I started with 10K around July 2020, and wasted most of it on crappy hand reg and overpriced auctions.
Had a surprise sales of around 10K in Nov/Dec 2021 combined, and this was when I didn't want to invest any more money. So it came as a blessing. I spent that 10K plus another 5 K in the next couple months on fresh buying which set the path for my current domaining business.
So my out of Pocket was around 15K. And just to make sure I play with house money, I took out 15K from my domaining business account, and I have another 20K in reserve which I plan to continue to grow so that I can acquire a nice one word .com. All these generated from my sales.
Similar story here. Was searching for a name for a website and stumbled onto domainingIn October 2015 I searched for a domain to start a small website and I accidentally stumbled into domaining. Somehow decided to handreg a few domains and spend about €300 (approx. $360). That was the only money I did put into domains. A few domains from this initial batch sold for a few hundered bucks and I repeated the process over and over. Here I am 7 years later and I can tell you a lot of has changed in this time and I make a nice small side income year after year. I do enjoy it because I learn each day some new stuff and I'm able to connect with people on namepros who share the same passion.