If you are researching about social media marketing jobs then I have something that may be of financial interest to you.Everybody knows that social media is the hot thing right now.Companies of all types are hiring for these positions because they know if they have a social media following that is responsive then they are going to be around for years to come.Yesterday I heard that a well known company that may be a Fortune 500 is hiring for a social media marketing job position and they are paying around $140,000 a year.My mouth almost dropped to the floor.I remember back in 2010 when I was helping local businesses market online, basically the same thing that social media marketers do now at these corporations, the going rate was around $60k – $80k per year.To hear about that big jump (and I know it all depends on the company) let me further know that I was on the right track. I’ll tell you about that in just a little bit.One of the challenges that many will face when applying for a “social media marketing job” is that a lot of companies are looking for those that ALREADY have experience. And they are not just talking about you having 1,000 friends on Facebook.They want people that know how to get videos ranked on the first page of YouTube for certain keywords. They want to see a ton of likes, comments, and shares on those videos as well.They want people that know how to engage the audience on Facebook and Twitter and have them constantly sharing, commenting, and liking their tweets/status updates.Because that’s the name of the game. What runs social media and makes you popular is obviously the amount of social engagement which is ONLY JUDGED by the amount of shares, likes, and comments.That’s it.So if you don’t have experience you are S.O.L.Not only that but the competition is so stiff now a days that they are really looking for the creme of the crop if you do have experience because if a companies social media campaign is NOT ON POINT then its safe to say that they are only going to be around for so long.Let’s look at this from a different perspective though.Let’s say you do get the social media marketing job that you apply for. Let’s say that you do get the money that you want. Let’s say you even get to work from home.Ask yourself this one question…… Will your quality of life and freedom be worth the demand that the company is going to place on you?Think about it.You won’t be getting paid 6 figures just to sit around the house. You won’t be able to work from home just to do whatever the heck you want. If they are giving you that amount of freedom they expect results…… FAST.Let me share a true story with you.I’ve been marketing online now since 2008.When I decided in the summer of 2010 that I was going to help local businesses build a social media presence I met with a guy that owns a well known carpet cleaning company.To make a long story short I was getting paid a great amount from him to market online with videos, Google Places, and other platforms. Although I had another business that I was working at the time at well, a lot of my time was taken up just marketing for this one client.Then the results just weren’t coming in fast enough for him. Now being a professional I know that it takes about 6-9 months to start seeing a return. I thought I made that clear. Anyways we ended up parting ways and I chalk it up to miscommunication.Even to this day the same videos that I put up 2 years ago are still getting views, comments, and generating leads for him. And I hadn’t done any work since November 2010.Ever since then I’ve just been selling educational products that actually show people like yourself how to effectively market online.The reason I told you that story is because most of the time pressure is put on you to perform FAST and sometimes with this social media and internet marketing there are things that are out of your control.This whole thing is all about testing, tracking, and tweaking.There are no guarantees in marketing.So what if you don’t perform well enough fast enough? What will happen to you?If you’ve read this far you are probably agreeing with me and know that I am making very valid points.I’ll be frank with you. With all the knowledge that I know I can go and land a comfortable high paying social media marketing job with no problem. I firmly believe that.But I choose not too.I like my freedom instead.I’d rather use the skills that I’ve developed as a social media/internet marketer to do my own thing and show others how as well.