What Does Making Money Online Mean To You?

I was supposed to fly home from BlogWorld Expo on Thursday but bad weather and an incompetent flight crew forced its cancellation. I didn’t enjoy being stuck on the tarmac for six hours waiting for takeoff. However, not taking off after waiting for six hours was a real epic fail. To make matters worst, all the direct flights the following day were sold out because of the US Memorial Day weekend.

In the end, I had to wait until today (Sunday) to fly home. This doubled the length of my New York trip. While I would have preferred flying home on Thursday, the fact that I make my money online means the trip extension doesn’t have any effect on me financially. I can just as easily run my online business from a hotel in New York as I can from my office at home. All I need is Internet access and a web browser.

Making Money Online Means Freedom

For me, making money online means freedom. I am not locked down to single location and I’m able to make money no matter where I am in the world. This is the Internet’s greatest advantage. Right now, I’m writing this blog post from JFK airport but I could just as easily write it from from anywhere, like a plane, or a train, or an automobile.

What does making money online mean to you? Please post your answer in the comments. I might have a prize for commentator who writes the best answer.

97 thoughts on “What Does Making Money Online Mean To You?”

  1. Making money online means headaches!!! LOL

    At least at first. You always have to be accountable and there.

    Until you can hire people to be there for you.

    1. Brian McVay says:

      Not if you are John Chow.
      He goes anywhere and makes money, And ENJOYS what he does.

      I wish I was able to take extended trips, I will get there one day.

      1. I have to agree with you on that one, but trips abroad arent always nice if you have to leave you family home.

    2. It means freedom, plain and simple.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        I agree it means freedom. One of my goals is to replicate the income from my job with my online marketing income. Once I do that, I still want to work in my job because I love it. However, the replicated income will give me complete freedom and peace of mind should my situation ever change! 🙂

      2. Louie Sison says:

        Amen to Penny! It’s my ultimate goal as of this writing.

      3. Yeah Penny it is so simple..

    3. Thats a point but at least you can do it from anywhere with a connection 😉

    4. Jayrweblog says:

      Definitely! Even a new blogger will spend a lot of time to earn a little penny.

      1. Not necessarily, you just have to work smart.

    5. @Carl

      Simply start online business when you are on full time service. Keep working on your online business when its matured enough than involve with it for full time.

      Believe me its always great and you will love the freedom.

    6. It’s a lot better than working for someone else, that’s a HUGE headache.

    7. Make Money says:

      Lots of headaches but also the freedom to relax from the headaches whenever you choose!

  2. Making money online means freedom from the rat-race and the 9 to 5 lifestyle. It means freedom and flexibility and to work when I am inspired to do so, as opposed to when a bovine master tells me to.

    It means the ability to earn an unlimited amount of personal income, plus the ability to not be tied down to one location because that is where your job is.

    It means being able to take off work to care for a sick child without fear of losing your job and only source of income. It means being your own boss and being accountable only to yourself and your loyal readers.

    1. Mis-spelled my email addy.

      1. Completely agree with you man.

    2. Kevin Kimes says:

      It seems we have similar ideas, as I expect many do. I posted after you but hadn’t read yours yet. 🙂 Promise I didn’t copy anything, hehe.

    3. ‘boving master’ …. Showing how much you hate 9 to 5 job.

      1. Doesn’t everyone hate the 9 to 5 grind?

  3. IM Nick says:

    I agree 100% with you and would have to say that making money online allows me to enjoy freedom as well.

    Heck, as I type this I am sitting in sunny Florida, I have no worries because I know that even though I’m not in my office I’ll still be making money today. If I go to the beach or even get stuck here for another week I’ll still be making money and that feeling is priceless.

    1. That’s exactly why earning money online is great!

      1. Jayrweblog says:

        But it takes a little effort to achieve it.

    2. Yes we are totally different people and our neighbour always think …. This guy is jobless … Poor guy lollllzzz

      1. I don’t consider my work at home lifestyle as jobless. I never will go back to that.

        1. I am talking about what other people are thinking … Penny dear.

  4. fazal mayar says:

    Making money online is my dream as I can’t get anything right at any job there is in the World. I am only good at using computers and internet. I would like to travel and do whatever I want whenever I want and I would love to do this by blogging. This is what Making Money Online mean to me.

    And bad news on the flights, atleast you arent pissed because you will arrived late at work or etc…

    1. Fazal …. Start working on your blog from now. Build relation with fellow members and once you established kick that job.

  5. Making money online is freedom. You get to be your own boss and how much time you put into it the more you get back which is why I enjoy it. well right now I’m not making enough money to call it a job so I still have to work in the traditional sense but hopefully one day it will work out. 🙂

    1. mySure it will my friend. Most important factor is consistency … So keep working consistently and you will see the effect within 3 to 4 months.

  6. Graham Lutz says:

    For me, making money online will mean that once I become a doctor, I will be debt free and be able to practice medicine financial matters entering the equation.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Very interesting angle on the idea, and a very insightful use of the industry.

      Also there are many unique ways to help people and make money through online ventures as a medical doctor.

      1. Make Money says:

        I like his angle of attack on this one. Debt free means no stresses other then doing absolutely what is necessary for others health in his future field.

  7. Kevin Kimes says:

    John, you’ve touched the core of why I do this. Freedom.

    As an extension to your analogy, freedom means not worry about whether I have enough sick days left this year if I catch the flu. It means not choosing between making my coworkers sick versus risking my income by staying in bed sick.

    Freedom means the only things that can tie me to a location or a situation are those I choose. If I decide it’s best for my family to move to another city, state, or country, we can just go. If we feel compelled to go on an extended mission trip or humanitarian trip, we can do it without getting consent from a boss.

    Freedom means being a dad and husband in the best possible way. I’m neither yet, but will be married very soon and little ones will be coming soon enough. Working from where I want, as my own boss, means I will always be there when my family needs me.

    Freedom means being accountable to God, and never to the whims of a person. It means never having a conflict of interest between conscience and employer.

    Some people do this primarily because they want a lot of money, or want all the things money can buy. While I don’t personally pursue this for monetary gain or physical wealth, having more money is certainly a valuable and useful tool in the business of being a husband and father.

    Financial freedom means never having to wish I could afford to help somebody in need.

    On the fun side of things, it can mean extending your vacation if you find you really want to finish seeing all the sights, or spend another few nights under the stars at your camp site.

    Freedom could be described as limitless, as this list could easily become. The freedom gained by running an online business has so many benefits, it’s impossible to compile a complete list. That’s the whole point. That’s what making money online means.

  8. Kevin Kimes says:

    Regarding the flight crew, delayed and canceled flights are almost never their fault. If your plane is sitting there for hours, it’s not because of the pilots. While on the ground, pilots can only do what the tower controllers say they can do.

    There is a relatively new law here, where planes delayed over 6(?) hours get huge fines. On one hand it has probably improved a few situations, but for the most part, any time there is a long enough delay that would otherwise be temporary, a cancellation results.

    It’s much cheaper for airlines to cancel flights than to face these fines. The law really needs to have a bit of flexibility for weather related delays, and other things out of the airline’s control.

    1. Dave Starr says:

      Yes, John, I really did think that was a pretty cheap shot. I note you are often very patient with those of us in the IM world who are less of a guru than you, but do you really have any proof that your flight crew was incompetent? Kind of a strong assessment unless you are as qualified in air transport flying as you are in blogging?

      You know, you make a hell of a lot more per years than a great many of the people who bust their butts trying to get you _safely_ to your destination … and it’s a pretty good axiom, been around along time, that you can tell a lot about a man by how he treats those who aren’t as rich as he. Just a thought.

      Also, tip from someone who knows a _lot_ about flying and the airline industry. If I _ever_ had reason to believe my aircrew was “incompetent”, I sure as hell would be smart enough to get off the airplane … who would knowingly fly with an incompetent crew?

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Hey, no need to be so sharp there. Those of us who know the industry just need to educate those who don’t. 🙂

        In just the same way that John is patient with those who don’t know his industry, we need to be patient with those who don’t know aviation. 🙂

  9. Making money is huge to being successful.

    1. You don’t have to make money to be successful. Making money and being successful aren’t related unless of course, you count being successful as making money!

      For instance if your aim is finding a cure for cancer and you do that then you are successful.

      1. Jayrweblog says:

        Agree with that, lol.

      2. Boy we are taking this discussion to some where else I think.

        1. Where else are we taking it? Still sounds like a discussion about making money online to me.

  10. Tom says:

    I think a lot of people envy the life you lead.

    You hit a topic many people try to reach, freedom. Not the freedom many people think of. But the freedom to do what you want to do where ever you want.

    Freedom in this sense means being your own boss, waking up when you want to, and making money 24-7, anywhere in the world.

    Everyone tries their niche from stocks to real estate investing to internet marketing to metals investing. There are too many to name but everyone is looking for the perfect answer to get their freedom.

    Making money online there are few boundaries preventing anyone from entering. Like you said, as long as you have an internet connection for you computer the possibilities are endless.

  11. Sunny says:

    Hi John,

    Making money online is fun. I had been making a couple of hundreds dollars by blogging and each time I reached the Google AdSense payout, each time I am very pleased and excited. I can actually make money out of my favorite hobby and I like it!

    Each penny earn online is giving me a taste of liberty. Over time, I had developed that mentally: if I can earned a couple of hundreds of dollars online, I am able to earn thousands. And here John Chow comes to action. The possibility exist and that’s why I enjoy you blog John :0)

    Making money online is fun and challenging. I just like it very much.

    1. Yeah quite agree with you. And getting cheque from adsense have its own satisfaction and cheer which can not be compared.

      1. Many people have made a killing with Adsense and keep doing so.

  12. Kirk Taylor says:

    Making Money Online means you can take your child for a walk in the park, to a zoo or wherever. It means that you are in control of your life. It means you don’t need investors, a board or even employees.

    Making Money Online means you get to live your life the way you see fit, not someone else.

    1. You’ve confused bootstrapping with investors there. Investors are great, I’d happily take on board an investor if it can ramp my earnings up quicker and increase by % by a greater percentage then it already is.

      For instance would you rather own 100% of a company making $100k a year or 50% of a company making 10million a year 😉

    2. If you want to be big than you will definitely need employee my friend.

      You can not build a empire without soldiers.

      But yes if you are satisfied with 5 figures than definitely you can enjoy without employee and all.

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        I think he’s referring to regular employees in the manner of businesses with a physical presence. Having elance style contracted employees is quite different.

        I personally intend to try to form my business in a way that doesn’t require any full-time or regular employees. I don’t want to have to worry about how my business will survive if those employees go on vacation, quit, etc.

        From what little I understand so far, using Live2Sell outsourcing might be a way to cover the typical virtual-assistant role without worrying about your online empire being “married” to one particular assistant.

        Anyways, I bet it’s not too hard for some folks to reach well into 6 figures with zero employees or contractors.

  13. It means being with your loved ones that live far away as often as you like without the restrictions of vacation time. That’s my ultimate goal, and I’m not stopping till I reach it 🙂

    1. Valuable time with family and kids … You can also build a blog for your kid which he can enjoy at later stage. Like John is doing for Sally

      What do you h

        1. PPC Ian says:

          I really like this idea! It’s similar to buying stocks for your kids. When I have kids, I will definitely consider this as an investment strategy for their future!

        2. I actually started blogging for my sister when she was little to archive some things for her. I like it 🙂

  14. You are right, making money online is freedom because wherever you are whatever you do it depends on you if you will work online.

    1. You outsource your SEO work or you have staff to handle your business.

      1. You don’t need to outsource your SEO work.

  15. Dave Starr says:

    Massive echo on the many comments that stressed the freedom of online earning. It’s also pretty interesting how online earning empowers one to live wherever they please … if the economy is bad in the town you live in, so what … your economy can ‘travel’ wherever you want it to.

    I’m an American who lives in the Philippines. I don’t earn any money in the Philippines, though. If I want to live somewhere else … simple, as long as there’s an Internet available, I can move any time and live anywhere … can’t really put a price tag on that.

    1. Thats the best part of it… working anywhere, where ever!

      1. Yeah even on your pyazama

        1. I think you meant pajamas?

    2. Yeah that’s why Thailand, phuket is the favourite destination of all internet earner.

      Cheap cost of living compare to own country and same facility as well.

  16. iPad Story says:

    Make Money online mean to me is the way you make mee feel on this life.

  17. To me working online means simply enjoying the life like a free bird … Fly any where you want … Just pick the spot phuket or sydney or any place with your laptop or ipad and enjoy it.

    Your fun can be a great content of your blog as well like John do …

    Freedom from 9 to 5 job….
    Freedom from boss ..
    Freedom from office politics …
    Freedom from getting ready for offce …
    Freedom for picking the selection of clothes for meeting

    1. Boy a lot freedom … Isn’t ?

    2. Picking the selection of clothes for a meeting? Huh? I usually just wore the same thing I wore to work.

  18. It means freedom, and ultimately fulfillment, because it allows you to pursue the things that matter to you.

  19. Hugh Kimura says:

    To me, making money online is one of the few ways that you can achieve Zahlm:

    Time freedom, money freedom, personal fulfillment and the power to positively impact people on a global scale.

    What I love most is that you are not restricted to doing things just because they make money, you can choose any topic. As Gary Vaynerchuk says: “If you love Smurfs, Smurf it up!”

  20. Freedom is definitely the leader, as almost every advantage to making money online can relate back to freedom, like the freedom to work anywhere, the freedom to spend more time doing things you enjoy or being with people you enjoy, the freedom to work when you want, and so much more, but in the end making money online means happiness to me because of all these freedoms, and I actually enjoy doing it which is important, I could probably retire in my 40s but why would I??

  21. DeyBoy says:

    The freedom to surf the internet is obviously a luxury for all to experience and achieve but to accomplish the fee for a hired vehicle, taxi or even bus fare is for some a misery. Often to those who have accomplished a reasonable living from affiliate marketing its second nature for them to automatically achieve the means to their ends. However there are some who play the chauffeur and offer to take you to a place they propose to be a luxury ride. Now we have to understand its not a case of having the experience of knowing transport is available but rather asking why the chauffeur is offering to take you to your destination when they know your only option is to walk the road of envy.

  22. Having an income that comes from off line means that I really have the time to spend with my mother and older sister. Instead of worrying about calling in sick on a beautiful memorial day or when the weather was bad yesterday on sunday just get on the internet and get some work done.

    The internet now offers a source of income that is none like before. You still have the freedom but now you get to work from anywhere. Also, with the addition of iphones, androids, and blackberry devices as well you can take your internet business mobile. At times it is hard to manage an online company but when you understand the benefits that it offers you along with your family the work that you put forth is well worth it.

  23. Aidan says:

    Making money online are three powerful words that often give me a rush of adrenaline whenever I mention it out loud. The feeling is like building something unrealistic but achievable when you have belief in it. Having said that, I believe unrealistic things are easier to attain than the realistic ones.

  24. fas says:

    Making money online means the freedom of speech, the freedom to dictate my own terms, the freedom to decide my work timing, work place and most importantly, the freedom to express my opinions to everyone in the world, anywhere in the world, every day.

  25. As John said freedom is one of the most important advantages of making money online but for me the most important is doing something that you love and at the same time, get paid for doing it!

  26. PPC Ian says:

    I think the depth of the comments and excitement behind them is really cool! Making money online has truly changed the lives of many and will continue to do so. Its all about hard work and the freedom/other benefits will come!

  27. Kevin Kimes says:

    I’ve thought of another aspect of this today.

    One of the coolest things about building a work-for-yourself-online-from-anywhere business is this: Once you figure it out and are successful on your own, you can also show your family and close friends how to gain freedom from their normal jobs as well.

    I know in the coming months and years I’ll be showing a few family members and friends how. 🙂

  28. Louie Sison says:

    For me, making money online is the same freedom Robert Kiyosaki is talking about. But like the modern day gold rush, it’s not for everyone.

  29. m221NV says:

    Making Money online means perserverance and a never give up attitude and if you can stick with it and stay positive the money will start to trickle then flow until you finally get a Tsunami and thats when the good times roll. If you can get it to that point rinsing and repeating becomes a lot easier.

  30. Making money online means seeing a big pay check just by looking at your pc and using your mind. 🙂

  31. I’m still a beginner to make money online… SO For me it’s hard to earn money online.

  32. Now its also for me making money online means freedom.
    That is really great thought,i am inspired by you…

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  34. Make Money says:

    I make money online for the following reasons:

    – I hate working for others
    – I like sleeping in
    – I like making more for less work
    – I like being able to do whatever I want whenever I want (vacations etc)

  35. It’s the only thing that matters.

    1. For me it is more of having fun online than making money… when you enjoy or love what you do online, things will be easy for you, and money will just be an additional benefit.

  36. Wes Breland says:

    To me, making money online is the key that unlocks the door to real life. Real life isn’t all about money, but it’s about being thankful for what you have, being able to see a new sunrise, and spending time with those you love, and being loved in return. Money just enables you to enjoy those simple pleasures to the fullest by providing the freedom to do so.

  37. if we are in hurry will not be in time this happens usually

  38. shekar says:

    In my view making money online it just you have left with lot of free time to do your own things………. I want required income online so that I can quit my day job.

  39. its easy way to make money by less work more money

  40. Richard says:

    Learning the skills to making money online is one thing and marketing your blog to attract the masses is another thing but in the end if the money is coming in with great abundance every month means you do not have to worry about the headaches of life.

    I could travel all over the world, seeing the beauties of creation this world has to offer.
    The different cultures and people from all walks of life is touching to my soul as I listen and understand there way of life. Life definately becomes a rewarding experience.

  41. Patti Emenike says:

    In the past few days I started looking into what I could do online with the mindset of pursuing a “dot com lifestyle.” While researching I came across an interview a newer blogger did with on Mr. Chow, and decided to check out his blog.
    Just this morning I decided to jot down a few thoughts I had about WHY I thought I could make a good living online…the idea was to make things clearer to myself, so that if things got a little rough during my start up phase I could look up at my personal notice board, above my computer and remind myself why I started down this daunting path in the first place. Stumbling on this post after writing that list seemed too much of a coincidence, so here it is.
    1. To make a transition from my current business in the mall which requires that I stay open 7-days a week. ( NO TIME OFF)
    2. Freedom to work on my own schedule….no one else’s.
    3.Wider Audience/client base and no ceiling to my income.
    4.Open check..again no ceiling to how much I can earn.
    5.I can work from anywhere, anytime without restrictions or boundaries on place or time.
    6.Most important of all, I would have more time to spend with my son, Ogennaka.

    And there you have it folks.

  42. gpt guide says:

    I completely agree with your article. Making money online from the comfort of your home certainly involves freedom. Its flexibility, sense of security and the earning potential is what makes it great.

  43. Some people advertise that earn 500000$ per month, i believe it is very hard task to earn money online. But some pro really manage to earn that.
    Great Article.

  44. Making money online is all about freedom. I managed to do it once for about a year doing internet marketing about 10 years ago (until the search engine traffic went **poof**) and I loved the freedom. Hoping to get back there again.

  45. Whitney says:

    For me, making money online also means freedom…it means being able to be who I want to be in this life, and not have to work for anyone else! It means being able to choose the life I want. It means happiness and it means security….it means living my dreams to their fullest potential!!

  46. Forex News says:

    Making money is huge to being successful.

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