Shifting from Services to Products

No matter how hard you try, no matter how efficient you become, there are still only 24 hours in the day. Many people complain about not having enough time to complete their tasks and this is understandable. It doesn’t really matter who you are or what you do; we are still bound by the shackles of time.

It is absolutely true that freelance writers and other similar professionals have a relatively greater degree of freedom in regards to time management than their conventionally-employed counterparts. However, we are still looking at the same clock and we still only have so many hours to produce. I am my own boss, but I am only getting paid when I put in the work and put in the time.

Getting Off the Clock

How can freelancers overcome this? While I am far from making the full transition, the ultimate goal is to earn more passive income. I’ll still have to work, to be sure, but it will be work that can continue to generate money even when I put in no additional work.

Part of this initial strategy has to do with running a blog like Beyond the Rhetoric, since the income generated through advertising can continue to come in without further input, but the blog still needs to be maintained and updated. Let it slide and it’ll stop making money.

More Money, Less Work?

More recently, you may know that I co-authored a book with John Chow. With Make Money Online: Roadmap of a Dot Com Mogul, I will continue to earn royalties so long as stores keep stocking the book and people keep buying it. The residual income likely won’t be huge, but it won’t require any additional work from me.

Going forward, I will gladly still provide my freelance writing services to clients. This provide steady income and, believe it or not, is a source of enjoyment and fulfillment for me. That said, the shift from providing services to producing products may prove more fruitful in the long run. Maybe I’ll write an e-book…