Self-Employed or Business Owner?

Whenever people asked what I am doing for a living, I will always tell them I am a self-employed doing online marketing.

If you have read Robert Kiyosaki’s Cash Flow Quadrant on ESBI, you will know that he defines a self-employed as a person who earns an income by working for themselves – they own the jobs. In other words, if the self-employed person doesn’t work, he doesn’t get his income. He is still trading his time for money.

So, am I really “self-employed”? The answer is no.

I went to Malaysia (road trip to Penang and Ipoh) for 4 days, 27th-30th May. For the full four days, I did not bring my laptop and I virtually had no access to the internet. I only checked my emails for 10 min using the hotel’s free wi-fi for the whole trip. That’s it. Basically, I just relaxed and enjoy the whole trip through out without doing any “work”.

However during the four days, my income still roll in. I still get paid. I am glad that I don’t trade my time for money. So, I am running a business in actual fact. Even, when I am not around physically, the business still runs… the money still come in.

My websites are there 24/7. I don’t have to be around. The income is passive.

But let me make it clear. My internet business and the passive income don’t happen overnight. I have been building and working on it for the past 4.5 years.  I am just enjoying my fruits of labour now.

I enjoy doing internet marketing. I love what I am doing. I will continue what  I am doing. 🙂

3 replies
  1. Alex
    Alex says:

    @yara: I am sure you can. I am just a very normal average guy. You just have to start somewhere. 🙂

  2. Aaron
    Aaron says:

    I totally know what you mean.

    Been dabbling in internet marking since…wah I dunno…2002?

    But then had my first breakthrough March 2011. Since that time, I’ve become financially independent (not free yet).

    Best part was one of my affiliate programs would send a email with the headline ‘Cha-Ching! You earned a commission!’ when a sale is made.

    Damn shiok to read that when you’re at a hotel room overseas!

    (Please delete previous post)

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