A HOME BASED BUSINESS
most people reading this article, you have spent the majority of your life
working for some one else. Working
8 to 5 for an income that generally kept your bills paid.
You got health insurance, possibly life insurance, a 401K savings
program, and if you worked for the right company, you got vested and
earned a retirement income. Hopefully
you enjoyed your profession and have a healthy family life.
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I lived that life as an electrical engineer
in the aerospace industry until I became an industry dinosaur at age 40
when computers became commonplace. I
had taught myself computers and I considered myself computer literate. However when a company is hiring computer people, they look
for younger recent grads that are computer literate and will work for less
money. The probability of a
40 year old being as good as a 20 year old was an uncommon thing in 1985
and I became labeled as a dinosaur, then I tried Real Estate Sales until
the real estate bubble burst, then driving big trucks and touring the
country vie the Interstate Highway system.
After a big accident that destroyed 54 vehicles and closed
Interstate 5 for 24 hours, I stayed home and learned how to make web
My dad was 89 and had just suffered a stroke
and needed help. Plus his
dementia made life more difficult. His
Social Security plus some other incomes kept us afloat for several years. Then when he had a heart attach at age 91, we lost his Social
Security income and I was forced to take my web design skills and start
One of my web sites was Burgees.com, or the
International Burgee Registry and the credibility of the web site brought
me many yacht clubs that wanted burgees made.
I made an arrangement with some local burgee makers to make my
burgees and put my label on them and they sold them to me at a discount. Almost instantly I had an nice little income.
I also owned the web site Beartraps.com that
listed all the bear traps on the interstate highways and I wrote a book on
how to keep from getting tickets and exposed the revenue generating scams
the Highway Patrol and other government agencies were pulling on
interstate highways. This web
site caters to people that are less inclined to spend money on learning
driving techniques and although I sold a number of books through the
years, possibly 100, the web site has not been a revenue generator.
Then I started the MarineElectronicShoppe.com
and had a wholesale account at a couple of suppliers.
I got a line on a bunch of JRC radar systems at a very good price
and sold them on eBay, making $500 a sale.
I also got a good price on discounted fish finders and was selling
one a day during Christmas, until the inventory ran out. During this process I noticed a number of mariners were
asking for operating and service manuals on different marine products.
I discovered I could download most of these on the Internet from
the manufacturers and expanded my business to sell manuals and for many
years that was the lifeblood of my income.