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

By Scott Newkirk

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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 collecting unemployment?

As I look back nearly 11 years, this is the situation I faced when the seasonal job ended.

This wasn’t the first time this had happened to me, and I knew I had to act quickly to prevent history from repeating itself.

What did I do?

If you have ever experienced being laid off from a huge corporation that needs to downsize due to poor financial decisions.


You were working a seasonal job that ended, and you can relate to what I’m about to share today.

Unfortunately for me, I have experienced both of these types of layoffs, and let me be the first to tell you that it sucks, and there isn’t much you can do about it.

In the following post, I’ll be sharing how I took advantage of this unique situation and used it to my advantage.

Instead of just sitting around and collecting a check, as most people would, I used it as a crutch to better myself.

Therefore, learning a new skill would enable me never to worry about getting laid off again.

I’m sure many of you can relate to what I will share.

I encourage you to continue reading this post and ask me any questions you have at the end in the comments below.

Does it sound like a dealio to you guys?

Unemployed To Self Employed- My Crazy Story

Unemployed to self employed

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 you read online.

How people have gone from a homeless bum on the side of the road to earning six figures within a few weeks.

I can assure you that this isn’t one of those stories.

Instead, I’m going to be completely transparent with you guys today.

and share my life story with you about how I could use my time while I was laid off and turn it into a life-changing experience.

In February 2013, I was laid off from a seasonal job that I had worked since November 2012.

I knew things were about to end, so I searched the internet for a way to make money online.

What I Thought Was The Solution To My Problems

I came across a company that seemed to end 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, 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.

This also led to many problems with my marriage, with us fighting and mainly arguing 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.

Remember 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 look for one if I wanted to.

Therefore, I knew I had to make this internet thing work to keep a roof over my head.

Furthermore, I try to salvage what was left(If any) of my marriage.

What happens next is mind-blowing, and I had no idea what I was in for throughout the next couple of months.

I’ll be sharing this fantastic 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.

Unemployed To Self Employed- So What Happens Next?

Unemployed to self employed

I have been with Ameriplan for about a month and a half to two months.

Therefore, I have been attending the live Monday night training calls.

I also talked 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.

I wanted to see what other people were saying about it and whether or not anyone else was making money with it.

After doing in-depth research and googling some reviews on this company, I stumbled upon Eddy Salomon’s website, Workathomenoscams.

Why I Dumped Ameriplan & Got With A REAL Program

How to dump Ameriplan

Within his Ameriplan review, he exposed quite a few things about this company that made me cringe.

After reading even further into what they had done to a few other established IBOs earning close to 6 figures or more, I had heard enough and was pretty disgusted.

After doing even more research on this company, I discovered that many people who didn’t make a dime were making a lot of money, so there were many mixed reviews.

However, Eddy’s website stood out the most, and I eventually returned to read more about his experience and see if this was the right program for me.

After reading more about this company and further down in his review, he discussed affiliate marketing as an alternative to Ameriplan.

He also recommended a program called Wealthy Affiliate.

It 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 probably heard this a thousand times or more.

Therefore, I was initially skeptical but didn’t have anything to lose.

How I Was Finally Able To Make Money Online!!

Unemployed to self employed

I ended up canceling my Ameriplan membership shortly afterward, thinking I lost more money than before due to the many scams I fell victim to.

However, thankfully, this wasn’t the case, as I did receive a full refund from the company seven days after I sent in my cancellation request.

About a month later, after recouping the money I invested in Ameriplan, I joined a program called Wealthy Affiliate that Eddy recommended.

Back in 2012, I paid $47 to access the site.

Therefore, I wasn’t thrilled about this, but what can you do?

However, I felt it was worth seeing what this program was all about.

Most importantly, if it was something I could do.

Unlike most programs, I was not told how much money I would make in the next 24 hours.

Instead, they were straightforward and honest with me.

They said it would require a lot of time and hard work, but I could make lots of money here if I was consistent and didn’t expect to see results overnight.

I had nothing to lose, so I reviewed the training and completed some lessons.

My wife usually would work from 3 in the afternoon till midnight or later.

Therefore, I had plenty of time to work on this without interruptions and dig deep into the training.

Over the next four months, I worked 8 to 10 hours daily on this.

However, there were some days when I worked as much as 14 hours in one day.


Once I dug deep into the training, I found it very interesting, and I didn’t want to stop learning.

How Much Money Did I Make?

I haven’t made any progress until now.

However, I remained optimistic and continued pushing forward.

As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Therefore, you can’t build a business in a few months, right?

I checked my email every morning when I woke up and fell out of my chair when I received the email below.

Unemployed to self employed

To put things into perspective for you guys, I had NEVER made any money on the internet in my entire life, so as you can imagine, I was pretty excited about this.

Now I know what you may be thinking: $8.00 isn’t much, and you’re right, it isn’t.

However, it felt like I had won the lottery and was sitting on top of the world.

As you’ll see above, I made two commissions, so that’s $16.

This was all the proof I needed that this program was legit and something I could make lots of money with if I stuck and continued working on it.

How Long Before I Was Earning A Consistent Income Online?

I made my first sale on May 6th, 2013.

A few days later, I made about 2 or 3 more sales.

However, there was not anything significant worth shouting from the rooftops.

I would see my monthly income rise as I started with $56.

Each month, I would see my income slowly increase.

In January 2014, I had a $820 month.

Once things got to this level, I finally started to see things turn around for me.

I reached 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 that year (June 2014), we were officially divorced.

This was another one of the happiest days of my life, LOL!!

It took me ten months to earn a four-figure income, but this isn’t that long considering the process.

The screenshot above shows how I gradually increased my monthly income.

Also, look at how long it took me to do so.

If you’re the type of person who isn’t afraid to put in some hard work and is willing to devote a great deal of time to this, you 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 most challenging 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 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

These are just a few of the millions of companies you can partner with.

You’ll need to join an affiliate program.

Once approved, you’ll be given the personalized link you’ll need to place within your website content.

If you have targeted the keywords people type into Google while searching for information on a particular product, guess what?

Your website will likely be displayed in the search results, and when people click on it, 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.

The training explains all of this in detail, and below each lesson, there is a place to ask questions about anything you don’t understand.

When I joined in 2012, you needed to pay $47 upfront to gain access to the community.

However, they now have a Free starter membership.

This gives you access to the first ten lessons, as well as the ability to ask questions and get help from their live chat.

I’ll also be there to help you and answer any questions you may have as you embark on this new journey.

Fast Forward To 2024- I Have Learned So Much In 10 Years

It’s hard to believe it’s been over ten years since I was introduced to this online thing.

Over the years, I’ve learned so many new things that I don’t know where to start.

I’ve succeeded at many things and have become successful in mastering several different business models.

However, I’ve also failed at many things.

Therefore, I still have many things to learn going forward.

With that said, I use my mishaps as a learning experience.

I’ve gone from working at a J.O.B. and living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to get by, to owning my own business.

That’s pretty impressive if you ask me.

Wouldn’t you guys agree?

Furthermore, it has allowed me to work from anywhere I want.

Instead of being a slave to the system and wasting my time at a dead-end job, I’m able to earn as much as I want online.

You could do the same if you are willing to invest time and effort.

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

When I started here eleven years ago, I needed all the help I could get.

However, back when I joined, there wasn’t nearly as much help as today.

The many support and help features within the WA community can help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I have been helping people for eleven years to earn money online.

Therefore, I have helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people succeed online.

I would love to help you do the same thing.

Here’s the thing, though: this opportunity isn’t for everyone.

Seeing any monetary results takes time, effort, and hard work.

If you’re the type of person who isn’t afraid to work hard and think long-term, this opportunity may be good for you.

Also, if you’ve heard about affiliate marketing but weren’t sure what it was all about, what are you waiting for?

You may not know what affiliate marketing is about, and that’s fine.

That’s why I’m here to show you the ropes and break everything down for you guys.

By doing so, you’ll hopefully be able to grasp some information and get an idea of what it’s all about.

Anyway, I hope you guys have been able to relate to my story.

Hopefully, it has inspired and motivated you to build 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.

~Your Friend, Scott~

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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