Hey Hey, My name is Ryan and I have been a part of the forums for several years. I had an old account I asked to be deleted since the username could easily be linked to me and my business. I rather not be found here and just leave it as my first name. I want to apologize ahead of time for the long initial post and don't blame you if you quit reading at this point. I want to really give a decent amount of my story to understand the real reasons behind this journey thread and why I have set certain goals. I have been a Freelance Designer Full-time Since Sept. 2009. I was in the hospital with my wife for 9 weeks with our second son do to complications so I could not keep my regular job and be there for her. I started my business on nothing but Faith and have been doing it full-time ever since. Currently I am making around 3K a month and My bills are around 3k a month so It is pretty tight. My wife has had 4 surgeries this year alone and still not doing that well. I'm not complaining, I am very blessed to be able to work from home and have time with the kids. However my bills seem to be going up and up each month with medical bills and high medicine co-pays. I already currently do mostly all the cleaning, cooking, house maintenance and take care of my wife and 2 boys. 3 & 5. How my business runs currently. My bread and Butter is branding and Identity. Logo's | Flyers | Business Cards | etc. But I also offer web design although I only do a 1-2 a month. I have one freelancer in the States with me that I send extra leads to that I can't handle and he sends me back 25% after he gets paid. I have a full-time designer from the Philippines that I recently hired a couple months ago for $400 a month. He helps by getting started with some concepts and sending them to me to finish up with the clients. This has helped me become somewhat more passive but I am still doing a lot of the work. My Goals ( finally right?) Financially: A. I will like to hit $8-10K a month. So I can start saving and feeling less stressed hopefully. Business(es): Because of this demand for my time I am looking to find more opportunities for more of a passive income. My current ideas I will be trying first are below in addition to my main business. A. My Graphic Design Business 1. I want to work less and make more (haha, don't we all) I hope to accomplish this by advertising more and allowing my team to do more work than I allow right now to free me to focus on my other goals. I currently advertise with craigslist mostly and that has brought in 70% of my business for almost 4 years now but it is getting harder and harder to do. So I will be researching and looking for advice on other great ways to advertise. Probably will consider a small budget to test adwords. B. Website through Ticket Network 1. I have a website through ticket network that I hope to advertise and create some income from. I plan to use craigslist some to advertise as well as backpage. So far I had one order that I made $104 off of. I know a guy that made $200K+ last year with ticket network. But he has 15 computers running thousands of dollars worth of software postings 10's of thousands of ads a day and I am just not there yet by any means C. A few Personal Websites 1. I am hoping to monetize a few projects I have had at a stand still for a while. I have a video community and forum in a specific niche that is pr4 and alexa 1m without any fake traffic or anything. I also have a few blogs I want to starting updating regulary and try to monetize. D. I am hoping to also find new ideas along that way. If you have any input or ideas for me I would love to hear them. I hope that this thread can be used as motivation for me as mentioned below and as inspiration to others. I will do my best to update regularly. Goal of twice a week but hopefully more than that! Thread Goals: 1. I hope to update the thread at least twice a week. I could say I will everyday but I think that will be an unrealistic goal. 2. I hope to add value to others reading and hoping to learn something new or at least generate ideas for something new. 3. I hope to learn from those following this thread that can add valuable advice and tips 4. I hope that in the process of updating this thread it will keep me accountable to my goals. Reminding me not to give up and keep pressing on. That seeing the progress made will be an encouragement and when progress seems slow that I can find encouragement still here.