I Want To Make My Living Online

Where It Started

It's been about 4 years since the online bug bit me. I'm sure you know that itch where you think it will be so cool to make money online and work from home. Over time that itch intensifies and you decide you've got to scratch it. I started following people like Mike Filsaime, Frank Kern, Liz Tomey, and countless others. I'm thinking, if they can do it, I can do it.

Really, How Hard Can This Be?

I started researching the ways to make money online. I learned you could write articles, use Web 2.0 sites, CPA offers, Adsense, Adwords, and on and on. Most of this I didn't fully understand (or more accurately didn't want to understand because it didn't appeal to me). But more importantly, I thought I had time to figure it out.

The Fateful Day

But then it happened. I was called into my boss's office and was told that my full-time job was now going to be part-time after 15 years. Talking about a shock. It wasn't totally unexpected given the state of the economy.

When I assessed what laid ahead I decided to go for it. I was going to make a full-time living working online and offline. Although I knew it would not be easy I was determined to not work for someone else. I had seen several friends and family members spend months looking for jobs and not been able to find one. Instead of facing that kind of rejection day in and day out, I decided I would create my own job and build my own dream.

So now it was crunch time. I had to make this work. I HAVE TO! But as just about every online marketer will tell you, that's not always enough. Yes, I picked up valuable skills. And yes I picked up clients here and there. But my online efforts were failing miserably. Maybe I don't have the 'right' tools. Maybe I need to buy product XYZ. That's where success lies.

So then started the shiny object syndrome/info overload (sos/io) period.
I started 'investing' in different tools (WSOs were my sos/io of choice) 'just in case' I need them; besides, the price is right I told myself. Before you know it, you're on so many email lists that sos/io becomes a vicious cycle (Warrior Forum WSO section should have a warning label).

And then...

One day it hits you. You haven't built your online business, you've built someone else dream. True, you pick up several skills along the way and you may even have a business in theory, but who is it generating income for? While I'm struggling online to pay my basic necessities, they're having successful product launch after product launch.

While I'm making choices between eating a particular day or paying my autoresponder bill or something like that, they're spending $1000 or $5000 to go to a weekend event. Well, NO MORE!

U-turn Time

For me, that changes today, right now. Just in time, not just in case. I learned this from a very smart young man named Alex Jeffreys recently and that really resonated with me. This is one of the many connectors that he gave me for putting this hodge-podge of pieces together to really be successful online.

Let's Do This Together

If any of these things resonate with you or you?ve found yourself floundering and not enjoying the fruits of your labor then take heart, you're not alone. I'm right there too. But know this, I'm not going to stay there.
Follow my trek as I build this business up. I will do what my blog tagline says: I will have 'success online, on purpose'. Want to come along and find out how?

Let's do this.

Leave me your comments below and let me know where you're at.


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  • Chris
    October 16, 2012

    Hey Reg,

    Good to see you making the switch. Many of us get trapped in the vicious WSO cycle of doom. Time for a change!!!!! I book marked your site and I’m looking forward to seeing your progress! Keep it going!

    • October 17, 2012

      Thanks for the support and vote of confidence Chris. I hope I make it worth your while to visit occasionally.

  • October 16, 2012

    Oh, I’m right there with you! SOS – IO has taken over so many of our lives. When you look at the list of products I’ve purchased from Warrior Forum or JVZoo, it’s a wonder I have any money left!

    Hang in there! You’re gonna make it!

    • October 17, 2012

      When you look at the list I bought, no wonder I don’t have any money left. ;o)

  • October 17, 2012

    Hi Reg, Great first post, and I so hear you with the WSO’s! I found Alex’s comment “Just in time, not just in case” hit me like a brick lol – I was addicted to WSO’s! Good luck moving forward and I look forward to reading all about your experiences.

    • October 17, 2012

      Thanks Kathy for the kind words! Yeah, those WSOs need their own warning labels.

  • natas
    October 19, 2012

    Reg, what an honest and heartfelt post. I can feel your frustrations, as I have been in your shoes as well. Bills or autoresponder? Pfff, yes I know about that. It sucks!
    I hope you will find what you are looking for. It seems that the guys who do launch after launch have no idea, or forgotten about, what it’s like for the people that are either just starting out, or not succeeding just yet. There are so many crappy wso’s out there, but hey! you never know if that missing piece of info you need to finally succeed, is in there!
    Well no more!
    I am joining you in your journey! I will take the U-turn with ya! Keep us posted!

    • Reg E.
      October 19, 2012

      Thanks! For me, my frustrations are my inspirations. I will not quit!

  • October 19, 2012

    Hey Reg,

    Your post hit home. Paying to send others to grand events
    is a perspective I hadn’t thought of before but it’s quite true.


    • Reg E.
      October 19, 2012

      Hi Paul. When there are days that even the pennies matter, it puts it all in perspective. Thanks for the comment.

  • October 19, 2012

    Reg, you hit the nail on the head to how so many of us feel. I too have so much “just in case” around me…lol

    But my frustrations are what have continually inspired me to keep moving forward too! We WILL succeed!! One day soon we will be looking back to these days and smile, because it’s this journey that helped shape us to what we will become 🙂

    • Reg E.
      October 19, 2012

      Thank you Joanne. Some would say instead of hitting the nail on the head, I got hit instead – :o) . Know that your journey is not a solo one; there are many walking with you.

  • October 19, 2012

    Good luck Reg.
    Congratulations for making this decision. As you said, if they did and are still doing it, we can too. Let’s make it together.

    • Reg E.
      October 19, 2012

      Hey, we got this!!

  • October 19, 2012

    Reg, what can I say that others have not already said..heartfelt and inspiring. When I read your tagline ‘online on purpose’ I smiled. A part of me was jealous that you came up with that ‘smiles’.

    You have found your mojo and I’m sure that all your passion and purpose will be the recipe for your success.
    If you need any help with anything that I’m competent with..get in touch.

    ‘Be good to people on your way up because you never know if you will meet them again on your way down’


    • Reg E.
      October 19, 2012

      Kev – thanks bunches! The drive is certainly there, but the support persons like yourself offer can make the journey a lot easier.

  • Gerald
    October 19, 2012

    Hi Reg, thanks for the honest post. I have personally had many of the same challenges, shiny object syndrome,information overload,etc. In fact my latest blog post talks about this and how I have reached my u-turn.
    All the best,

    • Reg E.
      October 19, 2012

      All the best to you as well! I will definitely make sure I stop by and check out that post.

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