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The loneliness of affiliate marketing

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sirmatts
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The loneliness of affiliate marketing

The loneliness of the daily affiliate grind without colleagues is something that has been bothering me quite a bit lately. I guess it might boil down to how social you are but I used to love to talk "trash" with colleagues when I had a standard 9-5 job. This is quite impossible with affiliate marketing if you are not yet in the position where you have several in-house people hired. I would estimate that to be a extremely rare option for any affiliate marketer.

You can obviously compensate that with going out more in the evenings but it does not compensate up the factor of meeting colleagues in a 9 to 5 job. I don´t think it is good/healthy for any person to work alone over time either, as long as you not hate other people and hate to be social :). Even if you still have hired people all over the globe, that you never meet or almost never will meet.

What´s your take on this? id like a discussion on this subject :)
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That's what most people think, but the fact is you will be able to make more friends IF you want to, no matter what kind of work you are doing... workplaces are not the only places to make new friends.

Also you should ask yourself whether do you still keep in touch with those colleagues you used to talk trash with? If no, then they probably don't mean much either... Some people feel that they have a lot of friends when they go to social balls and events planned by their companies, but actually it is not always the case.

Plus due to the nature of human beings, there are often office politics behind the scene and you don't really know everybody's true colors... Most people who work a 9 to 5 job are VERY negative and complain about every single thing whole day, and I for sure would not want to associate with these people a lot.

There are so many places outside of work to make new friends, you could take a language class, take a dancing or singing class, etc etc
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kakaboo wrote:That's what most people think, but the fact is you will be able to make more friends IF you want to, no matter what kind of work you are doing... workplaces are not the only places to make new friends.


This is obviously true and I agree with it. But I did not only mean meeting new people in this case, I did also mean the daily "chat" every hour in a workspace... Well you can do it obviously on Skype but it's not same thing :)

Also you should ask yourself whether do you still keep in touch with those colleagues you used to talk trash with? If no, then they probably don't mean much either... Some people feel that they have a lot of friends when they go to social balls and events planned by their companies, but actually it is not always the case.


Considering my last job was abroad I do keep in touch with quite a few of them even if they are from other countries. And about Social balls I Do agree with this. And in a workspace environment it can become quite a competition if everyone is looking after each other so they can get the "next great position" available.


Then the next Idea that could be brought in to the Discussion.

Once you get your business running really well IE a lot of work done by outsourcing you should be able to get more free time. Then you might run into the next bump in the road. Let's say you want to go golfing in middle of the day. That can become quite tough if your friends is not successful affiliate marketers as well or do not have some other type of "none regular" job.

I love to get more free time instead of the daily work grind don´t get me wrong. But what I mean here is that the value of free time decrease significantly if you do not have other friends available to share your time and interests with.(in middle of the day i mean here not in evenings).
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I quite agree with sirmatts.
I am a social person and even though not everyone I socialize with is a "good friend" I still have a lot of fun with them especially thrash talking.

I was never one to hate my jobs when I was in the 9-5 routine. I always loved work because I was out and having fun while doing it. The reason I started affiliate marketing was because I knew it was a better profession to be in in terms of money being made, no need of having huge finances to be able to start, etc.
So yes, I get very bored working from home all day... Even though it does give "me" the independence to work my own hours and not be tied up, I often find that none of my friends can hang out with me because they don't have the independence I do...

Everything has a positive and a negative though and I feel working from home does a lot more good for me than bad. What keeps me going is the hope that I will be able to make it big enough to need others to do the legwork for me... and when I do, i'll prolly opt for an office and in house staff rather than outsourcing to people I can't really socialize with.
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I guess it just depends on what you are doing. although i have more free time now, I am usually using it to expand my business, work on new projects and do more things. For example, right now, i have most of what I need to do being done by others. I would get bored sitting around doing nothing, so I am working on creating a product.

Honestly, I still work just as much, I just have time to work on different things. I guess it depends on how much you really want out of your business. I could kick back, and go play, but I would rather work on expanding my business and reaching more and more people.
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While it might not be easy to find others with free time in the middle of the day, it is a worthy goal. Look outside of your industry, you don't necessarily have to mix business with pleasure, join clubs, and do things that interest you. You will meet people from all kinds of backgrounds, people that sold their businesses, people in real estate, professional athletes, actors, musicians... Don't limit yourself to your industry. Grow.
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A few of my friends here know that I have a casual job on Saturday mornings.
I don't do it because I need the money, I do it because I need the interaction with people and it is healthy for me to get up out of my chair and move around and meet new people.
The guys I work with on Saturdays are pretty fun to be with for a few hours.
I think if you do not have this outlet then you could volunteer some time to a local charity or join a local mastermind group or even go to local business meetings where business people meet up and have a chat.
I am sure if people put their minds to it there would be heaps of opportunities to get out and about.

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True Troy. ALso, you can work anywhere thats the fun of it. I like to go to a local cafe and work some days just to get out. I meet all kinds of people, some of whom become clients or are interested in one of my websites, so I am always glad to send someone there.
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Get a few of or local friends to join you or teach someone locally to help
Start your own 9 to 5 talk "trash" with colleagues
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I understand that the whole IM lifestyle is lonely, especially when you want to 'talk shop' with people, but in some cases that also works as an advantage because you miss a lot of the BS.

As for building relationships outside IM - like most things in life you have to make the effort to make it work for you. If this means that you have to get out and find groups or people that interest you then so be it. See it as a part of the 'sacrifice' that comes with the rewards.
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I'm pretty new to the affiliate marketing scene so I've just been reading all the great info here. But I have been an online trader for several years and so I have experience with this adjustment from the everyday work scene. It's harder for some people than others I know. One of the things I did was buy a laundromat. It gives you a flexible schedule, more so than most businesses. It gives you the opportunity to interact with people on a regular basis, and many of our regulars are quite interesting people. I find it fun because I don't depend on it for my income so I don't sweat the small stuff. We have the opportunity to do community service projects and other creative events. I'm sure there are other business ideas that you could use the same way this is just one that worked for me.
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From one hand yeah, you meet with much less people but working for yourself and working from home has plenty of advantages too. No one tells you what to do - you are your own boss, you work in more comfortable and friendly environment, no need to rush and so on. Some people also prefer loneliness. But of course some contact with others is necessary for a healthy mind.
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