First off, I would like to announce that I am completely serious about this and it is my passion. I started out working a minimum wage job and I made a decent amount of money there before I left. After that, I started researching alternative ways to make money online and I came across internet marketing. I've tried IM for a year and gave up; it was simply too difficult for me and I did not have the necessary funds required to be successful. While it is possible to to make money without spending money; Money sure does make it easier. I self-studied the stock market; I am very interested in it however it requires a lot of money. I'm actually good with stocks and know a good one when I see one. With some money that I have tucked away, I've decided that I should invest. However, it isn't enough money to get going successfully in the stock market, so I've decided to invest into IM now that I will actually have the money and time to do so. I realized that IM is my passion because my dream is to have free-time. I don't want to be noticed on a national level, I don't want to be some famous pop-star, I want to have free-time to research what I enjoy and do the things that I want to do. I realized that IM is the key for me to unlock the cage to my dream. In addition, I absolutely adore marketing and computers; It's a perfect combination for me. I am very computer savvy and can pick up new concepts easily in relation to computers. In college I will be studying Computer Information Systems or Computer Science and will hold a job in that field until I can self-sustain myself on my private business ventures. After all the times I've failed, I guess I learned a bit. I've made some money online writing articles, but I want to move on to something different where I can get some passive/residual income. I've researched a few methods such as PPD, CPA, and PPC. I would like to acquire more knowledge in these fields; I really want to know what I am doing before I get into something. I've also considered selling IM services to website owners, as well as starting an Amazon store. I have a few questions if any professionals / people with adequate knowledge are willing to answer: 1) What did you start out with? Were you successful? 2) What would you consider the minimum amount you need to invest to actually produce income? 3) Is Amazon still booming? I hear good things about it. 4) How can I develop an appropriate plan of action? I need to pick something and stick with it. 5) How can I effectively use my time and how much time should I dedicate? (I will have a fair amount of time to dedicate anyway) 6) Any books/free e-books you recommend? I would like to offer my thanks for reading this thread. I hope others such as I feel a passion for IM, as well as the passion to be free. If there is any advice I can give to you; live below your means in the beginning. Be wise with your money; but not always frugal. Frugality is important, but it is not everything. It's okay to go out once and a while. I plan to open an Amazon store and use mass advertising because it seems to have a lot of success in this forum. (After I research keywords of course!) Yes, I will use the search button, and am doing so now. EDIT: I guess this wasn't so much of a plan of action; But if you still read it that'd be nice.