If you get said gig and feel like the usual course load for full time is a bit much, you can look at what the minimum hours are to be considered full time to keep whatever grants and the like you may have that are dependent upon full time student status.
When I was in college, typical course load was 3 classes each worth 5 credit hours for a total of 15 credit hours. But one quarter I took the minimum of 12 credit hours because I needed a break from the pressure but did not wish to drop out. Later, I took an overload, 4 full time (5 credit hour) classes for a total of 20 credit hours that quarter. I had to get approval to do it. I think 18 hours was the point at which it was viewed as an overload.
So dig around in the college policies a bit and consider looking for part-time jobs that would help you get your foot in the door.
Best of luck.
These are informal "can I take you out to coffee?" talks with people in your industry to see what they are working on, what is happening with them, what is going on in the industry. Every job I have ever gotten is through informal meetings with people I have met through my network (whether its the current newspaper, your friends, parents, relatives, or other).
At the end of every one I ask: "Is there anyone else you think I should talk to?" and "Do you currently have any opportunities at your company for me?". Rinse repeat.
I guarantee investing in 30 informational interviews will yield huge dividends vs. 30 career fairs, a personal pitch deck, starting a blog, dusting off your resume, or God Forbid: applying to jobs through Linkedin.
10 years work experience > fresh grad with a degree that has no idea what lies ahead. You know the ins and outs of companies, the kind of people you deal with, you don't throw tantrums, deadlines are deadlines.
> I've built banner ads for advertisers, booked online campaigns in various platforms Google DFP, Yahoo APT.
Yep, experience in different platforms is a huge plus.
> I'm a jack of all trades master of none. I've always taken that as an insult rather than a compliment. I hear it as "your mediocre at a bunch of things...not really good at anything."
I hear it as "I know that much, too much." Being a jack of all trades means you know enough to move around. Your wide range of experience allows you to look for a wider range of jobs. You are more flexible to position change. You are no stranger to being moved across projects, across people, across locations.
> what advice do you have for a 30 year old who's about to embark on a new adventure?
- Read up on the latest trends. Most job interviews will have questions about them (though the job itself may not actually use the latest tech).
- Be sharp, concise and confident in job interviews. I've heard from my co-workers who do the interviews for new candidates. They find resumes good, but they fail candidates because they were terrible at interviews.
- Up the ante. Take up higher positions. You probably make a good project manager with that 10 years around people.
So my recommendation is: Be pro-active. Build and learn stuff over the coming months. It will give you more confidence and stuff to talk about in interviews, and it will make you look good.
So I'm being let go
Congratulations. Being let go can sometimes be a badge of honor. Anyone who has never been let go has never pushed the envelope enough.
After 10 years at my local newspaper
Wow, that's way too long for anyone, anywhere. Be glad that this is working out that way for you. It's not the 10 years at one place that's the problem, it's all the other stuff you missed by being in that shelter. Now's your chance to discover cool things you may have missed.
I'm nervous, scared, and somewhat excited.
Change "somewhat" to "very". You should be.
I'm competing with younger, new grads.
No, you're not and you shouldn't think of it that way. There's plenty to go around for everyone.
it will force me out of my comfort zone
Good! That's the best way to grow.
I'm a jack of all trades master of none.
So am I. And it's worked very, very well for me. We have too many specialists and not nearly enough people who can visualize the forest and the trees at the same time. They are the ones who make big things happen.
I've always taken that as an insult rather than a compliment.
Wrong. See above.
So HN, what advice do you have for a 30 year old who's about to embark on a new adventure?
Have fun. Stop worrying. Find something you love and give it a shot. At 30, you're still a baby and you have opportunities that you may not have in 5 or 10 years. This is a blessing in disguise. Treat it that way.
You might not be an ace with HTML or CSS. Heck, you might not even be a great coder (I suck at coding!), but you've probably learned very valuable lessons about how a local newspaper works and how your work could add value to them.
Can you remember every time you had an opinion about how to do something and it was shut down by someone else? Do you still think you were right? If yes, that means you think you can do better. What about those ideas you've never shared but still think were great?
Why don't you sell this knowledge to local newspapers? You could start an IT consultancy specialized in the newspapers business. You could sell again your services to the same newspaper that just let you go, plus other newspapers in your region.
This is my advice without knowing much about you. I hope it helps you in any way :)
1st) Resume + story. Search google for 'Harvard Computer Science Resume' or 'Georgia Tech Computer Science resume' and use their format. There are standard formats that are widely used for top jobs. You then need to get ready for behavioral interviews. This involves getting a minimum of 3-5 PAR stories ready and to think hard about all the stuff you have done over 10 years. Practice them.
2nd) You need to prep for technical interviews. I'm not a coder, but in my field (finance) there is a lot of material available. I know I have seen stuff about technical interviews here.
3rd) Network. Obviously LinkedIn is extremely helpful for locating contacts. Search for past people from the Newspaper, your high school, any groups you are in. For education, I would probably leave it blank rather than putting a high school on there so it doesn't draw attention to you not having a degree.
It will be extremely hard for you to get a job via a career posting. You will need to reach out to friends and ask them for 'advice' and if they know of anyone that you should talk to in their company.
Expect this process to take 4 months. It seems like forever, but it will take a while. That will be fine. Once you have your new gig, you will be in an exciting new industry.
Source: I just got hired by another large company after a search after shutting down my business.
We (OwnLocal; http://ownlocal.com) works through newspapers and other local media companies. Your domain knowledge would be deeply valuable to us.
For what it's worth, none of the stuff you're worried about (too "old", wrong tech, no degree, generalist) really worry me as a hiring manager. We have all those things on our team.
If you're interested, pretty please send me a note -- email@example.com.
Frame this exercise as what you would prepare if you were given the opportunity to do a 15 minute formal pitch of your capabilities to a room full of potential clients/employers.
Advertising Agencies and Consulting companies often have this as a section of their pitch decks. This is the "generic" part in which they are telling potential clients why they are generally capable and able to handle whatever will come up in the course of the project and they focus on the people and skills that they think make their agency stand-out while also assuring clients that they have all the "table stakes" covered.
The deck will help you with interviews and networking. How do I tell my story succinctly and engagingly?
2] Create an online portfolio website and other mini-sites. Build a portfolio site describing your accomplishments in various projects at your current newspaper job and include URL to relevant page. That portfolio site should also link to 2 or 3 mini-sites that demonstrate various sub-sets of your skills in action.
This is helpful because you can just send someone you are networking with a single URL that lets them explore who you are and what you can do.
3] Map out your skills. For each skill: label, short description, depth of experience, breadth of experience, assessment of your skill level, clear path toward improvement, enjoyment level and local market demand.
I've been here for just over a year and it's awesome. Highly recommend applying if you see a job that fits your skillset.
I told two people this when they have no experiences or very little and no degree. It doesn't hurt and they all got jobs now. One is working for Raytheon the other is somewhere else in a hospital hitting 6 fig as Oracle DBA with a business degree.
Make a nice resume and put it out to every job and learn from each interview. If you're interviewing a tons of web dev jobs, you will encounter similar questions, so just learn from the ones you fudge up.
Never give up.
I always thought I'm not smart, but I've worked in the startup industry and most of the time I'm surprise how little my peers know. I've only been to one start up that had a very very good programming team and that startup had the money to spend on very decent programmers.
If you're 30 and wanna settle down don't do start up, it's risky as hell and very ton hours. I wouldn't take magic monopoly money of equity and stocks unless you like lotteries. I would go to established company.
I did php for 8+ years and everybody thinks PHP dev is disposable compare to other like RoR. RoR seems to get higher pay and stabler jobs imo.
I hit my 30 now and I'm going back to school for another skill set, data science (math/stat/ml). Startup burnt me out and it wasn't worth it, I got some exotic skills on my resume, Scala, Python, etc.. but once you hit older. You don't want 70-80 hrs a week, and can be let go any moment.
Know your worth, but also be open to using your pedigree as a stepping stone to positions outside of your expertise. With 10 years of programming experience you can most likely learn enough Ruby in a short period of time to position yourself as a more compelling candidate than a Ruby dev fresh out of code school.
Consider startups. Smaller engineering teams often rely on interdisciplinary roles due to limited resources. Your role as a "jack of all trades, master of nothing" might actually be an asset to early stage companies.
Most importantly, find a healthy way of dealing with stress. Your family is depending you. This is an inherently stressful role to take but don't let stress derail you. Rather, let it motivate you to open this new chapter of you life. You can do it!
I wish you the best of luck with this situation and future endeavors.
The money in digital media was cheap and easy for a while, but since maybe 2010 more and more people have been trying to get into the space, because the barrier to entry is so low. This has massively driven down rates. If you're a competent programmer outside of media, you can easily pull down 100k+. If you're in the media space, you're working way more hours and pulling down a little bit more than half of that, in my experience.
tl;dr: You need to decide whether you want to stay in the segment of the industry you are in. If you do, you will probably be in this position again in 2-3 years. If you don't, you need to convince someone like me in an interview that you aren't just like every other "WordPress programmer" out there.
Relax. You are in a fantastic position. You will hopefully even get a salary increase with your next job. The local paper couldn't have been paying much. : )
The only concern might be your location. "Local newspaper" makes me think "rural" or "suburban." If you don't live in a city, that might not be a problem (teleworking jobs abound), but where I live (Northern Virginia) I can quit my job today and have recruiters begging me to start somewhere else tomorrow. So just keep that in mind.
Otherwise, I hope you will find yourself very happy this time next year in a new career and all this worry will just be a fading memory.
Networking is a bit time-consuming, but it will serve you well in the rest of your career.
The other thing I would say (as one who has gone through this more than one time. The actual number of times is a trade secret) is don't delay the start of the search. For example, if they parted company with you on Friday, start working on it on Monday. And it sounds like you have a jump on it already.
The other thing to keep in mind is to not spend more than say 30 hours a week on a job search. Despite your relatively positive outlook, it will be quite stressful and it is important to break away from the search activity regularly.
Spend some time to think about what you'd like to be over the next few years and most importantly, know what you're good at and what you're not so good at. List 10 strengths and 10 weaknesses and include both technical and non-technical skills.
Don't dwell on negative thoughts that tell you that you're not good enough. Sure, people with degrees might have an easier ride to get noticed but it's not impossible for you. Be creative. Make a portfolio. Proactively reach out to prospective employers. Learn something on your own. Take an online course.
People who tell you shit like "you're mediocre at a bunch of things.. not really good at anything" aren't worth listening to. Take it with a grain of salt, learn from it but move on. There are plenty of advantages to being a generalist rather than a specialist. But it really depends on what YOU want to do with your life.
You should get more experience with other backend languages. Try Python, Ruby, and something slightly exotic like Rust or Scala or Elixir. If you've been there for ten years you've probably gotten comfortable in your stack and your code. Start reading more code. Push yourself to learn something. Get your github up and churning. Contribute to some OSS projects.
You've got experience with highly dynamic websites. That puts you head and shoulders above people that only have experience building landing pages or small business sites. It's a whole different beast to build something that has to respond to a random bit of content flowing into a page and all that entails. You've worked with some of the most set in their ways people on the planet, journalists at a local newspaper.
I'm 35 now and I've stayed, mostly, in the content space since I started at the paper. That's my niche, rather than focusing on a language or front/backend discipline I focused on content. I've had four jobs since working at the paper and I still remember those days as some of the longest days and most fun I've ever had. I'm now making over three times what I made at the paper when I left too.
You can do this but you're going to have to work for it.
Edit: I don't have a degree either.
Take it as a compliment that you've been the undisputed master at One Very Important Thing: understanding your employer's needs and priorities, and doing whatever it takes to make them happy. All that other stuff -- HTML, JS, etc -- is but a means to this end. (And despite all the rantings and ravings by people on this and other sites about the various pros and cons of these tools, most of them are basically expedient hacks, here today, gone tomorrow).
Somewhat excited because it will force me out of my comfort zone.
As you should be. Being forced out of our comfort zones is one of the best ways to start learning new things. Sometimes it's the only way.
I'm sure that years hence, you'll look back at this as a golden opportunity -- that finally gave you the time and space to think about what you really want to do, travel, get that degree, meet that right person, or whatever. And for every employer that sees you as "limiting" yourself by staying at the same gig for 10 years, others will take it as hard evidence of your capacity for loyalty, dedication, and grit -- scarce qualities indeed, in any talent market.
One bit of encouragement: newspapers (including local papers) and the people who produce them are still highly respected. You presumably have good communication skills and understand community. In an interview, if you can convey confidence and pride in your accomplishments there's a good chance you will make a good impression and that's half the battle.
Regardless of what direction you head off, good luck.
You need to focus on the excited, adventurous emotions and the confidence it brings, which in turn, will help find you a new job.
If you are not confident (eg. believing jack-of-all-trades is a negative, seeing not having a degree as a barrier, thinking a new grad is a better hire than you) then you might not apply to the jobs you have a chance of getting. The nervousness and lack of confidence will come through in the interviews you do get. Others here have provided tips to help: list at the skills you have, put them in a positive light, practice delivering the message in interview and conversational settings. (We all know how much confidence matters when meeting women, same thing.)
A lot of things you mentioned don't matter: no degree, being 30 (you mentioned that 3 times), recently married, same company 10 years, being a jack-of-all-trades. They don't matter because you can't change these things in the short-term. They nervousness and pressure they provide just are distractions. None of those impact the actions you have to take going forward.
Instead, describe yourself as a "Swiss army knife".
I believe we all underestimate our own skills, but there's a lot of folks looking for generalists. I don't believe in "full stack" development quite so much, but there are a lot of people looking for it.
Anyway, 30 is a great age -You're just at the point where you are starting to be very marketable and your experience has built up to a value where you can command a lot more value based on having had the experience of all the things you have done before.
The degree piece is almost ALWAYS an issue with flunky HR functionaries. Not so much for the Hiring Executive, he's interested in how you can help him move his agenda forward. Target your job search on reaching out directly to senior executives WHO you know how to help.
Incidentally, suggest reading Gitomer's Little Red Book- unconventional applications to approaching your job search> http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/75890.Little_Red_Book_of_...
30 isn't old. You have real experience which grads don't have. Go into everything with a positive and learning attitude and you'll do fine.
I'd encourage you to look at our jobs page: http://ownlocal.com/jobs
Where in the world are you? This is an important question.
The best thing you did for yourself was learning the HTML, CSS, etc that you did. That is going to get your resume farther, faster, even without a degree. Having been on hiring committees for organizations looking for new copyrighters, etc, there is such a focus on web that it is always a plus to see, even if there are other developers doing the heavy lifting.
My advice: go hard! Send out your resume. Leaving my cushy job for the unknown has reinvigorated every part of my life: financial, spiritual, marital, parental. It has been easy but it's been very rewarding.
While I have a degree related to my field, I found that the network I had built up over the years, thru sales and communicating with people while editing and fact checking, was the path to my next bit of employment.
tl;dr: don't forget that 10 years of relationship building!
Plus being in California, you are in the best place on the planet for your skill set.
You are better than you think you are. Do you really think that when you start "X" job, that you will be unable to complete tasks given to you?
Freelance (for short term money) & Start talking to media industry specific recruitment consultants(they might charge a fee but with your experience in tech & industry, you might be wanted in a similar outfit)
Current-World-With-Weird-Valuations Advice a.k.a. Just kidding:
STEP 1 -> Get a iOS Dev book.
STEP 2 -> Start a cool spin on a news app.
STEP 3 -> Raise some money at some ridiculous valuation
STEP 4 -> Buy the local newspaper where you got let-go from citing the reason as "strategic acquisition" to the investor.
STEP 5 -> Order a "F U" t-shirt.
STEP 6 -> Buy a paintball gun.
STEP 7 -> Do what Ari Gold did in Entourage when he bought the Agency he was fired from.
(2.) Probably yes, but with your skill set you should be Aiming for a junior job, not something with 3+ years experience requirement.
(3.) Get experience and look at your old code in six months, you'll see what level you were on. It's not about "how strong is the force in you", it's about "how much experience and wisdom do you have in real world situations". Just in those first six months, you'll probably encounter a lot of situations your college didn't prep you for.
(4.) Go get a junior job. Join an open source project. Develop something alone and ask people to contribute. It doesn't have to be Google/FB/TW.
Just get a job doing something interesting alongside people who are nice, smart, and willing to help you learn. Big organizations have advantages and disadvantages that vary for each individual. The only way to identify them in your case is actual experience. In the abstract it will just be a guess.
Working somewhere that's not Facebook or Google isn't necessarily "shooting lower" except when the target is a job at someplace everybody has heard of...though I am not sure if Walmart Labs would fall in or out of that category, it does really interesting work, which I point out because the world of programming jobs is bigger than what will make it through to young people studying at university. Even at a place like Stanford.
If the goal is really working on large projects within a large team consider working for a defense contractor. That's where the really big projects are likely to be.
Whatever happens, odds are it's going to turn out well.
Since you're a Stanford student, I'd guess Facebook actually comes to your campus for some recruiting events as well. Check with your career center to find out. Meeting one of their recruiters in person would be a good chance to ask questions about their requirements and how your experience might match.
1) Verisign ended the third quarter with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $1.9 billion, an increase of $466 million as compared with year-end 2014.
2) Verisign Registry Services added 1.68 million net new names during the third quarter, ending with 135.2 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base, which represents a 3.4 percent increase over the base at the end of the third quarter in 2014, as calculated including domain names on hold for both periods.
3) In the third quarter, Verisign processed 9.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to 8.7 million for the same quarter in 2014.
Full Report available at: https://investor.verisign.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=93...
1) ICANN - $0.182) Registrars - ~$1 to $23) Verisign - $7.85
Verisign is making huge margins here, thanks to zero competition.
The action is to find someone important who is not and start driving change from there.
No coupon(s) needed.
This free advice is worth what you paid for it.
1. You will screw up. Unless you screw up profoundly, everything will turn out better than you can imagine. Even if you screw up profoundly, everything will probably turn out all right.
2. It's great to have plans. They won't survive the opening phase of the battle. An infant quickly becomes a person. But it takes forever compared to your plans. Montessori is years away. No amount of "good parenting" can short circuit that. There's years of changing diapers and little sleep and having no clue before it comes. Enjoy the moment. Enjoy not having a clue. No parent does, some people just don't realize it.
3. Your child will be a child even when they're six one with a black belt. We're all children at heart. Take advantage of the excuse to act like one.
4. Your child is not you. Their grades are their grades not yours. Their team wins the soccer match. You don't. Your child isn't better when someone else does worse. Parent and pursue your own interests.
It's fun and wonderful and hard. You will need grow,too. You will.
The first thing to know in a family is to recognize & respect when someone is better than you. You already did that with your wife. I am sure, you will see that in your child - as an individual with his own merits. Children don't need to be taught to be a hacker; they need a companion to explore. See things from his perspective; learn along with him; you will have a wonderful time!
Pull things apart, put them together, wonder if they can be better, make things, experiment, mix stuff up.
It may be that your little one is not interested in computers, but playing, making, exploring, and experimenting will be of value no matter where their interests take them.
From my perspective the big new opportunities are more in the IoE / IoT / WoT area. Hardware is becoming a lucrative new frontier for startups.
With your background you might want to explore that area where you existing semiconductor engineering skills would be very well regarded.
Web development is a rather competitive space. Wouldn't be my idea of a good starting point. IMHO looking at Google / FB, et al with your level of experience would be a huge step backwards. Researching the up and coming opportunities that capitalize on your existing and desired skills should identify better options for the future.
Shoot me an email (in my profile) if you'd like to explore / debate this issue deeper. BEST OF LUCK!
Personally, programming is a passion I have and would most likely will do regardless of payment.
0) Why did you get your PhD in EE? What was your expectation?
Take a basic idea and figure out how to go make it. Hands on experience and YouTube or Google is all you need.
The problem with the MVL approach is that ultimately people pay us to solve their problems, and don't care how complicated it makes our lives. That complexity has to go somewhere, and usually the best place for it is in the code, else you're just doing your customer's problem manually. Eventually people realize that they're writing the same code over and over again, and that they could save a lot of time as programmers if those features were just built into the language.
I'd really encourage you to study Scheme and write a few programs in it. It's famous for being the language where you can implement all the other language features in it. So for example, it's pretty common to implement your own object system in it; your programs won't be compatible with libraries that use any other object systems (which is a major reason why it's not used industrially), but you can play around with classical inheritance, prototypes, access control, multimethods, virtual dispatch, and so on all within the language. Similarly, promises, async, green threads, collections, list comprehensions, type systems, and many other language features can all be done as libraries, using the basic features of closures, continuations, macros, cons cells, and arrays. Even things like if-statements, exceptions, and loops don't need special language features, although they're standardized across implementations.
Anyhow, I prefer pocket. I have a Kobo ereader and it has perfect integration with pocket. Every article I receive on my phone, laptop, tablet or get send via email, I read via the ereader. It just works great.
Perhaps to mention, I am not using any of the tagging features. It just takes more time to categorize than scrolling a list.
Changed my life tbh
The engineering that matters at a startup is driven by business concerns. A well organized codebase isn't a product. Best practices revolve around making money or at least surviving.
Industry best practice in the hardware industry is selling hardware. A professional matches a budget and requirements to what can be done and what cannot be. The whole idea of being a professional is getting paid to apply expertise to the specific circumstances and not promote one's trivial values. To put it another way, a professional turns down jobs that violate their non-negotiable values. They don't take money and then impose them on the unwilling.
Experience will give you professional judgement. That will make you better.
What you will find is that they pay GBP 20k+ for an X-Ray machine that connects via USB Dongle to an old Windows machine... really old.
You'll also find that all of their equipment is old copies of Windows, in dusty long-unsupported equipment.
Sell a service, that virtualises all of this and that you manage. Charge them GBP 250 per month for it, on top of any capital expenditure up to GBP 3k for the host server (probably on-site as a Dentist shouldn't go down when an internet connection goes down).
Now go round the other dentists in the area and repeat until you have 20 dentists on-board.
You now have GBP 5k per month in residual income, for hardware that will take minimal effort to support, and for images of Windows taken from existing machines that are now backed-up.
The lesson here: You're probably looking for some complex and advanced solution that you can automate to great fortune!... but actually there's a lot of money just begging to be given to people who solve the simplest stuff in fields where the computing skill is very very low but the expectations of computing and value from it is very high.
Your profit exists in that space. No-one is doing the simple stuff in those fields.
Other ideas: Beauty/Hair Salon booking systems that work inside the hairdresser and whose web and automated phone system actually works too (Twilio + Google Apps (for Calendar and Google Contacts) + a website will do this with medium effort - it's a small integration project).
The other lesson here: It's not doing stuff that is hard, but selling it.
For example, setup your online store and buy your Facebook ad campaign for teen girls, and try to sell them the Justin Beiber case that you could potentially order from China. When they go through the order process, inform them it's 'out of stock', and flag a potential sale in your database. Now, analyze the numbers, look at how much your ad campaign costed, how many potential sales you generated, how much it would cost to order those actual cases from China, how much it would cost to ship them, etc, and see if the business makes sense. If so, start with a small batch of inventory as you said, you'll get more experience with the entire process, any hidden costs or time involved you overlooked, and go from there.
-read everything @patio11 has ever written. Use your brain and research ability to understand his wisdom. Ignore this advice at your own peril.
-start high end markets first. Better margins, better customers.
-think about what products suck! Talk to affluent friends, ask them that question. If you don't have affluent friends, go make them. Your life and this endeavor will be amazing if you do. Trust me on this. Just make sure they're good people. If you can't tell the difference, that's your side job. Learn how to tell the difference.
-bite your tongue. I'm serious, literally bite it. Listen to what ppl are telling you--it could be your next product! Biting your tongue is like a phones mute button. You should be using both to become a much better listener. I started an interruption/swearing jar with my fianc to break myself of those habits faster. It's tough but super rewarding.
-learn sales. Frank bettger (how I raised myself from failure to success in selling). Dale Carnegie (how to win friends and influence people).
-improve yourself. Sleep 8-9 hours. If you use an alarm clock you're doing life wrong :D, diet (quality and quantity. Whole > processed * 1000. no sugar.) exercise. Move fast, lift heavy things. Sign up for Charlie Hoehn's anti anxiety course. Assuming you're a guy, check out The Mating Grounds and Helping Joe. They'll help you improve your life immeasurably. Sign up for talk therapy. If strapped for cash, group therapy is very effective and inexpensive.
-pay attention to the world around you. The problems to solve will present themselves.
-Don't force anything. It'll hurt to get the round peg into the square hole, and you might lose a finger in the process. NB: Your finger is your happiness.
-cut out negative people, but don't create a Hooli yes-man echo chamber.
-watch randy Pausch - the last lecture. And Randy Pausch - time management.
-email if you need help! I'm an extremely generous person.
If there was a sure fire way to generate $5k profit monthly, everyone would do it, and then it would not be profitable anymore. That's just basic market equilibrium.
If you really just want some ideas, don't use the "sure-fire" language.
In my opinion the case market is pretty saturated, and it's a hit or a miss about whether you get anywhere with it, or just lose your money. You say with targeted FB ads you can do it, but you need to get one customer for every $9 you spend, that's not a lot.
If you're looking to start a business, I'd highly suggest building/selling something that you can sell for much higher than $10. More in the region of $100 - $500. The plus side of this if you need to make fewer sales to reach your target.
You have skills that could make you an extra $5k a month and more, that would be much easier than peddling cheap phone cases. Take on additional consulting project for example?
Or optionally, follow the advice of many financial bloggers and simply cut your outgoings to prevent the living paycheck-to-paycheck situation.
- "Justin Beiber case" => warning: you can't use people (or pictures or cartoon or...) images like that... and the rights can be pretty high
- "$1 cases for ~$10" => didn't you forget taxes, delivery, lost,... business is not: sell $10 - buy $1 = profit $9
Well... I think you should take a look at the business side
At some point you will realise that the notion there's a "sure-fire way to $5K" is completely absurd.
Some random notes on your idea anyway:
- No-one buys from independent websites, only Amazon, eBay, etsy etc
- You will get no traffic to your website
- Phone cases are a commodity, there is no chance you can charge higher than Amazon
- Buying Facebook traffic to sell $10 items doesn't work economically
- Justin Beiber will close down your website with cease and desist
- You will end up with a 1000 cases that you can't even sell for 99c
- The real money is in value-added high-price items, or in selling services
Phone cases... seriously though...
Build websites for a couple dozen clients. Charge hosting fees and maintenance each month to keep sites live.
Marking up AWS hosting to $50 / mth and charging some hourly here and there at $100 / hr adds up quickly.
"Entrepreneurial spirit" is abut identifying a problem that people have and providing a solution it, and then building a sustainable business around that solution. It's not just cobbling together something so you can cash in.
Even though the case market is saturated, with targeted ads I'm thinking it would be possible.
The first thing you should do is research the cost of those adverts. Highly targeted adverts are valuable, and consequently they're expensive. I wouldn't be surprised if an ad targeting young women with an interest in Justin Beiber on Facebook will cost upwards of $2 each time someone clicks, so you'll be needing a to get upwards of a 20% conversion ratio just to cover the $10 you're planning to charge, and that's before any other costs. That's not a sustainable business.
If you're talking about spending $5K/month in costs to run your business, and then presumably on top of that the value of the time that you and your friends are putting in, then you need way more than $5K/month in revenues to make a significant profit.
If it was that easy, everyone would be doing it. Unfortunately, as others have said, a lot of the assumptions implicit in your post are wildly unrealistic.
You could either resell / drop ship, or (better IMO) partner with the merchants, maybe on a commision basis? (no upfront cost for them, recurring revenue for you).
Another major challenge is the hundreds of devices and colors that exist and that you will have to stock in order to fullfil the orders on a timely manner.
Finding reliable suppliers is also a challenge, I've had a few experiences with chinese suppliers that I've found on Alibaba and they weren't the best. Inconsistent product quality, incorrect models\amounts shipped, lack of proper invoicing which made me have some issues with customs along with additional fees.
I tried some targeted ads with several groups, but it didn't help.
You need an edge, I do not think your skills in making a modern website are enough of an edge (when eBay and Amazon already make purchasing very easy) when it comes to selling products.
If you do not have an edge you need to find a rising tide (from rising tide lifts all boats). At this stage Justin Bieber or phone cases are not a rising tide.
Let me give you an example of an edge:
In 2000 before the first internet bubble popped my Japanese-American friend made $3k net monthly selling hentai DVD boxes on Yahoo Japan.
How did he do it? I hooked him up with a distributor in Florida who was dumping a large quantity of $49.95 retail price 3DVD hentai boxes for $7-8ea if taken in quantity 100+.
My friend sold them for $90 each on Yahoo Japan and he sold about one a day.
So why did this arbitrage work so well?
Because of 2-punch, my access to the liquidator and my friend's access to Yahoo Japan and realization that $90 for average hentai series without pixelation would be a good deal in Japan (surely breaking a few decency laws in Japan).
It was the realization that the Japanese release of the DVD was censored and the American was not was what gave the extra pricing power.
By comparison my US based anime store sold only a few copies at $20-30 in US because it was a very average series.
So theoretically my Japanese friend could have made money even buying at American retail and selling in Japan albeit the risks would have been greater.
I think Yahoo Japan cracked down on this and also the low price DVDs also dissappeared.
Another story: There was a kid from Australia here on HN a few years ago who made very good money in mid 2005-6 selling imitation iPods (buying wholesale in China) on eBay. He was not misrepresenting them as iPods but people though they were. Eventually Apple enforcement got stronger + Chinese sellers started selling them themselves and the business dried up.
His edge was the rising boat of people still clamoring for iPods pre smart phones + average buyers confusion that iPod was not a generic term.
This is Economics 101 whenever there is a huge value capture, there will be new entrants in the market.
The darker side is tha often the value capture comes from breaking a law somewhere. You need to ask yourself whether you can live with this.
The wording is unclear--I had to re-read your title to understand that when I entered the thread.
I don't know how to contact you directly, so maybe you can drop me an email. My email address is: my HN username at yahoo dot com.
Put 3 million in an stock market index fund. In most years you will get at least a 2% increase, which is $60K (or $5K a month).
Getting the initial capital for this is easier said than done.
You are asking a pretty daft question. There is no sure-fire way of making a residual income
you should also check the state you live in. Secretary of state usually manages fictitious trade names
checking domain names is a good proxy also. if no one cared to buy xyz.com then they probably didn't trademark it, etc.
My take is that a cofounder is should be someone I want to make rich and who hopefully wants to make me rich. It shouldn't be an arm's length relationship or the blush of a new love.
Then again, my experience is that titles are a poor proxy for content often enough that I try to click on links before commenting on a submission or evaluating it. Often the awesomeness is inversely proportional to the quality of the title. My heuristic is, when in doubt click.
All I can get in during my commute, enjoy folks
It helped me being more social, remove part of my anxiety, get better jobs, better relationships and enjoy life even more.
Definitely my best hack and I'll recommend it to everyone.
-Taking a deep breath when anxious/under stress
The movie was epic. I loved it. Damn. Just set your expectations at 0 and may the Force be with you.
Everyone in the marketing business should learn how it's done from such premieres (other examples are Bond, Hobbit, Harry Potter).
I think those strategies would not work with a completely new title. Here you have a series that spans over 2-3 generations and through marketing you can create this illusion that this is an incredible cultural phenomenon, and that everyone is waiting, and that it's a part of the saga, and that without watching it you cannot call yourself a member of the polite society, or a middle class.
Look closely at what kind of arguments are used in the marketing messages. "This episode fits to the style of the other films". Now do reverse engineering on that statement - they took focus groups, sociologists, cultural anthropologists, ask people questions: "what are you most afraid of with the new episode", they say: "that it will spoil the style and mood of the previous movies". Now take 2-3 most repetitive statements and construct the smart message that will cover these problems. This is how it's done.
Another element is that the screenplay is written in such a way, that this episode has to be both - relating to the previous episodes and satisfy the fans, but also has to have a self containing story, that will be understood by those unfamiliar to the series. From the marketing point of view the Star Wars fans are not really the target group, they will go to see it no matter what. The real challenge is to broaden the fan base, attract those uninterested. Make the girlfriends go together with the boyfriends, and parents together with the children. Big bucks rule.
I particularly like the way they insert the information into the news reels. Of course the TV stations are being paid for it and the message is well tailored, but goes seamlessly well with other pieces of news. Very few movies are honored like that.
On a technical level - I think Episode I in 1999 was the last one shot on 35mm film. But actors spent most of the time in the blue box, so the editing deserves applause. Episodes II and III were shot on video making the composition with the CGI much much easier. But this time they went back to shooting on film, natural scenery and models. Interesting development. It's also interesting how they are able to release it on all different formats, 2d, 3d, IMAX etc. all at once (like games on different consoles).
I'm slightly critical from the point of view cinematographic art, but I'm admiring it as a global social engineering masterpiece and a business enterprise.
From what I've observed, the new movie is being very heavily marketed. Facebook now has the option to stick a light saber on your profile picture. The merchandise is all over the larger stores. In my opinion, it's mostly hype due to its prevalence from marketing.
I wonder what it would be like if all of advertising space were instead filled with affirmations about the human condition, about empathy, about statistical intuition, and about finding cognitive distortions. You know, the opposite of what advertising needs to function. So, totally not possible. But I think it'd be a good idea.
It's funny how all the real fans agree that 3/6 movies were terrible. The first 3 released didn't age well in my opinion but were probably great when released.
One reason these things don't support append is at some point they need to choose the "version" of the object. Usually this is done when an object upload has completed.
If they allow arbitrary appends to objects, then they would have a hard time assigning any type of ordering to them, as the concept of an object being "complete" would be thrown out the window.
(EDIT: and what does it mean to have a GET on an object, if you don't know the latest version to return?)
I think something like this could be implemented, but it would probably be an entirely different product that supported some specific traditional file operations (rename, ftruncate, link, etc) but had different scaling properties.
If you're happy with out of order appends, just use a container file format like Parquet where appends are actually additional file creations
After leaving that running over night, all of the files appeared to be uploaded... until the owner of the company needed to use them.
I'm still not sure if that's an exceptional use case, but it left a pretty bad taste in my mouth about S3 ever since.
Why do people who ask questions fall slightly short of providing enough information to meaningfully answer them?
Personally, I've worked with Django, Rails, and The Spring Framework (Java).
I'd choose Django or Rails. I do prefer Django, but Rails has a much more vibrant eco system and a lot more plugins (gems) that let you do things pretty fast.
Really you need to be clear on what problem you are trying to solve, because one framework might be better than the other. For example, I've worked with Rails and it has great support for apache solr. If I needed to do full text search on a lot of records and use solr to index them, I'd choose Rails.
Define the problem you're trying to solve, and see which framework is best suited for it.
What is the architecture?
What is the business proposition?
Who is going to maintain it?
What kind of data will be in the backing store?
I work at Kindful.com and we provide these services, but there are many others, so do some research and see what is the best fit for your client.
Specifically, PandaPay's API allows for-profit companies to accept and distribute donations to charities compliant with IRS guidelines for tax-deductibility