Online Business Productivity (The book): 19 Productivity Lessons for Online Entrepreneurs

Online Business Productivity - the BookIn September 2012 I started my biggest project to date: Writing a book. Now, 433 days later, the book is out and I can finally relax.

This book – Online Business Productivity – is about how to stay productive in your online business – while working from 9-5 and having other commitments in your life. I have co-authored it with 19 successful bloggers, entrepreneurs and marketers.

Thanks to this book, I have learned even more about productivity and today I’m happy to share some of the book’s lessons with you.

I hope that this advice is valuable and that you can apply some of it in your scenario – whether building your online business part-time or full-time.

Chris Ducker: Figure out your best working times

When you are working from home and you also have a family, things get bit hectic at times. It’s important to make everyone respects your working times, because that’s how there is going to be less distraction.

Another important point is to know the right timing – when to work on really important stuff. Chris is doing that when his family is out of the house, so that he can fully focus on his work without distraction.

  • Tip: Work on your important stuff when your family is out of the house [Click here to Tweet]

Chris Ducker of ChrisDucker.com

Chris Garrett: “No” doesn’t mean “no” forever

When someone asks you to do something, you have to be able to say “no”. This doesn’t mean that “no” means “no” forever. Instead, the timing of the request may not be right for you and that’s why you shouldn’t accept the request for now.

If you said “yes” in this situation, you might do this other person a disservice, since you couldn’t put your best effort to the task right now.

  • Tip: Let the other person understand why you said “no” to a request. [Click here to Tweet]

Chris Garrett of ChrisG.com

Chris Guthrie: Negotiate a day off work

In order to find more time for your online business – especially when working a full-time day job – try to negotiate a day off from work with your current employer.

With this additional time on your hands, you can then dedicate this time to building your business.

Chris Guthrie of EntrepreneurBoost.com

Corbett Barr: Be sure to help people

When starting your online business, it’s very important to first understand the problem(s) you are trying to solve. Then, make it your top priority to actually solve them.

For instance, when Corbett started his blog, Think Traffic, he asked one question: “Why do some sites attract big audiences, while most sites get unnoticed?” He then helped people to answer this question too.

  • Tip: In your online business, make it a top priority to help people solve their problems. [Click here to Tweet]

Corbett Barr of ThinkTraffic.net

Danny Iny: Know your big rocks

Not all tasks are created equal: Some of them are less important while others will make a big difference to your business.

Your task is to identify these important tasks known as the “big rocks”, since they take your business quickly forward. The effect is completely opposite if you focus on the “small gravel”, the less meaningful ones, first.

Danny Iny of FirepoleMarketing.com

David Risley: Learn to be present

When you do work, you do work. When you are spending time with your family, just focus on them.

It’s important to be fully present with your family – rather than being seemingly present and thinking of what e-mail to write next.

David Risley of BlogMarketingAcademy.com

Erin Falconer: Let other people create content for you

When you are writing content for your blog, you don’t have to do all the work yourself. Instead, you can ask other people to help you out.

Start accepting guest posts on your blog. That way you don’t have to create that much content yourself, and people will more than likely promote the content for you.

  • Tip: Start accepting guest posts, so that you can have content more easily for your blog. [Click here to Tweet]

Erin Falconer of PickTheBrain.com

Graham Allcott: Understand the power hour

Allocate one hour every day (in the morning or at some other time that suits you better) and then work on something related to your business.

Still, be picky about the task you choose to do during this hour: Instead of working on the easy stuff, try to pick your key activities which you avoid doing but which matter a lot for your business.

If you take consistent action on these important matters (for instance in one year’s time), you’ll most likely become successful at them.

Graham Allcott of ThinkProductive.co.uk

Henri Junttila: Learn to meditate

To get things done in your online business, you have to be focused and productive. That’s why it’s important to find ways that can improve these two traits.

By just meditating 5-10 minutes per day you can achieve these very benefits. However, you have to consistent and dedicated to this daily practice.

Meditation can be as simple as being aware of your breathing while you’re buying groceries or being aware of your body while washing dishes.

  • Tip: Increase your focus and productivity by meditating 5-10 minutes every day. [Click here to Tweet]

Henri Junttila of WakeUpCloud.com

Jim Kukral: You can’t afford to procrastinate

When you are starting your business and you can’t afford to pay someone to do part of your work, you just have to roll-up your sleeves do the stuff yourself. In this situation, procrastination is not an option if you want to become successful.

To motivate yourself into action, find a compelling reward when finishing your tasks – for instance by going to movies.

  • Tip: Procrastination is not an option if you want to become successful. [Click here to Tweet]

Jim Kukral of JimKukral.com

Jules Clancy: Get your audience’s feedback

When creating products for your audience, it’s crucial to first understand what they want. So rather than creating a product – only to realize that no one is buying is – make sure you understand their needs first.

By doing this, you can save yourself a lot of work, and this saves your time too.

  • Tip: Understand your audience’s needs first, then create products based on those. [Click here to Tweet]

Jules Clancy of TheStoneSoup.com

Michael Sliwinski: Keep yourself fit

It’s important to keep yourself fit. That’s how you get a lot of energy to handle your daily tasks. It’s also a fine way to tackle procrastination as well.

Michael Sliwinski of Nozbe.com

Natalie Sisson: Create a MIA list every night

Every day after you have stopped working, create a Most Important Actions (MIA) list, which has three of the most important tasks in it.

The next morning when you wake up, work through your MIA list.

Natalie Sisson of SuitecaseEntrepreneur.com

Pat Flynn: Remember your “why”

Sometimes you might question your motivation towards building your online business. This is especially true when you are tired and come home from work.

In that situation, it’s important to remember your “why”.

By answering this question, you are fully aware of why you are building your online business in the first place. This in turn can motivate yourself to take action again.

  • Tip: If you are lacking motivation towards building your online business, remember your ”why” [Click here to Tweet]

Pat Flynn of SmartPassiveIncome.com

Peter Clemens: Learn on the go

Take advantage of commuting times by listening to podcasts or audiobooks. This is a fine way to educate yourself with various (business) topics.

Peter Clemens of TheChangeBlog.com

Steven Aitchison: Get up early

Building your online business while having a day job requires some sacrifices on your part.

One of these sacrifices is getting up out of bed earlier, so that you can move forward with your business.

Steven Aitchison of StevenAitchison.co.uk

Steve Scott: Figure out your 80/20

Figure out the most important tasks in your business that add to your bottom line.

These tasks are the ones you should be focusing on, thus the term 80/20. In other words, 20% of your tasks are the most important, while the rest (80%) will be less so.

Steve Scott of SteveScottSite.com

Tom Treanor: Don’t pinch pennies on technology, tools and training

Make sure that your work equipment is supporting your productivity and effectiveness.

Also, make sure that you purchase tools and training if they support your business and build your expertise faster.

Spending money on all these are investments, as they will pay for themselves in one way or another.

  • Tip: Don’t pinch pennies on technology, tools and training – if they support your business somehow. [Click here to Tweet]

Tom Treanor of RightMixMarketing.com

Timo Kiander: Hire a coach

Investing into a business coach has been one of the best decisions I have made when building my online business. This has enabled me to focus on the things that matter the most and writing a book has been one of these things.

You can naturally get advice from e-books and generic online courses as well, but I prefer coaching since I get personal advice meant just for me. It’s also a much faster way to get the results you are looking for.

Sure, coaching costs money, but then again it’s an investment. It will pay for itself – if you are willing to do the work that your coach advises you to do.

Timo Kiander of ProductiveSuperdad.com

Announcing: Online Business Productivity – a free book of 198 pages!

Online Business Productivity - the BookToday is a special day as I’m announcing my first book, “Online Business Productivity: How to Start a Productive Online Business and Get Sh*t Done – Even When You Are Working from 9-5!”, available for immediate download!

This book answers one big question that many online entrepreneurs – especially part-time ones – are facing: How can I stay productive with my online business while having other commitments in my life (job, family …)?

The book is co-authored with 18 successful bloggers, marketers and entrepreneurs – including people like Pat Flynn, Corbett Barr and Danny Iny and Natalie Sisson.

Do want to hear the best part? It’s free!

All I’m asking is that you to go to the book’s download page, enter  e-mail address and I’ll give you instant access to this 198 page book.

The book is also available as a printed version or as an Amazon Kindle version and there is nothing stopping you buying it as well. It’s much easier (and more convenient) to read that way than from your computer screen!

Timo Kiander

  • Hey Timo,

    Congratulations on finishing this long awaited book and since I’ve had the pleasure of reading it I can definitely say that it’s a must have.

    I’ve always been known to my friends and family as someone who is “annoyingly” organized. Yes, they gave me that name. I just think everything has it’s place and I’m a big planner. I rarely do things unless they’re planned so keeping myself organized so that the work gets done has never been an issue for me.

    Now I’m not perfect since deciding to start working from home and sometimes a lot of the “busy work” can get in the way. What I enjoyed the most from all of your contributors is learning that there isn’t just one way to do things. I’ll catch myself feeling guilty at times because I don’t get up at 4:00 in the morning to get things done so that I’m not working until the wee hours. But we’re not all morning people and I can’t function at that time of the day. It’s okay so I can forgive myself.

    There isn’t a one size fits all but the tips that everyone shared, I picked up on so many areas I can definitely do better in. Thank you so much for interviewing all of these wonderfully successful people, including yourself, and sharing these productivity tips with us. I think we can all benefit from their knowledge.

    Best of luck to you Timo! Great job!


    • Timo Kiander

      Thank you Adrienne!

      I agree – we are all unique human beings and what could work for me doesn’t necessarily work for someone else.

      It sure was a big project, but I’m relieved since it’s behind me :)


  • Timo – huge congratulations on your first book ! Such great work !

  • I’ve just got my free copy and I am excited to read it.

    When we are home-based business entrepreneur, productivity is a very important aspect because we are not paid for time, but for results.

    I am looking forward to read it and I’ll be back to give you a comment on what I’ve learned from it.


    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Renaud!

      Yes, I agree – we are responsible for our results. Being organized and productive are key skills for anyone working from home.


  • Hi Timo, congrats on the book! I saw one of your co-authors tweet about the book and I’ve just downloaded it. Looking forward to reading it and and more posts from your blog.

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi David!

      That’s great to hear – thank’s for downloading it!

      Let me know if you have any questions and I’m happy to help you!


  • Hi Timo,
    I read the review on Adrienne’s blog and that’s how I got here. I just got y copy and the huge bonuses. It’s too much value for free ;)

    Thanks for putting this up

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Enstine!

      My pleasure! Great to hear you decided to download it!


  • Congratulations Timo on your first book! What a Great Accomplishment I to am going to go and download this. You have put together some great resources here to help us with productivity.

    Looking forward to reading, Thanks for sharing..Chery :))

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Chery!

      Nice to see you here and thanks for downloading the book!

      Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll get back to you :)


  • Congrats Timo, I bet this is a great book. You have a great group of writers. I hope the book does well for you.

    • Timo Kiander

      Thank you Michael!

      Yes, it’s a great group and there is a lot of great advice there :)


  • Hi Timo,
    Bang on target.Very motivational.Thank you for sharing and keep motivating us..!

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Sameer!

      Sure – great to hear you liked it :)