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Abandon The Alarm Clock
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Abandon the Alarm Clock

How many of us have a career doing what we love, versus doing what pays the best? I don't. I make a handsome living as a consultant in the IT world. But I don't love it. I'd just assume throw the alarm clock through the window on a morning where I have to catch a flight often more than an hour before sunrise.

Life is about choices. I chose the career path that padded my wallet the most. And I'm very good at it. My wife and I's lifestyle is supported by it. We both have our own hobbies, and we both have things that we love to do.

I thought there had to be a better way. There has to be a better way to live the life you want while doing what you love. I began to look for a way to supplement my income, with the goal of eventually making enough to abandon my alarm clock and those pre-dawn flights that come with it.

There are several options to choose from, and any one of them or combination of them can be very successful. Here are the options that come to the top of my head.

Online Store

Online shopping is one of the few industries that has continued to grow over the last several years, even through the current less-than-favorable economic conditions. As the public's trust in secure payment transactions grows, and the more bargains that can be found online by retailers who are not trying to support their brick and mortar infrastructure, online retailers will continue to realize that growth. Everything from video games, to crafts, to books, to wholesale "surprise" pallets can be bought and sold online for a relatively small capital investment, and there are several "out-of-the-box" website and shopping carts out there.

Affiliate Marketer

This is the easier of the two options to setup, but requires a lot of hard work. Becoming an affiliate marketer allows you to forgo the work of finding or creating a product to sell. You're simply selling products for other creators, primarily by writing articles that potential buyers would find as a useful endorsement of a product.

Becoming an affiliate marketer requires work, primarily research, since you need to be an expert in the field of the product you are endorsing. That said, it can be very lucrative and has an extremely low startup cost. All you need is a website, and your time.

Doing business online is here to stay, in fact I believe it's here to grow. Whichever path you choose, there are an abundance of tools all over the internet to help you reach your goal, whatever it may be. Hopefully, sometime soon, we'll all be able to abandon our alarm clock.

Street Talk

David, Saw your "alarm clock" title and picture featured. Had to click:-) Good job. Me too - flying to work is not the way. Hey! This was a while ago on your article... How is it going for you online now? What type of progress are you making? Life and work intervene... and it takes time... hope you'll write a story of your stuff soon. blessings, Cynthia

  about 1 decade ago
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