My Strategy for 7-Figure Success Working 20 Hours a Week

My Strategy for 7-Figure Success Working 20 Hours a week
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Are you working yourself like crazy trying to reach a 6 or 7-figure income? You didn’t start your business to work yourself to the ground. It’s possible to make 6 or 7 figures and only work 20 hours a week. 

And while I was a little hesitant to record this episode, I know there are other people in my community who are curious about how I manage to pull off a 7-figure income working just 4 days a week and 5 hours a day, so I’m breaking down what that work week typically looks like for me. 

To be fully transparent, there are seasons where I work more than that or I work after I put the kids to bed. When you’re building something from scratch, you might have to do a little more heavy lifting, but once it’s automated and running smoothly, you can take that step back again. 

Setting Non-Negotiables 

The first thing I had to do was figure out what made me happy. For me, that’s not having to work Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. It also meant not working at night and not having meetings on Mondays. I also wanted to travel as much as possible. 

Another thing I am working on is not messaging my team on the weekends when I come up with an idea. Instead, when those ideas come into my head, I write them down somewhere else. I really want to respect their time because I have built the business I’ve built not by myself, but with them, and I would not be here without them, so I don’t want them burning out either. 

My work schedule 

My COO Kimi and I sat down and set a schedule where we work Monday-Thursday. I wake up around 6:45, have breakfast with the kids, and take them to school. Before coming home, I have a routine where I go to the local Starbucks and sit in the parking lot. During that time, I check in with my clients, respond to any inner-circle questions, and do all of the inbox chores. Once I get home, I do a little bit of journaling and then I do a Peloton ride or a run for about 30 minutes. 

When all of that is done, I’m ready to tackle the day. So, how do I work just 20 hours a week? 

Here’s the catch – you have to be super intentional and know exactly what you’re supposed to be doing that day when you sit down. And I know this may not come easily. It’s something I’ve had to do a lot of hard work with, and I’m still working on it.

In fact, Kimi, who is the most organized human in the world, has helped my business become so much more organized. She actually has created a program that helps with everything she’s helped me with and it’s intended to be handed over to whoever you hire. So, if you have a VA or OBM, you do the first lesson together, and then you hand the program over to that person. It will literally train them to do what she does in my business. 

So, here’s a quick breakdown of my week: 

  • Mondays are for working on the business. 
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the days when I have client meetings. I also host my group coaching calls on these days as well as my 1:1 and inner circle calls. I usually max out at 3 calls in a day. 
  • On Thursdays, I typically just focus solely on the business and don’t take any calls. 
  • I don’t work on Fridays. Instead, we sometimes head up to the mountains in the winter to ski and in the summer we go to the pool. 

Setting Boundaries 

When it comes to messages, I only keep notifications on for my team. My client notifications are turned off because I don’t want to be responding if I’m not fully present. I check Voxer twice a day for my clients. They know I’ll check once in the morning and then once before I log off for the day. Anything that comes in after that or on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will be responded to on the next working day. 

If you want a schedule similar to the one I just shared, then I encourage you to write down all of the things you do in your business and start getting crystal clear on what you still love doing and what you no longer enjoy. What could be outsourced? What could you just let go of? We should be focusing our energy on how to move the needle in our business so that we can help our clients move the needle forward in theirs. 

You don’t have to work a million hours a week to be able to scale to 6 or 7 figures. You can absolutely do it by working 20 hours a week and still maintain a balanced life.

In This Episode, We Chat About

  • Setting non-negotiables 
  • Being intentional about your work day 
  • Deciding what tasks you want to continue, what tasks you want to delegate, and what tasks you want to get rid of 
  • Setting boundaries with yourself and with your clients

Check out Kimi’s Program Organized and Authentic

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Your BFF + New Business Coach.

Your new BFF + Business Coach. I'm here to share all of the ups and downs BTS of my $1m/year photography coaching business and how I got here.

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