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!

How to start a business for free online

How to start a business for free online

Looking to start an online business? Don’t have a dime to spare? Let’s look at how to start a business for free online!

Here’s the thing, you can start making money online without investing a cent. Now I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m not saying I have done it myself. But I have read people doing it and I do have one great idea for anyone willing to try.

I want to make it completely clear this is not the way I started my business myself. My business is still (as of writing this post) in its infancy and it’s just starting to produce traffic. I’m still holding on to a day job, so I have some cash to spare and I have invested few hundred bucks in to my online business.

But if you are in a situations where you have some time to work on an online business but can’t really invest any money on it just yet I might have solution for you.

I’ll have to warn you, it takes work. It always does. And when there’s no money involved there usually a bit more work involved. That’s just how it goes in life. If you can’t invest money, you have to invest time.

How is it possible to start a business without money?

Yeah, I know it sounds crazy. That you could actually start a business without investing a dime?

Because of the internet, it’s possible. Of course establishing a real registered business is going to include some paperwork and fees. The great thing about making money online is the fact that you can start making income before you have to worry about that stuff.

Here’s the thing. Any conventional business takes a crap ton of money to get started. From a coffee shop to a machinery to a IT consulting firm it takes thousands and thousands to get everything going.

You need facilities, machinery, employees, computers, cars, inventory and god know what else before you have made a dollar.

This is not the case with online business. It’s about selling information or marketing other companies products as an affiliate and getting an affiliate fee.

A tablet with online marketing process graph

One way to start making money from scratch is to get affiliate referrals through free to register channels like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram etc. Any place that allows you to share content for free with you followers.

Once you have made enough referrals to earn $50 or so you can reinvest that money to buy a domain and start creating content.

Since Wealthy Affiliate offers everything you need to run an online affiliate marketing business, I will use them as an example for using this model.

You could in theory replicate this by promoting almost anything from Amazon products to customer leads to companies. You could then reinvest that money to either buying a domain on some other service to create a niche website or maybe just buy some direct traffic to an offer.

The ways are many but this is the one I’m familiar with so It’ll have to get the point across.

Step 1: Register at Wealthy Affiliate for free subscription

The first step would be to create a free account in Wealthy Affiliate. You automatically join the built in Wealthy Affiliate affiliate program.

The free subscription allows you to complete the first chapter of both trainings in Wealthy Affiliate and also to host two free .siterubix sites. These are possible, but hard to rank in Google so you could in theory make money with them for free as well.

You also get to do 30 keyword searches on Jaaxy lite. This is enough to get you started in content creation if you use it wisely.

The wealthy affiliate starter membership

I wrote an extensive review here, so you might want to check that out so you know what you are getting yourself into.

Registering for the free account doesn’t require a credit card. Just you email and they are not aggressive with the marketing so it really isn’t a big deal to register to check it out.

If nothing else, check out the free courses to get some ideas about how to make money online.

But for our current objective, I have something else in mind.

Step 2: Get at least four referrals to Wealthy Affiliate

You see, as of writing this, you get $11.45 for every referral that upgrades to premium. That means if you can get 4, just 4 referrals, you will make enough money to pay for the monthly premium subscription.

How do you get referrals if you don’t have a website with traffic?

Well you have to get a bit creative and it probably takes some work.

There are plenty of free channels to use these days like Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. If you have a channel with any kind of following that could solve you problem.

If you have no accounts and no followers, then it’s time to start working. Create something that interest people of socialize in YouTube channels.

You could even employ real life marketing. You could market the service to you friends, family or colleagues. I know this can seem a bit awkward, so make sure you know the service and trust it so you can recommend it with clean conscience.

But that’s how you get started without ANY money. If you have even a few bucks to spare you have much more options.

Step 3: Invest you affiliate fees to a monthly subscription

So you have now referred four people to WA that have gone premium. Great. The next step is to invest that money to go premium yourself.

As a premium member you affiliate fees are doubled, so you need to refer only two people that go premium to pay for you monthly subscription.

Going premium allows you to complete the training the teaches you a lot about making money online. It’s not the be-all-end-all solution, but it’s a model that works. You should focus on learning one thing at a time.

The premium membership also includes the keyword ressearch tool Jaaxy lite version. Which gets us to our next step.

Step 4: Buy a domain and do keyword research

Once you have you premium membership set up follow either the Affiliate Bootcamp or the Internet Entrepreneur Certification and choose a niche.

At this point it would be wise to invest $13.99 – $15.99 to buy a domain for you own site. You could accomplish this by getting one extra referral if you really don’t have cash to spare. This is a once a year fee so it’s actually dirt cheap.

Once you have you niche and domain figured out it’s time to activate you site and install WordPress on it.

After that it’s time to start creating content and follow the training.

To create meaningful content that can rank in Google, you need to do keyword research with Jaaxy lite which is inluded in you premium membership.

Jaaxy allows you to do unlimited amount of searches, so it’s time to get creative and start coming up with keywords that are related to you niche.

Step 5: Get referrals from other sources until you site start producing traffic and money

You now have you own website set up and you have created a bunch of posts on low competition keywords.

Since it takes time for a new site to start ranking in Google, you will need a source of income while you are building you site.

This means you have to keep getting two more referrals to WA every month to cover most of you expenses as you get $22.5 per referral as a premium member.

If paying $49 a month is too steep for you I’m guessing you don’t have a job. This means you probably have more than average amount of time (I get there are situations where this isn’t true) to dedicate to creating content and building you business.

Otherwise, I honestly recommend getting a job while working on you online business. It takes time and you must have other expenses as well.

This means you might achieve better than average results but don’t expect to start making any money at least before the 6-month mark. Give it a year if you want to be conservative.

Step 6: Profit!

So you now have you own site, you have enough content to start ranking in Google and you are receiving traffic to some profitable keywords.

It’s time to find a way to monetize you site! You could drive traffic to Wealthy Affiliate if you are following the Bootcamp or for example sell Amazon products related to you niche. The ways are many.

At this point you should be making enough money to cover you hosting and membership costs at Wealthy Affiliate.

At this point the sky’s the limit. Just keep creating high quality content to scale you business up. If you wish to continue with Wealthy Affiliate you can. You get a great hosting service, a keyword research tool and a great community to share you problems with.

Conclusion

There you have it. A way to make money online for free.

I’m not going to lie to you and say it will be easy. To succeed with this you would have to dedicate some serious time marketing WA memberships through other channels. It’s not as easy to get people to convert to premium membership as you might think.

It also requires you to create high amounts (several per week) of high quality posts if you wish to start making money at the 6-month mark.

I’m going to go as far and say that it would be easier to get a part time job to cover you expenses than to try and pull this of. If you growing business depends on the affiliate fees, you whole business is extremely vulnerable.

So get the resources, start working hard and succeed! This is just an idea.

 

 

 

 

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 don't want to go back to work

I don’t want to go back to work

Today I’m going to write about a little bit of a different topic and more from a personal point of view: I don’t want to go back to work. I want to share my thoughts about going back to work in case it might help someone else dreading returning to their job.

I’m on my summer holiday from my day job and I have been working on my side business here on I Hate Working. The summer has been crazy good here in Finland so far. We have had actual sunshine and warm temperatures after two cold summers.

I’m enjoying every second of it and really don’t want to go back to work. Fortunately I still have couple weeks of holiday left.

Just the thought of endless days at work during the dark winter months makes me physically nauseous. It feels like a different world compared to the one I am living in right now.

This takes us to my first tip.

Don’t think about work until you really have to

When you are on a holiday or some other break from work, it really doesn’t help to think about work. You probably can’t (or shouldn’t) do anything to contribute to your job so it’s no use to think about it at all.

Sure it can be tough to not think about work, but if you actively try to avoid it you can be pretty successful. Returning to work after a break is probably going to suck as much regardless how much you think about it while away.

Don't think about work until you really have to

Worrying about it the whole time you are away doesn’t make it any easier, it actually makes it harder. You are enforcing a negative though pattern you have associated with your job. So once you do return to work, all that built up anxiety is going to make it even harder.

So focus on relaxing and doing things that make you happy. You deserve it!

Avoid everything related to your job

Like I said, just the thought of my day job and winter makes me physically nauseous at this point as I’m enjoying the freedom and summer so much. It makes my stomach turn.

That’s why I’m doing everything in my power to not to think about my day job.

This means I avoid going to the part of the town where my office is situated at.

It means I avoid reading the local news as I work in public administration and the news are full of stuff associated with my work.

Avoid everything associated with your work

I have actually taken this so far that I have almost stopped following the news all together during my holiday. Not just the local ones. News are full of stuff reminding of my work, if not directly then indirectly.

News are full of negative and stressful stuff and I really think it’s good take a break from them also every now and then. Even though I do think intelligent people should follow the news and be aware of what’s happening in the society locally and globally.

I also avoid socializing with people from my work place. If I bump in to some one, I say hi, but I refuse to talk about work related stuff.

I also avoid giving professional advice related to my work to people and tell them I’m on my holiday.

So I try to avoid anything that reminds me of my day job really. This way I get a real break from work and my mind get’s to refresh.

Like I mentioned before, dreading returning to work is complete waste of time. You could be using that time to enjoy yourself or do something productive, like building a business or educating yourself on something useful.

I know some of my colleagues check their work email every day during their holiday and have their work phone with them. This is something I can’t understand. It’s like you never left the office in the first place.

Things that help me go back to work

The biggest thing that helps me go back to work is to know that I have a contingency plan. I’m building a business to work for myself.

Even though I’m on my holiday, I have dedicated time almost every day to work on my online business. This doesn’t feel like working though. It gives me a great feeling of accomplishment and makes me happy knowing I’m pushing my business forward every day.

If I were to stop working on my business during the holiday, I know I would feel hopeless returning to work. It would seem so much more permanent as I would know I’ve lost the momentum in building my online business. It’s very important to work on your business every day to get things rolling in the beginning.

During my holiday I also spend time doing other things I love. I hang out with family and friends, I play music, I lift at the gym, I walk in the nature, I go swimming, I travel.

Things that help getting back to work

Doing as much of these things as possible, now that I have the time, helps me remind me there are other things in life besides work.

During the winter it feels there’s just work and chores. It’s easy to get depressed and stressed when you lose sight of what life is really about.

It’s about the good times in case you missed it!

Knowing these things will be there even when returning to work makes it that much easier. You have to remember that work is just one small bit of your life, not it’s purpose.

Why I don’t want to go back to work

The biggest thing that makes me dread returning to work is the stress. I work in an expert role and have quite a lot of responsibility.

There is always something that’s gone wrong from someones point of view. Lot of the stuff I do includes many parties and the end results rarely pleases everyone.

This is something that gives me quite a bit of stress. Many times I get complaints even when I did everything right. Fortunately I rarely get any complaints from my own organization. It’s the customers and associates.

I know logically I have done my work well but emotionally I feel like I have failed because of the constant negative feedback.

Why I don't want to go back to work

I also think I´’m not in the right line of business. I became an engineer because I’m technically gifted. I understand very easily how things work. Be it machines, processes or regimes.

Working in the public administration means I’m making decision about peoples life in a profession I don’t care for too much. It includes a lot of legal stuff and bureaucracy I’m not really interested in.

The last thing I don’t like is the lack of freedom. That’s why I’ve decided to work for myself. I love to travel and having full time desk jockey job means I only get to travel couple times a year.

If you are in a similar situation you should really think about what exactly are things that cause you not to want to go back to work. Then do you best to change that.

If you really hate the thought about going back to work it might be time to think about quitting your job. I wrote a post about how to do that correctly. There are other options so don’t lose hope!

Conclusion

There you have it. My reasons and tips for not wanting to go back to work. I hope they offer you some home help. Tell me what you think about them in the comments section below. I promise to get back to you!

So what are your reasons for not wanting to get back to work?

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Why do people want to work from home?

Why do people want to work from home? – 5 reasons to avoid the office

Many people fantasize about working from home. The reasons are many but sometimes you can’t help wondering why is it exactly, why do people want to work from home?

Today I will talk about some of the most common reasons to avoid the office or what ever your workplace is and staying home instead. I will also talk a little about how anyone can start working from home (or anywhere with an internet connection) for themselves, regardless of their current working situation. You can read more about that from here if you are interested.

So let’s get cracking! Let me introduce the 5 reasons to avoid the office and work from home instead.

Reason 1: Other people

This is by far the biggest reason many fantasize about working at home. Other people. Be it colleagues, bosses or customers, other people can be taxing. This of course depends on your own persona and of the atmosphere at your work place or if you have to deal with demanding customers.

Some people are the opposite and think that other people are the reason to go to office but many don’t.

Other people

If you are an introvert who dislikes small talk and likes to focus on their work, offices can be incredibly distracting and annoying with the interrupting chatting, office politics and obligatory small talk. An introvert can be so taxed from socializing at the office and with customers, that they need to recharge their batteries in complete silence for the rest of the day, to be able to go back to work the next day. As you can imagine this can be very taxing on the long run and working from home can seem like a great option at that point.

Even if you are not an introvert you can find other people at your work place stressful. This is especially true if there are issues with the atmosphere of the work place. Things like bullying, harassment or an overly demanding boss can drive anyone to fantasize about working from the safety of their own home on their own terms.

Reason 2: The Commute

As most offices these days are situated at the centers of large cities, many people have to commute long ways every day to their work place. This can be incredibly time-consuming if you can’t use the commute for working, like most can’t.

Commute

Ask someone who has a longer office commute than say 15 minutes if they would choose to work from home instead of using many hours of their week for sitting in the car or the train and I bet most would say yes without hesitation.

Most people don’t have the option to choose a shorter commute since the cost of living in large cities has risen to an all time high and especially larger family sized flats and houses simply are not a possibility for many financially.

Reason 3: Family

The next one is obvious to anyone with small children or maybe elderly parents they are looking after for. Or even pets that they would rather spend most of their waking hours with.

The fact is that commuting to work and staying at the work place for 8 to 10 hours is all taken out of your family time. Often it can feel heart braking to leave to the office on Monday morning knowing the next time you will truly have time to be with you family, while not feeling taxed from work, will be at the week end.

Family

When working from home you will get to use your coffee and lunch breaks to hang out with your family and this can be really rewarding. Of course this requires you to have a study or an office room dedicated for working so you can get stuff done without interruptions. Your family has to understand you are working when you are working.

Reason 4: Time

The fact is that working from home will leave you more time for other parts of your life. While working at home you can actually multitask small but obligatory and time-consuming chores like running the dish washer which will save you even more time from your evening and weekends.

Time

 

When you combine the time lost on the commute, the time lost spend with your family and the time you save doing small chores throughout the week the time can add up to 10 to 15 hours. Think about that for while. What would you do with 15 hours of extra time in a week if you were suddenly offered the possibility? You might simply use it to sleep and relax more or maybe you have hobbies that you could use the extra hours on. No matter what you would dedicate the time to, I’m sure it would be a welcome addition.

Reason 5: Sleeping in

Some people are morning persons. Others really aren’t. That’s why working from home can be great if you hate waking to the alarm clock hell every morning feeling dead tired. Every minute of sleep in the morning is a god send if you are not a morning person – believe me I know.

Sleeping in

Even if you are just working remotely for normal office hours from home, you can wake up a lot later since you don’t have to commute and freshen up. You can actually start working in your underwear while drinking you morning coffee 15 minutes from waking up, which is heavenly for people who dislike mornings.

Conclusion and how to start working from home yourself

There you have it. Five points why people want to work from home instead of an office or other places of work. These points apply to people working remotely for an employer or people running their own companies from home.

The biggest thing in favor of working from home for me personally is the complete freedom to decide my own schedules and content of work. This of course is possible only if you are working for yourself and don’t have the burdens of a traditional business model like inventory, business premises and employees.

Working like this is possible because of the internet and thousands of people are doing it around the world. I’m doing it while writing this article. If you would like to know more, I will soon write more about it. Meanwhile, please drop a comment if you have any questions.