Good Morning: As a subscriber to your newsletter I Haven't Made My $100,000 Yet Part Time. When Am I Going To Make Money?Written by Ross Reyman
ABC News carried a story of a man who was selling his 3-year-old Internet business for 3.2 million with stock in company that was buying. He stated, " I want to do something else with my life. I just graduated from high school and want to have time for college activities and have a full social life. Besides I can invest and do my thing."
We have all read these stories. College students in a small room started Yahoo. We read and at least hope that we can do something ourselves..
So many who read these things want a miracle? Ads for Internet opportunities tell of that at least 100 thousand, at least a better home with a new BMW in three car garage. After all Bill Gates, and person selling you opportunity made it.
Here are some things that must be considered to live a real life on Internet.
1) MOST BUSINESSES ARE UNDER CAPITALIZED. Only about 2% of all SMALL businessmen are still in business 2 years after they start. Why should it be any different on Internet? The biggest reasons for failure is not enough money. After you buy your computer equipment, you need about $400 to start at least. Yes, there are those who started with less who made it. Ruth Townsend of Cortland, New York started with free ads (http://www.lifestylespub.com/). It is being done all time. But only a few make it. But Internet business cost considerable less to start than hundred thousand needed to start most businesses.
2) LACK OF TRAINING. Some men and women think that owning a computer is key to success. The computer age is still just starting. We are silent movie stage. We need to learn and learn more. Take one course at a time at your community college. The way computer science of going, we will always be in need for more training. Spend at least an hour per week learning computers, business skills. Admit that you don't know everything. When you find something that you don't know, go to people who will help you. One site has some courses about Internet at http://www.sonic.net/~rwreyman/ Use other people's energy.
Ready to "Go Pro"? Leaving the 9-to-5 RoutineWritten by Steve Cartwright
Although title may lead you to believe that this article only discusses issues involved with leaving your "other job" to become a free-lance Web builder, don't be mistaken - A Web builder's job is hardly ever finished, and normal work-hours of "9-to-5" will soon become a thing of that past, if you're ready to take that big step. Web builders can frequently be found in their offices at odd hours of morning, and often on weekends, so don't be too surprised if, once you're full-time in this profession, you get a call at 2:00 a.m., asking you where you put such-and-such a file, or what password for some odd FTP site is. Computer professionals in general are well-known for their rather free working styles and hours, as well as often times not seeing light of day, for weeks on end. This becomes especially true, when you have clients in foreign countries, who operate on time zones different than your own.
Many of you out there are not yet employed full-time in a Web professional capacity, but are more likely starting out, either as hobbyists, freelancers, or part-timers for organizations that have limited Web development needs. But, as time goes on, urge to develop bigger, better, and more sophisticated sites will take its toll, and you may be called upon to make a decision as to whether to try your hand at Web building full-time or not. In most cases, builders want to give it a go, and make a full-time career out of Web industry. One thing in particular that will be a challenge, is convincing prospective employers that you have enough experience, and skill to fill position being sought.
So, how should you prepare for this, and when is correct time to make your move into Web industry, as a permanent career switch? To say, "Seven months, two days, and 14 minutes after you build your first site is correct timing" would be an impossible thing to do. Bringing it down to specifics is not a science, but more like an art, and you'll have to rely a lot on your own instinct, as well as self-confidence you have in your own abilities. Look at position you're applying for, in regard to skills you possess. If you find yourself consistently not possessing skill-set sought, then you need to spend more time honing your knowledge in these subjects. At some point, you'll see that certain advertisement and say "Hey! I fit all of those requirements!". Bingo! You've just realized that time has arrived.
While you're waiting though, there are several key things that need to be prepared. First and foremost, get yourself together a good resume, in HTML format PLUS a text-only format. No Web development company is going to take a potential job candidate seriously, when they haven't even taken time to prepare their resume in an online accessible format. Likewise, Web companies have a tendency to request resumes be submitted via e-mail, and that means having a resume ready in text-only form. When creating that HTML resume page, make sure that it is one of cleanest pieces of code you're created in your entire development history. Make sure that every browser can access it, without error messages, that layers don't show up in 3.0 browsers placed on top of each other at every turn, and that it downloads quickly and efficiently. Creating dynamically generated, dHTML pages, with hi-resolution graphics that take 10 minutes to download is a sure way to NOT impress a prospective employer, and a bad reflection on your design style and judgement.