What do you tell people you do?

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Im getting slightly annoyed when I tell people what I do and they say "oh can you show me how to do that".

My family dont understand what I do and they think its a gimmick and they think im not actually making as much as I am.

When I tell some people they don't get it so I've started telling people I run a web design company and that works until people start asking me to design a site for them. Then I have to go through the speil again of what I actually do..

So my question is this.. What do you tell your friends and family you do?
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  • Profile picture of the author fenomeno
    I dont go in details. I am mostly in domaining, and when I say that to some friends many of them dont ask further because they dont want to look stupid because they dont know almost anything about it so they dont ask
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    • Profile picture of the author ivan4443
      I liked Frank Kerns answer - He says he is a salesman
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      • Profile picture of the author samsogee
        Originally Posted by ivan4443 View Post

        I liked Frank Kerns answer - He says he is a salesman

        I like Frank Kern's answer. Hence-forth, if anyone ask me what i do, i will tell them i am a salesman.
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        • Profile picture of the author ChrisCastle
          I usually tell them Im a Marketing consultant, that usually stops them dead in their tracks, of course living in a castle in France helps.

          But if you think its difficult now, you should have tried it in the 90's when everyone thought the internet was a fad that would be here today and gone tomorrow.

          I love the replies by the way, midget porn director and digital crack dealer being my favourite, Ill have to try them
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  • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
    Originally Posted by footbag_man View Post

    Im getting slightly annoyed when I tell people what I do and they say "oh can you show me how to do that".

    My family dont understand what I do and they think its a gimmick and they think im not actually making as much as I am.

    When I tell some people they don't get it so I've started telling people I run a web design company and that works until people start asking me to design a site for them. Then I have to go through the speil again of what I actually do..

    So my question is this.. What do you tell your friends and family you do?
    Just tell them what you do Internet and Affiliate Marketing. Most people just never understand it. Some thing we are crazy, wasting money, being scammed, wasting time etc. Then when they see the money rolling in we are doing something illegal. So, most people will never really understand. You could shorten down IM and just tell them you do Marketing that might be something people can handle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mpresev
    dude, just say you in Ecommerce Marketing. It really is. Nothing to apologize for..


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  • Profile picture of the author tendify
    Good question. Usually try and build an elevator pitch around 'I own and run a website'. It's an opportunity to explain the business.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joel Young
      I usually say I work on computers, which is true. When I work, I'm on a computer....


      Fortunately, I do know how to repair computers, so if anyone ever asks, I'm ready.
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  • Profile picture of the author n0tr3v3
    I haven't started making any real money so I don't have that problem yet... But again family members just don't understand or get it, even just a bit but it's o.k....
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  • Profile picture of the author erwin78
    Hi everyone,

    good point here, but I don't have this problem because I live with my wife only and she knows what I'm doing and I live in the UK and all the rest of my familly live in Poland.

    Beside I've got a day job too so I don't need to explain the I'm earning money on the internet, too.

    But I see now that is is a very tough subcject and you need to explain a lot to your familly and friends.
    So I would say "I work from home as an enterpreneur or as an affiliate, and it is fun and worht doing do you want to try too?" and send them an e-mail with your squeeze page and tell them to join your list.

    This is my advice.
    Thanks a lot and see you on top.
    Erwin.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShaneBoyd
      Good question. But I'll say, it depends on what mood I'm in. If I'm in no mood for a conversation I'll just say I'm in sales. That usually shuts people up. However, if they ask WHAT I sell, then I say: "I sell solutions." Then I'll give them my elevator speech about my niche.

      Sometimes I'll say "I'm and affiliate marketer." They usually ask what that is. I tell them, in detail.

      Their response:

      "Holy crap! How did you think of that? You're a genius!"

      Then we'll share a laugh or two.

      But the bottom line people is this, we are in an industry that most people don't even know exists. All the stuff that WE consider old hat is completely revolutionary to people who are not "in the know."

      That's why every new "Affiliate Marketing" product basically teaches the same thing, but a new group of buyers.

      Happy marketing folks!
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        "Sales" is a good one.

        It sounds boring as hell so shuts people up real quick.

        I don't like friends with their nose in my business anyways! People will always try to dig as far as they can when you explain that you work for home or "for yourself".

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  • Profile picture of the author jpsween88
    My parents for the longest time thought I was selling drugs, because I had more money than I knew what to do with and never left the house to go to work. I tried to explain what I did, and they laughed in my face and told me to get a real job or move out.

    Needless to say I moved out, and they are just now starting to understand exactly what I do. I understand where your coming from though, because I dont do any of the work i outsource it. That being said I simply tell people that I am a marketing expert with an expertise in online marketing
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    • Profile picture of the author ShaneBoyd
      Originally Posted by jpsween88 View Post

      My parents for the longest time thought I was selling drugs, because I had more money than I knew what to do with and never left the house to go to work. I tried to explain what I did, and they laughed in my face and told me to get a real job or move out.

      Needless to say I moved out, and they are just now starting to understand exactly what I do. I understand where your coming from though, because I dont do any of the work i outsource it. That being said I simply tell people that I am a marketing expert with an expertise in online marketing
      I don't know if you enjoy speaking, but that would make one hell of a story to tell from the platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author lollobrigida
    I'm like Shane... my answer depends on the mood I'm in
    and if I feel like explaining or not.

    A good way to end conversations is saying something like:
    I run a consulting business specializing in IM

    If they ask any further you can always say that it's highly technical (aka rocket science) and/or that it's secret stuff you can't share.
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  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    I tell people that I direct midget porn. Most people I know don't know a thing about IM and they don't care.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hakan Akbas
      Originally Posted by ceenote100 View Post

      I tell people that I direct midget porn. Most people I know don't know a thing about IM and they don't care.
      That's so cool, have to use that one.
      Just got to make sure the wife isn't around when I do
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    • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
      Originally Posted by ceenote100 View Post

      I tell people that I direct midget porn. Most people I know don't know a thing about IM and they don't care.
      Haha.. I have to admit, I haven't tried that one out. Funny SH&t
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    To simplify things... i just say i'm an online marketing consultant.
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  • I simply tell them that i work at home and don't go into details not unless they ask what do i really do. But even if i tell them they wont understand and they will just tell "okay, whatever"
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Clemons
    I sit there for about an hour trying to explain what I do with no luck in helping them understand. LOL. Then I say "I pretty much sell digitally downloadable products and software online", and then try to down play it a bit.
    (Okay, I don't always do this, but it has definitely happened to me a few times...)
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  • Profile picture of the author Olayainka
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    I say that I do internet marketing, when asked internet marketing then I say selling products on internet, what product? then I say books, whose books? A company's book, how do you earn? I earn on the basis of commission.
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    • Profile picture of the author cherishwealth
      Just tell them I am doing Internet & Affiliate marketing. At the same time, also exploring having products of my own.

      regards,
      cherishwealth
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  • Profile picture of the author Angellos
    Most of the time I just say I'm an Affiliate Marketer, but with some people I just say I make money online. They ask, doing what? I say whatever I want to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author eugenedm
    You can tell them you're an Internet marketer and you sell online products. I think that will do.
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    • Profile picture of the author kolled
      I almost always say 'salesman'. Not that glamorous, not what they want to hear, but it helps avoid all the questions that follow if I say what I actually do.
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  • Profile picture of the author think more
    I'm a student So people don't ask me what do you do.May be I'll need to find answer for this question in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jordan Rhodes
    Like the poster above, I am a student. Therefore, no-one asks me about my career. My family does question me though; they ask whether if the activities I do are illegal. I have told them that it is not, however they refuse to believe me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Hower
      Sometimes I say I am a computer programmer - which I have been for 30 years - and that sounds so complicated that they immediately change to another topic.


      Sometimes I say I am a web developer - which is true. This more often ends in a conversation especially with younger people who think that would be some interesting job juggling around a bit with graphics or so.

      And sometimes I say I am developing a worldwide mobile directory - which is true. If they happen to be at my place and see my "office" which consists mainly of a large wooden board on top of some bricks as a table and a garden chair you should see their faces when they try to figure out if that could really be the place where some sort of world wide organisation is based.


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  • Profile picture of the author omega_one
    I would go with business consultant. That seems to cover a lot.
    Affiliate marketing, copy writing, SEO services, Adwords consultant, online marketing and a lot more.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazzygelable
    I work in the finance dept of a family-run company so that's what I tell them. Only a few people know that I make twice more than that by freelancing. Marketing/Business consultant works well also but if they ask for more details, then prepare for a long conversation. I find it hard to explain (especially to older people) how one can earn online.
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  • Profile picture of the author DZainein
    Here is an answer: -

    "I help vendors market their software and services on the net, which in turn helps newbies to get online and make money in this difficult economic conditions".

    You may edit it as you wish.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jtraits
    I mostly tell them Internet Marketing ... when I get the question "oh, what is that?" -which by the way, I always get it- I respond with something like "you know marketing you see everywhere everyday? the same thing but through the Internet so I can do marketing all over the world" ... and you see the "wow" expression to their faces... priceless
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  • Profile picture of the author Aira Bongco
    It does not matter what they think about what you're doing. If you enjoy it, then you don't really need any outside approval right? As long as you are making a decent income and enjoying the process (and not stepping on your family or friends), then you have nothing to prove. Just tell them anything to get them off your back if you are irritated when they ask you about your job.
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  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    Say you do Internet Marketing, when they ask what it's about, tell them they shouldn't bother - it's not for everyone
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark72
    I just tell people that I have an "online marketing business".

    If they start to ask for more info I just tell them that I control internet traffic flow using search engine optimization and paid ad campaigns.
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  • Profile picture of the author markcr
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    I run an offshore investment fund. Sound super sexy.

    They usally ask

    "Wow! Can I invest?"

    "Sure," I say. "Minimum is $500,000 and I pre-screen all potential investors as well to see if we are a fit."

    Usually ends the conversation there.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigrayban
    Originally Posted by footbag_man View Post

    Im getting slightly annoyed when I tell people what I do and they say "oh can you show me how to do that".

    My family dont understand what I do and they think its a gimmick and they think im not actually making as much as I am.

    When I tell some people they don't get it so I've started telling people I run a web design company and that works until people start asking me to design a site for them. Then I have to go through the speil again of what I actually do..

    So my question is this.. What do you tell your friends and family you do?
    dont care about the others...dont overate them and their opinions
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  • Profile picture of the author seanpbh
    Its even more awkward when you don't really make any money and you try and explain to your friends/family what you are trying to do. I wouldnt mind explaining if I was making money!
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymakerway
    I also face obstacles when I try to explain what I'm doing online. Reactions are usually result of prejudices. In the end I try to stay focused about who I am and what are my goals.
    The simple answer might be internet marketing!
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  • Profile picture of the author goneebo
    Why is it difficult telling others that we are entrepreneurs? I include myself in this, because it can be awkward
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  • Profile picture of the author knight
    Ecommerce is the best option, also say that you have an online store.. just saying one ecommerce store should be enough to suffice, even if you have several or more online presences. When asked what do I sell, I simply reply Amazon style products, even though they aren't. That's enough to repel most questions..
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  • Profile picture of the author williams5678
    I don't make people hesitate with what I am but I simply say that I am a writer.
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  • Profile picture of the author eb219
    "Virtual acquisitions and mergers" lol
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    Business owner. I say that I run a content writing company and that is what I do anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author picnic
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    people i talk to seem to understand affiliate marketing so i haven't had any problems in that sense. It's becoming more pervasive and in the mainstream domain i'd say, not as mysterious as it once was
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    If I think they have average or above average intelligence I will explain that I sell products online and make a commission. I told this to my 13 year old niece and she understood without any problem.

    I explained it the same way to a woman in her 50´s and even used selling Avon, Mary Kay cosmetics or Tupperware as examples, but the only difference is I promote other products from Amazon, and she could not understand....

    So, it depends on the level of intelligence of the asker....
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  • Profile picture of the author wesawu
    Do your own thing man! Don't worry about what other people think so long as you keep it honest and don't step on anyone's toes. Worry about what you and your immediate family thinks first! What everyone else thinks simply does not matter. I speak from experience. At one time I was the village idiot, now these fools want to know what I do and how I do it. Really?? Where were you guys when I needed help??? They can keep there 9-5 routine!
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    • Profile picture of the author netgeek
      I say Im a Warrior !!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny Canuck
      Originally Posted by wesawu View Post

      Do your own thing man! Don't worry about what other people think so long as you keep it honest and don't step on anyone's toes. Worry about what you and your immediate family thinks first! What everyone else thinks simply does not matter. I speak from experience. At one time I was the village idiot, now these fools want to know what I do and how I do it. Really?? Where were you guys when I needed help??? They can keep there 9-5 routine!
      Exactly! Over the years I have stopped worrying about what others thought. I am running a successful business that I built and have fun operating on a daily basis! I keep my head held high, respect for myself first and foremost, and it's their problem if they cant accept the fact I made the decision to cut `the man`from my daily routine and have become successful doing so!

      All the best,
      Johnny
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  • Profile picture of the author MMWoodward
    Since I make money writing articles, that's simply all that I say. For most people, it seems pretty straightforward and they don't tend to ask a lot of complicated questions. However, most people also like to say that such an occupation should allow me to make money while I travel... I don't make THAT much consistent money yet to even begin doing this! One day, though... One day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I tell people that I'm a secret agent.
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  • Profile picture of the author kazute
    I hear ya brother, I get sick to death of explaining what I do for a living so I tell them I deal in real human traffic, confuses the shit out of the straights lol
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  • Profile picture of the author mark healy
    i say i am an internet marketing plumber
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  • Profile picture of the author PaulLester
    When I started online,I used to tell them-I do internet marketing,and no one understood(even after a lot of explaining).It was so annoying.

    Now I tell them I have software development and consultancy business and they look at me with awe.Many of them even ask me if I can hire them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dimitris Skiadas
    Originally Posted by footbag_man View Post

    Im getting slightly annoyed when I tell people what I do and they say "oh can you show me how to do that".

    My family dont understand what I do and they think its a gimmick and they think im not actually making as much as I am.

    When I tell some people they don't get it so I've started telling people I run a web design company and that works until people start asking me to design a site for them. Then I have to go through the speil again of what I actually do..

    So my question is this.. What do you tell your friends and family you do?
    When i first started with Internet Marketing, i used to explain to everybody what i do. They used to have the look of the cow.Only when i told them that i also made money out of this, they seemed to get some interest in my story.

    Now, i say that i run my own Internet web design and marketing business. In plain English, i tell them that i help companies make money over the Internet.

    Include the phrase "make money", and you will make money

    Dimitris
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      If you handle it right, this can be a goldmine for referrals. Give them some of your business cards with your website, and offer a cut of the action. You could be losing out on sales by not tapping into this lead-generating source. It is not unusual for major business deals to be made from such casual introductions.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyGood
    Just tell them it's internet advertising agency Should work and give them idea what you do so they will stop thinking you are drug dealer ^^
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  • Profile picture of the author Jhony lewis
    I will tell the people around me with useful things, which can be beneficial to himself and his family
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  • Profile picture of the author LukeDavenport
    Yeah i find it annoying too, because its not a simple explanation, there are many points and different parts of what we do as Internet Marketers. I say to my close friends "I sell shit on the internet" To the people i don't really know well. I just say i sell digital products online. If they ask questions i try to keep it as simple as possible lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    I like the salesman answer because most people don't want to be a salesman, so, the answer should stop them in their tracks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Lynn
    Nobody in my real life understands what I do. Nobody. Sometimes I feel like an idiot trying to explain what it is I do to them because they'll just give that "oh, okay!" where I can tell they have no idea what I'm saying and they feel like they just have to say something. lol. Maybe I should start lying...
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  • Profile picture of the author elperuanito
    Well I have 3 jobs so I just pick one according to the situation...

    PhD student (part-time), project manager but from a web development background (day job) and IM (starting out). The aim is to quit the day job so I can be more flexible with my time and focus on my PhD. Most people know I work my ass off so that's all that counts. It's a bit problematic when I talk to older people that are either family or friends of the family (mine or girlfriend's). They all think PhD is the 'eternal student' dream, working for a web company is not old school enough to understand and IM hasn't brought me enough money to even think about talkin about. Lol. My girlfriend has an old-school respectable job and so I sometimes feel a bit inadequate when around her relatives.
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  • Profile picture of the author Hakan Akbas
    Great question.
    While reading through the posts, especially one about midget porn, hilarious, I notice some people shy away from answering, some give ambiguous responses or more mainstream response.
    One thing, what I do notice, which is down to a degree to human psychology, anything to do with making money, which is outside of the norm for the average person, it's viewed in negatively, ah too risky, ah scam, doesn't sound like a real job.
    That is until you make a truck load of cash, even then there's a small group of people, will try to pee on your fire.
    At the end of the day, if you enjoy what you do, if it put's money in your pocket or your working towards it to do that for you. Doesn't make a dimes worth of difference what they think, stand up and proudly say ...
    I'm an internet marketer
    or
    Salesman :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Batty
    I love it when people want to know what I do, and then want to know how I do it.

    I find helping people out that are struggling is the most fun aspect of my job. (Yes, I call it a job.. but the cool thing is, for me, it's only about a 20 hour a week job. Still working toward the 4 Hour work week.. but not quite yet.
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      Originally Posted by Patrick Batty View Post

      I love it when people want to know what I do, and then want to know how I do it.

      I find helping people out that are struggling is the most fun aspect of my job. (Yes, I call it a job.. but the cool thing is, for me, it's only about a 20 hour a week job. Still working toward the 4 Hour work week.. but not quite yet.
      Don't worry about it...the guy who wrote the book hasn't even gotten there yet, lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author DATA102.com
    Sales and Internet Marketing. If that doesn't satisfy them tell them you started a cult on the internet and ask them if they would like to learn more about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I tell others that I want to be financially successful via publishing articles and videos about my passions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Grace
    I used to say copywriter... and people thought I worked for the patent office.

    So now I just say "I sell stuff online"... now they either think ebay or porn... usually porn. I think I might just start lying and say I deal drugs or something... hell my neighbors would believe that since I'm home all the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author timb98133
    I just tell people I'm self employed!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Laura B
    I say I'm an Internet marketer, and as their eyes glaze over, I usually add something like "I build web sites that make money" or if they're really confused just "I build web sites." They usually don't ask beyond that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Originally Posted by footbag_man View Post

    ..............So my question is this.. What do you tell your friends and family you do?
    I tell them I'm a digital crack dealer.... then I wait a couple minutes and let it sink in.

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    • Profile picture of the author matchoo77
      Usually just say that I'm in internet marketing...then I will sometimes explain that I basically sell my opinions...

      It's a great living...
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        I tell them that I'm a voice actress and a freelance writer.

        I used to say ghostwriter but they thought I was into "spooky spiritual" stuff.

        Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author mmntv
    I remember reading a post on another forum awhile back of a guy who I think was farming virtual gold for one of those online games, and his neighbors called the cops when he started buying exotic cars and reported him as a drug dealer.

    When I had the Lotus I used to try to be an ambassador and use it to try to get people interested in IM, but I just don't bother even trying to explain what I do anymore. People are all curious and then when you start talking about websites and IM they just want to piss in your corn flakes. Actually I'm sometimes surprised getting more of that from family than strangers.
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  • Profile picture of the author MyDragonSoftware
    Lol I read thru some of the replies to your interesting question. Hilarious and educational! People always ask me "the question" and I did find it difficult to answer. For over 10 years I was a diamond broker on eBay, but for security reasons I was selective on who I would share that with. Also, when people hear eBay, it sometimes has a negative connotation. Ebay enabled me to live an affluent lifestyle; the multiple mercedes and big houses had to be explained somehow to friends and neighbors,lol. Often I would just describe myself as "I work on the Internet" most people will just leave that alone, it sounds intimidating enough I guess, so they don't question it. Maybe they look at me and figure i do porn, lol. But now I say "my engineering team and I are launching websites to make apps for a $1 , the first website is in beta form, appbuzzinga.com , check it out!!" I follow with " you can't sign up on the website, but if you want to get started, ask me for the link" . I think we all have to be self promoting, in a soft way You could say "my website is ---, check it out!" if the person is interested, they will ask more questions.
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    • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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      I think many of you posted to self promote. The op asked how could he AVOID the people who ask him the question.

      RESPOND with one of the following:
      -SALESMAN (on commission)
      -Work temp jobs/day labor (non stable work)
      -ONCALL MANAGER AT A FAST FOOD JOINT Preferably McDonalds (LOL)
      -telemarketer(phone commission)

      That should be enough
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    • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
      I just say I'm a pimp - IM has a bad connotation...
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      I just added this sig so I can refer to it in my posts...

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  • Profile picture of the author Maui Joe
    I've stopped trying to explain to people what I do. They don't care, and I don't care that they don't care thus my answer is usually sarcastic: "Human trafficking" or "Selling drugs"

    Few followup questions come my way after that
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    • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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      Originally Posted by Maui Joe View Post

      I've stopped trying to explain to people what I do. They don't care, and I don't care that they don't care thus my answer is usually sarcastic: "Human trafficking" or "Selling drugs"

      Few followup questions come my way after that
      Plot twist: Maui Joe is actually involved in human trafficking .
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      • Profile picture of the author Maui Joe
        Originally Posted by Joseph Robinson View Post

        Plot twist: Maui Joe is actually involved in human trafficking .
        Don't out me bro
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        • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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          Originally Posted by Maui Joe View Post

          Don't out me bro
          Then pay me my cut.
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          • Profile picture of the author Maui Joe
            Originally Posted by Joseph Robinson View Post

            Then pay me my cut.
            After my WSO about it is launched
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            • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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              Originally Posted by Maui Joe View Post

              After my WSO about it is launched
              You win, I'll give the thread back to it's original topic now lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Isaiah Jackson
    I help _____ (finish the rest with what you help people with)

    so I help newbie and struggling marketers get started online or something to that line.

    Or you can say something like "I do what you do at work just at home" lol
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  • Profile picture of the author AF54
    Just tell them you do work on the computers, most people will be able to understand that. Sometime it is a waste of time to go into details as most people think that you can't make any money online. I just say I have a few websites online and they bring me a bit of revenue. And some people just find it hard to understand that websites can make a revenue.
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