I find it comical that people will criticize the fact that I don’t make a living through domain investing. Despite the fact I still put in a good 20-40 hours a week at this thing, people are still naive to think I don’t know how to make money or have real stories of success and failure to share. I have a huge advantage over most domain investors in the fact that I have the ability to run a business while at the same time using domains and the Internet to vertically integrate my company. Many domain investors that go full time are sacrificing the best years of their careers. A move that could prove detrimental to their family and their long term financial wealth if the domain world turns upside down. I have no such worries
I get to play in the dirt for a living. I have the pleasure of running a true brick and mortar business. I have to come up with marketing strategies, be a cost cutter, a revenue maximizer, hear employee bitching, and customer smiles. Every day is full of one on one, face to face conversations. All of which make running an online business a little easier. I run my online business with the same basic strategy but throw in one giant difference. The anonymity of users. Basically I take my same local customer, multiply them times a hundred, make them bitch and steal more, and now I have my online customers. To keep me grounded (and relaxed) I like to walk the properties and take in all that’s being accomplished. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and makes all the hard work that much easier. I thought I would share a few pictures of my “real job”
Early spring means pansies and we grow tens of thousands of them for local park districts and universities
We grow our own plants so we take cuttings like this boxwood. I get excited as you do when you find a great domain. The difference is this is the start of a $35 boxwood and I’ll grow 10,000 of them from scratch. I wish I could do that with domains
And my favorite thing of all. Digging trees. You take this little twig and grow them into these beautiful large trees. There are very few businesses where you can take nothing and make it into $200. All it takes is hard work, knowledge, and time. Kind of like domaining but with a much larger chance of success.