I found SuN through a link on digital point forums yesterday and signed up after reading for hours!
I`m so inspired! I have gained the confidence to proceed with my ideas now after reading the inspiring stories of success!
I live in metropolitan Adelaide in Australia,24(3 days to my 25th birthday!).
I`ve been going through an emotional rollercoaster lately. The main emotions and feelings are that of feeling like a failure and wasting the last 8 years since i graduated high school.
I`ve done lots of volunteer work and held a part time job in retail briefly until a year ago.
Around the time work was drying up I began to analyse what i could do with my skills and interests and decided to become a web designer and web entrepreneur.
I spend alot of time online..so i figured why not capitilise on it and make money of out my time?? ! LOL
I guess I feel like I`m in a failure in my family`s eyes becuase I haven`t accomplished what they think is a "success".I have learned heaps about myself not only the skills but emotionally as well in the volunteer jobs and my 1 year part time gig as a sales assistant in a big department store chain. Everything I`m doing even what may seem irrelevant is building skills for when i do open for business.
The toughest part is pushing forward through the hurdles my immediate family are putting on me. I know that once i make that first online sale I know I will be successful in anything I set my mind to.The one thing I`m finding difficulty with is the 1 worktool i need(desktop pc) I have to timeshare it with my family.Yes i still live at home.I`m making plans however,to move out next year. Anyway,my laptop is pretty slow these days,it needs a upgrade.So in meantime I have to use desktop which is hard when I`m being told to get off it,and no one thinks I can make money online...*sigh* I`ve tried explaining,it seems like they don`t take me seriously.
I had big dreams of running a business long before i finished high school. Without going into specifics I was poor at the time of graduating and couldn`t go to uni or even tafe.
I saved up some money and since end of 2005 I`ve been studying certificate in Retail Operations which has now progressed into the Diploma of Retail Management.
I can remember reading business books for the fun of it ever since i was about 13!
Fast forward to this year,and with all research I can find I reckon I could make a decent amount of money online. I`m lucky in the fact that my overheads are extremely low,and with recent changes to superannuation/tax laws for self employed saving for retirement is even better! (provided I interpreted it correctly/I have yet to seek prof. advice).
So now I have about 10 or so web projects in mind.Which I`ll be designing and lauching over the next 3 months.The beauty about these projects is the minimal investment of money(mostly time),so that any flop I can just flip the sites!
I have been mulling around for awhile now i particular niche and only recently have i actually started to refine the ideas. A good friend at tafe is also interested in this particular niche and we may partner. I`m so excited!
It`s a retail and service business. Actually could be broken down into smaller businesses,which is what i have to figure out. i.e. legal structure,growth strategy.
I can`t decide whether to make a proprietry company(pty ltd)the umbrella company and have smaller companies underneath focussing on either the retail or service ..
I`ve pretty much figured out expansion plans down the track.It`s the initial structure of what products to focus on and when to bring in the particular services.
I`ve started a feasibility assessment for the mortar and bricks idea! Not so for the online freelance. My online money making plan is mapped out in my head. I`ll write it down as i need to. Mainly becuase to begin with all i need is time +creativity+photoshop.=templates.
ok i`m rambling..
I`ll be sure to ask advice ..I`ve got a few things bugging me.
Are there any aussies here?
I think i`ve covered mostly everything..
thanks for listening.
web entrepreneur and web designer