Like many people I was always keen to leave school and get out to work. And this I did in December 1960 when I started a 4 year seagoing deck apprenticeship with Shell Tankers. The culmination of my hopes of the previous 6 years as I worked my way through high school.
Remaining at high school for 6 years was at the behest of my rather determined father who would not let me leave until I had reached a reasonable level of education.
After completing my apprenticeship in 1964 I spent the next several years serving as a deck officer on the Australian coast mainly transporting iron ore and steel products between a variety of coastal ports.
This was interesting and enjoyable for someone in their early 20’s. I was definitely was making progress. However it was also becoming increasingly apparent to me that to spend the next 40 years at sea definitely had it’s downside.
From time to time one came across older, longer serving colleagues who were rather disenchanted with their seagoing lot. And I could understand why. They were absent from home for long periods and many had family they would have preferred to be with.
If you want to find out more of this period look for my Kindle book here which tells of a few incidents during this time.
In the late 1960’s I made a decision to return to England and improve my education in the hope that I could make a permanent transistion to a shore based occupation. During this time I was introduced to large IBM computers and enjoyed the experience. No such thing as the personal computer or the internet in those days.
Returning to Australia 6 years later the next 17 years passed quickly in shore based employment with a shipping company. Computers played their part.
Then, one day, I was told “Your function has been absorbed” A rude awakening at just under 50, which made me realise how tenuous it can be being an employee. Years of service and loyalty count for little in the end. Fortunately by moving 1300km to a new location in a mining town I was able to continue employment but with a much more attuned weather eye for the risks.
Move on another 18 years to 2009 which was not long after I turned 65. I began looking for an alternative source of income. Having worked and studied for over 49 years I realised that I might have nearly another 30 to go.
Because longevity runs in my father’s side of the family. And the global financial crisis in 2007 – 2008 had had a significant impact on the retirement funds.
My interest in building an internet business was sparked mid-2009. There was a brief television interview with an ‘entrepreneur’ who claimed that anyone could make money online.
Someone claiming that your could make a worthwhile living with an internet based business. That sounded interesting. It probably sounds interesting to you as well.
Several things about making an income on line appealed:
It did not need much capital
The major ‘investment’ is your time
It could be done from home
The were no set hours
There appeared to be a variety of ways to do it
With all this in mind I set out on a mission to find out how. My interest might have been sparked but my internet knowledge was limited to an email account and a bit of Google searching.
I had worked with large computer systems but when it came to building a website or making money online I was a complete novice. It was all new, foreign territory to me.
First I made the obvious Google searches. Only to discover that there were ‘millions’ of things on offer – both ‘courses’ and ‘dollars.’ Many offers suggested just had to invest in their course. You would make a million dollars in no time at all!
Like so many people I did just that – ‘invested.’ Money and a lot of time. Maybe you have done that too – only to find that the ones making the ‘millions’ are those selling the courses.
There were ebooks, training courses, building websites, affiliate marketing, programs and downloads and finally selling products on Amazon. All probably worked in some way or another but nothing produced a sustainable income stream.
Honesty and integrity often seemed to be in short supply.
Over time I began to see that some names kept turning up and were refered to in a positive way. It soon became apparent that the online world was no different to the real world – there were good, bad and indifferent characters. You just had to hope you picked a good one. And that was not always straight forward. It’s easy to masquerade as something else online.
Finding where and how to start was a really big hurdle. Initially you are on your own. Some may have a friend to help. That’s great if it is your situation. When I started out I had no one to refer to. If you are reading this it is likely you are alone and isolated too. Because without knowledge and support when you start out it really is nearly all foreign territory.
Initially I was very cautious. Cautious spending money and cautious regarding my identity online. Gradually I have gained confidence and am now more relaxed about it. Just remember to be sensible.
The first significant purchase I made was to buy a 10 week course for to learn about building a website. This proved to be a good choice. The training was good, it was quite comprehensive and was supported by excellent documents and some community help.
I learnt the basics about keyword research, how to build a WordPress website and then how to get it up and running. It took a long time and a lot of effort.
Finally there was the excitment of seeing my efforts alive on the internet. I now owned a domain!
No profit though – the money did not roll in as I thought it might. More importantly I had learnt a lot and just knew it could work.
Being of a technical bent the technology and simplicity of creating WordPress sites really enthralled me. All I can say is don’t get too distracted by what are commonly called ‘Shiny Objects.’ They are everywhere out there.
Important things I have learnt include:
You need to have technical assistance and support
You need to have a website of your own
You need to be prepared to learn new things and accept guidance
You need to stay focussed on what you want to achieve
You really need a mentor
A mentor gives you someone to refer to, to bounce ideas off and is someone who has the ability to steer you in the right direction because they have been there already.
For me (affiliate link)John Thornhill has proved to be this sort of person. He has helped many thousands on their way to success. Either as individuals with personal training in his (affiliate link)Partner to Success program or by providing a solid JV affiliate opportunity with an excellent return . He could well do the same for you.
Wishing you success
If a 75 year old like me can do it so can you. Age doesn’t matter, just apply yourself and listen to your mentor.
What matters is to (affiliate link)get the right information with support and mentoring.