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Im dropping out of college and im going to do IM and freelancing full-time...

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by coreyvf, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. coreyvf

    coreyvf Regular Member

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    Guys, I'm gonna keep this as short as possible. I just need some words of encouragement or some personal stories. Even just some people telling me they do IM or freelancing full-time and make a living doing it.

    I'm 27. When I finished high school I went to college for business. After graduating that, I worked oddjobs for a few years, trying to find something Id enjoy. I always did some web and graphic design on the side and made some money from that.

    Recently, I decided to go back to school and I'm presently a Civil Engineering student. I have a year and a half left in my studies.
    I've lost all motivation, ive stopped going to classes or doing assignments. Ive been focusing my energy and attention recently to IM and freelancing since I've found some success recently (partially thanks to BHW).

    This morning Ive had enough, during a miserable commute to school, I drove into the school parking lot, saw massive traffic and no parking spaces left. I turned the car around, Ive had enough with it. Wasting my time when I could be learning Java or fulfilling some clients orders on Fiverr.

    I don't want an office job. I don't want a 9-5. I really enjoy working from home and for the first time in my life, I see a potential career for myself and something I actually enjoy doing.

    I just need some encouragement. Im going to have to break the news to my old-fashioned parents, girlfriend and friends.

    Anyone here do this for a living? Have any similar stories which turned into success?

    Thanks guys. Big life changing decision, don't know who else to vent to besides the internet.
     
  2. Aty

    Aty Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    A year and a half isn't that much. I suggest you finish what you started and then go full-time IM or whatever you like.
     
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  3. Cas87

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    +1 stick it out, In a year and a half you can pursue IM and if it fails you have your qualifications/skill from college to fall back on, just try and remember why you went back to school at 27 & what motivated you.

    If not, good luck anyway! i admire those who take risks.
     
  4. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    I usually encourage the "drop" sentiment, but in your case, no.

    a) It 's just 18 months left to get the degree, that 's not much and it 's stupid to throw away the money (your parents) & effort (you) already put into it.

    b) You got upset because of traffic and no parking space and that was the final tipping point?! How dare they not have built a dedicated parking slot and highway for your commute! :eek:
    You 're not ready for facing the struggles yet. It 's an uphill battle to reach the shits and giggles, not a walk in the park.
     
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  5. biggerthanmike

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    i would finish..im 28 with some college but no degree. im having time going baxk to school now..im just to lazy but i know i need to. i have a good job now and could be making more if i went back to school. now IM hasnt made me rich but its has help fund 2 christmas's and help me out of some jams when i needed money. im trying to go full time doing IM but if i had the degree i know i could quit my jpb amd go 100% at my own business...so stick with school just 18 months but in meam time keep learning & building your side business then go full time when your done..but on the other hand you only live once,do what makes you happy not everyone else but be ready for i told you so if you fail..if you succed everyone will say i told you that you can do it. so goes either way
     
  6. SpookCash

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    Finish your degree man, trust me. I done something similar only with high school. Now I'm making good money but there's a part of me feels like a failure since I didn't finish what I started. I'm now working towards getting to uni to do a degree. Stick at it buddy, just 18 months to go.
     
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    ^this

    It's not that much. If you said you just started, it would be different, I would understand, but not when there's only a little left to get your degree. Don't drop out, you will regret it.
     
  8. Light5aber

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    Finish what you started. This is also a skill that is important in IM. Perseverance. Besides, you still can work on IM during breaks, night time, holidays.
     
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    wuquater Junior Member

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    Finish the school man, you never know what happens later in life, a degree will always help you more than anything.
     
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  10. Corydoras007

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    Finish school since you are already in school. CE is a good major to get a degree in and I dont see why you cant do IM and school both in the same time. But if you really think you can grow farther, then pull a Steve Jobs!
     
  11. Conor

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    While I agree with your post, that OP should finish and everything, I'm failing to understand this part of your post. ^ You go to school to prepare yourself to get a job, right? To make money. It sounds to me like the over emphasis that gets placed on a "proper" education has gotten to you in a bad way.

    To make my point a bit clearer, take all those wealthy people that never finished school. Richard Branson, for example. I somehow doubt very much he feels any sense of failure for not knowing the inner workings of every mathematical formula to ever roam the mathematical universe.

    If you make money, good for you dude. Nothing failure-like about that.
     
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  12. the-dream

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    How much are you earning in IM already and is it sustainable or a method that could crash any minute?
     
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    Entrepreneurs take calculated risks, even if it means jeopardizing what seems like a secure lifestyle.
    Wantrepreneurs dream big, talk big but never accomplish anything.
    Everybody else? They're more concerned about a "backup plan".

    You decide.
     
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  14. trustedfire9

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    @ OP maybe I'm the best one you can listen from him because I'm 27 age and civil engineer like you
    and know exactly what you are talking about , i worked full time as IM and worked full time as civil engineer
    now I have my job as civil engineer and still run cpa campaigns in the night and i will do IM projects next months ....
    just keep studying get your civil engineering degree then work and invest in IM , working as freelancer isn't good
    for long term ... add me on skype mabey i can chat with you later
     
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    I'd just finish it if I was you, what's the point of starting something to not finish it?
     
  16. Tony Barns

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    At least start making a decent income online before deciding to throw that away. It's east to make money here and there but for a steady income it's very difficult. I have been doing this for 8 years and the first 4 years I barley made anything and I put in a lot of hours.

    Good Luck
     
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    Look from a different perspective bro: you have 18 months to prepare yourself for going in to IM full time. I believe you have a lot of free time while studying so invest in testing different methods etc. If you have never made decent money in IM rest assured that it will definitely take time to start making. I left my job 6 month ago and I still struggle to generate decent income in IM. I making enough to survive but not enough to save or reinvest. I could blame expensive living in London or myself for not being smart enough, lol. As I said before for most people it takes a lot of time to start banking.
    I would advice to finish what you have started even if its really hard for you. Stay strong and don't give up, this will help you later on in IM.
     
  18. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Yeah, if you can't handle the stress of college/finding a parking space, then building a sustainable income stream online is unlikely to be for you, even if you have been seeing some success lately.

    I finished college so I could have stop loss if things ever went wrong. Fortunately, 4 years of hard work later I'm doing well and don't need to go get a "job", but I'm still glad I have something to fall back on.
     
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  19. lemyen

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    op we all get frustrated at one point but quiting school while you are almost through come on how hard is it to finish your 18 months am a student too complete school and do IM fulltime all the best hope you change your mind
     
  20. sienna

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    If I were you, I'd finish my civil engineering degree and do IM on the side if that's what really interest you.
    At least you'll have a fallback just incase you'd change your mind on IM / freelancing.
    Secondly getting a degree adds up to your credential as an expert.

    However, I'm not you... So, I'm wishing you the best of luck!