It's always good to diversify and have many streams of income. Counting on just one source is not a good business model (example: eHow). But to answers the question: in a heartbeat and my goal (but it might take a couple years).
I would probably try to work part-time. I agree with Marisa on the isolation. The day needs to be structured for me and if home 24/7, I'm quite sure I would go crazy. If I did write online full-time for work, I would take my laptop to a bookstore or Panera or a coffee shop just to be around others and get out of the house at least a few days a week. I think it's important to communicate in the real world, face to face with people, and not just online or with devices.
This is obviously a theoretical question. On the other hand, give or take a couple of commish only sales jobs I have been living on just writing gigs but obviously none of my income was from HERE. The trouble is, even if you made enough money from ads here on HP there are no benefits!
I quit my job to focus on writing but have hardly written a thing these past three months. Do I regret it? I told myself I wouldn't and I don't. Still have money in the bank and a family who's still willing to put up with me. No, I'm not leeching off of them. I want a job as a writer or an assistant to a writer. I almost fell into another job doing what I did before; a mail clerk. Not fun when you're working with the wrong people. Hire me.
Being a mother is rather hard to quit, so no, I would keep my job. However, I would like my husband to be able to quit his job, and focus on something he really loves to do (besides fishing), so I do have financial goals with my writing.
My aim is to build up enough wealth that I can quit everything; and for once in my life think about, and do, shallow, mundane, unproductive and useless things. (It would just be nice to have that for a few years before I drop dead. )
I don't care that I quit my job. It was the right thing to do because, hey, I did it. Schools startin so my niece and brother will be out of the house which means more me time. I'm gonna focus on my writing and look for a job. I want to be a writer's assistant or work for a publishing company. As long as I'm close to the action, I'll feel inspired.
If I had the choice, I'd be out there in the work-place, but the recession here in Spain took that choice away from me. There are not many people who want to employ someone my age with a broken back - they see me as a liability even though I am almost as able as the next person. I love what I am doing online, but how much nicer it would be to have a regular wage coming in while waiting on the income to build here.
I have held on to the same job as employee in a Nationalized Bank after I passed my MBA 15 years back and look forward to retire after 15 years and reap all rewards. In the meanwhile, i can write 2-3 hubs a week here for making some extra money to fulfill my Shopping Addiction. I am new here and do not make much money out of my Hubs anyway
Hey, sorry for that. Hope you at least grap the opportunity and see if you have the possibility of earning some alternative income from this and of course by doing other stuff as well. I think every one agrees this can be done in combination with other stuff you do.
Not just for hub pages no. For online writing and marketing yes. I wish I hadn't spent so much of my life being too afraid to take a risk. Now I know life is too short not to have a go. Seriously if it doesn't work out - one can do something different. The one thing that the majority of successful business people have in common is that they have normally had some substantial business failure.
I would definitly quit my day job! The beauty of this writing stuff is you can do it whenver you want and wherever you want. This would make it much easier to pursue the things that I love and try to earn a living with that. Plus, I could possibly do more traveling, which in turn would give me more to write about.
I quit my day job three years ago . Hubpages is far from my only income stream...or even the best, so far...but I'm working on bulking it up a bit and so far my efforts are paying off well. It just takes a little push to get more passive income going, and the new baby on the way has finally pushed me to start doing all the keyword optimizing, promotion, etc. that I kept putting off, as well as acquiring my own domains to apply what I've learned there. That said, writing and the occasional transcription or notetaking, all online, is my entire full-time income, which adds up to quite a bit more than I was making in my "9-5".
Yes if I have enough money to finance all my needs. I can do some home based work so that I can focus on something else not staying in the office for a very long hours. I can make productive things in my time.
I wish I made enough here to be equivalent to a 9-5 job! Even if I did, I couldn't quit my day job because I'm on call 24/7 as a mom - that's my job. (Sometimes I wish I could quit my job - just for a few hours! LOL!)
I don't write hubs to make money. I don't work my "9 to 5" to make money either. My first husband left me with the financial means to do just about anything I want, including nothing at all, if I so choose.
However, I love my work and I work for the love of it. I have my own interior design business and wouldn't dream of doing anything else.
It doesn't sound like your friend is anything like her then. If he is male, so is unlikely to have a "first husband", and if he doesn't have a job, then the only similarity can be having lots of money. The similarities are uncanny
Unfortunately I have not had a regular job since Jan of 2009. I am living off my pension, and unemployment. I keep track of my hubpages earning and so far I have only made a whopping $1.98 the whole time I have been here, and zero on amazon.
I think the internet is ruining are economy. Sure it is good to be able to have access to all of this stuff for free, but, that's a problem, as now you can find way too many things for free online, and it makes people who write for a living have a harder time of making decent money, as there is a million times more competition out there. And, that doesn't include all of the stuff that is pirated.
The only people making money these days are the people who know how to work the internet through advertising, and setting up websites without a middle man sucking up all their profits. I know if I was more computer smart, I might be able to do the same. But, I also know there is a ton of competition coming there as well.
I wonder what would happen if we suddenly lost the internet, and all the robots that took away hundreds and thousands of jobs in the world. Could we go back?
I would love to be able to quit my day job because I make enough money on HP to be able to sustain myself comfortably. Lately I have been very unhappy in my day job so have been very motivated in trying to get hubpages to work for me. I don't have kids and would love the freedom to be able to travel whenever I want to without having to get approved for vacation from my job.
I have been working for myself most of my life and the Internet has been a big part of that since 1991. The advertising income, affiliate sales and the trickle of ebook sales income is certainly nice - it takes the edge off for sure, and as I get closer to retirement, it's very nice. It's like having a few hundred thousand extra in retirement funds in terms of the income it brings.
I'm 62 now and this economic downturn definitely affected my customers. Business is off 30-40%, so we aren't living high on the hog (not tha we ever really did, but we were pretty good to ourselves).
I just don't have the right psychological makeup to make full time money from writing, so no, I wouldn't quit the rest because I'm simply unable to to do it. Making money - serious money - this way would be much harder work than I am interested in and frankly it involves promotional activities I am not entirely comfortable with. I have to like myself, and I don't see any way to make enough money with this stuff without compromising myself somewhat.
So, I'm happy with the extra I get. It's enough - it pays the mortgage and the car and a few other things. I don't need more.
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