You can probably guess what this post entails based on the title. I'm graduating from the class of 2012 just this Saturday, and unlike the rest of my friends, college was not something I wanted to do. Crippling debt, high interest rates, and 4 more years gone to schooling. No, I don't want to keep waiting to start holding my own ground. So let me take a moment to explain what I've decided on instead--
First course of action starts tomorrow--my search for a summer job. Minimum wage, whatever I can find. While doing that grind, I'm going to be working on writing, making videos, or anything else I can do to put myself "out there" in the world of the internet. Two years ago, I posted a video on YouTube that has now gathered over 250,000 views (Check it out--watch?v=eGguwYPC32I). Because of this, I have something of a starting point that I can work off of. There're are also many topics I'd like to talk about, so it's a good thing to do even without many viewers. People have been asking me to make videos, but school work kept me busy. Though, being honest, I could have made more videos. It was my own laziness that prevented me from doing more.
Now, don't think I'm going to be mooching off my parents. Where's the fun in that? Next step forward is toward the end of Summer, when I head off for a work-exchange opportunity (See: workaway.info). You don't have to go to the site, but the gist is that you can go work with someone independently for a few hours a day, often on farms/ranches but it could be anything, and they provide a place to stay, food, and usually internet connection. Since I won't have to pay for any of these things, this frees up my money for...well, anything really. What I intend to use it for is to make more money using the techniques on this site, both online and off.
The point of all this? A few obvious things--economic freedom, time to follow creative pursuits (and perhaps make money off of those), and most of all, freedom to travel wherever I like. This is all assuming things pan out well. If not, I'm prepared to take other routes such as a trade job like an electrician or community college as a last resort. This is unlikely though, as I'm a person who likes to live very minimalistically, so even a small income could support the lifestyle I desire.
If you've made it up to this point, I really appreciate you taking the time to read through all of this whether you do post or not. But if you do, what I'd like to know is this:
-Any ideas come to mind that would be good to support myself?
-Are there any useful resources you can direct me to, or things I should know first?
-Most importantly, what do you think about this plan? Do you think it can succeed?
Feedback much appreciated