Almost ten years ago, I decided to ditch my day job and decided
to work from home. My job back then was stressful, and on top of
that, the long working hours meant not being to spend a lot of
time with my family. Then again, I also wanted to make sure that
I would be able to provide for them.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make money online
making the opportunity to work from home not impossible at all.
The first job I took on the Internet
was to provide administrative
support to an online marketing
company. My tasks included
creating content for client's
websites, conducting research,
replying to e-mails, and complete
various assignments. Pay was
almost the same as my previous
job, but interestingly I had more money at the end of the month
as a content writer. The savings came from not having to pay for
fuel, transportation and other incidental expenses.
During my employment a virtual assistant I came across different
online marketing methods. Eventually, this familiarity developed
into interest, and I signed up for seminars and took supplemental
courses to learn the industrys best practices with the intent of
starting an online marketing firm and be my own boss.
I teamed up with my wife who knows how to create and design
websites so we can offer both Internet marketing and website
set-up services. We provided total outsourcing, and our clients
appreciated the convenience of getting our services. We put up
our own website and used optimization strategies to make it
more visible online. To build our portfolio, we decided to offer our
services to non-profit organizations and bloggers first. Eventually
our customer base expanded and we now cater to businesses
from various sectors. Our first headquarters was an underutilized
detached garage in our property. This allowed us to save on
capital and overhead costs during the companys infancy.
Business was good, and we are now
able to afford renting an office space
downtown. To accommodate the
growing number of orders, my wife and
I made the decision to hire additional
staff. We wanted to give other people
the ability to make money online from
their own homes, so majority of our
staff do tele-work.
This kind of business requires good communication skills, as well
as patience and creativity in bountiful measure. You also have to
be systematic in dealing with projects in order to meet deadlines.
It also requires a good eye to notice errors and quickly
troubleshooting them. Open-mindedness is also important since
the industry continues to evolve.
Starting an Internet marketing company has
its own share of risks. For one, there is that
possibility of you not meeting your
customer's needs or preferences. Security
risks, like virus and hacker attacks, can also
disrupt business operations which can lead to
loss in client confidence and consequently revenues. However,
these risks are not entirely unmanageable. The company is now a
decade old, and it provides a steady and substantial income
stream for me and my family. Without a doubt, being a stay-at-
home dad is very rewarding on so many levels.