internet lifestyle scamIs making money online a scam?

How about the almost mythical “internet lifestyle” that it seems everyone talks about today?

My answer is both yes and no.

It all depends on what you think the internet lifestyle is.

If you believe the internet lifestyle means sitting on your butt eating Cheetos while low paid workers in another country do everything for you from day on…then yes you’ve been lied to.

That’s a scam.

Or if you’ve been told someone will hand you a turn-key business that just spits out money whenever you push the green button, that’s a scam.

The internet lifestyle requires some of the hardest work you’ll ever do.

Granted, it’s not physical labor.  It’s not working outside in the Florida sun with 100% humidity and 104 degree temperature for $7 an hour.

It won’t make you pass out from heat exhaustion or destroy your body.

BUT it does require you to do something contrary to what most of us were taught in school.

In fact, you have to break the programming that may have been installed in you for the past 20, 40, or even 60 years.

You have to turn off the news and quit listening to all the negative reports of how the entire world is going to Hell in a hand basket.

And most difficult of all, you have to think for yourself.

You need to figure out what people value and are willing to pay for.  You have to find a way to contact this hungry market.  And you have to convince them to exchange their hard won dollars for something that will hopefully make their lives better.

I first coined the term “internet lifestyle” when I wrote an article about how my nearest next door neighbor was a cow named Oscar.

It meant I could live and work from anywhere in the world.  As long as you have an internet connection, you can run a business online.  It’s not limited by where you are.

Live in the city?  Fine.  Live in the country?  Fine.  Live in Timbuktu?  Fine.

Not only can you live anywhere, but you can choose who you with and what work you do.

You’re the one in charge of your life.

That’s what the internet lifestyle has always meant to me.

Even when I was just starting out and was putting in 12 hour days 6 days a week, I was still living the internet lifestyle.

Because no boss was telling me what I could or couldn’t do.  I was in charge of my destiny.

And that internet lifestyle is real.

But the truth has been perverted instead to mean kicking your feet back while you sit on the beach dreaming about all the money your workers are making for you.

No mention of how you will train those workers.

No mention of who will manage them.

And definitely no mention of who is going to pay them.

The reality is that most people WORK MORE at first.  Of the successful marketers I know, they get started often as a one man/woman shop.  Then as profits come in, they expand out and outsource more.

That dream of sitting on the beach while passive income comes in is possible, but it follows a load of hard work in planning, testing, and managing a real online business.

Remember this.  The internet lifestyle isn’t about the no-work lifestyle.

It’s about being in control and passionate about what you’re doing.

It’s about taking action and fulfilling your dreams and turning them into a reality.

If you’d like to know more about how you can set-up and run your own online information empire, check out the A-to-Z Internet Blueprints at

The Internet Lifestyle is real, and it’s possible.  But it’s not that imaginary world business opportunity sellers would have you believe.

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Terry Dean
Terry Dean

Terry Dean has been in full-time internet business since 1996 and has helped thousands of entrepreneurs get started online through his articles and products. He lives in Ocala, Florida with his wife and 2 dogs. Find out more about how his step-by-step courses can help you today.