really been the first month since I quit my job around 3 years ago that I've been able to take a minute to appreciate the journey so far.

While it wasn't all from recurring revenue and I closed out a web design project from earlier, I did mention a yearly goal was to get to $15k+ in one month during this year. I will need to close out the last few months strong to reach the $150k yearly goal, but there's been a lot of encouraging signs and growth this year, even though out all of the chaos going on in the US here.

I think a fair criticism for progress threads like these are that they just highlight the best days and people rarely post about the tough times and challenges they run into, even if it isn't directly related to the business - so I make it a point of emphasis to touch on the positives and the challenges that come up.

Although the business has been doing great this year, the last I'd say 18-20 months have been a revolving door of health issues for me. Obviously no one is guaranteed ok health, but I feel like an old man at age 29 right now with how often I'm going from doctor to specialist to surgeon, etc and it's been difficult. It stresses me out because I know in regular circumstances I'm completely fine with the good stress that comes along with owning the business and growing that and being ambitious with my goals, but dealing with everything associated with the business growth + what seems like a full-time job with my health issues has been a real struggle.

Fortunately I make my own schedule so it isn't as a big of a deal as it was back in my corporate days, but my sleep has been a mess when I'm stressed out about some health things happening and I know I don't want to continue down this path as it's having an impact on what I can get done in a day with the business and working towards my goals.

I've never gone down the therapy route before, but I'm always someone who's believed that it could help even the most well-adjusted person who isn't having any issues, and now that the business has been doing well I'm going to take action and find a good local person here to speak with about everything that's been going on.

I don't just want to tread water and "survive" with everything that's been going on, I want to find solutions and be able to get out of my own way and keep moving forward to get towards my Fastlane goals. Updated numbers below:

2020 Revenue Tracker: $77,266.64 Revenue / $150,000 Goal

Monthly Recurring Revenue: $9,033 Per Month / $15,000 Per Month Goal
 

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Congrats on the big month Dan, and for also taking a step to help your mental health. It's so easy to advocate that someone sees a doctor to speak to but when it comes to yourself it's so easy to back away.

Looking forward to see how you end the year.
 

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Love seeing your success, Dan. I could tell when we chatted that you really love what you do and are excited to go after it every day. I struggle with sleep too, have you tried yoga? That not only has helped mentally but with breathing patterns that help me fall asleep as well. Anytime you want to chat again about whatever, let me know.
 

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Hey Everyone,

I wanted to share another quick update as a follow up to my last post. I ended up finding a good therapist to speak with in the area and made an appointment right away and had my first session last week.

It was strange, I won't lie - I've always been someone who focuses on the positives/opportunities and tries not to dwell on the past for things that weren't that great back then. Either way, I was glad that I took action on it because I've been considering this for a while and am curious to see if it will help or not, but I'm keeping an open mind.

I liked the fact that this specific person I'm seeing speaks with a lot of athletes and professionals looking to basically get out of their own way and maximize their potential... that's exactly what I'm seeking as well.

On the business front:

  • A few of my clients have been sharing some feedback about the results they've been getting from the SEO work and it's been really encouraging and rewarding so far. They've been bringing in a solid amount of business and are really happy with me so that's been great to hear.
  • One of my new clients has been so happy he asked if he could move up to the next tier of SEO package so I invoiced him for the difference and signed him up on that.
  • I cut ties with my Google Ads contact as it wasn't a good fit so I need to get a new system in place to bring in leads because I don't have the time to do outreach.
  • I spent time the last few weeks coming up with different business ideas and now will focus on choosing which one makes the most sense and where I can add the most value to start pursuing that.
Also, updating the numbers below:

2020 Revenue Tracker: $81,599.97 Revenue / $150,000 Goal

Monthly Recurring Revenue: $9,033 Per Month / $15,000 Per Month Goal
 

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Hey Everyone,

I wanted to share another quick update as a follow up to my last post. I ended up finding a good therapist to speak with in the area and made an appointment right away and had my first session last week.

It was strange, I won't lie - I've always been someone who focuses on the positives/opportunities and tries not to dwell on the past for things that weren't that great back then. Either way, I was glad that I took action on it because I've been considering this for a while and am curious to see if it will help or not, but I'm keeping an open mind.

I liked the fact that this specific person I'm seeing speaks with a lot of athletes and professionals looking to basically get out of their own way and maximize their potential... that's exactly what I'm seeking as well.

On the business front:

  • A few of my clients have been sharing some feedback about the results they've been getting from the SEO work and it's been really encouraging and rewarding so far. They've been bringing in a solid amount of business and are really happy with me so that's been great to hear.
  • One of my new clients has been so happy he asked if he could move up to the next tier of SEO package so I invoiced him for the difference and signed him up on that.
  • I cut ties with my Google Ads contact as it wasn't a good fit so I need to get a new system in place to bring in leads because I don't have the time to do outreach.
  • I spent time the last few weeks coming up with different business ideas and now will focus on choosing which one makes the most sense and where I can add the most value to start pursuing that.
Also, updating the numbers below:

2020 Revenue Tracker: $81,599.97 Revenue / $150,000 Goal

Monthly Recurring Revenue: $9,033 Per Month / $15,000 Per Month Goal
Web design is a tough business , competition is too high , I think you have enough income to live, give time to your health to recover, money come and go , but health /youth /age is never come back , dont loose yourself for money .
 

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Hey Guys,

Haven't posted in a few weeks so I wanted to update the numbers below in the tracker and to share a few updates of what I've been up to since the last post:

  • Narrowed down the next business ideas to a few different ones, doing research now to see what problems I could solve in those industries/ideas I've come up with so far to start my real Fastlane business/journey
  • I've been fortunate that currently, all of my recurring clients have been great to work with and very low maintenance (except one). There's a good chance they drop off which honestly I'd be ok with at this point, they're definitely an example of the Pareto principle where this one client is causing the majority of my headaches. It's a good learning lesson for the future of screening clients better, as there were some warning signs. It's always been a challenge for me to make sure I'm balancing my ambitious revenue goals vs. working with the right types of clients. I'll update the recurring monthly revenue if they officially drop off, right now they're on the fence.
  • Looking like Sept will be at least $13.2k or so (another $2k will be added onto that if my difficult client signs back up) so still another solid month.
  • In the works to outsource and build out a system / train someone else to do outreach for me and the business. Ever since stopping Google Ads, I haven't had the time to really build out a list of prospects so I've been relying on referrals and other lead sources, which isn't enough. Looking to spend maybe $300-400 per month to have this new team member do this for me part time (and they'll be from an international VA). I have experience from my investment banking days (used to manage teams in India) so I know how to work with employees in Asia and make sure I set them up for success.

2020 Revenue Tracker: $90,499.97 Revenue / $150,000 Goal

Monthly Recurring Revenue: $9,033 Per Month / $15,000 Per Month Goal
 

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@GuitarManDan Just finished reading the whole thread and wow. It's great to see how you built this up with grinding and solving one problem at a time. It is really inspiring to read threads like this where it shows you over time how it is possible to change and put yourself in better situations in life if we just get out of our comfort zone and take action.

It was really nice to have a call last week with you, a straight guy with no BS which I really liked compared to lots of other wannabee online coaching. Answered all my concerns and questions!

I wish you lots of success and lots of health! :)
 

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