This isn't click bait. It's a real question.
I stumbled upon radar last year, and I've been an ardent follower. I had to beckon on the community here. Loads of intelligent minds.
I'll start with a background intro about myself, so as to aid the community consider all factors, before proffering a solution.
PS: This is detailed.
I finished secondary school back in 07. Due to Financial constraints, I wasn't able to advance. I'm 25. I currently work as a security guard in one of the estates on the island and my job sucks. Every day I live my life in fear. That I may end up, old and broke like my father. My surroundings doesn't help matters at all. I see peeps my age, or below cruising G-Wagons and I'm like...
I've got no skill whatsoever. I dabbled into programming once, but I never really got the knack of it... Every day, I live in constant fear that I'd end up 40 without a reliable means of income.
I've never earned above 20k. My current salary is 18k. Just enough for me to feed and get on with life. No savings. This is why furthering my education was hampered.
I had a classmate, back in secondary school. We were really close friends, but we'd lost contact since 08. I reconnected with him recently on Facebook and got to find out that he'd moved to the States and was doing quite well. At some point in our convo, I told him about my difficulties in Lagos and he sincerely promised to help. Last night, he called me up and said he would send me $1000 to start up a small business. He didn't say it was a loan.
To most peeps here, I would guess $1k isn't that much of a deal. To me. $1k is everything. For someone who hasn't handled N50k cash sef.
He hasn't sent the money yet, but I'm already thinking how I can change my life with the sum. I feel it's like an opportunity I should not blow.
Starting a small business seems limiting... It's a risk too heavy for me to play with. I'm like, what if d biz (I don't even know which biz) fails.
School is also tricky. $1k might take me tuition till 200level.. What happens after... Even if It somehow gets me done, who'd want to employ a fresh 30year old grad without the necessary experience. (Perhaps Mark, but I'm not sure I'm a genius)
Acquiring a skill seems to be the right investment... But what kind of skill?
Because of my frequent reading of techblogs; I've thought up some "online -aided" (Trying to avoid the word startup) ideas that seem viable, at least to me. I could do some wordpress and get an MVP up and running...
But the risk... I just want to get it right with the 1k. I don't want to mess up.
Hence my question:
How do I change my life with $1k?
@wkyo I appreciate your incoming gif.
@All. .. I'd appreciate your words of wisdom...