“YOU CAN’T MAKE MONEY DOING THAT?!” AND OTHER JUDGMENT
Online entrepreneurs and Influencers feel judgment for their career choices all the time!
Before I started this blog I never considered online entrepreneurship to be a career option, though I quickly learned of its potential. Whether it’s through affiliate marketing, offering remote services as a virtual assistant or selling your own products, there are so many ways to turn what used to be seen as a hobby into a full-time job!
Despite this, making money online is often seen by some as not a “real job”.
“THAT’S SUCH A LAZY JOB. I WORK ON MY FEET ALL DAY!”
I’ve been lucky that my parents have kept their judgment to themselves when I declared that I am putting my museum career aspirations on hold while I explore the potential of this new online world (which I had labeled the black market of millennial opportunities because I didn’t know it existed until now).
My male roommates’ reactions, on the other hand, were less positive and supportive. Between one laughing at me if I mentioned how busy I am, to the other’s opinion that running an online business is “easy” (but at the same time telling me calling a blog a business is ridiculous and evidence of how stupid humans have become), I became very defensive about what I am trying to accomplish. The judgment was attacking my self-esteem and confidence.
WHEN DID CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND MAKING MONEY BECOME A BAD THING?
Sadly, online entrepreneurs, bloggers, and other creatives run into a lot of criticism – the opinion that what we are doing is not a “real job” – and that is not okay!
Many in the industry, including myself, have written about this judgment and how they experienced it:
- Check out Megan’s post on responding to “blogging isn’t a real job” and why it is so much more.
- Katie Davis writes on Huffington Post UK about the criticism she received as a mother supporting her daughter with a bloggers income in this post titled “Get Off Your Arse: Blogging Isn’t a Real Job!“
- Lianne, the creator of Anklebiters Adventures, shares her story of leaving her teaching job for blogging in “Oh You Are A Blogger? But That Isn’t Your Real Job, Is It?“
NO MORE JUDGMENT – ONLINE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS LEGITIMATE WORK!
Maybe it’s because we don’t follow the common mold of the 9-5 job. We have flexible hours, can work in our pajamas, have easy access to the fridge…Or is it that we sit in front of a laptop all day rather than on our feet?
Let me tell you, managing your own online business is a lot of work and I have only dipped my toe in the water.
Working for yourself, whether online or elsewhere, involves a lot of different skills: copywriting, graphic design, photography, marketing, accounting, data analysis, time management, sales, communication, drive, discipline, planning and so much more.
Most of my day revolves around my client’s Pinterest accounts. As a Pinterest Manager, I’m concerned about making sure their Tailwind queue is always full, they have new content to share, and their analytics are showing growth. In addition to managing my current clients’ needs, I’m also taking sales calls with potential new ones.
Behind the scenes I’m working on my personal branding and marketing services by writing for this blog, promoting my content on social media, planning new content, interacting with readers, bloggers and brands who could become future partners. Lastly, I’m always reading and taking courses so that I can grow as an online entrepreneur and one day scale my business.
My point is, on the outside, it might look like easy work but anyone who does this and earns a decent amount will tell you otherwise. And it’s well worth it!
ALL THIS CRITICISM IS COMING FROM IGNORANCE
Next time someone responds to your answer that you’re an “online entrepreneur” with condescending laughter or another impolite comment, just remind yourself that it is coming out of ignorance.
It takes gumption to leave a secure job in pursuit of freelance work. It also takes A LOT of hard work and dedication to growing your own business.
Self-employment isn’t for everyone – if you can do it, you enjoy it, and found success then that’s amazing. We need more support so let’s empower each other!