What do I do now? Invest in more real estate? Take a part time job? Find another source of income?
Is the real estate market at a bottom yet? Probably not in the hot markets of the past few years if you look at this graph. The market neither increased rapidly nor dropped in the Buffalo area (it's up 4% in the past 12 months). Underwriting for investment loans has become very strict the past year. If I could get a real estate loan, I would re-finance one of the properties I own that has a variable rate loan. I just cannot see any purchases of real estate at the moment. Besides, cash flow from my properties is revenue neutral and I wouldn't expect that a heavily financed purchase would produce a positive cash flow.
I mentioned here and here about my experiences with multi-level marketing through Amway/Quixtar (I read this weekend that they are now dropping the Quixtar brand and reverting to Amway). I don't really consider Amway an option due to the high people skill requirements for success.
I "tried" the Internet with this blog. But my 25 months of blogging has earned me a cumulative $2.46! Of course, I do not have a good sense of how to make money on the net. One of the aspects that I really grasped with Amway was the "franchise" concept (see point #2 here). Distributors like Dexter Yager had created an excellent "system" for success.
As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I have been looking into SiteBuildIt. It seems to me that the creator of the site has done a pretty good job of building a good system that can be followed by most people. The system looks pretty comprehensive. If you are (like me) uncertain what type of Internet business to create, there is a Brainstorm section which provides lots of data. You can use the data to determine supply Vs demand for any particular keyword (i.e. business idea). His C-T-P-M model makes a lot of sense (and points out why this blog doesn't make much money!).
I am applying for a Census job and have thought about taking a second job. The problem with second jobs is that they have little flexibility. Since my boys have not been willing to get their driving licenses, I still need to do a lot of chauffeuring.I thought about becoming a Real Estate Agent and took an on-line CCI - but, as I suspected, the competencies needed are much like Amway and I scored in the lowest 20%.
So, over the next few weeks I will explore a web site in more detail and may pursue that for the time being.