I saw some stories of inspiration so I thought I would give my own.
Let me begin by stating that I am a Caucasian-Canadian living in China, and I was tired. I was tired of working my butt off in Canada and tired of chasing rich brats in China around tables, while they pretend they can't understand a word I am saying (although not always bad)
I came up with an idea. China's cost of living is so much lower than western countries that I could live an extremely comfortable life here at making even $1000 American a month. But how?
An online business seemed to make the most sense, it would follow me whereever I go and connect me to unlimited customers. Excellent, now I need a service or product. It must be something I love, because I know I needed something to motivate my butt out of bed in the morning... haha...
I have always loved art and creation. I could draw and paint but my graphic design skills... were non-existent. No one could teach me here, my Chinese isn't good enough for that. So it looked like I will have to teach myself. I taught myself how to use Photoshop and Illustrator and how to build a website from scratch. I started off small, just learning and making a little bit of money here and there.
Finally, I said to myself, I can make a living off this if I try hard enough. I told everyone around me I could do it. Most didn't believe me or simply didn't care. I told myself this is MY DREAM, no one can see it but me. I needed results fast and furiously.
That was the beginning of this year. From then until now I have won numerous logo contests with cash prizes (the highest being $300.00)
. I have many clients who become my friends and great business contacts. I have done tutorial articles for cash and I have won bids for complete website designs and as it stands now I am making around $2000-$3000 USD a month and rising.
My cost of doing of starting all this? A lot of time, a lot of blood, sweat and tears. How much money, about $60. That was a high part of my goal, maximum earnings with lowest possible cost.
Anyways, I am not trying to brag but I just wanted to tell everyone out there that you CAN DO IT
. But don't do it for the money, do it because you need the freedom and because you would love it, do it for you
If you need some advice or if you need some designs for your new business venture online contact me.
Sorry it was so long, but that's my story