A Typical Day In My Life

I recently did a survey asking my readers to provide feedback on what they’d like to see more of on my blog. One of the suggestions made by my readers was to talk about a normal day in my life. I loved this idea so here’s the post!

The first thing to realize here is that I have a full-time job which means I don’t have time during the day to work on my business. That being said, I do now have a team of 14 people and I can tell you that they are busy working every single day. This is the key to balancing my business with my day job. My day job is not my primary income source, as of 2010 I make more money with Linton Investments than with my day job. This begs the question, “Then why not quit your day job?”

The answer to that is easy, I love what I do. I only think you should quit a job if you hate it and waking up in the morning you dread going to work, or if you find something you love more. I happen to work for one of the coolest companies on the planet with some of the most inspiring people in the world. As my own business grew I realized I wouldn’t have the time to support the growth, and this meant bringing on more people and turning it into a real business. If you love what you do there’s really no reason to quit your day job, but the moment you stop loving it, quit.

Okay, so now let’s take a look at my typical day. 

I’m not much of a morning person so I tend to get up around 8:00AM. Then Daina and I usually go for a jog or to the gym and then will either sit the hot tub or head back home. We then have breakfast and spend the morning together. At around 9:30AM I dive-into my day job and work until about 6:00PM just about every day.

That’s what I’m doing during the day, but here is what my company is doing. I have a team of people that are constantly working on our sites, so during the day they are making SEO tweaks, working with content writers, doing backlink building, etc. I also have writers that are constantly adding new content and engaging with other publications online.

On the domain sales side I have one person fielding my inbound inquiries on domains another person just focused on acquiring domains. I have great people that know the kinds of names that I look for and spend time scouring the net looking for potential investments. I have two social media managers who manage our Twitter and Facebook accounts and keep these rocking every day.

So while I’m at home working, the business is running full speed ahead. At about 6:00PM Daina and I might go to the beach, go out to dinner, or meet with someone who is in town. We have a lot of business contacts that we work with and people are constantly coming-into LA so we do quite a bit of entertaining and networking.

Typically at 8:00PM or 9:00PM I sit down and write a blog post (writing this one at 8:15PM on Monday night) and then review with my project manager what the team has done for the day. I’d say I spend about 2-3 hours a night on the business with most of the time going-into team management and making sure that we are tracking towards our goals. Daina and I also spend about an hour each night working on Appraiso or one of the other software companies we are building. Daina has a brand-new company she started a couple of weeks ago so we’re both wearing CEO hats and bouncing ideas off each other.

At around 10:00PM or 11:00PM Daina and I will usually watch one of our favorite shows like Star Trek or Seinfeld and then head off to bed. Of course I do travel quite a bit so this only covers my typical day at home. When I’m off globe-trotting every day is different but they all usually involve a few meetings and plenty of dinners and nightlife to follow.

Two weekends out of every month we skip town and either go wine tasting, or just find a great B&B and relax. The other two weekends we typically work on one of our software companies, focusing on strategic planning. For us, we are all about building businesses, not creating another job for ourselves. We have no dreams of being self-employed, for us it’s all about finding and building repeatable models for making money.

I used to stay up late looking at drop lists or evaluating potential purchases, maybe send a few sales emails. Now I have great people who do this, and love doing it. This means that I have very little day-to-day involvement outside of this blog which has become my only real daily commitment, but I absolutely love it, and as I’ve said before, my plan is to blog into my 100′s.

So there you have it, a typical day in my life! I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I juggle everything and I hope this gives you a window into my life and the way in which we run our businesses. When you’re just starting out in the Domaining space and only making a few thousand dollars a month this might not be possible. However, once your making a solid $20k-$30k or more per month, take a chunk of that money and find great people to run the business so that you can stay focused on working on the business, rather than in it.

As always I’d love to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

Morgan

Co-Founder at Fashion Metric
Morgan Linton was born in Berkeley, California but spent nine years traveling the world as an early employee for digital music startup Sonos. In 2007 Morgan founded Linton Investments, a domain name and branding company that has helped some of the most recognized startups in the world acquire their top choice domain name. In 2012 Morgan left his full-time job to co-found Fashion Metric, a startup building technologies that make it easy for online shoppers to buy clothes that fit and arming retailers with more data than ever before.

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  • Twerg June 27, 2012, 2:27 am

    Great post Morgan. What i’d like to read more about is how you went about to find these great people and built your team and how you go about managing them?
    This is the main issue that i am facing right now in my ventures, there’s way too much on my plate right now and i want to build a good team of people that i can trust and are equally passionate about it.

  • jayjay June 27, 2012, 3:55 am

    re: “I’m not much of a morning person so I tend to get up around 8:00AM”
    lol quite the opposite here :)

    Bedtime for me starts at 6:00/7:00pm morning 2:00/3:00 am for which I work online till about 3:00/4:pm.

    Irony for me is it’s these hours in the Southern Hemisphere (I’m a resident of Australia) that correlate to the busiest online buying/selling times in the Northern Hemisphere and Mid-Continent (India).

    These regions are my main source of clientèle for domains, websites and/or website services (coding links..etc)

    “I guess the early bird catches the worm after all” ;)

  • Retire June 27, 2012, 7:19 am

    Great fast forward but I would like to now hear more of part1 next.

    How was your day in the life of Morgan Linton to build $20-30k a month?

    Im sure that would be even more of an interesting story that many would like to read and learn about in order to even get to a point we have read above. So how did your scheduling day look part time in the biz prior?

  • Twerg June 27, 2012, 7:21 am

    @Retire

    Yes that would definitely be an interesting read. What say Morgan?

  • Dreighen June 27, 2012, 10:17 pm

    Still fairly new to your blog Morgan, how did you go about building your own personal “empire”?

  • Shudian June 28, 2012, 6:33 am

    Thanks for writing this post, it seems like you’re getting the right work-life balance and it’s great to hear about people who are happy with what they do. I’m pleased that the model seems to work for you and is sustainable. Great hearing from success stories.

  • Morgan June 28, 2012, 1:49 pm

    @Dreighen – if you read my bio this will give you a bit of my background, which reminds me I need to update the bio with some of the latest and greatest!

  • Dreighen June 28, 2012, 8:27 pm

    Yeah, I kinda saw that after I posted my question and started reading it.

  • Adam June 29, 2012, 10:58 pm

    good article morgan. you’re much more organized then I’ll ever be (and you are still a morning person) . I’m curious about your people too. how you found them, what you pay, how you keep them going, etc. Good people are worth every penny.

    Oh and btw…. I feel so let down to learn that those emails I got from you selling/buying weren’t really you ! :)

  • James July 4, 2012, 4:41 pm

    Just started in domain game. How about a story on whether or not minisites are still an effective means of passive income. With the changes Google has made recently in their ranking process it seems less likely minisites will work. Backlinks are a b… Thanks.

  • Ali October 10, 2012, 10:57 pm

    Great post. Nice to learn about you and how well you manage your life. I just started my career. Got to learn many things from this post.

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