Another Transformation

Although I infrequently post here, yesterday I renewed this domain for the 9th time because it was my FIRST domain name and site.  The intention from the beginning was always to provide information that would be helpful to people who are new to the internet, and in particular, affiliate and networking marketing.

When I registered this site in the fall of 2007, I didn’t really have a clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish (and guess I still don’t).  But I always post information every now and again that I think would be of interest to others, particularly if I have personally experienced it.  This post is no different.

Aside from the online activities I’ve been engaged with for the past 9 years, I’ve currently added an offline earning activity that was totally unexpected and still surprises me.  And it has its own affiliate program.

When I relocated from Daytona Beach to Atlanta in July 2016, it was after spending the better part of 2016 seriously resisting coming back to the ATL, while my entire way of life was falling apart around me in FL.

It was the life threatening event on July 6, the same day police killed the young man in Baton Rogue, that signaled my life would not be the same.  The next day, I wrote about it for posterity here, and read it to my best girlfriend when she called to tell me about the young man killed by police in Minneapolis that day.  All she could say to what I had written was:  “Oh My God!  Oh My God!”  The following day she called and said she heard, not the voice of God, but my deceased Mom’s voice:  “You need to pack your stuff and come on”.

Initially, I took a “real” J-O-B (which I haven’t had in 13 years) because it seemed the appropriate thing to do, given girlfriend wasn’t charging me for space to get back on my feet.  I spent 30 days being offline for 12-14 hours; waking up at 4AM to snooze the alarm until 5AM; get up, be dressed and ready to leave by 7AM to drive to catch the express bus that left at 7:30AM; and arrived downtown 15 minutes before I was to sign in and start “work” at 8:30AM.

The job itself really required 2-3 more people; they didn’t pay overtime, but expected me to provide ‘solutions’ and be the ‘remedy’ while sometimes staying longer than the 8 hours I was already there; and my commute home was, on average, an hour and half for less than 20 miles!

As much as I appreciated the opportunity and ‘steady and consistent’ checks on the 15th and end of month, I had to leave.  I simply refused to become “an extension of someone else’s chaos” or run on their hamster wheel.  I have my own.  🙂

In fact, leaving that J-O-B is what caused me to start seriously driving for Uber.  Like the next day!  It turns out I can “work“ half as long for about the same amount of money!  And believe it or not, driving in Atlanta traffic has actually turned out to be less stressful and more enjoyable than the 30 days of offline madness I endured working at someone else’s place of business.

THIS offline gig has surprised me because the primary reason for resisting returning to Atlanta was the traffic.  Atlanta=Traffic . . . it’s happening somewhere, all the time.  I have 38 years experience driving these highways.  But now, I get to choose what time of day I enter the fray. And I’m not in a hurry to get anywhere, just providing a very necessary service that is booming here in the ATL.

So after a day or two of driving for Uber to areas of metropolitan Atlanta that I’d only seen on the TV weather map, I had to laugh.  NEVER say what you won’t do, as God has other plans.   🙂

Another surprise for me in driving for Uber is the actual driving part.  Driving has never been my favorite activity, more a necessary one, like most people who commute to a place of business.  When I bought my car five years ago, and instantly named it “God’s Blessings”, I had no idea I would become a road warrior.

Almost two months later, I had relocated to Daytona Beach and burned gas driving all around the city to learn it.  Driving was easy and enjoyable there.  And several times a year, I made the 400+ mile one-way drive to Atlanta to visit family and attend internet marketing events. And while in Atlanta, always managed to drive as many miles as it took to come from FL.

NOW, I can see that all of that has been preparation for what I’m currently engaged in.  Me, who wanted NOTHING to do with Atlanta’s traffic is out in it every day!  And I have to admit, it’s like an adventure because:

  • I have no idea where I’m taking a rider until they get in the car;
  • I have driven to places I’ve only heard the name of;
  • I have been on streets I didn’t know existed which connect parts of Atlanta without being on the highway;
  • I meet new people every day; AND
  • I get to set a goal for how much I want to earn each day, and see it materialize in real time.

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Oh, and not only does Uber pay weekly by direct deposit, after so many drives, you can request your money up to 5 times a day!  Seriously!  Did it last Sunday and it was instantly in my bank account!

So that’s my personal review of Uber’s service from a new driver’s perspective.  If Uber is in your area, and you want to earn extra money on your schedule, here’s your invitation to do so:  https://partners.uber.com/i/4b7e6e3vue

New drivers earn $50 after completing 20 rides (and the referring driver also earns $50).

If you haven’t yet requested an Uber ride, or think you would like to try the service, here’s a FREE ride on me (up to $15):  https://get.uber.com/go/4b7e6e3vue

Psst:  I discovered you can even add the FREE ride to your existing rider account under Payment.  Just click “Add Promo/Gift Code” at the bottom and enter:  4b7e6e3vue so it shows up for future use.

All riders also have their own referral code that allows them to earn FREE RIDES when they refer new riders.  Drivers earn $5 for new riders who use their code.

If you have any questions about how Uber works, either as a driver or rider, feel free to reach out and Let’s Talk!

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Safe travels!

Re-Emergence, Re-Invention, Restructuring and Redesign

It’s been ages since I’ve written a blog post and I must state at the onset, this entry has NOTHING to do with what this website was originally created to be about.

Although I rarely update this site and need to do a better job of that, today I decided to write about a few of the life-altering events in my world that have occurred in the past year:

  • Loss of a beloved client of 7 years in mid-September (due to his taking a position with a well-known online company to lay the foundation for his marriage last October);
  • Referred to a highly organized and efficient new client in November (who has taught me how to work in Infusionsoft);
  • Development of my own product during Christmas due to successful implementation of another client’s promotion (but technological issues deflated my initial excitement about launching it, and stalled further activity); and
  • Loss of another long-term client at the end of April, two weeks before my Mom died.

My Mom’s passing on May 9, 2015, a week after her 80th birthday on May 2, was surreal when I think back on it. For me, it wasn’t as unexpected as it could have been. And I’m SO thankful she heard me in January when I said “I hope I see you when I come back in March, and I REALLY want to see you when you turn 80”. I believe she waited for me, and I’ll be eternally grateful that God saw fit for me to be there with her in Georgia instead of here in Florida.

Why did I share all of this? Because think it’s important to be transparent.  And lately, I’ve just been MIA and thought it time to open up a bit.

Since my cocoon of a world has imploded, it’s become necessary for me to put myself “out there”. And since May, I’ve kinda been in a fog because I didn’t know how to live in a world without Mom. I guess I’ve been in pause mode, or on hiatus. I asked for strength and was graced with the peace that passes all understanding. So I decided to just take each moment as it came and refused to do anything that was going to cause me stress. That included trying to find replacement income.

You see, since 2007, I have NEVER had to seek out new clients. All of my clients have been by referral. And that’s the cocoon I realized I had been living in when my dear client called a little more than a year ago to let me know he was taking a position and semi-retiring his online business. It was a few days later when I had a complete crying melt-down because I realized I had done absolutely NOTHING to mitigate or prepare for the loss of my weekly income.

Well, now that all of my Mom’s affairs have been taken care of, I believe I can pay attention better and push myself to keep moving forward. That means my time off is over, and I am actively seeking new clients who need the quality technical virtual assistance I provide. That means starting over in my ‘business’ with a clearer definition of what it is I do and have to offer.

Twelve years ago, after losing my last full-time ‘permanent’ job, I wasn’t looking to start a business. I was looking to make some money online. And I’ve realized those are two entirely different things!  I remember searching the Internet for hours, daily, for months, which became years, before I finally found an opportunity to earn an income from online work. That opportunity led me to the client who basically taught me pretty much everything I’ve learned in the Internet Marketing space since 2007. And because of him, nearly every client I’ve worked with has been a referral.

The somber reality that I finally had to face, which actually didn’t dawn on me until a year ago, is that I never set out to build a business. That means I have had to seriously look at what I have been doing online, and figure out how to move forward in a manner that better supports what I enjoy doing; what I bring to the table; and the value of my expertise.

In preparation for “getting back into the game”, I am feeling accomplished for tackling the following a few days ago:

  • Backed up ExpertHelpDeskSupport and NetMarketingForNewbies sites;
  • Updated 10 sites to WordPress 4.3.1;
  • Updated all WordPress plugins, including InstaBuilder 2.0 on 4 domains;
  • Purchased, installed and configured InstaMember on my first EDHS site (to replace my non-use of DAP);
  • Created an Excel spreadsheet for all my DAP products for conversion to InstaMember

And now that I’ve also integrated, the bonus, InstaTheme (Lite version) with InstaMember, I’m in the process of redesigning the look of my first membership site created with DAP while learning it.  Unfortunately, that site has been languishing for five years; it was past time to do something about it.

So as I make progress on the ExpertHelpDeskSupport membership site, I’ll posts updates here.

By the way, if you know anyone who could benefit from my skill set and expertise, please know that I’d welcome any referrals you care to make while I learn how to market myself and my business better.  🙂