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Working From Home Online, A Personal Journey
One of my Web Finds
Best Foot Forward, Following the Yellow Brick Road
When people publish a book or website explaining how to make money on line, that is usually how they make their money. Don't get me wrong, I bought the books and CDs; I even got a bunch of freebies. I read and I studied, but for each of us, the path will be different. Unlike Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, there is no Good Witch to tell us how to meet the Wizard.
In real life, the wizard comes to you, as he did to me. I had a Twitter account and I started writing about how a person gets started making money on line; The Wizard followed me!
I was quite excited to be followed on Twitter by actual on line News sources. I followed them back and kept writing, thinking I'd finally found my niche. I, like so many others before me, would make money by telling others how to make money. I knew how, I just didn't have the resources to achieve the goal.
One day, some friends got upset about a goal they could not reach. I actually asked the Wizard to write about it. He said he didn't have time, but if I wanted to do it, he would publish it. The material had to be original... Well, I am nothing if not original, so I wrote and submitted the article. To our surprise (the Wizard's and mine) it did very well.
The Road Is Long, with Many a Winding Turn
I had to make money, so while I was submitting free articles to the Wizard, I was also freelancing. Because of my work, I was able to land a job that paid monthly, then another. Soon, I didn't have time to give my work away. I had to tell the Wizard that I needed to go back to Kansas. I would be the anonymous ghost writer. It was the only way I could make real money.
It didn't take long for the Wizard to offer to pay me as well... That's when things really got complicated. I was working day and night, feverishly trying to please all of my employers. I didn't have time to eat, or sleep. I went into a frenzy of writing. 40 posts a week for one job, Five a week for another, and fifteen hours a week for the Wizard. I was soon to take a huge fall that everyone saw coming but me.
One day I woke up and realized that I owed everyone work, and I couldn't even turn on my computer. I was too overwhelmed. I started to concentrate on one employer a day. If there was time left over, I would do other work. I tried to be fair. The Wizard understood and actually laid out a plan. "This is supposed to be fun" he said, "This is what you have worked towards, dreamed of your whole life."
When the job that you wanted ceases to be fun, you have to make a choice. You will either approach on your own terms and make it fun again, or give it up and start something new. Be cautious here, dear friends, if you stop and move on to a new project, you will always wonder "What if?" I am not willing to wonder anymore. I had to make it fun again.
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
What a Long Strange Trip It's Been
The Wizard decided to carry me. He set up a website, for me! We discussed it rabidly, but the first one didn't work. We learned from it and two weeks later started another. We worked over three days, building, adding content, preparing for launch. It became an obsession when we had to launch sooner than expected. Google had "found" the website and people were visiting us before we knew it.
That was a month ago and the site is still growing and we are still learning from our mistakes. We decided to set up some test cases and figure out if this was a fluke or he was simply a magical Wizard after all. In the meantime, I had other irons in other fires, but this website had to come first. It was painful and grueling, and sometimes I felt like I wasn't going to make it. Every time I fell, he picked me up and carried me again.
I have my good days and bad, some days I feel like I'm going crazy and a few days ago I felt buried. I called the Wizard and he picked up my slack. I know that many of you will think it's crazy to use these two songs to illustrate my journey. The beginning of the journey was last August (2012) and as I write this it is March 16th, 2013. That is seven months, but it seems like years and only days at the same time. Sometimes my eyes feel as if they aren't working right anymore.
Seven months ago I had Hub Pages and ghost writing. Today I have a website that sees about 3000 page-views a day. The website is only a month old, we started it on Valentines Day.
Truckin' by The Grateful Dead: Uploaded by splaif on YouTube
There's No Place Like Home
Now we have launched a second site, and are in preparation for a third. We don't know if we will reach our destination, but if what I am doing works for me, maybe it will work for them. It is a time to pay it forward. He carried me, now it's my turn to carry them, Even though we all met on line, we are on this journey together. We have learned that it was never about the destination. It's the journey.
I am not asking anyone to join us on this mad trip. It is certainly not for the faint of heart. It is insanity at the worst of times and those are the best times. If you decide that you want to travel the same road, here is what it takes. Find a partner. It has to be someone who believes in you more than you believe in yourself, and the same must be true for you. You must believe in your partner more than in yourself.
When Dorothy met the Wizard, he was only powerful because others believed him to be. The real story of The Wizard of Oz, and its moral, there's no place like home, rings true for me. Now that I have found my Wizard, and I can work at home, I can honestly tell you, there's nothing like it. Today he told me to take the weekend off. Let the website slide because we are going to be so busy next week. We haven't gone viral yet, but we have over 50,000 page views to date. There truly is no place like home.
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