There are many differences between offline jobs and the online ones that are starting to attract so many people recently. Here I’m going to share a top ten list of reasons why you might want to consider the switch to internet marketing, and perhaps leave that J.O.B. you hate so much. (And yes, I hear the screams of “I love my job” going out at that last sentence, but you’re still here reading this aren’t you?) J
I’ve never done a list in reverse order so, thought I’d switch things up, and be a little different today!
10. You get to meet a great bunch of people who are likeminded and are busy creating their own little niches in their little corner of the online world. I know you might be thinking of geeks with glasses sitting behind a keyboard and monitor, but trust me there is a diverse world of people out here doing their thing day in and day out from the comfort of their own home, and loving every minute of it.
9. The freedom to set your own hours. Now if you read yesterday’s post titled “Scheduled Downtime” then you know that you can end up working too little or too much, but having the choice is sure nice, and I have faith that you are serious enough about your business that you’ll work it hard and see it grow. No more cringing when the boss asks you to come in on Saturday, or when he/she waits till the last five minutes of the work day to come ask you to stay late.
8. Holidays where I used to work were dictated by “the needs of the business” and also by seniority, so that meant there were entire months blacked out each and every year. Now I’m free to leave the city whenever I wish, and don’t have to feel like I’m abandoning my job each time I leave.
7. No more commute! Need I say more? I used to waste almost 2 hours out of each day driving to and from work. Now that time is spent building my business, cooking dinner for my family or doing something I feel is a valuable use of my time. Now I hate to scare you with numbers but that works out to 20 full days spent commuting each and every year. (Assuming you have 3 weeks of holidays and get all the other recognized holidays off).
8. Location, location, location! No more stuffy cubicle, you can choose to work from the beach (not recommended), the local coffee shop, a public library, backyard, barnyard, or even train yard! My point is that you can choose to make yourself comfortable at home in an office, or dedicated space, or you can choose to take work on the road with you. I was recently stranded for three days because of car trouble (New Year long weekend) and because I had my laptop, and a WIFI connection, I was able to stay productive despite the unpleasant situation. Try calling your boss and telling him your car broke down six hours out of the city and you will be working from your hotel room for the next three days, and see how that feels.
9. The ability to set your own income. Now this one isn’t meant to imply that working online is easy, or that money just flows into your account when working online, it doesn’t. If you want money, you have to work for it, and work hard and smart, but at the end of the day the harder, and smarter you work dictates the income you’ll earn. There are so many income streams available to you online, and this allows you to diversify, and create multiple streams of income which will provide you with a higher level of security that you’d experience with a traditional job that has a single source which is your pay check, or perhaps the residual that you earn from your savings and investments.
10. And finally number ten, the fact that you are building something of value and substance that is all your own, an asset that will provide for you and your family for the rest of your lives, and if built right for your children, and their children after that. People think nothing of working ten or twenty years building up someone else’s company into a profitable entity that will provide for them and their families, until they decide to finally sell it off. Isn’t it time you started building for your future?
For all of the benefits and rewards that come from working your own business from home, and the fact that I whole heartedly recommend it for anyone with the desire, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you it is a very serious decision that shouldn’t be entered into without a great deal of thought and consideration.
Invest the time in creating a solid business plan, and set goals that you’ve thoroughly researched. Talk with people already in the niche you’re considering, and don’t be afraid to ask advice. Often they’ve already made mistakes that they can warn you about and found the area’s that deserve the most focus in order to ensure the success of the business.