E N Brown
said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:
All I have to draw on is my own experience. I hope this does not get too wordy; I’ll try to keep it short.
I worked a full time job for five years and ran an online business part time back when – 1992 to 1997. In early 1998 I left the full time day job and concentrated on the part-time online and local biz. Five years is not that long (it may sound like it though) and I certainly learned a lot during that time. By the time I went full time with my part-time biz I was making more on the part time than I was on the full time. So it made sense for me, at the time.
Here is the problem though, if you have a bad month, can you pay your bills, insurance, auto responsibilities, etc, etc, etc.? If you can’t; if you don’t have a nest egg, you will tear your hair out trying to figure out where your next meal is coming from, not to mention all the obligations you have signed on for.
You have to really strive to make it all work for you. Here is the thing — the MAIN thing — that was a different time on the web. I was doing biz online four years before Google was and before MSN & before MS was making servers, so I had (have) a distinct advantage over most everyone who’s still around from that time.
I don’t know exactly what advice to give you because it’s been so long ago for me. I see so many people now deciding to “open business on the web” and all I can do for them (unless they hire me) is to say “good luck.”
Yes, there were some frustrating times, back then, but as a programmer, organizer, project manager, I knew what I was getting myself into. I don’t believe that most people now do know what they’re in for. It was an exciting time then, as the web was new (not so the internet; another story) and so pushing forward was not just to build a biz but to learn about the web (I had already been on the internet since the 70′s in a variety of positions through mainframe systems) so the atmosphere was very different than it is now.
Crapola – I’ve already gotten too wordy and have not said a darn thing to help you. All I can say at this point is to hang in there. Do you have any uh, more specific questions?