Juggling Multiple Projects

Posted on February 17, 2009 8:00 AM by Joel Comm

I wish I hadn't done it.

And I wish I could tell you all the things that I wish I hadn't done but there are too many incidents to remember them all.

I probably smack my forehead about a dozen times a day and wonder what I've let myself in for.

I know lots of people say that they have no regrets. They might even be telling the truth.

But that doesn't mean that they've never had any regrets.

Everyone has regrets. We might look back and realize that a bad experience was worth it, that a business idea that didn't fly opened a new opportunity or recognize that a mistake taught us a valuable lesson.

But we don't feel anything like that when those things are happening.

And the time they happen most is when we bite off more than we can chew.

I've always got at least half a dozen big projects going at the same time. When I was working on Twitter Power, for example, I was also organizing Elevate, developing iFart Mobile, preparing TextCastLive and marketing InstantFormPro, and of course, creating content, building my online networks and monitoring my advertising revenues.

Is it any wonder I have to turn down about a dozen great-looking joint venture proposals a day? I have to sleep some time...

You'll probably find yourself in the same position. When you start building an online business, you'll probably be fairly focused. You'll have one great idea that you can't wait to develop. After a few months, your site will have some momentum, giving you some free time to develop a second idea, then a third, and a fourth...

And soon you're snowed under.

It's important to expand your business but it's also vital to stay focused. As your projects multiply, make sure that you have enough time to develop them all properly. Don't be afraid to bring in help to increase the number of work hours available in the day.

And remember that it's always possible - and often advisable -- to say 'no.'

10 Comments For This Post

  1. Kevin Puls Says:

    I think that when we catch the entrepreneurial bug, we can quickly become overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with:
    - Information Overload
    - Lack of experience
    - Lack of Knowledge

    That said, we need to have a plan ahead of time- WRITTEN DOWN (!)- and not just in our heads. The reason that is so we can always refer back to it, just in case we forgot something, or need to add something to the list.

    Since the launch of our first, original site (back on 09/28/2008), we have been projecting forward to other projects now as well.

    Yet I am continually being reminded that we need to do things in an orderly, systematic fashion. Otherwise, we'd just be spinning our wheels as it were.

    In conclusion, take the business step-by-step. Don't be afraid to ask for help, either. And, take a step back & re-evaluate if need be.



  2. Anonymous Says:

    I'm in awe at the amount of success you have achieved so far Joel. The book, the online show, the online ventures you have sold. You are like a profit-making machine and I really admire your ability to spot opportunities and make things happen.

    Anyways really enjoyed your video series of how you got started and the different ventures along the way. Inspiring stuff for me.

  3. Brandon Walker Says:

    I know what you are talking about Joel. I find myself starting on one project and building it up and then moving onto another one before I have finished maximizing my first project. But I have told myself this time I am going to stop and focus all my efforts into my free wordpress theme gallery blog which seems to be growing in popularity every day. Taking on multiple projects is too difficult for me juggle at the moment so I think I will stick to just this one.

  4. David KING Says:

    I agree completely...

    Juggling is good for one person...

    a clown.

    thanks for the post!

  5. William Says:

    Right on the money their Joel :)

    I've learnt the hard way that some times multi-tasking is not efficient or the best way to go.

    Anyone can charn out blogs/ sites quickly and its what I did only to find I am fogetting which one I updated when and even when I remembered, I either didnt have the content to post ready or the time to do it despite how much automation with in reason I employ.

    I also means the 24 hours in a day are not enough for a one man band looking to expand this way. So I out sourced a few tasks that I could let go, flipped some sites and got rid of the non profiting ones despite my love for their niche.

    Now, I am working on centralising my product delivery system which should help reduce the domain name costs and the required admin work once in place.

    I won't talk about procrastination though its another factor I never thought of when starting out.

    Thanks for a great post

  6. David Aleh Says:

    Yes you are right starting a new project takes alot of committment and resources. One have to just stick to just one for any meaning achivement to be meant.

  7. Paolo Says:

    Yes, I have to say "no" more! I have 10 projects concurrent.

    I think also, the ability to dump a project soooner, if its unsuccessful is a good skill.

    ...But at the same time I have to say "yes" more, after watching that Jim Carey movie "yes man".. Very confusing! :)

  8. Domain Superstar Says:

    Good advice. "The Dip" by Seth Godin has some very helpful principles along these lines.

  9. Mike Says:

    This is a huge problem in my life right now. I work a full time job and my girlfriend is an artist.
    The problem with the scenario is that we are both overwhelmed. Her art is awesome(almost 100 sales), but we dont know how to market it, or get it infront of the right people.
    It is a project I know we have to tackle...
    Any suggestions?
    her website is http://www.theinvitation.etsy.com

  10. free online adventure games Says:

    The word that all of us find hardest to say: "No." I think it's often because we're afraid if we say no, we'll offend those who ask us or that we would lose out to others. We want to be part of everything, sometimes finding our identity in what we are part of. But I guess the trick to really being successful, is being secure with what we already have to work on, and work at it to make it a success, rather than being involved in everything without having enough time to make it succeed.

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