Hi All, let me introduce myself. I’m Mark and I’m the most unexpected Affiliate Marketer you might ever meet.
I was born and grew up in the Caribbean. Lived an outdoor lifestyle sailing and surfing. And whatever else the island lifestyle signified. Had stints as a laborer, painter, seaman, salesman and clerk before training as an A/C and Refrigeration technician. Worked for 10 years in the field. It was a job to make a living and I never really liked it. The final straw came one day as I was rushing and not paying attention. Nearly fell off a building while working on the A/C unit. Took that as a sign and resigned from that job.
I then started my own business. This time doing something that I loved. I opened a sail loft and learned how to repair sails and canvas for boats. Absolutely enjoyed going to work every day and constantly learning. Had that business for 22 years. Didn’t get rich but loved what I did. In hindsight, I realize that my mindset was screwed up. I thought that I was one of the luckiest people alive in that I got to work at something I loved. I couldn’t very well make lots of money too! That would have been too perfect. No one person could be that lucky! It was a self-fulfilling prophecy and a self sabotaging mindset.
So, along comes 2018 and the economy, and marine industry in particular, are in a down turn. An opportunity presented itself and we (my wife and children) decided to migrate to the USA. There I was at beginning of 2019, 57 years old, no job, and not knowing anyone. No going back. Forward ever! Backward never! as they say in the Caribbean.
The Unexpected Affiliate Marketer
Time to find something new to do. Looked at many things but found nothing that I liked or interested me. Did a few online courses but kept finding myself in marketing niches. That was unexpected! Surely marketing could not be for me! I knew nothing about it and was a serious techno peasant when it came to technology and computers. But it was really interesting to me and one thing led to another and here I am a year and a bit later.
Working online in the time of Covid 19. This is the future. The world has changed and I’m in the middle of it. Nothing is going to be the same anymore. We have to adapt to a new normal. I’ve tried many things. Succeeded at some, failed at many. Finally, am I starting to get traction. In the new sharing economy, I will help by sharing my experiences as much as I can. I see opportunity for change here. Won’t be easy, but anything worth something never is. Time to get busy!
What can I do?
Here I am now. New business, new website, new skills and learning more all the time. I will share what has worked for me as well as what hasn’t. Maybe it could help you in some way on your own journey. And possibly avoid some of the pitfalls. Who knows?
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,