Great story Rancid!! It is very similar to mine but the only thing is $150 is not enough to live on in Australia. I started out like you though and if you are patient and keep going you will get your $1000 a month or more.. I agree that you should never listen to others when they say you cannot make money online. The people that do not believe this do not have any vision or dreams. They are not risk takers. What online services do you offer?
I'm at $600 per month right now and I think I'll reach my goal in one year time, as I said its pretty decent here, I know that in most developed countries you need more then $1000 to stay afloat.