Trust Your Struggle

Musings of a Struggling Online Solopreneur


January 8th, 2019.

Main Point of Musing:  Make Sure You Have a Job Before Starting an Online Business ]

My dream for a long time now has been to be my own boss.  I was and am especially interested in running a thriving online business.  Do you know how long I have been chasing the dream? Since 2008. That was when I began researching how to make money using the internet.

What the heck happened? I have decided I should share my struggle while I am still pursuing the ultimate goal, financial freedom or independence.  There are two reasons for this. Just maybe people starting out will understand this requires a certain amount of hard work, discipline, persistence and effort and two I am running out of things to write about.

To be truthful it is easier for me to just write an opinion piece based on my experiences rather than to research and write an article for my target audience which can take a day from start to publish.  Many affiliates struggle with writing. However, you should know that there are various models for making money online that do not involve writing.

The one I have chosen – at least as my first model which can be expanded upon later – targets what we call organic search engine traffic. We create an informative blog with highly relevant information related to the blog theme.  The owner (I guess me) then becomes an expert on the topic thus creating an authority website [ in my case 10 years later 🙂 ]

Don’t let me scare you many people find success much sooner.  I know of bloggers who have done it in a year. Lots of others do it in two or three. The way it is done is to choose winning keywords which are words or phrases related to your topic which people search for on Google.

There is a whole art to this but it is not difficult and these days quality writing is the most important part of blogging.  I have tried hundreds of programs and methods over the years. However, being honest with myself I have never followed through to 100% completion on any of them.

Why? I was searching for a method that was suitable for myself and also I was always looking for a way to start earning money soon because I was always in need of an income.  Which really is a catch twenty-two situation.  This is the first lesson I had to learn the hard way.

If you have no money get an offline job before pursuing an online career.

Don’t believe the gurus who say it can be done in a few weeks if you just work hard and put in the time.  It is the intangibles that slow us down. Our personalities, our character, abilities, and work ethic, life experience.  How quickly can we learn and take action? How do we deal with obstacles, failures? How quickly do we bounce back?

No get a job first. You do not want to have the added pressure of having to worry about how to pay the bills. This is one reason I have taken so long. I have always had to stop and find a job to make ends meet. I will repeat this often in future musings. The major obstacle to creating a successful business for me is life gets in the way.

So my second bit of advice is you have got to stop letting life get in your way. Be good to yourself. This is important so you need to make it a priority. Too often I have made others my priority. It’s easy for young people to focus on their dreams and little else.  They have the energy and naivety. The exuberance and enthusiasm.

Older folks, like myself, have had their dreams shattered a number of times and really need to make an effort to believe and keep trying. I imagine in the end the rewards will be so much greater – but then again how much life will we all have left to enjoy the benefits?

In addition, older people have more responsibilities than younger ones leading to more distractions. Presently, I am approaching my senior years but I, myself am taking care of two seniors. Talk about time-consuming.

For anyone young reading this, trust me, whatever your dream seize the opportunity now. Believe in your dream, don’t over think things and just do it.  Deal with issues as they arise. You’ll be forever grateful.

 


January 9th, 2019.

[ Main Point of Musing:  We Still Need to Work While on Vacation ]

Sometimes, I will just need to stop my musing suddenly and restart the next day as I am doing now. Today, I want to talk about something that may disappoint you. The reason I thought about it is that at the moment I am in Mexico.

I remember when I first started out in 2008 looking for programs to assist me in making money online.  Many of the major selling points involved flashy advertisements promising high-end sports cars, luxurious houses and the ability to travel and work from anywhere in the world.

I have always loved travelling and learning about different cultures. I have a specialized background and interest in cuisine and the hospitality industry. So I was a prime target for this kind of advertising. I could picture myself on some beach with a tall drink enjoying the extraordinary views while collecting a substantial passive income.

I even remember being a member of NuSkin at one stage (MLM type company) and had business cards made with palm trees and me sitting under them. I guess I don’t need to mention that network marketing was a total disaster for myself as well as thousands of others.

However, this thing about sitting around enjoying life while the dough keeps rolling in is hogwash. it is simple, not true in the beginning and I would go further to say it only exists for people who have reached a very high level of financial success. The only way to accomplish this dream is to be a professional investor.

You need to have your money working for you or another way would be to hire others to do the work. In both cases some time will be necessary to oversee the management side of the business. The point I am trying to make is that for 99% of people you will always need to work.

Sure you can still travel. Certainly, you can spend a few hours a day on the beach but you can’t get away from thinking or doing some work on vacation.  I am up at 4 AM every morning while in Mexico putting in 4 or 5 hours of work on my site. In the evenings I am teaching online to pay the bills.

The rest of the time I am looking after my elderly folks. So yes I am lucky to be in a tropical country enjoying the sunshine but it is not as advertised by the gurus. Even the gurus need to work to keep their businesses going when on vacation. So don’t be taken in. There is a lot of work and effort to be an entrepreneur.

What you need to accept (unless you own investments creating money for you) is being an entrepreneur is accepting a certain kind of lifestyle. You need to enjoy your work. Of course, you can travel and see the world but it won’t be like the vacations advertised.

Your family will be able to fully enjoy the vacation without any worries but you will still need to work at least a few hours a day. A couple of good books to read would be The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss and Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

Even the four hour work week is a misnomer. I am sure even Tim Ferriss works more than four hours a week but I believe he is trying to promote a certain lifestyle, a better alternative to the corporate world and I agree with him.  Mr. Kiyosaki, on the other hand, is the ultimate goal we should all strive for – being a professional investor.

Robert Kiyosaki is part of the 1% who have true passive income coming in. Affiliate marketers can earn re-occurring sales a kind of passive income but we still need to do much work in the beginning years even when on vacation!

 

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