It’s now well over a decade since I made that first “make money online” purchase, and over those years I’ve probably spent well over ten thousand dollars on product / services. During the boom years (pre 2008) I was clearing 4 figures per month, and it really was the copy & paste lifestyle by just promoting every butterfly marketing website launch you were able to sell “thin air” at $97 as credit was easy and debt was not something that bothered people.
Anyway to cut a long story short I moved into the “churn & burn” world of solo adverts and found out the hard way that the market had changed, and essentially it soon became clear that you need to actually have real content and build relationships with real people if you want to actually have a real business online rather than just a squeezepage, a list of names, and some affiliate links.
I’ve also found that as children grow up and start having social interactions you can’t spend every evening on the computer clicking for traffic, posting in forums, whilst battling information overload about what’s the most important thing to do first?
My view on life at this moment in time is not about chasing millions on the internet, it’s about having a reliable steady income stream which allows me to pay all my bills and have enough quality family time. That means I’m just doing just enough online to break even each month and still keep my finger on the pulse of what’s happening. I aim to create a new funnel this month which will generate leads from safelists / traffic exchanges and return me to a 3 figure monthly profit rather than just being happy with break even.
So I guess the reason why I’m not an internet millionaire yet is that I’ve not invested enough time, money, and effort yet. What I am happy about is that I know if the worst were to happen and I got redundancy then it’s clear in my mind that full time focus would lead to a full time income online.
I would create myself 2 income streams, one through freelancing, and another through selling digital information products through email
The ground work and knowledge for me to become an internet millionaire is in place, it’s just down to me to find the balls to actually walk the walk rather than just talking the talk.
What’s Stopping You?
I wrote this post after listening to a Plus 1 Monday Podcast. I wanted to put a positive spin on the vortex of doom, and explain why sometimes just spinning your wheels and doing enough to break even is better than quitting and blaming other people for my decisions to focus on other areas of my life.
To me I think that we all have the capability to work full time online and become financially independent, it’s just a case of looking in the mirror and avoiding the blame game when you hit the buffers. Keep on working hard and taking the right action to make good things happen.