Well. I just want to make it clear that I’m totally broke. I have about $1700 to my name and it’ll be $1200 after I pay rent today. Times are pretty tough. And I picked the worst time to graduate from school.
One thing I do have is time, which I’m pouring into affiliate marketing. I’m no expert by any means. Hell, I just started in August. But I’ve read far too many success stories to not believe it’s a real way to make money. Hell, I’ve already made a little from it. Not much brag about, but enough to make me believe. I have one site up and I’m doing SEO on that while finishing up my second site.
It’s a lot of work, and I can understand why a lot of people don’t keep with it.
But, hell. What else is there for me? I have a masters degree in a field that’s getting raked over the coals by the economy so I can’t get a job in that industry. No one else will even look at me because I’m “over educated.” So all that’s left is for me to make money on my own online.
I honestly feel a little betrayed by my industry. I went to school for six years, I have two degrees in my field. I worked for three years in offices, and when I left to go back to grad school everyone was slapping me on the back and telling me that they would keep a cubicle open for me when I graduate.
Now it’s nothing but chirping crickets.
Screw all this. This isn’t a way to live a life. In servitude to some company that will just turn a cold shoulder to you when times are hard. People often say that their co-workers are like family. Is this how you treat family?
I’m done with the broken model of working for someone else. Even if I did get a job at an office, I would only take it grudgingly, and I would use every spare cent I had to fuel my own business ventures until I could quit.
I feel like the past few months have really transformed me and I know that there’s no way I can go back to the person I was before.
Yes, like anyone else starting out with making money online, I find myself filled with doubt and uncertainty. I find it depressing and disheartening to check Google Analyics or Clickbank each morning only to see a small trickle of visitors and no commissions.
So, why do I keep going when I’m discouraged?
Simply because there’s really nothing else for me to do. All I can do is keep typing away, writing articles, building websites, building backlinks. I know that some day this will pay off, and all I can do till then is keep plugging away till then.