For a while now I have been posting about how I was trying to come up with new ideas to make money. Well I have finally decided on something. I plan to build my own internet arcade. Considering how much time I spend playing these games online, I think I am overqualified for this position. I have a natural talent for playing these games. If only somehow I could get paid a reasonable amount for playing the games besides just owning them. Well, until then I will just try to make my own arcade so others can enjoy the games too.
Why an arcade?
Honestly, I don’t know a lot about anything. I know a fair amount about everything. This makes it hard for me to make a lot of types of websites because I would like to be a master of the topic before I considered starting my own website on it. Blogs aren’t bad but for regular websites, people don’t want my view on things. They want content. So I decided upon an arcade because there are many places where you can get free games to add to your website.
How will you make any money?
I plan on putting up ads on the website like everyone else. The tricky part will be getting the traffic. I can probably produce a quality site with lots of good games, but getting people to it is not so simple. I have been reading a lot on getting traffic and optimizing websites for search engines so hopefully I can put all this into place and slowly but surely build a highly trafficked, quality site.
When will it be up?
I don’t really plan on starting on it until the beginning of next month. I have exams coming up and I don’t want to give myself another excuse to study. I doubt I will be financially independent by the time I graduate so a degree with a high GPA will help me land a job until I am financially free.
I figure now is the best time to try all these new crazy business ideas of mine while I still have all the free time to put into them. I can afford to make mistakes now, once I am out and completely on my own, I won’t have anywhere to go if I fail. So I figure now is the perfect time.
Start up costs?
I am trying to stay in a budget of $1,000. I see all these pre-made arcade scripts with games costing upwards of $800. It all depends on what level of quality you want. I could save a lot more if I went for some of the cheap ghetto scripts but I really want this to be good so I may spring for the quality. Also there is the advertising budget. I may try the free advertising route and do things the old fashioned way. It is a little harder but I feel I can still get plenty of traffic without spending money on advertising.
I will definitely keep everyone informed as I continue on with this project. Wish me luck as this will be my first undertaking of making a website (besides a blog).