Internet Riches or Pipe Dream?

Why an Internet Business looks Like the Best Thing Ever

Looking at it from the outside, what could be better? A business that can be run from your favorite location (hint, from your favorite spot while drinking cold refreshment, preferably the alcoholic kind). Think of it, the business can be open 24/7 without the expense of an office or employees or a retail location and without an ogre boss. Heck, it seems like such a sure thing, who even needs an internet business plan?

I know I was immediately sold.

One of the most demoralizing aspects of having a traditional job is the process one goes through every morning. Getting (or rather forcing yourself) to get up before you feel ready. To quickly enter into the morning rush of looking presentable, doing the mandatory tasks (chores) required (kids, pets, etc.) before heading to work and somehow beating the clock into your office or cubicle before the bell rings (ah, memories of high school).

I have found that people in general fall into four categories when describing what they do for a living:

Those that love their job and would do it even if they didn’t get paid. (I have never actually met one that I believed really meant it, but you hear it sometimes).

Those that consider themselves lucky to have a job.

Those that wish they could change some things about their job for the better, but can’t.

Those that don’t like their job (or co-workers, or boss, or tasks they have to do, or amount of pay) much and say; “This isn’t for me, there has to be another way to make a living”.

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I turned out to be the fourth another way….pretty please.

Location Independence

OK. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look at it from a practical sense.

If we would like to not be trapped every day going to the same office or cubicle or assigned square on the floor, and for that matter, not have to deal with the supervisor-superior-boss-ego-freak we work for, what type of work can we do that doesn’t cost a lot of money to start – and still make a good living?

One answer looked like it had flashing red neon signs and horns blasting away….Start an internet business.

Think of it, If your work was based on the magnificent worldwide web (way cool, it even has the word “worldwide” as part of its name), there is no office, no clocking in before the bell, no retail hours, no weekend and holiday schedules that always pick us as having to be the ones that work them etc. etc. etc.

Come to think of it, no ties, no silly official color monkey suits, no morning company group cheers…

What a magnificent daydream. Wow, does it have to be a daydream? Mmm, what if it is possible? At the very least, it deserves a good look.

Let’s see. What do I sell? A product, a service, heck it doesn’t matter there are a gazillion websites on the worldwide web, and the number is growing every day. A gazillion people can’t all be nuts. They must be able to make a living; otherwise they wouldn’t be doing it. Yes, the idea sounds good; as a matter of fact IT SOUNDS AWESOME!

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Availability of Products

So, ok, if I am going to sell a product I will need inventory. That means money…. mmmm; ok, think fast before the dream slips away. Nah, I bet I can just do the marketing thing and have the product shipped directly from the manufacturer or distributor. Lots of people are doing it, it’s called affiliate marketing, or manufacturer’s representative, or whatever. Who cares? The important part is; I don’t have to spend money to get inventory. I just sell it, they ship it. They deal with returns, complaints, customer service, etc. etc. Wow, this is sounding better all the time.

If I decide to sell a service, mmmmm what am I good at? Heck, I will do consulting on _______ (fill in the blank here with whatever you think makes you a star). Yeah. I will charge enough to make it worth my while and since my customers don’t have to deal with all that regulation red tape stuff like for regular employees I should certainly be in demand. And of course, since I am not a regular employee, they don’t care from where-how-what time I do the work, as long as I deliver the work at the agreed time, right? Heck, I could even do the work in my . Yep, this idea is sounding better all the time.

Welcome to the beginning of the quest.