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Returning To Work
March 31, 2014|Uncategorized

Returning To Work

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When I tell people what I do for a living and explain that I work from home running my own business, I’m often met with comments along the lines of “that sounds amazing, I’d love to do that, you can do what you want when you want”. That’s all true, and the amount of freedom I have is great.

I quit my job because I felt like I was trapped in an office 9 to 5 Monday to Friday, I felt like I was working hard to make someone else more money. Most people do this every day, week in week out without evening questioning it. It’s what’s expected of you, it’s the norm, you’re expected to be in employment and I felt we’ve been brainwashed into believing that this is the ‘right’ way to live since a young age.

I figured there’s got to be a better way to live than this, I can work for myself, make my own money work on my terms, and since I can work remotely, I can work wherever I wanted. I’ve seen others that have been successful living this way, and I wanted it too.

It all sounds fucking great doesn’t it? – and for a while it really was.

The problem is it’s a very lonely existence.

I’ve come to realise that no matter where I decide to work, where I decide to live or even how much money I earn I am still going to be working somewhere by myself, lonely and isolated.

I feel like I’ve traded the office environment only to be confined to the 4 walls of my own house. I’m living each day with little or no social interaction, and it’s shit. I’ve tried working from the pub, the library, coffee shops (you name somewhere with a Wi-Fi connection and I’ve more than likely worked there). I try to fill my evenings playing football and weekends socialising, but it doesn’t compensate for working in isolation during the days of the week.

I’d consider myself quite a social person and I wondered whether it was just me that felt like this, but after speaking to others who do the same I’ve realised that I’m not alone, it comes with the territory.

The difference between me and everyone else that works from home is this, it seems others are a little bit older, living in a city, married (often with kids) and they have group of friends living in the area.

I’m living in a small sleepy town in Surrey, most of my friends have now moved away. I don’t have any kids to look after at home etc. Although I’ve been working to build up my own income and looking at things for the long term I realised the other week that I’m no longer happy doing what I do, and things need to change.

Come the turn of this year things were finally starting to work out for me, and I felt for sure more than ever that I wouldn’t return back to a job, but I’ve decided to reconsider.

I’ve considered a number of options including getting a part-time job at a bar, going travelling, getting a shared office space, but I think what I want right now is a return to normality, a return to London and a full time job. I’d still work on my own sites on the side, I don’t think that will ever change, but I would certainly reduce the amount of sites I actively work on. The way I see it is that I’d have 2 incomes coming in.

I’m heading away to Eastern Europe next month, but upon my return I’ve decided that I’m going to begin my job search. I’m not sure exactly what I’m looking for yet, but I’d certainly like to remain in the digital space.

I don’t regret my decision to quit my job, for a while it was amazing and I enjoyed it, I also believe I’ve learnt things that you can only learn by working for yourself. But now I can’t help but feel I’m wasting my life a little, perhaps I tried to do it all of this too prematurely?

Either way I’m excited at the prospect of looking for a new challenge, moving back into London and watching people’s reaction to Wank Sock when they read my CV.

Update: Since writing this post Finch from FinchSells.com has summed up perfectly how working from home can become hell. Certainly worth a read.

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How A Guest Post Landed Me a Job
February 27, 2013|Uncategorized

How A Guest Post Landed Me a Job

So it’s been a very long time since I updated this blog, but for all you diehard IamRofe fans out there, the wait is finally over.

I thought I’d give a quick round up of what’s been going on before I divulge into this post.

December
End user sale of a domain, used the funds from sale to reinvest in more domains. Decide to wait to till January for job hunt as wanted to spend time with family that had come from overseas.

January
Started DailySnaps.co.uk– taking one photo every day from my life and uploading it.
Got one of my affiliate sites ranking well for a high traffic term. Not converting as well as hoped and am still working on conversion optimisation (I smell another blog post here).

So, onwards with this post.

As I had previously mentioned, I quit my full time job to look for a part-time one so I could focus more on my affiliate sites. I started my hunt for a job early last month, and as you may have guessed from the title I’ve managed to secure one.

I didn’t get it in the most conventional way either and it was actually an email I sent asking if I could do a guest post on SaveTheStudent.org that eventually got me a job there.

I’d been in contact with Owen (the owner of the site) while I was at University to promote one of my first sites, and I had also been in touch a few times at my previous job too as they were an affiliate. So last month I emailed Owen asking if I could do a guest post to promote one of my sites, and at the same time I also explained that I had left my previous role. As luck would have it Owen was currently recruiting for a part-time position based from home, and asked if I wanted to apply.

This was perfect timing, so I applied, got the job, and headed over to Manchester earlier this month for some training. My role there is as an Editor, I basically edit content before putting it onto the site, update older content, manage the social media channels, post deals to the site, and identify new SEO and affiliate opportunities too!

The company is run by a great bunch of entrepreneurial guys, and I can tell I am going to enjoy it, learn a thing or two, and get on well with everyone. Funny how things work out!

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How To Make Money From Reality TV Shows
November 27, 2012|Uncategorized

How To Make Money From Reality TV Shows

Since I left my job earlier this month, I have been looking at ways at how I can make money in the short term. I am still looking for part time work, and income from my websites is going to be more of a long term thing.

When I was ‘studying’ at University, I managed to clear over £2K in a few months by a process known as matched betting. This is where you use bookmaker’s free bets to make risk free cash (anyone can do this, and you can learn more here). I have used up all the free bets for all UK bookmakers now, so I can’t really take advantage of this anymore. I therefore decided to have a go at trading odds on a betting exchange such as Betfair.

How?
You can make (or lose) money on betting exchange when betting odds fluctuate. Essentially, this is like anything you can invest in, shares, currencies, oil prices etc can all fluctuate too. When there are fluctuations, there are also opportunities to make money too. The thing is, I know absolutely nothing about shares, oil prices or currencies, and this is why I decided to trade odds on reality TV shows. I could watch them (please don’t judge me for this), and get an understanding of what is going on, and you can do this too.
The Strategy
Now, this is very simple. At the early stages of the show (I chose to test this with Xfactor, and I’m A Celebrity) I simply bet on a few people that I think would make it to the final stages of the show.
During the course of the competition when people get booted out of the show, what tends to happen is that the odds for the contestants that are still in the competition start to drop, as they become more likely to win (a fluctuation). When this happens to one of the contestants I had earlier bet on, I then place a lay bet on that same contestant (a lay bet is a bet for something to not happen i.e. I then bet for that contestant to not win).When this happens you can lock in some profit. I have provided an example below on the U.S Xfactor. I have not watched the show, and the below is just a simulation for demonstration purposes only.

Example

Say I place a bet of £10 at odds of 7.8 (back bet in blue) on Emblem3 because I think they will make it to the later stages of the competition. I am set to win £64.60 if they do win, but lose £10 if they don’t.

Let’s say in the later stages of the competition. Emblem3’s odds have now dropped to just 4. I can now place a lay bet, and lock in some profit. In the example below this now means we are set to make £9.03 no matter what the outcome of the competition is.

My outlook

So I have been doing this with I’m A Celebrity, and below is my current outcome. I could make £35 no matter what the outcome of the competition is. However I have decided to skew mine, as I think David Haye will win, and I am set to net £110 if he does, and lose nothing if he doesn’t.

As I said, I have only been doing this as a test so far, and the most I had at risk at any one time was £43. The ship has already sailed to take advantage of odd fluctuations on I’m a Celebrity as it is in the later stages of the competition, but I fully intend to do the same thing (but with more money) come January with Celebrity Big Brother.
“He Who Dares, Wins”

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About Me

I’m Mark, but you can call me Rofe. I'm an internet marketing guy based in London Dubai.

I believe the internet is full of money making opportunities, and I seek to take advantage of them where I can.

If there’s a way to make money online I’ve probably tried and failed at it, and then attempted it again with some degree of success.

I’ve tried my hand at affiliate marketing, lead gen, ecommerce, trading domain names, adsense, and I’ve even created a novelty gift.

Here I share my journey making money online, my outlook on life, and whatever other stuff I feel like. Thanks for dropping by.