Am I A Dumb Ass...Or What?

by Jeremy Kelsall 69 replies
It seems like everyone wants to not have a "job" - Get away from the rat race and be independent and free...YEAH, THAT'S THE TICKET, right?

Well, about a year and a half ago, I was able to do just that. I quit my job and would never again have a JOB - Or so I thought...

Fast forward 18 months and it appears that I'm RUNNING right back to what I left lol

I've been working for home as has my partner Don and we have done very well for ourselves. Enough so that our online income supports a total of 12 people directly.

BUT

It appears that we are going to have to get a bit more organized which means an office in New York as well as an office here in Delaware as well with at least one employee in each office - DOH!

I was thinking about it...and isn't that exactly what I was trying to get away from?

What is YOUR take on that?

If given the choice will you grow your business to the point of HAVING to have employees or would you be content to just get to a certain point and call it a day?
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Then
    Ha, ha, ha...

    That's IS the IRONY!

    We get into Internet Marketing so that we can get out of the office.

    Then, in order to grow the IM business, we need to get an office!

    Did someone say that Internet Marketing is just another model of business?
  • Profile picture of the author pheonix44
    All you would be doing is adding another expense which you may not need to. I can understand it though because it makes you look more credible and you'll be able to do more things offline. But if you have the income to back yourself up I see no problem with it, you'll be able to have seminars locally or even travel around the country doing it once people see you have a brick mortar business they can see. What do you think?
  • Profile picture of the author mattlaclear
    I'm kind of in the same boat Jeremy. I have been working at home full time for seven years now and am going absolutely stir crazy as a result. I miss the daily interaction with staff and all the hustle and activity that goes along with running an office with employees. Sigh...I just want to feel needed again.
  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Gee I wish I had your problem Jeremy.
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinfar
    It's a bit ironic, because you run away from an office and now you it's strange getting back in there.

    However, being your own boss is going to make all of the difference in my opinion.
  • Profile picture of the author cadoutsource
    Mr. Kelsall,
    I guess it's really how you look at it. I admire your business acumen and courage. I believe what the real difference is that when you had your job 1-1/2 years ago you were not in control of that situation. Now you have the chose not only to improve your salary, improve other peoples lives thru employment, but you also have the luxury of showing up to the office when you get ready to. That's what make America great. After having working for someone else for over twenty years this recession has taught me that the only things you can rely on is God and yourself not someone else's money making endeavor.


    Keep up the good work!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Jeremy, if you dont mind me asking mate, I have two questions.

    1. What business model do you follow? Selling infoproducts? Consulting? Marketing?
    2. How many years passed before you started seeing any real sort of income materialise from your efforts?

    Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Jeremy, if you dont mind me asking mate, I have two questions.

      1. What business model do you follow? Selling infoproducts? Consulting? Marketing?
      2. How many years passed before you started seeing any real sort of income materialise from your efforts?

      Thanks.

      When I first started out my only business model was Article Marketing (some would say that isn't a model) Now, we sell info products in at least 5 different niches, do some coaching, some offline stuff, SEO work, some small consulting jobs with a few local companies etc...

      Many would say that I got "lucky" I was actually making 2K a month within 45 days of even hearing about internet Marketing.

      After I made my first dollar online - I knew I could make as much money as I wanted. All I had to do is see the first sale and it was game over for me.
  • Profile picture of the author pheonix44
    So does this means you're going to incorporate?
  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Thanks Jeremy. I appreciate your response.

    One last question If I may - do you focus on higher end products as opposed to $17 ebooks now, and if so, was that your intial strategy when first starting out?

    As for the office - be sure to put a pinball machine and a table tennis table in there - will make it more fun
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Thanks Jeremy. I appreciate your response.

      One last question If I may - do you focus on higher end products as opposed to $17 ebooks now, and if so, was that your intial strategy when first starting out?

      As for the office - be sure to put a pinball machine and a table tennis table in there - will make it more fun
      Other than our own "services" I would say that most of the other products that we sell are on the low/medium end of the price spectrum. Your typical e-book/software type products with average payouts etc...
  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I don't think I would want to be "big" enough to need an outside office. I don't miss the interaction with staff, etc. I like wandering from my bedroom and plopping down in my computer chair and starting to work when I want to and leaving it when I want to. I don't really think I want other people depending on my success either, such as staff. I can outsource what I need to outsource without having to pay them and keep them productive forever.
    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Kelsall
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      I don't think I would want to be "big" enough to need an outside office. I don't miss the interaction with staff, etc. I like wandering from my bedroom and plopping down in my computer chair and starting to work when I want to and leaving it when I want to. I don't really think I want other people depending on my success either, such as staff. I can outsource what I need to outsource without having to pay them and keep them productive forever.
      YUP!

      I love being at home. I get to play with my 4 year old all day long, watch entourage, maury, and Jerry Springer!

      For us, it is kind of decision time though...

      When I first started, I thought I would be more than happy just to make one sale a day. Then, I would be happy to make 30K a year - 6 months later, I would have been happy to make 100K a year...But, now it has kind of taken a life of its own, which means that we have 2 choices.

      1. Be happy with our current level of income
      2. Or grow

      In the end, I have to grow. I have the opportunity to have something to leave to my children. If everything goes right...who knows, maybe they will never have a boss?

      So, I've come to the conclusion that it would be selfish of me to be content and stay still.

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