How to Work When You’re Not Working

I know. You probably see that title and think that I have gone positively insane.

Michael, we read John Chow dot Com because we want to escape the shackles of working for the man. We read John Chow dot Com because we want to strike it rich on our own and make money online. We want to live the dot com lifestyle.

I get it. I understand. For me, the most important thing about making money online as an Internet entrepreneur is the time freedom that it affords me. It’s because I work for myself and I make my living on the Internet that I am able to spend more time with my daughter. It is because I have this freedom of time that I can avoid the crazy weekend crowds at the mall and go when it’s much quieter on a Wednesday afternoon.


The thing is that many people assume that living the dot com lifestyle means that you don’t have to work at all. That’s not true. You may be able to break the connection between dollars earned and hours worked. You may be able to work fewer hours and earn more money. However, you still have to put in the hours to establish those systems in the first place if you want to generate a consistent and reliable source of passive income.

And this is above and beyond the kind of maintenance that you would need to do if you want to keep your blog updated on a regular basis or if you wanted to maintain your affiliate marketing income. Batch processing can make you more efficient, but you still have to put in some time to get the job done. So, how do you do that?

Well, let’s start with batch processing itself. There is a misconception that if you want to update your blog daily that you need to actually blog every day. You don’t. What you can do instead is set aside a larger block of time, perhaps once a week, to write a number of blog posts in bulk. You can then timestamp them so that they are published on a predictable and consistent schedule. A lot of the other things that you do, like updating your social media or releasing videos on YouTube, can be accomplished with the same strategy and mindset.


And in line with the concept of batch processing is understanding the location freedom that the dot com lifestyle affords you. What this means is that you can work from just about anywhere. A great example of this combination is the Driving with John Chow video series. First, most people don’t accomplish anything while driving aside from the actual act of getting from point A to point B.

When John records a Driving with John Chow video, he is working while he makes his way to a meetup, lunch or wherever else he happens to be going. This gives him more free time when he’s not driving to do other things, working-related or not. And by recording several videos all in one trip, he’s batch processing too.

Even when you are not actively producing new content, you can be productive by expanding your mind and learning new things. Listen to a podcast or audiobook while driving. Read books related to your niche and industry rather than material that is less relevant. With the dot com lifestyle, you don’t need to separate work from life. It’s all just living… it’s just that it happens to make money for you too.

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13 thoughts on “How to Work When You’re Not Working”

  1. Rudy says:

    Yes, use all the opportunities that exist to make money, thanks for sharing.

  2. Is this a new version? I have your previous ultimate online profit model and I have learned a lot from you through these years and don’t like to miss any updates from you.

    I have had very good success reading the earlier ebook. Thank you John.

    1. John Chow says:

      The new version is a month away.

  3. John, I agree with you totally. Many people have a misconception about working with internet online. I’ve been struggling for many many years and still do today. The number of hours available each day are really not enough unless one stay very very focused! Procrastinating is our biggest enemy. To realize the internet dream… really long hours until you hit the right track…

  4. Tom Hofman says:

    Thank God for WordPress post scheduling, or the “time freedom” part would be a lot more difficult to achieve…

  5. kksilvery says:

    I agree with you, You have gone positively insane. Every parent in india thinks that blogging is more like a part time or time passing to get rid of boredom, while there are many bloggers who have turned blogging in to full time job and making over $1000 of dollars every month. I’m in to blogging too, however blogging has taught me something more valuable.

  6. faisal says:

    Well said, make all use of time.

  7. Gino Bulova says:

    Thank you John ‘ for your hard commitment , “Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy.”

    Gino Bulova

  8. Arpit Roy says:

    Well written. Making the most out of any given opportunity is what really matters. If you can chalk out a plan to make full use of the time at hand, you can work wonders!

  9. Hi Michael,

    The thing is, this gig is continual! Sure I take breaks, and sure I let up a bit, but overall, I devote the majority of my time and energy – online and offline – to freeing myself and my audience through my blog. Case in point: the power’s been out in Bali here for the last 2 days. It happens when you’re in the wilderness. So even though I couldn’t go online I spent a decent amount of time thinking through my strategies, reading relevant eBooks, and doing what I want to do to grow my blog. I am no machine; I enjoy paradise too. Yet I know being focused on rounding out my skills, and on creating, is the quickest way to free me, and to free my readers, and to free my new readers 😉

    Thanks Michael!

    Tweeting and Pinning from Bali.


  10. Aderemi Dare says:

    Wow, what a great post.

    Indeed the greatest part of making money online is the time freedom and that exactly what bloggers have and other businesses doesn’t have.

    Time freedom, and location freedom should be considered and using the batch processing to accomplish that is a great idea.

    Thanks you for the informative post.

  11. Anil Agarwal says:

    I think staying focused while working from home is the key to success.

    Not everyone can do it and most people get easily lost when they are working from home. I think unplugging the Internet can work like a charm if you’re writing blog posts.

    Great stuff John!

  12. Jay says:

    Well said John it all boils down to continually learning and concentrating on the major tasks that earn you the bulk of your money online.

    Get more done, be a lot more profitable, in a lot less time

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