for you successful marketers.....

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This might be similar to another thread here, but I want to ask it a different way. For those of you who are successful or satisfied at the success you have acquired, do you honestly get to spend most of your day doing what you want (like spending time with family, more vacations, buy more things you want, etc.) or are you even more busy trying to keep your IM business running. Also, for the same crowd, how many hours do you spend a day working on your business and keeping it going?
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  • Profile picture of the author The Dotcom Hippie
    I get to spend a tiny bit more time doing stuff I like than I would had have I had a regular job. I also have more freedom as to when I choose to spend that time. The most important thing, however, is that I've reached a point where I can take my business on the road and go traveling - something I really love. That was my primary reason for getting into this stuff (I made that decision in 2001, but didn't even get started before 2003, and it wasn't until this year that I really got things rolling).

    I made a lot more money as a financial advisor than I do now, but then this kind of freedom is what I've been dreaming about my whole adult life. Being geographically free. I should add that I also do some consulting work at the moment, but not a whole lot, and I'd like to end that soon.

    It's taken a lot of work to get here and I can't see it ending anytime soon, but is it worth it? Hell yeah, I'd be a total clown had I not started this.
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    • Profile picture of the author dljmktg1
      Spend more time with family or vacations?

      My wife teaches school in a different city and is gone 14 hours a day; my daughter is off at college.

      But, I do get to spend a lot of time with my stuffed animals.

      Actually, it does allow me to do a lot of things I wouldn't have been able to do. I just get to do those things alone.


      Dan


      P.S. I do like the animals.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
        Originally Posted by dljmktg1 View Post

        But, I do get to spend a lot of time with my stuffed animals.
        Dan, I can't wait for the video sales letter for your new how-to book. "Succeed in Internet Marketing with my secret techniques and you can have as many teddy bears in your life as you like! Let me show you, this room used to only have scraggly old Curious George here but then I started to sell online..."
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        • Profile picture of the author dljmktg1
          Originally Posted by Mr. Enthusiastic View Post

          Dan, I can't wait for the video sales letter for your new how-to book. "Succeed in Internet Marketing with my secret techniques and you can have as many teddy bears in your life as you like! Let me show you, this room used to only have scraggly old Curious George here but then I started to sell online..."

          I am beginning work on a niche site mainly about teddy bears (I have over 100 of them). They were mostly all bought as my daughter was growing up. It will be a kind of "every bear tells a story" type thing. Amazingly enough the bears offer ideas that are usually better than mine.

          Now if I could find a way to claim an exemption for them....

          Dan
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          • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
            Originally Posted by dljmktg1 View Post

            I am beginning work on a niche site mainly about teddy bears (I have over 100 of them). They were mostly all bought as my daughter was growing up. It will be a kind of "every bear tells a story" type thing. Amazingly enough the bears offer ideas that are usually better than mine.

            Now if I could find a way to claim an exemption for them....

            Dan
            I was originally joking, but I'm glad you replied seriously, Dan. This could be a really charming site that brings a smile to a lot of people.
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            • Profile picture of the author BTCollins
              I spend too much time on it and do not make enough money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Avdo
    I'm still working on my regular job, but most of the time I'm on my PC, so it fits for me like that..
    But I love doing IM so much I'm hooked on it, so I'm spending about 10 hours per day for my IM stuff..
    IM never bothers me, actually it will give me a lot of freedom when I quit my day job
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSupplee
    What I love about IM marketing the most is I enjoy it and love doing it. To me its fun and you get to meet people who you become friends with and soft sell once in a while. Most of the time they will come to me and ask if they can join the program under me instead of some random affiliate. Best of all I don't mind talking to my IM friends because they are like my real friends and family. Heck they are part of the family lol

    The most important thing to know without someone telling you is when to turn on and off your IM selling mind and just enjoy life for what it is. If you keep a good balance like that such as I do I can work whenever and where ever even on vacation for 10 min just to help someone out and close out the sale. Why because I enjoy it and it does not inter fear with my enjoyment of vacation. However I don't really buy things. I don't need to go buying things I really don't need instead I save it just encase something where to happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Originally Posted by Susanna Dodd View Post

    This might be similar to another thread here, but I want to ask it a different way. For those of you who are successful or satisfied at the success you have acquired, do you honestly get to spend most of your day doing what you want (like spending time with family, more vacations, buy more things you want, etc.) or are you even more busy trying to keep your IM business running. Also, for the same crowd, how many hours do you spend a day working on your business and keeping it going?
    Regardless whether i actually "work" or do other, less productive things: I am already doing what i want since i am NOT working for someone else [anymore] and i highly enjoy what i do. I also don't need to leave the house and set my alarm to some ungodly time in the morning

    So..regardless whether i am working or being lazy i am happy.

    HOWEVER - sometimes there is a big temptation to procrastinate and not give things as much attention as they need.

    I personally stopped counting hours - it can vary greatly.

    Furthermore, some things i have problems deciding whether they're actually "leisure" or part of work. For example going on a webmaster forum, trying to sell something or trying to get a deal on a interesting product, writing a few forum posts. Is this work...or is this leisure? You tell me

    Same with maintaining my blogs, making a blog-entry, updating forum software..etc..etc.. i enjoy it but its still part of the work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Louise Green
    During the week I'll "work" from wake I wake up, until I go to bed.. with plenty of hour long breaks through the day.. but what I call "work" some people might call "messing around on the computer". Either way I do it because I really enjoy it.

    And at 2pm on a Friday I'll stop, that's it for the weekend until Monday morning.. support tickets and PMs can wait a couple of days, I don't expect my outsourcers to work weekends because I don't work weekends unless it's a major project.. that time is 100% for my son.
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    • Profile picture of the author jitterbug978
      I quit my job 3 years ago and have had IM as my only source of income... I had previously worked a full time job. I now work much less and get to choose when I work and when I dont.

      So much better than that old day job.. I could never go back!
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  • Profile picture of the author sdentrepreneur
    Living in San Diego and Lake Tahoe, I spend a lot of time outdoors. Being a full time Internet Marketer has allowed that. I also like to travel and work from hotel/condo in other cities.
    It also helps that I don't have any kids :-)

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  • Profile picture of the author Susanna Dodd
    I can't wait till I get to that point where I can quit my job and stay home and do what I want. I'm tired of working for someone. I better suited behind my computer from home or where ever I want to be. I am not on for customer service out in the world. Better to do that if I have to from behind my computer.
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    • Profile picture of the author mariochase
      Yes. I can do anything I want actually.... Internet Marketing takes 3 hours of my day (MAX). In the free time I can do anything... right now I'm following my dream, which is directing movies. Internet Marketing allowed me to do that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
    Originally Posted by Susanna Dodd View Post

    This might be similar to another thread here, but I want to ask it a different way. For those of you who are successful or satisfied at the success you have acquired, do you honestly get to spend most of your day doing what you want (like spending time with family, more vacations, buy more things you want, etc.) or are you even more busy trying to keep your IM business running. Also, for the same crowd, how many hours do you spend a day working on your business and keeping it going?
    Susanna

    Yes and no! I could have more time, but I'm a workaholic with too many ideas. I do tend to work long hours when on a project, but then I am doing what I love.

    My day tends to start around 8-9 am, I have coffee and check e-mails and chat with others on Skype. I then get to work on a project. After lunch, I'll take off for a walk in the sunshine and a good workout at the gym. Then, more work on my project (usually fueled with ideas that came up while exercising). In other words, my days are flexible, but I do put in some hours - sometimes long.

    We do tend to take a day or two off in mid-week, as there are less crowds. And we go on long trips (this summer it was 4 weeks in Europe).

    Conclusion: You wil still work, but you're working on YOUR business, not someone else's. And, you're doing what you like. Plus, you set the hours so you have lots of flexibility.

    Warning: You are your own boss, so YOU have to push yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author Susanna Dodd
      Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

      Susanna

      Yes and no! I could have more time, but I'm a workaholic with too many ideas. I do tend to work long hours when on a project, but then I am doing what I love.

      My day tends to start around 8-9 am, I have coffee and check e-mails and chat with others on Skype. I then get to work on a project. After lunch, I'll take off for a walk in the sunshine and a good workout at the gym. Then, more work on my project (usually fueled with ideas that came up while exercising). In other words, my days are flexible, but I do put in some hours - sometimes long.

      We do tend to take a day or two off in mid-week, as there are less crowds. And we go on long trips (this summer it was 4 weeks in Europe).

      Conclusion: You wil still work, but you're working on YOUR business, not someone else's. And, you're doing what you like. Plus, you set the hours so you have lots of flexibility.

      Warning: You are your own boss, so YOU have to push yourself.
      I guess that's what I like about IM so much. There are so many ways to do it to suit all sorts of styles of work. Me, I more of a lazy person and would rather find a way where I don't have to put more than a few hours a day if that in my work. I think I may have found it, I just have to get it in gear.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
        Originally Posted by Susanna Dodd View Post

        I guess that's what I like about IM so much. There are so many ways to do it to suit all sorts of styles of work. Me, I more of a lazy person and would rather find a way where I don't have to put more than a few hours a day if that in my work. I think I may have found it, I just have to get it in gear.
        Yes. I, on the other hand, have a very low boredom threshold and would merely get into mischief if I didn't keep busy. But, you're correct - IM does give the flexibility of running your business how it suits you.
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