Reality Check: I Owe Too Many Bills Not to Go Back to a 9-5…

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I hate to admit it or even contemplate the idea, but I’m seriously considering going back to a 9-5 (or even a part-time job).

I don’t, for one second, regret quitting my desk job in November. If given the chance, I’d do it again. And I will do it again.

And again and again.

However, my bills are piling up to the point where I can’t ignore them anymore. I’ve buried my big old head in the sand long enough and feel I need to pull my sleeves up and do something about it NOW – and getting an admin/desk/whatever job is the quickest solution for me right now.

I have every confidence that I’ll get to where I want to be in terms of making more money online. It’s just not gonna be today. This month.

People owe me money, I might be running another workshop at the end of the month, I’m in negotiations with a regular online client of mine for more work, and I’ve recently picked up a new client (though I’m not 100% sure about him, to be honest). But these are all things I’M WAITING ON. And I can’t wait any longer. I have to go do something that’s within my power to do instead of waiting for them to deliver.

It’s not just about them, though. I know what role I have to play in where I currently find myself. I am my own best/worst teacher/student after all.

I’m not gonna work online for pennies in an effort to keep my head above water because not only will it undermine what I’m worth, but it won’t keep my head above water, actually. So, if it means having to go back to a 9-5 in the meantime (much as I really don’t want to and I’m struggling with the idea), then so be it.

Unless some miracle occurs in the coming week (like the tooth fairy putting a serious stash of cash under my spit-stained pillow), then Big Mama’s gonna have to don her rat-race suit once again.

Anyway, that’s that.

Have a nice week, all.



  1. Catana

    Reality can be so depressing. But if you can find a part-time job, at least you’ll still have the energy to work on the freelancing. Everything I see lately says that online earnings are becoming harder and harder to scratch out except for people who are qualified to do the same work offline. The people who are stuck with PTC sites, surveys, reveue-sharing writing sites, etc., are hurting and it’s going to get worse.

  2. cubex

    Hi there,

    My name is Mark and I run a small host server in Canada. I’d be willing to host your blog for free. I can’t promise 100% uptime but it should be up 99.75% of the time.

    If you are interested let me know at


  3. Ajith Edassery

    Hmm… so back to work!

    I wish there was some kinda affiliate program that only two of us know about and then we can create a viral effect on the web by subscribing 10K people 🙂

    As you said that day has to arrive sometime…

    Good luck!

  4. 2ThePoint

    @Catana: thanks for that. I told my agancy today that I’m looking for a job. Though I’d prefer a part-time job, I’m open to a full-time too.

    @Mark – Hello. That’s really generous of you. Thank you. However, I am gonna pass on it. Thanks again, though.

    @Ajith – Wicked idea. If only.

    take care, you three, and thanks for your comments.

  5. Annette

    I have an idea. Leveraging your many talents and skills (that I know about) create a membership site.

    The idea is that you create premium content and charge your students a monthly subscription/access fee. Site access is secured with a unique user id and password for each user.

    Google ‘Teaching Sells’ and/or ‘Teaching Sells Copyblogger’

    As you mentioned before, you are your best teacher…so share your gift.

    I know that you can do it.

  6. Annette

    Furthermore 🙂 If you follow this path, you might consider creating an affiliate program, complete with viral marketing and secure a crowd of 10k!

    10k multiplied by (your subscription fee) equals a very healthy return on creativity. Your creativity!

    Your destiny is in your hands.

    Simply leverage your talent and create value for subscription.

  7. 2ThePoint

    Annette, :0)

    Hello, you!!!!!!!

    You know, I had the impression that membership sites were complicated and expensive to set up which is why I’ve shied away from the idea. However, I will look into it. Thanks for the suggestion!


  8. Annette

    Membership sites can be expensive and complicated to set up. It depends on your chosen e-learning solution.

    There are a number of companies on the net, which will quote thousands of dollars for the setup.

    However, I am aware that you can create a membership site using (for example) Mambo or Drupal *free* open source software. I can send you a how-to link if you are interested.

    As for me, I am very interested in learning ‘how’ with ‘Teaching Sells’. I will let you know how I get on.

  9. 2ThePoint

    Yes, do let me know how it goes for you. 🙂

    In the meantime, I’m gonna find out more about the open-source sites you mentioned.

    Thanks for the suggestion/s.

    take care..

  10. Bianca Raven

    Oh No 🙁

    I wish there was something I could offer/suggest that would help you avoid the dreaded rat race. I know how much you wanted to make this ‘work at home’ thing work for you.

    Is it possible to only look for part time so you can continue to build your online income while you’re only rat-racing some of the time instead of full time?

    Oh! I know! It’s not full time – but it is writing work in the UK. I saw an ad from a UK writing company only yesterday. I won’t write about it on your blog (because it will make a nice post on mine) but drop my my blog in a bit and I’ll see what I can do for you.


  11. 2ThePoint


    Hello 🙂

    Thanks for trying to help. Mucho appreciatoh.

    Couple of good things have been happening recently on the work front. And thank God for that! Will detail in the next post.

    take care…

  12. jen brister

    I’m working on creating niche blogs right now and trying to earn money through that. From what I have learned, it looks like it’ll be around May or June before I’ll know if I can really make a living at it. I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going and if it works out maybe you can jump on in!

  13. 2ThePoint

    Hey Jen,

    I might not comment often on your blog, but I have been following your progress with interest. Really hope it works out for you as you seem to be working very hard.

    take care and have a great weekend.

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