I have recently read an article on Hypergrid Business. I have to say that I am very grateful for my success. Maria is right about one thing, it is really a bad business model to go into something with just wanting to do something you like and make money from it. I have always been interested in the concept of virtual worlds, ever since I was a very young kid. I mean before I even knew they existed, and I am pretty young.
I am only 20 years old as of the time of this article, and this may surprise many people. But I am really this young, and I am with the man of my dreams, but we are still in the early stages not marriage ready yet, it has only been 1.6 years so far, we are at least waiting for 3 years. In case you haven’t caught on or read through my other articles before, but I am homosexual. Which sadly still isn’t widely accepted in the United States, and boy I could go on about my life story, hell I could write a book on it. But least to say, I practically only have my partner and friends to fall on.
Now why did I tell you all that stuff up there, well simple, I want you guys to have an idea who I am. I am young, rough background, never even close to rich (hell me and my partner hit below poverty level every year), and because of this. I decided to do something about my life, I stayed in school, never could afford college though, but I made sure to educate myself. My school was partnered with a community college, so I took several business and computer classes I could. I do hold several certifications, but they don’t mean anything really. But I made it a point to learn how to manage an online business in my classes.
I used my skills and did tons of volunteer work, improved my accounting, my secretary skills, and more. I made connections, while doing this I got introduced to Second Life, and fell in love right away, and being the poor kid who can’t stand asking for money or working an sl job because they real money turn over was so low, I found opensim, and became deeply in love with it. I sat down for 3 years and watched it evolve before my eyes, studying and visiting all these grids, watching the blogs, forums, and people in world. I took notes, I did my research, I even tried it once, and I failed because I didn’t have the tech behind me I needed too but I learned so much. So I started SoftPaw Estates, which has several very happy clients.
I started all this with 20 bucks in my pocket after being wrongly fired by Target. Now I have even more and more connections, I host several standalones, manage a couple grids servers, and I do all this as my job. I do Grid-Press because I have been successful, and I mean I don’t make a whole lot, but I am making steady income, enough to skid past the bills with my partner’s help. But I firmly thought that closed grids and open grids alike needed a place to come together and advertise themselves, as well as get good things said about them and bad things pointed out. It helps grids see what the rest of the metaverse is doing and what they can do to compensate or include themselves.
Grid-Press is ran entirely out of pocket and ads that people rent out yearly. Those who write for grid-press regularly, have a place on the staff page with donation links, because all this writing is volunteered. Our site statisics show us that we get about 2,000 readers a day as it stands right now. That is pretty impressive. I hope to see it grow and get bigger, make things even better.
Now I know I have rambled on for way too long now so I am going to hop off now, I just felt I should write this article after reading the one on Hypergrid Business.
Link Back: http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2012/11/no-business-plan-survives-first-contact-with-customers/