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    New to the game

    Hello All,
    I live in Wales, UK with my wife and 3 kids. My day job is teaching English at the local college. The job is rewarding enough, but financially it's not all that. I don't have much capital and want to create/aquire some income generating assets. I'm in this for the long term, so I figure the way to go is to build a webiste business from scratch to get an idea of the business from the inside; then graduate to buying, flipping and selling them.

    I should note that I am not only new to online business, but also to webistes and forums. Please bear with me.

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    Linus

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    Linus - in the absence of others - welcome
    This is a friendly forum ideally suited to those who put effort into joining in - so have fun, but do take part - hopefully we can also learn from you

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    Welcome to Experienced People Linus,

    I think it's a good strategy to have some basic understanding of how sites are built, hosted & work, I'm not fluent in html by any means but if something was to go wrong (and it often can) it's handy to know enough to get by until a professional sort things, any particular genre you fancy developing in?

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    Linus, welcome to experienced-people.net.

    What type of website are you going to start building? How far have you progressed?
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    Hi Linus

    Welcome to our community. I would say that with a small amount of capital to invest you'd be best to start something from scratch (others may disagree with me!). A domain and hosting won't cost very much, and with your skills in the English language you should be able to build up the content quite easily. But, what are you going to do? A blog? A forum? A static content site? If you're trying to make money, how will you monetise it? And, one of the first things I had drummed into me here on EP - what's your exit strategy?

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    Hi Linus, and welcome to Experienced People

    Quote Originally Posted by Linus View Post
    My day job is teaching English at the local college.
    Are you thinking of using your English teaching skills in some website related way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottJ View Post
    Welcome to Experienced People Linus,

    I think it's a good strategy to have some basic understanding of how sites are built, hosted & work, I'm not fluent in html by any means but if something was to go wrong (and it often can) it's handy to know enough...
    Ah, I should clarify. When I said 'build a site from scratch', I didn't mean at the html level. I mean build a site as opposed to buy one to improve and sell it.

    I can see the value of learning html, but with the time i have available, i need to be focussing on the content, traffic, monetization rather than the code.

    I have tried to reply to individual replies with quotes, but either my browser is on the blink, or the graphics for the forum have a glitch?

    ScottJ - When I said 'build a site from scratch' I meant build a website as opposed to buying one to develop and then sell. with the amount of time i have available I don't think learning html is feasible, when there are some decent CMS out there. I might get into html later on, but for now I simply want to cut my teeth and try to build a fairly profitable website.

    On that note, is it realistic to aim for 500 per month within a year of working 5-10 hours a week?

    I'll reply to the other questions soon.

    Also, thank you all for making me feel welcome. Get the impression you guys are a big family.

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    500 pm is very realistic.

    I still haven't learnt HTML, I know just the very basics. It hasn't been much of a handicap.

    I might get into html later on, but for now I simply want to cut my teeth and try to build a fairly profitable website.
    Sounds good to me.
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    I could really use an extra 500 p/m but, despite hanging around on here, I'm still struggling. And my latest venture made 6p last month so there's a long way to go yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay View Post
    I could really use an extra 500 p/m but, despite hanging around on here, I'm still struggling. And my latest venture made 6p last month so there's a long way to go yet.
    Time to pass the hat around - I will double that for you Kay

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