If you follow my blog, you know Adsense and affiliate sites are just hobbies for me. I make some descent pocket money from these projects, but my bread and butter comes from selling physical products from e-commerce sites I own like JillianLeather.com.
Unlike my wife, I'm a total pessimist. My glass is half empty and her's is half full. When I watch the news and hear about the Dow falling another 300 points, more job layoffs, and businesses closing, I'm expecting total economic collapse any day.
Numbers Don't Lie
During what has been described as the worst economy since the great depression, my e-commerce sites brought in more than $1.3 million dollars in revenue for 2008. That's $130,000 dollars more than 2007.
I'm sure times are hard for many people. My retirement accounts have lost more in the last 6 months than I'll make working this year. But I don't believe things are nearly as bad as we are being told. The malls are full of people and I still have to wait a full 2 hours to eat at the Cheesecake Factory on a Friday night.
Good news doesn't sell newspapers or keep people watching newscasts. It isn't news that 10 million children went to school and returned home safely today, but it's national news when one of them doesn't.
The same is true for the economy. We don't hear about the millions of businesses that have grown revenue and added jobs. We only hear about the businesses asking for taxpayer bailouts, laying off workers, and filing for bankruptcy.
I'm determined to grow my business by more than 20% in 2009. If we do suffer this "total economic collapse" like our friends in the media tell us, what can we do about it
anyway? I'm going to spend less time worrying about things I cannot change and more time working at growing my business.
What's your view of the economy and the predicted doomsday we are all facing?
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