Here’s a story…
2 years ago I quit my career in the customer service industry to pursue my dreams of making money, from home, on my own terms.
I learned everything I could about building great websites and blogs and started flipping them online for cash, which at it’s peak was generating more than 3k per month in profit. I know this doesn’t sound like a lot, but for a kid who’s spent the majority of his life broke, 3k per month was bling bling!
After my days as a rock star site flipper sizzled down, I got into the offline market and started pitching my services and expertise to local businesses – which was in the later part of 2009. I knew that I was the best at what I did (WordPress and social media) and had this innocent idea that I would make way more money building a 5 page website for a business than I would flipping it online.
Work the same (8-10 hours a day) and make more money – it was a no brainer.
12 months later…
I have been grinding full time as a guerrilla web designer, copy writer and social media guy, helping businesses all over Canada get more leads, clicks and phone calls from their websites – and things have been good, but there’s just one thing…
I’m still trading hours and tasks for dollars, while working on the client’s clock. Sure, I make about $300 per month passively through Google Adsense and a bunch of niche blogs I own, but at the end of the day if I stop working, the money stops coming in.
Here is where the problem lies.
When I quit my job, it was because I wanted to work less and make more. I wanted to make money while I sleep and remove myself from my businesses with no fluctuation in my bank account. After two years of being able to say I “work at home” I’m not sure I’m on the right path…
It is the work at home curse.
When someone first discovers how to “make money online” and the glorious lifestyle it can bring you, everything is covered in sparkles and ribbons. The grass smells so sweet and the possibilities are endless. All you need to do is to build a bunch of websites that make money when people click on them, quit your job and travel the world while you become a millionaire.
I know for a fact that there are thousands of people all over the world that are “working from home” and are their own “boss”, and so many of them are just as tired now as when they were working for the suits. The question I’m really trying to confront is this:
At what point should I stop romanticizing the fact that I’m self employed and actually start making money doing something I love?
Don’t get me wrong, the Internet has been a passion and fascination of mine for 15 years, since my very first encounter with America On Line (remember the free CDs?)
Anyways, I guess what I’m trying to say is all any one can do is dig deeper and wider in hopes of striking “the force” when everything finally aligns… Consider this day 1 of my personal revolution.
P.S. You can obviously see that I’ve gotten extremely bored with current design of the blog and decided to start experimenting in real time. Bare with me!