But, I'd be interested to know if you are looking at spare cash or looking to build a long-term sustainable business that will support you and your family.
The old saying is that if you treat it as a hobby, you'll get hobby expenses... but if you treat it like a business, you'll make business profits (or words to that effect).
My view is that whatever you do, it's going to take up time and money, ok? So if you're going to do that, why not use those resources to build a real business?
You don't have to become the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. And hell, it might take a while longer to see real income because you'd have to reinvest your income and grow the business.
But time, focus and patience will net you far bigger results in the long run than a slap-dash approach of trying all sorts of things.
Learn to crawl, then walk and then run. At the risk of being criticised, don't set yourself ridiculous expectations and income targets. Why?
Because if you cannot live up to your own expectations, it's going to give you a sense of failure and also it puts you under unwarranted pressure... and that's when we start to make irrational decisions.. and worse still... we quit and join the non-believers who say that this industry is a crock of BS.
The truth is that sound business principles apply to offline and online businesses.
We are quick to brand systems as scams... brand gurus as money sucking parasites etc, but the truth is - and I can speak from experience from working with a few - that all of these people that continue to thrive have done so by building a real business.
They have a real business, with real systems and employ real people. Now not everyone aspires to that level. I am happy to work from home and spend time with my kids. As long as I make enough, I'm happy. But the key is that I have a real business in place that feeds my family.
Those that went for the quick buck have fallen by the wayside. Don't believe me? Just monitor this forum for any significant length of time and see how quickly posters disappear into the abyss.
Now I know that this can seem a distant dream for most of us because we have family, jobs etc... and sh!t (life) happens. But you gotta hang tough. Build the foundations correctly and your house will be something to behold.
Ignore the foundations and you'll end up with a very crooked house that is likely to collapse sooner rather than later.
There are often quotations that resonate and stick with us forever. One of my favourites was by T. Harv Ecker...
"If you're going to work hard anyway, you may as well get rich and do it as quickly as possible".
So if you're going to spend time and money in this industry, build a business that serves you for many years to come.
Best of success to you all.