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[Serious Thread] What are your current roadblocks?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Sherb, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Sherb

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    What are you stuck on? What are your current roadblocks keeping you from progressing to the next step? Let us know, and maybe someone reading this can help you out in some way.

    We're a community. Let's do what communities do.

    Don't request money. Don't request mentoring. Don't break the rules. Don't be a dirty shitposter.
     
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  2. krishnaverma

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    I want to diversify to have multiple income sources. I am also doing multiple things but it is stressing and hard to track. Also, there are some methods that are more profitable currently (give 10X) returns as compared to other ones. How to handle all this ?
     
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  3. DanielOnYouTube

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    Personally, my biggest roadblock is the fact that I cannot get a credit card as a self-employed individual in Canada. This single issue is stopping me from being able to do email marketing with any platform other than Mailpchimp. The issue with Mailchimp is EVERYTHING gets falsely flagged as spam by their "Omnivore" system.
     
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    I think its a good discussion to start.

    I think I am mostly stuck on time management and anxiety to control myself from jumping into new "money making" methods rather than sticking to whats working for me currently.

    I have always been enthusiastic to try everything and keep losing whatever I earn in the process :D

    So, lacking in managing multiple ongoing stuff altogether and thus, losing track of some.
     
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  5. BassTrackerBoats

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    They do not have secured cards or debit cards in CA?

    I'm guessing you need one to get a decent email service (MC has been garbage for years now) and I would bet a secured card or a debit card would work with them.
     
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  6. Sherb

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    I am running into similar situations. File and folder management on your computer and some form of task tracking will be your friend. Maybe take a step back for a couple days and get yourself organized. Asana is good for project management. As is Trello, Todoist, etc etc. I change it up a lot, and currently use a mix of Excel and Todoist to track.

    Also, may I suggest starting an overall journey thread here on BHW? The accountability aspect is great with public facing ridicule, and you can likely get some solid suggestions for pivots in profitable directions.

    Mailchimp has been pretty garbage for a while. I suggest what @BassTrackerBoats said. I remember when I was first starting out I had to deal with some Capital One disaster piece for a while. Here is an okay resource for secured cards in Canada: https://www.lifeoncredit.ca/top-6-secured-credit-cards-for-canadians/

    I've heard great things for a long time about Aweber for email marketing, but I'm not in that vertical so I've got nothing of value on that one.

    I have this issue constantly. Too many eggs (@MatthewGraham) in too many baskets make it to where I either a) focus too much time on one project and the rest get neglected, or b) scatter myself and spread too thin on multiple projects. It's tough.

    May I suggest prioritizing things based on a combination of potential profitability, ease of setup, and your interest in the project? What projects would you still be willing to work on even if you weren't expecting returns from them?
     
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  7. whothefisalex

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    i am operating and growing a printed clothing website, id say my biggest road blocks right now are:

    1. Finding new designs to create
    2. Sourcing quality backlinks (I don't intend to use seo services from here or anywhere, what I have so far are from my own outreach)
    3. finding my USP
     
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    I'm struggling with decision making. Recently left full time job to spend quality time to upgrade my skills. Got decent knowledge on digital and now want to try hands on ethical hacking, designing etc related subjects.

    However highly confused on what to do first, where to start.
     
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    Start with what you know and see how you can fold some of the other things you are interested into that aspect of your successful ventures.

    Rare is the man/woman that can go from having a successful fence company and then open a store that sells vape products and be successful.

    The successful fence guy can go to offering mailboxes that match the styles of fences he sells, or perhaps to concrete work as most fence installers use concrete in the process for the posts but going to a non-ancillary product or service is almost always a recipe for failure.
     
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    Based on personal experience, it will take you some time to learn ethical hacking. Do you want to work as a ethical hacker in a company thereafter ? If yes, you will have to get enrolled in a course.
     
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    fucking traffic. I have a handful of beautiful ecom sites but not enough traffic to fully monetize.
     
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    Balls. Balls and motivation.

    I have a problem with not being able to spend. I just don't have the balls to spend whatever spare money I have without any guarantee I'll profit. I have tried the 'free' money making methods out there but most of it require social networking skills or at least a couple of friends. The second roadblock is staying motivated and constantly second guessing myself. Not being a 'native' content writer is another small roadblock when trying to compete in this completely saturated market. My ineligibility for a Jr.Vip as of now is also a setback. Ultimately I'm just a pussy who bitches about everything without doing anything.

    I'm trying though, I have one site set up and maybe I'll get better at maintaining and ranking it eventually.
     
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    Thanks.

    I intend to learn new topics to land up with a better job at an MNC.

    To have a knowledge on cyber security or knowing designing or video editing might get me an edge over others.

    That's the end objective
     
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    Grow a pair. That is the only answer for that.

    You would last about 47 seconds in a conversation with me and I'd be out.

    Man up, and take that giant leap for mankind.
     
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    Paypal limits and the ability to cash out from it, last November and December were really good for me with eBay until Paypal limited the account and is taking forever to respond now. That just stopped my main income source, but now I've started it again but PayPal holds and the fact that PayPal isn't available in my country makes it really hard to have a decent cash flow.
     
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    Great idea Sherb- hopefully this thread brings out the best parts of our community - helping each other to succeed.
     
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    My age. I can't sign a sim-only phone contract, so I have to pay extortionate pay as you go fees. I can't sign a lease in my own name so I have to get someone else to do it for me. I can't have a business bank account or even a contactless debit card so I'm stuck with 7 normal bank accounts to easily track my money. I can't even be the first into the office because of health and fucking safety. When I was under 16 I couldn't even send payments via online banking, I had to pay extortionate PayPal fees and have multiple stealth accounts. I can't invest in stocks or purchase property so can't move forward with all of the diversification projects I have planned.

    Don't suppose you have a time machine laying around, do you?
     
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    I also have thinking like you only. Suppose I had to do something related with Facebook groups. Instead of buying groups from others, I will create accounts, make groups, add friends and grow those groups. I want to do everything by own to save money. I also need to change this attitude.
     
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    I read that much and thought you are too old. Read the rest part and realized the truth.
     
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    My biggest struggle is to get my online income to a comfortable level where I can do IM full time and quit my day job.

    I'm 24, making between 75k-100k a year in sales. My girlfriend also works in the office, it's close to home, and I don't hate my job. But IM is my dream job and I know that long term it will be a better source of income and allow much more freedom to do things I love like travel.

    The problem of course is finding the time to build my sites up to where they can passively make that kind of money. I want to be comfortable enough to quit my day job and not worry about money. I keep telling myself if only I just had the balls to call it quits. I spend an hour a day on my sites tops right now. If I spent 8 hours a day building them I would hit my goals in no time.

    Getting it there is a struggle because right now time is my most valuable asset. I just don't want to go home and write a 2000 word article and spend another hour formatting, monetizing, and optimizing for SEO after I've worked for 9 hours sending out follow up emails and calling people.

    I have to spend money on outsourcing sometimes, but being a perfectionist I typically can't find someone who lives up to my standards. Thus continues the cycle.

    Good news is that I will be receiving the last chunk of $$$ from selling my last site. My new site is doing quite well other than a horrid google dance. I'm hoping in the next 6 months I will be a full time IMer.
     
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