Millennials get a bad rap for being boomerang kids – going to college, and coming right back home. I think I'm not alone in feeling like the last thing I would want to do is get out of the college environment – where I'm in control of my life and able to make my own decisions, just to go back to living with mommy and daddy. But if you can't find a job after college, you might not have a choice.
It's an awkward situation – living with your parents. After I came back from China I didn't have a credit score, or a recorded source of income, so finding a decent apartment was next to impossible. Plus, I didn't really know anything about living in the US because I had been away for so long.
So I moved in with my dad for a couple of months.
Don't get me wrong – he was cool, and we had a good time hanging out. But there's was something a bit shameful about living with my parents as an almost 30 year old man. Sure, I had my excuses, about how it was temporary, and I didn't really have a choice, but facts were facts: Dad paid the mortgage.
I'm sure you love your parents, but can't wait to get out, get on your own, and start making your own way in this world. College spent all this time prepping you to enter the job market, an now you're just watching Netflix in your old bedroom wondering why no one is hiring you after all this education you just paid for?
Take Action, Make A Plan
The most frustrating thing about looking for work is feeling like you are at the mercy of potential employers. “Thank, we'll let you know.” And then waiting for that phone call…
Plus, there are only so many jobs that are suitable for you to apply for. Filtering out the junk to and getting interviews at places that you like, AND are hiring right now, AND could be long term, AND whatever else criteria you want to add on means you are fishing in a very small pool of opportunity.
Sure, you could apply to every fast food and retail joint in your area, but is this really how you want to use your college education? Is this going to pay back your student loans?
So why not make use of your time and look for alternative employment options. You've got the time, right?
I work on the internet. I don't have a normal 9-5. I make enough to support myself, and even bought a house recently. I don't run some shady internet scheme, sell male enhancement pills, or trick people into clicking my “win an iPad” ads. I build websites, blog about niche topics, and promote products related to these niche topics.
The advantage of doing this while you're looking for a job is that YOU are in control of the situation. You are not just waiting for potential employers to call you back. You are actually taking action and putting in that extra effort to make some money.
How many job interviews can you go to in a day? Are you really going to spend your free time partying with high school friends or wasting your day away on Reddit? This is a crucial moment in your life, and spending 3-4 hours per day to try to start a profitable website isn't THAT demanding.
Building For Profit Websites
So what I do is called affiliate marketing, or niche marketing. I build a website and promote products on it. I can make a website about any topic – I mean, don't you buy stuff online? Haven't you ever searched in Google for reviews, specs, or customer complaints? Haven't you ever had a problem, searched for the solution in Google, and bought something to fix the problem?
That's what I do.
How to choose a good niche topic, and how to get your site set up in a way that makes it easy for visitors to buy stuff takes some training, but it's not that hard. I learned it, and I started with no experience at all.
What's The Catch?
Of course, you're probably skeptical right now. Wondering two things
- Why isn't everyone doing this if it's so easy?
- Why are you telling me this?
Good questions. One, many people don't do this because they don't know about it. And those that DO know about it, are skeptical as to the legitimacy of this type of money-making venture, as well as the long term viability of owning a for-profit website. My family and friends constantly ask me, “What are you going to do if your website stops making money?”. Hm. I don't know. Same thing you would do if you got fired – start over.
The reason I've written this post is twofold. I promote a training center where you can learn how to do this. Yes, I have vested interest in getting you to sign up for training. Let's just get that out in the open. But remember that this is the same training I took to start my own websites, and eventually do this full time. The training is legit.
The second reason is that I know how you feel and am reaching out to let you know about this gig. Though I enjoyed living with my dad for a short period of time, I'm so thankful that I was able to support myself and eventually move out. I can completely understand how someone fresh out of college would be ‘ready to take on the world', and be sorely disappointed by not being able to find a job, not having money to buy a house, and not even begin able to start paying off student loans.
Why You Need To Get Started Now
Online marketing is not going to start producing income overnight. It will probably take a couple of months. And YES, some people search for jobs for MONTHS. If you tell yourself, I'll wait to see what happens with those last interviews, it may be three months down the road when you finally make the decision to jump on board and start your training. Great, but now you've got to wait another 1/2 a year before your site's profitable.
As yourself, is it riskier to try a money making opportunity that may or may not work out for you, or to do absolutely nothing and wait for that perfect employer to say, “You're hired!” I never like to put all my eggs in one basket, so I think that digging a bit deeper into how to turn a profit from a website would be the path I'd go with.
You can take the first part of the training I recommend for free. This online business training center has a “freemium” setup, which means you get part of the site for free, and if you want all training and features, you pay. Get the free stuff, see if you like it, then choose to upgrade or not. If you sign up through my link and give me credit for the referral, I'll be able to provide you with 1-on-1 support via email or messages within the training center. I've got your back on this.