How I Went From Unemployed To Self Employed In Under A Year

Wondering how I went from unemployed to self employed in under a year?
Are you unemployed and looking for a way to make money while you’re collecting unemployment?
Well, as I look back about 6 years ago, this is exactly the situation I was faced with as the seasonal job I was working ended.
This wasn’t the first time this had happened to me and I knew I had to do something fast to avoid having history repeat itself yet again.
What did I do?
If you have ever experienced being laid off from either a huge corporation that needs to downsize due to poor financial decisions or you were working a seasonal job that has come to an end then you can definitely relate to what I’m about to share with you guys today.
Unfortunately for me, I have experienced both of these types of layoffs and let me be the first to tell you that it really sucks and there isn’t much you can do about it.
In the following post, I’ll be sharing how I was able to take advantage of this unique situation and use it to my advantage.
Instead of just sitting around and collecting a check as most people would do, I used it as a crutch to better myself and learn a new skill that would enable me to never have to worry about getting laid off EVER again.
I’m sure that many of you guys can relate to what I’m about to share with you and I encourage you to continue reading this post and ask me any questions you have at the end in the comments below.
Sound like a dealio to you guys?

My Crazy Story

While I won’t go into complete detail on the number of jobs I’ve had and how many times I was laid off, you can read my full story here
Now unlike many other stories that you read online about how people went from a broke bum living on the side of the road to earning a 6 figure income within a few weeks, I can assure you, this isn’t one of those stories.
Instead, I’m going to be completely transparent with you guys and share my life story with you about how I was able to use my time while I was laid off and turn it into a life-changing experience.
Back in Feb 2013, I was laid off from a seasonal job that I had been working at since November of 2012.
I knew things were about to end, so I was searching the internet for a way to make money online.
I came across a company that seemed like it was the end to my financial worries.
A way for me to completely turn my situation around and live the life I was destined to live.
The company was called Ameriplan which is an MLM company that sells discounted health and dental plans.
There are also discounts on hospital stays and many other products related to health and wellness.
At the time I was married to my now ex-wife who was constantly nagging me to get a REAL JOB and she wasn’t all that fond of the company I had just joined, to say the least.
This also led to many problems with my marriage with us fighting and arguing mostly over finances and paying bills.
It even got so bad that she took the car from me that my mother & I were equally paying for and she wouldn’t let me have it so I could look for another job.
Keep in mind that she was only paying about 70% of what she was supposed to be paying and driving it like it was all hers.
I know that’s pretty messed up, right?
I couldn’t find another job or even go look for one if I wanted to so I knew I had to make this whole internet thing work if I wanted to keep a roof over my head and try to salvage what was left(If any) of my marriage.
What happens next is absolutely mind-blowing and I had no idea what I was in for over the course of the next couple of months.
I’ll be sharing this amazing part of my story with you guys next so I encourage you to stick around so you don’t miss out on any of this.

So What Happens Next?

I had now been with Ameriplan for about a month and a half to two months now and I had been attending the live Monday night training calls as well as talking with my recruiter but things weren’t going anywhere.
This was when I took to the internet to do some deep research on this company to see what other people were saying about it and whether or not anyone else was making money with it.
Well after doing some in depth research, and googling some reviews on this company, I stumbled upon Eddy Salomon’s website Workathomenoscams.
Within his Ameriplan review, he exposed quite a few things about this company that personally made me cringe inside.
After I read even further into what they had done to a few other established IBO’s that were earning close to 6 figures or more I had heard enough and was pretty disgusted at this point.
After doing even more research on this company, I discovered that there were lots and lots of people making a ton of money as well as people who didn’t make a dime, so there were many mixed reviews out there.
However, the one that stood out in my mind the most was Eddy’s website which I eventually came back to so I could read more about his experience and see if this was the right program for me or not.
After reading more about this company and reading further down in his review he talked a lot about something called affiliate marketing as an alternative to Ameriplan.
He also then recommended a program called Wealthy Affiliate as the best place to learn what this business model is, how it works and provides you with step by step training on how to set everything up and get started.
To be quite honest with you guys, I had heard this probably a thousand times or more in the past and I was pretty skeptical at first but I really didn’t have anything to lose.

How I Was Finally Able To Make Money Online!!

Needless to say, I ended up canceling my Ameriplan membership shortly afterward thinking that I lost more money as I had before with many scams that I fell victim to.
However, thankfully this wasn’t the case as I did receive a full refund from the company 7 days after I sent in my cancellation request.
About a month later, after I was able to recoup the money I invested in Ameriplan, I joined a program called Wealthy Affiliate that Eddy recommended.
Back in 2012, I had to pay $47 to access the site and at first I wasn’t exactly thrilled about this but nevertheless, I felt it was worth it o see what this program was all about and see whether it was something I could do.
Instead of being told how much money I would make in the next 24 hours like most programs, they were straightforward and honest with me.
They said it would require a great deal of time and hard work on my part, but if I was consistent and didn’t expect to see results overnight, I could make lots of money here.
At this point in time, I really didn’t have anything to lose so I started to go over the training and complete a few of the lessons
Well, my wife usually would work from 3 in the afternoon till midnight or later so I had plenty of time to work on this without interruptions and dig deep into the training.
Over the next 4 months or so I put in a good 8 to 10 hours a day working on this and there were some days when I put in as much as 14 hours in 1  day.
As I was checking my email as I did every morning when I woke up I about fell out of my chair when I received the following email below.
A New Wealthy Affiliate Commission
To put things into perspective for you guys, I had NEVER in my entire life made any type of money on the internet in my entire life so as you can image, I was pretty excited about this.
Now I know what you may be thinking about now, $8.00 isn’t much, and you’re right it isn’t.
However,  for me, it felt like I had won the lottery and I was sitting on top of the world.
This was all the proof I needed that this program was legit and something that I could make lots of money with if I stuck with it and continued to work on it.

How Long Before I Was Earning A Consistent Income Online?

I made my first sale on May 6th, 2013 and a few days later I made about 2 or 3 more sales but not anything significant that was worth shouting from the rooftops.
Each month I would see my income rise as I started out with $56 and each month I got a raise and earned just a little more than I did the month before.
In January of 2014, I had an $820 month and this is when things finally started to turn around for me and get to the point where I was earning enough to pay bills and carry out a few of my plans.
I was eventually able to get away from my nasty evil wife and afford a place of my own away from her crazy ass.
Later on that year, (June 2014) we were officially divorced and this was another one of the happiest days of my life LOL!!
It did take me 10 months before I was earing a 4 figure income but in all honesty, this really isn’t that long if you sit back and give it some thought.
Take a look at how I was able to grow my income little by little each month and how long it took me to do so in the screenshot below
My income earnings
If you’re the type of person who isn’t afraid to put in some hard work and you’re willing to devote a great deal of time to this you really could earn a full time living plus some.
But, let me be the first person to tell you that this will in NO WAY come easy as this has been one of the hardest jobs I’ve had in my entire life.
Whoever said that anything worthwhile would come easy?

How It Works & What You’ll Need To Do To Get Started

Ever since I have started making money with Wealthy Affiliate I feel obligated to share this with everyone and show them how they too can learn how to make money utilizing affiliate marketing.
What exactly is affiliate marketing you may ask?
This is where you recommend relevant products on your website from places like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart & Target just to name a few.
You’ll need to join something called an affiliate program and once approved you’ll be given your own personalized link that you’ll need to place within your website content.
If you have targeted the same keywords that people type into Google while searching for information on a particular product then guess what?
Your website will likely be displayed in the search results and when people click on your website, read what you have to say, and are interested in learning more they will click on your personalized affiliate link.
This will then drop a cookie in their browser and when they make a purchase you will get a cut of the sale.
All of this is explained in detail within the training along with a place for you to ask questions about anything you don’t understand below each lesson.
Back when I joined in 2012 you needed to pay $47 up front to gain access to the community.
However, they now have a Free starter membership which gives you access to the first 10 lessons along with the ability for you to ask questions and live help from their live chat.
Not to mention the fact that I’ll be there to help you out as well and answer any questions you may have as you embark on this new journey.

Need Some Personal Help From Someone Who Has Already Made Money?

When I first started out here 6 years ago, I needed all the help I could get.
However, back when I joined there wasn’t nearly as much help available as there is today.
You can literally get help 24 hours a day around the clock via the many support and help features found within the WA community.
I have personally been helping people out for the past 6 years now and within the time have helped hundreds if not thousands of people find success and I would love to help you do the same thing.
Here’s the thing, this opportunity isn’t for everyone as it does take a great deal of time, effort, and hard work on your part before you will see any kind of monetary results.
If you’re the type of person who isn’t afraid to work hard and think more long term, and you have always been interested in affiliate marketing but wasn’t sure what it was all about then what are you waiting for?
Anyways, I really hope you guys have been able to relate to my story and hopefully it has inspired you and motivated you to get started building an affiliate marketing business.
Questions, comments, or something you would like to add? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “How I Went From Unemployed To Self Employed In Under A Year”

  1. Wow Scott! What a very moving/inspirational life story! I sent you an email, I am very interested in learning about affiliate marketing and making money from my house. Thanks again for sharing your story and I look forward to talking to you in the near future.

    • Awesome Frank!!
      I’m glad that my story has inspired you and that you’re ready to get started learning more about how affiliate marketing works.
      I’m also thrilled to hear that you’re ready to learn how to create a solid income online and I look forward to working with you in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead.
      I’ll be checking my email here shortly and sending you more info on how this works and showing you how to get started.
      Thanks so much for dropping by man and letting me know how much this post has inspired you and I’ll be looking forward to talking with you really soon.

  2. Hi Scott, thank you for sharing your story
    Im completely new to this and wondering if it is for me or not, do you do any coaching on this? would you be able to please personally email me ,
    thank you

    • You are most welcome Maryam.
      We were all new at some point in time (myself included)
      I’m currently putting together a complete course on how to build a website based business like the one I’m building right now here at
      This could take a while for me to put together due to my busy schedule.
      However, I’ve just started my email list as well and would love to have you be the first person to sign up.
      This way we can communicate back and forth.
      Furthermore, I’ll send you my latest updates and let you know when my course is available.
      Also by joining my email club, you’ll be the first to know when I publish a new blog post.
      You can join by entering your email address into either the box on the right or directly below this post before the comments.
      As far as coaching, I could answer a few of your questions and point you in the right direction.
      I could send you an email as well on all of this if you would like.
      Thanks so much for dropping by Mary and commenting on this.
      I’ll be emailing you sometime within the next 24 to 48 hours.
      ~Your Friend, Scott~


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