I was talking to some old IM buddies of mine about how far we have all come in the last few years and it got me thinking about how others started out. For me, I started at 16 creating websites for games I was interested in. At the time I had no idea you could even make money online but this led to me meeting a few people who showed me the basics. I kind of plodded along for a while, making incredibly bad websites, until I recconnected with an old friend who turned out to be making a constant £4000 a month by spamming google with crappy .info sites. This spurred a whole new way of thinking for me and kick started my work in IM. Now I am 24. I operate around 60 different websites across 8 different niches and have been making good money for the past few years. My friend, who originally introduced me to IM, is now no longer doing anything online due to Googles algo changes, meaning that I have been working solo for the past couple of years. For me, this is my biggest hurdle right now. I seem to work better when I am surrounded by like minded people. Regardless, this work led to me being head hunted for an affiliate manager posistion early this year, which has taken me around the world to attend conferences and meet others in the industry, all whilst allowing me to further my own work on the side. This, for me at least, feels like the start of something much greater. The networking opportunities alone has given me a whole new view of the industry and I hope that I continue to see success for many years to come. But enough about me. How did you guys start out? Do you ever feel like you were lucky enough to just fall into jobs related to the industry you love, like myself, or was it something you had to really work at? Have you always worked for yourself and if so, what was the motivation to do so?