It seems that more and more people in this forum and new age millennials think that the traditional 9-5 job is for losers and corporate zombies. They all have ambitions of making money online and giving the finger to 'the man'. "Having a 9 to 5 is for chumps" they say. However, from my experience the vast majority of people online are the chumps. So my background, currently in my final year at a prestigious school in a very prestigious program. I am currently at a cross roads to decide whether I want to take on a real job when I graduate or focus on this online thing. I have been doing SEO work for about the last year. I currently have about an 100 site PBN network so that should tell you the level of money and efforts i have invested into this work. And i have to say I don't think its worth it. Below are some reasons why im leaning more towards giving up on this whole internet marketing thing. Why making money online isn't worth it. - The returns on my websites aren't that great (This could be a personal issue) - I find myself working long hours much longer than a typical 9-5er - I am often paranoid of being de-indexed or being exposed to negative SEO - Most of the work is done in isolation. spending long hours by myself, making me super anti social - The work itself SUCKS! It is mindless and repetitive, work that I can't outsource Why a 9-5 is actually better - My starting salary right out of college would be 70-75K(USD) which is much more significant than what I am making currently. - I would speculate 95% of people doing online marketing don't make more than 5K per month, the failure rate is too high - When you clock out of a 9-5 you clock out - You have 100 days off + about 15 days of paid vacation - Benefits of working in a corporate culture are great ie; health care, discount tickets to events etc. To me it seems like this make money online thing was sold as a dream, an unrealistic one. I am not disagreeing with the fact there are a number of successes, especially on this forum. I am arguing that for that small percentage that got the results their hours of work and type of work outweigh the benefits. You also have to look at the fact that this line of work isn't sustainable. You are at the mercy of all these major corporations that would flip policy overnight. and its not like it has happened. I didn't mean to bring the energy down or anything like that, I just wanted to shed some light into a more realistic landscape of what it is like to make money online. Would love to read some comments that hopefully encourage me to stay on this route.