I had always been known as "The Paint God", "The Best Boss Ever" or "The Greatest Sales Guy". Even worse, there was no steady income….OMG What was I going to do? How was I going to eat and make my mortgage payments and buy beer? Again, I slept uneasy. I admit it.
Then one bright sunny morning just like today, reality set in and I realized that my career wasn't my life. My job didn't define who I was and there were plentiful other ways to make a living. I also realized I didn't have to make a six figure income to survive. I had been smart, saved some money, made some good investments and packed some peanuts away. Life was not going to stop.
Maybe you just got fed up with the system, quit and had a Network moment deciding "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore"
Your picture may be even worse, with the way the economy is trending (Depression? What Depression?) you might have lost some of your retirement savings, or you're worried about it lasting you throughout your retirement age.
Life certainly doesn't stop at age 55 and living in "semi-retirement" as I like to call it takes money. Unfortunately, we live in a financially driven society that requires us to maintain a basic standard of living so they don't throw us out of our beautifully manicured, gated and walled subdivisions.
Remember when the phrase "Step out of the Box" was the highest ranking buzz phrase in the corporate world? Well, now it finally means something.
You know, some of you might just be happy finding another job or even a career in another profession. More power to you. I will discuss what opportunities are available for you in future blogs but today I want everyone "Thinking outside of the Box" to see if there are alternative and possibly more creative ways to make money that might be fueled a little by your inner passions.
We'll touch on a couple today and continue this conversation as the week progresses.
This is by far my favorite choice for gaining some financial freedom. Here's an example of what I mean…. There was a personal website/blog I found that was launched on Oct 1st, 2004. That was during the junior high school years of the internet. By April 2005 it was averaging $4.12/day in income. 18 months later this website was averaging over $1000/day. Today this blog has almost 30,000 followers on Facebook, 1.1 million followers on StumbleUpon and the developer of this blog didn’t spend a dime on marketing or promotion. In fact, he started this site with just $9 to register the domain name, and everything else was learned from the ground up from there.
Now, some people have powerful personal feelings with respect to making money from their blogs. I, myself am primarily dedicated to using my blog for the good of mankind (or at least those in their 50's). I want to do some good. I want to make a difference. I truly hope to leave a legacy behind once I leave this planet but if I can make a few sheckles at the same time then why not?
If you do decide to generate income from your blog, then you can't be shy about it. You need to put up ads. You need to sell something, you need to be "affiliated" with products and brands and maybe even request donations. You need to be aggressive but you can still advertise those products which are meaningful to your followers. You have to stand out from the crowd (remember a few weeks back when I told you there are over 112,000,000 blogs in the world wide web) so sell products and ideas that mean something and are the best quality you can find. Give your visitors compelling reasons to buy or donate money.
Most of you are probably asking yourselves…Can I really make money with a blog? Yes you can. At the very least, a high five-figure annual income is certainly an attainable goal for an individual working full-time from home. Many times, if you stick to a plan you can be generating this income within 18 months. Some folks have done it much sooner.
It may sound easy but it is still work.
Right now, my blog is in it's infancy stage and I basically spend as much time working on it as I did in my mid-level management position in the corporate world.
One difference though, I LOVE what I am doing now.
I am learning the technical aspects of site development – how to make my website appealing and full of pretty pictures and interesting buttons and icons to click.
I am learning how to tie my website to others, to cross link activities and how to add video, audio and fireworks. Most of my free time is spent researching other successful websites and blogs and adding to my technological foundation.
Then I have to do all of the necessary researching on the subjects I need to dispense to my followers. It's a lot but what is cool is that I actually dream the night before about what I am going to be doing the next day. That's something I haven't experienced in a long, long time.
Basically, experts state that 99% of people who try to generate serious income from their blogs will fail. Blogs, websites and using the internet effectively is for smart people. I guarantee you that only smart people follow my blog. The rest are too busy watching American Idol (damn, I may have just killed a future sponsor) or The Simpsons (damn, there goes another). Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your outlook), smart people are a minority on this planet. So while most people can’t make a living this way, I would say that most smart people can.
What if the pressure and technology barriers are too high for you to tackle a blog/website?
How about putting all of your knowledge and experience to work by writing about what you know.
Freelance writing allows you to work from home, or anywhere for that matter. It's one of the most flexible ways to make easy money on online. You can write as much or as little as you like, about the topics you want, and in the format you choose.
For example, you can write articles for upfront pay on health, travel, finance, business, home repairs and other topics that you have expertise in or could research and write.
There are numerous websites dedicated to teaching you how to become a freelance writer and how to generate income from your talent. Check out freelancewriting.com or freelancer.com or online-writing-jobs.com for ideas, support and direction.
How do get started?
How about volunteering for a writing project with a local non-profit?
Maybe you can write up your most perfect, flawless article on a subject that interests you, then turn it into a nicely presented PDF and send it off to websites, companies and experts that are in the that subject field.
If you don't want to start from scratch then scrounge up a (short) paper from college or use a piece that you've written for past employment.
Other options include writing a letter to the editor of your local paper or magazine that is passionate and informative.
Or, as I stated above, start a blog.
If you have a consulting plan, then consider becoming a business or marketing plan writer.
If you worked extensively in sales, then consider earning money as a freelance copywriter.
Write landing pages for websites, brochures and marketing materials that sell your client's products or services. You don't have to put in any face time with clients in general when you're a freelance writer, and you select and write assignments when you have time.
It's truly one of the best opportunities to make "easier" money while living in "semi-retirement".
OK, that's just two great ideas to get you "Thinking outside of the box" and started on a passion that will ultimately supply you with financial stability. I will touch on a few more tomorrow.
Stay tuned and Thanks for joining me !!!