What/Who Inspired You to Make Money Online?

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Hi Warriors,

I am just curious. What or who inspired you to start making money online?

As for me, it's definitely the IM lifestyle and the ability to make money while I'm still in school.

What about you?
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  • Profile picture of the author Craig Fenton
    Hi there:

    Firstly best of luck in school!

    The idea of working at home for the most part (excluding the public-speaking) took the stress and dread of the office environment away.

    Not being in traffic 5 to 6 days a week could make anyone motivated to find a way to earn at home.

    Have a great weekend.

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Buckley
    The boss who fired me in 2004

    "Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something." -Plato

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  • Profile picture of the author VipulShah
    I got sold for the ability to leverage our time to make 5 to 10 x more than what we can make at a job and the ability to live the dream lifestyle of "working" only 45 minutes to an hour a day at any beach with a laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author robertsgr
    In 2003 I was employed and I have worked hard 3 years, almost full day, 8 to 19-20 in the evening, with a boss near me. One day, surfing on the net, I have read that peoples are making a lot of money with adsense, or from affiliate programs. Starting that day, I have promised myself one day I will say "Goodbye" to my boss, taking life in my hands and start earning money from the internet.
    The freedom that I have now is incredibly motivating me. I can wake up at any hour, I can work any time I want, in what day I want, I do not have a boss near me. And the most important thing that motivates me most is that there is no limit to the money that I can earn on the internet. The sky is the limit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Biggy Fat
    Well, when the restaurant I was working at closed down, I was browsing around and up popped some program to make cash online. I became hooked on the idea ever since and I've been wanting to make it happen. I've had many failures along the way, but I won't give up completely on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandraartox
    My boss won't appreciated me even work hard.....so very disappointed!

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  • Profile picture of the author ChiliPalmer
    The biggest gurus, such as Shoemoney or John Chow.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    This might sound a little longwinded, but in order to explain I'll tell you a bit of history first.

    I'm a writer. I've written fiction since I was a kid - multiple short stories, some poems, a couple full-length novels. I've also known it's the least profitable career path - unless you happen to strike it big. I've always been bored with school, and after I graduated high school I realized I really did not feel like dwiddling around with classes I fell asleep in, to get a job under a miserable boss and only make $30,000 a year. I said to myself, "Screwwwww that."

    The alternative was starting a business. A friend and I dwiddled around on Etsy for awhile, and though we've closed that site down and plan to start another in future, that's not something I wanna do right now.

    One night while I was bored, I surfed around and discovered a site called Maverick Money Makers. I'd heard of Internet scams for years and looked at the page, thought if it was a scam, it was sure as hell an elaborate one. (Turns out I was right, sadly. If you want the gory details, go here.) Even though the program itself isn't all it's cracked up to be, it DID give me the inspiration to start learning. I did learn a few basics, wrote down every single website he had in his links page, and then pretty much left after that. I didn't incur any real losses.

    Since my brief MMM membership, I learned a hell of a lot - some from ebooks, but mostly just figured out for myself. I've never given up, even if I got burned a LOT in the beginning. I've basically kept up my determination and I won't stop until I've achieved my goals... again, and again, and again.

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  • Profile picture of the author sashagilberg
    a great opportunity to become a millionaire with and build a great lifestyle that allows you to travel around the world and do what you want, when you want it and with who ever you want.

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  • Profile picture of the author falcon_warrior
    The freedom you have, and of course the ability to make money while in school (and while sleeping!)
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  • Profile picture of the author 1 Marketing

    For me my youngest brother was the motivation to try to develop online money making skills. He is 10 years younger than me but stands many feet high on the earning graph. At start I thaught he's just wasting time. But now he is the one who shows me light to move ahead...
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  • Profile picture of the author macabhay
    The ability to leverage my time and live a mobile/unshackled lifestyle (as opposed to a day-job) gave me huge motivation.

    My first mentors (who have given me something that I still use and remember) were: Ed Dale, Frank Kern, Eben Pagen, Ryan Lee, and more recently Jason Fladlien.

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  • Profile picture of the author Brian W. Wang
    For me, it's Robert's Rich Dad Poor Dad. It made me realize that having a job and living paycheck to paycheck isn't the life for me. It really got me thinking in the mindset of an entreprenuer.
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  • Profile picture of the author willye
    I have been working for other people for over 30 years and I have nothing to show for it except a bad back. I am working part time on this and hope in a years time to make it full time.
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  • Profile picture of the author designfuschion
    My interest started around in 2006. I wasn't happy with where my life was. I hated the job i was in. I've always wanted to be self employed and have quite a few offline business ventures i'd like to get to (its evergreen..so my particular offline business venture could easily be started post recession,which if i hit my online goals i could do it)

    I weighed up what my interests were and figured anything with computers/internet was the way to go for me. Too bad at that stage i was halfway through a retail management course. I ended up joining a big webmaster forum(wont say which one..kinda wished i'd signed up here first!). Basically read everything i could..
    2yrs later I have solid goals and plans to make money online. I have about 6 revenue streams planned (working under the philosophy to not keep all eggs in one basket).
    If 1 fails chances are the other 5 will still bring in money. If all 6 work out,I should be able to bring in close to 8-10k in first month or two. (if your wondering..I'm not relying on ppc either)

    So initially i was inspired to make enough money to establish an offline business but now it's turned more towards..i have no choice and of course the ideals of having passive income and to travel the world.

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  • Profile picture of the author Robbo
    Some interesting answers here...like Wang, for me it was Robert Kiyosaki... my Uncle gave me The Cashflow Quadrant and it all went from there..

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  • Profile picture of the author doralin
    Me, my friend I met at work place, she taught me a lot and from there I learn. met with many failures and obstacles and things that keep me moving, I have dreams, and wishes and most of it need a lot of money. and doing things like this keep my mind open and let me out of boredom,

    Whatever it is, don't give up

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Lee
    It's the people who said I have nowhere to go by "playing with the internet." Makes me want to prove them wrong.

    Oh, and there's my previous boss who badmouths me in front of other employees. That made me want to quit the job so badly.
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  • Profile picture of the author soamz
    Me only!
    Its a long story,but the answer is ME only.
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  • Profile picture of the author PookDo
    My Wife.Nothing she did or said but I want to give her what I feel she deserves in life for all she has done for me.That and I have a deep desire to tell certain companies and people to go F*** themselves
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  • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
    My baby I wanted to stay home with him -- so I did
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  • Profile picture of the author spressnell
    My coach Wendy Hart and her referral to Michael Cheney's program.


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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    I just got so tired of working for other people, taking their crap pay, going by "their" schedule and not getting ahead in life. I'd finally had it, a tipping point in my life, which lucky I took and ran with.

    Guess not every exciting, but that's what got me online and making it work.
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  • Profile picture of the author kennyk3
    Chris Rempel

    Justin Brooke

    Travis Sago

    Learned so much from their products.
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  • Profile picture of the author rohesiarain
    Hi All,
    A few years ago I had a great job you know the whole bit. I went to work and had a seizure behind the wheel. Long story short I have an inoperable brain tumor. I am a single parent to a great son who will be 16 this year. I had to lose my job, house, the ability to drive basically everything most people take for granted in their every day lives.
    So I have a few goals here in my life.
    To make sure I succeed and get off of disability forever!
    Live a comfortable life with my son for the rest of it
    Be able to get him a car for his BD
    Leave him something to have for the future

    As the saying goes--out of desperation comes great things!

    All my best,
    Lina :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyrus Antas
    Steve Pavlina back when he was still developing and selling his own games. I actually wanted to start doing the same thing but wised up and went into the information marketing industry. Much more profit for much less work

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  • Profile picture of the author doomain
    for me, of course it only take a few hours a week,(YES, still need Hard Work even you've got $x,xxx from IM) ,

    and I love "the way" , there's sooo many way to earn money from IM , this thing that makes me love to make money online
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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      Mines a cool story..

      Back when I was new to th internet I think 11 years old, I seen these courses for making money online, but obviosuly back then it wasn't easy for me to comprehend or to just throw money at to see if I coud learn something, anyhow I was too sceptical.

      I'd seen these pages over and over again throughout my teenage years, but still my scepticism held me back.

      IT was in July 2008 I really started looking at all the different ways to make mone online, but still the salespages I came across held me back being extremely sceptical and quite the person to accuse everything of being a scam.

      Then one day, a mate of mine who had been watching the secret etc.. phone dme up and asked me to come downand watch, so I di, at this stage I was very interested in NLP and hypnosis but the secret had a more cimplistic approach and I had a new found energy.

      Then not long after tis he phoned me up again sayin he had bought a course to make money online, I immediately went round his house to have a look.

      Finally my suspicions were erased I seen that it was real and that I really could use a course to start making money online.

      I went home and bought the course and got to work..

      Now here I am just under a year later with a great life laid out in front of me and happier than ever to follow through on a salespage, without thinking a scam right away.
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  • Profile picture of the author henrychai
    i am sick of getting poor. lol.. seriously i wan to help up family expenses and hope to help my dad get retire next year..
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  • Profile picture of the author Kezz
    For me it was also a few people, but no guru in particular that got me started, though some have helped along the way. One was my last boss who frustrated me to the point that I quit my job in the middle of a staff meeting, said "Consider that my resignation" and walked out never to return. Wow that was liberating!

    Another is absolutely my partner Darren who I can't bear to be away from. Since I started working for myself we've never spent a day apart.

    But, a third thanks has to go out to Justin Brooke. I had already started working for myself, but I encountered Justin's ebooks and videos, and he introduced me to the concept of site flipping, which I've been making a living off ever since. If you're reading this, thanks Justin!
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarKhan
    It was interesting to read what every one said about their origins in internet marketing.

    I, personally, love internet marketing because it is compatible with my lifestyle. I don't like having a routine. With internet marketing, I can travel and explore while I still make money.

    I quit my job about 14 months ago, once income from my affiliate projects started to really kick off. And these 14 months have been amazing.

    Thanks to internet marketing (commission junction in specific) I was able to travel to 3 states, buy an amazing car, and work at my own pace.
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  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    I am motivated by a bad economy, the challenge, and the benefits of figuring it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author hangtimenino
    first i was amazed that there is real money that you could get from online works, and when i started seeing the figures, (just a couple of dollars- not that much) it motivated me to work for more, but I still need to learn a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author pirdaus
    my mother. when i look to y mother face, i feel very sad, she is old singles mother age 62 and my age is 20, i still study at university
    i always think until when my mother need to work, if she not work,what we can eat
    this is the main aim for me to success only to give my mother happiness and i very want to say to my mother.. "mom, you don't need to work i can give you money"
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  • Profile picture of the author MelissaChurch
    My cousin first did. She's a member of the Warrior Forum and ghostwriter...she made me sign up tonight and I'm getting started right away. This is an inspiring bunch of folks!!
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  • Profile picture of the author ultraeternity
    For me it was a desire to be financially independent and hopefully never have a 9-5 job, and I just happened to find that IM was the only business where one does not need a huge capital to put up with.
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  • Profile picture of the author Riz Caan
    the recession - i just think its cool that you dont need anyone to actually buy anything to make money online with cpa etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Smith
    For me the lifestyle and freedom and to spend more time with people who I love and I went to the World Internet Summit a few years ago and got the bug.
    I love the online community and how we help each other to learn, which can be quite a mission just sorting out all this technical stuff.
    And this is the best forum around I reckon

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  • Profile picture of the author guissepy
    Hi Warriors,
    For me it was a realization from within. I knew that after 17 years, the routine was not going to change without action. I would not say I`m there yet but I`m enjoying the journey!
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  • Profile picture of the author hfm
    My old friend from high school - he got into this, persuaded me to join him and opened up my eyes to the wonderful world of internet marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author BlueStar
    Originally Posted by Desmond Ong View Post

    Hi Warriors,

    I am just curious. What or who inspired you to start making money online?

    As for me, it's definitely the IM lifestyle and the ability to make money while I'm still in school.

    What about you?
    A friend of mine was making millions marketing mortgages via the Internet since 1999. He was making Millions per year. I was overwhelmed when I saw how he did it. It was fairly easy. I couldn't believe how much money he was making. Sometimes he would make $50,000 - $100,000 in ONE day

    I was hooked.
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  • Profile picture of the author nooraza
    1) My kids who inspired me to stay closed with them...
    2) My boss who never check what i'm doing all days at office in front of my computer
    3) My husband who can wake up and sleep anytime he wants
    4) My newly brought house...(I should build nice home office)...

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  • Profile picture of the author skeedio
    Nobody inspired me, I just like the freedom that comes with it. Whether it's online or offline, I think it's better to be your own boss. I also really like the challenge, to me it's a real-life version of mall tycoon.
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  • Profile picture of the author j hogan
    I was surfing one night and discovered traffic exchanges and all the business opps. I put a link on the exchange for an affiliate product and sold one shortly after. I was hooked!
    A bit later on (after wasting lots of money) I had an accident and was immobile for a month. I read travis sagos bum marketing and did it to pass the time while I was in bed and started making sales! (thanks travis)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Steel
    All the bills I have...
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  • Profile picture of the author Buhry
    That if I make it, I'll be able to earn a lot of money, without having to study some masters degree that I don't care about and then working my way up. But more than that, the possibility of being free - both in terms of having the kind of money you want so you can do the things you dream of, and being your own master. Also the possibilities of outsourcing and automating and still making money in order to have a lot of spare time while still earning $$$ seems very tempting.
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    • Profile picture of the author thejoeb
      Tired of depending on someone else for a paycheck. I want to be able to have the time to fulfill my passion of helping other people find their assignment and passion in life and help them fulfill it.

      I want to have time with my wife and kids and the security to know that they are taken care of.

      Thanks to Justin and Chaunna Brooke for showing me how to make this a reality with their 30 Day Apprentice Challenge.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaypick
    Definately the stay at home and not have to go to a job was the deciding factor. To not have to put up with the nonsense that comes with a job. I don't think it was really a person, although it was a person who inspired me to go the reseller rights route. His name is Harvey Segal and his work is not only powerful, but affordable. It started with his free ebook. You'll see the link in my signature. Theres a magical twist at the end.
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    Seeing many friends lied to by big companies and seeing how my government tries to "fix" the economy by making us pay MORE taxes. The middle class I think is a dying breed, and if I have to choose between being poor and rich, I choose rich. And will do whatever it takes to live life by MY design not anyone else's! And damn anyone that tells me "I can't" or "it can't be done" as I'm proving in small ways every single day that yes, YOU CAN.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean S
    I like the idea of being able to make money on my free time, or how bad economics are.
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  • Profile picture of the author virtuallywork

    Well being that I was employed with the Verizon Wireless Call Center in Both Bellevue, Wa and transferring to Tempe, Az--and absolutely hating my job..the daily toil of driving in hot traffic, congested traffic, and signing in with a bunch of gossiping people--who were are pawing at the supervisor to be the favorite...backbiting..backstabbing..stepping on people...the whole entire dark thing--that is when I started wanting to work for myself and be my own boss.

    The last straw that hurled me into researching this vision and desire was when I got sick and was not able to call in sick. I had to go to work every day...miserable...and do perform to their standards--sounding happy and upbeat...saying their stupid lines ...too much for me! Really...it was a pretty bad experience and I did not care about the great pay and benefits anymore. Besides, the benefits were only allotted out if they could "afford" to have you out sick! It still has a sore spot with me.

    So, that is why I turned to affiliate marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author virtuallywork
    Oh yeah...and I forgot to mention what others have been repeating in so many words--a chance at financial independence and wealth does not exist with some company...unless it is for the president of that company. I felt like a slave.

    So glad it is over! LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author tlimstliy3
    Just could never figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up (I'm 43!!). Also hated administrators and suits, et al.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kim Davis
    Ann Sieg. She found huge success in less than a year on the Internet. Her sales page is the best example I have ever read that relates to the emotional side of people.
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  • Profile picture of the author TeddyP
    I worked for years in the social work field and just got tired of the politics and daily crap associated with having a hierachy of bosses. Talking to my corporate freinds things certainly weren't better in that regard at their job places...so I decided to go it on my own via the web.

    A friend of mine Justin Popovic who is a success coach left a high paying IBM gig for the same reason, so how could I justify not leaving my meager social work salary behind?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark 2
    I have a problem, I can't continue any activity for a long time. I keep on learning new things and want to get to the top of it. When reach there, I loose motivation to stay there. I start searching new avenues... Like I am trying to learn how to earn from the internet these days.
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    • Profile picture of the author luthekar
      For me it's the fact that I'm on the internet all day anyway. Screw "working for the man."

      I'll get random checks in the mail from a total stranger before I apply to a "normal" job to get payroll checks.

      It's either that or I'll just go camping... forever.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sean S
    My buddy Doug who has a degree in bussiness..
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  • Profile picture of the author Brian.expert
    That was surely my class pal who earned 100$ per day when he was still in high school...he definitely surprised us with all that amount of money he made in those early years when we busy having fun...who doesn't want all that pocket money!!
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