There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether having a job, or going back to a job, is somehow selling out on the dream of building a network marketing company. There was a really wonderful discussion on Nicole Cooper‘s facebook page that led to her doing an indepth blog post on the topic. So definitely head over there and check it out.
Though after reading everyone’s thoughts, I decided I wanted to weigh in as well. You see, I have actually had a job outside of my online marketing stuff for the entire 3 years that I’ve been at it. Some people have asked me why i would want to keep working and there are actually a couple of answers to that question.
One of the biggest reasons is that making money online, especially with the affiliate model that I have done for the majority of my time, is sort of hit and miss. One month you may do really well and the next you may do next to nothing.
I prefer to know that even if my online stuff doesn’t pan out for the month, I am still able to pay my bills. Going without lights is not fun. I’ve done that and I don’t plan on ever doing it again!
Another reason is that I actually love what I do for a living, which definitely makes a huge difference. Now that wasn’t always the case. There was a point where I was working for AT&T as an operator and I hated ever second of it. I worked 40-48 hours a week, sometimes 10 days in a row, for a little more than 2 years. Not fun!
So I left that job for something that I actually do love and I haven’t looked back. What I do now as a post production manager with an event photography company is something that I’d probably be doing even if I was filty rich.
A Bit of Jim Rohn Wisdom
However, there is a reason that I recently heard while listening to a speech by Jim Rohn that I think is a fantastic way to look at it. He had this great quote that goes, “I’m working full-time on my job and part time on my fortune. But it won’t be long before I’m working full-time on my fortune.”
How awesome is that?
Going about building your business in this manner also gives you an amazing recruiting story. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who wants to hear about an extra $1000 full time, but people would love to hear about $1000 part time.
So by all means, work full time at your job and part time on your fortune. You’ll ensure stability in your life until you can say you’re working full time on your fortune. Happy Marketing!
P.S. Feel free to weigh in on the topic down in the comment section. I’d love to hear your take on it!