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What would you do if you were me? College kid advice

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by dove99x, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. dove99x

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    I'm not a marketer, I only stumbled into the idea of doing marketing because my mother became ill.

    A little back story on me, I'm a 2nd year college student that's pre-med, far from marketing and far from business. I've always wanted to be in medicine not for the money but to help. Kinda funny how at the money I'm in need of that money. The idea was to go to college, major in something your interested in, and make a stable career. Things were shaken up when my mother became ill, seriously ill to the point of being hospitalized for months. She has been in the hospital since September (my birthday). Father died a long time ago and mother was struggling just to survive, in hopes I'd make it out of poverty. She worked herself into the hospital. Through scholarships, loans, and hardwork it seemed like things were finally looking well.. until she became ill. Hard to focus on school, speaking with the dozens of doctors and what test they want to run. From CT scans, to x-rays, to removing liquid around the lungs, to possible amputations.. its taken its tole on me and my study.

    The only thing on my mind is how to make money.. any money. A couple things arose, it looked like mom was going to be kicked out of her home, no one was there to pay the bills until I used my loans to help. I left school shortly after that so I could be with her and help. She hasn't recovered... and is unable to even walk without rehabilitation.

    I've looked for jobs with no luck, apparently no one wants to give a kid a try if he doesn't have experience. At the end of the day its just me and her.
    I've thought of a couple things, to see if I could make income for her and me.

    First it was investing, later to find out you need allot to see any returns. Second I thought, what not buy from China and sell here, only to find out the seller wanted me to deposit what little I had into her paypal account.
    Third I thought I could sell things in the house like purses on ebay, only to find out I had no bids for months. Finally I though, maybe I could do affiliate marketing... only to find out, no one clicks the links I provide from clickbank and I have no way of making it work.

    Nothing I've tried seemed to work, and anytime I look for answer, I find people who want to make money off of me when in fact I'm barely surviving. Suicide did come to mind, but... I can't go before mom and I can't bare to know she would cry.
    I do have an $8 work-study, thats a start.

    What would you do if you were to make income. Anything would suffice, anything to support her and me. Even a doller a month now is better than $0. So why did I make this post? As an appeal, not for money but for advice. Things do look bleak, I know I maybe need to face reality that there is no money and I would need to sacrifice things like school or health to make money.

    But as an appeal... what would I do? Your experts at this, what would you do if you were me?
     
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  2. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Honestly, if I was you and I was going to get kicked out of my house, and I needed money that bad, if put the college on hold, and go and find a job - absolutely anything to support family/mum.
    get the money coming in, then either study in the evenings, or try to build an IM career in the evenings ( or do whatever you are passionate about doing).
     
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  3. dove99x

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    I have an interview coming, but to honest I don't think it would be enough. I've tried building IM career, what little I have now, to only fail one after the other. Its a very hard nut to crack without much experience
     
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    Are you still in school? If you're struggling with your coursework because of taking care of your mother, I'd recommend taking time off. Sure, you're not getting any closer to a degree, but at least you're not digging yourself into a deeper financial hole.

    I'd recommend starting with minimum wage work if there's really nothing out there for you. Had you been doing well in your classes prior to this point? Ask for a copy of your transcript, and show your current educational background as part of your resume when applying for jobs. If you're not a good speaker, learn how to talk to people in a professional setting. You need to project the "image" when interviewing.

    What is your mother's diagnosis anyway? Don't be afraid to be as technical as possible. I'll be able to understand it, and it'll also give me an idea of how intelligent you come across to potential employers.

    I wouldn't really recommend the IM route for you. Passive income sources take time and investment, usually. Sure there is potential for earnings that require minimal investment, but there's also a high risk of failure, and I'm not sure that's something you can afford right now.

    If you're near a university (assuming you've gone home to care for your mother), see if they have research projects they need participants for. It won't be steady money for sure, but maybe you can scrape a little here and there. Heck, you might even be able to snag a job as a research tech (since you're premed and hopefully good at science).

    Good luck bud.
     
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    You need to work out what your immediate and real problems are, and work out how to resolve them or how to cope with them.
     
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    already excellent advices given by members.

    just to add my two cents.

    1. IM is not a career you should be choosing right now, its a win or lose.
    2. Get a Job that make you some money, so at least you and your mum can stay under a roof.
    3. Then you can think about saving something for IM, or doing IM as a part time/side job until you become successful.
     
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    Sounds like bullshit to me.
     
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  8. dove99x

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    I'm technocially still a student, but I've decided to take the semester and the coming semesters off. I've been declined for allot of interviews like for receptionlist, student tutor at library, gorcery bagger, and more. I'm still working on building that image and hopefull with this new interview coming I could finally land one. Moms diagnosed with kidney disease, but without a biopsy doctors are thinking it could be do to diabetes and its complications or kidney cancer due to abnormal formations of cells. The found some cells who were abnormal aftering doing a procedure to take liquid from the inside of her chest and testing it. From pnemona, to bone infection, to blood clot, its allot. One step at a time I hope she gets better.

    Research position are availible, but have been rejected for them aswell but I'll keep applying. Rejection and failure sound a bit familiar at the moment to me, no site of success. The reason why I want to invest time and little money I have into IM is because I have to start at least as early as possible. The only thing I regret was not starting this when I was in Highschool and had nothing to do but play videogames and study. There are a lot of failures, which I've failed already, but maybe there is hope. I just don't know if that hope is delusional after all my faliures or if there is hope at the end of the brick road.
     
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    Family comes first. You have to do everything to keep it that way (even if it means a lot of sacrifice).

    At least this is how I see it.
     
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    Exactly. Get a job to get some stability, then if IM is your passion, do it in your spare time - and hopefully if you start to see potential in it, then you can quit your day job.
     
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    I agree with W130SN on this, we've seen this all too many times before, it's the usual sick story to play on everyone's sympathy just to be spoon fed.
     
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    Do you NEED money/income?
    can you SURVIVE without it?

    if you can survive without it, then by all means jump into IM. It's a lot of fun, but it's hard work and not the sort of career to get into if you just want fast money.

    if you cannot survive without income, then you HAVE TO find a job, you shouldn't even be posting on here, you should be applying for EVERYTHING! And don't come back here until you get HIRED.
     
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    It is almost identical to the Cancer story from a few months ago.

    Who in their right mind does this?

    If you are desperate you get a Job, any job and make whatever money you can.
     
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    Your right, getting stability is right but what do I do about the medical bills? I don't think $8 hour a job would help? So many bills, I'm not sure how I could do without any extra income
     
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    If I were you I would take the resources on this forum, pray, and get started trying to make some money. You need to earn some money but have no skills you can use to earn money right? Just take something from the forum and find someone who needs it.

    For example, lets say a business near you needs logo design. You can purchase logo design here on the forum for $15 dollars. So you go to the business and tell them you run a logo design firm and you would be willing to do logo design for them for the LOW PRICE of $195.

    They accept your offer, you come back to the forum, put an order in with one of the designers here and let them take care of the graphic design work.

    Congratulations, you just made $180 without even breaking a sweat.

    Now that's just basic capitalism, some of the other methods on this forum could be useful to you also.
     
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    Yep, I even remember that guy's name, it was RobertKeek.
     
  17. dove99x

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    Why would I lie? I have nothing to gain, I'm not selling anything or asking for money. It all sounds to much but its the truth. I swear, this is the truth with all honesty. Maybe its a regular accurence you've seen but these things do happen. I mean do you want me to provide the medical bills I get? The doctors note for the classes so I could withdraw in the middle of the semester?
     
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    I've thought of moving to cheap apartment, but thats as much as I do to save money. That would include renting a truck and moving everything. The phone is needed to talk with the doctors, the car is needed for jobs (car insurance), electricity, gas, rent, internet is needed for looking for jobs. How do I start doing IM as a part-time job?
     
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    That sounds like a great idea, though how would I know if a company near me needed logos? I have illustrator experience, maybe I could that and purchase logos.
     
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    learn to write shorter questions is the first port of call young buckaroo.