In recent years we have seen a real boom in the amount of people who are looking to the internet as a way of making their salary. I have been working online for just over a year, ever since my friend Abhishek Gattani showed me the light. This work, on the face of it, seems like the perfect way to earn a living, and in many cases it really is. This is not to say however that the online game is not without its disadvantages, it often can be, so today we are going to take a look at both the pros, and the cons of making a living online.
My view of this kind of work is that the pros outweigh the cons, and here are the biggest benefit in my opinion, of making a living online.
– Location Freedom
As long as I have my laptop and an internet connection, I can work from anywhere in the world, and I very often take advantage of this fact. Whether I am on a beach in Rio, an airport in Switzerland or a mountain lodge in the United States, as long as I have the internet, I am good to go wherever I choose.
– No Commute
If I so wish, I could stay in my bed all day long and never get dressed, and still get my work done, I love the additional time that this kind of job gives me. I used to hate the daily commute too and so this is the perfect job for me, and one which gives me my time back.
Ultimate this method of making a living offers you plenty of flexibility, you no longer need to ask your boss for time off, you don’t need to put holidays in and you can finish early if you so wish.
Many people don’t like to discuss the disadvantages which this kind of work has, but I think it’s better to give a full picture.
Most people who work online are not salaried and they run the risk each month of earning nothing. Naturally you can be smart about this when it comes to savings and ‘making hay whilst the sun shines’ but there could always be dry months, and you’ll rarely see them coming.
One of the few things that I miss about the job which I had in the past, is the interaction with other colleagues, chatting about the daily events, family, friends, gossip etc. Working from home means that I have to go out there and find ways to connect with people whereas in the past, this would happen automatically in your place of work.
These cons aren’t enough for me to wish to go back to get a ‘normal job’ but the can present difficulties with this kind of lifestyle choice. I wouldn’t change what I do for the world, and I am sure that you would say exactly the same in my shoes.