How To Work Smarter Instead of Harder

Ahh, Time Freedom And Monetary Freedom

Have you ever noticed that the wealthy individuals around you are able to travel, explore, take lots of time off, and just enjoy life? You may be thinking; “Well of course, they have lots of money to spend!” This is true. How about all of the time they aren’t working – how can they do this? The answer, really, is very simple. They all know how to work their business smart, instead of hard. If you happen to be a person who holds grudges against the wealthy – I recommend that you hit the ‘back’ button on your browser and leave this page…

Time freedom and monetary freedom isn’t something that is instant. Most had to work extremely hard and for long hours in the very beginning. As their business began to take off, they were able to work less. They shifted from working hard to working smart! So what does this mean? How does this work? What are they doing that’s different?

If you look at a traditional company, you will notice that they all have in income. This money pays the employees as well as pays for other expenses – leaving the remaining to help grow the company and to put in their own pockets. This is pretty genius if you ask me! In a nutshell, they are paying individuals to do the hard labor, and keeping the rest. Now you may be thinking; “How awful!” I personally do not feel this way. I look at it differently – I feel that each employee has that position because they chose to take it. If they never wanted the job in the first place, they should have rejected the offer. Every single employee has the same opportunity as the CEO of the company to start their own global empire. Period. The reality is that it all comes down to who wants it more. Those who truly want to succeed will venture out to gain more knowledge and put that knowledge to use. No exceptions.

Learn To Work Your Business Smarter

There really is a million items that I could list that could help you improve the efficiency of your business and allow you to work less hours and still get paid the same – if not more. But I want to focus on just the largest and most effective – in my opinion. If you run the business by yourself with no employees, or even just a few employees – this should help.

Start A Website If You Haven’t Already

If you have a website already, you may be thinking ‘duh!’ But to those who have yet to start one – understand that this is s a must. You are missing out on the largest piece of your business if you are not online. Depending on your industry, there could be only a few people who are actually online – leaving you all the potential business from Internet prospects. This will put you on the cutting edge. The site will have 2 main purposes:
To give out information that will help solve problems and answer questions.
To generate leads that you can eventually convert to sales.

Learn More About Attraction Marketing

Learn how to become the hunted and not the hunter. When you chase people, they start to run – that’s reality. So, develop your website in a way that makes the prospects comfortable when they are browsing your site. Avoid saying things like ‘we are the best because…” or anything to that nature – this is an opinion. Design it in a way that people will contact you, or put their name in a form allowing you to send them updates. When the time is right, they will come to you! Hint: Always be knowledgeable and valuable. Hand information out for free.

Build A Solid Social Media Presence

This really is one of the best ways to not only build relationships with prospects and clients, but a great way to get your content out to those who are interested in what you have to say! This simplifies your business as you will not have to call and communicate with each prospect or client to build long lasting friendships. This can be achieved by simply communicating on mass-scales through social media as well as e-mail newsletters every so-often.

Learn To Dominate Videos

When you shoot video (that looks good), you are achieving 2 things. You are passing along great content to your audience – information that they want to know; branding you as the expert. And also, you are building relationships with them – they key to successful business. It is human nature to want and learn the personality of others – so do just that with video marketing. When they see someone in a video, they connect with them. They learn how well they speak, their personality, as well as their mannerisms – they are connecting on a personal level. Make the video once and post it somewhere. This will allow people to watch it on their schedule, not yours. This saves a lot of time. Can you imaging trying to build a personal relationship with every single person on an individual basis?

Soon Your Business Will Be On Autopilot

Don’t make it any more complicated than it is. In a nutshell; all you are doing is making content once, handing it out, and people look at it on their schedule – not yours. If someone has a question, you simply point them to the link where your content is. The website will answer their questions and build a relationship with them if you have included a well-shot video. As people see more and more content and videos by you (if done properly), they will begin to like and trust you. When the time is right, and they are looking to purchase a product or service within your industry – guess who they are going to contact? You! You are the one providing value. You are the one that actually takes the time to be a friend and show that you care. You are the one who put the personal touch on everything. Your competition did not. They lose; you win. It’s really that simple.

Work Smart – Not Hard

See what can happen when you work smarter instead of harder? Your business works for you, instead of you working for your business. All business comes down to acquiring leads and converting them to sales. When you know what you are doing, it’s amazing how your business can change – for the better. Seriously. Once you get closer to an auto-piloted business, you have more time to spend with your friends, family, as well as more time to play on your yacht! Just be sure to send me an invite ;).

This is a guest post from Brock Blohm.

82 thoughts on “How To Work Smarter Instead of Harder”

  1. d3so says:

    The title needs to be fixed; world = work.
    A lot of people I know that have heard of this concept believe they’re working smart but in reality they still aren’t.
    I’m still working hard 😛

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      We’ve got to get you and your friends working smart! 🙂

      To start when your young is the best time. You can reap the benefits for the rest of your life. Food for thought.

      Make it a great day!

      1. PPC Ian says:

        That is a really great point, the earlier you start the better. Time is your most valuable asset.

    2. I guess working smart comes in naturally after working hard. Problem is some people will always be working hard, but in the end its whatever makes you happy and what your personal goals are.

    3. Erwin Miradi says:

      Yeah I agree. This concept is known world widely. Everybody knows it, but it’s not that easy to apply it.

  2. There goes your SEO effort for this post with wrong title and URL, guess even veterans make mistakes 🙂

    1. Dealbulous says:

      cmon…. john is a human and humans make mistake too.

      1. Brock Blohm says:

        And he marked it as his post, when it was mine :). Yep – we all make mistakes.

        1. Guess he was a little busy or preoccupied with something, while making the post. Good to see it has been corrected now.

          Of course it can all be a John Chow tactic to get people to respond, something we will read about, couple of years down the line 😛

    2. Erwin Miradi says:

      Ya know it’s not John’s post. It’s a guest post by Brock. I think I can understand that kinda mistake because I don’t think John is only taking care of this one blog.

  3. Justin Dupre says:

    Efficiency is the key in working smarter. Try to figure out how best to do the task easily and quickly and you will soon be on your way to a smarter workday

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      You got it, Justin!

      That’s the name of the game!

    2. Erwin Miradi says:

      Yup efficiency. But it would be a lot efficient if you share your work with someone else so everything can be done a lot quicker. That’s smart.

  4. To manage and distribute the work so others can do the work for you is a good way.

    1. But for that you need guys you can trust. I can’t seem to find anyone.

      1. Brock Blohm says:

        You both are right.

        Sounds like you have hit a hurdle, Pulkit. Focus on your finding-techniques. Remember, the right person IS out the…you just have to know where to find them.

    2. Erwin Miradi says:

      Yup that’s what I’m talking about. Outsourcing is a smart way. We don’t have to do it all by ourselves. We can just sit and manage, and I think that’s smarter.

  5. Excellent post john. I’m still at “working hard” but hope to be “working smart” within a year or so 🙂

    1. Brock Blohm says:


      As long as you have your goal set and keep working toward it, you are going great. Keep that end-result in mind!

    2. PPC Ian says:

      I agree, it’s a really great post. I think everyone reading John’s blog can really appreciate a post like this since most of us are trying to build up some serious passive income.

      1. Sure, you are right. But also it depends on what country you are from. Because in some country you can’t implement some ideas because of bureaucracy and so on.

    3. Erwin Miradi says:

      Yeah we all trying to work smart. By the way, it’s a guest post by Brock, not John.

  6. Hard work and smart work both are most important for becoming successful
    Hard Work + Smart Work = Success

    1. Party Ideas says:

      Very impressive & clear explanation dear,keep it up.

    2. Erwin Miradi says:

      Well, I know we all have to start with both hard work and smart work. But in the end, if you really wanna enjoy your time you need to let others do your work, and that’s smart work.

      1. Brock Blohm says:

        You got it, Erwin!

        We all have started out somewhere. We can choose to stay in that same spot, or bump it up a notch and hire employees to do the work for us.

  7. fas says:

    World smart :p Looks like you were in a hurry.

  8. Jon Simons says:

    I agree with the premise of this article, but I’ve found in my own business it’s not quite as easy. They’ll invariably be business challenges which you need to keep an eye on – or – hire an experienced manager to run all the business for you and to handle such issues.

    If you take a completely hands off role in your business, you effectively become an investor/owner/board member of your business, but not involved in the day to day.

    And getting to that point will not happen overnight. Unless you can invest a bunch of money at the start to pay for employees right from the start, you’re going to have to do an awful lot of hard work until your business gets profitable enough to pay for all the employees, and you, and still be growing.

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Hey Jon,

      You are very correct. This does take time. And each business is different. It also depends on whether or not you want to be actively participating or now. Some would probably love to push it to the side without touching it and simply reap the benefits.

      All sorts of variables.

      Thanks for sharing your input!

  9. Dealbulous says:

    Working hard for a start… e.g be your own boss as well as employee (multi-task). When business is picking up, it will be time to get your employees to work for you so that you will have time for leisure or other stuff…. This is what we called work smart.

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      You got it!
      Sometimes we can’t afford to start out with a bunch of employees. We must start alone. But when business picks up, it’s time to expand and hire! 🙂

    2. Erwin Miradi says:

      Now that’s what I’m talking about. Being smart is not working all by yourself. Let others do your work and enjoy your time. That’s really smart.

  10. I think without the combination of smartness and hard working nobody can success in his work.

      1. anaokulu says:

        anlamadım ne demek istedin.

    1. Erwin Miradi says:

      When you’re doing a smart work, I don’t think you need to work hard.

  11. Whitney says:

    Awesome post John! I agree, working smarter is way better than working harder.

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      You got it, Whitney!

    2. Erwin Miradi says:

      Yeah indeed. It’s always like that.

  12. Rakesh says:

    We can not compare our work with 100 workers. But definably we can manage 100 workers to do our work. It is up to us how we use our skill to enhance our work.

  13. Neil Duckett says:

    Still working hard, but also working smart and working fir myself …. So something’s working!

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Excellent! Keep it up!

  14. Hey John,
    I always enjoy reading these kinds of posts from you. Everything you said is true because I know business owners that worked their butts off in the beginning and gradually began to have to work less and earn more as their company grew.

    Eventually selling their business and never having to work again. They earn money now by letting their money work for them.

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Isn’t that the life, Justin? Work, work, work, sell. Be done. 🙂

  15. Allan says:

    Excellent recommendations, I’ve always followed the path of trying to be smarter that work harder and this post was very helpful, financially speaking I would recommend you Robert Kiyosaki’s books, it is pretty much the same path but for financial freedom

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Hey Allen,

      Yep, Robert is a smart guy. Stick to his line of thinking and you will be off to a great start (and finish).

  16. fazal mayar says:

    such a good post, when you work smart, you dont work for money but money works for you

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Most importantly, time works for you 🙂

      1. Erwin Miradi says:

        Yeah. Time is something that I think a lot more important than money. So many people out there got the money, but only a few people got the time to spend the money. I think we’re all trying to be one of the few people, right?

  17. i so need to work on videos. *Sigh*

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      It depends on your site and what it’s all about. If you are trying to brand you, as a person, then yes, video is a great tool.

      Some sites, you may want no video at all.

  18. I agree with you john if you want to built a great business you have to work hard starting off but once you do, you then can outsource everything else! Then you will be able to just focus on managing other people who have to do the dirty work.

  19. Brock Blohm says:

    You hit the nail right on the head. Outsourcing when the time is right!

  20. jason morris says:

    Great post! Good Video is the key to generating a huge following!!

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Hey Jason!

      Definitely a great method!!

  21. Party Ideas says:

    When you live for a strong purpose, then hard work isn’t an option. It’s a necessity.

  22. Party Ideas says:

    Well i’m really impressed by your article & from commentators..
    Thanks to the all.

  23. John says:

    Very inspiring tutorial my friend! I would sure liked to put my blog on autopilot from time to time. Unfortunately I am still in that ‘work harder’ time !

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Keep working at it – if done correctly, you will get there! Best of luck!

  24. Systems is the word. As soon as you have systematized you can focus on something different.

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      You got it, Salvador!
      Build those systems!

  25. Andy P says:

    actually I really want become above, so maybe i must work harder first. Many thank for your post

  26. Elizabeth says:

    Brock, thanks for a great post. You do need to put forth the effort when you’re getting started, but once you find tools to help keep things automated- it’s downhill from there! Actively look for ways to work smarter, it’s definitely worth it to do so!

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      You got it, Elizabeth!

      “Actively look for ways to work smarter” Perfect! I feel that many do not. It should be a constant growth for us in our business. Always look for cheaper or more efficient ways. As long as it doesn’t effect quality!

  27. PPC Ian says:

    I think it’s important to work smart and work hard. If you combine the two, you are destined for success.

    1. Don’t forget about passion. If you don’t like what you do, even smart work wouldn’t help much.

      1. Brock Blohm says:

        Both of you are very correct.

        I am a big fan of passion, myself. Without it, I think most of us would like mediocre lives…

  28. Your last line summarized everything, a website should work for us and we should not slog for the website.

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      I’m with you.
      A site is made to be there whether we are or not. It works for us. Build it. Drive traffic to it. Then you are on autopilot. Then it comes down to tweaking things here and there to make your conversions a bit better. Pretty simple process, in a nutshell. Keep it up!

  29. David says:

    Spent my life working harder, maybe it is time to “Work Smarter”… Keep up the good work.

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Thanks, David.

      It’s never too late to begin something new. Tell yourself you are going to make that change – and you will. Best of luck!

  30. You have picked a great point, i liked it.

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Awesome. Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  31. Paula says:

    Great post Brock. I must get the work smarter notion drilled into my brain! I keep trying but must try harder, or should that be smarter? 🙂

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Hey Paula,

      It definitely is a mindset-shift. Layout a pathway that will get you from where you are to where you are looking to go. Follow that exact pathway. Make it happen. Once you see the new results starting to trickle in, you will then be more excited to keep going. Smart work is much better than hard work 😉

  32. Mike Bugle says:

    Still feel like I am doing all of the work, rather than my business working for me! Great tips though to try and get it running as efficiently as possible, thanks a lot.


    1. Brock Blohm says:

      Awesome, Mike!

      Focus on building more traffic. Nice site, but nobody is coming to it at this point. Once you get targeted traffic flowing, your job will be easier – much easier! 🙂

      Best of luck!

  33. Cheolsu says:

    Very inspiring! This is my first visit to your blog and found so many of your posts interesting. I have bookmarked it and will visit again.

  34. Erwin Miradi says:

    I think work smart is to let someone else do your work to death.
    Doing all of that stuff above by yourself is working smart and hard at the same time.

  35. one thing everyone must agreed upon — importance of social media. No matter how smart you work, you need to have a very good and appealing online profile, where people can go and talk about you.
    If you fail to create such a platform, people tend to forget you.

    1. Brock Blohm says:

      You got it, Ritesh!

      Without proper social media, you are almost dead in the water. Links can be spread incredibly quickly when you have a great following who likes and trusts you.

  36. This is kinda cliché… I don’t know, the concept is so overused in our space that I was expecting to read something new – but this is a same ol’ same ol’ article… Oh well

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