I have a friend. Scary huh? Ok, I'll wait for the jokes to finish.
He came here from a Latin American country as a LEGAL immigrant. Just for the record. No money, no car, just trying to check out the land of opportunity. He speaks decent English and is getting better all the time. He is working on it by taking classes and listening to tapes.
He worked in construction for a bit. Got himself an apartment and lived real tight financially. Worked like a dog and saved like a squirrel is his moniker. Rode the bus or a taxi everywhere. Or just walked. Bought himself a camera before he got a car. In good weather he would walk around the town and take pictures of businesses. Inside and out. The owners, the employees, the customers. Take the pics and show them to the owners. They liked them. He has a good eye. He then took the pics and created little flyers and brochures with the business name on them as well as his. He spent hours per day, on his days off, walking around passing them out. Everytime one of those brochures made it back to the business that was featured on it, they knew where it came from. He would stop by to see if the brochures were working. Yes in most cases. "I can make more... for a fee".
He started up a marketing business. Then he started doing more photo work. Portraits, sports stuff, weddings, etc. Both of his businesses flourished. He has a good personality and a keen business sense. Plus he is very honest. Now he is getting ready to start a third business. He won't tell me what it is but it is coming he says. I believe him.
This is still the Land Of Opportunity. You gotta work and you can't expect handouts. But you can do it. He did!