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[Journey] from Zero to 333 USD a Day

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by TrueCrypt, May 29, 2016.

  1. TrueCrypt

    TrueCrypt Registered Member

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    Hi BHW,

    So, here it goes, I'll mark this day with my very first IM journey. I'll try to document here every step I take in my IM adventure and hopefully it will benefit both me and the BHW community, to which I owe so much.

    A little about me:

    I guess my current user profile stats (2 Messages, 0 everything else) best reflects my present situation. I am starting this journey from scratch with almost no resources, just the "I can and I will" mindset which I believe it to be key for success.

    I've lurked these forums in the past years as well and besides learning a lot about IM and things that I didn't even know were possible, the idea that I can gain my financial independence doing IM was strongly grounded somewhere in the back of my mind, thinking that I will eventually try my hand at it or if everything else fails I have IM as plan B.
    I know there is a lot of work ahead of me and I am no stranger with what the first steps feel like in the beginning of a long road ahead. A few years back I managed to have pretty good results working as a freelancer on elance (which has rebranded in the meantime as upwork). I started with a clean profile with no portfolio, no experience, and relentlessly applying to available jobs. It took about a month to land my first task (worked about 18 hours on it for some 20$ - fees) and after getting some positive feedback for a job well done, things snowballed from there and about 1 year later I had about 4-5 regular clients with whom I developed a strong professional relationship and I was earning 1,5K$/month just from them. For me, at that point, this was a success.

    Unfortunately, life has its mysterious course and unexpected turns and I was completely cut from my work for a good period of time. Skipping forward a few years, here I am, ready to start again.

    It's been two months now since I am ready and available to work, but somehow I just procrastinated all this time (with some utility hopefully because I procrastinate mostly by reading the 'Making Money' and 'IM Journeys' threads here in BHW) (I think most of you are no strangers to what I'm talking about). Added some paralysis by analysis to that and it seemed that I was stuck in the twilight zone of 'never really starting anything' even though everything I needed to start was already available to me thanks to the numerous amazing threads (journeys and methods) from members here on the forum (to which I will surely make reference later on in this journey). Well, all this came to an end yesterday when the spark of motivation finally ignited my 'let's do this' script :). I was reading deltaone's journey here, which is no older that a few days and his energetic start gave me the boost I needed. Thanks, deltaone. I took your advice and started this :).

    Why 333$/day? A funny simple reason, deltaone said about himself he has been self-employed for 15 years (so 15 years of experience) and in his IM quest he aims for 5000$/day. Well, I have only 1 year of experience (the elance endeavour I was telling you about) so it seems logical that I would also aim for 15 times fewer results :). So 5000 divided by 15 is 333.(3)$. Simple as that. And on more serious key, 333$ is a high enough target for me to keep me going and making sure I put in the best kind of work I can (quantitative and qualitative).

    My Journey from 0$ to 333$/day

    I was telling you I am starting from scratch. Right now I have no money to invest in this and I am trying to do all the possible work myself. Everything from writing articles (though tbh I kind of struggle with this since English is not my native), setting up a website, designing logos, working with video and audio if needed (I can work my way around with Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Audition and some other tools with which I used to work with). My knowledge with them is just above basic but I am eager to learn along the way and get better.

    The first stage of the journey includes the following:
    • Set up a website, just like deltaone, I will not make it one niche specific since I want to keep a larger horizon available and adapt with the niches I select along the way, once I find what works best
    • Set up and ready social media accounts
    • Write about 20-30 quality articles
    • Publish and start to grow the social media accounts
    At this point, I am not thinking about monetization I just want to see the site up and running and some engagement in the social media. I am aiming to build an audience and once I see things moving I will think about how should I best monetize my work. Also, for now I will not automate anything regarding the social growth, everything will be done by hand.

    Well, let's begin. Thank you again BHW for giving me everything I need to embark on this journey. I know I will succeed and hopefully along the way I can give back to the members here and be of some help to others who are looking for it.

    The 29th of May, aaaa what a fine day for IM :)
     
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  2. TrueCrypt

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    Short for tldr:

    I'm broke, but willing to work, so I started a journey to keep myself motivated.
    I will build a site and earn of money from it using methods from BHW.
    Wish me luck
     
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    Good luck with your journey I hope you succeed ;)
     
  4. Pavlo178

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    @TrueCrypt Good luck man i can see some solid drive you've got there. I wish you success keep us updated :D
     
  5. Dayowl

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    Good luck @TrueCrypt you can do that ! I will gladly share things or two at my twitter or pinterest when your site will be up and ready ;)
     
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    good luck for your journey mate
     
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    333 USD/day. It's not easy to make it. Try your best, I think you will get it one day.
     
  9. intuitive

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    You need to work so hard to achieve it. However, good luck, buddy
     
  10. TrueCrypt

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    Thank you for the support guys. Will make sure to keep you updated. I don't plan on letting this go to dust.


    Not easy indeed, but truly believe I can do it :)
     
  11. deltaone

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    Good luck with your journey. I am glad I could inspire you. Just work hard and keep working but make smart decisions. ;)
     
  12. TrueCrypt

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    Thank you very much. Definitely will work hard, not sure about smart :) but I will figure it out along the way, that's why I have BHW for.
     
  13. superjona

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    Good luck on your journey!
     
  14. Datias

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    Good Luck on your journey!

    What country are you in? btw
     
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    Funny fact with $333 :)

    Good luck and work hard!
     
  16. TrueCrypt

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    Thanks

    Thank you, the country would be Romania, eastern Europe :)

    thank you. will do
     
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    Lmfaoooooooo!
     
  18. royserpa

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    Whats your plan to reach $333 a day?
    No plan = wont make it. :/
     
  19. TrueCrypt

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    Firstly I need a starting 'playground' in which I can get a feel of some of the methods detailed here in BHW (will refer them when I reach that point).
    That is why the first phase of my journey includes the following:

    • Setup a website in a broad niche, with good quality and unique content, which will later on allow me to use it as the main channel to test some of the making money methods (adsense, amazon affiliates, etc)
    • Setup social media accounts and grow them as they will be my main source of traffic for the first part
    • Test different monetization methods and see which ones work best so I can focus on them
    • This first part will conclude when I can say I have consistent results and manage them with a minimum amount of time so I can focus my efforts on the next steps towards my growth
    Thank you for the question @royserpa, I know I probably should have had in the first post a detailed plan, point by point, which I am going to follow to reach my goal. Though I know what I am aiming for and have an idea of how to get there, I skipped the 'very detailed' part because it was a reason for me to procrastinate for so long. ('I'll start working tomorrow when I have a detailed plan').
    I just wanted to jump right in so I would have no reason to postpone anymore. You know, the get to action feeling :). And it seemed to have worked because right now I am working on the site
    and it feels like: control.gif

    I will update asap with my progress.
     
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  20. Datias

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    Sounds like a good plan. It definitely helps to get started then funnel out what doesn't work as you go along, than to wait until you find a "perfect" niche only to fail and get dishearted.

    You got this! I can't wait to see how this goes :D