Since 1998, the Internet has opened a lot of doors for me. There is always another door waiting to be opened.
Things have changed over the past 20 years on how people are making money and communicating with each other. If you can take the first steps on this adventure you will be well on your way to not only making money online but potentially enjoying your life more.
Now is the Time to Start.
Where Do I Start?
I spent a couple of years after college tooling around in different jobs working in restaurants and telemarketing (otherwise known as avoiding the real world and just making ends meet).
Then in 1998, and for the next nine years, I was working as a network engineer in corporate America. I maintained small, medium and large networks of computers and servers. I did countless hours of Y2K testing. You probably remember Y2K as much as you remember the AOL guy saying “You Got Mail?” There were hours spent stuck in freezing cold data centers at three in the morning itching for something different.
Although I didn’t hate my job, I knew I wanted to do something that was more for me, something where I controlled my time and energy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s these grinding type of jobs that make you what you are, teach you the ropes and make you appreciate being self-employed.
One day as I was researching deals on TVs I came across a site called Mr. Rebates. You might have heard of it since it’s been online since 2002. Most likely you’ve heard of rakuten.com, the most widely known rebate site currently. Without going into too much detail, Mr. Rebates allowed you to create an account, purchase your product through their site and then you would receive a rebate on your purchase. After accumulating a certain balance, they would send you a check.
When I received my check it was like a light bulb went off in my brain. I asked myself, how does Mr. Rebates make money and how can I do that? The rest is pretty much history…
Growing up in a suburb of Washington DC, I was in the rat race mindset and didn’t even know it. I was fortunate enough to be raised in a loving family, received a good education, and surrounded myself with great friends. The next step after high school brought me to Pennsylvania State University, where to this day, is a place that changed everything for me.
After graduating from PSU, I worked as a bartender for just over a year in Chicago. Go figure, a new graduate of a fine institution going right to the bar. While working this job I got involved in a multi-level marketing gig, which I thought would change the world. Although the dreams of millions a month were shattered pretty early on, I was able to develop professionally through the many interesting situations I was faced with. Being a fairly shy person, this helped me step out of my comfort zone, be more outspoken, and learn time-management skills.
Then reality set in. It was time to get a “real job.” I moved back to the DC area where I would work for those nine years I mentioned above as a network engineer.
However, something was missing.
Based on the short summary above and leaving out a ton of mundane details, I somehow found my way to Internet Marketing. Internet marketing has allowed me to work for myself since 2006 and provide a pretty good lifestyle for me and my family. Today, I’m trying to increase my wealth every day while looking for new streams of revenue and making new connections.
Like any entrepreneur, your dreams never stop growing. Although we all want so much, being realistic is key. Trying to get the most out of everything we do, but accepting what is received. I hope to share ideas with others and if I can help someone else reading this blog make some positive strides in their life, then I think I’ve fulfilled my task. Don’t get me wrong, if I can make a little money along the way, that would be ideal. That being said, stay tuned for some solid content provided from a lakefront view.
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