What Do You Do For A Living?
How do you answer this “Loaded” question?
If you are an active Networker as I am, you probably get asked this question dozens of times a week. I always answer politely with “Hi, my name is James Spurway and I am an Internet Entrepreneur…, and then I pause, then I add… I help people to get started in the Online World. It always amazes me the looks I get when I say this…! The looks are saying “Yeah right – and what do you do in your real job”!
By James Spurway
When you make a living online, a lot of people won’t understand what it is you do. Some of them will think you’re nothing more than a spammer – just because you work on the Internet.
You might even run into people who automatically assume you’re into playing games or promoting porn because they think that’s all the Internet is used for!
You need to be prepared to deal with people like this. Some of them may even be close friends and family members who are simply ignorant about the different uses of marketing on the World Wide Web.
The first thing you need to explain to people is that very few people who work on the Internet are spammers. Spammers actually make up a very, very small minority of those who make money online.
They are so busy spamming that they do not have time to make money. Making money online is not a Fairy tale. It can be done when you do it right with the right expectations. A lot of people think it anything to do with making money online is a get rich quick scam.
Let me tell you unless you hit the Lottery jackpot you do not get rich overnight.
Working as an Online Entrepreneur requires the same set of skills as any other high paid job.
The difference is as you work for yourself. You can choose to do it full time or start doing it part-time, and see how it goes. Either way, there is a lot of commitment, self-discipline and self-motivation required on your part.
Believe me, over the years I’ve come across people that it does not matter how many times you explain to them what you do, even in a simple way, they do not understand or choose not to understand your view of what you are doing.
tHERE ARE TWO WAYS YOU CAN ANSWER THIS QUESTION…
Tell them that you run a website (or websites) and you place advertising on that website. Every time someone clicks an ad and purchases something, you receive a commission. If you make most of your money through AdSense or selling advertising on your sites, you can simply tell people that you place advertisements on your websites, and you charge advertisers for that ad space.
If you decide that you do not want to deal with that, show them some of your sites or blogs to illustrate the point. Some people feel more comfortable just telling people they design websites.
If you’re a decent website builder, this will probably really impress people, but be prepared to get requests from people asking if you’ll make them a site, too.
If you don’t want to deal with all of the questions about spamming and porn, just telling someone you design websites will usually be enough to throw them off your trail. If people are particularly persistent with their questions, you can start to point out some examples of people who have been very successful making money online.
Don’t just use examples of famous Internet marketers like John Reese, Jaz Lai or Yanik Silver! Use some examples with verifiable “proof” in mainstream media. For example, the famous “make money” blogger John Chow has a number of stories out there about him.
Then there’s also teenage entrepreneur Ashley Squalls who has made mainstream news in a big way by making over $70,000 per month with advertising on her site that gives away MySpace layouts. And of course, the infamous Paris Hilton – a celebrity blogger who cashes in on the ad space her blog has. You can also find other famous people like Shaqir Hussyin a good friend of mine, and Chris Duncan also a good friend of mine.
You should try to realize that some people will just never understand what you do. Try to explain it the best way you can, and if it doesn’t work, accept it and move on.
Some people just won’t get it. If the in-laws or your spouse are nagging you because your money isn’t yet streaming in, and you feel pressured, put together a simple presentation that answers all of their questions and puts their minds at ease.
I have learned in all these years that friends and family get quietly frustrated when you spend hours on the computer and not interacting with them. Along the way, you might lose some friends, as they just don’t want to make the effort to connect with you if you no longer fit into or play the role of their friend, on their terms.
Congratulations! You are on your way to financial freedom 🙂
Yours truly. Jim