Friday, May 24, 2013

Why I Quit Being a Freelancer

I used to make money by being a freelancer for a while, doing a small task on Fiverr. Even though I was already promoting affiliate products, I needed more money. I knew that Fiverr wouldn’t make me rich, but I kept on going. I just made almost $300 and the gig gave me headaches, so after that I decided to quit and focused more on being a real affiliate marketer.

I’ve read Rich Scheffren’s manifestos, Tim Ferriss’ 4-hour workweek, online articles, watched webinars, and listened to interviews. They all told me not to do all things myself. Tim Ferriss’ book even reminded me that I should learn to command, instead of being commanded.

But still, I did everything myself and I was still being commanded as a freelancer.

It was not until I read Seth Godin’s Linchpin when I started to take action.

I realized that I was not a linchpin. I was not indispensable, I was easily replaceable. I was being mediocre, and I gave up my freedom in exchange of being told what to do.

Every time I did everything myself, or every time I let someone tell me what to do as a freelancer, I lost. I acted like a factory worker, instead of a real affiliate marketer.

As a freelancer, I used to do things just to make some money. That’s why I was not an “artist”. An artist should never do something just to make money, but to give gifts as well.

Of course I want to make money online as an Internet marketer, but it’s not my only purpose. Now I choose to be an artist and make a difference with what I do best, which is Internet marketing itself.

Choose to do the important work. Just as what Seth Godin says,
“Art is what we’re doing when we do our best work.”

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