You Don’t Have To Work Steady To Make Money

Yesterday I went out to brunch with Cassie and her family. The two of us then drove up to Lansing to visit Cassie’s friend Keara for a little while, after which we continued north to Alma College. We met Cassie’s friend Laura at a pub before we went to see Ben Folds live in the college gymnasium.

At the end of the day, I checked the day’s earnings. Although it’s true that I didn’t earn anything close to what I spent (the daily total earnings were less than $10), it was exciting to see how I’m now able to earn money during the times when I’m out having fun.

This is the beauty of earning “passive income” using the Internet. Once the money generating systems are in place, every moment from then on has the potential to be a money making opportunity. As the creator of a content driven website, the only thing required of me is to continue creating new content as I become inspired, and the money simply shows up in my bank account. Read on to see how I did it.

One problem I’ve always had with working a “real job” is that there’s no immediate advantage to working harder. In practically every position I’ve ever held, it wouldn’t have mattered if I worked to the bone or did next to nothing — I would earn the same per hour regardless.

A large majority of the people I’ve worked with were comfortable with this. Come to think of it, they probably wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, if they can make $10 per hour for eight hours a day, spending the entire day doing the very minimum amount of work required, then why wouldn’t they do everything possible to get away with it?

I never fit in at these “real jobs” because my innate work ethic kept me from slacking off. I would do my best work at all times, and I occasionally did more work than required. Later, when it came time to claim the reward for my hard work, instead of getting the pay raise I felt entitled to, I was given some silly explanation why I couldn’t receive a raise yet.

Continuing to work for organizations who promised a raise was “coming up soon” normally proved to be a waste of time. In most cases, the stance on giving me a raise wouldn’t change, but the silly explanations why I wasn’t receiving one often would. Consequently, I would spend another few months investing more hard but unappreciated work, and still gain nothing tangible as a result of my efforts.

Determined to earn a salary directly related to how hard I worked, I considered earning commission in sales. With the understanding, however, that I would not be comfortable participating in a cutthroat competition with other salesmen, I looked beyond the concept of commission and began researching “passive income.”

The idea of earning income passively made every other method seem stupid by comparison. Think about it — why should you limit yourself to earning money only when you’re working? What should stop you from earning money while you’re out to dinner with your significant other, or while you’re on a day trip, or even while you’re sleeping?

This week, I’ll be writing a series of articles that discuss how I came to create this site, from its original concept to finished product. If you have the desire to live a life where you’re basically being paid to exist, and want to enjoy the freedoms that such a lifestyle permits, then I encourage you to check out my series: How To Automate Your Income Online.

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3 Responses to “You Don’t Have To Work Steady To Make Money”

#1 Lauren on 16, Apr, 2007 at 9:22 pm

I’m glad I could help – I found a link through the ads to something that really interested me… so it was beneficial to us both. 🙂

#2 Helen on 16, Apr, 2007 at 9:24 pm

I often wondered how online bloggers can make money, besides the obvious means, of course. Guess I’ll find out more this week. 😉

#3 Levi on 13, Jun, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Isn’t there something ironic about all the websites that get rich from content generation are sites that talk about how to get rich with content-generated websites?

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