Friday, March 4, 2011

9 to 5, or 5 to 9?

Another massive question is what I want to do with my time.  I see a few general options to choose from:  I can continue to work for someone else, start my own business, create multiple income streams that add up to a full time paycheck, or some combination of the three.  I don't think I'll add 'winning the lottery' to the list.

The easiest, sort of, is simply working for someone else.  It's the path of least resistance, though I have to decide what I want to work on.  The next most difficult is creating multiple income streams.  This could include royalty checks from a published book, ebook sales, ad revenue form my blog, selling photography on a site like photostockplus.com, selling 3D objects on shapeways.com, selling clothes with various saying and/or images on them at cafepress.com, and so on.  There are a lot of possibilities, as long as I keep my imagination going.  The most difficult way to make a living, but potentially the most rewarding (in many ways), is to start my own business.  This also has the biggest risk, as I would need a good idea, a hungry market, and a lot of drive to get anywhere.

At the moment, I'm inclined to continue to work for someone else while I build up a few side income streams.  Beyond that, who knows?  I'll talk about some ideas in another post.

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