How I Got Started With Making Money Online After Feeling Depressed

In this post, I just wanted to outline why I got started with making money online and what my intentions were with this blog.

But first, here’s a quick backstory to fill in the context.

I graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia (aka Mizzou) in 2011. The few months leading up to graduation were stressful because I hated my major (Finance & Banking) and I had no job lined up.

I always had an entrepreneurial mindset, and I knew the corporate world wasn’t going to satisfy me. I wanted to be my own boss and create my own lifestyle.

I was playing poker online throughout college, and I wanted to take a shot at playing professionally. So, I found a company that offered an elite poker training program, and after a handful of follow up emails (of me basically begging), they finally accepted me as a student and put me in contact with my long-term coach.

That was the most excited I had ever been in my life. I foresaw the 6-month coaching agreement taking my game to peak of its potential, working from my laptop, independent, financially free, and traveling around the world playing in live tournaments and just experiencing life.

Long story short, 1 week into that program, the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ), shut down online poker for all United States citizens, froze all the money I had in my accounts, and left me in complete disbelief and worry about what to do next.

I caved to corporate America and spent the next 3 years doing a myriad of different jobs that didn’t fulfill me:

  • Knocking door-to-door selling cable and internet
  • Managing social media accounts for other businesses and brands
  • Cold-emailing B2B companies all day trying to sell social media services for a startup
  • Sales for an online E-commerce kitchen and bath startup

I was miserable and it eventually led to me falling into depression because I saw my college friends getting promotions and having a steady paycheck, and I couldn’t stick a job out for more than 10 months and was flat broke.

The only place I felt happy was at the gym, which is why I became a personal trainer. Fitness and nutrition is such a centerpiece to my lifestyle that I decided to turn it into a career.

Not long after I got my personal training certification, I moved to the city of Chicago for a brand new start. A few days later, I was at Starbucks reading Pat Flynn’s niche site duel  that showed how he created micro niche websites to make money online.

I was still holding onto that dream of making money online and being able to travel the world and live financially free as my own boss.

Then I searched Google for, “How to make money online as a personal trainer.”

And that was the big turning point in my life that took me down the path I am on now.

I stumbled upon a website that had content which catered to making money online as a personal trainer. I was so impressed that I decided to partner with the creator of that website, who is now a good friend of mine, Jaden-Easton Ellet of and learn how to create websites that make passive, recurring income.

That was 9 months ago and it has been an incredible journey of learning internet marketing, networking with multiple 6, 7, & 8-figure earners and hundreds of cool people in the industry, growing into the person I want to become, and creating the dream lifestyle I’ve always wanted for myself.

Throughout this time, I have spent a lot of money on things that didn’t work, I’ve hit roadblocks, I’ve felt doubt and uncertainty that this wouldn’t work for me, and I’ve had others tell me that this is a pipe-dream scam.

But I tuned out the noise and distractions and created a deeply-rooted belief that I will succeed online and I will make this happen for myself, no matter what it takes, no matter how long it takes.

I attribute the reason for my successes to my unwavering mindset, ruthless persistence, and unsatiating desire to learn more and do more.

But I didn’t do this just for myself. I did this so that I could better the lives of my friends, my family, and people who I have yet to connect with who want the same things I did when I started.

Thus is the purpose of my blog.

To inspire and teach others how to create the same freedom in their life using the internet as their vehicle.

I wanted my blog to be a resource to teach people the right methods of creating a business online without having to waste thousands of dollars on products and coaching that didn’t serve them.

There is so much information available that it’s hard to pick out the bullshit. My goal is to share what has worked for me so that you can focus your time and energy on the right things.

It doesn’t matter what your current situation looks like. If you want it bad enough, then you can have it.

When I first started, I didn’t have extra money to invest in my business outside of the basics like a domain and hosting for my blog. I had to bootstrap it.

But I wanted it so bad that I wasn’t going to let something little like that destroy my ambition. I used it as fuel to want it even more.

It’s also to document my own story, so that I have a chronological resource to look back on as I continue marching down this path.

My blog is something that I can look back on as I age and grow. To see how far I’ve come.

It’s something that my family can look at, and my future family can look at.

To Network with other like-minded individuals all across the world

I’ve created so many new relationships with amazing people since starting online.

People from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and places all over the world.

These aren’t just run-of-the-mill connections either, they’re long-lasting friendships, and I place a lot of value on my relationships.

To Continue to Push Myself to Grow

When I first started blogging, it was outside of my comfort zone.

My writing skills sucked, I was worried that people wouldn’t like my content, and I had zero clue how to use WordPress, get traffic and leads, or rank my stuff to the top page of Google.

I had to push myself outside of my comfort zone if I wanted to be successful, so I did.

Whenever you feel too comfortable, you have to re-evaluate what you’re doing.
Because if you’re not feeling uncomfortable, then you’re not growing. And if you’re not growing, you’re dying.

 I hope that sheds some light on the purpose for my blog, and I know you’ll get some big takeaways from the content I publish.

If there is anything that you’re currently struggling with, then shoot me an email: or send me a message on Facebook.


Tim Alwell

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  • November 24, 2014

Hey I'm Tim - this blog is about sharing the digital strategies I've used to create a 5-figure income online, so maybe you can do it too (if that's what you want) :) I also have an Australian Shepherd named after Slim Shady & I'm a huge fan of hockey. Shoot Me a Message on Facebook. I'll always reply back

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Rajesh - September 22, 2015

Hey, Tim

I’m Rajesh (25 year’s old) from India, I’m a trainee web designer and moving little bit in Digital Marketing to be my own boss like you.

Here i’m mailing because of your video i watched over YouTube when i was searching for how make back-links. I found your video after that i read all the comments below and they inspired me to come on your website . Here i read your life story that really touched my heart and somewhere it’s happened with instead i’m still struggling and you got right path.

Can, you please help me with SEO guide the way to make money online to make myself, family?

    Tim - September 22, 2015

    Hey Rajesh,

    Thanks for leaving such a sincere comment. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog.

    I will send you an email with an answer to your questions about SEO.


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