Nice to meet you all, I am Luca from Italy - pretty new here although I've been reading these forums as a guest for quite some time in an attempt to broaden my knowledge with internet marketing / e-commerce as well as find good ideas to invest. Honestly though, I am somewhat disoriented and puzzled, to say the least, by the amount of people who claim their success stories and those that instead claim the opposite, by achieving complete failures in their online experiences.
Let alone those veterans who claim they're making plenty of money online YET offer their precious life time to "help" their fellow newbies obtaining the same success by "trusting them". Very noble, sure, but why would someone invest so much time and resources to develop and implement a winning online business strategy (which I believe people do in an attempt to gain more time independence and financial success), to then again use your precious time to teach others how to do it for a charge, if you already have a great business running? It kind of contradicts itself in my opinion, but again, I may simply not understand the mechanisms behind it properly, to assess and judge correctly. Anyways, heads up and I respect all you people working in this field, I am just thinking out loud here.
Let me start off by saying that I am somewhat familiar with web-design and LAMP based projects design and implementation, so I do understand the basic technical stuff, and am familiar with HTML/CSS and all these CMSes out there, but since I have never been into internet marketing before and have no idea where to start, I don't want to do mistakes.
a) I already have a full time job (9-5);
b) I'd rather invest my money on either an e-commerce solution with physical goods or any other ideas to start providing me with a second income to my actual job;
c) My requirements have a basic constraint which I need to put up with, which is time. I don't exactly have much time at the moment since I already have a job, but I am fully committed over investing spare hours and week-end time to do something new. Obviously, if things would go well, I would consider quitting my main job, but I would only consider doing that in the event things would go really well.
I see people talking about niches and I have some ruff ideas, but need guidance.
My idea at the moment would be to start with a budget of around $ XXXX, with an eventual monthly support of $ XXXX for ads or whatever else may be needed to keep the business progressing.
What do you think I should do? What would you suggest? I am willing to evaluate your suggestions, and obviously if something good comes up from this discussion, I'm willing to consider eventual partnerships or other type of deals.
EDIT: As suggested by a forum member, i removed the actual budget figures.