I'm pretty much in a situation, work wise, where I really really want to earn a livelihood independently working online, being an independent contractor.
Problem is that my education is severely inadequate, I don't have a college education, and really have no plans of ever getting a college degree. My skills are somewhat limited too, but I'm smart, and I'm really trying to find a way to make this happen. I don't need much money. Really, I could get by on 12 dollars an hour. I don't have expensive tastes, but I tell you one thing, I hate being a wage slave, doing work I hate in environments I hate, and really at this point, all I'm qualified for is retail, entry level office work, and call centers, and I hate talking on the phone, so that's way out of the question.
I'm a freedom loving person, and the way I see it, if I'm going to be making low wages, I'd rather do it online, in my own time. You know, it is so much more satisfying to me, being completely independent, but the key is finding a reliable source of freelance income that will consistently pay the bills.
Anyway, I'm on a quest to make a living online, and realize after ten years of blogging, that I'm really not in the business of making a living off of blogging either. I like the freedom of this being a personal diary shared with the world, blogging only when I feel like it, and not feeling pressured to craft each post into a money maker. I don't want that. I actually enjoy the rather small audience, and the low expectations, that this doesn't really matter, and so I can do whatever I want, and it's okay.
Okay, as you can see the banner ads have been long gone. But still, I figure, a few unobtrusive links to products I actually use and believe in is not a bad idea, that if you click on them, sign up for the service (if applicable), or buy a product, it will grant me a small affiliate commission, I might as well do it. I see no harm done. Like I said these are products I actually really believe in, use and love, and have my full endorsement.
So just to warn you, no this is not going to become a how to make money online blog, whose sole purpose is to get you to click a link to make me money. No, this blog will remain as it is, being a record of my life and a collection of my philosophical insights, but I'm planning on putting up a few posts over the next few days reviewing products that I believe in, which will be linked to in the sidebar. There's a couple there right now, but those are just direct links to their Amazon product listing page. There will be some actual reviews coming soon, and will also list some of the ways I've successfully made money online over the last two months.
This is an entirely new experience for me, well the first time since I won money playing poker online nearly ten years ago, that I've finally found a way to consistently make money online. I'm very excited about it, and no it's not enough to pay the rent, not yet, but it's enough to buy the groceries, and a few luxuries too, so that's always a plus. You've got to start somewhere, and I'm learning from trial and error what works and what doesn't.
I've got a small taste for it, I just have to figure out how to expand it into a full-time income, because really I realize this is where I need to be to be my ultimate best, freelance, independent, work from home, a cyber nomad, where all I need is a laptop and an internet connection, and I can earn a living anywhere in the world, that's what I want.
So stay tuned for that. I'll be posting more soon.