It was as enjoyable as root canal treatment
I want to tell you openly that around 2013 I had a real crisis on my hands. I’d discovered a way to make a reasonable income online. It’s a formula that a lot of people use and if you spend a little time on the Warrior Forum or browsing JV Zoo, you’ll come across it. I don’t recommend it though.
It requires significant expenditure, some basic skills and a preparedness to operate at a loss initially. It works and after about 12 months, I was ticking along quite nicely and actually training a couple of people on how the method worked.
Now before we go further, I have to tell you that what I was doing was perfectly legal
But….it was about as enjoyable as root canal treatment. I came to hate it as much as I’d once hated my day job.There was nothing fulfilling about what I was doing .I had simply substituted one soul sucking, dull colorless boring job for another.
When people asked me what I did for a living, I’d shuffle my feet and mumble something about it being complicated. I was kind of ashamed of what I was doing.
Not only did I not like what I was doing, I started to dislike what I’d become.
That’s a dark place
Once I entered that space, it was only a matter of time before I trashed my business. I sold off parts of it and shut the rest down..
Game over or so it would seem.
I didn't know what I was going to do next.
By chance I read an article in a major newspaper about a startup company that was operating in the gig economy.
With my curiosity pricked, I did some investigation and found that I could perform simple tasks to earn reasonable money. My first gig was transporting a piece of furniture. I wasn’t thinking about building a business, I was just kicking some tyres.
It wasn’t long though before I drilled down and found that there were bricks and mortar businesses prepared to pay good money for skills I’d either always had (writing) or developed during my online days. Skills such as basic SEO, HTML, email marketing, Wordpress maintenance etcetera.
Then I landed a large job that paid me $500 for a couple of days' work.
That’s when I got interested and started to actually build my professional profile and focus on what I was really good at. I doubt if I could have done that without the skills I'd acquired through online marketing. Many of those skills I learned the hard way are now taught in the CTP platform.
It's a virtual gold mine if you take the time to work through it.
Fast forward to today and I’m in a position where I have a dozen regular clients who give me monthly work and often refer business associates to me. I spend zero time sourcing new business, look after my client base and largely pick and choose what other work I do.
This week I’ve written about organic food, work placements in childcare, decorating wedding cars, cutting expenses to save for a home deposit, and foreign exchange trading. Depending on the job I get paid anywhere between 8 and 20 cents per word. It adds up pretty quick.
I’m comfortable and I’m pretty happy with what I’m doing. If I were 20 years younger I’d go a lot harder, but I’m not that hungry.
There’s other things I want to do with my time and I’m doing them.
Nowadays, when people ask me what I do the answer is simple. I’m a freelance writer.
So what’s a freelance writer doing writing to you about online marketing?
I’m not selling anything agressivelly. I do, however, recommend several sites from time to time - Internet marketing has become part of my DNA. It's always going to be part of my story.
Thats why I remain a member at some sites because I value what they offer. Whether that be tools, education or maybe traffic. Sometimes all three.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be honestly reviewing some of those sites. You’re welcome to my knowledge and perhaps (if I get my ducks in a row) you might be able to re-brand the reviews/reports free of charge.
PS: If you're nterested in what my core advertising portfolio is- it's here
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