Why is this site called “A Million By 25″?
Good question. Answer this in your head first.
What road would you rather take?
1) Work your entire life making moderate to minimal money, paying most of it to your 401k, and gambling with your ability to survive to 65 to be able to retire and enjoy it?
2) Push REALLY hard for a few years, and enjoy your youth not worried about money.
You might think, it’s not possible, you’re dreaming, it can’t be done. Well, I’m 22 and a half at the time of starting this blog, and I think it’s completely realistic and I intend on proving it and inspiring others to do the same. This site will be my journal. I will keep track of my goals, accomplishments, and a follow-up after I turn 25.
When I say a million by 25, I DON’T mean a million dollars over time, I mean a million dollars IN MY BANK ACCOUNT by 25.
How do I intend on accomplishing such an astonishing goal?
It doesn’t include pinching pennies, using coupons, or investing in stocks. My plan is the fast road to success. I’m going to build, revise, and sell websites.
Minimal overhead, I’ve already gotten very familiar with web languages and techniques, and the way our lives are meshing more and more with the internet means this is a promising market IF I can find my niche.
What am I starting with?
$0 and my sole proprietorship business Versatility Werks (web-development, www.verswerks.com). I’m self taught, have 4 related certifications, and my AA (no bachelors, or specific associates). I just completed 2 e-commerce websites that offer online ordering for restaurants (www.ordergoodeatz.com), and online stores to anyone (www.simplesellingsite.com). I’ve got a short two and a half years to make these worth $500,000 each, or to find another website that can push me to my goal.
What will I do when I get to $1,000,000?
Why am I so determined to make $1,000,000? Well, so I can turn around and help people like myself. If you’ve got the ambition to make it big, then you deserve to. I want to buy websites that people have put their blood and sweat into, and help them refine it to optimize sales, and be successful. I understand how difficult it can be to get your website out there with no advertising money, no money to fund a sales force, and no way of really getting your name out there. I know if I had someone knocking at my door willing to help advertise my products/services, it would help greatly! but I just don’t have that luxury. Some days I work for 20 hours, and if others are doing the same, I want to help. I’ve got to admit, I’m not totally alone in this. I’ve got great people who help me in various ways.
So who are these people?
First of all, I have to thank my fiancee for being supportive of everything I do and putting up with my 20 hour days and me neglecting her while I’m grinding. She’s taken care of household chores, our pets, made sure I’m fed, and even answered Craigslist ads to find me work.
Another important person in my business and personal life is Robert Bentancourt. For the past two years he’s been very influential. He’s put in days of refining my skills, sending me clients, attempting to/successfully selling my products/services, and been there when I needed someone to talk to.
Michael McMillian out of Las Vegas. What a fluke meeting this guy. I answered a Craigslist ad in between working on projects, and I really didn’t have time for anything as I was preparing to make the move from Duluth, MN to Punta Gorda, FL. We connected and everything worked out well with the website he needed. So well in fact that we’ve become friends, and will likely work together for years to come.
Nashville has produced some great people for me as well. Paul Daniels, Sid Smith, and Gene Stevens. Each providing me with assistance in their free time and helping me gain experience and pay my bills.
I’m sure there will be plenty more as I work towards my goal, and I will extend this list again as necessary.
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