I’m super excited about this. (But I’ll try to keep this short.)
A month or two ago, I told my son that I’m going to teach him how to make a website this summer, and he will keep all the money that he makes from it.
School ended on Thursday, and the next day he asked me, “When are we going to start working on my site?”
I don’t think I’ve been more proud!
Over the weekend, we discussed what the site may be. He wanted to make a “gamefudge.com” clone. Essentially, he wanted a destination where people could play video games.
“Uhh – no,” was my response. “I don’t know how to make video games, buddy.”
We settled on making a video game website, where the main focus will be on video games that people can buy (and use his affiliate link). If we can include a section where we can syndicate some online video games he likes, we’ll give that a shot.
I’m going to document this entire process — so be sure to subscribe to the AffPlan.com email list to get the updates.
“We we soo essighted!” (Thanks, Rebecca Black for these powerful lyrics And, thanks to Glee for making a fun version of this song.)
I have a story to share with your son that may get him going. When I still worked for IBM, as I was fixing a check sorter the operator was talking to her son who was about 17. He and his friend were complaining that their “fun” website was too much work now that it was making $5000+ every month.
They started out writing reviews of video games and tips on how to play them. Then the video game companies started sending them new games to review and wanting to advertise on their site. Because they had info on games that weren’t even available yet their site got more and more popular.
They were tired of “working so hard”…did I mention the part about they were making $5000 a month!!!???
I said, hey, sell me the site or pay me to run it for you. I asked them, “Do you have any idea how hard it is to make $5000 a month?”
More than your Mom makes working full time and more than my IBM salary after 23 years as a mainframe CE (i.e., the techs who are paid the best there except for region specialists).
There are no get rich quick schemes that work that I have ever seen – and I’ve been making a living entirely online since 2000. The only thing that works is to keep growing what you’re doing and that takes time so make sure what you choose is something you are so passionate about that it isn’t really “work” – something you love doing whether it makes money or not (but then DO focus on HOW to monetize as that is the weak link in most blogs).
My son read this comment, and his jaw fell to the floor! Thanks for the encouragement. 😉