Automating Online Business And Making Lemonade


Why I Need An Automated Business

Automating online business is my ultimate dream, because the offline business has struck again. So I have to drop everything online to attend to the latest crisis in one of my offline businesses.

Something I had been expecting to happen in a month's time happened last Monday, with no notice. Just a phone call on Monday morning to tell me it had already happened. If the agents I pay to look after my interests had been keeping me up to date, I would have been prepared.

The previous Monday I dropped in to check on progress and my last words were: “I need a date this will happen as soon as possible”. Somehow, this seems to have been heard as “Let me know AFTER it has happened, so I can't make any advance planning”.

On Monday I was furious, but my entrepreneurial son Matt and his wife – who were “lined up” to come and help me in a month's time – managed to scrape me off the ceiling and calm me down. Although, quite understandably, they couldn't drop everything right away, they're able to come along in a few days time.

Meantime there ARE a few preparations I can make in advance – including dashing off Sunday's blog post (this one) in advance so I have Saturday and Sunday free to work with Matt on the offline project.

Making Lemonade

Matt, who is wise beyond his years, found the positive points in the early triggering of our joint venture. He pointed out to me the possible down-sides if it had, instead, dragged on beyond the planned-for mid-September.

The “wise words” that came to mind after talking to him were “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. Because that's what we're doing now.

After all, having “too much business” on my plate is a problem that many others wish they had.

The Online Business Lesson

The bulk of my income comes from more than one successful offline business. Cumulatively they're paying me well – but they take a lot of my time.

There's very little control over when I'm needed. I'm very much at the beck and call of my clients. I can be sitting about waiting for work one day – then BAM – everything kicks off at once and I'm pulled in several different directions. It's completely unpredictable.

So while I sometimes talk glibly about the benefits of being my own boss and time freedom, in all honesty I haven't 100% achieved this. Because I am still very much tied to my offline business.

Yes – if I want to go out for lunch with a friend one day and do that day's work from 8pm to 2am it's no problem. But there are times when I'm at the simultaneous beck and call of MORE pay-masters than your average wage-slave.

Effective Time Management in my own business is still a “Work-in-Progress” for me. But a solution is coming together.

A Solution For Part-time Online Entrepreneurs

stress-fot-webWhether you are working for one boss, or like me, still juggling four or five “bosses” for the bulk of your income, you need to be realistic about the time you can allocate.

Those of us still lucky enough to have a regular income will be wise to allocate some of that income to automating or out-sourcing certain areas of our online business. Your business can grow faster than if you were completely inactive.

Your online business can continue at some level while you carry on with fee-paying activities to help grow the online business to the stage when it overtakes the offline business.

In my case, the goal is to provide the comfortable retirement I forgot to prepare for while being “busy-busy” in my offline business. What's your goal?

Business Tasks To Automate

I have written before about tools to help automate my business. To me it makes sense to focus automation on areas I don't enjoy doing, or areas I'm poor at.

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Creating presentations to turn into videos is an area I'm weak on. I've already found someone who will do that for me, plus some tools that let me add the finishing touches.

She works on the other side of the world, so if she isn't already too busy, I can send her a “job” at my bedtime and it's ready for me when I wake up.

My automation plans are underway, but not yet completely ready.

The “crisis” this week just reinforced how much I need to focus on automating online business using something that can work in parallel with me – and, even better, while I sleep.

If you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die. Warren Buffett Click To Tweet

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Over To You

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Kimsea Sok - August 22, 2016

Joy, thanks for sharing…

Well. We’re all working for income, but the most important is freedom. Sure, we want to have more time without worrying our business.

It’d be great if there is any automate business tool such what you mentioned.

You know? Sometimes, I sucked with managing of my times. I don’t when to what even I trickly plan my time.

Honestly, I’m thinking about hiring some people to work for me, but the budget is limited. I know spend a small money for testing ultimate which can push up our business is a great idea.

Thanks for sharing. I will keep follow more update about your. Please do not to keep more update.

    Joy - August 24, 2016

    Hi Kim,

    Sometimes we work so hard for our freedom that we’re spending more time than we would having a job.

    You’re right – sometimes you have to value your own time enough to spend some money – especially if you spend it on something that’s done better by a third party than you would have done.

    The automated business I recommend is JoyHealey.com/Simple.

    If you enter your name and email address, you’ll get to experience the automation for yourself.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Robin Khokhar - August 22, 2016

Hi Joy,
You mixed the automation online business and lemonade together. I liked the post.
so,, Thanks for sharing and have a good week ahead.

    Joy - August 25, 2016

    Thanks for your visit and share Robin,

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Lea Bullen - August 23, 2016

Hi Joy,

Automating an online business, or probably anything for that matter, makes things easier. Knowing that things will happen as they should without much effort from you takes a lot of stress off of the table. And like in your case, allows you do be flexible whenever you need to be.

I’ve automated certain things and it’s been great. It made life much easier and freed up time for other things, which is great.


    Joy - August 25, 2016

    Hi Lea,

    I’m glad you agree. Sometimes I think it makes me seem lazy – but really, I just want a stress free life with an income. After all, you don’t see Richard Branson flying a plane or driving a train 🙂 He out-sources, and so will I 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Ravi Chahar - August 25, 2016

Hey Joy,

Nowadays, people are heading towards the online business. And it’s good because they can handle their business from the home.

Automation seems to be a great concept. There are many things which matter while handling an online business.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Have a great week.

    Joy - August 25, 2016

    Hi Ravi,

    I think that more and more people are realising that there’s so much to do while running an online business that some automation is necessary – even if not ideal.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Amar kumar - August 25, 2016

Hey Joy,

Glad to read your wonderful post,

Now-a-days online business become ultimate dream of many person and i am also of them. Really when life provide us lemons we have to convert into lemonade.

Today we can see rapid growth of online business due to flexibility and we can earn unlimited from online business but its completely depended upon our effort. Most investors are also focusing on online marketing so it become great opportunity to drive more traffic in our business.

Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy post.

With best regards,

Amar kumar

    Joy - August 25, 2016

    Hi Amar,

    Yes, succeeding in any business (online or offline) is largely about being flexible enough to react to rapidly changing circumstances and make the most out of any situation even if it initially seems grim.

    Thanks for your visit,

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Kim Willis - August 27, 2016

Hi Joy

I’m one of those people who believes that you can’t completely automate a business to the extent that the owner can totally remove him/herself from it.

After all, the business owner was the person who got it to a certain point, and therefore, when that energy source is removed the business will invariably suffer.

Of course, if someone else takes over the running of the business, different story. They may bring energy, drive, passion and skills to the table, and could take the business to a higher level.

It’s an interesting topic, and I wish you well in your quest.


    Joy - August 27, 2016

    Hi Kim,

    I completely agree with you that I will never completely automate any of my businesses – and, to be honest, I don’t think I would want to. I’m too much of a control freak 🙂

    However I do need to have some areas automated so that if I’m needed elsewhere I can take myself out of one loop and slot into another loop without the first one falling down.

    The most serious candidates for automation are the bits I either don’t enjoy, or am bad at. You’re right – someone else doing those tasks could bring better energy and skills than me doing them with “bad grace” wishing I was doing something else.

    However I can’t ever see me delegating blog posts – other than the occasional guest author – because that’s probably the aspect of my business I most enjoy.

    All a learning curve – and for me to even think of letting someone else doing something for me, rather than me struggling to learn a new task, is an improvement. Some of these exercises have been very successful – Jen and the PowerPoint presentations was great. But there have been some that were a complete waste of time and I ended up doing the job again.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

ikechi - August 28, 2016

Hi Joy

You are pointed out the most important fact about business. Sometimes we pursue having so much income streams that we forget about freedom. You are so right that automating business is so important or we would work till we have no more strength. There are so many automation tools that can help and with the internet, you can outsource to anyone, anywhere.

Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    Joy - August 28, 2016

    Hi Ikechi,

    Yes I have been feeling of late that I’m rather drowning in everything and working for an employer would be far easier than working for THIS boss (me!). Only joking really, because there are so many other benefits. But at the moment time freedom isn’t one of them.

    Time for a rethink to reduce some of the stress!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Donna Merrill - August 28, 2016

Hi Joy,

Kim brings up a great point and I do agree to an extent lol. I like to have things done myself, but there are certain areas that must be automated. I love it when I wake up in the morning and check my stats to see I did make sales while I slept. But that is because people have opted into an offer I put out there on my email or some other place.

I don’t like things automated that have a branding of automation..like buffer for instance; when I tried that it says that I did it from buffer, ergo, I didn’t take the time and care to share it myself. Things like that.

Otherwise, if one wants to run a business, there are so many things we can use to automate and it must be done or it will take a very long time.


    Joy - August 28, 2016

    Hi Donna,

    Sales in our sleep 🙂 The ultimate dream! Yes, sales from emails are a sort of automation that you set up in the first place.

    I use Buffer, and I know what you mean about the branding. I really don’t like that. However I’ve tried other tools and I didn’t find their interface as easy to handle.

    I suppose I justify it to myself that I have taken the care to set it up in the first place and if I didn’t schedule it in advance there are times when I’m really tied up with other things and it just wouldn’t get done. I manually share as well when things take my fancy.

    What I really find difficult about out-sourcing is that I’m such a perfectionist I find it very hard to not keep tweaking the “finished” product until I might as well have done it myself in the first place!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Chery Schmidt - September 2, 2016

Hello Joy! I know all too well about having too much on my plate. I too have way too many offline businesses. (Especially in the summer) and am also happy to have found a way to help automate my online success.

Congrats girlfriend.
Keep up the good work
Chery :))

    Joy - September 2, 2016

    Hi Chery,

    Yes, I think we both keep those plates spinning in the air! Both online and offline.

    We deserve a bit of automated success 🙂

    Have a great weekend. Joy – Blogging After Dark

sazia kazia - September 4, 2016

Hi Joy mam, wonderful idea of automation but can’t say how it works. Thanks for sharing.

    Joy - September 4, 2016

    Hi Sazia,

    To see how I’m automating my online business click here.

    Watch the videos and if you’d like more information on getting started, just get in touch via my Contact page or on Facebook.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Brenda - September 8, 2016

Hey Joy,

I would also like to add more.

I think the freedom of having an online business could not happen in any job.

Joy, I go hiking in mountains, and even in the highest mountains just having my laptop with manages everything for me.

Its just the life that I always wanted.

Would love to see more articles like this.


– Brenda

    Joy - September 8, 2016

    Hi Brenda

    The freedom that comes from having your own online business is priceless beyond measure.

    I have to confess that hiking in the mountains isn’t how I would choose to spend my free time, but I’m so glad you’ve achieved your dream.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Lydia - September 17, 2016

Hey Joy, lovely blog. Automation I can tell you I would be in trouble without it. I have three businesses I run and one is offline If it weren’t for automation I would not have the time to work with this many and also I wouldn’t be able to scale either. I have great tools paid and free and with a good planner, I feel freer. it wasn’t always this way definitely, can tell the difference based on results and available time for myself and with family. Thanks for this post

    Joy - September 18, 2016

    Hi Lydia,

    Glad you like my blog and agree with the need for automation – which, admittedly, many people think is “Not good”.

    For people like me – and from the sounds of it, you – if it wasn’t automated it probably wouldn’t be done at all, because I’m very busy with my other businesses. And just as important, need to make time for myself and my family.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Mary Sloane - September 18, 2016

Boy Joy What a wake up call

I am still doing everything in my online business and now I really need to make it work for me instead of me working for it

Thanks for sharing… sure b glad you made some lemonade

I was amazed to see that quote from Warren Buffett Wow!

To a retirement you love


    Joy - September 19, 2016

    Hi Mary,

    I had to look at automation when it became obvious that – far from being close to retirement – I was spending more time working online than I was on my other businesses.

    The first stage has been to find a good product creator to take that pressure off me, which I have done.

    I’m glad the post has got you thinking about making your business work for you.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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