Here's my story:My name is Melinda Turner and I'm as real as you are.
My hope in writing this is to offer TRUTH to those who I KNOW are out there seeking it, just like I was. I have a personal "ax to grind" so to speak, with the online predators who take advantage of well-intentioned mothers who are searching for a way to help support their families in a two-income world, without leaving their children in the care of someone else.
Amidst all the lies, deception, scams and fraud on the internet--there are still a few legitimate ways to make money online.
I'm here to tell you I found one of the few.
The BeginningI remember my journalism professor in college bringing our entire mass-media class into his office one day to show us this amazing new technology called "The Internet".
"It's going to revolutionize the way we do everything", he told us.
I was skeptical.
"Someday, you won't HAVE to leave your house for anything", he explained, "You'll just go online, click a few buttons, enter your credit card info and order anything you want. Pizza, groceries, clothing, airline tickets...anything. It will all be delivered right to your door."
The whole idea was like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. We went on to discuss the cultural and logistical ramifications that this new wave of the future would bring to the media world.
For us "newspaper-types" the thought of these virtual newspapers was both appealing and foreign at the same time. But I was definitely intrigued.
Fast Forward a Few YearsWe can all look back and see how much our lives have been impacted by the addition of the world wide web to our everydays.
It was Christmas of either 1998 or 1999 when I started shopping online, I can't remember which. I just know I had two little ones that I was committed to being at home with; my husband was in the early years of his career and our little family was struggling to make our way in the world.
That year, every DOTCOM on the web was offering shopper's the world on a platter to entice us to forgo the mall and shop online. "Free Shipping", "25", "50", "75% off your order", coupon codes abounded..."take $25 off your entire order, no minimum purchase necessary".
Sigh, those were the good old days.
We had very cheap, very nice Christmases in those early years. And the excitement was just as great for me, receiving packages in the mail by day and comparison shopping in my jammies by night.
Truly, the internet was shaping up to be a mom's best friend.
My Search BeginsFast forward a few years and a couple more kids later. I had just had baby number 4. My oldest was now in school and my husband was working extremely hard and providing a good life for our family. Just enough to pay the bills and a little bit here and there for extra work.
We had just finished building our own home, literally, with our own two hands--well, four between the two of us (and yes, while I was pregnant with our 4th--I don't recommend it). No really, my husband built it himself--every nail, every pipe, every board--after work and on Saturdays. It took a year and a half.
Why did we do such a crazy thing?
We are a one income household in a two income world. Anything we can do to save money, make money and/or provide our family with safety and security while BEING THERE to raise them is what we have to do. When you need a bigger house to fit your family in and one income's not going to put you in a very nice neighborhood, you do what you have to do to get into the better one. In our case, this was what we needed to do.
The way I see it, the whole point of life is not how much money we can make, how many things we can gather--all of that is left behind after this life. I believe the only things we take with us are the knowledge we gain and the relationships we've built with others. Most especially our family.
So why on earth would I willingly trade the formative, bonding years with my children for any amount of money? My answer is simply...I won't.
Being with my kids is a gift I give to them that you can't put a price tag on.
However...there are ALOT of things kids need that do have price tags. Big price tags. Frequently.
So, after we our 4th was a few months old and I had spent some time recouperating from our long house project; I started to look online for ways to make money from home.
I spent hours...days...weeks...MONTHS of naptimes and late nights looking for a real way to make money online.
I found other mom's who were doing it, or at least they said they were doing it.
I found many people who were begging me to let them show me how to do it, using their "proven system of generating massive wealth" to "easily make a million-bazillion dollars this year". All they needed to provide this "life-changing" information was a credit card number and 50 million "easy" payments of $39.99.
I found scoundrels who talked me into using "OPM" (other people's money) a.k.a. my credit card, to pay them ENORMOUS fees for access to a "mentor" who would train me in my Internet Marketing Education. Sounds impressive, I know. The amount of money I lost on that one was impressive, too.
I could go on and on, but the fact is--you've probably seen it all already, too. It's everywhere these days. So much so, that when you find something that really is what it claims to be--how will you know it?
Well, that's what I'm trying to do here. I've been there, I've done that and I'm here to tell YOU what WORKS.