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is there a "retard-proof" method?

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by rocketguy3321, May 10, 2013.

  1. rocketguy3321

    rocketguy3321 Newbie

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    Hey! I'm in university, I turned 20 a while back, and my life did a 180°, not in a good way...

    I don't like long stories, and I know you don't, either, so here's the bottom line: in about 2 months, I'll be homeless, and broke ... that means dropping out of university (I'm close to the end of my second year, I'm ranked first in my whole promotion, so it really sucks), no money, no home, no life;
    I can't get a day job because that would mean, again, dropping out of uni, considering my schedule (I leave home at 5:30am each morning to get to school in time by 8am -in another city- and then get home around 8pm each evening)

    I've been learning a lot of SEO and IM in the last few months while on the bus each day, I have finished quite a few books, wso's and the like; I have bought Scrapebox and learned to use GAWKT, the free version of MarketSamurai, TTravis, and have a few WSO softwares that I found useful, namely the interesting AZON pack;
    I own a rather powerful desktop PC with a stable 20mbps internet connection, a small netbook and a nexus 7 tablet; I have around 500$ in my bank acc and 200 cash; I have unlimited calls on my mobile phone, a portofolio website for my web design works, together with around 6 months left of unlimited hosting at dreamhost.
    I have 4 years of experience in web design and development, but no SEO,IM experience whatsoever;

    I live in France, and the bare minimum I have to make in order to survive and finish my studies would be around 400-500$ a month, and that without considering any unexpected fees.

    Give me a word of advice
    Just put yourself in my position, and tell me what course of action would you take?

    this forum has been a part of my daily life for some time now, and I've read some amazing success stories, but also some crash-and-burn tales... is there an emergency "retard-proof" method that I could use to save myself in this critical point of my life?

    I thank in advance each and every one of you that has taken the time to read this, and I would love to hear your advices down below!
    Have a good one! :)
     
  2. GiorgioB

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    Mon frere, if there was a retard proof method, then you would have 1 000 000 retards doing it and there would be no money to make there. The truth is to make money you need to use your brain.

    If you have experience with web design, why don't you set up a small portfolio website, print some business cards with your name and portfolio website, and then visit the lcoal businesses around you offering websites creation/revamp?
     
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  3. abhi007

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    LOL spot on
     
  4. cash202

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    It is hard to give you a proper advice because you clearly don't take any responsibility for your life and consider yourself a victim of the situation.

    You said "I'll be homeless, and broke". You will, whatever you say, man. With this mindset you will be homeless and broke.

    Now, you want some sort of a quick fix to get you out of predicament you created. Sorry, dude, but things don't work this way in life. If it were like this, all fatties would keep eating at Maccas and stay healthy by taking a magic pill, all broke people would become millionaires by following "the system" from Clickbank and all pathetic losers out there would be banging hottest chicks because they've learned some cool pick up line.

    The shit takes time to get you head around it. There is no moron-proof method, push button system. You need to learn and figure out things for yourself, even if you have a good mentor (who can only guide you along the way).

    Here is what I'd do if I were you.

    1) Realise that it is entirely your fault that you got what you got
    2) Drop out of uni (which will happen anyway because of "I'll be homeless, and broke" mindset) or stay at uni.
    3) Get a job (no matter if you stay at uni or not. "I can't" is the bullshit excuse I don't ever want to hear. You can, you just don't want it badly enough)
    4) Spend around three to five years working on your business skills and mindset. Mastery requires approximately 10,000 hours of work. This is my personal experience in more than one or two areas of my life. There's no workaround, dude.
    5) Profit

    Or, ignore me and you will still come to the same thing but 10-20 years later. The choice is yours.
     
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  5. rocketguy3321

    rocketguy3321 Newbie

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    I just wrote a reply, but it triggered the "moderation system" ... wtf?

    anyway, I'll rewrite it and keep it shorter:

    I appreciate you taking the time to reply; however, I already have a portofolio website setup, and around 750 business cards just laying around; I had more, but I gave them away, with no success whatsoever; I have some eastern european web designers waiting for me to send them work at a fifth of the payment I would get from clients here (advantages of speaking 4 languages), so I could outsource most of the work, allowing me to concentrate on my studies; however, the market is really stuffed with web designers here, and most of them are large companies that have an actual office and multiple employees. I can't compete with that unless I can offer something spectacular... that being said, there is a lot more offer than there is demand, and competition is fierce, and as such, I'm thinking of trying another niche, as this is over-used already, locally ... I've had 2 projects all throughout last year, and that's where the little bit of money I have came from;

    Do you have any other ideas? maybe how I could dominate the local market, inspite the obvious disadvantages I have compared to my competition?
    Have a good one, guys!
     
  6. rocketguy3321

    rocketguy3321 Newbie

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    First of all, I know it's me and ONLY me that can get me out of this sh*thole I'm in.
    Having said that, I don't consider I have to realise it's my fault; my fault for what? for the fact that my parents are poor? for the fact that they're having financial problems and that they can't keep helping me anymore? no; it's nobody's fault, I take it as bad luck;

    I am, however, thinking about getting a job, inspite of my studies; dropping out of university, on the other hand, is a last resort that I wish I wouldn't have to get to.

    you have made some valid points in your post, and I know I shouldn't expect magic to happen overnight, but I would like it to happen if I work hard enough to earn it.
    in the last 2 years I've been sleeping an average of 5h/night in order to give myself enough time for learning and self-improvement, and I finally think it's time to see some results, that's why I'm thinking about investing what little money I have into IM or local SEO/web design as a last shot at getting some results ...

    I truly appreciate your reply, and I think you made me open my eyes a bit more ...thank you!
     
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    = Tutoring.
     
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  8. imperial444

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    I would say getting a daily job + IM is a way to grow more quickly for extra money. Since IM can be unpredictable sometimes, and daily job will help you with some more stable way of income.
     
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    There are no "retard" proof / bullet proof methods but there are ways of earning money. It's rather about taking action than to actually find something that works. Check the phone catalog for businesses, go online and check which businesses doesn't have a website, write all of them down and there you have a good list of potential clients. Call them up and either try to setup a meeting or take it over the phone, tell them who you are and what you can do for them (a good website). Take a monthly cost for the hosting (or yearly) and some money for the website in itself.
     
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    I am thinking about something like that, but the problem would be the lack of physical time to do it all ... if I stay in uni ... :/

    nope; I never took any tutoring whatsoever; I was born in Romania, I started learning english as a kid, I moved to France, and I've learned italian in my freetime. no tutoring... anyway it doesn't really matter if I suck at IM ... thanks for your comment :)
     
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    Homemade porn.
     
  12. rocketguy3321

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    I've tried that already; most of the clients didn't trust me, as they said I was like the tenth marketer to call them up from the phone book, and that they don't want a website; the only 2 projects I got were refferenced by friends, meaning here in France, most probably, this is the best advertising; I am thinking of setting up a refferal program, offline, like getting people from my friends' friends' social circles to do this in an extensive marketing plan in order to earn some pocket money, but I don't think I have the required marketing experience for such a scheme.

    But what you say stands true, I have to take action, and I have to do it fast. I just canceled all my plans for this weekend; I'm staying at home, learning from morning to late at night, I'm starting one business or another before tomorrow night, I have to take my shot at this!

    thank you guys for at least getting my kicking my moral up a notch! appreciate it!

    oh, and greetings from france btw! ^^
     
  13. rocketguy3321

    rocketguy3321 Newbie

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    made my day :rolleyes:
     
  14. BLIXX

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    Eh? I meant you could make money tutoring fellow students in some or all of the languages you speak. Leverage something you are already well-versed in; your existing knowledge base. Even the simplest IM methods will take time to produce for you, and will bring you dangerously close to your 2 month deadline of irreversible doom.
     
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    retard proof method: McDonalds I guess

    first thing: become a "non-retard" - educate yourself, become an expert in something, create products/services or do CPA/email marketing whatever

    never go full retard :)
     
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  16. Nick Flame

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    Go freelance with your web design skills. In your situation honest work = fair price, that's what you need now. MMO and BH methods are suited for when you have some room to move.

    And don't tell people you will be homeless when freelancing. No one likes to work with unreliable people, they will think where you will work, what if no internet connection, what if you don't deliver, etc...
     
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    You do know there are options other than going 'to uni' from sunrise to sunset, don't you? You can reduce your course load and take a part time job to either pay the bills or at least help to. As others have said, if IM was 'retard proof', then everyone would be doing it and raking in the money - clearly that's not the case.

    For 2 years I earned my Bachelor's by taking classes at night AFTER I worked my full time day job (IT professional) AND worked IM part time - all along with a family.

    Don't blame it on chance and don't you dare blame it on your parents. Your parents raised you to the point where you could get into that Uni - if they can pay for part of it - good for them. If they can't - IT'S ON YOU. Don't feel so entitled where you think that it's anyone responsibility other than your own to get you through it - grades AND payment. Take out loans if your country has the option but if you have to drop to part time - or drop out for a period of time to get your finances in order, then that's what you do.

    I worked DAY LABOR (back breaking HARD physical work for minimum wage) when I was in my early 20s so I had enough cash to put gas into my motorcycle to look for a better job. I taught myself most of the computer skills I have today but just recently completed my Bachelor's degree because I wanted to 'fill in the gaps'.

    Stop blaming the world for your situation - get off your a$$ and find a way to make it work.

    // lecture - sorry to others reading this - obviously, he kinda hit a nerve. lol
     
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  18. RushingWind

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    Sound advice.
    My thanks button just went broke =/
    @OP Listen to the man. He knows what he's talkin about.
     
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  19. BookBrainer

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    I think he wasn't complimenting your intelligence when he said 'tutoring'. You should BE tutoring, that gets you money. I teach English to a few girls a week for 10 euros an hour and that gets me something extra that definitely helps. You've got studies, too. Make the best of it, parents are always trying to get their kids to be smarter. They'll pay for it.

    I think what you're doing is very brave, I have no IM knowledge so all I can do is wish you luck!
     
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  20. neutralhatter

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    IM doens't work very well when you HAVE to make money.

    - you need your cognitive skills to think out a method
    - you need technical skills to perform your method

    If you need money fast, get a local job. if that's even to hard, don't try IM because it's harder....
     
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