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Journey to keep my apartment! $500 in two weeks

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by keltichiro, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. keltichiro

    keltichiro Registered Member

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    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! :p

    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!
     
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  2. dexxtaa

    dexxtaa Regular Member

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    Keep chugging along. Its crazy how things just work out. you will get through this and everything will be fine!
     
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  3. keltichiro

    keltichiro Registered Member

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    Yeah, I'm not sure how that even happened. It should be fixed now.
     
  4. W9go

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    why not offering some design gigs on freelacer pages to get some quick money.
    good luck to you.
     
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  5. bananaman5000

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    i've been where you are before, i used elance and odesk, use all your free credits up and bid as low as you can. if you bag one client and do the job really well, they will come back to you over and over.

    being dramatically cheaper helps. if you know something honestly will take you >2 hours, then just kill the competition. don't even mess around with trying to be close to the average bid, undercut the lowest by 30% and you will land jobs like crazy. its not something you want to do permanently, but it worked for me and got me out of a bind. hope this helps
     
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  6. Nexusx2

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    I'll be the most realistic person here when it comes to journeys. IM is not for the faint of heart. I started with an extreamly high competition niche when I first started with adsense and then ended up with 3 low niche making around $300 per month. This money is nothing compaired to a full time job. I would suggest that you get on unemployment if you live in USA. Take it easy until the money is almost gone. While your working at home you might want to invest in some programs and start with a niche that you can make at least $100 per day with medium competition. Look into buying tools like Scrapebox, Ultimate Demon, No Hands SEO. Purchase some private proxies as well as scrape google approved proxies for harvesting sites. Download free tools such as Spinner Chief 2, Panda Smart Browser, Web2rule, Enhance Views, and Rankerizer. Focus on building high quality content through out all tiers (forget what people say about lower tier 3/4 quality content). I would also trying to get on a polyphasic sleep pattern so you have more time working. Best of luck.
     
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  7. SeanAustin

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    2 weeks to keep your apartment and your choosing your time to write about it on BHW? Sounds like a terrible way to spend your time. If I honestly had two weeks until I would become homeless, I would not touch bhw, facebook, the iphone, my dick, or anything else that would distract me.

    Good luck man, I wish you the best. But I just don't understand these kind of journeys. If I ever have one these journeys to save my apartment, house, car, whatever, no one will fucking know because my time will be spent elsewhere.
     
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  8. autowakins

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    Goodluck buddy! All the best
     
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  9. keltichiro

    keltichiro Registered Member

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    I've actually got peopleperhour, odesk, and freelancer pulled up - I'm sending in some crazy bids. It's an uphill battle with no reviews under my belt, but - yeah, if I can get one or two for super cheap - then that should give my profile a boost.

    SeanAstin - I'm sitting at the computer anyway writing, so it's nothing for me to write a BHW post. Believe me, I've spent days trying to fix my situation. Over the past few weeks, I've pulled a lot of all nighters filling out applications and reaching out to employers. Writing on BHW will not slow me down, I've pulled myself out of worse ruts than this... and it gives me a morale boost to share what's going on and what I'm doing about it. I really need the morale boost. Plus I want this to be inspiration to everyone else out there :)


    Nexus, we've checked into food stamps - but the computer networks have been down the past few days at the local DHS office (Go figure... ) and I've checked into unemployment - though, my previous employer is dragging their feet regarding some important paperwork that they should have sent me - they haven't sent it to me, and DHS needs it to even consider me. Either way, it wouldn't happen quickly enough to save anything important. With the goverment shut down that just started this week, who knows how that would even work out. - also, thanks for all of the useful info on those programs. I haven't dug into those yet, but I'll save those for after I save my roof, lol

    I will say this, when it comes down to the last moments and things look rough, I can sell my PC easily enough for rent money. But let's not go down that road yet.
     
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  10. keltichiro

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    Just landed a gig to write articles for a company. I've been going back and forth with them all evening - now that the details are ironed out, they're hiring me for 2 articles per week. That's $30 each week, so $60 towards my two week deadline. It's also a year contract too, which is good. Too bad they don't want all 24 articles up front, but they don't want to pay all at once. Ah well, it's a start.

    Told ya I'd make something happen :D
     
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  11. Spawnie

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    Start some threads also here on BHW especially articlewriting and designs - there are extraboards on here :)

    Good luck - I have been in similar situations before where I didnt really know how the near future will look like (still not really out of the situation but its smoother now).

    With the family at your back you WILL do it - because you HAVE TO (father of 3 little ones here) ;)
     
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  12. Spoiler

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    Be realistic man spending your time here while you are in need of money fast isn't going to help you. I would try to find any other ways to make some quick money you can't depend on IM in your situation. You also need to be mentally in shape and since you got money problems at the moment im sure you are not. I hope you find a way to make some money man best of luck.
     
  13. Spawnie

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    As he mentioned before... he is in need of the mental boost coming from members here and I for myself know it keeps you focused and going to share your story with others...
    When he is going to make some $$ and shares it here he will get another boost just by sharing it - trust me its like that ;)
    Maybe you've never been in a situation like that which is good for you - but expressing yourself and your situation in a social way can help A LOT!

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    He might also get some connections and clients by posting here - so the effort to write his story might result in hard $$ (see Timberwolfs thread)
     
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  14. keltichiro

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    Well, I spent the past few nights revamping my website. It's transformed itself from a blog into a full blown shop, I guess you could say. It's looking pretty good, but it still has a few rough edges that I need to smooth out.

    As far as money goes, I banged out 3 articles this evening - pretty stellar reads as well, I'm sad that they're not going on my blog lol. This puts me at $105 so I'm over 1/4 of the way there. I admit that it was slow going at first...I spent some time turning my website around. Shop's got to look good - first impressions and all - some may disagree, but I felt like it had to be done first. I also signed up for a few extra freelance sites and I've got those all set up now.

    My next step is to troll the hell out of those tonight. I haven't posted any ads here yet, but I will - probably tomorrow. Technically, I still have 14 days left (I rounded earlier) to make $395 - I see it happening. Hopefully by that time I'll have a 9 to 5 again, which is ok - money is money right now. That will also give me the freedom to save some of what I'm earning from freelancing to put towards SEO-ing my blog a bit.

    :D
     
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  15. SirTimberWolf

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    I feel for you, brother, believe me I do. I wish you the best and I have every faith you'll pull it off as you seem more articulate than I am and certainly more motivated. :) (Having dependants does that.) If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. In the meantime, keep up the good work.
     
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    if you have an ebay account I can pay you 500 for you to list products for me
     
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    Why not offer yourself as Virtual assistant at Seoclerks or Fiverr. Don't forget to add a pitch video.
     
  18. keltichiro

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    I never thought about being a virtual assistant. I haven't posted anything on fiverr yet, $5 just doesn't seem like much for a decent article. I know money is money but that would be a hellacious amount of work to get to my goal lol

    rwalker, DO I have an eBay account, he says....I actually havent used eBay in a bit, but it's still the same ol' eBay. How many products do you need listed? Because all I have is time.

    Timber, I appreciate the good words, sir (See what I did there? :p ) Tonight's been a good night. I actually spent most of today working on a car - I'm no mechanic either, by the way, but my wife needs her vehicle. But tonight has been spent doing a bit more writing, no money yet, but I'm still in the middle of a big fat article.

    I think I'll put together some sales for BHW tonight, if I get done with this paper in time. I don't want to take writing business away from anyone, but it will only be temporary. I'd rather crank out websites. I'll be making a sale post about that as well. I'll be cheating myself a bit - on a normal week, I would probably charge more for web design, but I'm thinking I'll focus on some smaller websites that I can knock out for a little bit of cash.

    Like 5 page websites for $100? Nothing shoddy either - semantic, strict, well commented code, or 5 page websites for $50 even...because there won't be any fancy JQuery or Flash involved...pure HTML5 and CSS websites, with a PHP contact form.

    Maybe even setting up peoples' Wordpress blogs, tweaking their chosen theme, setting up plugins, and securing them for a few bucks - I hear people pay for that too.
     
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    If you cant get the 500$ an 2weeks let me know. I pay you 500$ for a simple job
     
  20. nicehuman

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    Fiverr is kind of low at 5 bucks yes, but list out a few upgrades for longer, higher quality articles and you can increase the price from 5. I've seen people do this drastically.