If I were my boss I would probably have a little talk with me. It would go something like this. “Shane, I noticed you spend some of your day thinking about things other than the nursery, it looks to be something related to the Internet, particularly domain names”. “I see you scanning through blogs and lists and they don’t seem to have anything to do with work”. Of course, this little talk would never happen for a few reasons. One, I’m the boss and two, I put in 80 OTHER hours a week running my business and since I spend every hour of every day there, I have to do some personal things during the “work” day to fulfill my personal wants.
For those of you that aren’t the boss, are you spending your bosses money domaining? Most domainers that I know do this on the side. For every this guy, there are 100 me. I do think I make much more than most part time domainers but I do have a little more money and make a little more time than most but we are still in the same category of “part time domainer”. Notice how I said “make”. I don’t ever take away from my business time. They may be during working hours but when you work for 7:30 to 7 then you don’t feel as guilty taking 30 minutes out of the day to read and gather data. For those of you that only work 40 hours a week how can you possibly do your job in those 40 hours and still find time to do a little domaining?”
I know some very successful domainers such as Morgan Linton, have other jobs. I often wonder what his bosses think of his concentrated efforts on domaining. I have never spoken to him but I can’t help but think that he is in the same boat as me and that is we really have to concentrate to make sure we are doing our “real job”. The job that pays the bills, feeds the family, and builds for retirement. The other similarities we share is the flexibility of the job. Morgan’s bosses must be flexible. You don’t become a nominee for “Domainer of the Year” by putting in 80 hours a week at your day job (not meaning to be harsh here I love what Morgan’s doing) Being boss doesn’t mean you work less hours, it actually means more. What it does mean is flexibility. As long as I have staff to cover my stores, I can finish my work all day, any day, as long as I get it done. The only person that reflects my dedication is the bottom line. My decisions, whether they are positive or negative are easily answered through my employees and profits. If I were to lose too much focus or travel to all these conferences, I would stand to lose much more than I’ll ever make domaining. That is the difference between me and most other domainers, I have no ambitions of doing this full time.
I love domaining but domaining to me is no more than an additional part of what I already do, selling plants. I flip names for fun. I buy gardening names for business. If I were to developing insurance names I would be too far away from what I do. I would have to be at work looking at articles about insurance, reading up on things I have no interest in or will help me in my brick and mortar business. Learning more about online plant sales does. Setting my company up for future online sales and revenue…does. The extra $25K I make is merely to feed my habit, having fun and buying more names. So this brings me back to you.
For those of you that hold down regular jobs, how many hours a week of your employer’s money do you waste domaining? Do you ever feel guilty? What is your goal in domaining, to make enough to quit that job or to make enough extra that you can buy more/better domains?