It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It

Today I haven’t been able to work because of a back injury. I’m just kind of… stuck. I’ve been laying in bed and reading blogs. It’s one of those moments where I’m so thankful I do what I do!

A lot of people seem to think that working online is easy. It’s just typing and playing on Facebook, right? It’s not real work. Well, here’s the thing… most people go to work for 8 hours a day five days a week. They go there and do some kind of work, they get their lunch breaks, they work more and they come home. That’s it. They’re done with work.

There are days when I’m working for 14 hours and only getting up for a quick meal or two and bathroom breaks. There have been all-nighters. There have been ups and downs. I remember mornings when I wasn’t sure it was worth it. Why put in all of these hours when I could just work a regular job and pay the bills?

Today is one of those days it was worth it. (Lucky I have more of the “worth it” days than the “not sure if worth it” days.) I’m hurt and I can’t work in any real way. I couldn’t work yesterday either and tomorrow isn’t looking too bright. It could be 2-3 days before I’m able to do much. The average person would be in serious trouble if they were going to miss a week of work. Luckily all of those hours have paid off because this may set me back a little, but I don’t need to worry. My work will be there when I get back and most of my business can run on its own, just not as effectively as when I’m actively working on it.

Those 14 hour days, all-nights, caffeine driven writing sessions, hours spent working with a plugin until I scream… this is why it’s worth it. Because it’s all about building a life where you CAN be flexible.

What makes it worth it for you? Those afternoons spent with the kids? Being able to stop what you’re doing to spend time with friends or family? The comfort of being able to stay home? Let me know in the comments.

I’ll be spending the next few days recovering from my injury, reading books, and browsing blogs on my Kindle, being thankful that I can.

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  1. I hope your back isn’t anything serious.

    The reason I do what I do is to own my time and my mind. It’s hard to be true to yourself, your beliefs etc, when you’re having to reach objectives someone else, that you may never even know or meet, creates for you based on stockholder needs and more profits.

    Plus I like having a whim and following it through when I have it. I also question myself about ‘the more hours thing’ vs ‘the regular hours/paycheck’ and come to the same conclusion as you.

    I’m happier doing this, even with it’s ups and downs, than I ever was going to someone else’s job.
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    • I love working to achieve my own goals instead of the boss’s goals. At the end of the day, it’s great to be able to say I love my work even if it’s not all sunshine and rainbows everyday.
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    • After working in the corporate world for 20 years and now working for myself the last 15, I wouldn’t trade a real B.O.S.S. for anything I am involved in now.

      When I worked for a printing company, I came down with double lung pneumonia. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks and the entire time I was off of work, the company didn’t ship a single box with UPS.

      The reason? Nobody knew how, but me! ROFL

      Honestly, who doesn’t know how to use UPS? You call them and they come and pick up the boxes. You fill out a form, slap it on the box and dial a number. Nothing really hard about doing that!
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      • I think back to when Taylor got fired from Walmart… It was when we didn’t know he had diabetes and he called on his way to the hospital the day we found out. His blood sugar was so high they were worried about his kidneys recovering. He told the boss and they told him not to worry because they were firing him that day anyways because he had been working too slow for the last week. Who cares that it was because his kidneys were shutting down.

        In the end it was a good thing he got fired because now he works from home with me!
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  2. Amanda,

    I hope your injury doesn’t keep you bedridden for long.

    I like having the ability to come and go as I please, to pick up my business from one room to another, as well as taking it on the road to the camper when the partner wants to get outdoors for the weekend.

    I can work when I want or take off whenever the whim hits me. While the business may not grow by leaps and bounds unless I am at the helm, it can sustain itself for periods of time during my absence.

    Last year, while laid up at home taking care of my health, I played online games without having to worry about where the paycheck was coming from. How many corporate jobs can do that?

    Yes, the hours aren’t always the best, but it’s so worth it in the end!

    Thanks for linking to my article. 🙂 You’re the bomb, Amanda!
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    • I’d rather work long hours most days and be able to take time off whenever I need to than work normal hours and worry about getting fired for oversleeping or getting injuries and being unable to work. A lot of people think a regular job is security, but personally I feel much more secure now than I ever did before!
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  3. Amanda, I hope you feel better!
    Well I have to agree with you on this completely. Being able to live the lifestyle you want can be hard at times, but when getting to work online you have some perks. As much as online marketing is a lot of work and can be stressful (Trust me I know what your feeling like I’ve had that as well) In the end it’s worth it. It’s a lifestyle that we have created to work best for us. The great thing about working online is the fact that the next day it will be there just the way you left it. You can always work at it, at any time you would like. If it was a regular job you would find that you don’t have the flexibility of getting work done at outrageous hours at night or in the morning. That freedom and flexibility is what makes those 14 hour days worth it!
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  4. Amanda I understand bad backs. I have days when I can barely walk. I hope yours improves quickly. Meanwhile enjoy your time off.

    I love the freedom of working from home. I love the intensity of learning and stretching those brain cells. I don’t mind the long days as when I’m working, I don’t notice the time. I especially love the fact that I can and do stop work if one of the kids comes home for a few days.
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  5. Like you mentioned, being able to feel secure even when taking time off from work is one of the things that make IM most worth it for me. I love the fact that IM allows for this flexibility.

    I too, have struggled with the feeling that I would be better off with a regular job (and I did get a PT job so that I wouldn’t have to look at the computer all day), but it’s great to have the IM money still rolling in.
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  6. I think we all experience those “is it really worth it” type of days …. I’ve had a few myself fairly recently to be honest.

    Hope you’re starting to feel better over there.
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  7. Another advantage that makes it worth it to suffer financially for me in the short term is that will it is much harder to attain that “base” income you need to pay the bills online but once you shoot past it you are able to scale your business and turn investments into profit and it’s very well possible to leave earnings from a more regular job far far in the rearview mirror.
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  8. I followed your recent tweet to this post. Read the post last night and decided to create a list of reasons why I want to earn a living online. I’m not a full time internet marketer, yet, but I’m finally getting my act together and focusing on one thing. The reason I wrote down the list for myself is to help me stay on track. Something I’ve been struggling with for years.

    To be honest, my reasons are no different than the ones already mentioned. Flexibility and financial security being the main ones. I want a residual income that will help me through vacations and times when my health prohibits me from working. I want to follow my own ethics while making money. And I love how I can add creativity and learn new things on an almost daily basis with internet marketing. All of those are/were impossible in my current and past 9 to 5s.
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