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Planning Ahead - A Better way to evaluate "Is time spent worth the effort"

Updated on August 28, 2013

Tracking the small steps to progress

Is the time worth the effort?

In order to build a successful online income there is considerable effort involved. How do your justify the time when nothing much seems to be happening?

The answer to that question will help many people stop program hopping and knuckle down and actually treat their online marketing activities like the business it can be. Looking at online marketing with the right attitude, will set you apart from the crowd. So far apart, you no doubt will rise towards the top of what ever it is you market.

Building your online engine, as I call it, takes time and effort. Developing a Contact Base, learning how to Build Your Own Web Pages, learning how to get the most out of Traffic Exchanges, Auto-Responders, Safe Lists, Banner Exchanges, where you can place Advertisements that get read, working Forums, Optimizing your website and Submitting to Search Engines plus what ever other online activities you can put your time into!

No wonder it takes time! Look at all the activities you MUST engage yourself in to become a success, and you must do it in a systematic and committed way!

So is the time worth the effort?


Done properly and with a steady effort, your online business will grow. The more time you spend building your engine, the bigger the ship you will find you are Captain of. The larger the ship you are captain of means more money you will be paid. If you avoid spending the time to build your engine, guess what - you will have nothing more than a raft and a small paddle going no where.... and earning no money!

Lets suppose you work a full year and now you are earning a whopping $100 bucks residual income a month! If you look at that as an insignificant amount and consider the hours it took to get there and you will be tempted to give up. But wait - $100 bucks "residual" income a month is now coming into your account every month.

Think about it this way - How much money invested at 10% return does it take to earn $100 bucks a month or $1200 bucks a year? The answer is $12,000 dollars. Your online business is now worth to YOU, the same as if you worked overtime at your job, then with your overtime hours you were able to save $12,000 bucks and invest it at 10%.

How many hours would you have to work overtime at your J.O.B. (or a JOB if you are retired) to earn an extra $12,000, "After tax dollars," to save?

That is the only way to make sense out the time spent building your engine.

Your Online activities can develop into a residual income that could allow you to retire from your J.O.B. earning more than you are (or were) paid for making a boss's business profitable.

Look at your tiny income with open eyes. Your tiny income is like interest earned on cash invested (time is money) .... thus it is worth a whole lot more than you most likely think.

So find a product or service that appeals to your character and lay out a game plan to make it pay you. Then see your income as what it is..... it is the interest earned on the value of your online business.

So build a HUGE engine by taking the time to DO the things laid out above. Do that for a period of 3 years. Building your engine larger and larger, while fine tuning every aspect of your activities and then tell me how you are doing!

Only YOU can Make it Happen - no-one else will!

Save the Middle Class by building your online business, step by step!

Use the sharing tools below and share this with your group. Inspire them to keep up the good work cause even a simple $100 bucks a month residual is as good as 12,000 in an investment earning 10%.

Love Light and laughter

Neil Sperling!

Great Song - Keep Trying To Try... by "the Joys"


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    • Neil Sperling profile imageAUTHOR

      Neil Sperling 

      6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      stressily - You are a cool commenter. You have great insights... thanks so much for sharing. Glad you liked the ship and the music. Hugs

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      6 years ago

      Neil Sperling, Well presented and interesting with two inspiring songs, "If I Were Brave" and "Keep Trying to Try."

      It's so true that, with every endeavour, patience and commitment are practical keys to success.

      As a lover of water and seafaring, I love the comparison with a ship. A very telling and compelling analogy which is well chosen to illustrate perfectly your points.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Neil Sperling 

      6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      tyra marieza - Add a Hug {{--0--}} and a High five ^5

      Now - keep up the good work - you go girl!!!!!

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      tyra marieza 

      6 years ago from Atlanta Georgia

      Reading this makes me feel like I just got a warm and genuine pat on the back followed by, "keep up the good work."

    • Neil Sperling profile imageAUTHOR

      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      derdriu - being committed and practical beats all else - so few seem to grab that truth. Thanks again

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      7 years ago

      Neil Sperling: Thank you for presenting the deep truths of online success in such an accessible, logical, practical way. It really does come down to commitment, people, plan, resources and updates.

      Voted up, etc.,


      P.S. Thank you for the enjoyable, inspiring videos!

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      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      penmepretty - hey pretty lady - thanks for the kind wish... hope you enjoyed the videos too... :-)

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful article. Wow, I am impressed with your followers!!! My wish is for prosperity to come to us all, in every way possible.

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      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      jami - cool you dropped in and found this hub informative - thanks for the comment.

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      jami l. pereira 

      7 years ago

      Great write , very informational , thank you for the read:)voted up and interesting :)

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      Neil Sperling 

      7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      miss mellie - You are more than welcome - glad you found it refreshing

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      M.S. Ross 

      7 years ago

      Neil, your observation about how a person would have to save $12,000 for a year at 10% interest (if they could even find such a generous rate!) in order to pull in $100/month really gave me a new perspective on viewing the trickle that I slowly accumulate through my ad-based work. Thank you for providing a fresh look at the true value of perceived-as-minor earnings!

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      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago

      Hello Neil,

      I read this hub at just the right time! I also have a back issue, and am looking to work from home. I always wanted to write, and I'm doing it now. So I'm happy on HP. But it takes so long to get the money rolling in. Or so it seems. You helped me put it into a positive perspective. And I am learning alot too, my computer skills have become much improved. I can put RSS feeds on my hubs now! Before I came to HP, I could E-mail, write a letter on Word, and knew some banking computer systems from working on a teller line--once you master one, they are pretty much the same. I feel upbeat again and am outlining my next hub! I also like to figure out what makes people tick, but you knew that when you were on my page. All the best, Jean

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      8 years ago from Liverpool

      Thanks for the info. I know it will take patience to make money, so at the moment I am just enjoying writing.

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      Neil Sperling 

      8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Cheeky Girl - I always love your comments. You lift me up! Thanks Again.

      Eiddwen - Glad you got something of value to take with you. I wish you success with your "new" career path.

      Acaetnna - I'm very happy it helped you out and I thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      8 years ago from Guildford

      I couldn't echo Eiddwen's words enough. Very useful and thought provoking for me. Thank you.

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      8 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for this hub Neil. I am realatively new to all this and hubs such as this one are priceless. I have always been used to working through hard graft , however due to a back injury I cannot carry on to do this kind of work. My partner has been telling me for ages to do something like this with my writing, but at first it didn't feel as if I was working working, more of a leisure activity. However I did decide to listen and give it a go. This is how I ended up on here! Was it a good desicion ?? Oh yes it definitely was!!! It is the beginning of a new era for me and I look upon it as setting up my own business, plus making friends and hopefully others will also benifit from my writing. Just as I am benefiting from this hub. Thank you again for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your work. I will vote this one up and bookmark it. Take care.

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      Cassandra Mantis 

      8 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      There are so many varieties and ways now to make money on-line and some actually work. I have been reading a lot about SEO and optimising sites and blogs. This Hub deserves high praise! I think I read all the others more than once! Heh! You always have an interesting message and a great slant, Neil. : )

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      Neil Sperling 

      10 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      rbnstr8 - great comments - thanks

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      10 years ago from Philippines

      I guess that's what I went through the past 4 years or so, in search what online can really give. PTC, PTR and PTPs was where I started from.  It was from one of the paid-to-post forums where I really learned a lot on what to do online.  Writing and publishing my thoughts and ideas is one of my passions that I find worth my while now online.

      Your article here would be a good read for newbies online.  Cheers!

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      Neil Sperling 

      10 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Glassvisage, Sally Trove and Shadesbreath - I thank you all for taking time to drop in and read PLUS comment. Much appreciated.

      Love Light and laughter


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      10 years ago from California

      Well, I'm up to $0.15 a day and I have no clue what I'm doing. Perhaps as I figure out what that stuff you talked about up there is (hopefully slowly and one at a time so I have to process it, being a bit dim in such things) my engine will grow.

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      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Neil, your hub made me chuckle. I've been having a conversation with myself for a while which goes something like, *OK, you just spent 40 hours mired in learning how to make a blog work, and you haven't even published it yet. Heck, you haven't even written content. What, are you crazy???*

      So, reading your analogy of the ship vs. the raft, and how to look at the passive or residual income as earnings on *overtime* after-tax dollars makes a lot of sense to me. I'm headed for the ocean voyage, not the paddle down the creek.

      Thanks for sharing this smart way of looking at why I'm beating myself up for what looks, now, like little to no return. It will pay off!

      PS: Maybe highlight that paragraph in red you mentioned? :)

    • glassvisage profile image


      10 years ago from Northern California

      I think many would agree that making money online takes lots of time. Building up my hubs here has taken quite a while, but it's been worth it so far and I'm happy with what I've gotten!


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