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Do you consider yourself an online "business owner"?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by InstaMoney, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. InstaMoney

    InstaMoney Regular Member

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    I'm quite having an "identity crisis" now. I hope some of you could help me.
    Some of you may laugh at me right now, but this question really bothers me for weeks now.

    How can you tell a person if he's a "business owner"? What are you basis?
    Does he needs to operate a b2b (business to business)? Or does he have to be ranking SEO clients, etc?
    I only have affiliate sites using Amazon Associates and promoting some CPA offers. I hire VAs to create handwritten content for me and other PBN related stuffs.
    Do you consider me an online "business owner"?

    If you only have affiliate niche sites, do you consider yourself an online "business owner"?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Conor

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    If you own a registered company, you're a business owner.

    If you do online work without a registered company, you're a freelancer.

    Anything else, you're just self employed.
     
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  3. lord1027

    lord1027 Elite Member

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    Best answer given.

    Anyone else self employed?
     
  4. oscilay

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    Why limit yourself at being just a business owner?I have international traffic so I can consider myself a global business owner. So when someone asks me what I do for living, I say I own an international company.
     
  5. MafiaBoss

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    Having an international company means you should own several registered headquarters in each country having its own offices and staffs. For ex, Google/Paypal/Hitachi/Samsung are international companies.
     
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    Until now, No......
     
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    AmateRasu Power Member

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    you forget about the word "Affiliates" for those people who work on networks
     
  9. rjlarke

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    You're not a company unless you are incorporated at your countries version of Companies house. You need directors and shareholders. Otherwise you are a self employed sole trader. It's not something you could have done by accident are you limited (LTD or PLC)? To own a business you must own it's shares a business has a separate identity to you, it can be sued without you being sued, it can have it's own bank account and borrow it's own money. Otherwise you are an individual engaging in business.
     
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  10. SEO Power

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    If you are offering services or selling something online, then you have a business. If you are just ranking sites, you are self-employed or you can just call yourself an internet marketer (pretty standard).
     
  11. Zwielicht

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    Yes, I do consider myself an online business owner for the following reasons:
    1. I have a registered company which I registered with my FBN
    2. I have a business license
    3. I have a home occupation permit
    4. I have a business website, which is also a blog, where I showcase my portfolios and offer my services

    In other words, I've filled out all of the necessary paperwork and taken the action required to become a business owner.
     
  12. Paper-Boy

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    Nope, I refer to myself as an entrepreneur ;)

    Whenever I see an opportunity, whether offline and/or online, I do everything I can to make it work. If not, I learn from it and make sure I don't make the same mistakes on the next campaign/venture.
     
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    Indeed I do, and as Treeofl very effectively put it, a business owner is one who owns a registered company (best regards, captain obvious). And I do.
     
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    Entrepreneur and business owner are practically synonymous, although I consider entrepreneurs as people who are innovative in their field of work. Since I don't think of myself as innovative (at least, not yet), I merely call myself a small business owner.
     
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    to be a business owner you need to own a company, firm, corporation and stuff like that
     
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