When I started this blog I thought I had an idea of how the near-future would play out. I get to play online, at my own rate, earning and boosting the houshold income while hubby goes to work and earns the background income to keep things going. Nice and comfortable. About a week ago we got news that my husband, Nathan,was likely going to get laid off his engineering job.
No more money coming in
Suddenly my $3000 wasn’t a really nice extra, but starting to look like it! I realized when I added up June’s extra $1000-$1500 (above what I guessed I’d earn) that it was significant. It was not the extra cash, but a trend and a indication of the speed one can add another $1000 to the monthly income. It also meant that I still had it when it came to picking keywords after May’s break on producing articles. It was also a indication you can override the summer lulls, though I am not quite sure when they happen, it’s certainly not July so far!
Looking for another job?
Even when he saw the writing on the wall the few days before I encouraged my husband to think about all the things he liked about his jobs he had done over the years, and all the stuff he didn’t want to deal with again. And try and think of some other job he could do.
We always figured he had to do the steady job then me with my excitable and easily bored nature could do the contract and entrepreneur stuff as a boost. Maybe I’d earn more than him, but maybe no benefits, steady work or reliable income. Anyway he couldn’t come up with anything except “shame sh*t different pile”.
Internet Business Mastery to the rescue
Next day I caught the Internet Business Mastery Podcast episodes 99 and episode 100 about working online, and freedom and having a plan for fulfillment, as well as realizing your self esteem makes you take what you are given. I realized I was limiting him and he was limiting himself. So I asked him, an avid podcast listener anyway, to download and listen to them for his 50 minute drive to work.
When he came home, I could tell be his expression and demeanor that he had listened to them. So it had started to percolate and he had already decided he was done with 9 to 5 as a long term way to feed, clothe and house ourselves.
Trainee Internet Marketer
So my hubby is in training and has already posted a number of Squidoo lenses that were outsourced, so we can get the monthly income quickly boosted to cover the minimum bills. Meantime we will learn about Kindle publishing, set up more Niche Amazon Blogs and he is interested in drop shipping as an income route eventually, to diversify further.
He is starting to learn all he can online, listening to Pat Flynn, and Chris Guthrie’s podcasts too, and now suddenly asks me questions like what exactly did Panda do and what is a tracking ID. After a year of living and breathing this myself, it is wierd to have a member of the household knowing what I am talking about, asking questions, listening and giving his feedback! He has always been supportive, but had no idea about Internet marketing except that it took hours to do and that I loved it!
I am going to set up a resources page for links and things that Nathan and anyone else who wants to get started online will find useful. Every time I need to send him something, I’ll post it there, then anyone else who needs them can use them too.
We have now heard officially about the layoff, but no idea when and if there is a severance pay. We could fight and try to make it work here, but are going to move house, downsize, sell the farm and vehicles and have decided to minimalize to an insane degree so we are free and not tied to debts.
We will still keep the chickens and grow our on food just a couple of acres. No more payments or interest, extra money will be put back in to grow our income. We’ll get the liabilities and assets down, and he won’t need to work anywhere outside the home. Between the two of us we can figure this out and make it work.
And as a bonus, I was thrilled on Squidoo payday, Friday 13th, to have earned nearly $500 more than I originally estimated. That couldn’t have been timed better! You have to love this online business.
I have 2 kindle books being outsourced right now, and have ideas for more after listening to Chris Guthrie’s podcast with Ty Cohen and joining the Webinar too.
The article outsourcing on Zerys ( affiliate link ) is slower I am noticing, more writers are taking vacation time I think. I am keeping at the keyword research for getting more Web 2.0 articles and e-books anyway, it takes a while to do and is always a good changce of pace. The Web 2.0 is what is working right now, so I have to do more of it.
I am starting to look to back-to-school and winter articles so I can be ready. I am really curious to see how traffic and earnings change over the year. July has been good for sales so far, higher than any month on average, not below $2000 a day but I do have a lot of summer product articles, so am expecting try and work around a lull.
This was a lot about us today, but it may help you see where we are headed and why. We plan to share what we learn, but the most important things is being certain that you will succeed. It’s not a matter of if but when.