"I don't want to go to work today"

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The title of this thread hasn't come into my mind in the past 2 and a half years. (Before then it was a nearly daily complaint.)

That's the time I've been a "full time" internet marketer.

It wasn't always easy, in the beginning I didn't make any money, and there were times I thought "I have no idea what I should be doing" ....

But never once did I think "I don't want to go to work today"

Just food for thought for everyone who are still struggling online.
  • Profile picture of the author uleesgold
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    Self employment is not for everyone. I've wondered before if its a good fit for me. When I've had that thought, I try and banish it and get busy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rach72
    God, that just took me back 7 years when I finally realized the same thing!

    2 years online and not even a whiff of that thought.... great eh!
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  • Profile picture of the author adamshappyl
    i always believe in my mind, patience makes success.
    i did have :i dont want to go to work today
    but i never take action~lol
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  • Profile picture of the author tankeroo
    ugh! I'm getting JEALOUS!!!! I'm working on it, lol!
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    • Profile picture of the author James Foster
      Originally Posted by tankeroo View Post

      ugh! I'm getting JEALOUS!!!! I'm working on it, lol!
      Pick ONE business model and stick with it... you'll get there in no time.
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      • Profile picture of the author glennda
        Originally Posted by James Foster View Post

        Pick ONE business model and stick with it... you'll get there in no time.
        I have to agree with this statement after trying about 7 of them in one year. Some of them were excellent teachers but I realize I soon after that they way they were marketing wasn't my cup of tea.

        After one year, I've finally found my passion. I love essential oils and I am a distributor so I can make money as well. I think it is so important that you find one that you are comfortable with, you must like it, then stick with it.

        I have no regrets on all the other programs I tried because they did lead me to the one I now will stick with and I learned a lot of valuable information from all these different teachers.

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  • Profile picture of the author cheerios2009
    In Sept 2009 I was able to quit my offline job and work online PT. I keep my work down to a minimum with outsourcing so I think aside from my recent work on my first WSO, I would only spend about 5 hours or so a week managing my VA's and then spent time in email support with little SEO services here and there.

    There are times when I get overwhelmed with "life" and work. Like recently working on my project was far more work than I had antisipated and I have to say that many times I think, "UHH... I would like NOT to look at my PC today".

    It is vital to take time off. Most of the times when I get overwhelmed is due to not taking off the weekends. I need the weekend to recoup. You can of course take any day off but I find that telling my customers I take sat/sun off seems to work just fine.

    So, if there's any advice here I would say it's to make a schedule and stick to it.

    Now I'm going to re-read that and make it my goal to take weekends off again.

    YIPEE - Tomorrow is the WEEKEND!
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    • Profile picture of the author cynthea
      For those folks who are still reporting into work (and even for those who are working in their jammies)...

      Here's a line I always wanted to use for calling in sick -

      "I can't come into work today. I'm having trouble with my eyes. I just can't see coming in."


      (I was a good girl - I never used it, but sure wanted to some days )
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  • Profile picture of the author WAWarrior
    Congratulations. Welcome to the Self-employment quadrant. Don't stay too long here cos it's the hardest. Build a buisness of leverage and be in the "B" quadrant! To your success!
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  • Profile picture of the author GlobalMedia
    It's certainly a useful post. I come to see some good facts about the self employment.
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  • Profile picture of the author ehawkmarketer
    oh hey james.

    Yeah I agree that IM has to be a snug fit-- you must want to snuggle with it

    PS are you in the minneapolis mastermind group?
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    • Profile picture of the author James Foster
      Originally Posted by ehawkmarketer View Post

      oh hey james.

      Yeah I agree that IM has to be a snug fit-- you must want to snuggle with it

      PS are you in the minneapolis mastermind group?
      Yup, I got to the Minneapolis WF meet up every month.

      There's one on Thursday in fact.
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      • Profile picture of the author naruq
        Great Insight and Post James! It has been over 15 Years since I had a Sales Job.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vortex Creator
    I actually still got those thoughts creeping in from my time when I had jobs / school!! How depressing that such a thought pattern can stick with you for such a long time...need to do some more brainwashing. But it's getting much better Especially since I get into momentum quickly and don't want to go to sleep at night xD

    Making the Transition from Self-Employed to Business Owner is the same relief as going from Employee to Self-Employed haha
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    • Profile picture of the author LindseyRainwater
      Thank you for the inspirational thread. I'm working hard to not only make an income from home, but to replace my husband's income so HE can come home.

      And just this morning he woke up at 4:15 and said, "I don't want to go to work today." So this thread hit a nerve extra hard.

      Thanks for the supportive "you can totally do this" attitude. We need more of that in this world.
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    • Profile picture of the author DonaldGreen
      Originally Posted by Phill_cH View Post

      Making the Transition from Self-Employed to Business Owner is the same relief as going from Employee to Self-Employed haha
      i just love what you said here it is so true. we are always afraid when we have to change something in our lifes in ourselves.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dital
    ''I don't want to go to work today'' can be looked at as a wake up call.
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    • Profile picture of the author Aandice Austin
      Originally Posted by Dital View Post

      ''I don't want to go to work today'' can be looked at as a wake up call.
      that is a good idea, when I was in high shool I used to say "I don't want to go school" I and now, I am regret for that!
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Agency
    It happens to me as well, as I start earning big amount online I feel tired and bored to go to office because I know I can earn more if I focus on my online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
    I tell you one quote I hear a lot which is an extension of the OP, and it's so massively self limiting it makes me want to have a 'good long chat' with whoever says it. It's this...

    "I don't want to go to work today, but we're not supposed to enjoy work"

    !!!
    Good thread as a reminder of how liberating the internet opportunity can be.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdHungry
    Once you work from home it's hard to go back. Being your own boss is the best thing ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dean Jackson
    Working from home has it's quirks!

    The most annoying part is having to explain what I do though - and getting annoyed at people who are close to me who think I'm wasting time just sitting around... anyone know a good way to explain "internet marketing" to the regular folks out there ?

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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Sorrell
      Originally Posted by Dean Jackson View Post

      Working from home has it's quirks!

      The most annoying part is having to explain what I do though - and getting annoyed at people who are close to me who think I'm wasting time just sitting around... anyone know a good way to explain "internet marketing" to the regular folks out there ?

      - Dean
      Just tell people you're a software designer cos most people have some idea what that means and it sounds kinda cool. It's probably half truth about some IM related activities too. I gave up saying the words 'I'm an internet marketer' a while back.
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    • Profile picture of the author James Foster
      Originally Posted by Dean Jackson View Post

      Working from home has it's quirks!

      The most annoying part is having to explain what I do though - and getting annoyed at people who are close to me who think I'm wasting time just sitting around... anyone know a good way to explain "internet marketing" to the regular folks out there ?

      - Dean
      I get the same thing all the time. This is what I tell them (verbatim)....

      "I sell sh** online"
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      • Profile picture of the author Nadias
        Originally Posted by James Foster View Post

        I get the same thing all the time. This is what I tell them (verbatim)....

        "I sell sh** online"
        Too funny! I may have to use that one.

        I think it's a common misconception (regardless of whether you do IM or something else) that if you work from home all you do is sit around and do nothing. I usually just tell people I am in sales and leave it at that.
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  • Profile picture of the author rain21
    most people give away before they get into it, so online working is not for everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author Promet Analyst
    In our place, they thought internet marketing is the same as working in a call center since you get to be in front of the computer. When people ask me what kind of job I have, I usually get a hard time explaining what SEO is and SEM .. that I have to be in front of the computer day in and day out.. but after hours of explaining they would say.. "Oh! you are working in a call center." I rest my case:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author DocReed
    "Going to work" can be a drag sometimes. I have felt that way, even though I have "worked for myself" for 30+ years.

    Recently, my good wife has helped me to have an attitude adjustment about working. It's simple, but has helped me to put things in perspective.

    It goes something like this, "Even God worked!" (He declared all of His works good and on the seventh day He rested).

    Beyond the spiritual reference my wife also reminds me in worldly terms that we could be "out of work" and on Welfare. Even if I do think going to work is sometimes a drag, I'll bet standing in a Welfare line waiting for subsistence amounts of money and food stamps is even more of a drag!

    Both thoughts have help me to have an attitude adjustment when I need it.

    Hope it's helpful to you,

    Doc Reed
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  • Profile picture of the author Jman9912
    I work in a call center now and I HATE going in each and every day. It wasn't so bad at first. But after time...Call centers are only for certain people. I'm doing everything I can and looking for new opportunities to get out of there now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Vortex Creator
      Originally Posted by Jman9912 View Post

      I work in a call center now and I HATE going in each and every day. It wasn't so bad at first. But after time...Call centers are only for certain people. I'm doing everything I can and looking for new opportunities to get out of there now.
      I've been there and also hated it and also wanted to get out of it as quickly as possible - and so I did...I guess you are cold-calling leads?

      Do you know that this could be one of the most valuable skills you could ever learn in building your own business? I threw that opportunity to learn in the garbage & as a result had to go through my fear of failure & fear of being misunderstood & fear of not being heard & fear of being ridiculed in other ways...take this opportunity RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE to gain wisdom from. It can serve you VERY well in the future.

      Just IMAGINE making the company you work for $30k per month while getting maybe $3k...and then saying goodbye and doing $30k in your own business. Think like the owner of that business...not like the slave who's working for him and you'll earn like the owner...one day

      I wish you strength!
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua526
    Tomorrow is work time to the office again. I have a regular job, and I don't like it. I am hoping that in IM, I would be able to escape in my 8 to 5 job. I want to work wherever and whenever I like, it gives me a sense of responsibility in my life and time.
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  • Profile picture of the author DonaldGreen
    when i started my own business few years ago i was so scared. i was always thinking what if this is not the thing for me, what if i fail and so on.

    this January i decided together with partner to move to USA for few months. the business was not doing that good so we could affort to quite our jobs and go full time in the business but we did it anyway.

    is it hard? of course it is. we try to survive now. but you know what i am afraid of? HAVING TO GO BACK TO A JOB.

    so yes as many other people already said, having your own business is not easy....at the beginning. it takes time. but the rewards are sweet!
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  • Profile picture of the author cheesee
    I'm in the same boat right now, I want to work, but at the same time I don't want to to work. I want to work because I need the money, but not for the rest of my life. I want to run my own online business, and I am trying to do that now. I am also willing to put in however much time it will take.
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  • Profile picture of the author theAdviserMe
    We must realized that self-employment is still an employment -- still a work but without somebody else as the boss!
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    • Profile picture of the author The Great Gordino
      2 important things to remember about 'hating' your job...

      The first is that we do jobs we 'hate' as a result of choices and actions we took in the past.
      That's good news, as it means we can take choices and actioons to change the future from being the same.

      The second is that the job we 'hate' puts food on the table, it's an opportunity that many many millions of people do not have around the world, so the abundance should really be appreciated.

      Helps to put things in perspective.
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  • Profile picture of the author brittanywalsh
    Work is very that important, it must be love and take care to not lose.
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