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"I work at home on the Internet as a web publisher." They then usually ask what I mean by "web publisher". Followed by "Who pays you to do that?". And, finally, they come up with a creative way to ask "How much money do you make doing that?".
On one particular night of being asked what "I do" over and over, I decided to just say that I owned a computer related business. But, this just made things worse. "Oh computers! My brother works for a software company and makes good money there. So, what exactly does your company do in regards to computers?" Then, I was just back to square one, but with more explaining to do.
What do other Adsense full-timers, possibly with employees, say when asked this question? I'm just curious, thanks in advance for any comments.
Web Designer is good for me but I'd also like to indicate I do the research and write the content. I can't think of a short way to say that. I'd like to find a good phrase to put on my business cards. Any ideas?
Web Designer and Analyst?
I've heard of a lot of people outside of this thread refer to themselves as freelance writer, which covers a lot when it comes to people who aren't familiar with things like AdSense (even if it's not a precise description).
They are writing for themselves (i.e. their website), but somehow freelance writer may sound sexier or whatever, but it tends to end what could be a drawn-out conversation.
I build websites and hire companies like Google, Tribal-fusion, etc to sell ads for me which I place on my websites.
Before I adopted my "Trust No One" approach, I got cocky on one first date and tried to impress her with my response to the inevitable question.
"Well, I have this business relationship with Google"
Her response: "What's a google?"
Oh well, I tried.
Me: I have a home business.
Guy: What do you do?
Me: I buy and sell fishing lures on ebay.
Guy: How much money do you make?
Me: Last month alone I made $3,500
Guy: No way, you don't look rich to me?
Me: Of course not, I reinvest all my money into fishing lures. I plan on retiring in 10 years.
Guy: Oh really, how does it work?
Me: I just happen to sell a CD tutorial that explains how to make money on ebay. It's only $899, but i'll let you have for a one time introductory offer of only $299 today only.
I just say I work with computers. What makes me smile is in one of the pubs I go to they joke that I must run porn websites - if only they knew. (even if it is only the few snapped domains parked at ppc companies)
Slightly off topic it reminds me of the poker player who replied to what do you do? as "I am a real time risk/reward analyst"
"Traffic Cop" always stops those conversations dead, everyone hates "Traffic Cops".
I'm not really being dishonest about my occupation, they wouldn't understand the type of (web) traffic I direct in any case!
Like you I don't want to talk about work, so the sooner we can move on to another subject the better :)
"Why do we have more passengers than lifeboats?"
"What happens if we hit an iceberg?"
"What happens if the ship tries to go to fast, navigation wise?"
"How many people would be killed?"
"Is the Captain the right one for the job?"
etc etc etc
So, loose lips sink ships is IMHO boulderdash. ;)
On the business card description of the job maybe website desiger and writer or maybe author. Not freelance writer tho. I have enough work doing my own writing.
One of my friends who was already quite entertained by the fact that he had heard me say to people on different occasions that I was web designer, freelance journalist or an industry researcher, couldn't stop smirking when I revealed to someone new that we'd just met that I was a "magazine publisher".
Probably a little over the top but I couldn't help it - it just slipped out.
However, after the purchase of my company car, my insurance company wanted to know what I REALLY did. ...well, I write articles for my website... say WHAT?... Turns out they just needed to know if the car was for service or sales.