Hello, I am a 23 year old Midwestern girl just starting on her life.  Why am I just starting on my life now that I’m nearly 25 years old?  Most people already have a steady job, or at least a college degree by then.  While that may be true, I joined the US Navy a few months after high school graduation.  It’s taken a few years to get through my initial schooling for my job as well as the various certifications that are part of ship life.  About a year ago I got the idea that I needed a hobby and decided to make money online.  I’ve spent the last year doing research and have made a grand total of 19 cents online since then.  I had planned to be making a steady income of at least a few dollars a week by now.  The last month of 2011 I got upset at my self.  I forced myself to stop researching the hundreds of articles and blogs on web business and online marketing and sit down to put up my blogs and articles.  On January 1, 2012 I had three new websites up (bringing my total to five websites, all blogs), my Etsy store up, and was trying to balance all my commitments online with my job in the navy that tends to have odd hours and sporadic internet connection.

I didn’t think I was ready for all my sites to be up but I couldn’t spend the rest of my life doing research instead of working.  I’m getting out of the navy in 2013 to go to college full time.  The navy may pay my college tuition and a little more, but I’d like to be able to go through college without needing to wait tables somewhere or some other job that will affect my study time.  I want to have my online business stable enough that I can do my school work until it’s done before doing my business work or going out with friends.

This is my journey towards that goal of self employment, at least part-time, over the next few years.  You’re welcome to learn with me as I try to perfect my sites, get traffic, and sell things through affiliate links on my various blogs and articles.