I am a Graduate Mechanical Engineer and a PMP. I was working with an EPC organization.
Suddenly there was a bad news for all of us working there.
Company incurred huge losses in overseas projects and decided to move out of Business.
Over all market scenario was bad too and not many companies were hiring at top management level.
I had great interviews but did not get the job. I got to hear words like "Overqualified", "Too Expensive" or "Fun Corporate Culture" .
As a boss , I regularly interviewed and hired people both younger and Older But never it occurred to me that at some age I will go through age discrimination at later stage of my career.
I sat ideal for almost 6 moths and did not have a clue about my future prospects. Though I had lot of experience but no experience in managing business.
Being a technical person, I explored the options of starting manufacturing unit but it requires lot of money for Land and machinery. At 50 and with lot of family responsibilities, I could not gather courage.
Routine expenses now started to make dent in whatever little savings I had and living standard was also affected. I stopped going out and meeting friends and lost confidence.
Even during my Job days, I wanted to have my own business and being my own boss, I never had the business acumen and risk appetite. I always treated Job as the secured option, until that unfortunate days when company decided to go out of business.
One of my school friend advised me to join under him in Multi Level marketing or network marketing which did not involve lot of money to get started. I just had to purchase the starting Kit for few thousand bucks and start promoting.The business seemed to have some potential.
I was never involved in cold calling and door to door marketing the biggest problem was I hated chasing my friends and relatives for selling the network marketing schemes /products and luring them into false promises. I am not an introvert and like to meet new people, make friends but could not offer them these schemes.
Initially, I earned some money and kept me busy but I hardly had any motivation to continue with such activities. Ultimately I realized that these activities are not meant for me.
Though companies like Oriflame or Amway do not fall into the category of Scam and offering some useful product but the door to door marketing , telemarketing and conducting those useless seminars was not my forte. I then decided to leave MLM.
I was then attracted by online advertisements for making money through business in the box type of opportunities for earning money online. I joined few of them but Instead of becoming rich overnight, I actually end up losing huge money. They all turned out to be scams. The businesses would be offered at a very low price and then you will be offered up sells. Either you buy up-sells or make no money. There is no guarantee of making any money with up-sells also as happened to me in many such programs.
I had failed many times but had to something to start earning immediately as now I was not left with enough money even to meet daily expenses.
I sold physical products on eBay and Amazon but sourcing the right product at reasonable price require a lot of expertise in market research and since all the big companies are present themselves on these marketplaces, you can not compete with them. I found most of the products were being sold online even at a lesser cost than my buying price. I found out that in case you want to do it on large scale, you need to be a distributor of the a big brand and have your own stockyard which I could not afford.
I was online surfing the net. I just came across a video where a guy was telling how is he making money even when he was on family vacation.
I was fed up with many such huge claims and was scammed many times but something kept me glued to that video. At the end of video, person offered Affiliate marketing training program which can be joined for free as a starter member without any commitment or credit card.
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I joined Wealthy Affiliate as a starter member and evaluate it for 10 days free and then got converted into a premium member by paying a discounted monthly membership fee of $19.
But after the first month, I did not renew my membership. I had joined wealthy Affiliate taking it be an opportunity to be rich overnight but rather this was an elaborate training on affiliate marketing.
Perhaps I was not ready to accept that affiliate marketing can be a career-making opportunity at this age. There were real people following the training and earning money but I ignored it. The problem was nowhere but in rigidity of my mind which was not ready to accept the knowledge being shared on the platform.
Moreover, after becoming familiar with the term affiliate marketing, I thought I could find free resources on the internet. The research was again on.
I started searching for affiliate marketing on YouTube and other platforms and could found lots of half cooked information. You-tubers are there to make money for themselves and not sharing the deep facts.
I spend close to 3 months researching and trying for good information but nothing comes close to the training being offered by Wealthy Affiliate. All the information was far below. Now I can tell you with confidence that By watching you-tube you can not establish a business. TO be successful one need concrete information presented in the form of step-by-step-training so that with each step you move into higher business dimensions.
I joined wealthy affiliate again and this time I paid annual membership as I did not want any distraction again. I knew once I will pay, I will stick to it.
Unfortunately that time semi annual membership was not available. New comers must be thankful to Kyle and Carson, the owners of Wealthy Affiliate, for this option now that too at a discounted price.
I decided to concentrate fully without any distraction.I started off with the training modules once again and started taking notes. I was completing the exercise at the end of the module like a good student. I was attending the weekly webinars and also listening to earlier delivered webinars.
Within few days I had my first website ready and I was following the instructions to populate it with unique contents. I was not a professional writer and believe me to be a successful affiliate marketer you need not be a professional writer. You get all the tools and training on the platform so you know how to write and what to write?
I got my first affiliate commission within 10 days of my rejoining the wealthy affiliate.
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I have learned a lot despite hurdles and now I want to share it with you.
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