Hi, I've been lurking these forums for years now and trying to soak up as much information as possible. My original goal was to get followers on Instagram for bragging rights a couple years ago. This transformed into a passion for photography and a couple of contracts with brands and people who follow me through IG. Over the past two years however, I have been attending business school in accounting and have realized how much I am underutilizing the knowledge and possibilities found through this site. So for the past few months, I have been creating a business plan part-time (I work full time and go to University full time). The plan is divided into three different businesses, three differents demographics, and three different ways of making money. My goal is to make $3000 profit per month so that I can quit my full time job while attending university. I believe I can do this within a year. The reason I am making this Journey Thread on the Instagram forum is because my main strategy is Instagram marketing. I will be botting to gain followers and visitors using Followliker. Plan 1: Niche: Photography Sub-Niche: Travel Current Instagram Followers: 18.2K Avg Likes: 368 Average Comments: 11.6 The plan for this account is to dropship my original photography. My store will be a Shopify store. I have already signed up and am currently on the 14 day free trial. I am using a Shopify app called CG Pro Prints which offers a wide selection of different print options for custom wall art. They take care of processing the orders, shipping, and customer service. All I have to due is create a custom product through their product creator. They also provide free SKU's for my products. Currently I have decided on three different options: Small Canvas = Price ($60) - Cost ($23) = $27 Profit Medium Canvas = Price ($150) - Cost ($60) = $90 Profit Large Canvas = Price ($250) - Cost ($100) = $100 Profit I will integrate my Shopify store into three different places: Amazon Website Facebook Page So far I have created an Amazon Pro Seller account for $30/M and linked my Shopify to my Amazon store. I still have to buy a .com and integrate the store to my Facebook Page. Besides IG I will also be using Facebook Ads or Amazon Ads to funnel customers to my product page. Plan 2: Niche: Luxury Sub-Niche: Hidden Current Instagram Followers: 68 Likes Per Post: 5 Comments Per Post: 2 This account is currently being warmed-up very slowly, the growth rate as I increase settings should be exponential. The plan is to create a store where I can aggregate luxury products related to my sub-niche for an easy to use experience. I am also aiming to create a community around this page so that the right influencers will be attracted to participate and buy my products. I will also be drop shipping my own brand. I have yet to find a way to get a company to create custom labeled products with my brand on them to sell to customers. This would be good as I would only have to differentiate my product for my target audience and not from other dropshippers with the same product. Plan 3: Niche: Advice Sub-Niche: Hidden Current Instagram Followers: 100 Likes per post: 12 Comments per post: 2 To monetize this account, my plan is to use affliate marketing and e-mail lists. I will need to set-up three things: Website E-mail list Affliate selections My website will be an aggregate of the best free advice relating to my sub-niche and will also have affliate product reviews, original e-books, and other products I can monetize. To build my e-mail list I will use a pop-up on the website. I will be able to send weekly advice with some related affliate links mixed in with the free advice. Notes: Plan 1 will be my main hustle, while plan 2 and 3 will be turned into semi-passive income when I finish the upfront work. For plan 2 & 3 both IG accounts were created at the same time. Bot Max Settings: 600-700 Follows/Day (Mon-Fri) 610-710 Unfollows/Day (Wednesday-Sunday) 300-400 Likes/Day Journey Costs (so far): Sunk Costs Followliker $70 Total Sunk Costs $70 Variable Costs (None) Fixed Costs Amazon $30/Month Total Fixed Costs $30/Month Sales (None) If you guys have any recommendations or questions please let me know! I can't wait to see where this goes!