Okay in this title I really mean why work online, or why work for yourself, but it really amounts to the same thing and for most people working online means running your own website.
The point is, that whatever you do for your living online, it’s amazing how liberating this is and how much of a difference it can make to your lifestyle. Many people act as though they wouldn’t like to work on their own and say that they need the social contact, or the routine, or the stability etc. But actually these are all weak arguments when you consider that you can get social stimulation by meeting your friends after your (very short) working day, when you consider that you can create your own stability and structure (like going into a coffee shop every day for two hours) and when you realise that actually if you have a good business model you are just as safe as someone in a job whose business might go under. And at least you can do something about it if you get the last word on it.
While people say that they aren’t interested in working for themselves, when they see people who do, and who are relaxing in the sun while typing or who can meet up with old friends at a moment’s notice, they are invariably very jealous. And worse than that I think it’s fair to say that for most people the daily grind and routine is actually so soul crushing that it seems to have damaged their very spirit and their very sanity.
What Working for Yourself Means
Working for yourself means getting out of bed when you want to and taking a bit longer on the days when you feel rough. It means working where you want to and seeing new things. It means being able to earn more money by putting more hours in whenever you want, and it means being able to see your friends by travelling to other parts of the country.
In short it’s like being a student. Do you remember being a student? You didn’t have a care in the world, you were always meeting up with friends for tea and coffee, and you were always smiling and happy. Everyone else hated you because you were so chirpy and laid back. Meanwhile you probably had ambitions, you probably had drive, and passion and big ideas. There’s a reason that it’s students who go on protests all the time, and who create strange works of modern art. It’s because they have time to – they have time to express themselves and they still have the enthusiasm and energy to care about something strongly.
That was you once. What happened? If you are now working a nine to five job then what probably happened was that you realised that you couldn’t do whatever you wanted. You probably ran out of time to pursue your interests. You probably struggled to pay the rent and to have a clean flat by the time you got home. Life probably became pretty grey and you probably started spending your every waking hour looking forward to those two weeks of the year that you go on holiday somewhere sunny and don’t have to put up with anyone shouting at you. It has to be that way right? That’s the real world. That’s growing up.
Well if that’s ‘growing up’ then I have no interest in it. It’s not how I live. It doesn’t have to be how you live either…
About the author: Vadim Kirichenko is a full-time online marketer and works with Wisdek a fast growing internet marketing company based in Toronto.