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The best time to plant a tree is 100 years ago, the next best time is now.[Journey/Intro]

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by PhiladelphiaCollins, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. PhiladelphiaCollins

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    TL;DR: Longtime lurker looking to hit ~$1200.00/week minimum through multiple avenues.

    ME:

    Working out of the 'burbs of Chicago, am 24, kann barely Deutsch, and online my gender depends on what's advantageous to the situation.

    For years I've done a fair bit of reading/researching on IM and entrepreneurial endeavors in general but typically the gusto wanes before I really get the ball rolling. I've tried a lot but never worked hard enough to make it stick: blogs, affiliates, PPD, etc... Maybe I'm a little wiser now to realize the players on the field are the ones that worked their way there, while I sat frustrated on the sideline.

    Some recent flipping on eBay has me hungry again.

    GOAL(s):

    1. I'm working toward an average of $1,200 a week to replace "working for the man" income. Ideal status, of course, is to average more and put money to work for me.
    2. Because I intend to go about earning from multiple streams and mixing short and long term methods, locking down income sources that I can somewhat rely on is a huge goal.
    3. Aside from just making money, my biggest goal is to eventually only make money from things I deeply enjoy. IE. Guitars, cooking, sarcasm.

    METHOD(s):

    Longer term: Lots of start up/maintenance work

    • Continue flipping on eBay (CL, Etsy, etc...) I have boxes of stuff waiting to be converted to cash.
    • Blogs/ digital magazines. I have a handful of ideas for sites where the income is direct ad sales. Lots of work and time in writing.
    • Wholesale importing and FBA. I do not have the money to buy in but am reading up and researching products.
    • Web development and design. I need to rebuild my portfolio (out of date), but there are some local businesses in dire need. Can lead to more work. I do sincerely dread this tedium.
    • Site/APP. I bought a domain a while back and have sat on it. It's one of those stupid but can totally defy the odds ideas.
    • eBooks on Amazon. I mainly need to work out a repeatable formula.
    • Some music methods I've cooked up, untested.

    Shorter term: Make some money while I do the harder, non profitable stuff.

    • Pr0n. I scraped a gallery site for like 70GB of pictures a couple years back, thinking I was going to reup elsewhere and got bored. I never deleted them. Tumblr? I still have a Crak account from way back. PPL is limited, naturally.
    • PPD. I've done this with limited success in the past. It was suggested to have my own domain/host and lock files myself rather than using a service. This I might do if I can scale domains cheaply enough.
    • Something social. I'm way out of the loop with social networks. IMers tend to be ahead of the curve. Good ones, anyway.
    • Affiliate+Reddit. It's something I want to try, not necessarily repeat. I've tried gaming Reddit before. Tons of views, no converts. Neckbeards.
    • (Your method here) I want to try anything, if only for the experience.
    • Maybe a BuzzFeed clone?

    For the short term stuff cheap domains (can anyone beat 1and1?) and the hosting I already have will suffice. After that, buying accounts when needed, etc... Not huge investments if I'm making money from flipping. Wholly unsure about pr0n re: hosting, etc... I'll be scouring [Method] threads and trying to put them to use.

    Long term methods require more elbow grease than anything as far as I can see.


    Thoughts:

    This is kind of daunting to think about all at once, but it is a marathon.

    Edit* "Porn" triggers the swearing thing? Lol
     
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  2. gtull2

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    Please don't get offended, as I'm not asking this to be a jerk, but do you have ADHD? I ask because you are completely scattered and all over the place. I just goof off online for fun really, but I think I'm qualified in life enough to tell you that you seriously need to focus. If you're not talking to a professional, I think it would help you (it helped me a lot).

    In general, you have to decide a path, concentrate on it, become obsessed with it, and see it through to the end. I would rather focus on one thing and be the best in the world at it than do 20 things half assed. If you have no success, because you are scattered all over the place, you will lose interest and quit (again).

    Maybe you can pick one thing to do, and become the guru on that thing?

    I wish you luck man.
     
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  3. PhiladelphiaCollins

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    Admittedly, my post isn't as methodically laid out as I intended but I wrote it hurriedly and figured it could be amended with later updates.

    No, I do not have ADHD.

    I see no single task besides perhaps dealing with customs (for wholesaling/FBA) in my lists of methods that require the hands of a master. I see common principles of marketing, sales, product viability, etc... I see large goals made up of small tasks.

    I've never failed because I lost interest from a lack of focus, I've failed because I didn't have the capacity to commit and put in the effort. I barely even tried.

    In this context I can only take you suggesting excelling at one thing to mean one thing related to IMing be it method/concept/niche/etc... Why would one want to be a guru of anything related to the internet? It's too fluid and transient for "guru" to be meaningful for anything but a temporary ego-stroke. Where did all those MySpace gurus go?
     
  4. gtull2

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    I'm rooting for you OP.

    Early 20's, right?

    Man I miss MySpace. I was a blogging machine there. I had one of the top blogs for a long time. Talk about an ego stroker!
     
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  5. IamNRE

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    I agree with what gtull2 said.

    You need to find something that has potential and stick with it until the end before you move on to other things.

    Bill gates would not have created MS if he had focused on 20 other things at the same time.

    Micheal Jordan would not have been the greatest basket ball player if he had split his time training in football, baseball, track, swimming, golf, bodybuilding AND basketball all at the same time.

    Good luck brah.

     
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  6. netcelal

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    good luck on your journey
     
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  7. cburton81

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    Sounds good, keep this momentum going. And the time to start is always now
     
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  8. lord1027

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    So, you want to be a Jack of all trades... Doesn't sound like the best idea, IMO.
    But I wish you good luck, if you're determined then you can do it!