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  • Karin H 18 November, 2010, 11:04 pm

    “But anything that doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

    Amen to that, Martin. And sometimes, when you think it does “hurt” too much and you’re not strong enough – you’ll have to remember all the times you thought this thought before but still hold on. And it got better – or at least, not worse.

    It can hurt – your wallet, your feelings, your self-believe – but not many things “hurt” that much or that long it will kill you and indeed, you come out stronger at the other side of the “dip”.

    We’re still here too – started in a mini recession in 2003, after being made redundant and loosing money in the process – still going strong, well at least not weaker, during this long and hard recession. Slowly getting there, one day – one step at the time.

    Karin H (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

    • Martin 19 November, 2010, 7:28 am

      Hi Karin,

      I love watching your updates come through Facebook – you guys just seem to get stronger and stronger!

      No question, though, that starting during a recession is the best time. Tough, sure, but get things right during a recession and you’re well placed when the economy picks up.



  • Rick 19 November, 2010, 4:16 am

    Nice article Martin. Anyone who starts a business goes through many of the same experiences, I know I have. I traveled a very similar path as you and other than PPC, which I don’t even attempt to learn, we probably have the same skill sets.

    I appreciate the struggle that I have endured to learn what I know today. It allows me to help others learn from my mistakes. Another benefit is that as I outsource work to others I understand what is required and the approximate time it takes to complete a task. This saves me money and holds my VA’s accountable.

    I wish to thank you for putting your story out there. Many people like to hide behind their successes rather than be “real” and let people know that they have struggled too. I still struggle in areas but as I said, I actually enjoy the struggle as I know in the end I will end up better for it.

    Good luck with everything you do, my friend.


    • Martin 19 November, 2010, 7:25 am

      Thanks Rick!

      I hope I didn’t give the impression that it’s all plain sailing for me now – it’s definitely not and I know there’ll always be areas where I struggle.

      The rate at which new tools and techniques come out mean that you’re constantly having to learn new stuff – it’s exciting but challenging at the same time. (Especially if customers ask you about something before you know about it..!!)

      But I wouldn’t change what I’m doing for the world. πŸ™‚



  • Fran Civile 23 November, 2010, 9:39 am

    Hi Martin, Thank you for sharing your story … I really enjoyed getting to know more about you … I’ve often wondered when I’m on your site about you living in a place that sounds exotic to me and how you came to be there … your use of the word expat tells me that you were not born there and you don’t seem to be British, at least no me, I imagine you to be American …
    You do have interesting week-ends!

    I agree with “The rate at which new tools and techniques come out mean that you’re constantly having to learn new stuff – it’s exciting but challenging at the same time.”

    I never get tired of learning!

    Fran πŸ™‚

    • Martin 23 November, 2010, 10:15 am

      Hi Fran,

      No – sorry – not American..! πŸ™‚

      My parents were Brits but moved to Africa (Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe), which is where I grew up. I came to Hong Kong 15 years ago for a 3 month project and I’m still here (some project, huh..!?).

      Yes – this last weekend was great!



  • Goodluck 7 December, 2010, 6:56 pm

    Hi Martin,
    Good to hear your story. I can relate with it as I had a tough time making my first dollar online despite years of trying. Now though things have become easier, I make good money both online and offline building websites, blogs, forums, CMS etc. I am electing to become your disciple to learn at your feet just as I am setting up my first internet marketing membership site.

    I hope you will take me on board.
    Keep up the good work.


    • Martin 7 December, 2010, 8:01 pm

      You’re welcome and I’m happy to be able to help.

      Good luck with your new membership site – it’s a great online business model because of the recurring income it generates.

      See you around..!


  • JAWAR 8 December, 2010, 2:43 pm

    Martin, this was an easy and straightforward read. Thank you for posting and sticking around to see your smart and hard work payoff. Continued Success!


    • Martin 8 December, 2010, 3:35 pm

      Thanks Jawar – glad you liked it πŸ™‚

      Still lots of hard work ahead, though..!



  • Jay 14 December, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Great post constantly learning and bringing a lot of value to my blog readers is my main keys to success. You have to know what your talking about for people to actually listen to your advice.

    Building a strong mailing list is another key to sustainable longevity online also.

    Oh! And a strong work ethic doesn’t hurt either!

  • Ryan 23 December, 2010, 10:29 am

    I would also add that you should be prepared to stick with it for a time period measured in years. Persistence seems to be the key for every internet marketer I meet and most seem to take about 5-7 years before they feel comfortable enough to walk away from their jobs. However, that’s not bad considering it would take 6 years to go to undergrad and graduate school to finally be making that much money as well, and also be stuck with debt. The time put in is definitely worth it in the long run.

    • Martin 23 December, 2010, 7:55 pm

      Hi Ryan,

      Great analogy – and yes, I’d agree with the ‘years’ timeline.