Why Did I Decide to Join An Online Business?

Back in July of 2008 I had come to a crossroads in my career.

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I was burned out, frustrated, and ready to make a change in my life.

For 15 years I had run my own computer consulting company with moderate success. But things were changing.

Companies for whom I had previously worked were jumping into the outsourcing craze and relying less on domestic personnel. This made it increasingly difficult to find new contracts and some companies wouldn’t even work with me on a company-to-company basis. If I was to land a contract, then I would have to subcontract with another company who still had connections inside the human resources division. This had also driven down compensatory rates which meant my company was not making as much profit as in previous years, especially since I had to share part of the rate with the company with whom I was subcontracting.

My Foray Into the Online Business World

So I turned to the internet to see if there was an online business I could start to at least supplement my current income and then perhaps replace my income at some point in the future.

That is when I was fortunate enough to come across Tissa Godavitarne and his business ACME People Search. I wont say that things were easy in the beginning because they were not. I earned some money here and there but nothing that could come close to allowing me to leave my consulting business. In fact, in the first 18 months, I really struggled to make a decent income.

It was in late 2009 that I joined a company called Global Virtual Opportunities (GVO). They are a web hosting/marketing company based out of San Antonio, Texas that decided to advertise, not by purchasing paid media, but by having an affiliate program. An affiliate program allows people like you and me to sell somebody else’s products and/or services and make commissions.  I have done very well with them over the years (below is a recent snapshot of the commissions I have earned).

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This success proved to me that I could earn a full time income working from home and that is what I have been doing since. Let me also add that my earnings are not average, but I don’t consider myself average either. I have worked very hard to get to where I am earning this type of income, and so no one can guarantee you will earn this type of income. It all depends on you and how dedicated you are to achieving your dreams.

My Primary Online Business Today

In the last few years I have joined several different businesses and developed a consistent, residual income every month. If you’re not familiar with residual income, it simply means that it’s income that gets paid to you month after month whether you make any more sales or not.

My latest online business venture was joining Empower Network in December 2012. There are several things that went into my decision to sign up:

  • Terrific products
  • Great Company Leadership
  • 100% commissions
  • Residual Income

One of the most attractive elements of Empower Network (and why it is called “EMPOWER“) is that they stress personal development in their training. This is something that has been sorely missed in our industry and rarely emphasized.

I cannot count the number of times I have heard someone tell me “I am broke so I really need to make this work” when it came to joining me in one of my businesses.

If someone believes they are broke, guess what?


And they are going to stay broke until they change their mindset.

One will NEVER be able to change their life without first changing what is between their ears.

That is where it all begins, and at Empower Network we know it, teach it, and stress it in everything we do.

So why did I decide to join an online business back in 2008?

It started off as a way to change the direction of my life. I wanted less stress, more freedom, and more meaning in my life.

I’ve achieved the first two.

And now I’m working on the third one by helping others do the same thing, by showing them how to live another way of life too.

If living life on your own terms is something you are seeking, then feel free to reach out to Deb and me.

We will be happy to discuss your current situation, and help you design a plan to live the kind of life you desire. All we ask in return is that you are willing to work for it.

If that sounds like you, then we look forward to working with you.

Until next time…

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16 Responses to “Why Did I Decide to Join An Online Business?”

  1. Gary I love your story.. I remember APS very well and glad that you were able to over come your struggles. I know with determination and not quitting I will be where you are today.. You are a Awesome Leader and this article is Awesome too.

  2. Tissa Godavitarne says:

    Your story is remarkable Gary because it’s a testament to the power of consistency and never giving up. Look at what you’ve been able to achieve! And now you’re qualified to help others do the same. How awesome is that!

  3. David Sharp says:

    Gary, it’s been a pleasure to know and work with you for these last 4 years or so, and I am glad we are continuing to work with each other and hope it will be for a long time. You and Deb are an inspiration to Jane and I and it was great to meet you both in Denver.


  4. David, thanks so much for the kind words and the feeling is mutual. It was so great meeting you and Jane and look forward to the next time. Deb and I have talked about a trip to the UK in the near future. We could use a couple of guides (hint…hint).

  5. Todd Thomas says:

    To join an online business…that is the question :-) The answer is YES! I love your story, your determination and persistence. You have been successful because of those things and others should follow suit. Gary can help you! :-)

  6. Jay Couture says:

    You have always been a help in the APS forums and instrumental to those struggling to make it online with your help and great suggestions of improvement. Thanks!

    • Those were the days, weren’t they Jay? :-) It’s so gratifying to see all the people who were in APS now in Empower Network. It demonstrates the power of building relationships.

  7. Thanks Todd. You have quite a story to tell as well!

  8. Nice article on your entrepreneur journey. All the best to you!

  9. Ed Mayer says:

    Amazing story Gary….. Really shows that Persistence, Fortitude and Never Giving Up Really does Pay off. Congrats on all your Success and It’s a Great pleasure to call you a Friend.

  10. Chad Cook says:

    Another remarkable blog post Gary. This story really inspired the hell out of me. This is a perfect example on why people should NEVER quit and give up what they truly want in life. Thanks for sharing.

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