I?ve learned a huge amount from this forum over the years and starting with zero money, I am going to attempt to retire in 18 months on the income I earn both online and offline, using the skills I've learned over the past 46 Years of my life. My bloated ego believes you'll be interested in finding out if I can do it or not. The basis of the experiment is to see if I can double my money 14 times to secure the amount of money I calculate I need, to live comfortably on my current income. You will have different goals, skills and experience but the key is to set achievable goals and stick to them as if your life depends on it. To give you an example of where I?m at and what skills and experience I have, I decided to present this by way of a narrative. This is my story... Work Experience: I've been earning an income since I was about 9-10 years old. Gardening services to neighbours, collecting newspaper/cardboard for recycling, catching moles etc. Next I tried breeding white rats which was quite profitable until the bubble burst as more and more sellers drove the prices down. Macram potholders and lampshades in various colours were a big seller until people came to their senses and realized how horrible they actually looked, I also got bored. As I got older I looked for easier ways to earn cash, acted in plays and musicals and then adverts for film and TV. These are all possible to do now to get you started. My daughter (15) trades clothes and handbags and my son (12) buys and sells PlayStation games. My wife buys old furniture and paints it, then sells it online. She's also started a nail studio from home and advertises on local directories. Her advert last night on Facebook resulted in a client booking her while she was still in the process of uploading photos of her work. So there really is no way you can't get started right away and be making money today! Okay, back to my story. After school I was conscripted into the army and learned a whole bunch of skills that are still useful today. Unfortunately I was injured while out on patrol and ended up in hospital for 6 months and came out a little worse for wear. I got a job as a personal trainer at our local gym so that I could use their equipment for free rather than paying for a physio and within a year I was healthy and strong again. To supplement my income at my first proper job (salesman selling tools and hardware) I teamed up with a friend who had been in the Israeli army special forces. Together we taught unarmed combat to security company personnel and taught self-defence classes to kids and moms. South Africa was a very volatile and hostile place in those years before apartheid ended and our timing was right for the type of work we were doing. Between that and bouncing at a couple of bars and clubs I managed to earn enough to pay for my university studies. After qualifying as an accountant I worked a number of jobs in various industries finally doing my articles at a firm of Chartered Accountants. The minute my articles were finished, my soon-to-be-wife and I started our own firm. We did very well at first but made the mistake of putting all our eggs in 2 baskets. Our 2 largest clients failed to pay us in 2 consecutive months and that was the end of our business. We settled our bills and moved on. So we went back to working for a salary, I ended up with a dream job running an international company that owned wines farms and rare-wood plantations in Africa. Much drinking, travelling and partying later I was on cloud nine when things took a turn for the worse. Drugs were being smuggled into Europe in some of our containers of wine and my family?s life was threatened by the Italian mafia. What followed could have been plucked from the pages of a best-selling novel. My house and offices were broken into and my telephones were tapped. We were followed wherever we went by both the police who thought we were up to no good as well as the dodgy people I was working for. Two of my staff were murdered and their bodies dumped in our driveway. I slept with a loaded shotgun next to my bed and hired security guards to patrol our farmhouse. Eventually my lawyers brokered a deal and we left the area with a bit of money and a very forgettable experience. In hindsight, I should have just resigned quietly and moved on, but my ego and temper got the better of me and I refused to back down. By the time I realised who I was dealing with it was too late and my family and I were lucky to get out of the situation thanks to some good friends who backed me up. After a well-deserved holiday I joined a textile manufacturer and enjoyed a 7 year period of peace and quiet until the Chinese started dumping product into our market and the business went belly-up. Whilst in that job I started delving into online forex trading and internet marketing, selling self-published eBooks on various topics. In those early days it was quite a mission to set everything up as it was completely new territory and we were all feeling our way through the process. Google AdSense was introduced and boy was it the wild west! We made tons of money and thought the party would never end, but it did and the $1000 days evaporated before our eyes and I looked for greener pastures. The pasture I chose was the pet food industry, specifically cat food. My wife and an agricultural scientist put together a formula for cat and kitten food that far surpassed the products available at the time. The big name producers were cashing in big time but were (and still are) producing food that doesn't meet the nutritional needs of our pets. We did extremely well at first. After a few months we started to hurt the bigger suppliers in our area and on one fateful morning everything came crashing down as the factory who we had contracted to produce our food cancelled all our orders and told us they wouldn't be able to make any more food for us. Unbeknownst to us, they had ties to the big suppliers and the shareholders told them to pull the plug on our products. The only other factory in the country capable of producing the quality of product we needed had also started making a better quality food, having seen our success, and they were unable to help us out as they were at capacity. This was unfortunate timing as the textile business had just gone under and now our own business was dead in the water along with all our savings. We were back to square one, in fact bankruptcy was staring us in the face. Long story short, we lost everything and had to start again. This time however it was going to take almost 5 years before the debts were paid and we could make a start on building up our finances. Which brings us to up to today, we?re ready to start another chapter in our lives and this time I?m going to ask for help. I?ve always been someone who does their own thing and make my own path in life, this time however, I?m looking to leverage my own skills and experience with other peoples? knowledge and experience and hopefully help both myself and you to avoid some mistakes and reach our goals faster and more easily. In the past few years I?ve made money building websites and blogs for offline clients, earned AdSense income on various niche website, made money from CPA as well as writing content, articles, eBooks for clients in Australia, South Africa, UK , Canada and USA. I?ve written for a National Sunday Newspaper here in South Africa as well as designing print ads for various clients. So, to start off I?m going to write some articles to get the ball rolling as well as sell some of my stuff I?m not using so that I can reach my initial targets by the end of the week. I will update this thread every time I've taken action so you can see how it?s going. Please feel free to ask questions and make comments, I?ll do my best to answer. In my next post I'll lay out the income targets and the initial steps I'm taking to reach the goals.