Would You Let Your Kids Do Internet Marketing?

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Would You Let Your Kids Do Internet Marketing? Part Time? Full Time? Why or Why Not

Probably for someone who has made lots of money online would even encourage his own kids to follow his footsteps. Perhaps even be their personal mentor, assuming his kids are even keen that is, But for someone who is not so successful and is struggling to make money, perhaps will have a different opinion. They could be strongly against it. But through my IM journey I have met many people who are family members helping out in their online business, although not that many.

I like to hear your views on this. Is making money online a decent living to you that you hope your children follow your successful IM carreer? or is it something that one does only on the side, as a part time kind of venture and you don't want your kids to even consider doing it as a full time job? Or do people feel there is still a certain stigma attached to people choosing to do Internet Marketing and make money online jobs. Share your thoughts.

Would You Let Your Kids Do Internet Marketing? Part Time? Full Time? Why or Why Not
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  • Profile picture of the author hannahhawkshaw
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    I won't have kids, myself, but ...

    I would encourage teenage children to "pursue something income-producing online" as a minor, part-time interest only, if they wanted to. I definitely wouldn't want it excluding other things in their lives, nor would I tolerate it detracting from or interfering with their formal education. But if it isn't a problem on those fronts then definitely, yes.

    I didn't start earning anything through IM until I was 18, myself, and at college; but I'm pretty sure that would have been my own parents' attitude, too, if I'd wanted to any earlier. And rightly, I think.

    I know that my own IM business wouldn't be nearly as successful as it is, if any earlier incarnations of it had interfered with my formal education: I needed all of that, to learn the analytical, decision-making and other skills essential to be able to build and run a business successfully.


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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks Alexa for sharing your thoughts on this. I have to say all of your posts in WF show that you are very knowledgeable and you never hesitate to share information freely to others especially the newbies. I am a great admirer of yours.

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      I won't have kids, myself, but ...

      I would encourage teenage children to "pursue something income-producing online" as a minor, part-time interest only, if they wanted to. I definitely wouldn't want it excluding other things in their lives, nor would I tolerate it detracting from or interfering with their formal education. But if it isn't a problem on those fronts then definitely, yes.

      I didn't start earning anything through IM until I was 18, myself, and at college; but I'm pretty sure that would have been my own parents' attitude, too, if I'd wanted to any earlier. And rightly, I think.

      I know that my own IM business wouldn't be nearly as successful as it is, if any earlier incarnations of it had interfered with my formal education: I needed all of that, to learn the analytical, decision-making and other skills essential to be able to build and run a business successfully.


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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    When you have kids, you soon realize that you have zero choice in the matter. They'll pursue whatever career they fancy. Having said that, it would depend on the type of person. IM isn't for everyone.

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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      I have to agree with you on that one...that IM isn't for everyone. I think most kids today don't think too much about IM and probably think it's not their cup of tea and a waste of time doing it. But if they see someone making lots of money they might just change their mind. Thanks for taking time to give your thoughts.

      Originally Posted by Get Rich Methods View Post

      When you have kids, you soon realize that you have zero choice in the matter. They'll pursue whatever career they fancy. Having said that, it would depend on the type of person. IM isn't for everyone.

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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Not the MMO Niche, I wouldn't want my girls exposed to so many slime balls.

        Seriously though, my kids will have my support 100% and that includes IM if that is what they want to
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        • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
          Thanks Robert for sharing your thoughts..oh I see. Some people say that is character building LOL. Wow you're another supporting IM dad. Looks like in the next generation IM competition is going to get harder with so many younger, smarter breed of newbies. But then again that's to be expected.

          Originally Posted by discrat View Post

          Not the MMO Niche, I wouldn't want my girls exposed to so many slime balls.

          Seriously though, my kids will have my support 100% and that includes IM if that is what they want to
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  • Profile picture of the author barbling
    'Course I would! One of my kids sells on eBay and does quite well.
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  • Profile picture of the author AlexanderBeloev
    What I will do with my kids in the future is simply different maybe from anyone else.

    For me the process of lear => try => fail is a key factor for success. So that's why I will just give them specific tight budget for investing per month (something like $200 bucks) and of course let them know the basics. The rest will depend on them.

    I will also create a bonuses levels for them which will depend on their income.

    For example if they are earning under $1000 per month, I will double this amount for a specific time frame. For example in their first 12 months of their IM journey.

    In my opinion time frames are the most important factor for success, because when you have a time frame in that you have to finish a task, you plan it and then take action.

    I will be there as a mentor only to navigate them, but not to show them A to Z how to do it. They will need to learn from their mistakes!
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks Alexander,

      Sounds good. It's interesting that you already laid out a plan for your kids. Well like the saying goes...those who fail to plan, plan to fail...

      Originally Posted by AlexanderBeloev View Post

      What I will do with my kids in the future is simply different maybe from anyone else.

      For me the process of lear => try => fail is a key factor for success. So that's why I will just give them specific tight budget for investing per month (something like $200 bucks) and of course let them know the basics. The rest will depend on them.

      I will also create a bonuses levels for them which will depend on their income.

      For example if they are earning under $1000 per month, I will double this amount for a specific time frame. For example in their first 12 months of their IM journey.

      In my opinion time frames are the most important factor for success, because when you have a time frame in that you have to finish a task, you plan it and then take action.

      I will be there as a mentor only to navigate them, but not to show them A to Z how to do it. They will need to learn from their mistakes!
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  • Profile picture of the author Amine Boudhief
    you can't force them to do so .. but if they want you'll help with what you know
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  • Profile picture of the author QueenMelanie
    Of course I would. I started learning it at like 15, and i honestly haven't had to do a 9-5 or worked an offline job in my entire life. I don't have rich family, I just leaned to utilize the internet. I have so many options now, can go to any country for as long as I want because I already have a job, all I gotta do is open the lid on my laptop.

    i would not wish for my child to have to spend their life in an office or doing something boring just for the money.. I know IM can be considered boring, but I see it as a way of life. I work like 3-4 hours a day, and then for the other 20 hours per day I am 100% free. Go mountain biking, surfing, hiking, beach, cinema , nice meal, move country? sure i have time for that thanks to IM !
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks! Good to read such feedback. It sort of provides motivation for a lot of IMers. For those more successful ones believing more from the "system" that has helped make them live the life of their dreams. For those struggling ones a huge boost that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

      Originally Posted by QueenMelanie View Post

      Of course I would. I started learning it at like 15, and i honestly haven't had to do a 9-5 or worked an offline job in my entire life. I don't have rich family, I just leaned to utilize the internet. I have so many options now, can go to any country for as long as I want because I already have a job, all I gotta do is open the lid on my laptop.

      i would not wish for my child to have to spend their life in an office or doing something boring just for the money.. I know IM can be considered boring, but I see it as a way of life. I work like 3-4 hours a day, and then for the other 20 hours per day I am 100% free. Go mountain biking, surfing, hiking, beach, cinema , nice meal, move country? sure i have time for that thanks to IM !
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  • Profile picture of the author positivegirl
    Hi All! I have two kids... (10 and 5 years old)
    I have been considering this fact for a while without any particular decision. I think it is better for kids if they go to school have fun, have friends, let them go outside and live their life, make their experiences and yes, if they are curious about what you do (my older son is always asking me what I do) and want to choose this path, that is ok. I think is like choosing a 'normal' job.... everybody need to live their own experiences, try and fail and learn and then choose what is better for their own life...
    Good luck with yours!

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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks Jany. I think most parents would leave their kids to make their own decisions in life where career is concerned. But if someone is so successful I am sure there could be at least one of their kids who would be influenced (in a good way) by what they have achieved. I am sure it may even helped in shaping up their developing years and become better persons if they see their parents working so hard.

      Originally Posted by positivegirl View Post

      Hi All! I have two kids... (10 and 5 years old)
      I have been considering this fact for a while without any particular decision. I think it is better for kids if they go to school have fun, have friends, let them go outside and live their life, make their experiences and yes, if they are curious about what you do (my older son is always asking me what I do) and want to choose this path, that is ok. I think is like choosing a 'normal' job.... everybody need to live their own experiences, try and fail and learn and then choose what is better for their own life...
      Good luck with yours!

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  • Profile picture of the author aarthielumalai
    I don't have kids, but I do have a kid sister (4 years younger than me).

    Would I like her to get into IM? Of course I would! She's a smart girl and she has a lot of hidden potential that can be used to rake in the cash in this business.

    I started out when I was 16, 2 years younger than what she is right now. The thing is though, she doesn't have the drive one needs when running a business, because that is what this is, a business.

    She sees my paycheck, sees me buying stuff with my card, and thinks she can achieve the same within a month.

    The thing is though, the stuff I'm teaching her will let her making a decent income from the 2nd month or so, but she'll still have to get through the first month, and she's not willing to do that.

    I was in my senior year when I started (we finish school early in my country ) and it was one hell of a tough ride. I made $0 for the first 2 YEARS, but when I was 18, I touched my first 4 figure month, and the rest is history, as they say.

    Would I have achieved that if I had persevered when I was making nothing, and getting scammed and losing money at every turn? Of course not.

    The thing is though, my sister does not have that drive in her. She is more 9-5 oriented. Can you guarantee me that I'll make so and so if I do so and so? That kind of attitude will not get you far in the business world.

    She doesn't understand that she has my years of experience helping her, and that she's actually 6 years ahead of the game because of that.

    I guess some people just aren't cut out for the business world. There is just too much work involved. You have to be on the top of everything to keep making money here, and for some people, that is just too much work. They would rather do a 9-5 job that guarantees them money.

    Unfortunately, I'm starting to realize that my sister might be one of them. I guess I'll give her some time to see if she'll change her attitude. If she won't, might have to break it to her that this line of "work" might not be her thing after all.

    So, if my future children show interest in this business, yes I would let them in, but only if they are willing to put in the world involved. There is free ride in this world and they shouldn't expect that just because they are my blood.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks for giving your thoughts on the subject. I am amazed that at such a young age you yourself have shown so much maturity and drive and got to where you are today doing IM. Not many people I know of can do half as well as you. As for your kid sister, not sure if she will have what it takes to be successful. But she got to at least give it a try before she knows if it's her cup of tea right. IM is not for everyone, but then you got to give it a shot, especially if you have someone so near and dear to you to give guidance to.

      Originally Posted by aarthielumalai View Post

      I don't have kids, but I do have a kid sister (4 years younger than me).

      Would I like her to get into IM? Of course I would! She's a smart girl and she has a lot of hidden potential that can be used to rake in the cash in this business.

      I started out when I was 16, 2 years younger than what she is right now. The thing is though, she doesn't have the drive one needs when running a business, because that is what this is, a business.

      She sees my paycheck, sees me buying stuff with my card, and thinks she can achieve the same within a month.

      The thing is though, the stuff I'm teaching her will let her making a decent income from the 2nd month or so, but she'll still have to get through the first month, and she's not willing to do that.

      I was in my senior year when I started (we finish school early in my country ) and it was one hell of a tough ride. I made $0 for the first 2 YEARS, but when I was 18, I touched my first 4 figure month, and the rest is history, as they say.

      Would I have achieved that if I had persevered when I was making nothing, and getting scammed and losing money at every turn? Of course not.

      The thing is though, my sister does not have that drive in her. She is more 9-5 oriented. Can you guarantee me that I'll make so and so if I do so and so? That kind of attitude will not get you far in the business world.

      She doesn't understand that she has my years of experience helping her, and that she's actually 6 years ahead of the game because of that.

      I guess some people just aren't cut out for the business world. There is just too much work involved. You have to be on the top of everything to keep making money here, and for some people, that is just too much work. They would rather do a 9-5 job that guarantees them money.

      Unfortunately, I'm starting to realize that my sister might be one of them. I guess I'll give her some time to see if she'll change her attitude. If she won't, might have to break it to her that this line of "work" might not be her thing after all.

      So, if my future children show interest in this business, yes I would let them in, but only if they are willing to put in the world involved. There is free ride in this world and they shouldn't expect that just because they are my blood.
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  • Profile picture of the author convictie
    Yes, I would. But only on these terms:

    - They should at least finish high school (for their own personal development)
    - They should really believe in what they are doing and don't give up that easily
    - They should finance everything themselves. If they need some cash for a domain and web hosting they should take a part time job.

    These things are very important I believe. I will always support their dreams as long as they keep working on them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks for giving your thoughts. Well the best thing that your kids will have is your support and they have an edge over others- your many years of valuable experience that you can share with them. You can't buy that.

      Originally Posted by convictie View Post

      Yes, I would. But only on these terms:

      - They should at least finish high school (for their own personal development)
      - They should really believe in what they are doing and don't give up that easily
      - They should finance everything themselves. If they need some cash for a domain and web hosting they should take a part time job.

      These things are very important I believe. I will always support their dreams as long as they keep working on them.
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    Let them? I would FORCE them
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  • Profile picture of the author James McAllister
    Absolutely, and I would actually encourage them to pursue some sort of entreprenurial goals. I don't know about you, but being forced to go work 40+ hours a week isn't appealing at all.

    The only way to escape it is to start a business on the side.

    I'm nowhere near the age of having kids so I haven't thought about it much. I'd support them in whatever they wanted to do though, as long as it doesn't ruin their life.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks James. Yeah I am with you on that if you want financial freedom you can't be tied to a 40 hour week job. But I guess there are a lot of factors that dictate when you can actually start IM. There's some planning to do to make that happen.

      Originally Posted by James McAllister View Post

      Absolutely, and I would actually encourage them to pursue some sort of entreprenurial goals. I don't know about you, but being forced to go work 40+ hours a week isn't appealing at all.

      The only way to escape it is to start a business on the side.

      I'm nowhere near the age of having kids so I haven't thought about it much. I'd support them in whatever they wanted to do though, as long as it doesn't ruin their life.
      Thanks Michael for sharing your thoughts. Great! we just found our very first family of 3 Internet Marketers.

      Originally Posted by Michael Shook View Post

      Already have. It worked out well for my daughter. And me, especially when I was needing lots and lots and lots of unique content.

      My son has his own online fitness business in the non-steroid body-building market. It works well for him too. He does affiliate marketing and is starting a video series.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Shook
      Already have. It worked out well for my daughter. And me, especially when I was needing lots and lots and lots of unique content.

      My son has his own online fitness business in the non-steroid body-building market. It works well for him too. He does affiliate marketing and is starting a video series.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    The kids that I don't have (unless I'm missing out on some info)...

    Yeah, I definitely would let them.

    Heck I'd support them with any goal they wanted to accomplish (with a few caveats)
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I can't think of any reason you wouldn't?

    I saw a report a while back where a father and son had the #1 and #2 best selling apps on the Apple store. The son was like seven and had coded a drawing app for his little sisters, that sold like hotcakes.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks Brent for letting us know that. 7 year old getting roped in huh...well like I said the next generation ought to see a different kind of younger and smarter IMers.

      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      I can't think of any reason you wouldn't?

      I saw a report a while back where a father and son had the #1 and #2 best selling apps on the Apple store. The son was like seven and had coded a drawing app for his little sisters, that sold like hotcakes.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasondinner
    Being that I have 4 kids, I am a few years away from turning their playroom into a sweatshop - a la Dave Chappelle style

    All seriousness... hopefully them seeing me around all day and us living an abundant life where they always have a roof over their head, the electricity always on, clothes on their back, and food on plates in front of them for meal time will be enough for them to want to follow in my footsteps...

    ...or at least keep it in mind when they're ready to embark on their journey of income generation.

    I'll encourage them to do it, or at the least help me run my company, or start some business of their own in some capacity - but either way i'll support them no matter what they decide they want to do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks for sharing. Well you will have four times the help when it comes...

      Originally Posted by jasondinner View Post

      Being that I have 4 kids, I am a few years away from turning their playroom into a sweatshop - a la Dave Chappelle style

      All seriousness... hopefully them seeing me around all day and us living an abundant life where they always have a roof over their head, the electricity always on, clothes on their back, and food on plates in front of them for meal time will be enough for them to want to follow in my footsteps...

      ...or at least keep it in mind when they're ready to embark on their journey of income generation.

      I'll encourage to do it, or at the least help me run my company, or start some business of their own in some capacity - but either way i'll support them no matter what they decide they want to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author TeKn1qu3z
    I would. It's discipline to stick with one thing and never give up. I work 80+ hours a week and it's because I love it and choose to do it. I would be honored if my children followed in my footsteps
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    • Profile picture of the author Dladue
      For sure I would encourage my kids to get into the IM world. My oldest son is always asking me how much money I have made. My response is sometimes good and sometimes I just don't want to tell him cause it wasn't such a good day

      He has asked me multiple times to show him how to do it. I keep giving him ebooks to read but he just would rather have me show him. What better way to spend time with your kid... internet marketing together. Fun!

      So, yes I believe I would and do let my kids do internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bob Reynolds
    I would have been started learning it at ten. It would not have interfered with my formal studies, and I agree with Alexa that my formal education has helped, and well, some of it has hurt it as well. More to the help. Trouble shooting , problem solving, never say never cos you know you can get through this... like some super tuff college program...

    My kids, well, I am not pushing it on my 10 year old, however she wants her own youtube channel, my son is a gamer, and I am making him right a report on gaming, and inspiring him to learn how to build a business on the net, he is 14 and really just wants to play games... my 19 your old daughter she wants to hear nothing about it until she see major ROI... cant blame her there..

    I say they should be teaching basic marketing in 6 grade and up and having a running business online should be required before graduating high school...lol

    Go free enterprise...
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I have been encouraging tow of my sons who love to make puppets
    to create short videos to keep uploading them to their YT channel.
    They have netted only about $5 in advertising dollars but I tell them
    it's slow at first and they will hit a critical mass. If they start with
    what THEY are interested in then it's an easy transition.

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  • Profile picture of the author badut jenaka
    The short answer is yes. I will let my daughter choose whatever she wants and if she choose IM then I will teach her what I know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lizfish
    Nope. They shall both be presidents and rule with an iron fist!

    Seriously, whatever they want to do. My 5 year old knows that I work from home and says things like "I want to be a writer when I grow up, just like Mummy." I have also explained invoicing to her, and am beginning to talk to her about running a business "You see those toys...they cost money. Money does not grow on trees...." etc.

    I will support them in whatever they choose - whether that be IM, acting or running for president. They are smart. They are savvy. They will go far....
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  • Profile picture of the author Webkingseo
    I will let them do if they are interested in doing IM and whatever i have learned i will pass my knowledge to them and hopefully they will do a lot better then me
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  • Profile picture of the author Knightsofusa
    I don't have kids as of now or even yet a significant other, as of now. But, when I do in the future, I will definitely let them start out young and garner experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author Palani Kumar
    Note: I am just about to get married. And so I am just sharing my thoughts on this rather than experience.

    To me career of a person, is completely their own choice, and hence I will not interfere with my son/daughter's career. Having said that there will surely be my influence in their life, due to closeness and bond. However if they ever ask me should they choose Internet marketing as their choice, then I will tell them that "Markers are not made, born and such you need to develop skills very early before the time for Career arrives".

    I have worked in sales, and most digital marketing strategies, and it was my natural born attitude of being open for relationship, feeling free for a chat, ability to listen patiently and learning new stuffs that helped me a lot in my career. And hence I consider marketing is more than just joining a company and completing the training period.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    I would need to monitor their activity but in principle I have no issue with them doing IM as it's a great way to teach them about business from starting off with seed money to turning a profit. It's all about teaching kids the right way so that they don't learn the wrong way from others IMO
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    I think it's a great idea, and it's great that you are considering it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jan roos
    Yes definitely if that is what they want to do.

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  • Profile picture of the author QueenMelanie
    Interesting to see the different opinions everyone has on this subject..
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  • Profile picture of the author Resource9
    In my opinion kids should be given the complete freedom to choose their profession. What my kid would like to do will be his choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stevie C
    Why not?
    When I left school my careers adviser pushed me in the direction of printing and my other option was to join my Dads small Building business and learn his trade. He always said get a job in an office. I actually tried all three and hated them all. There was no option to be an Internet Marketing Guru in the mid-eighties. I probably worked at around 40 different jobs and owned a couple of bricks and mortar business's in Thailand, as well as an import-export business. In 2011 I typed in 'make money online' into Google and discovered freedom, so I will be gently pushing them in the direction of online entrepreneurship and give them opportunities that I never had.
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  • Profile picture of the author joaquin112
    Definitely. I could probably save them over 3-4 years of learning everything the hard way, given everything I know in IM, programming and so on. It would be a huge advantage for them, something very few people have.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I have 2 sons. One is 18 & he wouldn't do IM no matter what earning potential it has. He doesn't see this as good or bad, he just has zero interest and is pursuing the Canadian Military as a career.

    My younger son who is 15 actually has a lot of great qualities 'already' like graphic design & even basic programming abilities. He strikes me as becoming a video game developer and has a very vivid imagination to go along with it.

    Now with all that said and done, I do believe that our kids naturally come with their 'life's purpose' already built into them.

    I see to many parents trying to tell the kids what to do for a career but these kids all come with their own 'genius' abilities & actually already know what will be best for them.

    I would only encourage my younger son to do IM if he had a genuine desire to do it.

    So yes I would encourage my children to do IM only if they really 'wanted' to take this route in life.
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    • Profile picture of the author ElGuapo
      Depends, I guess.

      Generally spealing, if they were of school age and it was coming at the expense of their academic work, then no way.

      If they were some kind of coding-savant and throwing out iPhone apps for fun at the age of 15, then sure.

      As a career? 'Internet marketing' I'd advise against. I wouldn't want them building affiliate sites or getting lost in IM products or posting on forums all day (ahem!) But authoring, or graphic design, or running an online store, sure. Applying a professional skillset or implementing a business plan is a different cup of tea.
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  • Profile picture of the author wfletch24
    Absolutely, I feel like you get something out of marketing your own business that you will never get from an education. Not to say that an education is not worth it, just saying that I would encourage them to experience what the IM world has to offer. Also, most people come home from work or school and watch tv, play video games, scroll through facebook, etc. Imers come home, run a business from their computer, or dive into a blog or product to learn more about internet marketing. I feel like IM is a constant education and learning experience as you are always trying to improve regardless of the success you get.
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  • Profile picture of the author sowmiasg
    yes i would let my kids do online jobs but only as a part time so i can be assured that they have a regular job if they are not so succesful. if there is a proper mentor , i guess it will be easier to do these jobs as there is someone to guide you.
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  • Originally Posted by Peter Lee View Post

    Would You Let Your Kids Do Internet Marketing? Part Time? Full Time? Why or Why Not

    Probably for someone who has made lots of money online would even encourage his own kids to follow his footsteps. Perhaps even be their personal mentor, assuming his kids are even keen that is, But for someone who is not so successful and is struggling to make money, perhaps will have a different opinion. They could be strongly against it. But through my IM journey I have met many people who are family members helping out in their online business, although not that many.

    I like to hear your views on this. Is making money online a decent living to you that you hope your children follow your successful IM carreer? or is it something that one does only on the side, as a part time kind of venture and you don't want your kids to even consider doing it as a full time job? Or do people feel there is still a certain stigma attached to people choosing to do Internet Marketing and make money online jobs. Share your thoughts.

    Would You Let Your Kids Do Internet Marketing? Part Time? Full Time? Why or Why Not
    Yes, I'll definitely encourage my children regarding online marketing. Because, I am a internet marketer and also know the value of ecommerce business. It is the best way to earn huge money in lesser time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheyie
    if they show interest i will gladly put them through but if they don't i will lecture them out of the 9-5 mindset cos it is a WASTE OF LIFE.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    I'm trying right now to talk my 15-year old little brother into learning Internet Marketing - I even offered him a great salary to do some affiliate product listings for me. He would be the highest paid Filipino kid in our province...

    BUT....what is his choice? He would rather play DOTA all day instead. lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Yes IM is evolving and many people feel it is as good if not better than any other office job anytime. Now why do people still feel there is a stigma for those who chose to do IM?

      Originally Posted by TeKn1qu3z View Post

      I would. It's discipline to stick with one thing and never give up. I work 80+ hours a week and it's because I love it and choose to do it. I would be honored if my children followed in my footsteps
      Making Money is the best motivation in this business.

      Originally Posted by Dladue View Post

      For sure I would encourage my kids to get into the IM world. My oldest son is always asking me how much money I have made. My response is sometimes good and sometimes I just don't want to tell him cause it wasn't such a good day

      He has asked me multiple times to show him how to do it. I keep giving him ebooks to read but he just would rather have me show him. What better way to spend time with your kid... internet marketing together. Fun!

      So, yes I believe I would and do let my kids do internet marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by Joan Altz View Post

      I'm trying right now to talk my 15-year old little brother into learning Internet Marketing - I even offered him a great salary to do some affiliate product listings for me. He would be the highest paid Filipino kid in our province...

      BUT....what is his choice? He would rather play DOTA all day instead. lol.
      Yeah maybe in about 4 or 5 years when he realizes ' living Life' is just around the corner and he needs to go out and start securing a Living !


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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Sure. When they're old enough to enter into a legally binding contract and make decisions on their own. Until then, I would encourage education and real life work experience, which I learned far more from than any WSO can offer.

    I would also point out to them the high rate of failure in this industry and encourage them to do it part time while earning an income until when and if they become successful, if they choose to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1234nasir
    Sure I'd like to involve my kids in this IT and IM field because they can easily get a lot of experience from me rather than somewhere else.
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  • Profile picture of the author sal64
    YES

    My 11 year old son is showing interest at the moment.

    It's a great way to teach them the independence that comes having a business as opposed to being an employee.

    Also teaches them good money skills.

    when he's 14 he can go get a part time job flipping burgers... and then decide which suits him better.

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  • Profile picture of the author smoor2012
    Absolutely, I will encourage my son to make money online because of the freedom it will help him produce in his life. He will have to want it for himself, though, of course.

    I can help guide him through pitfalls and show him what has been working and what has not.

    I will not however tell him to do internet marketing or network marketing in place of his college education.

    I want him to get his formal education and be well rounded. I want him to work online, if he chooses to, in addition to his college education.

    Am I advocating for him to get a job with a company after he gets his degree? Not necessarily. It won't hurt him if he does though.

    He can always use the money he makes from a job he gets to fuel the marketing of his online business, and then he is working because he wants to, not because he has to.

    That will be the difference. He is working because he wants to and enjoys his work.

    A college education is important regardless.

    I want him to ultimately pursue what makes him happy. If he sees the freedom in internet marketing and can be successful at it to whatever degree, then he will have that option as well.

    Income sources, the job market, and how we support our families has changed drastically over the last several years.

    If he understands internet marketing and sees the power in it, the first thing I will teach him is how to build his own list. That will be the core of his business.

    I think we all understand that in this forum, to say the least.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    No I would not want my kids to work online. I would prefer that they lived in the real world. The choice is theirs, however.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks Bob for your sharing. Seems like you do want your kids to do this...and I think your daughter being the oldest is a likely candidate.

      Originally Posted by Bob Reynolds View Post

      I would have been started learning it at ten. It would not have interfered with my formal studies, and I agree with Alexa that my formal education has helped, and well, some of it has hurt it as well. More to the help. Trouble shooting , problem solving, never say never cos you know you can get through this... like some super tuff college program...

      My kids, well, I am not pushing it on my 10 year old, however she wants her own youtube channel, my son is a gamer, and I am making him right a report on gaming, and inspiring him to learn how to build a business on the net, he is 14 and really just wants to play games... my 19 your old daughter she wants to hear nothing about it until she see major ROI... cant blame her there..

      I say they should be teaching basic marketing in 6 grade and up and having a running business online should be required before graduating high school...lol

      Go free enterprise...
      Thanks Ray, that's a start getting them involved...just show them the money...(you made)

      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      I have been encouraging tow of my sons who love to make puppets
      to create short videos to keep uploading them to their YT channel.
      They have netted only about $5 in advertising dollars but I tell them
      it's slow at first and they will hit a critical mass. If they start with
      what THEY are interested in then it's an easy transition.

      -Ray Edwards
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      • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
        Looks like she is getting many many years of IM experience just being Daddy's girl.

        Originally Posted by Lizfish View Post

        Nope. They shall both be presidents and rule with an iron fist!

        Seriously, whatever they want to do. My 5 year old knows that I work from home and says things like "I want to be a writer when I grow up, just like Mummy." I have also explained invoicing to her, and am beginning to talk to her about running a business "You see those toys...they cost money. Money does not grow on trees...." etc.

        I will support them in whatever they choose - whether that be IM, acting or running for president. They are smart. They are savvy. They will go far....
        Who knows how IM will change when the next generation gets into the swing of things. There could be more competition. But I am sure the experience you impart to them in any way will help them overcome many obstacles. Good luck on that.

        Originally Posted by Webkingseo View Post

        I will let them do if they are interested in doing IM and whatever i have learned i will pass my knowledge to them and hopefully they will do a lot better then me
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  • You mean running a real business using the Internet as another marketing platform? Have to.

    You mean running WSO's and the like ripping off newbies....NO!
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  • Profile picture of the author MLMBarracks
    Let's face it - internet marketing is a mugs game.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Most people who replied here leave the decision to their kids when it comes to career choice. But kids will feel good that if they are considering a change in their career IM could be considered just like any other job openings. There is no more stigma and more so during their time. When and if that happens, they get immediate help and guidance, with no mentoring fees to pay :-)

      Originally Posted by Palani Kumar View Post

      Note: I am just about to get married. And so I am just sharing my thoughts on this rather than experience.

      To me career of a person, is completely their own choice, and hence I will not interfere with my son/daughter's career. Having said that there will surely be my influence in their life, due to closeness and bond. However if they ever ask me should they choose Internet marketing as their choice, then I will tell them that "Markers are not made, born and such you need to develop skills very early before the time for Career arrives".

      I have worked in sales, and most digital marketing strategies, and it was my natural born attitude of being open for relationship, feeling free for a chat, ability to listen patiently and learning new stuffs that helped me a lot in my career. And hence I consider marketing is more than just joining a company and completing the training period.
      I have seen and known a few very successful marketers who started at a young age and have benefited from all the learning and other business strategies. IM is not meant for everyone but for those who love it, they can go all the way to making it a very successful career out of it.

      Originally Posted by Lightlysalted View Post

      I would need to monitor their activity but in principle I have no issue with them doing IM as it's a great way to teach them about business from starting off with seed money to turning a profit. It's all about teaching kids the right way so that they don't learn the wrong way from others IMO
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  • Of course I will! I will encourage him to pursue his own entrepenerual ventures (off or online) as opposed to slaving away at someone else's company to fulfill someone else's dreams. In fact, I will inform him (not discourage him but certainly to inform him) that the traditional college -> corporate career -> retirement route is long outdated, and that a university degree is not the door-opener it used to be during my parents generation.

    Internet Marketing is challenging, fun, it sharpens up your business skills and it can be very lucrative. Why wouldn't I want that for my kid?
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  • Profile picture of the author Phil Wilkinson
    Most of us are familiar with the expression "Find a job you love, and you'll never 'work' a day in your life".

    Given how many different niches/interests there are, if my son or daughter had a serious interest in one, with the right knowledge they could potentially have a lucrative career doing something they truly enjoy.

    If you were to limit it to the Make Money Online niche, then I would advise him/her that it might be quite a while before they saw profits.

    But considering the plethora of niches...with proper training in working online matters, I see no reason why it could not be a good path to pursue.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Lee
      Thanks Stevie for your feedback. Sometimes it can be a blessing if you started IM only after a bad or boring career choice you've had. You'll appreciate it more, and especially so if you do well.

      Originally Posted by Stevie C View Post

      Why not?
      When I left school my careers adviser pushed me in the direction of printing and my other option was to join my Dads small Building business and learn his trade. He always said get a job in an office. I actually tried all three and hated them all. There was no option to be an Internet Marketing Guru in the mid-eighties. I probably worked at around 40 different jobs and owned a couple of bricks and mortar business's in Thailand, as well as an import-export business. In 2011 I typed in 'make money online' into Google and discovered freedom, so I will be gently pushing them in the direction of online entrepreneurship and give them opportunities that I never had.
      Hi Joaquin,

      And don't forget all this coaching and guidance you are giving to them free. Kids are getting it so easy compared to our days. No why won't they want to do IM. Of course they would.

      Originally Posted by joaquin112 View Post

      Definitely. I could probably save them over 3-4 years of learning everything the hard way, given everything I know in IM, programming and so on. It would be a huge advantage for them, something very few people have.
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