What IS (or WAS) Your BIGGEST Fustration Making Money From Home?

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We all have been through a little hell to make money from
home, be it making money online or offline.

Personally, I've been through HUGE learning curves doing
both online and offline marketing.

Online marketing with the things most of us struggle deal-
ing with like more traffic, leads, and sales. Offline with Direct
Mail dealing with spending $450 a pop on 3 occasions and
bombing on the first two.

I stuck with both and can confidently say I've mastered
both through hardwork, problem solving, and a deep respect
and humbleness for what I do.

For you it may be getting clients to work with to do SEO
work in your local area, or some other seemingly impossible
feat online or offline.

So what are YOUR (or WAS) BIGGEST frustration making
money from home?
#biggest #fustration #home #making #money
  • Profile picture of the author NetGrid
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    • Profile picture of the author AmandeepS
      My issue has always been focussing on something and getting it done, I used to have too many excuses for this in the past. I never used to be able to create time for IM, I used to let life get in the way. Now.. things are a little different, I do IM first and then everything else afterwards. I got over my issue by prioritising, the real thing that was holding me back was fear of wasting my time on something and not getting anywhere with it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Randy Daugherty
      I hate when I know that I am doing the steps suggested on the ebook I read about making money online still I am not getting further traffic...but that was before....now I know where to get enough traffic in order to earn revenue...
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  • Profile picture of the author aaadating
    The baby was mine, so hard to focus on work when you wanna see your kid and he's so close.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
      Getting consistent. I am still riding the OOH I MADE MONEY/I'M NOT MAKING ANYTHING rollercoaster. Ich.
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  • Profile picture of the author entrepreneurjay
    Originally Posted by precious007 View Post

    I was literally a newbie back in 07' trying to earn some money freelancing, it wasn't even near close the minimum wage back then, but ever since I've joined Clickbank I started earning ten times as much. (I still earn quite a bit from freelancing these days which nicely adds up to a five figure income every month. )

    Selling physical products was always a frustration, not because I lack knowledge but I could never find a product with a decent payout, at least not in Amazon so I settled on selling digital products instead.

    ^
    Yeah I agree Amazon is not very lucrative unless your selling plasma t.v's or Bowflexes

    Digital products is where it is at.

    For me at the beginning it was a lot more work than I though to get past my learning curve but I stuck with it and know I am reaping the fruits of all my labor.

    Stick with it newbies. It will all pay off one day. Just keep learning, and working on your online business. Success will come.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    Learning the different elements was tough, but what's really been toughest for me was learning how to work for myself and how to be my own boss. I am still learning that one!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrea Wilson
    My biggest frustration was spending too much time on finding new techniques in money making online and less time spent in implementing the things I learnt. Thats the most common problem of new to money making online.

    Andrea
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  • Profile picture of the author good2go4
    I find that striking a balance between doing projects for myself and for my clients and coping with a spot of ill health thrown in has been a hassle, but I just accept that there are good days and bad days, and on the bad days I turn my computer off and go for a walk on the beach.

    I am lucky in that I don't mind working at home alone (it was a lot harder when kids were living with us) and I always make a list of jobs I have to do for the next day, before I knock off for the evening. That way I can focus quite quickly in the morning, on doing what needs to be done, before doing what I enjoy doing.

    Well past my bedtime, lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben_R
    seeing no results from work
    this is always balanced with success in fact it's just a learning curve so I don'tget frustrated at all

    sorry to be so smug
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Smart-aleck answer, in the shadow of election day here in Florida:

    People constantly hounding me to tell me what my biggest problems are and how they are going to fix them singlehandedly. How's anybody supposed to get any work done when they're being bombed on the phone with recorded calls from current and former politicians?

    Serious answer:

    Not knowing what I didn't know. Skipping merrily along until tripping on a speed bump I couldn't see coming, because I didn't know there would be such speed bumps.

    Especially the ones that, in hindsight, you look at and kick yourself because they're glaringly obvious in the rear view mirror.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
      Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

      Smart-aleck answer, in the shadow of election day here in Florida:

      People constantly hounding me to tell me what my biggest problems are and how they are going to fix them singlehandedly. How's anybody supposed to get any work done when they're being bombed on the phone with recorded calls from current and former politicians?

      Serious answer:

      Not knowing what I didn't know. Skipping merrily along until tripping on a speed bump I couldn't see coming, because I didn't know there would be such speed bumps.

      Especially the ones that, in hindsight, you look at and kick yourself because they're glaringly obvious in the rear view mirror.
      (laughing)...

      great analogy I can relate to. In fact, that anyone can relate to.

      Isn't it awesome how life works that way? When we drive we can
      see the speed bumps moving forward and drive cautiously, but when
      we are in the drivers seat in our body's we can't SEE it in front of us
      until we realize we just ran over it.

      We learn how to get over those bumps in the future only AFTER we
      drove over them one to many times until we "remember" where those
      invisible bumps lie.

      We all wish we could see the obstacles ahead of us so we can adjust
      accordingly, but I believe we are here on earth so we can NOT see
      the obstacles we otherwise could see if it were left up to us.

      It's thrilling when we conquer those obstacles, frustrating when we
      believe we can not.

      Very interesting answer...
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  • Profile picture of the author fated82
    I think is to stick with one method and see it through. It is a newbie mistake too...
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    • I think the hardest thing for me was learning what needed to be done to become successful. There are those who say you can make money practically doing nothing. And that is not true. It takes work and educating yourself to be successful online in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamjar919
    Not getting caught up in the hype
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  • Profile picture of the author werna klue
    Learning and educating myself,still busy as there is so much. Juggling work,family and IM life.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Time.

    I have to deal with continual interruptions when I'm home. That often means that when I write, I write sentences at a time then go do something else and come back to the writing with my focus completely annihilated and get mentally readjusted. It can take me a whole day to write one article sometimes because of the interruptions - and the time I have to spend outside of the house.

    It's hard to get people to understand that they need to leave you alone and your availability is limited whether you are right there or not. I can count on having my ideas blown out of my head at least twice during any article I write. I try to work when others are asleep so it limits their presence. But in the morning when others are banging around it limits my sleep.

    All in all, I get by but it really does cause a LOT of frustration to have to juggle so hard all the time. I'd like to just sit down and do what I need to without having to juggle some time.
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  • Profile picture of the author jointaldc
    When I was a newbie, being a newbie, not knowing where to start, not knowing how to get traffic. I honestly wish I had a forum like this back then, would had saved me months of research, though, through that, it made me respect this business more
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    My biggest problem has always been space. When you go to a 9-5 job, your family doesn't show up to your workplace and go "omg, lets go to McDonalds" or "I'm so busy, can you take _____ to the Dentist?" and then you are a huge jerk that doesn't love your family if you say No. Then, to keep my girlfriend happy, I would put work off to the side for a week and spend time with her but my work would suffer and my income would slow down. I remember when I started out, she was pestering me to go out for dinner because I had promised to but made no specific promise as to when. At the time, I was trying I was trying to finalize things to make a sale and told her to wait. She was more interested in figuring out where to go for dinner, and taking a quick shower, and finding this and that - and nothing could make her understand I was on a deadline and what I was doing was a priority. I put off finalizing the sale for another day which was very unprofessional because myself and the people I was working with were all relying on each other to make something happen. We went out and she ordered a large meal. She ate, was very happy and started asking for a movie, while looking at desert I excused myself to go to the restroom and found our waiter and told him we would have separate checks. Dinner ended, and we were presented with two checks. She didn't understand, but I said "don't worry." I pulled out my card, paid for mine, and the waiter came and picked up mine and looked at her waiting for her to pull out a card or cash or something. She looked at me, confused. I then told her I wasn't going to pay for her check, because I lost the sale (which I hadn't) and could not afford hers. She's now getting pretty pissed off. I explained to her, the things I was doing was priority and would be the things that would provide for not only me, but her too. That it was best if she let me do the things I needed to. She was too pissed to make sense of it, and I left. She had to return the next day to pay her bill or they were going to say she left without paying and would report it to the police. It's been a lot less of a problem since.

    My girlfriend asks me all of the time, "Why do you pay so much for an office when you could just work from home like you used to?" - well, it's because I have to.

    ...and now the WarriorForum knows how much of an asshole I am.
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    • Profile picture of the author vok
      Gambling with vast amounts of money and next to zero idea what I'm doing. Gee that was a quick way of smashing my face into the ground, I only had to do that a few times before it really started to sting.

      Then I thought I'll think, educate myself and then react. Since then that methodology has been seeing me do very well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
      Originally Posted by fated82 View Post

      I think is to stick with one method and see it through. It is a newbie mistake too...
      Yes. This is a major challenge for most people. Thx for sharing.

      Originally Posted by ProsperityMarketing View Post

      I think the hardest thing for me was learning what needed to be done to become successful. There are those who say you can make money practically doing nothing. And that is not true. It takes work and educating yourself to be successful online in my opinion.
      It takes a work to get to the point where you CAN make money
      doing nothing. That, unfortunately, is the part most marketers leave
      out...

      Originally Posted by jointaldc View Post

      When I was a newbie, being a newbie, not knowing where to start, not knowing how to get traffic. I honestly wish I had a forum like this back then, would had saved me months of research, though, through that, it made me respect this business more
      Not knowing where to start and getting traffic...hmmm. Thx for your
      contribution.

      Originally Posted by FaJeeb View Post

      My biggest problem has always been space. When you go to a 9-5 job, your family doesn't show up to your workplace and go "omg, lets go to McDonalds" or "I'm so busy, can you take _____ to the Dentist?" and then you are a huge jerk that doesn't love your family if you say No. Then, to keep my girlfriend happy, I would put work off to the side for a week and spend time with her but my work would suffer and my income would slow down. I remember when I started out, she was pestering me to go out for dinner because I had promised to but made no specific promise as to when. At the time, I was trying I was trying to finalize things to make a sale and told her to wait. She was more interested in figuring out where to go for dinner, and taking a quick shower, and finding this and that - and nothing could make her understand I was on a deadline and what I was doing was a priority. I put off finalizing the sale for another day which was very unprofessional because myself and the people I was working with were all relying on each other to make something happen. We went out and she ordered a large meal. She ate, was very happy and started asking for a movie, while looking at desert I excused myself to go to the restroom and found our waiter and told him we would have separate checks. Dinner ended, and we were presented with two checks. She didn't understand, but I said "don't worry." I pulled out my card, paid for mine, and the waiter came and picked up mine and looked at her waiting for her to pull out a card or cash or something. She looked at me, confused. I then told her I wasn't going to pay for her check, because I lost the sale (which I hadn't) and could not afford hers. She's now getting pretty pissed off. I explained to her, the things I was doing was priority and would be the things that would provide for not only me, but her too. That it was best if she let me do the things I needed to. She was too pissed to make sense of it, and I left. She had to return the next day to pay her bill or they were going to say she left without paying and would report it to the police. It's been a lot less of a problem since.

      My girlfriend asks me all of the time, "Why do you pay so much for an office when you could just work from home like you used to?" - well, it's because I have to.

      ...and now the WarriorForum knows how much of an asshole I am.
      One helluva story. I enjoyed reading it because you did exactly what
      a real man should do in that situation. You didn't let anyone walk all
      over you and force you to follow their rules and schedule.

      Asshole? Nope. You did exactly what any man would in a situation
      where they can upset their girlfriend or wife, and you weren't afraid
      to do what you needed to do to get your point across.

      If you are an a$$hole, you're my favorite a$$hole -- lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Rough Outline
    Sending emails back and forth to clients then it comes to the crunch of payment, they just pull out. So annoying.
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  • Profile picture of the author TiffanyB
    My biggest struggle was wanting to to do so much and not focusing on thing at a time. I would hear one way that people were making money and then I would hear another success story with someone doing something different and I wanted to try every way to make money online. That just leads to a lot of unfinished projects and not a lot of money. I now focus on one (or two) things at a time and get them done and completed before I even try anything else.

    Also, having toddlers at home with you all day long is a pretty big distraction and doesn't always make it easy to concentrate.
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    • Profile picture of the author rmac
      My biggest frustration when starting out was buying a IM course, then realizing it was nothing that it claimed to be. Solution: I am not buying anymore (at least until I really have to) & I unsubscribed from a lot of marketers lists. Now checking emails each day only takes 5 minutes.

      My biggest frustration now is interruptions. My 3 year old who is at home with me has her moments! & my husband always rings, just for a chat, which is nice, but time consuming and kills any thought processes very quickly.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Not being able to spell Fustration, I mean, frurstartion, dammit....frus....

    Oh bugger it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vogin
      The biggest upset? Hmmm, probably launching a WSO only to realize it is not going to be bought out in a couple of hours.

      Made me my first real $ online anyway, so not that much of an upset after all
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Initially, it was the mental adjustment needed when I realized that I didn't have a boss looking over my shoulder anymore, and I was going to be responsible for all the work I did (and didn't do). I was calling the shots now, and my success (or lack of it) would rest entirely on my own shoulders, and it was a little scary at first realizing that I was now completely responsible for it, with no one else to blame or fall back on.

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  • Profile picture of the author gandfscott
    Definitely the shiny objects. And more shiny objects. Then more shiny objects! I'm at the stage now where I realise there are no shiny objects or magic bullets. Thats what everyone has been telling me for ages, but it takes a long time to drum that into your skull and realise what they were saying is true.

    All you can do to be successful is work hard, be focused and don't get distracted by the constant bomardment of the next magic pill that is going to solve all your problems. It doesn't exist!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dwight Anthony
    filtering out the many ways of making money online and really focusing in on a true and tried way and then scaling it up.
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    My biggest frustration is actually myself! I know that I am in charge of my own success and since it's a 'work from home' environment I often kill my own work output by getting distracted by other things. I've seriously considered getting an office away from my house to laser target my focus when I work. I've implemented a few tips to get better at this though with some success.
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