The $0-$10K/Day Case Study: Day 16

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What I did today

I am so tired it’s unreal. I was pushing through a busy day today at the office and made some progress on some big pieces of work. That’s exciting as all hell, helps the company grow, and I couldn’t be more proud of where I work and what I do.

I’m also completely gassed though, because I just got home and still have so much left to do for the night that’s it’s pretty unreal. I think it’s probably going to end up being a 1–2am night.

I’m starting to think I need to stop accepting any project that’s not >$1,000. I have a bunch of those currently underway, but those projects absolutely kill me. They’re a time suck, and I can’t do them in an efficient manner.

That being said, sometimes they’re really easy. I’ve done some $300 projects that took me 5 minutes. That values my time at $6,000/hour, and that’s huge.

I’ve also had some $300 clients who ended up being needier than clients who are paying me several thousand.

The reason this matter is that I accepted a new project this evening for $2,750. I think it’s going to be a good price tag, but a needy as hell client. So let’s hope things don’t get too crazy.

Because man, I need to sleep.

I also want to push myself to be the best I can be. It’s conflicting trade-offs. I’ve written in the past that I’ve sacrificed sleep for work, and I’m doing that now too.

And I will for the next couple of years. It’ll be worth it. I just need to keep grinding and not quit.

What I made today

Job: $128

UpWork: $120

KDP: $0

Catalant: $700

Interview Coaching: $0

Medium: $1.00

Total: $949

Today’s pro-rated amount of monthly expenses

Expenses: $212

Today’s Income

Made: $737

My plan for tomorrow

Tomorrow is going to be nuts too. I really hope not, but TBD I guess. I have a lot of shit to do.

I’d love to finish up, get a ton of sleep, then not have much to do tomorrow. That’s not going to happen, but I’ll keep grinding.

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About the Author & The $0-$10K/Day Case Study

Dean’s goal is to create $1,000/day in passive income through entrepreneurship. Too many people write “success porn” that skates over the struggles many face in entrepreneurship

The reason he writes brief posts here every day on Medium is to share his progress and his struggles. You get the unvarnished truth: what worked, what didn’t, and how much farther is there to go.

The hope is that this series of posts will inspire someone else out there to make their entrepreneurship dreams happen.

Dean Woods is currently a VC-backed startup executive by day and a bootstrapped micro-startup CEO by night. Prior to working in startups, Dean was at Boston Consulting Group. Dean graduated with honors from The Wharton School.

What I did yesterday to make $10K a day at 30

The current phase of the plan

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Wake up & sleep:

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Exercise

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Stress levels

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Diet

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My Day Job

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Investment real estate

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My Actual Business

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Side Consulting

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$10K/day website

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Miscellaneous

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Rescue Time Daily Screenshot

Today’s pro-rated amount of monthly & yearly expenses

Today’s Income (pre-tax)

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My plan for tomorrow

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Dean Woods

Dean Woods

Dean’s goal is to create $10,000/day in passive income through entrepreneurship. Too many people write “success porn” that skates over the struggles many face in entrepreneurship. His goal is to create something real that highlights the lack of sleep, disappointment from family, and setbacks you really face in entrepreneurship. The hope is that $10K a day swill inspire someone else out there to make their entrepreneurship dreams happen. Dean Woods is side hustling and working a full time job to kickstart his entrepreneurial path. Prior to this life, Dean was a management consultant. Dean graduated with honors from The Wharton School.

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