When you’re an internet marketer, you’ll find that very few people understand what you do, or what the challenges involved in that are. To them, you are someone who sits at home on their computer all day – and that can’t be that hard, surely?
Of course, we know better!
Being an internet marketer can in fact be very challenging and sitting at home is in fact part of that challenge.
In this post, we’ll look at some of the challenges – some funny, some frustrating – and maybe feel a little less alone in our plight!
People Wanting Things From You
You work from home and so the assumption is that you don’t really do anything, or that you’re free during the day to run errands, to chat to friends or to meet up when someone has a day off.
You’re that friend that is ‘always around’.
Except what we know, is that even a minor interruption to your workflow can write off an entire day, leading to a much more stressful tomorrow!
Getting a Complaint at 10pm
It’s 10pm and you’re out drinking with friends, having a laugh and a good time.
Then your phone vibrates, you pull it out your pocket, and you find out that it’s a client who is not happy that they’re not at the top of Google yet.
This is pretty much always going to ruin your night, which is why it’s so important to have separate work and ‘fun’ accounts on your phone!
Doing Work That is Absolutely Dumb
You know the old saying that ‘the customer knows best’?
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There’s another saying: a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.
That one is much more applicable here.
There’s something very soul destroying about writing an article and absolutely stuffing it with keywords, all because the client thinks that’s still the best way to impress Google! Those days are gone for good!!
Starting Work at 12pm
Sometimes the freedom of being a self-employed digital marketer is great.
Other times, it means that you don’t start doing anything productive until it’s 12pm because you’ve become distracted by Angry Birds, your cat, or something else entirely.
This is also the same day you’ll no doubt finish work at 12am or later.
And it’s the day when you end up feeling hot, super frustrated and with a headache because you haven’t left the one room (except to run to the toilet) or spoken to anyone in hours…
Doing a Job That No One Understands
This in itself is one of the challenges that comes from being an internet marketer.
It can be rather lonely. Your family does not understand how and why you sit in front of that screen all day (and sometimes nights).
When you’re doing jobs for your customers and you have a deadline, like if your main income comes from doing Transcriptions.
You must adhere to that deadline and quickly running to the shop or having a chat on the phone which can make you lose an hour, does not move your deadline. Your deadline stays the same – more stress on you!
People can’t understand that because you’re at home, you should be relaxed. It’s not like you’ve got a real job, right? Boy couldn’t they be more wrong.
Sometimes their jobs looks a lot less stressful because they work from nine to five and that’s it, they’re done. If your work is not done, you have to finish even if it means working until 2 a.m.
It’s a real job
Once I tried to help someone looking for a job by showing them what I do and how I make money online.
Would you like to know what the feedback was?
Of course you would.
They said I must get a real job 😆
This is a real job and most of the time, I think we internet marketers work harder than any other person.
Sure, it feels kind of cool having a job that no one quite understands… but it’s also a way to ensure that you never get to share your fun anecdotes with anyone. Except through articles online, that is!
What do you think? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.
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