It was 2010 and we were halfway through the year. 2010 is a year I would rather forget but for the sake of the discussion today, I will briefly relive it. Seven years ago, I was living with my sister. We had our own apartment while also going to school and working part-time. We both didn’t make alot of money however working part-time helped us to pay the bills. In 2010 life was good for the most part…That is until I quit my job. A few months before Christmas I quit one of the WORST jobs I have ever had in my life.
It was a bad time to leave any jobs since the world was still in a recession. I went months without being able to find a job to replace my old one. After a few months I was broke. I was soooo broke to the point where I could not even withdraw a full $20 from my bank account.
The bills started piling up. The thing about bills, they do not care. Whether you have money or not, they will keep coming. That is what happened to me. My savings had dwindled to the bare bones (the little savings I had anyways) . I knew that my sister wouldn’t be able to carry the rent by herself so I had to think fast to prevent us from getting evicted.
So I turned to the internet and searched for ways to make money fast. Everything I came across was a scam. Day after day, I would turn on my old Dell laptop and scour the Internet trying to find about ways to make some cash in a short amount of time.
Everyday I would go to bed with my heart pounding and my anxiety was at an all time high. I remember feeling sooooo hopeless. Laying in bed for hours I remember not being able to fall asleep no matter how hard I tried. My sleepless nights were spent thinking about the never ending bills and how to make the rent for that month.
One day I was going through my Firefox bookmarks when I found a saved link to Sitepoint (it used to be the happening place where you could buy/sell websites back in the day). I was looking through the forum and someone had written that you could also sell new websites on a new site called Flippa for a small fee. I was desperate to start making some money FAST and this was the one thing that did not look like a get-rich-quick scam.
While looking through all the websites that people had sold on Flippa I came across a really ugly website that had just sold for $500 (I’m just saaaayin’). I remember thinking to myself: Hey, if this person can do it, I can too!
And so I did.
Almost right away I started to Google ‘how to build a WordPress website’. At the time I had no idea how to create a blog, let alone design a website. Google was my consultant (it still is to this day) since I could not afford a web designer/consultant I made the most of what I had at the time. I remember staying up until the early morning just working away on that very first website (boy was it ugly now that I think about it). After working on the website for a few days I did something I had been dreading to do…I went ahead and paid the listing fee and put the site up for sale!
A few days went by and I panicked thinking that someone was going to leave a rude comment saying that my website was hideous and nobody should buy it. But lo and behold people started asking questions about the site i.e where it was hosted, where the domain name was registered, who was the original owner etc. By the third day, my website had SOLD and I was soooooo over the moon! Since I split the rent with my sister I was able to make the rent for that month. The surprising thing is I also had a little bit of money left over to pay the bill for the internet. I was hooked!
Shortly after selling my website, I spent every waking hour building more websites. Going to bed at 2:00 a.m or 3:00 a.m became my new normal. I needed to stay a step ahead of the incoming bills. As I built and sold websites I also continued to apply for jobs at my own pace since I had some money coming in.
After six months I started to notice more websites flooding the Flippa marketplace. The supply was way above what the demand was and the prices went down drastically. When I calculated how much I was working for I came to a sad realization that the money I was making per hour had gone waaaay down. I realized at that time that I needed to get something more steady just to keep my income steady and also build up my savings account.
Around the eight month mark I got a phone call from a job that I had applied for. I ended up interviewing for and getting that job. I was able to make a stable income from there on. Creating websites and blogs became a side hustle for me from that point on. Over the years I learned to outsource and since then I have even able to sell some sites for $5000+!
As you can see from my story how you react to the things that happen i your life is what will determine if you succeed in life or not. The greatest breakthrough in your life can happen during those times when you feel as though you have hit rock bottom. Take a look at some of the most successful people on this planet and you will notice that success did not just show up knocking at their door. Most successful people have had to overcome difficult things to get to where they are in life.
Do I still sell websites? At the present time building and selling websites has changed so much. It’s not something I do alot anymore and it’s not something that I would recommend that you to go into if you want to make any real money.
If you are struggling financially and you do not know what to do about your current situation remember this: Bad times are not permanent. The feeling of hopelessness that you have in your heart is not permanent. Hard times will come and go. That being said, you still have to be intentional about making your life better. Sitting back and letting things ‘handle’ themselves will not cut it.
What hopeless situation have you had to overcome in life and how did you overcome it? Feel free to share!