Seriously. I have never been the type of person who is always scheming to make a fast buck. Whenever I think about this topic I am reminded of that guy on Sesame Street who was always trying to sell something frivolous to Ernie. He would always sidle up inconspicuously and start with “Pssssst hey bud. Do ya wonna buy some air?” It was my favorite scene and it always cracked me up. So now I find myself cracking up again when I notice one scheme or another that always promises they will show you how to make fast money.
I knew a guy for a long time, and if there was one thing he was good at it was making fast money. However nine times out of ten it was something illegal. I don’t want to tell you the things this guy did, but he understood human nature and was always there to provide whatever you would possibly need. Everything from reselling cigarettes, to bags of marijuana. ( BTW I don’t hang out with him anymore ) We all know these are not legal type endeavors, and with him it was just the tip of the iceberg.
We are only human
We want what everybody else wants: To live comfortably and debt free, provide for our families and have enough money to buy things when we want to and pay cash for it. About four years ago, I quit my crappy job and refused to return. I am living with my mother who is divorced form my father and at that time I was living off of her. She retired about the same time as I quit. Matter of fact, it was the same week.
We lived comfortably for awhile because my mom had two sources of income for her retirement. One source was from the government because of my father. Then he died and they took that away. Her income was practically cut in half. I wasn’t really paying attention you know cause mom always took care of it. Well mom is older now and she wasn’t taking care of it.
Next thing I know , we’re receiving cut off notices from everybody, Power, water, cable, phone and I panicked. We were so totally screwed. If there was ever a time in my life in which I needed fast money, it was right then. We had to go to churches for food. (apparently I’m a lazy ass and I don’t want to bleed for my money anymore ). There had to be something, and I needed it fast.
You’ll never guess what happened next!
We won the friggin lottery!!!
Now we are rich beyond our wildest dreams. I’ve made several renovations on the house, I bought new cars for each of us, we eat well and travel extensively. We want for nothing, is what I would say if absolutely any of that were actually true. Do you want to know what really happened? None of the bills got paid and we had to move in with one of my sisters. ( snort, giggle ) I’m sorry I just can’t seem to help myself.
This is what really happened. We had a rough couple of months. One day a letter came in the mail. It was a statement from some money my mom forgot she invested. The sum wasn’t a large amount of money, but it was enough to help us out for the next year. That and the fact my brother moved in and helps out with bills and groceries.
I never want to live through that type of situation ever again. I want to be able to provide my mom with a much more comfortable retirement than the one she is currently enjoying. Since it’s obvious I wasn’t about to get up off my butt and look for a job, I needed some way to generate an income. Like more and more people these days I turned to the internet to see if I could make some of this mythical fast money everybody seems to be writing about.
Time to burst the bubble
I don’t want to do it but somebody must. There is no such thing as fast money. It took me six months to come to that conclusion If I would have had the money to blow I probably would have tried just about every scam out there. They all looked sooooo good. It didn’t really matter how fantastic it all seemed, I was flat-ass broke. Being broke kind of saved me from myself, I think. So there I was, 48 years old, broke and living with my mother.
When I had just about had enough of chasing imaginary money, I found what I was looking for. Affiliate marketing. Oddly enough, I learned about it from the one program I paid for. ( I did get my money back from that ) Once I became aware of the existence of affiliate marketing, I set out to learn as much as I could. Listed below is in my opinion, the two most important tasks I needed to accomplish, if I were to get anywhere in this business
- I needed a website if I wanted to succeed – There isn’t one affiliate company in existence that will take you seriously if you don’t have a website. There are thousands of free website builders and I checked a few of them out. They all work pretty much the same. Only one website is provided free, and virtually zero help is provided in the constructing of said site. Needless to say, I was clueless.
- I needed to learn how to operate a website – Building a website and operating a successful website are two very different balls of wax.
Keep in mind I am without cash, so it was imperative for me to find a way to achieve my goal of becoming an affiliate marketer, i had to figure out a way to do these things for free.
After 6 months of searching< I finally found what I was looking for. Wealthy Affiliate, an online community/university specializing in training future affiliate marketers. In exchange for $O and no credit card ( they allllll wanted a credit card) I was provided with two free websites and a free starter membership. I could hardly believe my good fortune at finding this place. It gave me the start I needed.
Now, since joining as a premium member, I receive a steady monthly income from my marketing efforts ( increasing every month ) and I just have to say: Real steady monthly income is waaayyyyyy more exciting to me than the lure of imaginary “fast money” Hopefully by reading my story you will see that making money online is an attainable goal.
I only hope you can benefit from this by avoiding all the mind numbing research I endured to reach this point. So you have a choice: Learn to make real money, Or buy some air from Lefty. I really hope you make the right decision and choose Wealthy Affiliate. What have you got to lose. It won’t cost you a dime.
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