Now we all have our reasons for attempting to make a living online. For some it’s just to show they can, and to give themselves some self satisfaction. For others it is a way of generating some extra income to allow for some of the finer things in life, or just to pay for a holiday.
However, there is a more urgent and pressing reason that we all may wish to join the ranks of people who, every day, are making good to very good money on the internet – and making this money whilst asleep at night, whilst shopping, on holiday, in fact making this income 24/7.
This is the true story of my Partner and Lovely wife Nicola (Griff).
None of us know what life has in store for us, we may be in the normal 9-5 job and even have a fantastic career and may be earning more than the vast majority of the population. But what happens if we fall ill or have a major accident? Usually the employer will pay our salary for the first six months, after that our income is usually reduced, we may even lose our job if this goes on for too long.
If we are self employed the outcome can be much bleaker as we will lose all income immediately, unless we have been paying for expensive loss of earnings insurance cover.
So why am I telling you all this?
Well, I am a self employed online marketer and my partner Griff is a self employed Hypnotherapist. We both earn reasonable money but also have high overhead costs and also live up to this income and have not saved a vast amount over the years.
Now I have always wanted to Make Money Online, but until recently have put off doing what is required and have found reasons to procrastinate and put off till later what needed to be done.
Only a few months ago I decided the time was long overdue to take action and really move my desire to join the ranks of the online entrepreneurs into reality rather than sit on the fence for another year. I joined one of the best companies out there ( Empower Network )
Funny how things happen for the best sometimes.
As you will see from below, if I had not made this decision I wonder how we would have coped, as last month I was able to pay the rent on our joint office when Griff got taken ill.
Internet Marketing/Online Marketing has become the safety net that I did not even know I required. Most of us think that all will be well and we will not fall ill or have an accident – we put our heads in the sand.
Having an Online Income not only can give us a better lifestyle and allow us the freedom to do as we wish whilst still making a living, but it can be our lifeline and can protect us and our family and our way of life if the unthinkable happens and we can’t work to create the normal income provided by the 9-5 job or even our self employed work.
Recently this has been brought home hard to me: my partner Griff had fallen ill and over half our income literally dried up overnight.
She is it seems getting better slowly and we hope she will be fighting fit again within a short period.
Her story is below – it’s food for thought.
Hitting a big brick wall
by griffsmoney | on August 23, 2013
Well a little time has passed since I did my blog. There I was, merrily trundling along, when all of a sudden this massive (and I mean massive) wall decided to arrive right in front of me.
Walls can take all forms you know, bricks, marble, glass etc. But this one was a health wall. Some of you may have come across them? Sometimes you can see them coming and sometimes they just arrive out of thin air. This one I could sort of see coming as hadn’t been feeling well for a while, but it was the sort that floated for a while before descending and one day my immune system decided that it didn’t like my red blood cells and so started killing them off at a rate of knots.
This meant that all of a sudden I had extreme fatigue, enough to really stop everything in it’s tracks. I’m a self-employed hypnotherapist seeing 25 clients a week, I was a Trustee in a hypnotherapy organisation and I had interests in a couple of other businesses too. I enjoy writing so had also just started up this blog with a view to expanding it into internet marketing for my retirement – I always like long-term plans!!
Anyway, to cut a complicated story short, I got diagnosed with severe Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia and being in the UK, the NHS swung mightily into action. I took a call at 4.15 on the Friday afternoon to say could I get myself down to the surgery before 5pm when they closed. On arriving I was handed packets of steroid tablets, plus stomach calming tablets in order to take the steroids plus a few other tablets. As a type 2 Diabetic, I went from taking 4 tablets a day up to 19 as they wanted me to take TWELVE steroid tablets in one go each day over the weekend and had booked me in to see an Oncology specialist at 8.30am on Monday. Luckily he’d had a cancellation otherwise not sure when we’d have got to see him.
Now we’re the early hours of the following Friday morning. The sleep pattern has gone out of the window given I’m lying on the sofa watching daytime TV most of the time (boring)! There are small signs of recovery, I don’t feel as though I’m going to die of a heart attack when I climb the stairs, the throbbing pain down my left arm has gone, I’m still out of breath but not as badly and my partner even took me out with the dogs for a short walk today – freedom, even if only for 10 minutes rather than the hour or two we’d usually take!
I’ve taken drastic action in stepping back from the hypnotherapy association, I’ve quit one of the practices I worked at and changed another clinic from pre-booked half day sessions to adhoc pay-as-you-go hours as and when I can do them (which I can’t yet but I will do in a few weeks time – hopefully). The third practice is my own, so I’ve honed everything down so that when I return to work it’ll all be from that one centre. Interestingly, I’d been thinking of quitting the first practice for a year and it just proves that when the chips are down you can act rather than procrastinate! If only we could all act rather than procrastinate, I wonder how different our worlds would be?
If we stopped wasting time and just got on with stuff, what would change?
Yes we might make more mistakes but consider what Richard Branson says:
“One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes”.
I can tell I’m getting better though because my brain is slowly coming back into gear and for the first time in over two weeks I’ve been able to tap away at the keyboard to write this. There has been frustration that I haven’t been able to type creatively, but because of my profession as a hypnotherapist/psychotherapist, I understood why: the brain was in fight, flight or freeze response, so in my case it wouldn’t allow energy to be diverted to the creative writing.
I’m not totally sure what the future holds health-wise, I’ve got a bone marrow test on Tuesday to rule out a nightmare situation, I’ll be on steroids for a good few weeks, possibly longer, and the side effects of those have possibly to kick in yet. However, there is a definite up side to all this – it’s made me take action with regard to my life and I’m now more determined to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. By the finer things, I don’t mean cars and houses (though I will enjoy those), but not having to work all hours, to be able to take some time to walk along a beach with the dogs or have a leisurely lunch with Dave, my partner.
The moral of this story so far? Recognise when you absolutely can’t do something and look forward to when you can do it. I’m feeling quite emotional as I finish this particular blog that I CAN now write again. All the way through this short and choppy health journey I knew that I’d be able to sit down and write again, it was just a matter of pacing myself and waiting for the right moment.
Onwards and upwards then – see you at the next blog!
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