I’m an Internet Marketer & Stock Trader, and The Path To Prosperity is a website where I teach people how to build online businesses & stock portfolios with the end-goal of achieving their ideal lifestyle characterized by financial freedom, career flexibility, and personal fulfillment.
In my opinion, there are only 2 “paths” you can take on your way to becoming prosperous and avoiding the “corporate trap” that the majority of people fall for. These 2 paths, as mentioned above, are:
Pursue the Lifestyle You Deserve:
Your entire life I’m sure you’ve been taught to see corporate employment as the “safe, desirable” path, as opposed to the “risky” proposition of starting your own business. It’s undeniably true that educational institutions, friends, family, and society as a whole tend to push you towards “steady jobs”. (I’ve been working on this website for a while now and my family still doesn’t quite get how I’m making money online, and most notably, how I prefer it over corporate employment).
The major problem with this overwhelmingly biased societal opinion is as follows:
Corporations are Selfish: Business objectives and bottom lines are treated as higher priorities than your personal lifestyle. Are climbing the corporate ladder, increasing employee headcount, going public, and “growth for growth’s sake” really goals of yours? In addition to this, I’m sure you’ve even been brainwashed into thinking that prioritizing your own needs is “unprofessional”.
You must obey your superiors by following their schedules and rules. You’re forced to follow their schemes for advancement and bumps in pay. Unfortunately, you’re just another piece of their giant puzzle.
Just Be Honest With Yourself For a Minute:
- Would you rather get assigned projects or choose your own?
- Do you work with people you truly like or would you prefer choosing a group you’d actually like?
- Do you want to pursue a lifestyle you enjoy on a day-to-day basis? Or just on weekends and a couple weeks of vacation throughout the year?
Now I’m certainly not saying that all corporate employers are relentlessly pushing their employees with no regard for their personal lives. I’ll admit that major strides have been taken in recent years to improve the proper “work-life” balance you deserve. But even these efforts can’t compare to the flexibility, freedom, and fulfillment of running your own online business.
The Classic 9-5 Doesn’t Have to Be Your Life:
The good news is that you can get started online very easily and cheaply. Thanks to rapid advancements in technology, you can get a live website up-and-running in just a matter of minutes. The worldwide, 24/7 reach of the internet can allow any website to produce a full-time income. You can make money lounging in your living room, cooking in your kitchen, sailing on vacation, or even snoozing in your bed. It’s truly a marketplace that never sleeps.
So, how do you do it? It’s a Simple 4-Step Process and the risks of getting started are virtually nonexistent. Trust me, I’ve worked my way through the false promises of “guru courses” to eventually find a service doing things the right way. The “good guys” at Wealthy Affiliate have continuously evolved over the years to provide the perfect online business training and community for hungry internet entrepreneurs. Thank you Kyle & Carson (co-founders of Wealthy Affiliate)! [Read Wealthy Affiliate Review]
How I Developed “The Path to Prosperity”:
With the heart of an entrepreneur, I’m always looking for opportunities to make money without the help of an employer, so I’ve tested out my fair share of supplemental income methods. Below is a partial list of techniques I’ve tried over the years in an attempt to put a little extra money in my pocket:
Amazon Mechanical Turk: If you’ve never heard of this, it is a great way to make a small amount of money by filling out questionnaires and surveys. These computer-based tasks are very easy, however, you don’t make very much for your time. To put this into perspective, I made about $50 over the course of a few weeks. I’d estimate spending a couple hours per day performing these tasks (2 hrs/day x 21 days= 42 hrs. $50/42 hrs= $1.19/hr). As you can see, something like this certainly can’t replace a real job.
Landscaping: In high school, a buddy of mine and I decided to start a landscaping business to replace our summer jobs. This actually worked out pretty well, but did not come without challenges. We both had small cars, making it quite challenging to cart around large pieces of equipment like lawn mowers, weed whackers, leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, shovels, etc. We overcame this obstacle and even ended up landing a few commercial jobs. We made a few grand each summer for 2 years – not bad for high school.
Painting/Construction: I’ve always worked construction with a cousin of mine whenever I was free throughout my entire life (during time off from school, summers, and before I landed a corporate job out of college), so I’ve had a decent amount of experience in the painting industry. Between my junior and senior year in college, I decided to take advantage of my experience by starting a painting business. Over the course of that summer, I managed a crew of 5 employees who performed $37,000 worth of work. I made out with a profit of $9,000: By far my best business venture up to that point in time.
*Affiliate Marketing:* When I learned what affiliate marketing was and stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate, it was like hitting a gold mine. I finally found exactly what I wanted in a business: no need to worry about inventory, order fulfillment, product development, shipping, or answering customer support emails/calls. You simply choose a passion, create a website, promote relevant products/services, and make money on commissions. I can also work on my website part-time while making a full-time income. This is the most attractive business model I’ve found as it is cheap to start up and offers unlimited profit potential.
*Swing Trading:* Once my affiliate marketing business started producing an income, I decided I wanted to multiply my earnings with a proven trading strategy. I decided on swing trading in order to pursue higher returns and avoid long-term market downturns. Successful swing trading opportunities can be found in any type of market. My preferred service to help me find such opportunities is Jason Bond Picks. Through video lessons, daily watch lists, and alerts, I’m able to capture consistent 5-10% returns on most trades I make.
My “Light Bulb” Moment – The Strategy I’ve Chosen:
With my survey-taking, landscaping, and painting days behind me, I’ve finally landed on the perfect wealth-building technique for me: A combination of business building (Affiliate Marketing with Wealthy Affiliate) and stock trading (Swing Trading with Jason Bond Picks). Just take a moment to think about some of the wealthiest people you know: Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. How did they amass their
millions billions in net worth? I think you might already know the answer.
Your Friend, Internet Marketer, and Swing Trader,