Let me give you a brief overview of my background. I work on the corporate side of a nation wide retailer as the lead front-end developer. My previous position was server-side development and email marketing for a medium sized resort management company. I've also worked in various other positions doing everything from marketing to developing custom content management systems to SEO and everything in between.
That being said, I get a pretty decent paycheck every 2 weeks and I live a pretty good life. I have a brand new sports car, I wear very nice clothes, I am taking out of state weekend trips nearly every weekend this month, etc. Most people wouldn't complain. However...I have been sitting behind a computer building other peoples companies up for the past 10 years. I'm sick of programming, marketing, etc for other people. I want to build a career online working for myself. The main reason I want to do this is not for the potential millions of dollars I see all of the new people coming here for but instead for the freedom. The freedom to be able to work from anywhere. Being in an office or a cube 9+ hours a day with 2 weeks vacation time a year is literally draining me.
My problem is this...I simply do not know where to begin. I've only worked for established companies solving established problems. I know the best thing to do is to find a problem and solve it. But how do you find a problem that a million other online marketers aren't already solving? It sounds so easy...but after spending hours in forums, yahoo answers, etc...I came up dry. I've got nothing. Most everything I can come up with already has a billion other people doing the exact same thing and some of those people are doing it very well. I could easily go to Clickbank or another affiliate site, grab a product, create a landing page, direct traffic to it, etc...but I don't understand how you can make money doing that when so many other people are doing the exact same thing to the exact same product. How do you find something that A) Solves a problem B) Is a buyers market and C) Has relatively low competition?
Thanks in advance for any help and support.