I have been making a living online for 17 years. I started when I was 16. I've had some really good times (mid six figures), and some really low times (couple grand a month, some would be happy with that, but when this is your career and you have a family, it's not very good). I rely on an income, even if $10k+/month, that I never know what's going to happen the next day. What if Google makes an update and wipes out everything I have again? I live in a small house, so it's never been an issue, but with two kids, I need a new house. I'm on the computer constantly, it's probably more so an addiction, or a habit I got into and stayed into. If I'm sitting watching TV, I'm thinking I'd rather be on the computer. Don't get me wrong I spend a lot of time with my family, but that's all I do, 12-14 hours on the computer and rest with family. Repeat. Sure it's nice I can take a break and hang out with my kids when I want, but what if I had a 9-5 job and just shut down once I'm at work. Get home at 5, have dinner, then don't even go on the computer at night. Sit, watch TV, hang out with friends, family and go to work the next day. Don't have to think about business, customer complaints, how to improve business, etc etc. The rail is hiring where I live. Sit on a train, and zone out all day. Conductors make $100,000/year, and $65,000/year pension when you retire. Our cost of living is some of the lowest in the country, so that $100,000 is even better here. It's not 9-5, but when I'm home I can just shut off, not worry about anything else. Where as now I can't shut off, something is always on my mind. I'd know where I'd be in this job in 20 years, and I have a great pension when I retire that I know will be there. I hear it's not the best job, but the security is there, and the salary is great. But instead I sit on my computer busting my ass like a lot of people here. Busting my ass on something that may not even turn profit for all the work I put in. Something that may get penalized and my months of hard work I put in, wiped out. Maybe a competitor does negative SEO on me? Maybe a competitor has deep pockets and spends ridiculous money on a marketing team and I fade away. So why do I do it? Why do you do it? Why don't I just take the easy way out, work for the man, let them deal with the complex problems while I just do my simple task, collect a paycheck and have job security for the rest of my life? I'm in the process of creating a pretty big site, and I'm sitting here second guessing myself. Thinking of all the things that have failed, or rules have changed or Google has changed, and things went down hill. At times I'm so pumped for the idea, I can't wait to launch it, and other times I'm like this.