I didn't do last year's challenge, though I had done every previous one not including the first one. I came to the challenge during it's second year. Have been following Ed & gang since. I would have liked to have done last years challenge, however I had a lot going on. This year is different! This year is the year I'm going through it entirely. Other years I didn't get through due to health problems (mainly ending up in the hospital & surgeries).
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2011 Coast to Coast Team
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Thanks for your comments Lisa. I've done the challenge twice before, and I always get so much value, and have used the tools and knowledge I've gained in my business, even though my "30 Day Projects" may have appeared unsuccessful. It's all good! Can't wait to get started tomorrow!
I believe that with making money online (like everything else) there is a "tipping point" from where you are making only a few dollars online to making a real salary. A point where things will just seem to "click" and earning an income online becomes second nature.
I've done 30DC for the past 3 years and loved it. Last year I didn't start any new sites but I used what I learned to tweak all my niche sites. Results improved very quickly. I went from earning about $30 a month to about $150 a month consistently. I earned over $300 this month and will earn about $250 in July. I haven't put more than about 4 hours this whole month into my websites. That's a high hourly wage, and why I want to do it better in the future.
My goal this year is to raise my monthly earnings to the $1000 range. The new format will make that more probable.
This is actually my 3rd job. I tutor high school math and science as many hours a week as I can, but June and July are very slow since school is out here. I'm using what I've learned in the 30DC to market my tutoring business. This year, I plan to put up a targeted facebook ad to local people with high school aged kids. It will be part of a whole marketing mix, but it is much less expensive than Adwords or Yahoo paid search, and much more demographically targeted.
I also work part-time delivering pizza at Papa John's. The work is part I need the money and part sociological experiment. I work very, very hard for minimum wage plus tips. I live in south Louisiana, so that means driving during the day in the hot, humid climate in the sun. The heat index is usually 105 to 110 F in the shade. Dehydration is a daily fight.
It's reminding me why I went to college and graduated, why I tutor for my primary job, and why I want to improve my online income substantially. It's a whole lot easier to sit in the A/C, teach math and science, do research, and work on websites than prep pizza ingredients, fold boxes, make pizzas, and fight heat and traffic. And occasionally get robbed. Some people tip well, others don't tip at all. Along with tips, my wages end up a few to several dollars per hour above minimum wage. I get paid every day I work because I get to keep my daily tips. I get a pay check every other week. It's a lot of work and exhaustion for about $1000 a month (20 hours a week). I make more in 3 hours of tutoring than I make in two days delivering pizzas. The surprising thing is the majority of people I work with are college graduates who have been laid off their jobs and need money.
My advice is to heed what you learn here well, and apply it as many places as you can. It will make you more money for less effort than minimum wage jobs, and it can help you with a professional job or an offline business as well as starting or improving an online business.
I will keep up the work and make it to $1000, hopefully much sooner than later!