Thought it would be interesting to see what some of your backgrounds are. I worked at -Miscellaneous Retail Sales Jobs while in JHS and HS -Car Sales (sold cars for 3 yrs while still at home) -Hair Stylist (had to learn a trade to get the f~#k out of my house before dad killed me, either that or motorcycle mechanics. i like chicks so i went with hair) -College Student (6 YRS) -Commercial Real Estate Appraiser -Mortgage Broker (owned my own co. for 12 yrs) -Insurance Sales (still do some of this. money is good when you land a sale) NOW Trying to break into IM and make some $. I hear "rumors" and sounds from people making $ in IM. A few programmer friends of mine are making some $. One is a PHP guy and charges $95/hr and works as much as he wants. The other guy runs the website of a very popular company (competitor to Groupon). He's doing good too! What about you?