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Do you have passion for what you are doing?

Updated on September 26, 2012

You should not have only a passion for payday.


Passion and earnings

You can earn a living without passion. Earning an online living without it though is much harder. Every business has its ups and downs. When your doing something which you're passionate about two things happen. You have something to hold onto during the hard times and a true passion makes your daily activities for the business not feel like work at all.

What works for you?

Each person is different. What works for you won't work for another. This is true of any business. What are you passionate about? In reality an internet business can be created to earn from it. In many cases real life skills can be used to create an income from online sources. It is amazing how many people are working at making a living online.In some cases it may not work out as planned. You may start with one idea and end up still within your passion earning a totally different way.

You need to know what works today

On the internet there was what they called a "gold rush" when you could put about anything on line and earn from it. This changed, and has changed again. We are back in a new one which is different than the first. Now it takes understanding how to use social networks to create interest. It takes creating content which in turn creates interest in "your business." The use of pictures and videos is more necessary now than ever. Using them properly will create the buzz you need to start and keep earning.

Some things never change, List building is as important as ever

One thing which hasn't changed is list building. With an opt in box there are way more sales than without one. Many make the mistake of believing emails to the list are all sales copy. If your personality or some personal aspects of your life aren't part of them people will have no reason to remain on your list. If we have learned anything in the past year it’s the money is in the list. We recommend video emails because the current open rate is the highest available. This is likely to change in the future when the newness wears off, however for now the open rate is close to 10 percent. The worldwide average for an auto responder series is 1.4 percent. This is one tool that is still available truly free. What we are waiting for is a company who integrates video and auto responsers together. So far no one has.

Being Mentored helps

It has taken thousands of hours and many mentors to get this business moving. In the past year we have learned of many companies who are selling outdated products and services and have also met a few who have been online for years quietly earning an online living and all of those are in the six figures or above. The one we listen to most is making six figures a month.

The best kind of mentor

The ones who quietly make a living never flaunt fancy cars, mansions, and rarely show shots of pay pages. For the most part they are involved in their business and what the rest of the marketers are doing has little meaning to them. You will never hear them call themselves a “Guru”. Believe me they are hard to reach. Privacy is important to them. It helps to know someone who has been mentored by them.


One thing they all have in common is they split test about everything. Some of these tests are unbelievable. They try to find even little things like placement of content, their product, and opt in forms. People react to colors so these are tested also. They know they have a limited time to capture attention and do everything in their power to make sure this happens.

How the big money bloggers earn

The ones we met who make big money from blogs never have ads on them. They have learned the money is in the list so put opt in forms so they can sell through emails. More and more are going to adding a video to their website or blog also because these help with SEO and are seen as a way to keep people on their site longer. They have learned the longer someone remains on a site the better chance they have of having them opt in to their list.

You can't learn passion, you either have it or you don't

My first mentors were the people on hubpages who showed me what was possible online. My feelings about my first hubs were they were not good. People showed me how to improve them and improve my writing style. This gift helped me both with writing and in business. They also taught me passion is very important no matter what you do to earn a living.

Free helpful information

Most offer something of value free also. My intention is to do that in this hub. It is in a question form.

How many people are taking advantage of the tax advantages of being a business owner? If your not you are not optimizing your earnings. In the United States your business is expected to lose money the first few years of operation. The best advice we can give is talk to a tax consultant or lawyer and use your income tax returns to increase your bottom line.

© Updated Aug,25, 2012 Dennis Thorgesen for Lisech eMarketing, All rights reserved.


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    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      8 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Natashalh taking photographs is a hobby for me. Years ago I was told it should be what I do for a living. In a way I do now. Mostly though it is picures created with words. (copywriting) Editing photos for others is something we do too.

      Thank you ishwaryaa22, bizwin, Deepak Chaturvedi, and Natashalh.

    • Natashalh profile image


      8 years ago from Hawaii

      Hahahaha. What a great photo! Yes, life is miserable when you only 'have a passion for pay day.' I'm currently trying to follow my passions. It's a long journey, but I think I'll make it eventually. Thanks for the words of advice and for creating a smile.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      A good hub your experience is also reflecting here.Sometime we learn by ourselves and sometime by seeing others.I am agree we should have passion to do anything in life.Thanks to share voted and shared.

    • bizwin profile image

      Christabel Evans 

      8 years ago from England, UK

      Great hub tips here. True that you need to have passion, and if you don't have one, why not learn what you would love to do if the lack of passion for it is caused by lack of knowledge.

    • ishwaryaa22 profile image

      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub! I agree with your views. Whenever anyone attempt in doing anything, it should be done with passion. Without passion, it remains futile. Success comes out only with sheer determination, hardwork and of course, passion. My first mentor on HubPages was you - you advised me in improving my first hub. Thank you a lot. Once again, a well-said hub!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Shared

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      8 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Brett you are one person I would love to brand. After seeing your work and knowing you have more than one passion it would be the hardest brand I have ever created.

      I would however do the same with you I do with everyone. We start with them making a list of what they feel passion about daily for two weeks. From this list the one which shows up the most is the true passion. We would build the business and branding from there.

      Our newest saying is "Do what you love so you will love doing it."

      Are we still locked out of Pinterest?

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett C 

      8 years ago from Asia

      Very true words of advice. This is something I learned a while ago. Hence, now when I am looking to buy websites, I am looking for ones that are both profitable and something that I would enjoy doing. You need to believe in and enjoy what you put online.

      Shared, up and useful. Tweeted too.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      8 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Judy it was nice meeting you. I have been a member of the group of inspiring people for over a year now, we just never met. Thanks for sharing.

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      Judy Dick 

      8 years ago

      I've posted your blog on mine. I wanted to share your words and I felt it was the right place to do it. I am so grateful to have you in this community of encouraging, inspiring people.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      We have seen this too people believing passion and compassion are one and the same. For business purposes passion is something you enjoy and wish to be spending your time doing. It is not about earning because without a servants heart there is no way to succeed in an internet business. There is a quote "Give others what they want and you will get what you want" I don't remember the author's name. In an internet business this is the only thing that is working.

      Compassion is a necessary in business as you have to be able to relate to and help those who come to you.

      If you don't care your prospect or customer will find someone who does.

      As an author I am finding my heart and soul are part of everything I write. It is impressive to me that others are seeing it also.

      Although this is part of my "work" there are other priorities today yet I am here "sharing and caring" because as a business it is necessary.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Feline artist I remember looking at one of your hubs a while ago. Your work is great and you should be able to find a market for it.

      As a small business mentoring company if there is any way we can help let us know. One good thing is the internet makes the world a much smaller place. You can reach an audience world wide with a keystroke.

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      wheelinallover, passion has recently become confused with lust. I have noticed this in the way my children talk about every day relationships and what they think they are passionate about. As writers, we put our heart and soul into what we think, say, and ultimately express in words. Passion can be silent or it can be very loud. You have written a very good "questionnaire" for those who think they are compassionate or have passion. We can evaluate our level of passion by thinking about the points you have made. Very well done! Voting up and SHARING!


    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Feline artist, I have always been told "write about what you know". I now know more than I did a year ago. Mostly now it's fine tuning. I still have learning to do on hub pages, and will get around to it when I can find the time.

      I have heard people say that I have lived more in my 58 years than most people do in a lifetime. When you take nine years off for "life without" memories it could be true.

      When I look back now I am just grateful. What I gained was worth what was lost in ways. I miss the wilderness which was a part of my life until the accident.

      The kittens were house guests and have all found homes. When they are young they are really cute but when they get older and start tearing things up, not so much. I can't believe they didn't turn out like their mother. She never tore anything up. She too is gone. They took her to the other house about a month ago.

    • FelineArtist profile image


      9 years ago from Melbourne in Australia

      I so agree with your wise thoughts here..

      I also trying to do something with my art..

      I make cards, and try to get comissions for portraits..

      By the way I just visited your website..

      I like it quite a lot..

      I love the pictures of Animals especially the little Siamese Kitten..

      I am also squiare peg in round hole..

      May I say that I think that you are one wise soul..

      Cheers from,

      Feline Artist and cats..


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