So, I've done what a lot of people here have done - I've done a lot of lurking and reading. But due to some nasty circumstances, my hand has been forced - I'm going to take action! (So that's a blessing in disguise, I suppose.) This is a slightly long read too - and I apologize. I'll give a little background on who and what I am and why I've decided to jump in head first... "Should we begin like David Copperfield? I am born... I grew up..." I'm 29, I'm happily married to an amazing yet fiery woman - we also have a 2 year old who has a LOT of energy. Those are the two main reasons for this journey, by the way - but let me go back a bit further. During my stay at high school around the dot com boom, I learned what the Web was, I learned what HTML was, I learned what eBay was - I made quite a bit of spending money during that time by creating websites for various people around the area and for people that I met in all of the chat rooms - You guys remember chat rooms? Those are artifacts now, I suppose. At any rate, I tinkered with eBay as well - and after high school, I made a decent living on the site... but after awhile, I got bored (or someone talked me into getting a 9 to 5 job, as it were.) Now then, let's fast forward roughly 8 years - I started back to college and started pursuing a BAS in Web Design and Development - and I've LOVED it. It's what I want to spend my life doing. However, after a few very successful college years - the government said "hey, we can't give you any more simoleans" - and of course, I have no extra money - so - I've taken a break from that. (I only have a year left too!) This brings me to my next point - I decided to start something that I've always wanted - a web design blog. Over the past few months, I've tinkered with it, I've learned a bit about the blogging world, and I've done my best to post pretty regularly. My blog still lacks some polish, but I think it's okay overall. The only problem is - no one in the world sees it. I've been studying here at BHW and I've figured out a few reasons why no one sees it - and here soon, I'd like to make some changes to it and see if I can't get Google to like it. I'll talk more about this later, because I have another point coming up. Let's put all of that aside - because - something big happened. I got fired from my 9 to 5. I've spent a lot of time and energy looking for another one, but I haven't found one yet - the job market in this particular area is terrible, apparently. We're now on the verge of losing our apartment, which is no good... SO - all of that brings me to THIS point. I need to make some money, and I need to make it fast. I'm not in good enough to shape to sell myself, so I'll have to do it a different way - With the Internet! After reading SirTimberWolf's thread here, I was really inspired, and I thought "hey, this guys been in a similar situation, and by god - he fixed it." - that spoke volumes to me. So I've decided I'm going to implement a similar plan - and Timber, if you're reading this, I'm going to be copying your idea - sort of - but I'm going to do my best to not steal your business sir. Now then! On to My PLAN! I need $500 to pay my rent. More than that would also be good - for lights and food. But I'll settle for $500 to keep a roof over my family's heads. I have no money - at all. But that's ok. I already have a working blog - but I need to make some changes to it - which I'll be doing tonight. I need a proper storefront for this. I'm going to start hitting all of my hangouts and begging - er - advertising my Web Design services. I'll post up on Fiverr, Peopleperhour, the marketplace here at BHW. If I can rustle up just a few small website deals - I have faith that I can scrounge up the $500 I need to pay our rent. Keep in mind that this is hard for me to do - I love designing websites, and I feel that I'm pretty good at it. (I'm no coding wizard yet - I can't create a dynamic PHP powered facebook clone, not without..some struggling.) but I - am honestly - terrified. I've never really done any proper work for anyone in quite awhile. (Not since around 2002 - and since I haven't done it since I started college awhile back, I consider myself a newbie again - the Web is different now.) So, this will be a BIG step out of my comfort zone. Again, I'm terrified - but I have a feeling that once I pull in a few small jobs, I'll get over my fear and dive in ever deeper - and then I'll be BHW's on personal Web Designer! I've done a bit of freelance blogging as well, and I plan to try to pull in a little business that way as well. I'll make sure I post regular updates here during the whole process. I've pretty much laid out my plan, but I'd like to keep myself accountable - so again, I'll update this as I go along with all of the steps that I take along the way. Because my next step after those absolute necessities - is some seed money to turn my blog around. That's going to be a fun journey!