It takes time to build this machine. You have to put money back into it. It might take you weeks or even months to build. But once it’s built, it will serve you.
You can’t design your machine so that every time you want it to make you money, you have to turn a handle. You can't be working constantly to make it work: otherwise, when you stop, it stops. You've traded bosses from a corporate job to a different kind of job.
Instead, you have to go out into your garage, grab your hammer and wrench and tools and build up a machine. Yes, it’s hard. It takes a lot of work up front. But once you’re done, this thing makes money for you while you’re sleeping! You can get up in the morning, look at your phone, and see that you’ve made $2,000 overnight. You didn’t have to go and get up and turn the handle on your machine.
This is a simple example of what I’m doing. Here are a bunch of small items I’m shipping off to Amazon FBA. I got out my notepad and did some simple calculation to figure out how much time I’m saving by sending these items to Amazon FBA instead of shipping them myself.
There are about 294 items in these boxes. If it takes me five minutes to fulfill an order, pack it up, and ship it out, we have 1,470 minutes. That’s 24.5 hours of labor. That’s a lot of time.
If 10% of these customers had a question, and it takes me 3 minutes to answer each question (which is being pretty soft), that’s 87 minutes spent answering 29 questions. An hour and a half.
What about returns? Let’s say 10% of these ended up as returns. If each return took 10 minutes to fully process, that’s 290 minutes. Five hours.
Conclusion: 31 hours of labor. That is four regular 8-hour work days on average.
Think about how many products I can find in four days of work instead of dealing with shipping and monitoring these products. I can send these off to go make money for me and save me time. If the products in these boxes, long labored over and many hours spent researching and testing on, do as well as I suspect they will, it will make me money for months, maybe years. Each product is a little machine. I’m building machines to make me money.
This concept does not just apply to Amazon. If you have a website, you can turn that website into something that is converting your visitors. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to who don’t have people coming to their site. Or, if they do, they could be getting 2,000 people a day, but they’re not turning them into paying customers. They’re not building a machine.
This is why I love coaching people. The things I’ve learned just over the last three years have brought me over $500,000 in the last seven months. I can train you to get there. If you’re interested in getting help, let me know. I hope the principle is of use to you.
Build machines that will serve you. Delay gratification. Don’t be the microwave generation: be the crockpot. Wait. Watch. Invest. It will pay you back well.