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Hello everyone my name is Joe and I am new to TST. I am currently a college student working at one of the most prestigious country clubs in my state. Back in high school when I played for the golf team and played everyday I was easily a 2-3 handicapper but I have dropped to around 9-10 currently. This spring/summer I am dedicating all of my time to getting back to where I was or even better. Golf is by far the one thing I am absolutely passionate about and I recently thought it would be a good idea to look into pursuing a career in it. (i.e. instructor, eventually head pro, etc.) I was hoping that some of the fine folks on here had any tips or advice for me?

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Decide early if you want to be an instructor or a head pro.

So which is it?

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Its a nice life been a golf pro.If you want to become a coach then one thing i can highly recommend is learning German.Once you become  Qaulified Pro you could apply for work in Switzerland,Germany,or Austria where golf is booming.Im from the UK and moved to Austria 10 years ago.So many people want to play golf here but not enough good teachers wiho speak German

you can spend all day on the range coaching,charging 100 dollars an hour 6 days a week. Its worth considering.I feel in the usa and uk there are so many pros.Unless a big job comes along and your lucky enough to get the job and making money is your prime target then europe i the place.Good Luck, Dave

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Most of the people I know who work in the golf industry don't play nearly as much as you'd think.  They spend all their time helping other people with their game, and don't have the time or energy to play as many rounds for themselves.

If I were you I'd consider building a business online.  Up until 3 years ago I was a financial analyst - now I have a series of sites online that make me more than I made as an analyst, and allow me to set my own schedule.

In the summer I'll play about 5 rounds a week, and do my work either in the morning before I play or do it in the evenings.

Just my two cents.

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breakingeighty

interesting forum from you.

would love to come up with a online golf buisiness which involves coaching.I have been a golf intructor for 20 years,and have considered online golf lessons.Any ideas would be much appreciated.many thanks,David

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The way I personally look at it, is there are three steps to building a successful online business:

  1. Learn the necessary skills (Wordpress, copywriting, basic SEO etc.)
  2. Pick one skill and freelance in it. I started with SEO.
  3. Take those skills once you have confidence and a base of income and apply them to your own projects (ecommerce, perhaps an info product on golf, or virtual golf lessons)

I treat it as something where I don't have to be in love with the business I do at first, but if it allows me to do more of the things I love (like golf) then it's a good thing.

I started freelancing SEO which wasn't particularly sexy, and now many of my businesses are directly related to things I like.

Not trying to self promote, but see if this post gives you any ideas.

Hope that helps!

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reakingeighty

thanks for response.Just one quick thing.I am going ahead with an idea ive had for a long time and that is online golf lessons.

I am going to need to build a website.the site will mainly be for my members to log onto,and see their swing videos,join the site,make payment for membership and read info about the golf swing.

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You'll absolutely want to build the site on Wordpress.  There are a number of plugins that make it easy to create a membership site, take payment via paypal or other shopping carts, and display videos.

Shoot me a message and I can point you to some links that will help.

This is a great place to start though: http://www.seanogle.com/how-to/how-to-build-a-membership-site

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Originally Posted by breakingeighty

Most of the people I know who work in the golf industry don't play nearly as much as you'd think.  They spend all their time helping other people with their game, and don't have the time or energy to play as many rounds for themselves.

If I were you I'd consider building a business online.  Up until 3 years ago I was a financial analyst - now I have a series of sites online that make me more than I made as an analyst, and allow me to set my own schedule.

In the summer I'll play about 5 rounds a week, and do my work either in the morning before I play or do it in the evenings.

Just my two cents.


how many hours do you work on your computer? Last two years I been thinking about making money online but I heard it's extremely hard to do so. I would be happy if I could make at least 10$ hr or just 2k a month from online.

Do you sell anything or do you make money from ads? Please help

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It totally varies.  Some weeks I'll work 60 hours, this week I've probably worked 5.

You'll put in a fair amount of time upfront to get your business going, but depending on which route you choose to go will dictate how much time you spend on your computer later on.

I make money in a variety of ways, but I have a private course called Location Rebel which is where a big portion of my income is from.  It's a community for people who want to build businesses that allow them to work from anywhere.

Happy to answer any other specific questions and help however I can!

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