Saturday, December 26, 2015

How It Works! Changed Our Lives

I had been working in the construction trades for close to ten years.  I had launched my own company and was paying the bills, but I never truly loved my job.  It was simply a job that I was good at and that put food on the table for my wife and four children.  We were like most American families.  I woke up around 6:00 am and showered, made my breakfast and packed my lunch.  I wiped the sleep out of my eyes as I gathered the tools I would need to complete the project that day.  I showed up to work and worked eight to ten hours.  After work was over, I drove the thirty or so miles from the job site back to my house.  My children excitedly awaited my return and I would take off my dirty clothes, shower and come downstairs.  My body ached from physical labor and all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and watch some television.  The kids hadn't seen me all day and just wanted to play.  We ate dinner as a family and put the kids to bed.  After watching television for a couple hours I would head back upstairs to bed.  I fell asleep and soon heard the sound of my alarm screaming at me to start the cycle all over again.

How did I get in this rut?  Does anyone else feel like we are trapped in a jail of our own making?  Most of our lives are spent in this cycle of work.  I read a stat once that said at an average of forty hours of work each week we will spend 10.3 years of our lives working!  Ugh! That's a lot of time to spend doing something you don't thoroughly enjoy. How do we break this cycle?  The only way I can see is by finding a way to make money, still pay the bills, but something that gives us freedom-- that will break this cycle.  I only ever thought that this was a dream.  How could I ever get there?  Was I destined to work during my prime years, instead of enjoying my life?

In the middle of our rut, something happened to us that changed our lives.  While I was running my own construction business my wife and I went through a financially rough period.  She had been following the life of a friend of hers that worked for a business called It Works!  It Works is a network marketing company that specializes in natural health and wellness products.

She would comment to me in passing that her friend made an insane amount of money.  Her friend and her friend's husband were making more per month than I could make in an entire year.  As a general contractor I only managed 4 figures per month. This couple was in the high 5 figures. PER MONTH.  I busted my butt every day and came home exhausted while this couple was living pretty awesome lives at a much easier pace--together. At home. How was that possible?  I was very skeptical.

During that time when we were struggling a bit financially my wife decided to begin working for It Works! She paid the 99.00 for the startup kit out of her own money.  This kit came with product that she was able to sell and a website that she could now sell product from.  After she received her kit she began sharing about her new venture on Facebook.  In her first 2 hours she was able to sell her wraps that came with her kit and make her initial money back.  Now I know this doesn't always happen but this is what happened for her!

She then began talking about the products on Facebook and Instagram and was quickly climbing through the ranks.  She is a stay at home mom and takes care of our four children who are (at the time of this writing) six and under.  Meanwhile I continued to work hard.  I renovated bathrooms, sided houses, roofed homes, and did renovated entire homes that our customers were flipping.

I was happy that my wife was beginning to bring in an income.  In her first month she made a few hundred dollars which I thought was awesome!  This gave us a little more breathing room.  Soon she had signed some distributors who in turn were signing people.  This is where the business gets so beautiful.  Her people were signing people, who in turn were signing people and the branches became larger and fuller.

She signed me up as a distributor under her and we were getting double the money from those people under us.  From every order we gained a percentage.  Soon she was making a few thousand dollars a month.  I began to take notice!  In just a few months, she was matching my full time salary with her It Works business.

We have now decided that I will leave my business as a general contractor and help her with It Works.  Nowhere have I seen a business with this kind of potential.  I spend my time working from home right next to my wife and four children.  God has been so good.  I would have never allowed my wife to get into this business if I was the one paying the original startup fee.  I am somewhat skeptical by nature.  However after watching my wife be so successful she has made a believer out of me.

Here is the post she made on her Facebook that described the moment we decided to work this together!  The moment I decided to leave my work as a General Contractor and become an It Works distributor.

"I wrote a couple of days ago that I got the best present for Christmas this year..... Here it is smile emoticon
We are SO excited to announce to you all, that this Christmas, we officially became a FULL TIME FAMILY.
Thanks to It Works, we now work 100% from home (or wherever we have wifi--lol) as a couple. We get to support our family while being together as a family!
When I (Claire) started this adventure, I put a crazy dream out there before the Lord. It was so crazy--so laughable--that I hesitated to even share it. But I wrote it on a scrap piece of paper, in blue highlighter, scrawling it on my heart. I wrote "Bring Bryan home."
That day, a daring hope was born in my heart. I knew it was unconventional, and I wasn't sure if it was likely--but I promised myself I wouldn't stop working until I saw it realized. I had a dream that me and my kids could be with Bryan every single day, instead of saying goodbye to him each morning.
This Monday morning, when I normally would be kissing my husband goodbye, I'll be sitting with him at our kitchen table... enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a few moments of dreaming before we start our day... TOGETHER.
If there's anything we've learned from this company, it's that nothing is impossible. It's that there are big rewards for every big risk. It's that when you trust God, and put your blinders on to everything else but him, your life can be pretty remarkable."
"You work for 10.3 years."
      (The average American works 40 hours a week from ages 20-65.)
Many of our friends who have witnessed our success are also joining us in this life changing adventure.  I have become a believer!  If you would like more information about changing your lives I would be happy to personally help you in your It Works journey!  There is some strategy to the business and my wife and I would personally take you under our wings and mentor you.  We make ourselves very available to our downlines, and give them all the tools they'll need to find the same success we have.
To become a distributor with It works you can sign up here!   You can also email me personally with any questions at  

Friday, October 5, 2012


My phone bill went from liability to asset by switching to Solavei. Ryan Wuerch, CEO of Solavei, you get two thumbs up from me.

The idea of Solavei is that instead of spending billions of dollars on advertising their service they are paying people like you and me to advertise for them.  You can buy a phone with unlimited text, talk and data for 49.00/ month.  The company is backed by Tmobile.  The more people you share with the more credit you get and the more you get paid.  Here is how it works.  

If you share Solavei with three friends and they join, you get $20.00 a month.  That's a 240.00 savings on your cell phone bill each year.  Got a wife or kids, sign them up under you and get the savings.  Invite 6 friends you get 40.00 a month.  Now your phone service is only costing you 9.00 a month.  

Now if half of those six friends do what you did and share with three friends, now your making a total of 150.00/ month just for getting them to sign up with a more inexpensive service.  As your network continues to grow and your friend's friends invite friends your making even more money.  I've turned my monthly cell phone bill into an income generating device.  

I switched my coverage from Verizon and cancelled my plan with them so I can get the savings. With three children, this is just one other way to help supplement my income.  If you are interested in learning more I highly recommend watching the video at  I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.  

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Where To Find Free Stuff Online

 (How I made over $2,000.00 from their Free Section)

If you visit Craigslist's website,, you will find a section under the heading "For Sale" that reads free.  Click on the word free and you will find an updated list of all the things that people are offering to anyone who will come and remove it from their home.  I like to watch this section because we have scored several very nice items.

One afternoon I was flipping through my craigslist app on my phone under the free section when I noticed an add for free books.  After reading further I go the impression that this was more than just a box of books so I gave the person a call.  I almost didn't because the listing was several days old and usually the items have been taken by then.

I spoke with the individual who had the books and he informed me that the there were still boxes of books left and to bring a truck in order to haul them away.  I hopped into my father-in-law's pickup truck and headed thirty miles to the person's home.  When I arrived I was very happy to see that there were boxes and boxes of books left over.  I filled my father-in-law's pickup truck so full that I even had boxes of books up in the front seat of the cab.  I headed back to the house where I unpacked the books into the garage and office.

It took my wife and I a full week to list all of the books on Amazon.  In five months I had made over two thousand dollars profit on those books.  I made a big mistake though.  I had used the basement of the apartment, where we lived, to store the books and I began to notice that they were beginning to get moldy. I realized that this was because I didn't have a dehumidifier in the basement.  I decided to get rid of the books because we were moving and listed them for free on Craigslist.   A young couple showed up and hauled the books off in their van.

I have since missed a couple of other opportunities to get more books at my new location.  A library had listed a free listing on Craigslist for another large volume of free books.  I called a couple of days late.  Not only can the free list on Craigslist be nice to pick up a couple of free items, but it can actually be quite lucrative.

Ebay Classifieds:  

I love Ebay.  I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to list an item on line from the comfort of my home and have the world be able to bid on it.  Granted, not everyone is looking for what I have to sell, but that doesn't matter.  With a few clicks of my mouse I can have my item listed on Ebay and anyone can view and place a bid on my item.  There have been several occasions where I have listed an item and had it sell for a much higher price than I had anticipated.

Ebay also has a Classifieds section that lists free items in your area.  I haven't had much luck with this portion of the site and don't find it as easy to use as Cragslist.  But maybe with time it will get a little better and I will score something big on it.  Let me know if you have better luck than I have had.


As the name indicates, the founding of the company was meant to be another way to keep garbage from the landfill.  The idea was that instead of taking your unwanted items to the garbage you could list it on Freecycle and somebody else that could use it could claim it.  It's a great idea and I have seen some very nice items show up on Freecycle in my area.  I am currently eyeing a children's outdoor playset that my three little children would love.

By watching the free adds on these sites a person can make a very nice profit by just taking the time to resell them.  Have a garage sale with the items.  Re-list them on Craigslist, or in my case Amazon, and make a nice profit on stuff people wanted to just get rid of.  


Barter Quest allows it's users to trade their items with each other.  You can browse through other people's items that they have for trade and you can then begin the bartering process. I thought this was another very interesting site that I could see to be even better as it becomes more and more popular.  They even have a section where you can trade real estate with one another.  This website could get a whole lot better as time progresses.


Thursday, August 6, 2009

Money Makeing Sites II

Lending Club

It's free to open an account, there's no maintenance fee and no minimum balance - and you get $50 to start. Here's the link to register:

How Lending Club Works

Lending Club is a social lending network that brings together investors and creditworthy borrowers to offer value beyond traditional banks.

Borrowers with good credit can get personal loans from $1,000 to $25,000 at interest rates that are often significantly better than rates from conventional sources.

For lenders, money invested goes immediately to Lending Club's approved borrower members.

The reason I like Lending club is because when I signed up I received 25.00 free. I didn't put any money into Lending Club but rather just invested the 25.00 that they gave me. I wanted to see how it worked and make sure that those that I lent to through the site would pay my money back. They have been paying back the money on a monthly basis and I am getting over 9% interest on the money that was given to me by the site. Sweet deal. Making interest on free money. I totally recommend the site. Get a free $25.00!

Lending Club eliminates the high cost and complexity of traditional banks to offer investors the opportunity for returns with average annualized returns of over 9.5%. As Lending Club investor, you invest in notes that represent loans made to creditworthy borrowers. They make it easy to quickly create a diversified portfolio.

It's free to open an account, there's no maintenance fee and no minimum balance - and you get $50 to start. Here's the link to register:

Mahalo Answers

Mahalo Answers is a site that you can answer people's questions online. They have many different questions and the payout can be from .25 cents to quite a few dollars. They will pay you when you reach 20 Mahalo dollars. The ratio of the payout is .75 cents on the dollar. So if your account says you have $20.00 Mahalo dollars it is really $15.00. But the reason I like it so much is because there are so many different questions being asked. This gives me a chance to find some questions I like research them online and submit an answer. I don't get any incentive to recommend them, they are simply another site that I have come across that are legit and work well.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Legit Money Making Sites

Quick Links to sites:

Reason for this page.
My wife and I currently went through a period when funds were not as easy to come by, as had once been the case. The Lord has blessed us with resourcefulness so we decided to search out other potential means of making money. One such mean is simply the internet. Come on. How hard is it really to sit behind a screen and do a little typing or browsing. We have found that by finding the right sites, you can use the internet to make money for you.

In our search to find places on the internet that we could make money, we came across a lot of sites that offered us one thing and then led us through pages and pages of adds and rabbit trails that never paid out in the end. However, in our search we were able to uncover several good sites. In the following you will find several money making pages that are actually legit. I will be including a link to these pages so that you can check them out yourself. My goal is to be honest in everything that I say. If for some reason you find my information that I give to be incorrect please write me so that I can quickly update my information.

-Money Making Site

Swag Bucks is a very neat site that we found which pays swag bucks for searching through their search engine. It is exactly like google, except it pays you swag bucks for searching though them. As you are searching through normal browsing of the internet, randomly they will award you 1, 2, 5 even 10 swag bucks for searching. I have never been awarded more than 2 at one time but I have found more than one throughout the day. It just depends on how much you search.

Some other added ways that you are able to earn swag bucks is by inviting your friends. Every swag buck that your friend earns is awarded to you as well. By inviting one friend you immediately double your ability to earn. My wife is one of my friends and has earned 20 swag bucks for me so far. She in turn has several friends that continue to earn her swag bucks as well.

One swag buck does not equal one American Dollar. You are able to redeem these swag bucks for gift cards, and lots of other prizes. I am most interested in the air miles through some of the major air travel companies. We are going to be going to South Africa and plan on using these miles to help get us there.

If you have questions or comments please comment and let me know.

-Money Making Site

cour is another site that we came across that pays you to search through their search engine. This site rewards you with visa gift cards of 25.00, 50.00 and 100.00. Again the more people you invite the better. They limit you to 300 searches per day and the cost of a 25 dollar gift card is 6500 points. They have a neat calculator on the site that you can enter in an estimated amount of searches along with an estimated amount of friends. For instance if you have 5 friend along with you searching at a rate of 25 searches a day. You will make $328.50 a year. At a max total of 300 searches a year those same 5 friends will make you 1,314.00 in one year. I like those odds. The reason these sites pay you to use their search engine is because they want to compete with google. The company Google makes millions of dollars every year. If they can get the public to use their search engine, instead of google, these smaller companies will make big money in the end.
On the right you will see my link to the site (SCOUR) by clicking on it, it will take you to their site where you can begin making cash by simply using their search engine.

Money Making Site

A third site that I recommend is called YouData. I have been apart of this site for approximately one week. This is a little different then the other two sites I mentioned previously. At this site you will fill out a questionnaire about some of your interests, as well as things about yourself. You do not get annoying junk mail sent to your email. I hate that. I can't stand when you sign up for something and get loads and loads of adds to your personal email that you want nothing to do with. Instead the YouData finds companies that will pay you to simply look at their site. I am very careful to stay away from porn and I have not come across anything like that at this site. So companies pay you nickels and dimes for you to click on a link to their sites. Me being a young man, I get links to deadorant sites, shaving, etc. You click on the site and immediately you see the money enter into your YouData account. Every so often, YouData will send the money from my YouData account to my PayPal account. I have been doing this one week and have earned $2.15 all very real money. This is by no means anything large but all I did was click on a link to get it. Also they have other ways you can earn as well. You get people to sign up. You make more money. You can be as open as you want to be with the different questions you can choose to answer about yourself . The more complete you answer to the questions the more adds you are more likely to receive. I give this site a thumbs up. I put a link to this site at the beginning of the YouData section as well as at the end of this sentence. Visit the following link to begin making a little money with YouData.

In Conclusion

I hope to add other sites that I have come across on this blog as well that I have found to be helpful. Keep looking for more ways to make money with my blog