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    So, what do you do all day then?
    Does anybody else have the problem with relatives and friends not really believing you are 'working'?

    My mother keeps asking me when I'm 'going to get out and get myself a proper job' and my sister-in-law keeps popping round for coffee 'cos she sees my car in the driveway and knows I'm in.

    Even one of my daughters (now 20) says she doesn't have to understand why she has to go out to work when I sit at home all day and faff around with the computer!! (even though I offered to show her how she could earn money faffing around with the computer all day too)

    I personally think I'm one of the lucky ones who just gets what it's all about! Who needs a boss? Not me, I love what I do even if many don't understand it.

    BTW - I do put my mum and sister-in-law straight but it's like talking to a bush!

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    I'd let them know when you get an affiliate check and break it down for them as $xxx/hour - other folk's money tends to 'burn the bush'. Mention that is just from one of my #yyy programs this month...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ContentQueen View Post
    faff around
    ???
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    faff
    Must be one of those "down under" words......

    going to get out and get myself a proper job
    Did that once............Didn't really like it. I really want to "faff" around for a few days..
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    faff - 13 definitions - (faffing) To muck about, wasting time doing something not necessary.
    www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=faff

    another word for your dictionaries - I was brought up in the UK and it's a common saying there

    now I'd better stop faffing about and get on with writing....

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    I work from a home office. Kids are out of the house, we are empty-nesters. At first my wife thought it would be fine to just call through the house or burst in at any time to ask whatever happened to be on her mind. Now, not that I don't love my wife, but the "ground-rule" we picked up on was this: "if you need me, call me on the phone (as if I were at work in a REGULAR job)" It gave her the pause to think.."Can this wait?" I also have a nice little Bose radio that I have on a stand outside the office doors. When I am "not-to-be-disturbed" I turn the radio on, it acts as one more reminder, plus I like the white noise it creates inside the office. I know it isnt't exactly what ContentQueen was speaking about, but I thought I'd offer my 2 cents. It's been a bit since my wife asked the question about "a real job".

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    I was lucky enough to come from a family of entrepreneurs, so when I got into affiliate marketing my family supported me 100%. I think a LOT of this has to do with how people were brought up. Most people are taught at a very early age that the "normal" thing to do is go to shool then work for someone else. So when that thought is challenged - some people don't understand why and might give you grief about it.

    I grew up watching my dad run his own business, and I remember admiring that growing up. I thought it was so cool that not only was he the boss, but he OWNED the place. This of course inspired me at an early age to try and become an entrepreneur myself. Out of my family - 4 total - 3 of us became entrepreneurs.

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    I know what faffing around means. Weird how some words don't make it over to America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian View Post
    I know what faffing around means. Weird how some words don't make it over to America.
    It made it across the pond.

    faffing around = farting around

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    My parents owned their own business and they get the concept of affiliate marketing. I also introduced one of my sisters to affiliate marketing. So, when I finally quit the day job, they'll support what I do 100%.
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    Yeah, my family thinks I just play on facebook or something since they see a lot of updates on my FB fan page for sites I run. I keep telling them it a huge amount of work. I use it to drive traffic, but they don't believe me...lol
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    I think people have a difficult time accepting affiliate marketing as a real job since they don't understand what it's all about.

    My wife thinks I can run errands all day since I'm the one who is at home. I also have several friends that tell me about job openings or ask me if I've found a job yet. They think I'm faffing about

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    Caleb,

    I totally agree. In the beginning I just thought I would make a web site and boom make a ton of money. I am a designer so it comes easy to me to create a website. However, the more challenging part is actually staying motivated to get traffic coming to your site.

    You have to remember to treat it like a real job, because it is. Also, persistence is the key to succeeding with affiliate marketing.

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    My wife tells friends I do Online Advertising, I prefer the phrase "Traffic Broker" which was used here once somewhere.

    In reality, I get up each am and over a coffee I go through a physical checklist that I've printed out for myself. It quickly takes me through all my sites and verifies they are up and working properly. A quick look at my RSS reader tells me of anything that happened overnight with my bigger merchants. Once that is done and any tinkering finished I check ABW and WMW to keep myself in the loop. That will usually take me a few places online that will get the creative mind working. Some of my most productive moments were the result of light browsing.

    The rest of the day is my own.

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    There aren't many jobs you can work at home in your pajamas if you want to with your baby or your dog beside you and still earn a decent living. We're a very lucky bunch we are

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    This is a common problem in our line of work. I've given up trying to explain it to most people. I just tell them I own web sites and I get paid to send customers to retailers. Then I tell them I work at home in my pajamas and everybody's ready to sign up.

    Or you could show them a pay stub. That'd shut 'em up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhea View Post
    This is a common problem in our line of work. I've given up trying to explain it to most people. I just tell them I own web sites and I get paid to send customers to retailers. Then I tell them I work at home in my pajamas and everybody's ready to sign up.

    Or you could show them a pay stub. That'd shut 'em up.
    Hahahaha I loved that response.

    Most people (since I'm 19) think I'm just a bum still at home with my mom mooching or whatever. I don't live with both of my parents in the same house, so my mom 100% supports what I do (as long as it's legal) and my dad has the mentality that if "you don't go to college, you'll be working in a factory" [let alone he went to college and he's still working in a factory...go figure]. School just wasn't right for me for numerous reasons and well I've been designing sites since I was 13 so yeah, I think the only person that gets it is my mom, and really that's all I really care about. May even show her someday if she wants to get into this.

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    My step children don't believe I work. But they have learned the almighty rule of knocking on the invisible door to my office when they need something. I can't wait until the real door is installed!

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    I totally agree that no one thinks I work either, even my family, but they all do know not to bother me when I'm in my "office" working or have the laptop on my lap. They will ask if I'm busy and if so, they pretty much shut up. Though my grandson still asks me why Grandpap has to go to work everyday and I don't.

    My neighbors...well, when they come to the door, I just don't answer, or if they call, I tell them I can't talk because I have some phone meetings to attend. They've all got the picture now too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanadili View Post
    I grew up watching my dad run his own business, and I remember admiring that growing up. I thought it was so cool that not only was he the boss, but he OWNED the place. This of course inspired me at an early age to try and become an entrepreneur myself. Out of my family - 4 total - 3 of us became entrepreneurs.
    This is a great story. I hope that I am instilling similar values in my daughter. (currently just 5 years old). I try to get her teach her what I do in little bursts in hopes that some of the lessons will stick. I want her to know that she doesn't have to ever accept the status quo and that she can do or be anything she wants.
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    There are a few other threads about this exact thing here on ABW - if someone else knows the right search term, maybe they'll post a few links. ;-)

    It's really a drag being interrupted constantly, like we're not actually working. I think the first few years I was building my biz, my family assumed I was playing on porn sites (that was what everyone thought the Internet was for back then LOL). Now, like Silver93350, they assume I fuff around on Facebook all day.

    I try not to let other people's opinion bother or affect me ever and especially since I'm paying the bills, they have no place in my brain.

    When someone asks me when I'm gonna get a "real" job, if I bother to even answer them, it's not pretty so I won't include it here. LOL

    The difficult part is trying to work with all the distractions that people who don't *get it* throw at us. My kids, friends and family haven't yet learned to respect that I'm WORKING even if I am still in my jammies. The worse is having my Facebook page open and having people IM me in there. Arghhhhh - It interrupts the flow of ideas, work and everything else I'm trying to do. I killed all IM programs on my computer years ago but that FB one gets me every time. Trying to explain that I'm "working" and can't chat is impossible. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by isellstuff View Post
    This is a great story. I hope that I am instilling similar values in my daughter. (currently just 5 years old). I try to get her teach her what I do in little bursts in hopes that some of the lessons will stick. I want her to know that she doesn't have to ever accept the status quo and that she can do or be anything she wants.
    5 years old is a pretty good age lol. I was roughly five or six when my mom bought a computer (it was like the first one we had) and I instantly became fascinated with it . You're already hopefully starting her off with some obsessions of IM lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexanne View Post
    The worse is having my Facebook page open and having people IM me in there. Arghhhhh - It interrupts the flow of ideas, work and everything else I'm trying to do. I killed all IM programs on my computer years ago but that FB one gets me every time. Trying to explain that I'm "working" and can't chat is impossible. LOL
    Have you considered changing your chat status to "offline". That's how I solved that problem.

    My friends and family all know that I work from home, even though they don't quite understand what I do. They are kind/smart enough to know not to bother me when I'm at work.
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    lol yes this is a common occurance in my life, many friends and family dont take what i do seriously but then i pay my bills with my earnings and they beleive in me now

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