What is the point of working all your life?

What is the point of working all your life?

Feeling stressed? Feeling burned out? Wondering what is the point of working all your life? I really don’t think there is point in working all your whole life so let’s look at what you can do about it!

Here’s the thing. People these days are stressed with working life. This is a fact. They are also stressed with life in general. There are several reasons for this that I will get on to shortly but it’s painfully obvious that working life is putting a big strain on most peoples life when you talk to people.

Sure there are people who absolutely love their jobs. They usually work in a field that is their passion and they dedicate their lives to their careers. That is one of the big choices you have to make in life if you don’t want to feel like working your life away. Dedication to career. There simply isn’t enough time to have a fulfilling, full-time career (not just a job), a family and time intensive satisfying hobbies.

Sure they can be managed simultaneously to some extent, but something is going to wind up half-assed. Think of the stereotypical family with a stay-at-home mom and a distant father that only comes home from the office to eat his dinner and sleep (these days the roles can obviously be switched, but you get the example).

The father might actually love his career, but this kind of situation will without a doubt lead to resentment from the wife and the kids towards the father. In the best case scenario the stay-at-home parent is happy with the situation and there won’t too much resentment between the parents but either way they both have to compromise between career and family.

Now if both parents go to work (in jobs they don’t like) when the kids are young and try to have hobbies of their own somethings gotta give. Either the parents find a way to compromise or they end up splitting up due to resentment. The tragedy is that this can lead to even more stress as you now likely have a shared custody situation which makes planning life that more difficult. Especially when the new partners come into the picture.

But I digress. Let’s look at some of the reasons and factors why people hate working these days so much to figure out if there’s actually any point in working your whole life.

The demands of work

The reason most people can’t truly enjoy their careers is that the working life is too demanding to have a balanced life without stress.

Even if you like the field you are in, the working hours probably take most of your day, leaving you only few hours to have quality time doing what ever it is you love doing. That is, if you have the energy.

Studies show that over working is more common and even expected in many positions these days. Also, digitalization has lead to a situation where many employees are expected to answer emails and calls with their smart phones even from their home, outside office hours. Especially if they are looking to move forward in their career.

Work is too demanding in general. It’s very common there is too little time to complete all the tasks required by your job. Many positions are not filled when an employee retires and the tasks are assigned to other employees due to financial reasons.

Introduction of the work and workplace to new employees in many companies is either nonexistent or inhumanely short. This can lead to extreme stress even on the most diligent worker. Studies show that it takes on average three to six months to get accustomed to a new job. Sometimes even longer if the job is exceptionally demanding and complicated.

What is the point of working all your life?

If you are not given enough adjustment time, this can lead to extreme stress and sub par performance which can unfortunately lead to getting fired. In the worst case scenario you might end up with a burn out.

Working hours are also too long. The average American works about 40 hours per week, as does most Europeans. This is the typical 8-hour working day on week days. The problem with these averages is that they don’t take in to account all the overtime people put in on their spare time without compensation.

Of course there are also people working 50, 60 or 70 hours a week. And the sad part is many of them do this at two (some even three) different jobs and still barely make by since the minimum wage these days is not enough to live or raise a family.

To most people even 40 hours is simply too much work to truly enjoy life. It means you have to give up on something important to you and choose to rest every now and then. A six-hour work day or four day work week of around 30 hours would be much more humane in many fields.

But wouldn’t that lead to decrease in productivity? Actually, in experiments conducted in Sweden, they found out that shorter work week actually yielded superior productivity in jobs requiring lots of thinking and creativity. The obvious reason for this is the fact that thinking and creativity are highly dependent on motivation and low fatigue.So in intellectual work (which most positions are these days) more hours don’t equal better results and productivity.

In many countries the holidays are very short. I remember reading that the average American has about two weeks completely of from work each year. Here in Finland we have around 5 weeks, which still feels too little most of the time. It’s OK for the summer but in all honesty you should have a week off every couple months to keep your sanity.

Holidays are short in many countries

Combining work and family can be tough. Especially in situations where both parents are career oriented. If both parents are working long days, the family life can get very stressful very fast. Both parents will have to pretty much accept the situation and compromise by giving up most of their leisure activities.

It’s no wonder divorce is very common these days, especially after having children. It’s also natural for every adult to strive for financial security on their own. This requires work experience and you can’t really have long absence from work in your resume if you wish to attract the interest of employers.

All I do is work and sleep

I got the idea to write this post from the fact that recently I have felt is all that I do is work and sleep. And maybe catch some chow every now and the.

I’m still working full time in a rather demanding specialist position while I’m reading and learning everything I can about SEO, marketing and the whole online business in general. Naturally I’m also putting what I read into action by working on this website and couple other ones.

This has led me to feel all I do is work and sleep. It has also led me to lose productivity both in my day job and in my online business. I simply don’t have the resources to keep working 100% on both all the time.

The whole reason I started this whole online endeavor was to eventually work less. Not to quit working, but to work less. I truly feel like there is no point in working your whole life for somebody else, especially if it takes most of your time and energy.

I hope in few months I’ll be able to either quit my day job or at least do it part-time (if my employer allows is). I accept this is a transition period that’s going to require hard work without instant gratification. I will not give up, that’s the one thing I’m good at, but I will have to be honest with myself and accept it’s going to be thought to work two jobs effectively.

The thing is, we are individuals. Our stress coping skills, activity levels, passions and life goals differ vastly. What is the perfect fulfillment of every life goal to one person is the other persons absolute hell.

It’s just stupid how most people try to force them into the same mold that is seen as the golden standard by the society even though there are more options available in the free world than ever.

 

 

From a societal point of view it would be perfect if you had a decent pay check, so you can pay your taxes and keep the economy running by consuming all sorts of crap and useless commodities you think you need, because someone said so.

It would also be perfect if you had a few kids because in most western societies there are more old people and not enough young people and children to take care of them by paying taxes or direct fees to companies that run old folks’ homes and hospital. Since, as you know, that’s where old people end up these days when they can’t function on their own anymore.

And it would be perfect you worked as long as possible as hard as possible, since any down time will make you a burden to the society.

People want to fulfill their true passions through hobbies if their career and family isn’t what they truly strive for and love to do. There just isn’t time. Things like pets, music, sports, gaming, creating online businesses etc. can be very time-consuming.

The problem is that if you don’t have the time to do your true passions you will end up feeling resenting all parts of your life.

The stereotypical example would be a person who works a full time job in a profession that doesn’t give him/real satisfaction and decides to have children against his/hers own true desire out of social pressure from the spouse, family and the society in general.

Then the person has to give up on their true passions in exchange of things seen as chores. Sure, you can grow to like or even love the situation but let’s be honest, we all know people who are barely clinging to sanity in a situation like this. This might even be you.

These kinds of situations are where divorces and mid-life crisis’ live.

You have to do something

I sometimes (OK, constantly) fantasize about winning the lottery and quitting my job and my online business and even cutting out all my existing ties and responsibilities, just to chill out and relax. Deep down I know this would be very bad for my confidence, health, relationships and to everything that really matters in life.

You see, the thing is, you have to do something. You need a purpose to get out of the bed and get going. The problem is that to many, going to work isn’t a meaningful purpose. It doesn’t give the sense of accomplishment and joy that working on something you love can give you.

Procrastinating your life away is really not the answer. Just ask any depressed young man stuck in their home in front of a computer wasting their life away.

The obvious reason for most people for working their whole adult life is quite simply financial necessity. You have to pay the bills and eat something after all.

Alternative to working 9 to 5

Unless you have the potential to become a rocks star or the next Elon Musk I suggest you find an alternative to the 9 to 5 rat race as soon as possible. I’m sure you are not interested in working your life away for somebody else since you are reading this article.

Information technology is the career of the future. The money is in the internet. There are few ways you can learn to leverage the internet to earn an income.

You can become a YouTube content creator. You can learn how use crypto currencies to make money. You can offer writing services to bloggers and magazine.

The thing is that all those require active work pretty much constantly. I strive for somewhat passive income. There isn’t such thing as truly passive income, but there are differences in how much you need to invest time for maintenance.

For example in YouTube constant fresh content can make or break a channel. You have to keep in the feed or you will lose views and rankings.

That’s why I chose SEO (Search Engine Optimization) based content creation/blogging combined with affiliate marketing as the business model for my online business.

If you got interested in the alternatives to working a typical 9 to 5 career or full time in general, check out my Niche website journal, my Wealthy Affiliate review and this post about internet marketing as a career.

 

 

Conclusion

So what is the point of working all your life? There isn’t one. The point of life is to help others and enjoy the world without causing harm to other people, animals or the planet. If your job isn’t true to these goals there really isn’t any point in working all your life.

Doing nothing isn’t the answer either, so find something you love and helps other people and work hard on it. That’s the point of working all your life. It just won’t feel like working.

If you have any questions or just need some friendly advice, don’t hesitate to drop a comment. I answer every single comment I get.

Till the next time!

Is internet marketing a good career?

Is internet marketing a good career?

You have probably heard or read about people making good money with internet marketing and might be wondering is internet marketing a good career and something you should consider for yourself.

If you’re thinking about becoming an internet marketer, you should know these realities of the business.

Internet and it’s ever growing user base has made it possible to make money online anywhere in the world by marketing online.

Even though the competition has gotten tougher, the potential to make money online is better than ever.

But it’s of course not a walk in the park to be a successful internet marketer. Otherwise everybody would be doing it.

Let’s start by looking at the realities of internet marketing and what kind of money can you expect to earn as a successful internet marketer.

The realities of internet marketing

There are a bit over 4 billion users in the internet today and the numbers keep growing as technology and infrastructure advances even to the farthest corners of earth.

The competition in internet marketing has gotten tougher compared to the early days of internet. But so has the opportunities as the user base has exploded and companies have realized the potential in affiliate marketing.

The internet is growing globally

Affiliate marketing is by far the most common way marketers make money on the internet. In essence a company gives the marketer fraction of the profit when they refer a buying customer.

Large online stores like Amazon have realized the potential of affiliate marketing and both the companies and their affiliate marketers have made fortunes using this model.

This is why you can market almost anything these days online. From sports apparel to information products. Or from coffee beans to airsoft guns.

Unlike you might expect a successful marketer doesn’t have to be very experienced with technology. Things like coding are not necessary to be successful in marketing

Content management systems have evolved to the point that anyone who can use email and a smart phone has all the necessary know-how to begin creating a marketing site. Experience and know how in information technology is of course useful and makes the process easier.

What really is important for a successful internet marketer is the ability to write or create other compelling content like YouTube videos. If you are not a natural writer, don’t worry about. It’s a skill that can be learned like everything else.

In marketing simple and easy to understand language is more important than perfect punctuation. To make revenue with your content you have to earn how to sell. This means creating trust with your readers by offering honest and useful information.

The potential to make a career in internet marketing is possible to anyone willing to learn the ropes and work hard for it.

Treat it like a real business

Here’s the thing. To be really successful in internet marketing, you need to treat it like real business. You can’t just work on it every now and then when you feel like it.

A bulldozer moving land

It takes consistent hard work to build a successful money earning business.

It means creating high quality content every single week.

It means developing your site and content constantly and making sure everything is up to date, content and software security included.

It means keeping up with legislation so you don’t end up committing crimes by accidents.

But if you manage to do all that and create a successful online marketing business. There are A LOT of pros. Let’s talk about them first!

Pros

You get to decide what to create content about

When you run an online marketing business, you of course get to decide what you wish to market in your content and what your content is about.

The word choice with arrows pointing to all directions

Many people don’t realize how important it is for their well-being that someone else is not telling them what to do.

When you are your own boss you can choose to create content only about things that interest you.

You might be someone to whom it’s important to write about ethical or spiritual topics or you might be someone who just wants to talk about sports. It doesn’t matter, you are the boss.

You can market almost anything these days and the only thing that matters is that your content is interesting to at least SOME people. Once you have traffic to your site, it’s only a matter of finding a way to monetize it.

Now don’t get me wrong. Some niches are more profitable than others. It can require quite a bit of imagination to monetize some weirder niches but usually it’s possible.

You get to help people

A successful marketer offers solutions to problems. This means the content you create as a marketer is actually meant to help people.

There are few things in life that offer more sense of accomplishment and satisfaction than knowing you have helped countless of strangers all around the world with your information. And you get to make a buck while doing it!

Work anywhere with an internet connection

I’m writing this post sitting on a beautiful rooftop terrace in Pärnu, Estonia. I’m from Finland myself.

I’m sipping on a cold cider with my small traveling laptop on my lap top. Our residence doesn’t have WiFi so I’m writing on hard drive and I will share the internet connection from my phone to post this later on.

Rooftop terrace at Pärnu

You see, the technology has evolved to the point that it’s possible to go online almost anywhere for a very affordable price.

This makes it possible for an internet marketer to work from anywhere in the world with very small investment.

Your main tools are all online so all you need is an internet connection to update and communicate every now and then.

So if you are someone who likes to travel or wants to change scenery every now and then, this is a great advantage of running an online business. Complete freedom of location.

Small investment and passive income

This is a huge one. When you start a successful internet marketing business your typical income structure will be quite different from a normal job or a brick and mortar business.

In a typical job or business you either get paid a fixed salary every month or by the hours of work you put in. The point is that you get compensated for your work quite fast, for one time.

You then work some more the next month to keep your job and earn a new paycheck. I’m sure I don’t need to open this up more to you and you are familiar with the concept.

In a typical brick and mortar business you take a large loan to be able to rent or buy an office and inventory etc. (these of course depend a lot on the business).

You typically start making money quite fast if you have done your research but it takes a long time to start making profit because of the large debt.

When you start an internet marketing business it takes next to no investment. You need a computer and an internet connection, but since most people have them anyways and both can be acquired dirt cheap these days, it’s not a big deal.

a 25 cent coin

The only thing you really need to invest in is a hosting service and probably some education if you want to succeed.

After that comes the hardest part. You will need too work on the business producing content FOR MONTHS without expecting any revenue.

Yes, you read that correctly, months. Some times over a year.

This is because search engines like Google don’t give authority to new sites. They won’t rank your content until you have enough of it and your site is being constantly updated for long enough.

But once your content starts to rank in Google and you start receiving traffic, the magic starts to happen.

Suddenly the articles you wrote months ago are producing traffic and you start receiving revenue from work you did months ago!

And the best part is just coming!

The work you put in month ago will potentially earn you revenue for months or years to come on complete autopilot! That’s the holy grail of internet marketing, passive income.

Once your site has matured enough for the search engines to rank the content, all the new articles you write will rank much faster. Instead of months some times almost instantly.

After that the income potential grows exponentially. It’s only a matter of how much high quality content you can put out.

This is usually the point it where it becomes wise to outsource at least some of the work or hire writers. That way your business will grow rapidly.

So in a way your work and revenue is cumulative in internet marketing. It takes perseverance, tenacity and faith to keep working on your business every day while not earning a penny in the beginning.

But if or when you succeed (and you will if you really want to) you will get compensated exponentially for all the work you put in growing your business.

Cons

So as you can see there is a lot of good stuff going for internet marketing. It’s of course not all bells and whistles so let’s look at some of the cons of working as an independent online marketer.

Independent work

For some people this can be a pro but to most it’s a con, especially after a while.

You work alone. You don’t have colleagues to shoot the shit with or you don’t get immediate feedback about the quality of your work from a supervisor. So it gets lonely.

You have to able to write or produce quality content otherwise (video, maybe audio) to be successful in internet marketing.

A man standing on an empty large parking lot

This means you are pretty much on your own with your experience and talent.

You also need to do a lot of research on your own. No one is going to search low competition keywords for you or give you good topics or ideas for content. So once again, it’s completely up to you.

This is the price of freedom. You get to decide about everything, but you are also responsible of everything. Including failure.

You are on the mercy of internet corporations and legislation

The internet is an ever changing entity. The search engine algorithms are also constantly changing. This means the things Google uses to rank your site today might not apply tomorrow.

Every time Google has made a large update to its algorithms many marketers have lost their positions on the first page of Google. This means they are also losing revenue.

Usually they have achieved their first page rankings with completely approved methods but as Google changes they way it determines page relevance to the search term it can effect rankings severely.

That’s why it’s important to focus on producing high quality relevant content instead of building backlinks or stuffing your content with keywords. Everything else should come naturally.

The other thing marketer have to be constantly aware of is legislation. Not just in their home country but globally.

World map with legal symbols over it

The internet is a global entity and most legislation concerns companies outside of their jurisdiction as people can visit websites from all over the world.

Good example of this is the recent GDPR legislation of the European Union. It affects any company on the internet that might have visitors from the EU. So pretty much the whole internet.

Failure to keep up with the global legislation as a marketer could get you in to big trouble so you have quite a lot of studying to do.

Fortunately places like Wealthy Affiliate keep their users up to date with the legal stuff and even give out pre written disclaimers.

It takes time to start getting income

The fact is that you can’t start making money instantly with internet marketing.

In theory an experienced marketer might be able to pull that off with paid traffic but since you are reading this you shouldn’t expect that.

It can take over a year of constant work to start seeing significant revenue. Some make it faster, others slower. It really depends on the niche and how hard and smartly you work. Everyone has different results.

It takes time to get revenue in internet marketing

So if you are unemployed and in dire need of cash, just becoming an internet marketer is not the right solution for you.

Instead, you should get a job to pay the bills and start learning and creating content so maybe after a year or so you can quit the job.

It’s easy to fail if you don’t have guidance

Internet marketing is not rocket science. However there are certain rules you need to know to become successful.

If you don’t educate yourself and just start working randomly, you might end up putting in the same amount of effort a successful marketer has, without seeing any results. Effectively wasting your hard work.

A disappointed man with a sign saying sorry in the background

That’s why it’s extremely important to invest in an education. Just like with any other career, you can’t expect to learn everything for free.

Things like keyword research, web hosting, content creation and legislation all are pretty simple when someone shows you how to do it right.

Trying to do it all on your own becomes a tedious task that can end up badly with a lawsuit in extreme cases.

My number one recommendation for learning internet marketing is Wealthy Affiliate. I wrote a thorough review about the service here.

Wealthy Affiliate banner

It’s basically an all-in-one service for marketers with the price tag of a high quality hosting service (which is included). You would have to invest in a hosting service as a marketer anyway, so it really is a no brainer to go with WA.

Conclusion

Phew! If you made it this far, thanks for reading and please drop a comment on your thoughts about internet marketing as a career.

I do think it’s a profession that offers great freedom and the pros far out weight the cons. But don’t be fooled and think it doesn’t take work.

If you are willing to accept that and ready to put in the work I suggest you get started right now. Taking action is the first step to success!

If you have any questions, please ask and I will do my best to answer them.

 

 

I want to quit my job

“I really want to quit my job” – Here’s how to do it right

Thinking about quitting your job? I’ve been there and I know how enticing it seems when you are dreading your work. Before you do any hasty decisions, please read on.

There are some important things to consider when quitting a job and you should not just storm out of the office doors banging. I know it can be hard when you are tired, stressed and angry to think about an exit strategy, but these things are crucial for your own well-being and future.

It’s important to have a plan and to keep your cool when planning to quit your job to not make any rushed decisions. It might be good time to also reflect on why you want to quit your job in the first place.

You might also feel like you are stuck in your situation and can’t see a way out. There are more options than you think, I promise you.

Read on for my tips on how to quit your job, the right way!

Think about why you want to quit your job

If you are seriously thinking about quitting your job, you should really take your time and think about why you want to quit. Is it the job description? The people? The hours? Maybe the long trips?

Think about why you want to quit your job

It’s important to understand what it is exactly you hate about your current situation so you don’t just end up in similar situation somewhere else, or even worse.

I would actually write a list about the things you hate or don’t like about your job or the situation it puts you in. I would then write positive things as well. So your typical pros and cons list.

If you for example realize you just don’t like the people at your job or that the way to work is too long it might be simply a question of finding a similar position closer somewhere else.

If on the other hand you hate the whole concept of working for others or the hours you are working it might be time to figure out something different like becoming self-employed.

Once you have a clear picture why you want to quit your job, it’s time to create an exit strategy.

Create an exit strategy

Here’s the thing. The economy has taken a dive globally and the competition on the job market has gotten tough. A college education doesn’t guarantee employment, it’s the base requirement these days.

That’s why it would be idiotic to quit your job without a having a plan B of some sort.

Create an exit strategy

You need to be realistic about quitting a job. No matter how horrible your current job feels like I guarantee you that long time unemployment and living in debt sucks even more.

If you are a regular person you need an income. Period.

You have a few options when it comes to a contingency plan.

  • Find a new more interesting job beforehand
  • Return to studying (you have to think about income here. Student loan? Part time job?)
  • Start your own business
  • Live on savings
  • Marry someone rich who’s willing to take care of you
  • Have rich parents who are willing to support you financially
  • Win the lottery
  • Rob a bank

You get the drift. The couple first ones are realistic for most people but hey, you never know about the rest ;).

What ever your contingency plan is, you need to make it happen before you quit your job. If you just quit your job and then start working on your new plans you are going to end up stressed and struggling to survive.

You are in a much better position in the job market while being employed. People looking at applications always put the unemployed applicants in an own pile. It always causes the question of why haven’t you been able to keep a job?

Even If you decide to start a business and become self-employed it’s going to take time to start making money. It’s better to start that process while receiving a steady paycheck and quit only when you have a supplemental income.

Don’t burn any bridges

I know, I know. It would be freaking awesome to tell your boss you quit, tell him (or her) where to shove it and leave with doors banging.

Or tell the dickhead who’s been eating your lunch from the fridge every week, or the gossiping coffee room gang what you really think about them. But that’s not a wise idea.

Don't burn any bridges

Here’s why. I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying what comes around, goes around. If you are a bit older and have some life experience, you know this to be dauntingly true.

You just seem to bump into people from your past in the most unexpected situations. Sure, some go through life without experiencing this but they are just probably not paying attention.

I’m not a superstitious person by any means but some things in life make you wonder, you know? This is one of them.

I can’t count the times I’ve bumped into people at work that I have had trouble with in the past and thought I would never have to deal with again.

An annoying neighbor I shouted at (became my colleague and a friend), a jerk harassing my girlfriend who I threatened while drunk (is now a colleague of my close friends and part of my social circle), an annoying colleague I talked trash about (ended up as my boss) etc.

That’s why it’s extremely important to quit your job in professional and polite manner, no matter how rude the counterparts are. If your boss starts you yell at you or talk you down when you resign, just let it go past you. Be the bigger person.

Be polite when you quit

Even when other people are rude to you and don’t seem to care about your feelings, they usually will not have hard feelings towards you in the future, if you maintain a calm and professional attitude.

Now I’m not saying to let anyone walk over you. You should always stand up for yourself. But be professional about it. Don’t yell, don’t talk trash or resort to violence. If someone is clearly out of line, go the official route. Press charges if need be.

If someone is being a dick you will always remember it. It is possible you will end up as their manager or business associate. That’s the right time for vengeance. Not before. Let others burn bridges, don’t do it yourself.

Update your resume and ask for recommendations

If you maintain good relations with your current employer it’s easier to get good recommendations. These are vital for future employment so now is a good time to update your resume. Once you have quit your job, ask for recommendations and a proof of employment for future use.

You might think you don’t need these now, but all work experience is valuable. Even if you decide to start a business of your own, you never now how things turn out. You might be looking for work some time in the future.

If you won’t ask for recommendations and a reference letter when you resign, you might not get them later on. Your boss might resign or the company can go bankrupt. You never know. It’s only wise to get proof of employment, even if you will never end up using it.

In my experience employers value nothing more than great recommendations from previous employers so it’s important to get these and keep them in a safe place. This is one reason you should always avoid burning bridges with your previous employers. Negative word gets around even faster.

My recommendation

I recommend creating an online business while holding you current job. It takes very little financial investment but requires some time and money to get things rolling. It’s much easier to start a successful business online when you have a steady income. It also helps to endure your job to know you are working on a way out.

You just go in, do your job and get a paycheck and smile at difficult customers and annoying co-workers knowing you are making something great for yourself and your future with them will be very short-lived.

Even if you have a professional career you want to continue somewhere else, it would be wise to have a supplemental income that is not dependent on an employer. This stuff is great for that too.

If you want to find more about starting an online business and working from home I recommend you check out these two posts:

How to start making money online at home

Is Wealthy Affiliate a scam?

Conclusion

There you have it. My tips for what to do when you want to quit your job. If you are interested in finding ways out of the rat race, remember to bookmark my site and browse through my other posts. You just might find something that interests you.

If you have any questions or want to share your own frustrations about your job you want to quit, please share them below. I will offer my sympathy, if nothing else :).

 

 

 

 

How to sell information online

How to sell information online

Do you have some information you think might be useful to other people? Wondering if it would be possible to sell that information for good money? Read on to find out how to sell information online!

We are living in the age of information.  When you think about it, most work done these days is either producing on processing information. As automation has replaced many manual labor jobs and the internet has become the most common media, you can rest assured this is a growing trend.

Since most work is related to information, it’s safe to say information is money. The internet has made it possible for anyone to search and to sell information. And the fact is people are making fortunes selling information online.

Before I go on how you can monetize the information you have, let’s look at some of the ways information is being sold.

Ways of selling information

Before the internet information was mainly sold in the form of books and other printed media like magazines and newspapers. You have seen the countless how-to and for dummies manuals and tutorials.

Ways of selling information

After that came audio tapes and recordings of different kinds. Shortly after them came video recordings which gave new possibilities to the visual information that could be conveyed.

As the internet became mainstream in the 90s a whole new way of searching information became possible. Anyone anywhere in the world could look for information produced anywhere in the world. While this was great for things like freedom of speech and education people soon realized the potential to make money selling the information they had.

Internet marketing

There are essentially two ways to produce information to sell. You can either be very specialized in a subject – an expert if you will –  and already know more than anyone else about your field. If you are willing to share your information, (for compensation of course, It’s only fair to get paid for your know-how.) all it requires is putting your knowledge in a marketable form. This might mean writing a book or creating a website for example.

The other way is to specialize in processing information produced by others. I want to make perfectly clear this does not mean stealing or plagiarizing other peoples content. It means finding the solution to a problem people are having by doing research. You then combine only the necessary bits from here and there to offer a solution. You’d be surprised how many problems there are waiting to be solved.

Why sell information online

So why would someone want to sell information online, can you make real money with it? Well the answer is yes, yes you can.

Here’s the thing. If you write a book and that book ends up being a best-seller that sells millions of copies, you will be getting paid for years or decades for the effort you put in to producing that book. It’s of course very hard to write the best-selling book but it’s actually not that hard to produce valuable information and sell it online. You just have to know what people are looking for and find a way to introduce your information to them. And just like with books, once produced, the content will potentially bring you income for years to come.

The internet is so full of information that it usually takes people a lot of time researching when they are looking for a solution to a problem they are having. That’s why people are willing to pay good money if someone has done the dirty work of researching for them and offers a solution to the problem they are having.

Looking for information is frustrating

The other good reason is that you get to help people by producing content and products from information you probably feel passionate about and are very knowledgeable in. There are few things in life that offer a greater sense of accomplishment and pride than knowing your work is helping people all around the world.

The fact is, if you possess true expertise or are good in looking for information you can make a living selling information online – and that living can be a very good one if you work hard.

People have made millions by blogging, content creation and selling information products. What do you think, would those people have rather used their time working for someone else?

It’s possible to achieve a completely passive income by selling information. If you set your business up right your information content will do the work for you on automation. It of course takes quite a bit of work to create the content in the first place.

How to start selling information yourself

Let’s look at some ways you can start selling information online today.

Anyone can sell information online but to get someone to buy it is a different story. For anyone to be interested in the information you are offering it has to be specific, helpful and unique.

Unique doesn’t mean you can’t combine information produced by others but it’s pointless to sell information that is common knowledge and available to anyone for free with a quick search.

Solution

Your role is to solve problems if you wish to sell information. This can be anything from helping people to lose fat to teaching how to sing or even building V8 engines. Anything really that requires know-how to accomplish.

Find the problem

So the first step is to find out what problems people are having in the niche you are in. Let’s take the building V8 engines as an example (I’m not an expert in this subject but I do know something about combustion engines and the mechanics involved so this is just an example from the top of my head).

So let’s say you’ve been building engines all your life and know pretty much everything there is to know about building engines and you might have some valuable knowledge to offer to people. Remember, this could be anything, this is just an example.

I would start by doing something called alphabet soup in Google to start looking for what people are searching for. You take your main keyword, in this example V8 engine and put it in to Google search and insert alphabets after (or before) the main keyword to see what Google suggests. The suggestions Google comes up with are likely real searches people have made and will give you great ideas.

Here’s couple examples:

Google alphabet soup

Google alphabet soup 2

 

So here I gathered four things people are looking solutions for: V8 engine architecture, best V8 engine to build, cheapest V8 engine to build and V8 engine tuning.

I would then do some keyword research on those terms using a keyword research tool. I use a service called Jaaxy, you can try it for free for 30 searches. There are others but this is the one I’m familiar with and thousands of other people are using it with good success.

Let’s see what Jaaxy comes up with our Google suggestions:

Jaaxy results

I’m not going to go very deeply to the Jaaxy parameters here but what we are looking for is some decent traffic and low competition. I wrote more about using Jaaxy here. Avg and Traffic tell us the average amount of searches for that exact term/month and the amount of traffic you can expect if you rank on the first page of Google on that term. QSR tells us the amount of competing sites for that exact term.

So with a quick search Jaaxy tells us right away that the Google suggestions are actually very low in traffic and it would really make no sense to aim for those keywords. But this doesn’t make our research a failure. Jaaxy gives suggestions related to your search, so let’s see what we can find there:

Jaaxy suggestions

From this list I picked the keywords build your own v8 engine and how to build engine. They both have some traffic and pretty low competition (I aim for QSR below 100). The competition is especially important when creating a niche website to sell your information. If you use paid traffic, the amount of searches might be more important in some cases.

How to build engine seems like a great keyword at first glance. It has low competition and good traffic but it is actually a part of a sentence or a misspelled sentence as it’s missing the article an. So let’s see what it looks like if we add that missing word in:

How to build an engine

Spelled correctly the keyword has a bit more competition but it’s still very good. Let’s go with it. In reality, it’s quite a broad term and I would go for something more specific but for the sake of example this will do just fine.

Create the solution and make the problem and the solution meet

So you are someone who knows all about engines and you think you could offer a solution to people looking for information on how to build engines. The next thing would be to create a solution. There are many ways to go about this, you could:

  • Create a YouTube channel about building engines if you have the means.
  • Build a niche website
  • Write your own product like an ebook or video tutorial series
  • Use social media and paid advertising

Those are just a few examples, the options are many. The most important part is to create useful targeted information about a real problem and then finding a way to offer that information to the right people.

One of the best ways is to create your own niche website as you will actually own this. When you create content in YouTube or in social media you are actually producing content for them, on their terms. The company might remove your content with your hard-earned traffic in a blink of an eye. If creating a niche website is something you might be interested in, check out this post.

Profit

Once you have established content and traffic it’s time for final piece of the puzzle, monetisation. There are a few ways to accomplish this (these are the ways I’m aware of, I bet there are more options however).

Your own product

The first option is to make your own product like an ebook, a tutorial video series or even a complete education site with paid subscriptions.

Create your own product

To get people to buy your product you could create a “squeeze page” with a sales pitch. You would then drive your traffic to that landing page to get sales.

One of the most powerful ways to get buyers would be offering your product to affiliate marketers in places like ClickBank. You would offer up to 70% of your sales profit to the affiliate marketers.

It might seem very stupid to offer the lions share of your profit to the marketer but once you realize how powerful motivated affiliate marketers can be for your business you understand this is a win-win situation for both parties.

If you have a quality product and you are willing to share the profits, the marketers can do the dirty work of driving traffic to your squeeze page through their channels (websites, YouTube channels, social media, email lists etc.). You just need to make sure your product is top quality and your sales page converts well. Then you just sit back and watch the money roll in. The affiliate marketers of course make good profit on your product.

Affiliate marketing

The other way to make money with your information is becoming the affiliate marketer yourself. This could mean creating a niche website, like the building engines we talked about earlier. You would then offer free information to people in the form of blog posts, free ebooks or YouTube videos and include affiliate links related to that niche.

In the building engines niche you could for example write a long tutorial about building high performance valve heads to a specific engine and then offer a parts list from an affiliate site like Amazon or some big car part dealership that offers an affiliate program.

Conclusion

This is just a scratch of the surface of selling information online but these are methods regular people are using every day to make an income online.

If you are interested in selling information or making money online, I suggest you read my Wealthy Affiliate review. It’s pretty much the best place to get started with this stuff. It takes time to make an income online but it’s totally doable. You just need guidance because there are certain things you need to know to succeed and the competition is tough these days.

That’s all the time I have right now but if you have any questions, drop a comment below and I will do my best to answer them for you.

That’s it for now, thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

How to start making money online at home

How to start making money online at home

 

Looking for a way to make money online at home while chilling on the sofa with your laptop? Maybe you’re tired of the 9 to 5 rat race or just looking to supplement your income. Or maybe you are unemployed or a stay-at-home mom looking for something productive to do? No matter what you incentive is, you have come to the right place.

Today I will show how to start making money online at home with a step-by-step guide so you can start working towards that goal today yourself. But let’s first take a look at the ways people are making money online these days.

Realities of making money online

You may have heard that there is no money to be made online these days as the markets are saturated and there are only scams about making money online. This could not be farther from the truth.

You might have also come across some of the make money online scams and maybe even got burned by one. It is true there are a lot of shady businesses and entrepreneurs in the make money online business. That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible to make money online ethically without using questionable business strategies to essentially con people. You just have to know what you are doing.

Realities of making money online

The amount of users on the internet is greater than ever before. It is estimated that in 2018 there are over 4 billion internet users. There are also more people making an income online than ever before. With such an incredible amount of users the market is far from saturated.

During the last decade content platforms like YouTube and Instagram have exploded and made it possible for people to make a living simply sharing their day-to-day life with their followers. This is getting rarer however, as the competition has gotten much tougher as there are big bucks to be made. That’s why you need to know exactly what you are doing to be noticed by the search engines and services.

This includes things like keyword research, social media sharing, guest blogging and other joint venture projects. Essentially Google, YouTube or any other service will give zero attention until you have enough quality content, followers and engagement.

This makes it very tough to get started. You may have to keep pushing for months before seeing any sort organic traffic. Then one day you might find your blog post on the first page of Google or your latest video on the featured videos of YouTube and your traffic just explodes. More typically, your traffic slowly increases as you produce more content until eventually you will have significant amount of traffic that allows you to earn an income from your content.

Internet marketing takes time

There are exceptions to the rules as always. We have all heard the overnight online fame stories. This usually requires exceptional circumstances and luck to happen. Maybe a lucky video that just goes viral in social media or a celebrity shares some of your content. These are things you should not account on when starting a business online. If something like that happens, great, let it happen. But don’t expect it, earn your traffic with hard work.

Next I would like to talk about the model I am using to make money online. It requires consistent work and it won’t make you rich overnight. However it’s fun, you can do it anywhere with an internet connection and it’s not very expensive to get started. And once you get the ball rolling and start getting organic traffic you can earn quite a nice income, there are thousands of success stories using this exact same method.

Affiliate marketing

The method I’m referring to is called affiliate marketing. More specifically the method involves building a website or sites around a niche and then creating content around keywords related to that niche. Once you have the basics down it’s possible to expand your affiliate marketing to YouTube, social media or what ever is your thing.

Affiliate marketing essentially means referring customers to companies’, that then pay you an affiliate fee if the referred customer makes a purchase. The products can be anything from real commodities to information products and software. Affiliate fees can be anything from 1 % to 80 % depending on the subject.

The great thing about working as an affiliate marketer instead of selling directly to customers is the fact that you don’t need an inventory, expensive stock, employees handling and shipping orders etc. All that expensive and arduous stuff involved with a typical brick and mortar company.

Business is hard

Instead you work as the missing link between a company looking for buying customers and customers looking for product or solution to a problem they are having. Armed with nothing else but a computer, an internet connection and a hosting service for your site you tap into that flow of currency.

You might be wondering why do companies’ offer affiliate fees to marketers when they could be scooping in the cash themselves? Well the magic is in the word marketer.

Companies use big bucks in conventional marketing like TV and radio commercials and ads in papers. This is proven to increase sales but it isn’t very efficient. One ad costs the same, no matter if it nets you 10 or 1000 sales.

In affiliate marketing the marketers do the “dirty work” for the companies’. They pre-select customers that have already displayed an interest in the companies’ product and are looking to buy. They then reference those customers to that companies products and if they decide to make a purchase it’s a real win-win situation. The company gets a sale, the marketer gets a fee and the customer gets what they were looking for.

The companies’ know that it’s lucrative to offer affiliate fees instead of spending that money on conventional marketing as they will only need to pay for the sales that happen. And if you make it profitable for the marketer, you can rest assured you will receive a lot of buyers to your products as you will have thousands of people referring customers to your company online 24/7.

How to build an affiliate marketing website

Next I will tell you step-by-step the basic to creating an affiliate marketing site. This is essentially the same blueprint taught at Wealthy Affiliate, an online education and hosting service designed for marketers. I wrote a comprehensive review about Wealthy Affiliate here.

Choosing a niche

The whole process start with choosing a niche. A niche essentially means the topic or subject of your website. It should be something quite specific as too broad of a niche will make it hard to create a competitive authority site in a reasonable time frame.

So let’s say you want to market shoes. Your niche should not be just shoes, but let’s say tennis shoes and specify that even more, like tennis shoes for men. You probably get the drift, the options are endless.

I suggest you pick something you have interest in and feel passionate about as you will be writing a lot of content about the niche. This makes research easier and writing funner!

Now you have nice specific niche where you can find tons of products to review and topics to write about.

Building a site

After you have a niche it’s time to choose a domain and build a site around that. Most marketers use a content management system called WordPress (don’t mix this with the free blog platform WordPress) which requires no real expertise in running a website. If you are an experienced webmaster, you might choose something else.

Before you start building your site, you need a hosting service. I personally use the one provided at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a state of the art hosting platform for a very reasonable price, considering you get everything you need to run an affiliate website, including keyword research tool. There are of course many other hosting services available that require different levels of expertise.

So you now have a hosting service, great. Before you create your site you of course need a domain. There are basically two ways to go about this. Either choose something relatively short and brandable or choose a keyword related to your niche. The domain should be a .com or if that’s not available .net and .org are acceptable.

Choosing a domain

So to our tennis shoes for men niche our domain might be something like BestTennisShoesForMen.com or MenSchoos.com (the brandable domains are tough to come up with so give me a break here :D).

After you have bought your domain and have a hosting service, it’s time to install WordPress on that domain and create the site. There is no real magic here. In the beginning you can have a pretty standard looking site that you can design more personal as you start getting traffic to your site. For now, it’s all about the content. If you are using WordPress you do want to ad an SEO plugin and an image optimizer to mage in page SEO easier and your site fast as possible as this affects Google rankings.

Keyword research

Next we need to start thinking about creating content for our website. This always starts with keyword research. Keywords are not actual singular words but phrases that people type to google while looking for stuff.

Keyword research

In our tennis shoe niche this could be something like best tennis shoes for men (our domain name), tennis shoes for men over 50, Nike (or any other company) tennis shoes for men or most comfortable tennis shoes for men.

There are rules to what makes a good keyword. These days you basically have to have a keyword research tool to get the critical metrics on keywords while doing your research. I use the Jaaxy lite that is included in my Wealthy Affiliate premium subscription. Jaaxy is an incredibly effective tool and even the lite version offers all the data you need to make an informed decision while choosing a keyword.

Since Jaaxy is the only keyword tool I’m really familiar with, I will next go through how to find a great keyword with it. In Jaaxy there are essentially three metric we are interested in. The first one is the avg, which stand for average monthly searches, traffic is the amount of traffic you can expect to receive if you rank on the first page of Google and lastly the most important, QSR or quoted search results, the amount of competition with this exact keyword in Google.

When you are starting to build a site you want to find keywords with as little competition as possible. It’s OK if the traffic is low, as long as there is some. This makes it possible to rank in Google even though you haven’t built any real authority yet. Once you have enough content ranked with the low competition keywords you can start to go for the higher competition ones with higher traffic. Going straight for them you won’t stand a chance with a new site.

Different people use different rules for the Jaaxy values but I generally look for keywords with traffic of around 15 to 100 and QSR of less than 50. The tennis shoe examples I made out from the top of my head before are all actually pretty good keywords and the most comfortable tennis shoes for men is actually great with a QSR of 13. Feel free to use them.

Jaaxy tennis shoes

You can try Jaaxy completely free for 30 searches by the way.

Writing quality content

Now that we have a domain, a site installed on that domain and some great keywords it’s time to start creating content. Your content needs to be relevant, easy to understand and engaging. The posts and pages you write need to have enough content to seem significant to Google. This means over 1000 words per post, I prefer over 2000 myself.

This is the toughest part of creating a successful affiliate marketing site. I’m not going to lie to you, it takes tens of posts just to start getting noticed by Google and probably hundreds to truly dominate a niche with an authority site.

Writing quality content

This essentially means you have to be willing to put in the work of writing every week to be successful, this is not a get rich overnight scam. It takes actual work The good thing is that once your content it takes a lot less effort to keep it there. So you should think of the time you put in the beginning as an investment. You reap the benefits later or.

The other good thing about writing is that it gets easier. I haven’t been doing this that long and already the writing is faster and more natural than it was in the beginning. And I’m not even writing in my native language. So you should not be afraid of the writing. You don’t have to be an excellent writer, there are tools to help you correct and check spelling and punctuation. It’s actually better to write in a casual down-to-earth style that most people can relate to. Remember, you are trying to establish trust with your audience.

Interaction (comments / social media)

Once you have content on your site it’s important to share that content in social media. Google and other search engines look for engagement and social interaction when they are ranking your content. Naturally for Google, Google+ is very important so you should network at least in there and share all your content as you create it.

Social media marketing

Other important thing is to get comments on your posts to tell about engagement. This can be hard before you are getting organic traffic as someone has to see your content before they can comment. This is the other reason social media is important for new sites. You can also get help for comments in Wealthy Affiliate if you decide to use their service.

Adding affiliate links

So you now have let’s say 30 great, engaging, 2000+ word posts on your tennis shoes for men niche website, targeted on low competition keywords. Google has noticed you and you are receiving organic traffic daily. What next? It’s time to make money.

To monetize your content you will add affiliate links to you posts. In the tennis shoes for men niche Amazon would be a great affiliate partner as there are thousands of tennis shoes for men in their inventory. So let’s say you have some reviews where you compare popular tennis shoes and are receiving traffic to those reviews.

Next you simply add affiliate links to Amazon so that your visitors can order the shoes from Amazon if they wish. If they do, you receive a 5% to 8% affiliate fee for the purchase. If they purchase something else while on Amazon, you will be credited for that too. It’s not unheard-of that someone buys a smart phone or a computer at the same time as they buy something completely different.

Let’s do a bit of math here. Let’s say you are reviewing $200 tennis shoes and your review receives 500 monthly visits on average, out of those 500 visitors 2 % decide to make purchase, if I understood correctly Amazon pays 7 % affiliate fee for apparel. This would equal 500 x 0.02 x $200 x 0.07 = $140. That’s what you could be earning very realistically on complete autopilot from one single review post every single month for years. And you could have tens or hundreds of posts with similar or better results. I bet you can see the potential here.

Conclusion

Well there you have it. A proven way to start making money online at home. It takes work, a little bit of investment to run a site and few months to a year to climb the search engine ranks. That’s about as fast you can expect to start to make any real money online. Anyone promising instant results is lying to sell their product, sorry to break it to you.

If you are in instant need for cash and looking to make money online I would suggest eBay or Craigslist to sell some of your belongings. If you are just looking for employment and not running your own site you can easily find freelance online jobs in places like Fiverr or Freelancer.

There is always the odd chance you might be the next YouTube hit and could find success creating content there, especially if you dread writing. Just don’t expect any miracles, it takes probably way more work to rank in YouTube than with the Wealthy Affiliate method.

If you have any questions about affiliate marketing or Wealthy Affiliate don’t be afraid to ask, I do my best to answer all the comments I get.

 

 

 

 

Affiliate marketing

Best sales jobs of 2018 – Jobs for natural sellers

Are you good at selling stuff? But you don’t have a college degree and are having tough time finding work? Or maybe you are a hard-boiled sales veteran looking to change employer and want to find the best sales jobs of 2018?

No matter what you situation is, it’s a fact that finding decent work is getting harder by the day. Even though salespersons are always needed, the requirements and competition have gotten harder in sales work in recent years.

Customers are moving online and you can’t get by with sleazy sales pitches and aggressively pushing for a sale like the telemarketers and car salesmen of the past.

In the modern day sales are all about creating trust and customer satisfaction. This leads to a positive customer experience which leads to good reviews and recommendations.

Sales job

This can have a real snowballing effect that can raise a business to a complete new level. On the other hand just a few negative customer experiences can ruin a company because in the internet word spreads pretty much instantly.

That’s why companies are very picky when it comes to choosing their sales personnel these days and landing a good sales position usually requires good recommendations and some proof that you know your stuff. They can’t risk hiring a person that might jeopardize their customer satisfaction since damage control can be very expensive and embarrassing for a company.

Career in sales

Experienced salespersons are a very sought after resource and they can usually pretty much choose where they work. Or choose to work for themselves and make good money on their own terms.

So if you are and experienced sales person or planning to become one, you might wonder what are the best sales opportunities in the modern world.

The options for sales jobs are endless as you can easily find out by looking at any job ad listings. They are full of sales jobs. The hard part is finding the good ones with the best benefits and good money.

So today we will talk about what makes a good sales job and take a look at some of the best sales jobs in 2018.

What makes a good sales Job

Interest:

I truly believe that for you to be happy in your work you need to do something that is of interest and matters to you. In sales, it’s easy to wind up selling something you really don’t care about, just to make a good buck. There’s nothing wrong in making a living but this site is about making living and enjoying doing it.

That’s why the most important part about a good sales job is that it has to be interesting to you. If you hate cars there’s no point in selling them even if it might make a good living. So you should aim for a field you find interesting, this will make selling more fun.

Time efficiency:
This one is important. Essencially this means the time it takes for you to make a sale. When it comes to sales time truly is money. Big commissions can be tempting but if it takes you months of marketing and negotiating to close a deal, the big commissions won’t seem that big anymore.

That’s why it’s important to know how much time and effort it takes on average to make a sale in the industry you are looking into. Small commissions can also be lucrative if you can make sales effortlessly.

Sales job time efficiency

In the online world this works a bit differently. It usually takes more time and effort to set up your sales ad, page or video but once it’s up it will do the selling for you. That’s one of the reasons marketers are moving online: the time efficiency and passive sales you can get from a single successful sales pitch.

Money:

This one is a no-brainer. A good sales jobs needs to pay well if you put your efforts in to it. Usually the best positions pay mainly in commissions and there is no base salary or it’s very modest. In turn the commissions are very generous. This means you truly get paid for your efforts.

Money in sales job

Most people who work in sales are motivated by money since sales career is one of the few lines of work where you can make good money without years of education and experience. I’m not saying those don’t matter in sales but some people are just naturals when it comes to selling. They know how to please the customer and seal a deal. That’s why It’s safe to say a good sales job should pay well.

Reliability:

Since many sales jobs are paid by commissions it’s important for a good sales job to have a reliable demand and customer base. It doesn’t matter if you make $ 20k one month if you receive your next commission 6 months later because there simply isn’t demand.

Anyone experienced in the sales biz will tell you that it’s up to you to make the sales. Mostly that is true but some industries are more prone to fluctuations in the economy than other.

Realestate business is a good example of this. Fortunes have been made during economic growth and it’ impossible to make a sale during the recession in some areas.

A good sales job will have enough stability to offer reliable income when you are putting the effort in.

Which gets us to our first real sales job.

 

The Realestate business

The economy is recovering from a global recession and now is a great time to get in to the real estate market. It’s been estimated by the Department of Labor that the real estate sector will grow faster than any other sales sector in the upcoming decade.

Real estate business

You can work as a real estate broker or an agent. Realestate brokers are licensed to run their own business while agents need to work with a broker. Most real estate brokers and agents are self-employed.

Population growth, urbanization and economy growth are the driving factors behind real estate market that will guarantee employment for real estate brokers and agents in the future, especially in larger cities.

Since apartments and houses are big acquisitions the commissions can be quite hefty. But as you surely know the selling times can some times be long which can lead to instability in income and low time efficiency in making the sale.

pros: Big commissions, versatile field, flexible working hours

cons: Instability of income, working nights and weekends, high competition, low time efficiency

 

 

Insurance sales

Everyone needs an insurance. If they think they don’t, they just need to be educated. As the population is getting older the need for long-term care insurances and health insurances will rise.

Insurance sales

Available jobs in the insurance sales sector are expected to increase by 12 % in the upcoming decade. This means there will be positions available for foreseeable future for anyone looking to land a sales job.

pros: Easy to make sales, lots of open positions in the future

cons: Relatively small commissions, hard to make big bucks, high turnover rate

 

Software sales

The fact is we live in a digital society. Every single smart appliance from you stove and fridge to you bathroom scale require software to operate.

If you are technologically savvy and want to make big bucks in the industry of the future, software sales just might be for you.

Software sales

Sales agents in companies like IBM, HP and Microsoft can make upwards of $ 300k a year. But there’s a reason for the high commissions. The work is very demanding.

First of all you have to hit your monthly sales quota in most companies or face losing your job. Secondly the jobs involve long hours and you basically have to be headhunted to even land a position in a big IT company.

pros: Extremely good commissions, good benefits, industry of the future

cons: Demanding working environment, long hours

Online affiliate marketing

If you are good at selling, why not work for yourself? The professions I just introduced to you all involve working long hours in the office or on the road.

What if I told you there is a way to make sales on the internet on complete automation writing about anything you find interesting? And doing so anywhere in the world at any time of the day.

I’m not talking about some make money instantly scam. This stuff takes actual work and you have to dedicate time to it like any business. Especially in the beginning. But once you get the ball rolling you get to enjoy from passive income as the work you put in is doing it’s thing on automation.

I’m talking about affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing essentially means referring customers to companies through links. When the customer lands the companies sales page through your link and makes a purchase you receive a commission.

The hard part of course is finding the customers and getting them to click your links. If you want to get people to click your links you essentially have to offer a solution to a problem they are trying to solve and create trust. This is easy to do with products you can stand 100 % behind of.

There are many ways to get traffic to your links. You can use social media to share interesting content, you could create YouTube videos in your niche, you can buy traffic through Google to your sales page. The options are many.

But the best way is to create content (be it a site or a YouTube channel), around specific keywords that people are looking for in your niche in Google. This way you will rank your content in Google (if you know what you are doing) and get traffic on complete automation.

Let’s make an example

First you decide on a niche. Let’s say you love producing music and now everything about audio interfaces for computers and decide that will be your niche. You niche can really be almost anything, I’m just choosing this as an example as I have an audio interface sitting next to my keyboard.

Audio interface

Next you need a domain for your website and decide to use something rather generic that might be a keyword in itself like www.bestaudiointerfaces.com.

Next you will do keyword research. Looking for keywords searched in google with some traffic but low competition. The lower, the better really. And the keywords should make grammatical sense as search engines don’t like nonsense.

You then write, let’s say 10 posts, targeted at low competition keywords to rank your site in Google. They might be articles discussing what makes a good interface, audio interface reviews or just something related to audio production that might attract readers looking for audio interfaces. To get bigger notice you also share all your content in social media.

In those 10 posts you have affiliate links pointing to Amazon or some of the large music stores that sell audio interfaces and offer affiliate programs.

After a couple months some of your posts start to rank on google, someone finds them and you make your first sale through an affiliate link. Someone clicked your affiliate link and purchased a $ 200 dollar audio interface from Amazon. They pay you a 5 % affiliate so you only net $ 10. But soon someone else makes a purchase also, and buys something else on Amazon for $ 500 and you credited for that also because they were referred through your link. You are doing sales for them just like you would working in a brick-and-mortar business!

You start to create more content and before you know it you have several posts or reviews that are bringing in $ 200 bucks (just a random, totally achievable number) every month. On automation. For months or years to come. And once your site is ranked it only gets easier to rank your new content.

I’m sure you are starting to see the potential here? Let’s just say there are many millionaires in this business but you need to have realistic expectations. The income will rise as you grow you business with time. But figures like $ 2000, $ 5000 or $ 10000 are very realistic and achievable if you are willing to work hard and consistently.

Wealthy Affiliate

This is actually just one of the many models of online affiliate marketing you can use. It’s the one I use myself and the one taught at Wealthy Affiliate, a complete education and hosting platform for affiliate marketers. They offer all the tools you need for keyword research, content creation and hosting you site.

There’s a very active and helpful community in WA that help you with any questions you have. The best part is the top-of-the-line training that shows step by step how to choose a niche, create a site and rank that site in google.

The service is completely free to register and if you decide to go Premium – which you will need to do, to be able to advance in the training and host a site – costs $ 19 for the first months and then $ 49 monthly or $ 359 yearly. That might seem steep but it’s actually dirt cheap when you take in to consideration that’s what you pay for a decent website hosting service anyway and Wealthy Affiliates hosting service is top-notch. You basically get the incredible training and community as a bonus.

If you got interested in Wealthy Affiliate I will soon make a more thorough review of the site. For now, I recommend you go ahead and check their service out, it won’t cost you a thing. That link is an affiliate link by the way. I will receive a small commission if you decide to register and go premium. I want to be completely upfront about that, since I believe in their service 100 % and use it myself. If you want to check out their service without leaving me a commission, you can go directly to their website without clicking my links.

So let’s recap the pros and cons of affiliate marketing.

Pros: You can choose your interest, very time efficient once rolling, there is no limit to the money you can make, reliable source of income, complete freedom to choose when and where to work

Cons: Takes many months to a year to get income, requires some technical know-how, takes hard work and dedication like everything in life.

Conclusion

Well there you have it. The Best sales jobs of 2018. Tell me what you think about my selection in the comments section below. If you have any questions about affiliate marketing, Wealthy affiliate or sales jobs don’t hesitate to ask. I do my best to answer all the comments I get.

 

 

 

 

Why do I hate working?

Why don’t I want to work? – 5 reasons you dislike work

Asking yourself the question “why don’t I want to work?” usually means you are really discontent with your career or maybe even unemployed.

Asking yourself this questions can leave you feeling ashamed since you are essentially confessing your own weaknesses to yourself. It can make you feel like you are lazy and stupid for feeling this way, while everyone else seems to do just fine – or at least won’t admit otherwise.

That said, this is a question millions of people around the world ask themselves every day. And I’m here to tell you it’s probably not your fault you don’t feel like you want to work and it’s completely normal to feel this way. It also doesn’t mean you are lazy or stupid. It can actually mean quite the opposite.

I’m also here to tell you that you should do everything in your power to change this by unlocking your inner potential. You will not become truly happy until you do. I’m going to give you five reasons that have made me feel like I don’t want to work and I also want offer you a word of advice – it is actually possible to start enjoying work.

I will also share with you how I found my motivation to work by starting to work on my own terms and how you can do it too.

Reason 1: Wrong profession

Many people don’t know what they want to do when growing up. They end up choosing a profession based on their personal interests or on what they did best in school.

The problem is that you have to make these long-standing decisions without any experience in real work or without truly knowing yourself or your passions. Some lucky ones find out their passions and callings when young, but many don’t.

Wrong profession

Even if you have an education in your dream profession, the job you want to do might not be available due to many reasons and you just have to do something to pay the bills.

If you don’t know what you really want to do, it means you have not found your passion. Just doing something usually doesn’t work in the long run.

Sure, you can spend your whole career in jobs that don’t really mean more than a paycheck for you. There’s nothing wrong with this but in all likelihood you will never be truly happy doing this. It can make you feel like you don’t want to work when you are actually lacking motivation due to being in the wrong profession in the first place.

I myself have essentially wound up in a wrong profession. I’m an environmental engineer by profession, I have always been technically and mathematically gifted so choice of education came naturally. I saw myself fiddling with gadgets and building things. Instead, due to the economy and lack of available positions, I have ended up in public administration, working for the government the last 6 years. My job is very bureaucratic and in all honesty hate all the paper work and nonsense laws associated with it.

I have found my true passion in helping people by writing in the internet, working from home. That is what this whole site is about. Options for people in the same situation as I am. Writing this doesn’t really feel like work, while it actually is.

Reason 2: Your job is too demanding

I know from experience that too demanding job leads to chronic work stress. If you are stressed out all the time, you can’t really think clearly and might not even realize you are actually suffering from stress.

There are many ways a job can be too demanding. The workload might be simply too much to accomplish within the time frame. You might have to deal with extremely demanding customers or the job might be physically too demanding for your health.

Too demanding job

What ever the reason is that makes your job too demanding, you can’t keep pushing on forever. Eventually the workload and stress will force you to hit the brakes.

Prolonged work stress can lead to a state known as burn out. Main symptoms of a burnout are lack of motivation, fatigue and depression. You can suffer from these symptoms for years without realizing before collapsing.

Burnouts rarely happen overnight and lead to a complete nervous breakdown with long sick leaves, like you see in the movies. Instead, they creep up on you and cause all sort of mental and physical ailments that take a long time to heal from once the source of stress has been removed.

In addition to the symptoms I mentioned before you can also suffer from unexplainable headaches, muscle aches (especially back), insomnia and stomach discomfort.

As you can see, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, that you might not want to work if you’re suffering from stress and work is essentially making you sick.

Reason 3: Your job is not demanding enough

boring job

The fact is most people truly enjoy work only when they have just the right amount of sense of accomplishment, with enough down time to not feel constantly stressed out and busy.

This means a job can be too easy or monotonous to not offer any real sense of accomplishment once everything becomes routine. That’s why you usually try to progress in you career to more demanding and more rewarding positions as your experience and knowledge grows.

Especially smart people can get easily bored in mundane jobs. This can lead to procrastination and feeling like you are lazy, when you are actually bored out of your mind and can’t simply push yourself to perform the tasks required. This will lead to low self-esteem and resentment towards your job, which makes you feel like you don’t want to work. This is typical for creative people in manual labor jobs, where they can’t apply their true passions.

I have experience with this in my job as well. Pushing papers gets really old really fast if you don’t have a knack for it.

So, feeling like you don’t want to work, can actually mean you are a smart and creative person that has not had jobs that offer true sense of accomplishment.

Reason 4: Social anxiety or depression

If you suffer from social anxiety or from other anxiety disorders going to work can feel like an insurmountable task. Almost all work these days requires social interaction with other people and if you get anxiety from it, you can really start to dread going to work. You might think you don’t want to work, when actually you just don’t want to interact with all the people because of the anxiety it gives you.

Social anxiety and depression

I didn’t even realize I had been suffering from social anxiety pretty much all my life until quite recently. I have no problem talking to familiar people face to face or in small groups. But I dreaded large groups and meeting new people. I’ve never been very good with small talk and felt very uncomfortable and awkward in situations where I felt people are sizing me up.

You can also be depressed without realizing this. Depression can really crush your self-esteem and make you think you are not capable of performing your tasks. This can lead to thinking you don’t like work when you are actually suffering from a mental disorder that distorts your thinking.

Both of these disorders can be helped with medication, therapy and experience. If you are suffering from these disorders I highly suggest you see your doctor to discuss your options. Medication actually made my job tolerable for a while from the anxiety standpoint, it’s all the other points I’m having problems with.

Reason 5 prolonged unemployment:

When I graduated I didn’t find work right away. I was actually unemployed for half a year or so. After a while you really start to question your competence since being unemployed can really affect your self-esteem and make you think you are not a good employee, since you can’t find work.

This can lead to loss of motivation as you start to second guess yourself. Before you know it you are actually afraid that you will be invited to an interview and get a job. You start to think you don’t want to work.

Prolonged unemployment

I think this is a kind of self-preservation process that takes place. You accept you don’t have a job and start building you self-esteem and life on other values than work. Eventually you start being afraid of work and because of the change it will cause in your life.

If you have been unemployed for a while and feel like you don’t want to work, please don’t give in on the feeling. Trust in yourself and find work. Unemployment can make you lose focus in life and is a big cause for depression. In the conclusion I will offer you a solution if you want to think about starting to work for yourself.

In conclusion & my tips

There you have it. The five biggest reasons why I didn’t like work. They might be the reasons you don’t like working also and I hope they can offer you some insight on your own situation. As promised I will offer you an option on how to start working for yourself.

As I told you before I have been very discontent with my career and I decided I needed to do something about it. Finding another job was not a top priority as I knew from my friends and colleagues that the grass is probably any greener on the other side. I needed a completely new way to make a living.

I actually found out years ago that there are people making full time livings online with affiliate marketing. I did some research back then and even built a couple of sites in 2012 or so, but didn’t really know what I was doing and soon got sucked in to the working life and just didn’t have the time or motivation anymore and lost interest.

I didn’t really think about affiliate marketing or making money online seriously until earlier this year when I was very frustrated with my job and remembered there were options available. Learning from my earlier mistakes, I knew I needed some guidance if I truly wanted to make a living online. You can’t really make it online if you don’t know what you are doing.

So I set out to find the best education available for making money online and stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate. It’s a complete education and hosting platform with a very helpful community with thousands of users. After reading some reviews I decided to try their free plan and soon decided to go premium once I realized how incredibly much you can get for such a small fee.

I will soon write more about Wealthy Affiliate, but if you would like to learn more about it yourself,you can visit the site here. That’s an affiliate link by the way. It means if you go to WA through that link and decide to join in and go premium, I will receive a small fee. It will not cost you in any way. You can sign in completely free without any credit card or payment information to check out what it’s about and how the system works.

Affiliate marketing is what WA is all about and you can do it in pretty much any niche, you don’t have to market their own program and it’s not even something they push you to do. But that’s a topic for another day.

Please drop a comment below if you have other ideas for reasons people don’t want to work or if you share my experiences. Also, if you have any questions about Wealthy Affiliate or making money online, don’t hesitate to ask. I’d love to help!

 

 

I'm tired being unemployed

I’m tired being unemployed – If you’re thinking that, read this

If you are tired being unemployed I want you to read this. I have been in you situation and I want to share with you what I would do if I was in your situation with my current knowledge. I will also talk about why it’s highly unlikely your unemployment is due to you own shortcomings. The working life has changed and you should not blame yourself if you are unemployed. That’s the most important thing to remember.

That said, getting employed might not even turn out to be the real solution to your problem. Sure it helps with the financial stuff but as the demands of working life have gotten very high, being employed full time can be worse at times than being unemployed. Believe me, I know from experience.

So read on to find out what happened when I decided I’m tired being unemployed and decided to start working on online business, found a job and almost had a burnout before truly starting to work for myself.

And of course I will share with you how you can start working for yourself today. I assure you I’m not talking about some make instant money online scam. This stuff requires actual work and requires minor investment and time if you want results, but anyone can do it, I’m doing it right now by writing this article. Thousands of people are doing it from everywhere in the world and so can you. Read on to find out how.

Being unemployed can make you passive

The thing about unemployment is that it tends to make you passive if it stretches out. You lose focus, motivation and the sense of accomplishment. This can be very hard on your psyche and easily leads to depression.

Depending on your financial situation unemployment can even feel relaxing in the beginning, if you have savings. It can also be extremely stressing if you are already struggling to make the ends meet. In the beginning you have a lot of energy to send applications, be it from excitement or from necessity, but as the unemployment stretches out you start to get tired. You run out money, motivation, ideas and eventually hope.

Prolonged unemployment

Most governments are aware of this fact and try to do their best to get people back to work as soon as possible even if they aren’t willing. The problem is that there simply aren’t suitable jobs for every profession available at a given time so people are going to have to make compromises.

It can understandably make you angry and frustrated if you are forced to work at a local burger joint with a master’s degree.

Why finding work is so hard these days

Work has changed. Not long ago there were manual jobs available to all willing and getting an academic education meant certain employment and a comfortable income. It doesn’t work like that anymore.

Automation and unemployment

Manual labor jobs have all but vanished due to automation and digitalization and they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Not long from now we will have synthetic workers to do the jobs that still require human locomotion and dexterity like construction work.

The only work we humans will need to do is to program and oversee all the automated processes. Ok, I’m sure there will be a ton service jobs for long time to come, but you get the point about manual jobs reducing by the minute.

Demands and competition of work are getting harder by the day

Loss of manual labor jobs and the oversupply of workforce has demanded a need for more people to get a higher education, which in turn has led to more competition and risen job requirements in many fields.

So in essence education has been inflated and a diploma no longer means instant employment, it has become the bare minimum requirement. This has made working life and finding a job very competitive and stressful.

Demands and competition of work are getting harder by the day

Polls in many countries have shown that young people are more pessimistic about their career possibilities than ever. The high demand of constant education and competition has led the age of giving birth to rise to an all time high and many young adults are choosing to not get children due to career demands. When you are closing thirty, without ever having worked a permanent job, having offspring can feel quite daunting.

This all means you can’t really trust in society or your employer to take care of you. You have to take the matters in your own hands and rule your own destiny. This requires educating yourself on how to employ yourself in a way that is sustainable now and in the future so you are not dependent on others.

My story

Back in the beginning of 2012 I had just gotten my bachelors degree in engineering and was sending job applications everywhere. The economy had just took a serious dive in Finland and finding a job even vaguely related to my field turned out to be a lot more troublesome than I had anticipated.

After about three months I was out of money and really tired being unemployed. That’s when I remembered a few sites about making money online and working from home I had stumbled upon maybe half a year before.

Back then I did not take it seriously, as it seemed too good to be true, but after being unemployed for months I felt desperate and decided to try to start an internet business.

I created my first internet site without really understanding too much about the business or without having any real experience in web design or other technical stuff. I managed to work on the site for couple of months before finding a temp job that lead to a full time employment and I forgot about the site and making money online for a couple of years so it obviously was not a success.

My story

I’m still working full time on the same employer and have had all the symptoms of a burnout for quite some time. I’ve been popping antidepressants for a couple years now just to cope with my work stress.

Financially it’s impossible for me to quit without finding a new job that pays well enough and from what I have gathered from college mates and friends, the grass ain’t greener on the other side. Pretty much all of them are feeling the same way I am and desperately looking for a way out.

Back to business

That’s why couple months ago I made a comeback to working online for myself. That’s when I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate, or WA for short. I did some research and found out pretty much all of its users were very satisfied with the service and especially the training and community. It’s essentially a step by step education to making money online by content creation and affiliate marketing. WA also offers all the tools you need to run your own sites from hosting to content creation and wordpress installation to keyword research tool Jaaxy.

You really don’t need to understand about the technical stuff as it’s all explained very simply in the training. I ran the free trial for a week or so before going to premium to get on with the training and building my first site.

The thing is – this stuff works. For the first time I have a clear plan for how to get traffic and find topics and keywords people are looking for and the best thing is the WA community, they will help you with any problems or questions you may encounter. The only thing the community expects in return is that you help others out when possible – it truly is a win-win situation for all involved.

And the best part is doing this is fun! If I get to help people by writing about stuff I actually enjoy writing about and simultaneously creating a cumulative income for myself while working from anywhere in the world – count me in! Btw I actually wrote this whole post on the plain and train while returning from a holiday in Spain.

Conclusion

In hindsight if I had had the knowledge I have now and knew I was going to be unemployed for 6 months I would have worked my ass off as I now know I could have made a comfortable living that way and avoid 6 years of work stress.

I am seeing results with the system but don’t have enough content and traffic to be able to quit my job just yet. That takes time and work but my goal is to be able to quit my day job within year from now. You need to have realistic goals with this stuff.

If I was unemployed currently I would find a way to pay the bills with minimum time commitment, join Wealthy Affiliate, follow their training and bust my ass working night and day creating content to start making money for myself, on my own terms without outside demands. I highly suggest you think about it too!

If you have any questions, suggestions or maybe just want to chat with someone who has been in your situation please drop a comment, I promise to get back to you.