1.3 Million Dollars In Revenue – Bad Economy?

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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2 Responses to “1.3 Million Dollars In Revenue – Bad Economy?”

  1. jpsetlak Says:

    Nice to see you are doing so well.
    If you could go back in time ……. to when you FIRST started to work in the Adwords/ppc field……….
    what advice would you give yourself from where you stand now? What resources would you recommend getting? What books or materials would you advise yourself to obtain? What financial dos and don’ts would you teach yourself?
    What else would you tell the younger Brent?

    Asking a veteran is always a good thing when you’re setting off for war. (kinda dark analogy)

  2. Brent Crouch Says:

    I started answering this question and it somehow grew into this post.

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