suzyvirtual - 3:31 am on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)
I was usually making 5 figures a month in 2000 and 2001, and due to several factors including a collapse/change of the niche i operated in, and the fact that i became pregnant and had no maternity insurance, but made too much money to qualify for any help, I ended up very broke (pregnancy cost me $30,000). I never "lived large" but had used the extra i had made during the good times pay off debts from college (student loans credit cards etc.).
Anyhoo, in Jan of 2003, my baby and I moved back in with my mom, at the time my bills (car payment, car insurance health insurance etc) were $1200 a month, and I could barely meet them. I didn't have much time to concentrate on rebuilding my income, because i was the single parent of a newborn baby and that can be very all consuming. But, I spent every second i could researching and getting into new stuff and December 2004 was my best month ever. I am back into the 5 figures a month, and way further in than i was in the past with way more diverse income streams. It can be done! I am definately more wary of how easily it can "all come down", and more dedicated to making sure i keep constant diversification going on. Hopefully I never have to start from scrath again, but if i do, I feel pretty confident that i can make it work.
In fact, I have managed not to have a "real job" since graduating from college in 1998 and before I even got into internet marketing etc. I did diverse freelance things including having a line of jewelry, taking freelance photos, graphic and web design projects, writing music reviews and food reviews, being a trendspotter and probably more stuff i can't recall cause it's hard to fit it all on a resume (or in my brain). My point is, the kind of ingenuity and self drive it takes to make it on the web, can also be applied to eeking out a living in other ways, and making sure you don't have a real job. Damn the man! hehe.