Full Time Online: Should You Work Full Time on the Internet?
This is a tough question because I don’t know your personal circumstances. Eventually, yes, I think you should work full time on the Internet, but everyone has different obligations and responsibilities. It’s a decision you’re eventually going to have to make on your own, or with the support of your family. Here is the online story of one of my best friends… Maybe that will help.
When I started working online I had a full time job that required a minimum of 50 hours per week. Most weeks I averages around 64 hours and I was making enough money to pay my bills but I never had money left over at the end of the month.
At the time, the only experience with the Internet I had was playing a few games. One of the games I played involved these little characters that each had their own web page and you could use CSS and HTML to customize that page any way you wanted. The game even had a menu of HTML instructions to help you learn.
Long story short, my gaming account was suspended and while I was waiting for it to come back I started checking out the Web, just to see what was out there. Somehow I tripped over one of those cheesy Make Money Online blogs (At the time, though, I didn’t know it was cheesy!) and it talked about building HTML webpages to promote affiliate products. So I thought, “Well, heck. I’ve been building these webpages for two years for fun. I should try to make some money with this!”
And that’s how I decided to start working online. I was pretty naïve now that I look back on it.
I tripped over that website in February and I was still working at my full time job. I spent the next 7 months learning everything I could about niche blogging. (Another site I tripped over!) And in September I sold one of my blogs on Flippa for $175. The first money I’d made online.
Less than a week later I quit my full time job and decided to make a commitment to working online. For me, it was an easy decision. I’d proven to myself that I could make money online. That was my biggest concern. I just wanted to know that it was possible AND that it was something that I, with my limited knowledge of computers and the Internet, could do.
I had no major debt to worry about, just your standard monthly living expenses, and I had about three months worth of income stashed away to tide me over.
But the biggest reason I decided to make the jump was this: Even though I was still very wet behind the ears, I had advanced enough to know that I was actually holding myself back because I was spending so much time (80 hours a week by this point) at my J.O.B. that I didn’t have time to work on my online business. I had made just enough of a start that I knew if I could devote myself to it full time I’d be able to build a successful business.
Looking back, I’d do it all again, but let me also say this: It hasn’t always been easy. In fact, I work harder at this than at any other job I’ve ever had. And for a long time the only things in my kitchen cupboards were Ramen Noodles, Peanut Butter and coffee. But that’s all I needed.
Should you work full time on the Internet? Only you know what you truly need in the way of income and benefits and all that. But I think the two main questions you need to answer are these:
Are you ready to make the commitment? Because that’s what it takes. Remember, in the beginning, I wasn’t really sure I could do this and I had to prove it to myself before I even thought about taking the leap. Once I knew I could do it I knew that building my own Internet business was what I wanted to do.
Are the hours your spend at your J.O.B. the only thing preventing you from finally getting your business off the ground? Once I understood the mechanics involved and once I made that first bit of money, I knew I could do it over and over again, and even scale my business in a thousand different directions – if I only had the time.
Like I said, about five days after that first sale I walked in and quit my job. I didn’t give them any notice, I just resigned and went home to log onto my computer. I’ve never been sorry I did it and I’ve never looked back.