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    1. The past
    I'm 17. In my country there are different types of "lanes" in high school, and I was in the toughest one. Loads of chemistry, physics and math. Most students in my class went to school from 07.00-16.00, and after that they'd go home to study some more. They literally had no other life besides studying.

    This got me thinking. They're wasting their youth on reading stuff they'll forget 90% of, for what? Some DISGUSTING 9-5 job where they'll make around $3500 a month (that's a great income where I live).

    I want to become free and independent - to create something that is my own. So then I won't have to worry about grades, that chemistry test about chemical bonds or drawing the same velocity-time graph for 6 months. I'll just have to learn what I really need to succeed.

    Real knowledge > Grades and "education"

    So before I went on summer vacation, I started learning programming. Ruby and Python - all on a very basic level. Then I moved on to the front-end languages for the web, which I found more engaging. It went really good, and I learned at a lot faster pace than I would've in school.

    2. Now
    A few days ago I read Fox's thread here on the forum, which inspired me to make some money making web pages for people. Actually I'd gotten the idea weeks before from one of James Altucher's articles, but that thread got me interested for real. Luckily I had experience with WordPress from a job I had before, and over time I'd gotten pretty good with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

    Why not try it? Can't see myself coding webpages in the future, I want something greater than that, but it could be a good hustle for now.

    That will be a job in progress. Although I'm quite comfortable with the web design part, acquiring customers is something I'll need to work on. Really have no clue how to do that in this business. I tried to e-mail local business owners in my town, asking them to contact me if interested, and they either:
    a) Don't respond
    b) Get mad because I imply their 2007 website might need an update.

    3. Goals
    1. ONE WONDERFUL THOUSAND
    Believe me - I think big. However I can't start thinking about those glorious millions before I've even made $1,000, so that will be my goal for now.

    $1,000 is a lot of money for me, that'll be a challenge. But I'll achieve it. Then I'll make $10,000.

    2. LEAVE THIS COUNTRY
    This is more of a long term goal - ideally I will achieve this in about 2 years.

    Why? My country is cold, unpleasant, and got a lot of taxes. The government can take about 60% of your income, which isn't exactly great. I've also got a lot of bad memories here, memories I just want to leave behind. I simply want to start a new life together with my wonderful girlfriend in a fresh place.

    I'm thinking some place warm instead. :cool:

    To summarize:
    1. Try to make websites for profit
    2. Earn $1,000
    3. Increase earnings
    4. Leave country
     
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    Spent this morning making a mock-up website and writing some e-mail copy for a local laundry company. Got a good feeling about this one.

    My girlfriend and I acquired a set of chairs and a table - all in a very bad condition. We renovated them and made them look really nice with sandpaper and paint. Now they're sold.

    Not exactly fastlane, but to be honest we enjoyed it and I learned something. Creating something good means creating value - and that's what people want. I could probably use that knowledge in ALL aspects of life. Make something great that ATTRACTS money - then you won't need to chase it.
     
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    Do you already know people who could benefit from a website?

    Just curious if warm/hot will do better for you than cold emailing, cold calling, or cold traffic...
     
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    I asked around a couple of days ago. Nobody I know directly needs a website. However I've asked my friends and family to refer to me if they run into someone who does need one. It'd be great if I found something that way, so I'm still on the lookout. Might see something unfold later.

    Today I worked at the warehouse of one of my country's biggest online stores. Good money actually, compared to other jobs people in my age have. It was also interesting to see the logistics of a really big e-commerce business.
     
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    Now I'm no longer working as a fill-in at the warehouse (they had no demand for it). Still got a lot of hours done so that's great.

    Otherwise I feel kind of lost and restless. Before I've always had a "next step", and even though it maybe wasn't the right one I had it. But now I've no idea what to do. Got some options:
    1) Continue trying to make money creating websites. This is by no means an unique idea, and I am not the best at it. However it requires very little money from my side - which is great since I have just that amount. It's also scalable, outsourcable, can be of great magnitude, and you could do it anywhere.

    Then I'll need to figure out how to get business. (And actually regain focus and find out what to do next)

    2) Start finding something else to do.
     
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    Finished TMF today - reread it for the third time.

    Picked up the yellow pages and compiled a list of 56 local companies with wonderfully terrible websites. If I expand the search radius I'll easily reach 100 tomorrow. Planning to contact all of them - if just 1% answers I've still succeeded. It's a numbers game - right? Some of them make 24 million dollars of revenue per year but they still got bad websites.