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Perhaps, as a kid, you loved to listen to stories of pioneer days. You’d settle down comfortably on the rug, chin on your folded arms, and listen to stories about covered wagons and building houses from the surrounding trees. You’d watch Westerns and marvel. Perhaps, you were enthralled in history class at the idea of early explorers discovering entire continents. Perhaps you loved Swiss Family Robinson, and could have read all day about the ways they developed the island and made their own paradise. Perhaps you loved to watch Star Trek episodes, as they boldly went where no man had gone before.

As an adult, it’s a little disappointing that there’s nowhere else to explore. No uncharted territory you can explore, stake a claim to, and start building from scratch. And yet, in a way, there is. This uncharted territory is more like navigating a mind-scape than a plot of land, but it’s uncharted and untested, and if you work hard, you can build your own Swiss Family Robinson paradise. We are referring, of course, to the internet.

The internet is a future of possibilities. It can be bent to your dreams, schemes, and skills. You can take its wide-open nothing and create a world for yourself. All it takes is a plan.

If you play it right, you can make your entire income through the internet. Freelancing is one way to make a profit online, and it’s estimated that the majority of business will be done through freelancing in twenty years. Whether you write, proofread, write code, provide voiceovers, provide legal services, or anything in between, the internet is a rising realm of job opportunity. Another great way to earn a profit is to sell online. Whether through Etsy, creating and selling your own products, or by reselling products on Ebay or Amazon, online selling can be a pain-free way to earn money. Now that it’s easier than ever to buy wholesale pallets and turn a profit on merchandise, you might want to consider investing in an online store. It feels a little like making that farmhouse from the timber available–taking whatever you can reach and using it to earn a living.

A downside to the internet is its unchartibility. It’s hard to know what’s been seen, who’s watching you, and–a realistic fear–who’s been stealing your information. Now, it’s easier than ever before to protect your information, as places like this Baltimore security company track and protect your sensitive information online.

It won’t feel quite like making it on the frontier, but not having to grow your own wheat is kind of a relief. The internet is one of the last realms of undiscovered potential, and you might want to stake your claim. After all, adventure is a goal in and of itself.