I am writing this thread for an honest response to how everyone (1) lives their life, (2) what percentage of their time is spent with black hat vs white hat, (3) how much they make on average month from "Online Marketing" (4) how many years have they been "Online Marketing" and (5) whether you have a college degree. Before people get too invested in a profession they typically ask their senior work partners for their advice. This is what I am doing right now. By example, I thought I would kick this thread off. 1) Lifestyle: For the last 2 years I have worked 50-60 hour/per week in my day job while building up a side ecommerce site up from the ground that has taken up another 10-20 hours per/week of my time. In total, I've been working 60-80 hour weeks. In 5 months, I will quit my advertising job in San Francisco and move to Argentina to for 3 months, Bolivia for a month, then Peru for another month. After this I'll go back to California for a month, then off the either Eastern Europe of South East Asia for some more country hoping. You only live once, and lets face it, how many people do you know that have a mobile work/income source that allows this type of vagabond jet-setting lifestyle? My influencers include people like Tynan (dot) net , 4 Hour Work Week (actually got to meet Tim Ferriss last night) and Viperchill (dot) com and Seth Godin - All great blog lifestyle/marketing resources. 2) Percentage of White Hat vs. Black Hat: In my e-commerce site, I would say I spend about 80% white hat with 20% social media black hating. 3) Online Income I am bringing in roughly 400.00 in profit a month from my e-commerce website. I am hoping to expand on it when I have more time in 5 months. 4) Years I've been doing online marketing for two years. (day job mostly.. very little blackhat) 5) College Degree Yes, University of California Hopefully, this will shed light on the benefits and drawbacks of choosing independent online marketing as a life pursuit. I think the results here will be very interesting. Thanks in advance for everyone's responses!!!