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How much time and money did you invest in what it is you do....before the money poured in?

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  1. BananaTree23

    BananaTree23 Newbie

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    Hi, i was wondering how much time and money did some of you spend in what it is you do...before you were satisfied with your paychecks....
     
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  2. motzart

    motzart Power Member

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    You tend to see exponential growth.

    So nothing for a long time, as you build up the intangible side of marketing (aka experience/knowledge/etc.) and then put that into practice after a while...


    And *boom* everything thinks you're an overnight success.
     
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  3. LityUM

    LityUM Junior Member

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    I have took one year of stable work to see satisfying results in Italian market. This was more or less the same as many English marketers told me. Also I was aiming on one kind of success (affiliate) and I have had also an unexpected one (coaching and clients) so people choose what your success is in my opinion. Now let's see in the English market if the experience will be the same.
     
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    funkybunker Supreme Member

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    I spent $1000 before I made my first $100. Results may vary.
     
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    imweirdo Registered Member

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    About time, I wont stop until get the best results. I've spend some k in some differnt projects.
     
  6. PandaDomo

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    Sounds about right for me as well :p
     
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    Everything I have. If I start something I don't like to treat it as a hobby. I suggest you do the same or you might not have much luck. People who think they can go and invest a little and make a cool passive income clearly is still living with his parents or just brainwashed.
     
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    When I started out in 1995 the 14.4k modem connection to Compuserve cost me 500 bucks per month in usage fees. Multiply that by a couple of months and here we go describing my initial investment. My first project was a list of links on a free host.
     
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    I spent about year reading and learning stuff on the internet. Imo, it really pays off as I am now working on personal IM projects and taking a full-time paycheck as on-site auditor for an agency.
     
  10. BreaknBrix

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    I read for 3 weeks, took action, then after 4 days of taking action sold a $600 website. By month 2 I cleared $4k.

    However, I did this offline. When I got to WF, I was more motivated than I'd ever been in my life. I had just told my boss to fuck off, got fired, and had made up my mind that I would not be reapplying to any jobs. So I came in with the mindset, "this is going to work no matter what I have to do".

    All I did was collect valpak mailers (junk mail) that came to my house, found all the shittiest ads, found their shitty websites, called the businesses up then tried to sell web design.

    Then after about 8 months I got sick of that and started investing most my money into online ventures. After that I had a string of good luck. I started ranking local sites in the top 3 of Google, lets just say "hurricane related" industries. Then a few months later Hurricane Sandy hit and I cleared 6 figures in 3 months. We also got a call from a CBS producer and I got my brother on tv.

    I kept that up for a while. Got into Clickbank & YT. Made some decent money with that. But after I got a fair amount of money in the bank I lost my "spark". Started smoking too much weed and becoming really complacent. Then I had a series of really bad luck. YT destroyed retention views. Then pigeon came out and destroyed like 80% of my local keywords. A month after that I told myself "I need to stop smoking weed" so I quit. Then a couple weeks after that 3/4 of my main money sites were hacked and destroyed. And now I'm trying to slowly rebuild my empire. It's ironic how the "spark" is only really ignited when bad things happen. Cause I find myself motivated like when I first got into marketing.

    I've realized you can never get too comfortable in this industry. I've learned passive income can be a curse in disguise. Most importantly I've learned... when you're doing good.... at ANYTHING, >>>that is the time to WORK YOUR ASS OFF. You really DO need to "strike while the iron is hot". Because when I had my string of good luck, even though I capitalized on it there were so many things I didn't capitalize on. So much money I left on the table. Rather than work harder on scaling, I just kept working at my same comfortable pace. The better and better I was doing, the more secure I felt, and the more and more vulnerable I was making myself.

    You live and learn.

    -BB
     
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  11. eduardo38

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    I think you must work hard very hard and invest all you can of time and money but all depend how fast your business grow God willing. I think that after 3 years you have your niche and also the experience to living online.