The Goal of Every Internet Business

Well it appears that I’ve taken most of the summer off from this blog, but since yesterday was the first day of fall, I guess it’s as good a time as any to get this thing rolling once more.

One of the great thing about owning your own business it the ability to determine your own schedule. One of the really great things about having an internet based business is the ability to work from anywhere. One of the incredibly great things about certain types of internet businesses is the ability to not have to work on them at all for long stretches of time. This is definitely the goal for all my projects; long term sustainability without effort on my part.

I’m happy to say that at this point a substantial portion of my income is in fact mostly automated (not terribly diversified though – but that’s another story).

So, August 1st, my wife and I went on a road trip.

We took a few weeks and headed south to checkout a bunch of the national parks around Utah, Arizona and Colorado. We saw some amazing things: I think Arches National Park was my favorite, though Antelope Canyon and Yellowstone were pretty cool as well. We had a great time and it was great to just forget about work for a few weeks. I was even remarkably good – I had my laptop along (we were using it for GPS navigation) and although I did check emails more or less each day (whenever we had free wifi at a campground) I limited myself to personal mails. I highly recommend doing this if you can – just leave the grind behind. (but NOT the coffee!! =)

When we got home we somehow got into a renovating mood, so we took a week and repainted a huge part of the inside of our house, as well as throwing up some crown molding. After that it was back to work for a few days then we went camping on Vancouver Island for a few days.

All told, I must have taken at least a month off work, and I’m happy to say I still got a paycheck after all that.

Isn’t that the goal of an internet-based business? It is for me.

Anyways, now I’m back at it, thinking about which direction I’m going to take this fall. I’m a little torn between developing new PPC-affiliate campaigns, creating some new products, and pursuing local business clients. At this point there’s a little bit of everything going on, but I know that’s not a very efficient way to approach it.

Anyways, for this blog at least, I’m thinking of broadening the scope a bit more. Recently I purchased a Mac (I’ll review it here in a few weeks hopefully) so I’ve been going through the process of switching over and learning a new way of doing things. What fun ={. In the course of doing that and some other things I’ve been working on, I’ve been running into a lot of problems I’ve needed to solve and haven’t found great answers for online. So I’m thinking if I have time I’ll try to post on some of those things and hopefully help some others get past those things quicker than I did.

Argh – anyone figured out streaming flv through S3 yet? That’s my current one…

Anyways, welcome back to me and you – talk soon!

3 Responses to The Goal of Every Internet Business
  1. Jeff Bode
    September 25, 2009 | 1:26 pm

    Hey John

    Like you I’m working on diversifying my niches and automating my internet marketing, I’m currently creating an automated content generation and backlink generated blog for one of my niche sites and a full autoresponder series for another niche.

    I look forward to new post from you,

    Jeff Bode

  2. Aaron El-Ghaoui
    November 6, 2009 | 7:42 pm

    What I like about internet business is the ability to work from virtually anywhere in the anytime I choose :-)

  3. Dexter
    November 27, 2009 | 3:24 pm

    An internet business could be located anywhere and yet could be found by the world..

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