Okay so I started my first day back to college at the age of 40 on Monday. It is not something that I am proud of, in fact I really was not planning on going back to school. Heck I never went to college after high school.
Who really wants to go back to school at the age of 40?
At the end of this school year in May, I will still have 4-5 classes that I will need to take to get my Associates degree.
Why I Chose To Go Back To School
Basically I had no choice, I have been marketing online for about 3 years now and have my successes up and down. More downs than ups.
When Google made their updates I lost a lot of my income online and really had no choice but to go back to school.
I figured I needed to get some type of training in case I am unable to create an income online. (a consistent income).
I am taking a webdesign course because this is something that I am really interested in and could see myself doing if I am unable to get my business online to produce the results I want.
I have already created a website for someone that I know, in her offline business. I enjoyed it, but would much rather make an income online.
I don’t mind designing websites, but if I do have to use my degree I earn at school, I want to work for myself.
A Little About My Background
I have always worked for someone else, until 5 years ago, when I got an entrepreneurial bug up my butt, and haven’t looked back. I was miserable with my job at the time and wanted an out.
I joined an MLM business, but failed at it miserably. When I say miserably, I mean miserably. I lost well over $30,000 in that venture. (stupid mistakes I know)
However, I had made the mistake of walking away from my job that paid $60,000 per year, before I had any success.
I refused to go out there and get a job that would only pay me $8.00 or $9.00 per hour.
Even though I did end up having to get little jobs here and there just to help me pay the bills.
Can you say waiting tables? (that sucked big time)
I Got Involved With Internet Marketing
I got involved with internet marketing in 2009 and I remember it took me well over 8 hours to set up my first WordPress site.
I had no clue how to set it up, I watched YouTube after YouTube video to find out how to set up a site.
I didn’t have a clue how to upload plugins or a theme. Needless to say that my first site looked like crap.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the money to invest in any coaching programs. I got started with The Niche Blogger which was a blogging membership program.
I stuck with it for about two months, but then quickly ended up buying one money making program after another looking for a quick method to make money online.
I still remember how happy I was when I received my first $0.25 click from Google Adsense.
I finally found the Google Sniper method which consisted of purchasing EMD’s then ranking them on the top of Google. That seemed to work very well.
One of my faults is that I was so tunnel visioned that I did not focus on anything else.Believe me, it is extremely vital that you diversify your income.
I did have some Squidoo lenses and made some other income as well, but most of my income came from the sites I was ranking quickly on Google.
I was able to create a decent little income from those sites, some of them still make some money today.
No I wasn’t making thousands, but I did have one site making $1,200.00 per month. (that site no longer makes any money)
So when Google made their changes, I lost a lot of my income. (thank goodness I didn’t lose it all)
How I Got Involved With Product Creation
In May this past year, I finally took the initiative and invested in my first real online coaching program. I figured if I really want to succeed I needed to find someone who could teach me what I needed to know.
I also wanted to get involved with a coaching program that I could ask questions if I needed some assistance.
Product creation has always been one of the avenues that I have been wanted to get involved with. I just didn’t think that I had it in me to create a product.
Now I feel differently, although I have to admit that I still find myself having fears and those tiny little voices in my head want to get the best of me.
My Goal To Create A Full-Time Income Online
While I my goal is to create a full-time income online. My main goal is to actually build a business that I can be proud of.
I am more focused this time around to building a business, whereas in the past, I was so focused on setting up niche site after niche site for some quick profits.
So while I am not excited about going back to school at the age of 40, it is just something that I was forced into doing.
I am using this blog to hold myself accountable to reach my goals.
Going to school and working online is going to take some commitment, but it is something that I will do.
This means that I will have to learn how to manage my time so I can get some work done online.
Oh by the way, I am attending school full-time, I am taking 12 credits this semester.
So wish me luck that I am able to get everything done online that I need to get done.
What Type Of Income I Need To Create On A Monthly Basis?
Now you may be wondering, what exactly is a full-time income. Well right now my goal is to create at least $2,500.00 on a monthly basis.
That is not quite a full-time income, but that will get me through of being able to pay my bills and not have to worry about going to work for anyone else.
I have until May of this year to reach that income goal on a regular basis, otherwise I may have to go back to work for the man.
I don’t even want to think about that scenario, as I know that I would be absolutely miserable. I do not make a good employee.
I love working for home, I hate being told what to do and when to do it.
I know that this is an extremely long post, but I have never admitted this to anyone before. I have always tried to hide my failures.
Maybe if I put them out there for people to read, I will actually strive harder to reach my goals.
Time To Share
Going back to school at the age of 40 is actually something that takes a lot of courage for me to admit. I hate telling people that I am a 40 year old student!
I felt like a failure when I had to enroll in school. It was kind of like saying I could not do it on my own. Share with me how you manage your time if you work a job or go to school, I am going to need all the tips that I can get.
Journey To Full-Time Income