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Why i’m participating in the £100 challenge

Why i’m participating in the £100 challenge

Well let me start my introducing myself – i’m Josh, i’m almost 16, i’ve helped out at YWB since we started. I’m currently studying with the Open University towards an Open degree (yes I know – starting young!). I go about YWB under the username of “Josh” (to be distinguished from Josh Smith and Josh MJ (aka Squashie)).

As i’m still at home I don’t have to worry about where my daily essentials (such as: food, water, electricity etc.) have to come from. But I do have a paper round and I am saving up for when the time comes, when I have to pay my own way in the big wide world.


So thats me in a nutshell…lets get down to brass tacks – why am I taking part in the £100 challenge and how am I going to complete it?




One hundred pounds isn’t perhaps a lot of money, but as I haven’t actually ever made much money off of the web – I help out at YWB for free. I thought it would be good idea to get some proper first-hand experience under my belt, and the £100 challenge is a perfect opportunity for me to do that.

I see the £100 challenge as a stepping stone to bigger and greater things.


What can you do with £100? quite a lot I think. You might not be in any particular need for money, but there are tons of things you can do with £100:

– Donate to a charity

– Save up for when you might need some money (which is what I’ll probably do with the money)

– Invest the £100 to kickstart your own business – see Josh Smith’s article – Can you really build a business for £100?, Oliver’s article – Simple ways to invest £100 online or Gemma’s article – Best ways to invest £100 (18+)

– Treat yourself – how about a nice meal at your favourite restaurant? a new graphics card for your computer?

And as Kymmypops said “You’ll probably make a heck of a lot more than that!”



I loved the idea of the £100 challenge, and I thought it is great way for people to get started in freelancing. But then on reflection I thought – it’s all good and all advocating such a thing, but if you don’t practice what you preach, your message won’t be as clear and as effective. So here I am, this is what i’m going to be doing with my next few months of spare time!


How will I get the £100?

The next thing I considered was – How am I gonna get this £100, what can I sell?

I’m not the best at designing graphics, I can’t code well enough. How am I going to achieve the challenge?

Then I thought – what am I good at?

With all the assignments I have to send for my Open University course, and all the thousands of words that entails – the answer came quite simply – how about writing? So I’m going to try my hand at selling blog articles on Fiverr and SEOclerks!

At $5/£3 for a 500 word article, that means I’ll have to write roughly 40 articles/20,000 words to achieve the goal!


Still worth it?


Yes! its a brilliant chance for personal development, making some money, work experience as a freelancer and building up a portfolio! Plus you’ll get the chance to win some prizes along the way!


 Join me and others!

There are loads of ways to complete the challenge, here are some ideas:

Make a Twitter fan page

Sell services online

Turn your computer skills into cash as a computer repair technician

So sign up to the YWB forum, and introduce yourself!

Loads more info here:


Written by Josh

Nothing you need to know? Oh alright then.. I'm a Young web builder in my spare time! Whilst engaged with exams, university, and what not.