Many people gain the knowledge in the fields they pursue, but I can truly say I was born with it. For generations, business has flowed in my family’s blood and now mine too.
The best memories come from when I was in 3rd grade, my fellow classmates and I would draw pictures and then I would go around and sell them. I would sell so many that my instructor had to put a restriction on when I could sell them. I made a few bucks, but that was like gold since I was only a few years old. Following that up until the age of eleven I probably had twenty other businesses one of which was Pokémon cards (Ill skip that story, I really don’t want to write a book right now.)
So let’s fast forward to eleven, that’s when I started creating WebPages. During that time, HTML was basically, “The ShizNit” of programming. I can remember when Lycos, geocities, and tripod were around, and I would get free hosting and a sub domain. I would spend hour’s online just creating websites for myself, and later to post homework online so classmates can check on it.
A year later, I became the most amazing programmer you would ever find, some times beating people that had college degrees. I created websites for local companies like arcade centers etc (Parents friends, but it felt good to have a job at such a young age). And a year later I opened my first company.
Sadly, that was probably the peak of my programming days. Today I would be lucky if I can code a line of CSS. My company just flew off to the point of where I couldn’t manage it. I outsourced all of my work and took commission for the jobs I sent over to the different countries, so I basically acted as the middleman.
For the next three years I probably owned every type of website you could possibly image a kid of my age could own. From hosting companies to full service websites, I owned them all. My knowledge for business became invaluable. Today I own over 200 websites (not all of them are making thousands daily, but they’re mainly all autopilot so I make a good income from them), and make an amazing income for my age.
Ill leave the age calculation for the math whizzes (please don’t post it in the forums, I don’t want google catching it), today I manage my network and am a professional in SEO, and Website Brokering.
This may not be a rag to riches story, since I was never in rags, but as any kid I didn’t have all the money in the world. So from my point of view, this was one. Today I not only enjoy making a substantial income online, but what I consider riches is the ability to manage and run my own network of sites. I wake up every day, a rich man in a sense only a true webmaster would understand.