In The Beginning…
In the beginning, there was traffic. Driving in the rain, sleet and snow (yep, just like the mailman) was always such a pleasure. I remember, while sitting in my car for a minimum of 45 minutes in the morning and then again in the afternoon, thinking, “Why am I doing this? There has to be something I can be doing at home instead? This is such a waste of my valuable time.” After years, and many of them, I came across affiliate and referral marketing.
I was searching the internet and came across one of those pop up offers, “Make Money At Home!” OK, yes I did click on it. (Now I know that someone actually made money on that.) The offer was for internet marketing. “Buy my book, watch my videos, and pay thousands of dollars to know the secrets of affiliate marketing and do it from your home.” Well, that’s not what it actually said, but you get the idea. Sounds too good to be true? You betcha.
Now I was interested. But there was no way I was going to spend thousands of dollars on a program. First of all, there are many affiliate and internet marketing teaching materials out there. Secondly, there are many well respected authorities in the industry that have a lot to offer. So I did A LOT of reading and watching videos. I decided this was something I could do and it would keep my interest.
Coincidentally, around the same time, I had the unfortunate pleasure of losing my full time job as a Network Engineer, and my daily commuting. After a little panic and a few sleepless nights, I decided to dive into internet marketing.
So the journey began. I thought, “Heck I can work at home now.” What a great idea. It was much easier said then done. I quickly learned that working from home takes a lot of self discipline. Getting side tracked becomes one of the toughest tasks to overcome. I had a tendency to do household jobs in between “breaks” at the computer. Being in a house all by yourself sounds like a great idea. I didn’t have to put up with co-workers who bugged me. There was always fresh coffee just the way I liked it. And there’s nobody stealing my food from the fridge. But, boy does it get lonely. So I started putting on the radio for background noise.
Over time self discipline ruled. I got into a new routine. I actually went to work, but just never left the house. I realized it was all mental attitude. As long as I began my day as I was going to work, I would be able to overcome the challenges of working at home. I began my day with a shower, but I didn’t have to do my hair or put on makeup. I put on my casual clothes, not my office attire as before, but clothes that were comfortable. I learned not to answer my home phone but to let the answering machine get it. I learned to actually take a 30-45 minute lunch break.
Sounds pretty good huh? Well there’s downfalls too. Working from home does have drawbacks. I can’t call in sick. I don’t get paid vacation days or holidays. I don’t get snowdays. Working for yourself, if your not working, your not making money. I have a tendency to go back on the computer after the kids go to bed. I’m always checking my analytical reports to see how my traffic is doing and how my ads are converting. And when I’m lying in bed at night, I’m thinking of marketing ideas or how else I can monetize my sites.
My new life began. I really enjoy working at home now. I enjoy sharing my interests with those on the internet. I enjoy internet marketing and am doing a job I actually want to do, not have to do. I’ve learned to balance my life between work and my personal life. I’m not on the computer all the time. I enjoy my weekend baseball games with my son. I enjoy the dance recitals and plays with my daughters. I’ve learned to be flexible with my days. If one day is busy with personal events, I know that I will make the work time up later. I’ve become flexible, but with self discipline.
If my life didn’t take this path I feel that I would have missed out on my new chosen career. Internet marketing is ever changing. There are always new ideas out there and I’m consistently learning. I’ve learned a lot about myself too. I can do anything I put my mind to. I guess the saying is correct, you can teach an old dog new tricks.