Why Bother Trying to Make Money Working Online?

by Tom McEwin on 17 February, 2010

Having money is generally a pretty good thing given it is an essential part of modern day life.

It really goes without saying that how much money a person has affects their lifestyle and the opportunities available to them. Those with little cash can experience incredible hardship.  But the desire for wealth goes beyond just avoiding poverty – to wanting to take advantage of the amazing opportunities that modern society has to offer.

More than Just Paying the Bills

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I’ve never been one to settle for just paying the bills – I’d much rather:

  • work towards owning my own home;
  • be financially free; and
  • travel the globe with my lovely wife.

Eventually I’ll even replace the 1991 Toyota Corolla that I have been driving since I was at university.  Developing an ability to make money working online is a means to help me achieve this.

I don’t think that money alone can buy happiness, because even with money people can still get the Blues.  But it sure helps.

Having lots of money has been blamed for causing a whole lot of trouble for some people, including rich celebrities, lottery winners, and the odd professional sports star.  However, I’d put this down more to poor use of money, and poor life choices, rather than anything inherently wrong with money itself.

In my mind, money is just a medium of exchange, so the real issue is how it gets treated and what people do with it.  Not only can it be used to pay the bills, but it also opens up great opportunities and lifestyle, depending on long and hard a person has to work to earn money.

Why Make Money Working Online Rather than Elsewhere?

There are plenty of ways to trade time for an income, so why make money working online?

I only have so much time and various other commitments, including a full time job. Therefore I need to ensure that I treat my time as a finite resource and use it as efficiently as possible.

One of the great things that the internet offers is leverage. Instead of exchanging a set amount of time for a set amount of cash, which is the standard deal an employee gets, the financial rewards from an internet business are limited not so much by the amount of time invested, but rather by how effective the methods are.

The other really cool thing about the internet is that recently some incredible opportunities have opened up courtesy of various social media websites, and the rise of Web 2.0.  The internet is also at the forefront of how technology affects daily life, so it is a pretty exciting thing to learn about.  Plus discovering how to make money working online seems like a great hobby.

© Tom McEwin
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Lina Nguyen February 17, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Hey Tom!

Congratulations on launching your blog and I’m thrilled to be the first one to comment (I am, aren’t I?). Looks like you’ve found something you’re pretty keen about. I like the stuff you like too. Although, I think a 1991 Ford Telstar would beat your Toyota Corolla… not to get too macho or anything.

Cool youtube to introduce the post with…

Keep this up. Hope to see what more you have up your sleeve.

Tom February 18, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Lina – you were first! If you think the Corolla is bad, you should see my tv – it is a relic from the mid 1980s, but it has its charms.

Jan – Seems like we have a similar financial mindset. I’m still figuring out precisely how to use CommentLuv too.

Colin & Lina – the song is an old favourite of mine, so glad you enjoyed.

Jan Littlehales February 18, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Great start to your blog Tom. Owning your own home (and maybe a few investment properties as well) – being financially free – and travelling the globe. Sounds like a great plan to me. Look forward to future posts.

Jan Littlehales February 18, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Hey Tom – the Comment Luv worked this time. Don’t you luv it!! Jan
.-= Jan Littlehales´s last blog ..Raising Great Kids – Reading =-.

Colin Schedler February 18, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Great post Tom – Liked the John Lee Hooker clip.

Colin
.-= Colin Schedler´s last blog ..Inspirational People – Tony Christiansen =-.

Cherie Rasmussen February 18, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Fantastic site Tom and really like your House Rent Boogie tune. Great peice of music.

I like goals and dreams as it makes me feel good whilst I am thinking of my future now, it also gives me purpose and direction in my life. Feeling good about this now and in the future is pretty cool. Especially whilst I am listening to the guitar rift in your song.

Will be sure to visit your site in the future. Thanks Tom.

Renee February 18, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Hi Tom,
congratulations to starting your blog. I know why I bother to trying to make money working online – because I want to create my income independent of location and staff. And I think the Internet is perfect for that :)

Keep it coming, I am looking forward to your next post!

Jazz Salinger February 18, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Hi Tom,
I love the Youtube clip. Very cool! I’ll be back to read more of your posts.
Jazz Salinger

Tom February 18, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Thanks for your comments, Cherie, Renee and Jazz.

Cherie – I agree it is great to have goals, otherwise it is easy to lose sight of things and get lost in routine.
Renee – Portable lifestyle sounds great, sign me up!
Jazz and Cherie – Glad you liked the tunes. It seems to have been a popular option, so I’ll see if I can tie in other related songs I like into future posts.

Eileen February 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Hi Tom,

So great to be reading your blog! I have recently been reading The 4 hour work week by Tim Ferris and you don’t even need to buy it! Just get it from your local library. Because you work full time, it might really help you.

I am a believer in working smart for your money, not hard. We have been raised to believe that we need to work hard to have what we want but that is a mindset. It is true that you may need to put in the hard yards at the start of a project but the idea would be to reap the rewards without continued hard work so you can enjoy that lifestyle you aspire to.

Regards, Eileen.
.-= Eileen´s last blog ..Natural honey =-.

Tom February 22, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Thanks Eileen. Funnily enough I was given a copy of the 4 hour work week for Christmas. I’ll have to make it next on my reading list.

I like your thinking! I agree that there is a lot of conditioning regarding the need to work hard to ‘earn’ money. A common belief seems to be that if there isn’t hard word involved then money hasn’t been rightfully earned. I think it is important to focus on the value created, rather than the effort expended.

This doesn’t mean that there won’t be hard work involved, particularly at the beginning. But hopefully things will get to a point where the same amount of effort isn’t required, and lifestyle (however it is described) can improve as a result.

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