The Extra Costs to Be an Internet Entrepreneur

So, you think you can make money online? Opportunities run abound all over the world wide web, whether you want to earn your riches through Internet marketing, professional blogging, product development or whatever else may entice your enthusiasm. That’s all great and the Internet has this tremendous ability to be the universal equalizer. It doesn’t care if you’re old or young, a man or a woman, living in San Diego or Singapore.

In a post that I wrote some time back, I discussed some of the questions you might want to ask yourself before you quit your day job and pursue your online career on a full-time basis. Those questions still apply, of course, and while making money on the Internet offers limitless potential, there are some added costs you will need to consider that you may have taken for granted at your regular office job.

Health Insurance

If you have a pretty decent job with a pretty decent company, then there’s a good chance that you’ve been offered pretty decent health coverage. Your mileage will vary of course. At the very least, you should have some assurance that you won’t be evicted from your home should you face a medical emergency (and the accompanying bill).

When you’re in business for yourself, those costs fall on your shoulders. You don’t have the same kind of leverage with the health insurance company, because you are likely a business of one employee: you. Even so, you need to take care of yourself and your family, so suitable medical insurance is a must.

Hardware and Equipment

In a regular office, you can always turn to the IT guy and ask for a new keyboard if yours stops working. You can always walk down the hallway to use the photocopier. You can always ask the office manager if you can get a new chair. None of these costs come out of your pocket. As a dot com entrepreneur, all of these costs will come out of your pocket.

The good news is that making money on the Internet typically requires very little in terms of actual investment in hardware. You probably already have a decent enough computer, so you’ll just need to think about accessories and future upgrades. And you can write off these expenses too!


Software and Services

Related to the previous point, working for yourself means that you’ll also need to pay for any software or services that are necessary (or recommended) for running your business. Need an affiliate marketing tracking tool? Want to access the premium plan on a social media dashboard? Want to invest in some search engine optimization services? Need to hire a freelance writer to edit your blog posts?

These all cost money and they should all come into consideration as part of your overall cash flow calculations.


More likely than not, you already have an Internet connection at home. Depending on how you work, you may consider upgrading your home Internet service to something faster or with more bandwidth. And if you’ll be working from home, you may experience incremental increases in how much you spend on electricity, heat, water, gas and other similar utilities.

Retirement Savings

A good number of employers may offer some sort of contribution to your overall retirement plan. That’s not a part of your “regular” compensation. Employers may also contribute to your government retirement savings too. As a self-employed dot com mogul in the making, you lose that benefit.

Part of the unique irony, though, is that you may not be all that interested in saving for retirement anyway. After all, living the dot com lifestyle can really be like retiring early and simply doing what you love while you’re still young enough to enjoy it.

The point of today’s post was not to scare you away from the prospect of making money online as your primary source of income. The point was to help you recognize there are additional costs to absorb (many of which can be expensed) and the money you earn needs to take care of these costs before you can get paid.

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8 thoughts on “The Extra Costs to Be an Internet Entrepreneur”

  1. Hi,

    I agree with most of your reasons why people may want to think before
    they actually quit their comfortable day jobs to go into full time self employment online.

    Careful planning is a must first and foremost I agree before taking the plunge.

    But I also believe that some people could see this as a message that could cause
    them to OVERTHINK THIS.

    I mean you’ll know yourself that procrastination can be the number killer
    to people’s success.

    To those of you who saw this article as almost trying to put you off the idea
    of making it online, then please don’t see it that way.

    This article is very useful for putting you in the right mindset before you tell
    your boss to go and stick their job where the sun don’t shine.

    Read it again, take notes, make sure you cover yourself before taking the plunge.

    you won’t regret it.

    Prevention rather than CURE my friend’s!

    Take care,


  2. Rudy says:

    My dream is become an internetpreneur still a dream

  3. Plus, you have to think a lot about legal stuff and make sure you don’t break some rules
    or it’s going to cost you a lot

  4. Hi,
    It does make a difference.
    Thank you for this post.

  5. MotorBeam says:

    Online job isn’t easy when you are doing it on your own

  6. iesteam says:

    Dotcom life style is hard in many cases 🙂

  7. KamranS says:

    Well I think both have pros and crons!But It is not easy to be an enterpreneur

  8. Making money online is what everyone wants but no one considers the hard work that is required to earn online. There are many misconceptions prevailing. I agree with most of your points and also like to admit that making money online is a tough job which requires considerable effort from our side. I started blogging for fun but was very late to realize the monetizing power of internet. Thanks for your effort.

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