| 9:48 am on Jan 8, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Really you can tell them what you like. I once had a friend who was a machine operator in a factory that made photographic film. When asked what he did he replied, "I am a film producer".
And he was telling the truth :)
| 10:02 am on Jan 8, 2006 (gmt 0)|
When I want to brag I tell them:
I am the CEO of an online magazine called _______
I don't work...I just live off the monthly income from my internet investments.
If I feel like being more precise:
I just sit at home on my a$$ all day.
| 8:10 pm on Jan 8, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|I have a sort of funny story about this. Well first of all, whenever I tell people I have an internet business, they all say: "oh I see, what is it porn?" That sort of bothers me, but at a bar last new years eve I saw a High school buddy who was a little intoxicated. I told him I had an internet business. He then ended up telling basically my entire HS graduation class (graduated 5 years earlier) that i was in the Porn business. |
Basically everyone that I graduated with now thinks I am involved in porn (not just having sites but actually being in the pictures).
If anybody every confronts you about it, if you deny it they'll think you have something to hide. Just casually say "so-and-so (the person who told everybody you were into porn) got me started and the funny thing is, he's not only my first and biggest investor, he's my biggest customer, although as of late, he's wanting me to take the business into directions I don't want to go, such as involving farm animals and elderly people."
If the original person who told everybody confronts you about it, just say "what? I'm not into porn, who told you I was into porn? I develop websites on the internet that sell advertising. Is somebody telling people I do porn? If you find out somebody is saying I do porn, let me know who they are because my lawyer and I would like to have some words with them."
I do like the answer about web developer, managing websites, and selling advertising.
A friend uses the Web 2.0 B.S. Generator [dack.com] (the word is spelled out on the site if you find it offensive). As result, he tells people things like "I use the web to exploit extensible paradigms" and "I work on orchestrating next-generation markets". It's actually kind of funny partially because neither one of us cares for the Web 2.0 hype/buzzwords that some people love to throw around and partially because it works - people change subjects quickly.
| 4:00 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Be cool...just say, "I work for Google"..as simple as that..and the way the grapevine grows, people would even believe you own Google..Anyway, how many know Brin and Page?
| 4:40 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Despite my tongue-in-cheek reply earlier I am in the lucky position of being able to say exactly what I do and tweek further explanation to suit the audience.
"I sell advertising." That is both my day job and my hobby.
If it's someone with a clue I'll talk about the internet side, my "hobby". If it's someone of limited scope, I talk about the print yellow pages, my "job".
| 5:14 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Would the publisher of a newspaper tell, that he worl for his advertising sell department?
No, I out sourced this job.
I am publisher, selling ad space is completely out sourced to AdSense
| 5:25 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
That may be true in your case if you have all your eggs in the "Google Basket". Personally, I try to diversify which means direct ad sales as well.
| 6:28 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Kind of funny how people seem to think they are Google emplyees.
| 7:26 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|Kind of funny how people seem to think they are Google emplyees. |
Judging by the various kind of puzzles that you have to solve in order to get a job at Google, I don't think I am smart enough to claim that I am a Googler (i.e. someone working for Google).
When people ask....
I will tell them the truth nothing but the truth.
It depends on who is asking.
If my pastor, I will tell him that I am currently jobless which is true.
If it was someone whom I just met, I will tell them that I am a webmaster or a web developer. There was once I told someone whom I thought he knows about Adsense since he is in IT line that I am making money from Adsense. I was surprised that he knew nothing about Adsense. In order not to look ignorant he later told me that he heard about it. In fact, many of my friends in IT line do not know about this program.
Recently, I went out on a date with this very pretty girl that my friend recommended. She asked me this question and out of stupidity of trying to impress her I told her that I am earning money from the Internet and showed her from my notebook about Adsense.
I even told her that I can teach her how to make money online for free if she is interested (so that I could meet up with her again :)). It seems like she is not interested, because I been trying hard to call her but she didn't return my call nor SMS, and when I managed to get her she told me that she was busy. Probably, I failed her test when she asked me, "Do you drive?" I don't drive (FYI, car in my small country is a luxury). :(
So now I am working really hard day and night like a slave for Google, and hopefully I will be earning enough money from Adsense to buy a car. But I won't be dating this girl again.
Now, I have made a vow that I will never ever tell anyone that I am working for Adsense again.
First reason being that my earning is too low that others will consider me foolish to quit my stable job to earn a just few cents or dollars per day.
Second reason being that I don't want invalid clicks at my sites from my friends.
| 7:27 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I tell 'em I'm a janitor, and I make money while I sweep.
| 9:50 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)|
What do you do?
I own an advertising company.
Are your the CEO?
Do you have any job openings?
| 1:00 am on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|It depends on who is asking. |
If my pastor, I will tell him that I am currently jobless which is true.
|Recently, I went out on a date with this very pretty girl that my friend recommended. |
I even told her that I can teach her how to make money online for free if she is interested (so that I could meet up with her again :)). It seems like she is not interested, because I been trying hard to call her but she didn't return my call nor SMS, and when I managed to get her she told me that she was busy.
Mistra, you won't tell your Pastor how you make money online, but you tell a pretty girl, that you just met, that you will teach her how to make money online and you wonder why she won't return your calls. :)
| 1:11 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
haha this topic is the answer of my situation.
Can someone write an article for me about how to explain what i [try] to do to my 85 age granfa, 78 age granma, 62 age mom.You better start explaining how this real world started lol .When i say to mom i will have an internet business she asked me why i want a job about porn coz thats the only thing she read,heard about internet.
| 1:50 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I either say "computer stuff", "not much", or "student". Which generally accomplishes them not asking any further questions, as I hate trying to explain this stuff to people, and I don't want to anyways :)
| 2:04 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
as little as possible for as much as possible, thats my answer, used it many times, good ice breaker, makes them laugh!
| 2:48 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|how to explain what i [try] to do to my 85 age granfa, 78 age granma, 62 age mom |
my grandma (well, my wife's) at 90+ always asks for an update on the business when she sees me... she was something of an entrepreneur herself when she was younger. I told her I "sell websites", she understands that much better than lots of younger people do.
| 4:35 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I tell people exactly what I do. Work in my pajamas from the house all day long. You should see the expression on peoples faces when I tell them I do not change into regular clothes until after work......
| 4:44 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|I tell people exactly what I do. Work in my pajamas from the house all day long. |
If it's good enough for Hugh Hefner, it's good enough for us. :-)
| 5:50 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I tell them I'm self-unemployed.
| 6:05 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
After the dot com bust people have somehow got the concept that a website can never make money. At least it is here in India.
I kinda like it being my own boss.
| 6:09 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I work with other affiliate programs in addition to Adsense. So I tell people that I have a website and that I sell products for other companies, like aaa and bbb, through my website. Where aaa and bbb are merchants that they're familiar with. The people who ask me would not be potential competitors, so this works fine for me.
| 6:34 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Oh spacielacie...do we have the same relatives.
My shortest reply is to tell them I own a web business where I sell advertising space...like a newspaper!
It was hilarious when I went to my accountant for the first time and I told her that I had a website business(giving me a "poor diluted creature..you'll never make money at that" look) Then she saw my annual income and started asking all kinds of questions. The top answered worked for her too.
My challenge is signing emails with a title. WHAT AM I?
CEO is if you are part of a corp. President...sounds so, so, made up, webmaster doesn't describe the half of it. I finally decided I won't put my title of anything!
| 6:38 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I've liked some of the posts here, funny and remind me of situations I've been in.
The latest story in my neighbourhood was that I was unemployed. This was assumed because "I walk my dog too much and never seem in a hurry". God only knows what theory they must have come up with to explain the 2 cars outside my house.
When the "what do you work as?" question comes along now my response is....I have x amount of websites.
Then wait for the follow up which can be pretty varied.
"you sell stuff on ebay" (never have)
"is it porn" (used to be, so some peeps Ive not seen in a while still assume this)
"you build websites for other people" (twice in 5 years)
"how much money do you make" (I do ok, my wife doesn't even know how much I make)
"how do you make money" (varied)
"could you show me how to do it" (like hell)
These are just a handful of popular responses and if that's the persons first response then i just tell them it's boring and complicated.
If they show a little knowledge then I simply say I get paid by advertisers to display ads much the same as a magazine or newspaper.
Both the above are swiftly followed by asking what line of business they are in.
| 6:43 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I work for Rent My Daughter.com. Conversation finished.
| 6:53 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I see that this topic made the front page at WebmasterWorld. Guess I'm not alone in feeling uncomfortable with this question! When speaking to family and friends, as opposed to strangers at a party in my OP, I tell them that I teach <u>my niche</u> on the Internet. Old friends are always asking me, "so, are you still ___________?". I tell them, "No. Now I teach other people how to do it on the Internet. Not only ____________, but I teach ____, ____, and _____ as well." I've been self-employed for as long as most people have known me, so the details about money don't usually come up.
When I was first starting out, I told people that "I get on the Internet and find ways to make money." For some reason, the subject of a web cam would come up after this.
| 7:30 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
my dad always explains what I do to his friends by saying I earn 'a penny a click' from visitors to my site. Pretty accurate actually..
| 7:43 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Answer: "I've been unemployed for so long I forgot what kind of work I'm out of."
| 8:28 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I tend to tell people that I'm retired, which is kind of semi-true now.
| 8:55 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I used to be a lawyer so I told them I just worked in an office.
I went into a (real) estate agency so again I told them I just worked in an office
Now I'm in internet marketing I just tell them I work in an office.
Spent my whole life dodging awkward questions.
They all feel sorry for me as I'm just a clerk in an office.
| 9:06 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|They all feel sorry for me as I'm just a clerk in an office. |
I wonder what they'd think if you said you worked in a bedroom? :-)
| 9:25 pm on Jan 10, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Some people just can't come to grips with this type of work. My Grandfather just doesn't understand where all of my money comes from. He thinks that since I spend all of my time on my computer that I'm doing some kind of criminal activity. He's always asking me "So, who did you steal from today?"
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