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How realistic is IM full time? As a career?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ReachGG, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. ReachGG

    ReachGG Newbie

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    I'm about to turn 23 in 3 months with no job and no college. I have around $2k in the bank. It hit me recently how much time I've wasted since high school. Crazy stressed and lost right now. I was never a 9-5 person, I just can't function like that. Waking up, working for someone else, then earning the same no matter how much harder you work, like a robot, for the rest of your life. I don't really have a passion I'd pursue, so I don't know what I would even study.

    In HS I tried a little bit of PPD and made around $100 then stopped. I know IM isn't glorious and that it's hard work.

    I'm just not sure what to do right now. If I pursue IM full time, I'd put 14 hours a day into it, like my life depended on it, literally. Where can I be in a year if I do this? I realize that's kind of a silly question and depends on lots of things, but yeah. How realistic is IM as a full time, long term career though?
     
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  2. LakeForest

    LakeForest Supreme Member

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    Get to work, pursue schooling if you'd like, look for work if you'd like too.

    No better time to start moving forward than right now.

    If you work as hard as you're saying you will make it, gain experience, make connections, and be in a better place. But make sure to look at backup plans like school and a part-time|full-time job. There is no disgrace in working.
     
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  3. cmghoops32

    cmghoops32 Registered Member

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    Statistically speaking, your chances are very low.

    That being said, the majority of people are lazy, and give up quite easily. So don't be discouraged.

    If it's what you truly desire, I guarantee you'll find a way to make it happen. However, having only $2k and starting from 0 income, I recommend that you get a job. Sounds dreadful, I know! But it doesn't have to be a long term thing if you don't let it become one. A job will simply pay your bills and give you money to invest in your online business.

    It's really quite simple, decide what it is you really want, and then go out there and make it happen. You will wear a few on the chin, just remember to get back up and you'll be fine.

    Best Wishes
     
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  4. serpmover2014

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    2k is enough to get a profitable online business going. But you need to know what to do what it. Most people blow it on stupid stuff rather than invest wisely, which is where they mess up.
     
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    Forget statistics ^^ unless you feel like one. Well then you're fucked.

    I don't have much to say other than the fact that I like your mindset and think you should give full time IM a go. You've got nothing to lose, you're still young.

    I also think that IM will allow you the freedom to find yourself and pursue the goals that are yet to unravel in your life.

    That being said, don't get into wishful thinking, you'll need to work hard and completely remove procrastination from your life. That will be your main challenge.
     
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    Treat this more like business.

    You need a certain amount of money to survive, and a certain amount to prosper your business. Personally I only invest 5% of my income into IM because I consider it high risk. Unless I have a direct connection who has done the business successfully already, then it's much less risk.

    Look to sell a product or service, and not just a blind pursuit of 'IM'

    Example: -SEO service -Amazon product -eBay product -App Game
     
  7. cmghoops32

    cmghoops32 Registered Member

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    Of course it is. But it's not like he can just put that whole $2k towards IM (unless I'm assuming wrong and he has 0 bills)
     
  8. serpmover2014

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    Yes i understand that. That will be his struggle. I personally started with less than $1000 in the bank and started making thousands a month. It took 4 months though. If I would've had 2k I probably could've got to the 5k a month mark in just two months. But I already knew which industry I'd go into because my friend told me what made him money. Thats another place newbs struggle...
     
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    Step one, don't invest any money into IM.
    Learn to start from the beginning, seriously. I started out with not a penny to my name but my mom always gave me money to goto the gas station to buy a mountain dew to start my workday online.

    I started with Fiverr for my first bit of income and content locking. It made me $100 - $200 a month, nothing to be proud of but keep reinvesting the money earned online back into online activities.

    Once you get into the hang of things start meeting people and really networking. It'll take you to amazing heights and into new places to explore.
     
  10. SnoopyDrew

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    Do you pay rent/bills? Or are you still living with your parents? If you still live with family go to school part time and save as much money as you can with IM. Spend all of your free time working with IM. That's what I have been doing and its working out pretty well for me.I only pay 300 a month for bills/rent.

    If you stay motivated anything is possible,there are plenty of people on this site who don't work a 9-5 and make enough online to support themselves!

    Good luck Mate!
     
  11. jacobpov

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    Buddy, I am 21 now and I been doing IM since I was 16, And I dropped out when I was 16. Trust me it can be a full-time thing :).

    If you are like everybody else that just dreams, Nothing will happen.
    If you see a dream as reality and take action then you will get what you want.
     
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  12. Gogol

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    Well dude there is nothing that can compliment education, not even money. Graduation is the first and foremost thing you should do. Don't worry about being Zukerberg or Jobs.. You can still be one with your grads degree.

    IM for me is a hobby. I earn my bread doing programming. I have this backup because I did proper degree course. I am not saying you should make IM a hobby, but STUDY SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST MOTTO.
     
  13. cmghoops32

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    That would explain the Google Sniper 2.0 affiliate link in your signature
     
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    Haha..your so full of it. Let me guess, you have PM:ed OP about helping him out? Do some coaching maybe?
     
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    Yeah, and it converts ;)
    By the way, if you consider programming as a part of IM, then it's bread and butter for me. So..
     
  16. cmghoops32

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    I'm sure it does. There are a lot of clueless/desperate people on this forum. But in my opinion, it's a joke to see such a reputable member promoting such a trashy product.
     
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    If you are living in the US, you are way better off then the majority people in the world.

    I'm 23 too right now with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I'm not a 9-5 person either but I think I have to do it. I've been around internet marketing forums for since 2010. Haven't made a dime. Only made 100 dollar indirectly and completely by a luck. I'm just so tired of everything right now, have no idea what to do. No job, no online career just knowledge.

    I'm here, on reddit reading up cool stuff everyday, following startup news on multiple feeds... everyone being successful and making a killing. For fuck sakes, creator of snapchat is our age OP and he is a bloody billionaire. I just don't understand how.

    Like yesterday I found out people just doing simple web development got feature in a recent Payoneer conference. I'm like, this guy just designs website [literally building wordpress website of the templates] which everyone else does online and he got featured for it!!? Was he doing something innovative? Was he doing something HUGE? On his facebook page he just got 200 likes and yet has a post saying "hiring graduates for paid internship"

    I don't get it. Here I am with knowledge in engineering, web development, programming, SEO/SEM and can't make a single dime. Yesterday I cold called couple of local business if they wanted website... guess what what the response was? They told to fuck off.k

    Few months back I found out people on BHW are making for 400,000 USD annually and the guy said its not enough. What he does? Sells real products. I just don't get it how can someone make so much just selling products because if people did, every other selling should be millionaire.. Also many people here earn 10,000 USD per month through 'SEO clients". Who are these clients who pay so much??? I know SEO but who are these clients who can afford to pay so much?

    In my experience since 2010, I feel there is shitton of luck and something extra involved which I don't know, its insane.

    Sometimes I believe if I lived in the US, my current life would be so much better. Mo money mo business.. just so much fun. In the current globalized economy, being born in a part of the world considered dump sucks so much
     
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  18. Bragah

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    I`m doing it so it`s possible to have a career.

    I know a few people that are billionaires, from IM and other investments that came along with the IM money and when I`m saying "know" its not that I read a magazine or something... I`ve worked with them so its a motivation for you that you can get there as well.
     
  19. Gogol

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    LOL, take a paid membership if you are envy :p j/k

    Seriously speaking, I am not providing any service here currently.. so I just keep experimenting with the space that's it.
     
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  20. nutserious

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    Billinoares? What service do you offer which made a billionaire to contact you? There are around 1700 billionare out of a 7 billion people.

    @ Bragah btw