In 2009 I was helpless. I did not have a clue what I wanted to do with my life, all I knew was that working for someone else was not an option.
12 months earlier I just completed a degree in digital Animation. The world was my oyster except it was really hard to get a job. If you did get a job it wasn’t working on movies, it was making tea and running to the shop buying more toilet roll or answering the phone behind reception. To make this job even more worthwhile I think the average salary of a runner was £8k-£11k a year. I’ll be honest, I did not try very hard to get a job in the Animation industry.
It may have something to do with spending the last two years of my degree divulging success books, self help books and spirituality books. I started to make conscious decisions of what I really wanted and I realised in the last year of my degree that I never wanted to work for someone else. It wasn’t an option.
I realised I would never have the freedom I wanted. I wanted to explore the world and work the hours that I wanted to work. There’s no chance of that happening when you’ve got a boss or a manager standing over you.
In September 2009 my brother in law mentioned something about a CD that got posted in his letter box about selling stuff online. He thought it might be something I was interested in. It was and the next time he came to the house he brought it with him.
It was Andrew Reynolds. I never fell for it, I don’t know if his “system” worked or not. However I was intrigued by the thought of selling information products online and I wanted to see what it was all about.
I did some research and found the warrior forum and I joined in September 2009, which is the day I remember getting into this internet marketing thing.
I never made money. For three years I scraped by and then I decided I wanted to go travelling more than anything. I put my ego aside and got a job as an SEO Executive to fund my travels. I hated it, the job I mean.
The nine or so months I worked in central London sucked the life out of me. I got really low forgetting sometimes what I was doing it all for. Getting the central line twice a day in rush hour is probably the most depressing experience. At work I used to take a step back and watch everyone pounding away on their keyboard while holding a coffee in another hand. How do they do it? The coffee must keep them going, every hour there was a coffee break.
So I quit like I planned and went travelling with Rachael for three months. I came back with some money left over and I somehow sustained myself for another two years with less than £1,000 in my bank account.
Then in mid 2013 Don Wilson hits my Facebook newsfeed. Something about Teespring. I thought it was another fad product/trend. I ignored his first launch for Facebook ads cracked for $397.
Then in early 2014 I gave in and decided to give Teespring a go. After two months I made my first sale. The name campaigns came and went. I had my first $1,000 week but soon I was stuck again.
Then Don came out with Ads Cracked 2.0. £600. $1000! It was an impulse buy, I bought it and went straight to sleep to get away from the nightmare of spending so much money. Money I might never see again.
In one week I made it back. Greatest decision I ever made.
The teachings from Don allow me to finally hit my main goal of making money while travelling. One month ago, I sold over 400 t-shirts while taking a walking tour of Barcelona and just yesterday I was eating a curry bratwurst in Berlin while selling 150 t-shirts.
So how can you make money while travelling? Get into internet marketing. If you want to learn faster and miss a few of the bumps along the way then you need to find a good mentor.
Once you have your website in place, the product in place and the right traffic source then the money will start to come in and the whole process can be automated.
I recommend jumping onto Teespring and giving it a go. I think every decade of Internet marketing has some sort of cash cow and right now it’s selling t-shirts on Facebook.
Now some people think that when or if the Teespring bubble bursts, a lot of people will be stuck for cash and they won’t know what to do. This is very true and I am scared myself however I believe that you won’t get stuck if you’re smart.
I believe that what I am learning today will fund me for years to come.
Selling T-shirts on Facebook is an education. It’s an education that will pay YOU. You will learn while earning and guess what? If the Teespring bubble bursts you can pick up another product and sell that. Once you find a winning product you can build a list from your winning audience so you don’t rely on Facebook traffic. You can venture into other traffic sources, it’s just a different platform and a different angle.
You can build your own similar winning product and sell that.
If you really want something, it doesn’t matter if it takes one month of five years to get there. Go for it.
Today I realised “oh shit, I have hit that goal..Sort of”. (I still need to go travelling for a long period while being funded online). I also realised that this is just the beginning. £10k profit is the goal this month and in six months I hope it will be £100,000 revenue in one month. It sounds crazy and a lot of people I know will probably think I have my head stuck in the clouds.
What matters is I know that it’s possible and I have friends online that do this month after month.