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What are your thoughts about a full time teenage student trying to become an internet marketer? I know someone who wants to dropout of school if he manages to create a successful online business.
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  • Profile picture of the author wilsonljx
    I am also studying right now and I guess I might only be a full time internet marketer once I got my degree.

    The purpose of getting a degree is to have a backup and you might not know what will happen in the future so there will be a degree for you to be prepared for other crisis
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    • Profile picture of the author Xdonaldd
      Interesting, do you have your own business making money on autopilot while your going to school, i'm assuming College right?
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  • Profile picture of the author RAMarketing
    Always have a back-up plan; if at all possible stay in school while running the business. Outsource as money comes in, pay down student loans, and you (or they) will be way ahead of the curve at graduation :-D
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  • Profile picture of the author DrewDaze
    I am a part time college student and I do internet marketing full time. I make way more doing internet marketing than I ever could even being a doctor... I continue to finish up my degree not only to have a back up plan, but why would you want to limit your options to only one thing? The experience you get from college alone is worth it's tuition. I would stick with school or at least go back and get your GED and head to college. Just my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author Xdonaldd
    @Drewdaze

    I realized this is your first post. Are you new here? I'm really amazed that you're making a full time income from IM, im assuming at the age of 21-23?
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    • Profile picture of the author wilsonljx
      I am currently taking diploma in singapore,I am not sure whether this is called high school.

      I am starting to see results after spending hours of work at it,not a lot but at least I know that it workswill continue to work on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author DrewDaze
      Originally Posted by Xdonaldd View Post

      @Drewdaze

      I realized this is your first post. Are you new here? I'm really amazed that you're making a full time income from IM, im assuming at the age of 21-23?
      Yes, I am new here. I have been a lurker for a long while though and finally decided to become a member. I am 23, let me know if you have any other questions... I have no problem helping you along the journey.
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      • Profile picture of the author Xdonaldd
        @drewdaze

        If possible, i'd like to ask you a couple of questions. And neither of us has enough posts to private message. Do you have aim, if not, can you provide your email?
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    • Profile picture of the author DrewDaze
      Originally Posted by Xdonaldd View Post

      @Drewdaze

      I realized this is your first post. Are you new here? I'm really amazed that you're making a full time income from IM, im assuming at the age of 21-23?
      @Xdonaldd sure, email me at drewdaz3 at gmail dot com
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  • Profile picture of the author bizzie73
    One of the best things about Internet marketing is you can make a serious income while at the same time doing important things, like getting an education. This is not saying getting an education is an absolute must, and everyone is different, but it's a great and flexible job. I know of someone who become a millionaire with IM when he was 17 but still went to college. Today, he is still doing IM as a career and runs his own affiliate network.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIGITALCHAMELEON
    There's no wrong on that as long as he still has time for he's studies.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Stay in school and market online in your spare time. Be sure and leave some time for boozing and getting laid, too. You're only in college once. If you neglect the later, you will end up having a mid-life crisis 15 years from now, divorce your spouse and contract VD from all the one night stands you pick up at the over 40 bar down the street.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Xdonaldd View Post

    What are your thoughts about a full time teenage student trying to become an internet marketer?
    Mine are "memories", rather than just thoughts. I started my internet marketing business around the start of my second year at university.

    Originally Posted by Xdonaldd View Post

    I know someone who wants to dropout of school if he manages to create a successful online business.
    To drop out?! Then disable his internet connection, chain him to the school buildings, or do whatever else you have to do to keep him at school. And keep telling him the internet will still be there in another 2 or 3 years but his educational opportunities may well be diminished then. You won't hear many people saying "I wish I'd dropped out of school earlier". Admittedly there are one (or possibly two) here who'll sometimes say it (mostly to irritate those of us saying the opposite, I think), but it's really rare to hear that. "I wish I'd stayed at school", of course, is heard very commonly. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Xdonaldd View Post

    What are your thoughts about a full time teenage student trying to become an internet marketer?
    I know several of them. Very bright, driven, creative people. I think it's a great way to get started early, not to mention a great way to pay for college if your parents didn't plan and can't afford it.

    I know someone who wants to dropout of school if he manages to create a successful online business.
    I know a few of those, too. They're idiots. While it's not necessary to have a diploma or a degree to run your own business, it is terribly important to have an education. You can get that education by just muddling your way through life, of course, but on the whole you'll learn a lot more in school than you will out of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      I know a few of those, too. They're idiots. While it's not necessary to have a diploma or a degree to run your own business, it is terribly important to have an education. You can get that education by just muddling your way through life, of course, but on the whole you'll learn a lot more in school than you will out of it.
      "Quoted for truth", as the saying goes.

      Seriously, when I think of all the long-winded, meandering posts I've made over the last two years on this subject, the brevity, the inescapability and the wisdom of the above few concise sentences put me almost to shame.
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  • Profile picture of the author vip-ip
    I am making money while going to college. My GPA is well above a 3.0 and I'm a very social person. Dropping out of school shouldn't be an excuse to start a business. Try it, and if you need more time, get the cash flow up and hire an assistant. If your business doesn't generate enough to at least pay for a VA, then it's not worth it.

    Best Regards,
    vip-ip ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Edwin Torres
    I am 14, I am internet marketer, and I make money online. Its possible, the skys the limit.

    It doesnt matter if you're 15 or 40, making money online is possible. You just need drive, motivation, and commitment.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author west1
      Originally Posted by kytro360 View Post

      I am 14, I am internet marketer, and I make money online. Its possible, the skys the limit.

      It doesnt matter if you're 15 or 40, making money online is possible. You just need drive, motivation, and commitment.
      There is no harm in making money, whatever the option you have chosen but dropping school is really a bad idea. I mean a teen, always thinks of comfort which ultimately is money but money is not enough to live your life and can never teach you the basis rules of survival. Knowledge is something that never harm you whether you are 10 or 18 or of 60. Money can never buy you the worst and the best experiences of life but knowledge can.

      Try to keep your self focused on leanings and gain as much as you can because "a building can never be strong if its base is weak and empty".
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    • Profile picture of the author NickCesarz
      Originally Posted by kytro360 View Post

      I am 14, I am internet marketer, and I make money online. Its possible, the skys the limit.

      It doesnt matter if you're 15 or 40, making money online is possible. You just need drive, motivation, and commitment.

      Good luck
      Hell yes my friend. Wish I would have started learning when I was young as you! Good luck and keep up the good work.
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  • Profile picture of the author bailbondsguys
    Best idea is to finish school no matter what you do in life. Internet marketing is a good side project but it's a dynamic game. Having options will always make you a more successful person.
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  • Profile picture of the author Micah Medina
    Kytro - I'm pretty young (mid 20's, in college) but dammit I wish I had plugged myself into this game when I was 15 instead of playing Zelda and Halo.

    Age isn't an impediment as long as you've got focus!
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  • Profile picture of the author MoneyMonkey
    I wouldn't recommend dropping out of school as it's a time to grow and learn (and no i'm not trying to be patronising). You'll get to learn a lot of skills etc and will have (as has been pointed out) a back up plan should anything fail.

    However, learning and doing internet marketing while at school is a great idea and I know of at least one person on the WF who makes a decent living at it - and he's only just turning 16 so basicaly go for it just don't burn any bridges
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  • Profile picture of the author gushy0202
    You have plenty of time online more compared to many of college guys and even day job workers. So make mistake early, learn and improve and build a business online

    all the best...
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  • Profile picture of the author WebTrafficFusion
    Never underestimate the value of the educational experience. You might not like being in school/college but you should stick it out and get the very most from it you can. I dont know a single person who if they had their time again wouldnt make more of or prolong their education.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Dropping out of school is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Do the time and get your education. It will be invaluable throughout your life. It should be a priority and dabbling in Internet Marketing done only if it doesn't take time away from getting good grades and graduating from high school.

    Very few are successful quickly with Internet Marketing and quite a few are never successful. What will you do with the rest of your life if you drop out and are not successful at Internet Marketing?
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  • Profile picture of the author hanakuza
    I think finishing school is still a a better option than just skipping it and going into IM. It's good to have IM as another extra option, or maybe for retirement. You an start on it anytime. But with school... you can only experience it once. PLus it helps alot in your future career and is more stable. you never know what will happen to the IM industry in say... 5 or 10 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author BennyTheWriter
    Awesome thread. I'm in my mid-20s myself, pursuing a college degree. I'd definitely advise other young people to stay in school...not even so much as a "backup plan" as for the skills you'll learn through the experience...for example, critical reading, analytical writing, speaking, networking, time management and general social skills.

    And if you ever do have to get a "real job" in the "real world", even temporarily, having a degree often means a better chance of being hired and better pay. Something to think about.

    I have tremendous respect for successful people who never went to college, but as far as I see it, it's an awesome experience you should take advantage of if you can.
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  • Profile picture of the author purplecone
    I would never recommend that anyone 'drop out' of school, but there are alternatives. Homeschool might be one alternative. I know of a girl who stopped attending high school classes at 14 years of age, enrolled in an open enrollment college, and got her BS instead of her high school diploma. At 18, she has her own non-profit business and is taking classes towards her masters degree. There are always alternatives, but learning, in whatever format, is necessary.

    Linda
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  • Profile picture of the author gushy0202
    Teenagers will have a fresh approach many times that wow experienced people. This is very much needed for the IM world... Load yourself with creative stuff and bring the IM world fresh air..
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  • Profile picture of the author mstewart
    Originally Posted by Xdonaldd View Post

    What are your thoughts about a full time teenage student trying to become an internet marketer? I know someone who wants to dropout of school if he manages to create a successful online business.
    Could be a way to drop out school and create a successful online business when you have a fatastic plan to do. If no,you could start read and learn some basic knowleage about IM when you are free during school to get some experience or you could do some part-time IM.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenJones
    Life itself teaches us the greatest lessons, nevertheless, school or an education for that matter is important. It's funny to read all these statements. This because I am in the exact position the OP is talking about. 4 months to go and I have another degree under my belt, but these 4 months are essential for my business since I am doing quite well on the Internet. And I was afraid of losing it all.

    So I took a leap of faith and now I just do what feels right at the moment, and that is more focus on my internet marketing business. That's how I picked my quest, a leap of faith, just because it feels right. But I am not dropping out, but did think about it.

    My advice would be don't drop anything, so if you have some stuff going on in the IM scene, do keep your fingers in the pie, just keep them there.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by StevenJones View Post

      I am in the exact position the OP is talking about.
      Originally Posted by StevenJones View Post

      I have another degree under my belt
      Please excuse the observation that "having another degree under your belt" is very clearly NOT "the exact position the OP is talking about": in fact it's obviously a radically different position from the one the OP is talking about.
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  • Profile picture of the author paigelee
    You can do Internet Marketing as a part-time job. Because you will never know if IM is really for you. Well, IM is actually not for everybody so you better prioritize studies first.
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