Young Entreprenuerial Ambitions? Part 1.

Hello fellow entrepreneur,

Welcome back to as the stomach churns, with Internet Newbie, Willie Robertson.

I am not sure where I got my entrepreneurial ambitions from, but I’ve had them from an early age.

Let me go back a few centuries, Yes I was there with good Ole Abe. Okay, sorry Abe fans.

I was raised in a quite large family, get this. I was raised in a home with, are you ready? I was raised in a home with 8 women. Yes 8, women, ladies, girls, and I was the only boy/man around that house.

Let’s see there was my mom and my 7 sisters. I felt like Kate plus eight, only it was Willie plus eight.

And my father, who knows where the hell he was, but, I digress.

Yep good Ole mommy dearest, GOD REST HER LOVING HEART AND SOUL, raised all 8 of us, my 7 sisters and I, all by her lonesome.  And yep I, the onliest brother and wanna be man of the house, still had to wash them damn dishes. Shoot, can’t a brotha get a break?

I got a break alright. My 4 oldest sisters would beat the crap out of me, and then I would try to beat the crap out of my 3 little sisters. And most times I could, one at a time. But, oh boy, if they ganged up on me. Oh well…Let’s just say I finally learned to live and let live, ya mean?

Anyway, as far as I can remember, my mother always worked and she worked very hard to put food on the table and a roof over our heads.

We did not have a lot of money and but, funny thing is, I never thought of us as being poor. We just did not have some of the really nice things that maybe others of my friends had, which now that I think about it, was not much more than us.

My mom was an LPN/RN nurse, much luv to you nurse’s. But she was always working, yet she seemed to also find time to spend with us children.

One really great thing I remember about my mother is, although she was mostly only able to put food on the table and provide shelter, every Christmas though, she’d make certain that we each got at least one of the toy’s that we really desired  and the one Christmas that she missed it, the toy she did buy me was way better than what I thought I wanted in the first place.

So, again I really did not have any entrepreneur examples in my life, per’se. 

Most every adult that I saw, worked a full time job and sometimes a part-time job too, to make a living for their families.

I saw nurses, janitors, bus drivers, preachers. And they all seemed to also be barley making it, yet not complaining as is the case for so many now a days.

Sometimes I sit back and remanence and try to figure out, where did I get the desire to want to work for myself, from my own home and be my own boss? 

Hm-mm,

See ya in the next post.

 

 

 

 

No Computer. NO Internet And No Date.

Hello Fellow entrepreneur,

Back at it, telling my story on this journey along the road of cyber dating and learning how to make money on the Internet.  Okay already, so I’m still just trying to figure it all out, alright?

The dating? No the Internet!

Here it is 2003 and I’d adjusted to being single again. I had purchased and moved into another home, and I had finally got a decent computer and Internet access. 

So now a brother moves into his next phase of the being single life. And what’s that you ask? Dating of course. Online dating to be more specific.

Yep Eharmony became my new match maker. I was just to busy working to try and meet anyone on my own.

Anyway, ever the fact that my matches were hundreds of miles away from my City. However I did get to meet some real sweethearts, though not in person.

Now, just about the time I started to get a handle on this Internet and online dating thing, my computer starts acting like it had molasses in it. It started running really, I mean really, slow. I know my ISP was slow, but this thing, my computer, did not want to even boot up half the time.

Being a non-geek, I didn’t know what the hell was going on. So I told a co-worker what was happening and he recommended a geek friend of his, who looked at my PC and said, it had been infected with numerous viruses and worms.

I thought, wow, computers can get them too. After all, my neighborhood was just full of them there worms. People were always catching some to use for fishing, so it could be possible some had found their way into my computer.

Come-on dude, I thought, a worm. I clean my house, and I know I don’t have any worms around my house. Snakes and rabbits on the other hand is a different story.

If he’d said my computer had snakes or rabbits, I’d be a little more understanding. Anyhu…

Yep my poor little re-furbished computer had a virus and worms, and now it was on it’s last re-furbished leg.

The geek guy tried to fix it, but all’s I ended up with was another computer that was only good for, yep, you guessed it, the freakin “WORD PROCESSOR” 😥 .

Oh well back to typing I guess.

See ya next post.

2003, Willie Goes Online Dating: Part 2.

Hello again fellow entrepreneur,

What took you so long to get over here from the last post 😆 .

Okay, so by now, 2003, I’d begun to except technology, somewhat.

I’d graduated from using the Clark Kent, big metal box phone booth, for making calls when out on the road traveling, too a pre-paid, trac phone and pager.

By 2003, I had pretty well adjusted to being single again and I’d actually had been on a few dates, okay so, they were more like night mares, but I digress. 

Also, in 2003 I had purchased and moved into another home, (GOD is good,) and I decided, Willie, it’s time to try this Internet thing again.

My first serious adventure using the internet was…You guessed it. Online Dating.

I had been hearing and seeing these commercials about dating, you know, Eharmony and, well actually that’s all I did hear about back then was Eharmony. So, I decided I wanted to try this online dating stuff, but…

I did not have a computer, nor did I have Internet access. 

However by now I did have limited internet access at work. But, to use my job’s Internet access, for online dating, yeah right. I can see it, (I’d get a girl and then, I’d get fired for using the schools Internet service to find her.) Not…

So I did the next best thing, I got me a refurbished computer and “INTERNET ACCESS.”

Man, now I’ve got a decent computer and Internet access. I was on top of the world, so I thought.

At that time, 2003, high speed internet was just coming on the scence.

So, I had to get dail up internet access with a company called, People PC.

Man that was a Slow, slooow, super sloooowww connection, plus, I could not talk on the phone at the same time, that I was on the Internet. Oh well, back to the phone booth, ha, ha.

I finally got on Eharmony and filled out my profile. (That was an adventure.) I had to take a week of  vacation from work just so I’d have time to fill that sucker out 😆 .

Anyhu, I got in Eharmonies system and they started sending matches. Heck, ever that I stayed in the Midwest, they were sending me matches from down south and on the east coast. Every where but from my own city. I’m like great, all’s I need to do is hop in the old car and drive a few hours to have my first date, sure, no prob Bob.

Although I did meet some very lovely ladies, that long distance stuff was not going to work for me.

Oh and the Internet thing, after about six months, my poor computer barley booted up. It had contracted something called a virus or worm. 

Whatever it was, it killed my poor refurbished computer :cry:.

So the kid was back  to having no Internet access, no computer, and yep, NO DATE…

See you in the next post.

2003, Willie Goes Online Dating: Part 1.

Hello fellow entrepreneur,

Continuing on with my adventures in getting started on and using the internet.

We left off in 2001, yep it was that far back for the kid. As I mentioned earlier, I did not quite embrace technology as readily as others. I took a stand back, wait and see how this work’s approach.

After the farce with  that web TV thing and 5 hours per month to surf the net, I cancelled my account and put that baby in the closet, way in the back. I thought hell if that’s the only way I’ll ever get internet access, forget it.

Let me take a side journey here for a minute:

 I remember getting my first cell phone, the hell with that, my first *beeper/pager even. Don’t laugh, I know some of you were just like me. (Beeper,) *boy that will date you.

I have been driving a delivery route for over 11 years and instead of having a cell phone handy, in case my family needed to reach me, I would pull over to a pay phone, you know, the big metal/glass thing superman used to run into to change from Clark Kent To super Man? (YOU DO REMEMBER THEM,) right.

Phone what? Rent the movie with Colin Farrell in it called, Phone Booth and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Yep, back in the day the phone booth was the cell phone for us baby boomers.  Young people, just be thankful for your modern day tecnologies. Can you imagine trying to carry one of those big things around so you could make or take phone calls?

So I got myself a beeper/pager.

About a year after I got the pager, I walked in a store and saw this big brick looking thing in a box. It was a trac phone, a pre-paid cell phone kit.  It cost $30, and had a rebate of double the minutes offer. Me and my cheapskate tail, figured, hey I can’t lose. So I purchased my first cell phone.

Oh and by the way I kept the pager another whole year before I realized, all’s people had to do was call my cell phone and they could reach me immediately. See I was trying to save my pre-paid minutes for “emergencies”, thus I would have people page me, then I’d call them back, yep by using the phone booth. Just kidding about the booth. I’d call them on my cell phone. 

What can I say, I was broke, okay, I was cheap.

Enough with the side journey.

*Back to online dating.

So that this post will not get too long I’ll finish this over in the next post. See you on the other side.

*To be continued….

 

The Internet Has A New Kid on the Block

Hello fellow entrepreneur,

As the new kid on the block, back in 1997, trying to learn to use the Internet, did not go quite as well as I would have liked.  Actually I really did not get serious with trying to use the internet until 2001, by that time though I had at least learned what and where the web browser bar was located and what a web address was.

Wow, Willie were you that dumb? No I wasn’t. Before my wife and I divorced in 1998, we had the internet in our home, I just never took the time to investigate it nor it’s usefulness, I can sometimes be a little slow embracing technology. I didn’t jump on the cell phone, CD/DVD craze right away, but try taking them away from me now, you’d have a fight on your hand, 🙂 .

Over the years though, 1999-2001, I began to hear more and more buzz about this thing called the Internet and I heard and saw businesses beginning to use the term, you can find us on the world wide web.

So, curious, I started asking questions and decided it was high time I get hooked up with and using this thing called the Internet.

In 2001 I did not have a decent computer, so I purchased an item called Web TV from a best buy store.

Yep, my first ever ride on the world wide web was done through my television.

I had a Internet service with MSN, it cost me $9.95 per month for 5 hours of surf time. Yep, I know, not much time for a newbie to be able to learn his way around this web thing. I was using it mostly for email, and yep it did take a lot of time to navigate around using that web TV gizmo.

Finally I decided, 5 hours was not enough time to master this internet stuff and I canceled my MSN account and put that web TV gadget in my closet. It would be another year or so before I ventured back into the internet. However I’d now had a taste of the internet and what it offered. I was determined I was going to get access to it and learn how to use it.

So, the saga continues…

See ya next post. 

 

 

Still Trying To Grasp This Internet Thing.

Hello fellow entrepreneur,

My first discovery/realization of the “Internet” was way back in the 1990’s. To me it seemed like some kind of a secret agent buzz word 😕 .

My wife was a computer networker in the IT department at her job, so she was pretty well versed on Internet jargon, me on the other hand, could care less .

I was busy using the word processor on our computer, making up flyer’s and post cards to use for advertising my direct mail/mlm business. If I knew then what I know now about the Internet and it’s affect on the world economies and marketing, as they say, I’D BE RICH beyond my wildest dreams.

After that day when I asked my wife how to use the Internet and she said, just put the website address you want to visit in the web browser bar. (I guess she didn’t realize I did not even know what or where this browser thing was nor did I know the address.) I mean come on, should I look in the yellow pages to find the address? Duh. I didn’t know.

Anyhu, after that ordeal, I went back to my world of simplicity, using my  word processor and did not think about the Internet again until 2001.

Although I did not use the Internet, I remember hearing a few buzz words surrounding those who were using the Internet, words like Netscape, Message Boards, Flaming and this one really got my attention, “THE WORLD WIDE WEB.” I thought OMG, what’s that, spider man on steroids?

Again, I was completely CLUELESS and HELPLESS, because, my computer geek, techie wife and I ended up divorcing, and as luck would have it, right about that time she was doing some work for our church, changing out their old computer system and replacing it with new modern equipment and they were also getting internet service.

Now, the company she was working with, who was supplying the computers for the church, had made a deal with her. For every 10 computers she got for the church, this company gave her one free.

She ended up with 3 free computers. One for her and the two others went to my kids. I didn’t get a new one 😥 .

I ended up getting stuck with the old one we originally had, still having to use the word processor, whiles she and my kids got upgraded to a computer with a CD ROM and Internet access. (looks like I picked a bad time to get a divorce.)

No prob, I’ll just sit over here in my one bedroom apartment and continue making my direct mail pieces and flyer’s with that darn word processor, to use for my business promotions. I’ll show them, ha, ha… 

Till next post…

Holler

 

The “INTER” What?

 

Hello fellow entrepreneur,

As I begin my blogging journey again, (I started my first blog  last year.) Check it out, if you dare, :lol:. Mean while…

I was thinking what I should write about in  my next post, as I share my Internet journey, it dawned on me, maybe I should also go back and share my first ever experience dealing with anything involving the Internet. So, HERE WE GO…

The Inter What???

 

Understand, I have never been nor considered myself techie at anything, I’m just a plain old laborer. The closet thing to me being technical with anything was, when as a kid growing up I’d always end up tearing my toys apart, trying to put them back together, because I was curious as to how they worked.

When putting the toys back together, sometimes I succeeded and sometimes, let’s just say, I would end up with more parts left over then when I first began. But hey the toy still worked, :lol:.

Actually as a teenager I did learn and develop, on my own, skills to work on automobiles. I would take out transmissions, motors, radio’s and stuff like that, and that was just on my neighbors cars, not!!! Just kidding.

Seriously though, other than that I was not very techy nor did any of that techie stuff interest me, leave that to the geek’s. Much luv to Bill Gates. Hey, anybody know if he’s doing any hiring or offering a geek/techie apprenticeship?

Don’t be offended if you are a “geek” or you are “techy”,after all, where would the world be with out yall. Excuse me! I meant to say, You all, smile.

I relate my beginning because this Internet stuff really was foreign to me.

At that time I was married and my wife worked for the government in the IT department, so she was a walking geek, to some extent, and as far as I was concerned, she was as geeky as I wanted to get. (I sure miss that woman). But I digress.

We had a computer at home and I figured since she did this computer stuff for a living, let her handle the computer stuff at the crib, ya mean? However, back in 1996, I kept hearing this buzz word, “THE INTERNET.” Ooh, it sounded so secret agent like.

I remember thinking, what the hell is “THE INTERNET?” Is this some new net used for catching stuff, or, since I was married, maybe it was a new line of hosiery for women. Heck, I was clueless.

Back then, if I remember correctly, the ISP we were using sent us a floppy disk to use for setting up Internet service at our home. Also although I was not techie, I don’t think we were as concerned, back then, with some of the threats we now have with privacy issues and viruses, worms and the like. My how things have since changed.

My wife took right to this Internet stuff, me on the other hand, I did not even know where the web browser/address bar was located or what it even did if I did locate it, duh!

I remember one day asking my wife, honey how do you use the Internet? What I should have really asked was, honey, what and why the hell would I even want to use it in the first place?

She caually said, oh, just put the website address you want to visit in the Internet web address browser and push enter, and she left the room. I remember thinking, the web what, and the address where. I truly believe that’s why she and I are divorced today, ha, ha.

This internet stuff totally blew a brothers mind. Whew, I’m still picking up the pieces these many years later :lol:.

But it’s been a really fun ride thus far…

See ya next post.

How I Got Started With Internet Marketing Cont…

Hello fellow entreprenuer,

Before I started my journey with marketing on the internet, most biz-opps I’d ever marketed and promoted were done with offline marketing methods.

I have done direct mail promotions and mlm type opportunities and with the exception of the direct mail, all my lead prospecting was done face to face and I really was not that comfortable with it, but I did it anyway. And although I hated selling I managed to retail my products, go fig…

So when I came across that ad in USA today, make $100,000 per year with no personal selling, I was elated.

After calling the 800# and listening to the recorded message, I left my name and phone number and sure enough within 24 hours someone called me with a website to go to for more information on how to make $100,000 per year without any personal selling.

What I found at that site blew me away. Remember I hated selling, like 95% of the people do, so what I discovered on that site was amazing, at least it was to me

They were selling a very expensive vacation package, #1300 and up. I believe the company has since went out of business, however I really was not that interested in the product as much as I was interested in the “marketing system” this team had in place.

In 2005/2006, I had never seen anything like it.

Here I was cold calling people, prospecting using the 3 foot rule, talk to any and everybody within 3 feet of me about my business opportunity. So this set up was real eye opener for me.

They had voice mail broadcasting that called your leads. They had video on their website, auto responder systems, 800 number system.This was in 2005, I know now days everybody is on the cutting edge. Not so in 2005/06.

I got excited. I was ignorance on fire. 

Thus began my interest into internet marketing, and what a ride it has been.

In my next post I’ll share my ups and downs along this journey in and on being on the internet AND using it to market business opportunities.

 Thanks for stopping by, and be blessed.

How I got started With Internet Marketing.

Hello fellow entreprenuer,

I first became interested in internet marketing in late 2005 after I came across an ad in USA Today while scanning the business opportunites section.

Although I hated selling, the ad I responded to was in the sales section of the paper. Also, the ad was very well written and claimed you could make $100,000 per year from home, without doing any selling. It got my attention.

There also was an 1-800# phone number in the ad that you could call to hear a 24 hour recorded message to get more information. I thought, great I can call and not have to talk with nor worry about anybody trying to sucker me into buying anything.

So, I called the 800# and listened to the recorded message which claimed that people were making hundreds of thousands of dollars working full and part time from home, without having to personally sell anything to anybody.  Needless to say, I was very intrigued.

Also in the message, people were giving their testimony of how they were making lot’s of money using a marketing system and marketing tools, which did all the selling and promoting of their business for them.  Now I was even more intrigued and was ready to buy with credit card in hand.

At the end of the message I left my name and phone number as the recording instructed me, and was told someone would call me back within 24 hours with a website where I could go to get more details on this wonderful opportunity.

I’ll continue the story in my next post.

Till next time be blessed friend.

My First YouTube Video!

Thank you for visiting my blog, Internet Newbie Income.

For my first blog post, I’d like to  share my very first youtube video which I did back in 2009, when I first got started marketing online.

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