Is it just me or do IMers in general receive a lack of respect for their job? Maybe it is in indirect ways but nonetheless it is their. For instance, I work a full time job Mon-Fri 9-5 and when I come home I usually spend another 5 hours a night, and 10 hours or so each weekend day, doing my marketing. However, no one seems to notice that this is more than a FULL TIME SECOND JOB. I make decent money at my regular 9-5 and then come home and try to earn more, although it is hard with everyone making demands of you as if you only have 1 job. I want to improve my life, my girlfriends life, my family's life, yet none of those people seem to realize that I pour more of myself into this IM thing than anything else. They do not realize that Im exhausted even though I have "weekends off" They do not realize that I wake up at 4am in order to get the days posts in before most of the world, they think I just wake up early because I want too.... seriously. They do not see the progress I have made from my 1st month IMing years ago and the insane amount of work and time it took to make $0 dollars, and how far it has progressed (not anything crazy but just about the same as my 9-5 income). Everyone sees my hardware and software as "toys" when in reality they are "tools" sure their are nicer than most peoples, but its because we USE them. They are how I make money. Would you expect to have the same hardware a mechanic has? And, this is where the indirect disrespect or IMing comes in, when I get my checks every month no one seems to remember where they came from. They dont put it together that my working on the computer results in those checks we get every month. People object to they way I spend the money, like I have been doing sooo bad Im going to lose it all. Its like money magically appears every month and no one is working for it yet here I am... after another day of the 9-5 back at it and setting my alarm for 4AM. BAHHHH!!!! Im sorry all I had to see if anyone else goes through this... Im sure I could have expressed myself better but I had to vent and get it out to see if Im the only one. Thanks All!