I have written about dreams. I have written about goals. Soon I am going to write about actions. But there’s one thing I have avoided all the while: sharing the details for the one dream and goal that drives me to all the side business activities I write about.
I want to be a stay-at-home dad.
When I go to work every day and spend most of the day away from my family, I risk missing out on many important and exciting events that take place during the day. Things like Oiva taking his first step, or learning his first real words. And it breaks my heart to hear him cry when I close the door in the morning.
But there are two things that make this quite a bit more complicated than just taking few months off and let the government support our family:
First, to do that we would have to lower our living standards significantly. Mari is still studying, so we can’t just switch roles.
Second, I would love to make this a more permanent thing than just a few months.
Which leads to my goal: to be able to support my family by
working from home running my business from home in a way that lets me concentrate in my family rather than work like crazy.
That’s my 4-hour workweek dreamline.
The 4-hour Workweek for the insanely interested
Photo by chris1h1
Again, two things:
First, if you work on a side business, adding more and more work to your days is hardly a feasible solution. In fact, it gets really hard rather quickly. Even more so, if you don’t want your life to be just about work.
Second, if you are insanely interested in everything, you want to be free to play experiments on different things, not just get a lot of work and then keep doing it day in day out.
I just finished reading Tim Ferriss’s much discussed book, The 4-Hour Workweek, today and concluded that the muse business approach presented in would be perfect for me for both of the above reasons. A business that takes four hours a week to maintain is much more suitable as a side business than one that requires always more hours with every new customer. And a business like this gives you the freedom to use your time any way you want! Exploring all the things you are insanely interested in (like learning baking from a real French baker or watching your kid learn new skills).
Earlier this week, my friend from the Caribbean, Mark Hayward started his Anywired-Middlebrook Make Money Online Challenge.
Mark is planning to get something started by the end of April, and this post is my way of saying that I will do the same. By doing so, I will be moving closer towards my current ultimate goal of stay-at-home fatherhood. And naturally I will keep you posted on everything that I’m doing to get there, as well as all my results, both successes and failures.
In upcoming posts, I will share my ideas and more details on my plan, but right now what I really would like to do is to listen to your ideas. What do you think I should do to reach my target this month? Feel free to suggest anything that comes to mind and I’ll see how it fits into my plan.
Even small ideas matter
And finally the last piece of inspiration that finally got me started with this project: the one and only Christine O’Kelly. Her blog post on how she made almost $3000 with her 26-page eBook shows that it’s worth chasing even the small money and not getting stuck at thinking that if you can’t make millions right away with your idea, it’s not worth doing.
Let’s try out things, and then tune them as we go, shall we?