Once in a while, we have to go on break in order to recharge. When you work for someone else, you’re usually given 2 weeks a year to spend as you wish. Your vacation time is scheduled and also limited. It’s a totally different story when you work for yourself, and yet another story if your work is online.
Working for yourself as a proprietor of a traditional business or of an online business will give you similar benefits, such as a flexible schedule and control over your own destiny. There are a couple of differences they share though, that I believe makes an online business even more attractive. An online business is usually cheaper to start and maintain. It also affords you a location independent lifestyle — meaning, you can live anywhere you want and you can find a base anywhere in the world for your business.
Working online can really be a boon to a lot of people: single moms, retired people who want extra income and those who live in the middle of nowhere but who have a great ISP connection can really benefit from being an internet business owner (just to name a few). With new and almost free blogging platforms available for anyone to use, the blogging fad has exploded and has given birth to the “problogging movement”. Yes, blogging can be a profession that allows you a lot of location independence, and is therefore one of the reasons everyone wants to flock on the web to set up a site. But let me share a few concerns and tips on this type of lifestyle:
Pros and Cons of ProBlogging
The problem here that most people may not realize is that it’s not that easy to make money blogging. It takes a lot of work, persistence, and an understanding of not just the matters of the web but also of running a true business. Given the low barriers to entry, it’s a highly competitive arena.
So while everyone thinks it’s an awesome way to make money, it’s also not that easy to keep going at it over the long term and to continue with a high rate of success. The web is a dynamic place that can cause your environment to change on a dime, so if you’re not flexible, you can easily be swept away or become stale. And unfortunately, unless you can reinvent yourself well enough over time, or unless you are sufficiently diversified, someone can easily eat your lunch. Which almost goes against the whole concept of going on vacation — sure, you’ve got the flexibility to go on vacation anytime you want, but why go on vacation when you’re watching over your shoulder? Well, it’s all a matter of perspective, mindset and balance. Always fall back on priorities. Avoid going nuts about everything, as slowing down and stepping back are important to keep your head solidly on your shoulders.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t take away the pluses of blogging: that you can pretty much take your work with you anywhere you want, or you can leave it behind for a while, while you go out of town. If you’re a business that’s big enough and you can afford it, you can always decide to leverage the work and hand off the reigns to someone else to deal with, albeit for that short bit of time while you’re on vacation. But many of us aren’t there yet, including me.
Despite these cons though, this form of work will continue to explode in the future. You can already see that younger and younger folks are doing well and making it big on the Internet. It’s hard not to feel the desire to join the crowd and ride these trends. Who wouldn’t want to have a commute of 1 minute (that’s mine, when I head for my home office) or have the option to live anywhere in the world?
Created December 18, 2006. Updated July 28, 2011. Copyright © 2011 The Digerati Life. All Rights Reserved.