What do you say when people ask you what you do for a living?

by yako
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OK, this might sound stupid to many of you, but I been confronting this issue a lot since I became an affiliate marketer and I would like to hear your point of view, experiences.

As most of my income comes from various affiliate sources and not an individual 'traditional' company I am finding surprisingly hard to explain family/friends/people in general what I do, were does my money come from, how I can travel and keep getting money or how 'secure' my income is.

Sometimes I would love to have something I can 'show' as most of the times when I say what I do people look down on me as if it has little or no merit, or as if it is something abstract and just luck which will go away eventually.

Have you ever experienced something similar?
Thanks a lot
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  • Profile picture of the author damiensuccess
    Originally Posted by yako View Post

    Have you ever experienced something similar?
    Thanks a lot
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  • Profile picture of the author Phantom309
    I tell them I work on ejection seats in fighter jets, trying to learn how to start a business in the internet realm
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  • Profile picture of the author Statcode
    Regardless of what you tell them, they're going to think you don't have a real job (just sitting on your computer all day), until you show them "results" consistently. After that, it doesn't matter what you tell them.
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    Just say that you code programs. They will not ask any more questions after that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
    At first I tell them i'm a Jedi.

    They stare.

    Then I explain what I actually do.

    Then they say, "wtf, are you like a Jedi or something?"
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    • Profile picture of the author dailycoinsnet
      Originally Posted by Dain Supero View Post

      At first I tell them i'm a Jedi.

      They stare.

      Then I explain what I actually do.

      Then they say, "wtf, are you like a Jedi or something?"
      Haha! Seriously, I always try to avoid the question as it's hard to explain it to someone who doesn't know anything about marketing.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
        Originally Posted by dailycoinsnet View Post

        Haha! Seriously, I always try to avoid the question as it's hard to explain it to someone who doesn't know anything about marketing.
        Yeah that would be difficult. Most people are skeptical about any work or income stream that doesn't conform to the regular 9-5 job-after-college script.

        So when I tell them I'm writing a novel, maintaining a blog, running a self-development company, meditating and training blindfolded in the woods for hours each day, the usual reply I get almost always starts with a WTF or a blank stare followed by awkward silence.

        "Those who were dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

        Remember that and you will be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    At the moment: "Working on a blog." That's pretty much it. If they ask anything more, I share some of what I'm doing.
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    I present myself as a Website Developer and Online Marketing Consultant
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  • Profile picture of the author BizQ
    This is such a 2003 question. I would think that most people in 2014 understand that some people have "business interests" that allow them to work from their computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardnova
    I say, "have you seen those commercials for those service that let you make a website? I run some of those services." - Its a lot easier to explain now that everyone has seen the commercials and used the Internet. Explaining what I did back in 1999, nearly impossible.

    -h
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    • Profile picture of the author yako
      Trust me, I get it all the time even now, 2014. Its also an issue when you are meeting someone and wants to know about your financial stability, etc... its really hard to explain to the 9-5 crew.

      Originally Posted by hardnova View Post

      I say, "have you seen those commercials for those service that let you make a website? I run some of those services." - Its a lot easier to explain now that everyone has seen the commercials and used the Internet. Explaining what I did back in 1999, nearly impossible.

      -h
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  • Profile picture of the author GGpaul
    I just tell them I'm in marketing.

    And instantly they assume that I either make as much as someone that makes barely minimum wage
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    brain surgeon, but on holiday as few people to practice on
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  • Profile picture of the author sarah23
    I have a day job, so I referred people to my day job title if someone asks me
    but if I would ever introduce myself for online business, then I would tell them that I work as Internet Marketing Consultant.
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  • Profile picture of the author dlundy1
    That is by far the hardest question to answer!

    It gets even harder when they ask you to explain it to them!

    I simply say that I sell Items on the Internet.

    Although I am an Internet Marketer, blogger, Developer, Programmer, Coach lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Superw
    Im from Madrid, Spain and i have this problem... Not be what to answer when I am asked which is my job.

    I have 3 answers...

    A / the person knows nothing about internet

    Business on the internet

    B / the person has between 35 and 50 years

    Online marketing

    C / the person knows the world of internet and social media

    Consultant seo, ecomerce and community manager
    Marketing consultant is also good response.

    We are pioneers and that is why we have this problem

    I am glad to know that I am not the only one with this problem.

    Different countries, same problems.

    It is a pleasure to meet everyone, I am at your disposal
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    • Profile picture of the author w13
      Originally Posted by Superw View Post

      Im from Madrid, Spain and i have this problem... Not be what to answer when I am asked which is my job.

      I have 3 answers...

      A / the person knows nothing about internet

      Business on the internet

      B / the person has between 35 and 50 years

      Online marketing

      C / the person knows the world of internet and social media

      Consultant seo, ecomerce and community manager
      Marketing consultant is also good response.

      We are pioneers and that is why we have this problem

      I am glad to know that I am not the only one with this problem.

      Different countries, same problems.

      It is a pleasure to meet everyone, I am at your disposal
      I agree with superw, that's good answer to explain your stuff to different people. I have that problem too. Superw answer give me some insight to answer that's hard question.
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  • Profile picture of the author Solarstone
    I only do this as a side hobby but I call it internet marketing. It's a broad term to cover practically everything related to what we do. If they ask what that is then I'd explain what exactly I do and the projects I'm currently involved with. Fortunately I'm only really doing limited things such as running my blog and compiling email lists right now.
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  • I try to be fairly vague.

    I'll usually tell them I have an online business. If they push further, I'll disclose that I work in writing and marketing.

    The toughest aspect for me is that I live in another country and it's difficult to explain that no, I'm not on vacation, but I'm also not "here" for work. People have trouble grasping the fact that I can live and work remotely from anywhere I choose.
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  • Profile picture of the author natashaamrin
    I always accept what is happens. I don't get upset at all.
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    The truth that I follow my dream and work on what I'm passionate of.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Clouser
    No one outside our community knows what a copywriter does, so I usually say "one man independent ad agency."
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  • Profile picture of the author ciptojunaedy
    I have the same problem :-P

    But I don't care what people think about me.

    When it's my old friends who ask, then I say "I'm unemployed.".

    Usually they just laugh. When they ask for more details, I say "I'm a blogger" or something like that.

    When they still ask, I explain everything, and usually they don't understand what I'm talking about and then like "Okay, whatever. I have no idea what you were talking about...lol"
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  • Profile picture of the author gordonwat
    I just tell them the truth, most people are fascinated by something they don't know about. Then that is when you ask them, how do they like their job. Then you explain what you do, and move on from their
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  • Profile picture of the author ZacharyProhodsky
    When it gets brought up, which I like to avoid, I ask them if they know the ads on youtube and other various social medias.. yeah well I put those up among other things. I am an internet marketer and proud.





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  • Profile picture of the author Mr Bill
    Originally Posted by yako View Post

    What do you say when people ask you what you do for a living?
    I smile, tell them "that's an interesting question" then ask them what made them ask it. I learned that once as a polite way of not answering a question you don't want to answer.

    Tell 'em your a Warrior for hire and give them a hard stare...lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Magaver90
    I'm glad someone brought up this issue because it affects me too. When someone asks what I do it can become very awkward because if I say to them I do internet marketing they almost instantly look down at me and think I'm either a deadbeat, unemployed or do some random thing on the web that earns me pennies. Its almost as if I can read their minds and hear them say "shame, what a loser".

    I have a college degree (and a good one ) but rather chose to challenge myself at being an entrepreneur and have been doing web marketing for 6 years and have been earning a steady income over that time. Its really tough and when it crashes and burns then I will get a real job.

    It does frustrate me, and I understand other people who voice their frustrations here because if I cannot tell someone I am a "software engineer" or "accountant" or "lawyer" or some other title which would imply a 9-5 job, then they think you're almost a lost cause (in my case). The reality though, is that I earn probably 3-4 times as much as I would If I had that 9-5 job. Being the person that I am, I would never say this to anyone.

    The bottom line though is that I don't really care but at the same time it's frustrating when people look down at you when in fact you are highly educated and earn more money than most people with high end university degrees with many years of experience in their jobs.

    People are very narrow minded and you just have to accept it.
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  • Profile picture of the author LostIt
    I tell them I develop and maintain websites from home. If they ask for more info I say I'm a webmaster and marketing consultant.

    And many people here in the countryside consider I'm jobless because they have no idea what I'm talking about and never see me carrying truckloads of heavy and dirty stuff around from dawn to sunset :p
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  • Profile picture of the author ariver
    I tell them I'm a serial entrepreneur. Set up different types of business. Tell them about the successful ones and the ones that failed. This time I'm trying internet marketing. People ask why? I love the challenge of something new
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  • Profile picture of the author Aurelijus
    Originally Posted by yako View Post

    OK, this might sound stupid to many of you, but I been confronting this issue a lot since I became an affiliate marketer and I would like to hear your point of view, experiences.

    As most of my income comes from various affiliate sources and not an individual 'traditional' company I am finding surprisingly hard to explain family/friends/people in general what I do, were does my money come from, how I can travel and keep getting money or how 'secure' my income is.

    Sometimes I would love to have something I can 'show' as most of the times when I say what I do people look down on me as if it has little or no merit, or as if it is something abstract and just luck which will go away eventually.

    Have you ever experienced something similar?
    Thanks a lot
    I believe this is so common among IM'ers.

    Best advice is: they will never understand, until you start living the lifestyle. Don't try to explain. Show.
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  • Profile picture of the author superiorwd
    I'm a web designer and still get stares, even if most people I know actually use the internet, so they kinda know what sites are. If they're still sporting 'that' look, I tell them I create websites like Facebook

    Anyway .. it's irrelevant what they think. As long as you are earning well and are pleased, who cares?
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    Tell people that you're a consultant. Consultants make recommendations for improvements.

    As an affiliate marketer, you recommend products and services to people who want to control their financial futures. tell people that sometimes you recommend a certain business venture and other times you recommend personal improvement products to your clients (subscribers).

    Say you also consult with clients (subscribers) through your daily newsletter.
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