Tossing Alarm Clock Humbles Fiery Grandma
Timely tips I wish I’d known
In a previous post entitled “50 Things I Wish I Knew Before Going Into Business For Myself” the first tip I shared was to set the alarm clock. True it’s your business; but remember the early bird does get the worm.
Today I thought I’d share a little wisdom I gained my first few days as a self-employed business owner…the hard way. I hope it helps make the transition of leaving your corporate job to work from home a little easier on you.
Freedom comes with tossing alarm clock
So, you’ve made the jump! The days of getting up to the alarm clock and dragging yourself into the office to that dead-end job are over. You have started your journey in entrepreneurship to work at home for yourself. Now you get to call all the shots including what time your business opens and closes. If you are anything like I am you can already feel the freedom. It’s almost the best part of being self-employed, right?
I remember when I first came home to work like it was yesterday. The lessons I learned were plentiful. Some were easier to swallow than others. There was one particular incident that jerked me into reality pretty quickly, it humbled me really.
For over 20 years I had risen to the clanging of the alarm clock, just like I’ll bet most of you still do. It’s normal being jolted out of a deep sleep, right? Not! Anyway, the first day of my on-site training I was told to be at the office at 7 AM.
For a lot of people that is no big deal. For people like my husband, who worked at the local mill that would have been sleeping in. However, for me that hour was crippling because I had to commute an hour besides getting myself put together. I’ll bet you can guess what this stubborn, fiery grandma said and did!
Yep, you are right! I said “I don’t think so. It’s my business and I’ll get here when I get here”.
The following day I arrived at the office at 8 AM. The phones were ringing off the hook; the girls working were frantically writing notes, faxing contracts and balancing two phone lines at a time.
What I hadn’t realized was that my new business was nationwide not localized. Customers on the East Coast were calling in three hours before my eyes were even open.
That first lesson was a tough one. I learned what it meant to take ownership and responsibility of my own future. I learned what it meant to be an entrepreneur. My lesson included learning what it meant to be the early bird who catches the worm. You must be an early riser using an alarm clock as a tool.
With freedom comes responsibility
Although it’s true being self-employed allows you the freedom to set your own hours; it does not mean that there won’t be sacrifices in many ways. For me, the trade off of earning the East Coast business was getting up early.
Using the alarm clock to rouse yourself now is a business tool to help you up your game, claim your profits and set yourself apart from the self-employed slackers who think they can come in at 10 AM, go home at 3 PM and still build a six figure business.
So, if you want to build that successful business use the tools available to you like the alarm clock. Don’t look at it as your enemy, look at it as your ally. Now it will alarm you of incoming profits for you and your family, not your employer.
There will be plenty of time for sleeping after you have your business operating like a well-oiled machine. Imagine leveraging your time and efforts by employing others efforts whose dreams and goals are similar to yours. Imagine earning money while you are sleeping.
If that sounds like something you’d like to look into, join me. I’ll share how I am using time, with the aid of that good old alarm clock to maximize my business profits.
Oh, and by the way…I still get plenty of sleep even waking to my alarm clock; my energy is up and my time is free from the bondage of a job.
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Wow, very true article. I would love to sleep in every morning and stay up late each night. But, my clients don’t want to talk at 10 pm. So I have re aligned to be available when my clients are.
I don’t like the loud beeping of an alarm clock so I have the radio go off and it has helped with the transition.
Good for you Rachel. Glad to hear your realignment works for you and your clients.
Thank you for reminding us about the sacrifices!!! I actually work harder and longer hours because I own my own business, and because the needs of my family are tied to my performance. In the early years, a lot is demanded. As it grows, I get to settle down into being an owner working on my business instead of in it because I have to. I’m really looking forward to those days!
You are welcome, Don. It is a sacrifice when our businesses are in the early stages. But, it’s so worth the perks we get by taking the risk of working from home.
Great info Carla. I hate my alarm clock working for yourself is the best you can like you said get there when you get there
Very true, Sherminita. I rarely use my alarm clock anymore either. My internal alarm works great since I tuned up my inner clock.
So glad to hear that your energy is up!
Thank Yvonne. Sure appreciate you stopping by.
Throwing away that alarm clock sounds fabulous! It goes perfectly with a facebook post I had the other day that no matter how many times I wake up early for work, I am still never used to it:) Having no alarm clock would definitely be a fabulous thing about owning your own business I can imagine!! 🙂
Daniele I would imagine that one day you’ll get to enjoy not using that alarm clock. When your body is 100% rested, your energy up and your body tuned up you’ll wake up and be ready to face your day and more.
Loved your post. I’m fortunate not to need an alarm clock. That being said, having a home business, being your own boss sometimes requires even more discipline. I get dressed every morning as if I was going to my “job”. It helps transition to my work mode.
Meli you are so right. When we work from home for ourselves it does take much more discipline than working an 8 to 5 job.
Mine is automatic just wake up at the same time!
Oh too funny. Unforunatetly or not, I am not sure, but I don’t need an alarm clock. My internal clock gets me up between 3-4 am. I guess I have been doing it so long, I don’t know any other way. The one thing I will say is I sure do get a lot done before anyone else wakes up!
My body has always woken itself up. I enjoy working out in the am to get me going and that’s given me a lot of energy.
I have never needed an alarm clock, but this is great information for those needing one and a kick start!
My alarm clock is my kids. LOL They get up around the same time every morning!
Tossing alarm clock is good when you put it 5 meters away from bed.. that’l make me awake ;D
Never really used an Alarm Clock to wake me up every morning not unless during days when friends do invite me to do some sports, basically during weekends.I think all it takes is self discipline as to getting up in bed early. Such great post, thanks for sharing.
The only time I use an alarm clock is when I have to go to the airport.
Even then I wake up the alarm clock 🙂
I now use my alarm clock to make sure I am up early and take time to enjoy the whole day.
Nope no alarm for me. I an a night owl and work best late into the night. But, sometimes even after a very late night my body says “You don’t need too much sleep today , up and at em”. I go with the flow and find that works really well for me. I believe in following inspired action over forced action as I’m SO much more productive. I still find I can pull a 10 -12 hour days but I LOVE what i’m doing and the tine just fly’s. My body tells me when it’s time to rest and I have learned to listen.
I never used an alarm clock, even when I did a 9-5. I went to sleep at fairly regular time & easily awoke same time, day after day. Still do. I loved my career & feel so blessed that I love the business I created after retirement. I tend to work late in the night & let my body dictate when it wants to awaken. In fact, I hate being awakened & it does sometimes happen. Also blessed with an even metabolism & steady energy & so I can work morn to late night & none of it feels like work. We never set an alarm even to catch a plane, boat or get to a show. Don’t even own one. Nicely written Carla. Thanks.
I used to hate that alarm clock! Such a brutal way to be awaken in the morning… tee-hee! Now, I don’t use one anymore but I LOVE getting up in the morning cause I LOVE what I do. What a difference!
I set the alarm clock just in case because I usually wake up prior to it going off but once in awhile it does wake me up for which I am grateful. I do not like to sleep later than planned. I’m not a real early riser but like to get up about 6:30 am. Otherwise the day is half gone before I even get started. I enjoyed your article.
Couldn’t agree more with you Carla, and “the with freedom comes responsibility” tells everything! Our business isn’t different that anything in life, it is a huge progress when our little ones learn the relation between freedom and responsibility, everything come with a price!
Yes, the alarm clock use to be something I wanted to throw across the room. Not it is what gets me up to make money on my own time. Love this article and it is written extremely well!
Keep rocking it!
Let freedom ring! Toss the clock!!
I tossed my alarm over 10 years ago.. no looking back!
Great article, Carla. With the difference in time zones and keeping up with personal stuff, a home business may not be as easy as one thinks. Yet, once organized and properly trained, it is so well worth it! Thanks for sharing! I also enjoy your posts.
Thank you Sharon! Good reminder that it takes discipline to have a home based business!
Carla, I do business with people in Europe (5-6 hours ahead of East Coast) and all the around to Asia (12 hours ahead or behind, depending on the Date Line). So there is no way I can do all that much by phone … or I’d never sleep. Alarm or no alarm! But if the business is important enough to you, you’ll find a way to accommodate time zone changes … and anything else. All the other pieces of technology make it infinitely do-able. (As I know you’ve mastered!)