At What Age Did You Start Your Business?

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When did you start and what motivated you?
#age #business #start
  • Profile picture of the author Rensburg
    I started (if you can call that started) in 2007 when I was 20. First I only read about making money online and the various methods. Today I am almost ready for my second launch which I know will be a success.

    I realized I did not want to work for someone else for the rest of my life, and I will continue to push hard until I can be my own boss!
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  • Profile picture of the author mlord10
    I started my online business shortly after my 21st birthday. That was about 2 years ago, and in that time I have been able to create a full-time income for myself online by combining affiliate marketing with my internet marketing consulting offline business.

    Running your own business from the comfort of your own home is the best career possible, in my opinion. I would gladly sacrifice earning potential to live the lifestyle that I live, but luckily this is also a great business with tremendous opportunity, so I do not have to sacrifice anything!
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    • Profile picture of the author Rensburg
      Originally Posted by mlord10 View Post

      I started my online business shortly after my 21st birthday. That was about 2 years ago, and in that time I have been able to create a full-time income for myself online by combining affiliate marketing with my internet marketing consulting offline business.

      Running your own business from the comfort of your own home is the best career possible, in my opinion. I would gladly sacrifice earning potential to live the lifestyle that I live, but luckily this is also a great business with tremendous opportunity, so I do not have to sacrifice anything!
      I envy you. We are about the same age, except that I still have a long way to go before I can be my own boss!

      But I am getting there...slowly!
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    • Profile picture of the author mainstreetcm
      Originally Posted by mlord10 View Post

      I started my online business shortly after my 21st birthday. That was about 2 years ago, and in that time I have been able to create a full-time income for myself online by combining affiliate marketing with my internet marketing consulting offline business.

      Running your own business from the comfort of your own home is the best career possible, in my opinion. I would gladly sacrifice earning potential to live the lifestyle that I live, but luckily this is also a great business with tremendous opportunity, so I do not have to sacrifice anything!
      I am taking the steps now to ensure I can do this. Nothing would please me more than to be able to have this all set up so that when me and my girl have children I can be around to watch them grow.

      Additionally working from home would allow me to focus on my other goals in life. I hope to one day work a couple hours a day on bringing in cash and the rest of the day working on my entertainment ideas.
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      • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
        I was 47 years old. I had my own business
        for 23 years. I didn't have the same passion
        for it the last two years.

        I wanted a new buisness I could run from
        home. I also wanted my wife to be able to
        work from home.

        I've been online now for 10 years, wouldn't
        trade it for any other profeeeion I can think
        of.

        Last year we went on 9 5 day vacations. We
        are leaving on Thursday for our 3rd vacation of the summer.
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  • Profile picture of the author DukkyMan
    I started my first (and only) company when I was 18. It wasn't marketing per say, I started a non-profit to help clean up houses after Katrina, but I quickly learned how helpful sites like Facebook were to spreading the word around.

    If it wasn't for IM, I would have never been able to hire half my employees, as it was a main source of donations for my company while it was running.
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  • Profile picture of the author koncorps
    When I was 16, last year.

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  • Profile picture of the author BenAgan
    Technically been in business since November last year, so, when I was 25. However, I feel the need to point out that there's a massive difference between being in business and being self-employed. If you're not sure which category you fall into then here's how you can tell:

    Ask yourself, if I stopped working in my business for the next three months, what would happen?

    If the answer is: "My business would collapse and I'd lose all my income" then you're self-employed, just like a dentist or your local doctor.

    If the answer is: "Nothing, my business may fall behind the curve a tad but overall I'd continue to have money flowing into my bank account and I could just hire someone to oversea my operations for those three months - no dramas" then you are a businessman/woman.

    I'd guess that 98% of people who refer to themselves as "Business owners" could be more accurately described as "business manager, systems manager, rule enforcer and no. 1 employee" as well.

    I'm still self-employed btw, looking to move into the solely: "Business owner" category.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    I've had a few, from a candy store at 14-15, to forex
    at 18-19, to marketing (various niches, biz op and
    health almost exclusively) online and offline.

    Unlike most people who KNOW what they want to be
    when they grew up, or someone who KNOW'S their
    calling in a certain business or profession, succeeds,
    and is happy...I was never so fortunate.

    Strangely, it wasn't just the money that made me
    jump from one thing to another (because in some
    cases, I did very well) it was that I hated many of
    things I got into thinking I would love it.

    Anyways, I finally found what I was looking for that
    took me almost 6+ years of trial and error to find:

    Direct Mail Marketing.

    I'm 21 now, and this is by far...the best business in
    the world for me, my personality, and the time and
    freedom it allows me. It's dare I say, perfect...and I
    love it for more than just the money
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    • Profile picture of the author Srikanth D
      I started at 22. Now I am 24.
      I was and am currently employed as a software developer.
      What motivated me? Well, I knew I had the technical skills to do freelance coding.... the search for it exposed me to data entry, survey filling kinda jobs. Got scammed few times before realizing that there is no easy way out.

      Then acme people search happened, wealthy affiliate forum - started earning affiliate commissions.

      Free report from arbitrage conspiracy - CPA happened - led me to Warrior forum

      Now majority of my online income is from services that I offer and I am using that income to build my online business

      Thanks to all the people who helped me out on the way.. I owe you guys lot !
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  • Profile picture of the author mona lisa
    I was 21. Very interesting how a lot of people who responded were also in their early 20's. Who would've thought.
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  • Profile picture of the author VcontentCreation
    Hey!!

    I started off when i was 18...!!

    And am loving it...
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  • Profile picture of the author DukkyMan
    Yeah its pretty amazing, nearly everyone on here started in the 18-21 range, pretty interesting stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author IRichie
    I am too late. I started it last year when I was 26. Actually, I was not having a computer and internet. If I had these things few years back then today, I might be earning a handsome amount and have established a good business today. But, I do not mind as still I have a lot of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Han Fan
    I am 30 now, start when I was 12......

    watching my big dog uncle make all the money in business, go to business dinner with him every night inspired me..

    Han
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  • Profile picture of the author xstrobex
    17 years old. Money and competition is the motivation. I hate seeing people with better stuff than me. But I love it because it drives me to make more money.
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  • Profile picture of the author pianochris
    Started in 2007 aged 32 and still aiming to get better -
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    I started my first business at the age of 19. Have not worked for anyone else since (that was a long time ago ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author link8
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    17 - Saw a porsche 911 and realized that the only way to get that car is to be my own Boss!
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  • Profile picture of the author sabin.sabin1
    started at 17 and i am 18 years old now.....motivation : well there is an economic crisis going on ....and is pretty bad in my country so i had to start doing something .
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  • Profile picture of the author K.serrattan
    I started studying for a way to create more wealth since I was 13. I am now 22 and I am moving on a lot of significant things right now.

    The reason why things happened that way was because I didn't have a safety net at all. I've been making major decisions in my life without guidance since I was 10 years old. Parents just didn't care. So it was either get my mind together or live on the street. I guess that would be a motivation of fear, but I like to think of it as a motivation of passion.

    But hey, things happen for a reason. The above may be gloomy but again, I am 22 and already I am moving on some major projects at the moment. Another great motivation in my life is to help the kids who have uninspiring family backgrounds and show them that even though you come from the ghetto with no opportunity, all you need is the things you were born with in order to rise to the top of whatever pinnacle you want to.

    There you have it. You asked, I gave you my answer

    Kristan
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  • Profile picture of the author stephan231
    three years ago when I was still in university, I really sacrificed being with my friends, going on vacations and instead sit in front of my computer because I really have much faith in what I am doing no matter what!
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  • Profile picture of the author cpace32
    I started when I was 25. I always wanted my own business, but family life interfered with that. When I was 25, my kids were old enough to be more or less self sufficient.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew23
    I started a web design business at the age of 17 a few years ago. Luckily I sold it before the great recession started and got 12 months revenue for it. I got about a 2,000% return on investment too!
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    Two months ago,and it was my brother that motivated me!
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  • I actually started my company just over a year ago at the age of 29 and just a week before I was schedule to have my third baby.
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  • Profile picture of the author tylerdrun
    first business was when i was in 6th grade - 11.5 - 12yrs... It lasted for a year. And then after a year later when I turned 13 - got into IM.

    But it reallly began (results) when I turned 14.
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  • Profile picture of the author Josh Richardson
    I was 18 when i realised i wanted to start IM. I couldnt stand the thought working in a job, for a person with ALOT less potential than i had. I can do anything. I will take over the world. thats the mindset i had - and im a shy kid!
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  • Profile picture of the author jesus72knight
    I started when I was 20. I had a degree but couldn't find a decent job that suited my skills, then IM came along and the rest is history.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Davis
    I started at 17.

    I decided that I wanted a great future for my family (I hope to have one day), and I realized that just going to school and getting a good job would not get me where I want to reach in life.

    Thus I set off to build my own business, and have not regretted that decision ever since.
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  • Profile picture of the author liftedjesse
    Started mine at 21 years old. The more time to expand + learn, the better!
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  • Profile picture of the author Hogan Chua
    I started when I was 19, But the passion to make money came at a very early age.
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  • Profile picture of the author derrickschwan
    At the age of fifteen, my father is a business and he really put in my mind the mind set of a businessman. He always remind to study hard and make business someday, thus at the early age I try to venture in the world of business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Giftys
    I was 38. I had a successful career as a musician and then came off the road when we had babies. I was tired of traveling and wanted to be around to see my kids grow up. My motivation to start my own thing came from a dead end job where I was asking to be promoted and they could only offer me a sales position... on the road!
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  • Profile picture of the author glacey
    6 months ago, at age 49. my motivation is an early retirement. In the UK I will have to be 67 before I can receive a state pension.
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    • Profile picture of the author OT2131
      Just started this past summer I am 21. How long was it before some of you actually started making money? I've only made a few sales so far.. I am learning everyday.
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  • Profile picture of the author prkrshawn
    As per my thinking there is no age to start business. You have provide nice thread about the business. I am not still starting this kind of business. But I will start it after sometime. I really like this thread very much.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    I was 19 when I first started a business. I had nothing to lose an no other compelling opportunities.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dominium
    Hmm, this year, so: 15 :-) Well, 3 months to go and I am 16!
    Cheers!
    Dominium
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazy
    Started at 23. Here I am at 24, successful and happy. It can be done!
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    • Profile picture of the author sergit
      I started my first business at 30 (offline). Then after immigrating 3 years later I went back working for a boss (the worst decision I ever made).
      I'm 46 now. For last 4 years I'm trying to get back to being my own boss and leave my hamster wheel job. First FOREX (fail) and now IM. This time I will make it right.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Well maddiet,

    Fifty years ago, when I was all of age 13, I started doing little jobs for others myself and playing music in a rock bad with guys who were 17 and 18.. By age 16 I was renting a teaching room at a local music store and giving lessons as a self-employeed music teacher (guitar, bass, and keyboards). My parents started teaching me to play music when I was 5 or 6.

    At 17, I and several friends started renting a large reception hall and putting together dances for other local teens - at up to 2,000 kids each week. That is when I made a promise to myself to always be self-employed.

    I've kept that promise and have always been self-employed. I wouldn't know what it is like to be an employee. I've also been an employer for some 40 years now.

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author Perseus Shearer
    I started my painting business when I was 19. Motivation? Quality of work.
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  • Profile picture of the author ukbuddy2
    I am a late bloomer. Started 3 years ago.
    But then it was not a bad idea at all.
    I am so glad i did it.
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  • Profile picture of the author adelainewatson
    I started my business when I was 19 years old, my friends are the who encourages me to start a business that is related to internet.
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    • Profile picture of the author tobyR
      Hi all some really positive comments here, Im 53 been online for 5 years, get frustrated , give it up then come back to it. Like others jaded with my 9-5 job. This post has helped because the positives and going on loads of holidays etc give me more hope and strength to carry on & achieve my goals thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
      Wow everyone was so young when they first started. Suddenly I feel so old.
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    • Profile picture of the author ljparkerjr
      I started my first business in 2001 just having the desire to provide a better life for my wife (now divirced) and my family, knowing that eventhough I had a job paying almost $30/hr, I was still being held from doing the things I wanted to do because I was on someone else's clock....
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  • Profile picture of the author pethanks
    At the age of 15 I already do business. Right now I believe my business is the greatest business in this world.
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    • Profile picture of the author Eduard Ruppel
      I started just now and I'm 28. Never done Online Marketing before. But I'm pretty successful in my other Job. And want to make this one now as well successfu.
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  • Profile picture of the author Will Perkins
    Started my first business when I was 9, first online business when I was 13.

    Currently 18 =)
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    • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
      Originally Posted by Will Perkins View Post

      Started my first business when I was 9, first online business when I was 13.

      Currently 18 =)
      9? What kind of business was that? Care to share?
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  • Early 30s. I wanted to start in my early 20s, but I got suckered in to "get a good education, then get a good job blah, blah, blah."
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    • Profile picture of the author Eduard Ruppel
      Originally Posted by TheGetStartedExpert View Post

      Early 30s. I wanted to start in my early 20s, but I got suckered in to &quot;get a good education, then get a good job blah, blah, blah.&quot;
      Well a good education is very important, specially you want to start your own Business.
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      • Originally Posted by draudeleppur View Post

        Well a good education is very important, specially you want to start your own Business.

        I don't doubt that. Something has to be going on upstairs to run a business:rolleyes:. I only meant that during my 20s, I bought into the thinking of education as only a means to an end (in this case your standard 9 to 5).
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        • Profile picture of the author Eduard Ruppel
          Originally Posted by TheGetStartedExpert View Post

          I don't doubt that. Something has to be going on upstairs to run a business:rolleyes:. I only meant that during my 20s, I bought into the thinking of education as only a means to an end (in this case your standard 9 to 5).
          Oh yes I understand what you mean. 9 to 5 is really great!!! But not for me....!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author alysemackie
    I started being a businesswoman at the age of 18. My father taught me all the business ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    I started as a teen reading books in my local library until closing time night after night for many years until they got fed up of me...lol. 28 years later I'm still learning, go figure

    Take care,

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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
    Originally Posted by maddiet View Post

    When did you start and what motivated you?
    I started at age 14, 36 years ago, taking tires off of car rims by hand, for $0.05 per tire. My motivation, I wanted pot money
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  • Profile picture of the author ArgusTargus
    Looking at the posts people are making, it appears that most of IMers are really really young. Many are still in their teens, and plenty in early twenties.... It's amazing that this must be one of the few professions which age is no boundary, which you can start really really early. Amazing! I am just too old to mention! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    Interesting i was seeing the ages of those posting in this thread . then it dawned on me most of the younger people in this thread have never known the world without the internet . So finding a way to make money online is a natural thing .
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  • Profile picture of the author success1618
    I started when I was 21 about a year ago, the though popped into my head that the best advertising every was email, I did some searches and came across Jonathan Budd's material, but decided I wanted the fast easy illegitimate way to success. I tried some blackhat methods, tried to extract emails and do mailings. Total waste of time lol, with spam laws and filters.

    Anyway a year later I have learned a ton, and sold my first deal / product last week with some more conventional methods I learn from this site so pretty excited, and looking forward to more success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raiel Schwartz
    My first ideas of generating an income online
    started after my mother gave me An Idiot's
    Guide To Making Money for Teens.

    From that moment, I slowly steeped into a
    money-making consciousness.

    I started off my online career unfortunately
    in HYIP scam websites, but after being
    exposed to the Rich Jerk forums I learned
    what real Internet Marketing is all about.

    Fast forward to 2011, and I have so many
    ideas for the upcoming months.

    Time ceases to exists when you have ideas
    to play with for years to come (you'll
    always be busy working on something new
    that way... You EITHER build or destroy in
    life.)
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  • Profile picture of the author supersonic
    Me at 28. I was unaware about the internet and the online business. I wish I would have same knowledge few years back. But that's fine!
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  • Profile picture of the author BlogPiG.com
    Jacked-in my day job and went into IM at 28 (that's six years ago now). Just wanted to be master of my own destiny. Never done a day's work for anyone but me and my family since.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marcus Johnston
    I started when I was 21 more or less. I don't to like to work for someone else but myself. And in this case I don't have obligations to anyone(no boss whining!). I only need the discipline to get yourself to work and I think I have that ability..
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    • Originally Posted by Marcus Johnston View Post

      I don't to like to work for someone else but myself. And in this case I don't have obligations to anyone(no boss whining!). I only need the discipline to get yourself to work and I think I have that ability..
      Amen! The whole "whiny boss" thing was the main reason why I retired at 32 and started my own business. When I tell people that I'm retired, the first question they ask is, "How old are you? You look too young to retire."

      My response is always, "I didn't realize that there was an age limit for retirement."
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  • Profile picture of the author Srcooleyman
    I started this business last may, and I am 44. My motivation was two fold. First: My wife and I had great results from the products. Second: I love helping others.
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  • Profile picture of the author 7dbear
    I was 24 and it was by accident. They didn't tell me in college that I'd have to run a business in order to actually make any money. Hence the internet hook now. Brick and mortar biz will wear you out.
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  • Profile picture of the author cheerios2009
    I technically started in 2000 building websites for others. I earned about 10k a year doing that for a bit. Was offline a few years due to illness, but always returned to make money online. I now make a living doing SEO. Recently, I've hired a VA and it is fantastic to not do a single thing and yet reap huge profits. I pay about 20% of my profits to a highly skilled VA.

    With all this new time on my hands I've been studying ways to build some income streams. I'm testing out some domain selling ideas. Go this one brand new domain ranking #4 without anything but onsite SEO and the domain name being the exact keyword. Once I add my own SEO strategy to it I think it will go to number one, then I'll flip it.

    So... while I've got to say I have not been one of the lucky peeps that got rick fast through online marketing, I am happy with the income I make from SEO and a few affiliate programs I promote.


    Cheerios
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  • Profile picture of the author Landon Walsh
    Started Marketing at Age 2
    Started online marketing at age 18
    Wrote first business plan age 19
    Made first online dollar at 19
    Ran for public office at age 20
    Started actual first business at 21
    Now 22.

    =P
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  • Profile picture of the author Karan Goel
    15. Been 2 years. Took a short break in between.

    Now I hope to elevate my biz to new heights to support my college education.

    Karan
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisk824
    At age 27. This was shortly after I got married and wanted to spend all my time with my wife.
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  • Profile picture of the author KDPaintingCT
    Started at 27 and owning my own business and the grow potential is what motivated me.
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    I started my own business at 19. There is no age limit, as long as you have the knowledge and resources you need the earlier you start building and trying the better because you make mistakes earlier when you don't have financial responsibility and you learn from those mistakes and have a greater chance for huge success in your life.
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    I registered my business when I was 21 in 2009 but my best friend and I started making and pitching, glitchy software since we were about 12. We actually approached some companies with our ideas back then, they listened to us out of curiosity but it gave us the confidence to chase our dreams no matter what anyone thought or said to us.
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