Just wanted to jump back in and give a little encouragement to some of you newbies out there.
Try not to get involved with too much at one time, you'll burn yourself out!
Find one thing and stick with it.
Hang in there, be consistent, test, test, test and be creative!
Be able to take criticism, deserved and undeserved, learn to laugh it off.
There are only 8 jerks in the whole world!
You have to work at it like anything else, if it sounds too good to be true...it is.
Some people are cut out for IM, some are not!
If you're determined to make a living from home and you're not getting the results you want,
get a part time job to cover the bills until you do.
Don't try to reinvent the wheel. Surround yourself with people who've been doing this for awhile and learn as much as you can from them. Don't give up and don't get discouraged! be persistent and keep pushing forward!