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After having a very fast teenager life, never asked myself what I want to be, just finished high school and my field was accounting (i dont know why) then went to a college again in an accounting field because i saw that it was easy to understand the courses, etc. While I was in college I discovered the beauty of web and created my own site with very basic html knowledge which I still run and provides some income. After the school is finished I decided to work as a webmaster and make this my career. Never worked in an office or as a bookkeeper, etc. etc.
Then, last year we decided to buy a house with my brother because the profit from real estate was huge and we were both paying rent so we said why not pay mortgage instead of rent. Then I decided, beside webmastering I can make some part time job and support the mortgage and after 5 years I can have very good money to invest to my business.
It was all good in the beginning, after I realized that I have to devote more of my time to my part time job and all of a sudden that part time job became my full time job. I was not having enough time for my webmaster career. I was having very little or no time to maintain my web sites.
While everything was going like this, we started to contact with my ex gf from back home. I was so happy that we found each other again through one of my friends. After phone calls, msn, etc. for one year I decided to go back home for engagement. In my busy life now I also had a fiance.
After I came back from back home, we decided to sell the house with my brother as this was affecting our lives and I was not happy at all.
I sold the house 2 months ago thank god without a loss. My only loss was I could have devoted that time to learn many stuff as a webmaster.
I feel like I lost my 1.5 year for nothing and I am getting married in 6 months. The income I get from my web site is not enough to support my family. The job I work to pay my house just makes money for me no future at all.
I thought about having some money to support my family until my webmaster business picks up but now the main problem comes. I have no technical knowledge other than basic HTML and little SEO. I don't know how I can survive like this. If I had some money for both supporting myself for a while and hiring people from far east I might be able to survive but I dont have that much money either.
Office jobs, bookkeeping and other stuff comes to me very boring after making my from internet and getting used to work alone. I have lots of plans for my future as a webmaster but in the meantime I have to support mys family too and as I mentioned this requires time and money and I have no knowledge of any solid programming language.
Basically I am stuck and dont know what to do. I love here, I love being a webmaster but seems like I am going no where, please help me because I waited a lot to write here and tried to solve the problem myself but I couldn't.
Sorry for writing this much and taking your time but I think you are the only people can help me with your experiences and knowledge.
Thanks in advance
It would probably help to get constructive replies if you could define a bit what you actually want to do, eg, affiliate marketing, being a merchant and selling products direct, an information site with advertising revenue, designing sites for other people, SEO services?
We don't want to know what your site is about, and we certainly don't want the site address, but an indication of what you're aiming to achieve would help.
My advice is to stop focusing on how nice it is to work for yourself and get the training you need. That could be from a college or self taught. Bite the bullet and do what you need to do. Read Seth Godin's new book about this very subject.
"It would probably help to get constructive replies if you could define a bit what you actually want to do, eg, affiliate marketing, being a merchant and selling products direct, an information site with advertising revenue, designing sites for other people, SEO services?"
My main income is from adsense right now. I have a web site that I made with a very few technical knowledge and trying to fix it every day.
I have lots of plans and the priority of these plans are changing every day. I wish I had more technical knowledge in the beginning so that I won't have to struggle now to change the structure of the web site. If I do it now I am afraid that I am going to lose my traffic and will have zero income for a while which I can't afford.
I do have a local classifieds web site in my mind. Just bought a ready script and I think with some help I can customize it. But time is the main concern, I have to bring money to my family, learn new stuff to develop myself and go after my plans.
When I think about it, it sounds very hard to achieve and if I can't succeed I am afraid of losing time, effort and being disappointed.
I am sure there are people have been in the same situation before and I wonder how they succeed? Thanks...