Is Working Online a Stepping Stone or the End Game? [VIDEO]

I’m at my dad’s house for his 50th birthday and decided to record a vlog. I tried to get him to come over and say hi but he wouldn’t do it.

Click here for more info on the vlog challenge.

While I’ve been here for the birthday celebration (his birthday is actually the 10th) I’ve been thinking a lot. I turn 26 on the 14th and my family keeps asking me what I’ll be doing when I turn 50. I said I hope I’m doing what I’m doing now. I just hope I’m better at it, more successful, and helping more people.

I love working online. It’s hard but I get to do something totally different than my friends and family. I’m forging my own path and that feels fantastic. On top of it I’m helping people. Every email I get from someone telling me I helped them in some way feels fantastic.

Most people I know answer the question about what they’ll be doing when they’re 50 is “anything but this” or “I’ll be retired” or “I”ll finally have a career.” Ideally I’ll still be working online, blogging, and connecting with people. I’ll be running my successful little online business.

I hope I’ll be able to hire a few VAs to do some stuff but I like being in control of my business so I don’t think I could ever step down and let someone run it.

What do you think? Will you still be working online in 10, 15, or 20 years? Is this a stepping stone to something greater or have you reached (basically) what you plan to be doing forever?

Some people think that I should aspire for more than this, but if I’m happy why should I?

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  1. I am 61 years old. For most of my life there was no such thing as the Internet. Then, after there was the Internet, there was no such thing as blogs. Yet, I now interact daily through my blog with people from all over the world – not as a business owner, but as something I do outside of work. Who would have thought? I would say – do what you love. Fifteen years from now you may be doing the same thing – or technology would have given you new options you have no way to dream of now. That’s what the future is all about!
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    • That’s very true! I love technology and I guess what I really hope for is that when I turn 50 I’ll still be working from home and teaching other people to help them find success. I might not still be teaching blogging at that point, who knows. I just know I love the freedom of working from home and the satisfaction get from helping people.

  2. Amanda,

    It’s so good to see you again via video! It’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it? If you felt nervous doing this video, it didn’t show!

    Personally, I wouldn’t worry what your family thinks. I have a daughter, who I recently started talking to again after 10 years, who doesn’t believe what I do online is very important.

    I say this because every time she comes here, she makes remarks about me not having to work and that I should walk away because she’s more important. That may be true, but she also doesn’t understand how important it is to me to help others.

    I get a satisfaction that I can’t describe to her in a way that it would change her mind, so I don’t try to. I hope to be alive and kicking in the next 20 years and STILL doing what I do now. šŸ™‚
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    • Ya, most of my family thinks I just sit on Facebook. I talk about freedom so they tell me to drop what I’m doing and do whatever they want. I try to explain that while I CAN do that, it’s not in the best interest of my business to be doing that very often. Sure, every once and a while I can drop everything and go somewhere for a few days but I do need to plan ahead to make sure I can do the extra work when I get back.

      I’ve just decided to not talk to them about work outside of big things they might understand, like when I publish a book on Kindle. That’s at least something they can understand.

  3. Yes I think I will still be working online in 10 years, probably a whole lot more. When I’m fifty? Well why not
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  4. I think I could see myself still working online in many years from now. On my next birthday I will be 40 so I have had plenty of careers in my life but I can’t say I’ve ever really “loved” any of them. Working online has been the one thing I’ve done that I actually have a passion for and I can honestly tell people I love doing it. Sure the financial rewards are still building, but the freedom I know it will give me one day when I retire from my regular job is what I really see in my future.

    Good luck to you Amanda!
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    • That’s it exactly. My birthday is coming up and I plan to take off and spend a week in Olympia. You can’t just decide that last minute with a normal job but I can and I’ll still be able to work while I’m there but I can also relax knowing I can make up for it when I get home.

  5. Lovely to “see” you again Amanda šŸ™‚

    If online is working for you and you love what you do – why change? My family don’t have a clue what I do either šŸ™‚
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    • That’s what I tried to tell them… if I’m happy and making enough money to get by working online, why would I do anything different? I’ve never understood why people would sacrifice happiness for more money or a higher “position” if they’re making enough money as is.

  6. Nice to hear from you Amanda and Happy Birthday! I believe you’re very wise to think there is more value in choosing to enjoy a lifestyle that’s providing you with enough income and also constant opportunities for learning.

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