Welcome to the Online Newbie

Leave The Corporate World Behind

Hello! I am Adrienne Dupree. I am an author, an entrepreneur and a Program Manager for a government contractor. Specifically, I am an online and affiliate marketer.

My book, Leave The Corporate World Behind, chronicles the stories of online marketers who have left corporate America and now have a full-time online marketing business. It also includes part-time online marketers who still work in corporate America. I am also a contributing author to What Is Your Why? and Positioning Yourself as an Expert: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Become Credible Authorities.

Welcome to the Online Newbie. My mission is to teach people in corporate America who want to get out of the rat race how to start an online internet marketing business. The goal of this online marketing business is to replace their income. It will also allow them to control their own destiny and stop trading time for dollars.

The Online Newbie has developed various products that can assist you in developing a successful business. How To Create An Amazon Store is step-by-step video training will show how to create your own Amazon aStore that is fully integrated into your WordPress site. How To Create A Sidebar Widget is video training that will show you step by step how to create your own image for your sidebar widget. You can create sidebar widgets that can be used to promote your own products or affiliate products. Top WP Plugins For Business is a product that I created with Connie Ragen Green that introduces the top 20 WordPress plugins for your online business. `12 Days Of Online Marketing teaches you the tools, tactics and resources that are required for a successful online marketing business in just 12 days. Measure Your Web Analytics provides an introduction to Google Analytics, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Google Analytics account as well as step-by-step instructions on how to run the various reports.

The Online Newbie will equip you with the tools and knowledge that you need to get started online whether you have a technical background or not. The Online Newbie can help you to start realizing your dreams of controlling your own destiny and developing a successful online business. Even if you have to start part-time, I can help you because I know how to juggle a demanding corporate career and an online business.

Podcast #5: The Online Newbie Podcast – Connie Ragen Green

Connie Ragen Green wrote the foreword for Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business.  I  was honored that my mentor and friend agreed to be a part of my first book.

Connie Ragen GreenDo you think that you don’t have time to start a part-time online business? Think again. When Connie started her online business she had two jobs. She was a teacher and also worked in real estate as an appraiser and broker.  Now what is your excuse?  You have to be willing to sacrifice to make changes in your life. Connie always says “Do for a year what others won’t so you can live the rest of your life like others can’t”. Every time I get discouraged or am feeling tired, I think about this quote.

Finally, Connie really turned into a mover and shaker. She made a bold move and quit her job and gave away all of her real estate clients. She jumped into online marketing head first with no safety net. To learn more about Connie, her story and her advice to you, listen to the podcast.

A former classroom teacher and real estate appraiser, Connie Ragen Green left it all behind to come online in 2006. Since then she has become a bestselling author of too many books to mention, and an international speaker and trainer. She helps people on six continents to get started as online entrepreneurs with product creation, affiliate marketing, authorship, and coaching. Connie is also active with a variety of charitable organizations in both Santa Clarita, California and Santa Barbara, the two cities she calls home. To learn more about Connie visit her site Huge Profits Tiny List.

Podcast #4: The Online Newbie Podcast – Debbie O’Grady

Debbie O'GradyDebbie O’Grady is one of the featured authors in Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business. Debbie O’Grady’s story is very intriguing. She didn’t start in corporate America but moved there after going back to school to get a Computer Science degree.  When she left, she first went into consulting. She now has an online business centered around accountability.

I met Debbie a few years ago at an online marketing conference.  She is someone who is always smiling and has a positive attitude. She has so much great advice that she shared in this podcast.

Debbie O’Grady, dubbedQueen of Accountability’ by her clients, is a thought leader and mentor on leveraging accountability to achieve successful outcomes. Debbie works with forward-thinking coaches who want their clients to stay focused and on track to accomplish their goals and achieve success as rapidly as possible. The elite group of coaches that are Debbie’s clients totally recognize the benefits and value of supplementing their own existing high-end coaching program with progress tracking and accountability, and know they don’t want to do it themselves.

Debbie also works with individuals who understand that accountability translates to focus, progress, and success. Even if these individuals already have a coach, they recognize that Debbie’s Accountability Program complements and enhances the benefits they are receiving from their current coach. The Accountability Program helps them transform the knowledge and direction imparted by their coach into action and achievement. You can find out more about Debbie at Revenue Recharge.

How the 10K Laser Coaching Program Changed My Business

10K Laser CoachingWhen I first discovered online marketing, I was really excited but unfocused.  I was trying to follow multiple people and kept switching from one thing to another.  I spent a lot of times on webinars and teleseminars.  I was learning a lot but not implementing anything.

I also had a serious problem with buying a lot of products. I had what is referred to as Bright Shiny Object syndrome. I would get excited about the next new thing, buy it and never use it or never follow through completely. I was somewhat impatient.  If I thought something didn’t work in enough time, I would switch to something else. I see now that I was all over the place.

The thing that changed my business and got me on track was the 10K Laser Coaching program. I finally figured out that I needed a mentor/coach and hired Connie Ragen Green. That definitely started me on the right path. She is famous for saying “What is for sale today?” In the beginning, I couldn’t honestly say that anything was for sale. I was promoting some affiliate products but I did not have any products of my own.

When Connie asked me to become the next 10K Laser Coaching student, I was shocked and excited. I remember it vividly. We were at NAMS in February 2013. We had lunch together and she asked me. That weekend was special for me because I turned 50 years old. What a great birthday present for me. I know now that I was having some doubts about my ability to really make this business work. Her belief in me made me believe that I could really do this.

The 10K Laser Coaching program has made me even more productive.  I want to make sure that I have made some progress before the next call.  I don’t want to disappoint the members or Connie. I feel like I have an obligation to give back since I have been given this wonderful opportunity. It has also helped me be more open.  I am an introvert and a pretty private person.  I try really hard to be transparent when it comes to my business so I can help others.

The 10K Laser Coaching program is a great opportunity for you as well. You can be a “fly on the wall” as Connie is coaching me.  You have the opportunity to see my mistakes as well as celebrate my successes. My goal is to help the members of this group avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that I have made. When you join this program, you not only get to watch all of my webinars, but you get to watch the webinars from the two past 10K Laser Coaching students as well. This is a great way to receive coaching without having to spend a lot of money.

Podcast #3: The Online Newbie Podcast – Jeanette Cates

Jeanette CatesJeanette Cates was a contributor to Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business. Jeanette left the corporate world multiple times and is now a full-time online marketer.  Jeanette was a pioneer in the online marketing world as well as the corporate world.

Jeanette was one of the first people I found online and I have been honored to actually meet her in person a few times. Her story is so fascinating. In this podcast, Jeanette gives great advice to people in the corporate world who have decided that they want to start an online business. A “aha moment” for me was when Jeanette said that everyone these days needs to think like an entrepreneur. Even if you have no intention of starting your own business, things are changing. Dr. Cates also gives advice on what are the minimum things you need to do to get started online.

Dr. Jeanette Cates is a familiar name to many in the online marketing community. Prior to building her thriving online business, she was a pioneer in the online learning industry. Along the way she has created and sold a bookkeeping and tax service, been the computer coordinator at a community college, taught college courses, pioneered a traveling computer training lab, and had a lot of other adventures. Jeanette enjoys her changing lifestyle and has found it fits well with her family’s changing needs. You can find  out more about Dr. Jeanette Cates at JeanetteCates.com or TechTamers.com.

 

 

The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA Review

The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBADo you like to shop? Can you ship a box? Are you good at finding bargains? If so, then this may be just the thing for you. Fulfillment by Amazon or FBA gives you the opportunity to sell other people’s products or your own products on Amazon.  That’s right; everything that is sold on Amazon is not their own merchandise. Ordinary people just like you and me can sell on Amazon.

There are two ways to sell other people’s products on Amazon. You can you participate in the merchant fulfilled or Fulfillment by Amazon program.  With merchant fulfilled, you put your listings on Amazon, but you actually are responsible for shipping the products to the buyer.  This is the easiest way to get started as far as the investment required.  You can even find things in your house that you can sell such as books, DVDs, etc.  You can also use FBA to sell other people’s products.  You go to the store find bargains, ship them to Amazon and let Amazon sell them. The great thing about this is that you can take advantage of the Amazon Prime program.  Amazon Prime is a membership where buyers can get 2 day shipping for free.

The last way to sell on Amazon is to find a private label manufacturer and sell your own product.  You create a brand, create your unique label and have the manufacturer ship directly to Amazon. I was unaware that this was even possible until about a month ago.  I am currently in the process of getting a product manufactured right now.

The opportunities that are possible with FBA are endless.  There are people that are making over 100K a month from their private label product.  There are many advantages to this approach but there is more of an investment required than selling other people’s products.  You have to find a product that will sell, find a manufacturer, create a brand and create your own labels. If you are a little nervous about private labeling, then you should pick the option where you find bargains.

There are so many courses that are available that range in price from about $100 all the way up to $4000. The good news is that a new product was just released that removes the barrier to entry. Dennis Becker’s The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA teaches you how to sell on Amazon using merchant fulfilled, retail arbitrage or private label. This 139 page guide includes the steps to get started as well as all of the resources you need to be successful.

The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA shows you were you can find bargain products, things you need to ship your products, how to pack your items for Amazon, how to list your items as well as how to price your items. 

This product also comes with 3 checklists:

  • Retail Arbitrage 30 Day Checklist
  • Private Label 30 Day Checklist
  • How To Get Started With a $0 Budget Checklist

I am so excited about the number of people that this product can help. If you want some extra income you can use this product.  If you want to make a full-time income you can use this product.  If you have teens that need a summer job, why not set up a company and let them work for you this summer. The opportunities are endless. Check out The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA right away.

What Does Online Marketing Have To Do With Teacher Appreciation Week?

Teacher Appreciation WeekLast week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  I think that being a teacher is one of the most unappreciated and underpaid careers in the United States.  Teachers have such a hard job these days.  They have to deal with a lot of discipline issues and other things that parents should be responsible for.  Also, there is a lot of pressure now to teach to tests instead of actually teaching children how to learn. I have the upmost respect for them.

I owe my choice of career to a teacher I had at Bowie State University.  I went to a science and technology school so I took a ton of science and math. I think I was a little burned out so I had decided that I wanted to be a lawyer.  I chose Political Science as my major.  Dr. Johnny Ponds was my math teacher my first semester.  He figured out very quickly that I was in the wrong math class. He moved me to another class but it was still too easy. He then proceeded to give me my own work.  So I would sit in the classroom and do work completely different from everyone else. He then talked to me about considering a Dual Degree Engineering program.  The way it worked was that I would go to Bowie State for 3 years and then go to another school that offered Engineering for 2 years.  In 5 years, I would graduate with 2 degrees. I was really bored with Political Science so this was very exciting to me.  I attended Bowie State for 3 years and got a Mathematics degree and attended George Washington University and received an Electrical Engineering Degree.  I owe a lot of gratitude to Dr. Johnny Ponds, a teacher.

When I was in college, I was a Math tutor. I have also tutored friends and family in Math and Science.  I still tutor my nieces and nephews on occasions. I really enjoy teaching people and it gives me great joy when they are able to understand what I am teaching them.

As an online marketer, I also teach people.  Many of the information products that I have produced teach people how to do something. For example, How To Create An  Amazon Store teaches you how to create an Amazon store on your website that looks like you are right on Amazon. How To Create A Sidebar Widget teaches you how to create ads for affiliate products or your own information products in your WordPress sidebar. 12 Days of Online Marketing is a compilation of 12 teleseminars where I taught about various online marketing topics.

As you can see, I am still in the mode of teaching. I believe that teaching is something that is in my DNA even though I did not become a traditional teacher. Every online marketer can be a teacher. Even if you believe that you don’t know a lot, more than likely, you know more than at least one person. I believe that sharing your knowledge with others is a way to improve our world. It is everyone’s responsibility to reinvigorate the excitement of learning in the children of today. What are you doing to teach someone today?

Podcast #2: Ask The Online Newbie Podcast – Paul Taubman

Paul TaubmanPaul Taubman was a contributor to Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business. Paul is currently still working in the corporate world but also has a successful online business. His exit plan is in place and in a short time, he will leave the corporate world behind. In this interview Paul talks about his exodus from corporate America and gives advice on how you can do this as well.

Paul B. Taubman, II has his roots deep in the world of technology. Working as a Solutions Architect at Fortune 500 companies for the past 25 years, Paul gets systems to talk each other and share data.

While maintaining a successful technical career, Paul is also an expert trainer. Traveling across the county, Paul trained countless folks how to work on intricate computer systems. He was a Master Trainer teaching Instructors across the country how to teach courses. As a highly respected College Adjunct, Paul teaches technical Computer Programming courses.

With all this training experience, Paul has learned how to teach all this “technical stuff” to non-techies! He is a master instructor at taking the obscure and complex and explaining it in a simple, fun, and educational way. Within the past 8 years, Paul has turned his attention to teaching website development to folks looking to take control of their website.

Knowing intimately how to do this, Paul now teaches people how to work full time while creating successful websites.

Your stress levels will melt away after working with Paul as you take control of your website and turn it into a profit machine. Visit I Need Help With WordPress for more information.

Remote Desktop – Access your Desktop or PC Remotely Using your Android Device

Remote DesktopYesterday I read an article from Tech Crunch that announced that Google has released a Chrome Remote Desktop application for your Android that allows you mobile access to your PC. Now as a person who loves gadgets and technology, this is really cool. I know in the corporate world we had tools like this, but now this is something that the average consumer can take advantage of.

In order to take advantage of this you need to install an app called “Chrome Remote Desktop”. You also have to install an app on your desktop or laptop which is available in the Chrome Web Store. One you install the app, you can connect remotely to your computer and access your files and folders.

How many times have you been away and then realized that you needed some information from your computer. It happened to me twice just yesterday. Someone asked me a question and the answer was on a file that was on my laptop.  I had to tell them that I would get back to them when I returned home from work. Also, I needed to send a file to someone yesterday, but that file was on my laptop at home as well.  If I know I will need a file, then I will upload it to Drop Box, but you cannot anticipate everything.

Lastly, the article goes on to talk about how you can help fix computer problems for others remotely. I know in my family I am the resident “Computer Helpdesk”. Whenever someone has a problem with their computer, I am the one that is called.  Sometimes I am able to resolve their problem and sometimes I am not. How cool would it be for me to initially remote desktop into their machine to see if I can resolve the problem?

Currently this application only works on PCs but they are working on a version for MACs. I believe that there are many uses for this technology. I won’t have to wait to get back home if I needed a file that was located on my laptop. Leave a comment and let everyone know how you could use this new technology.

Why On Earth Would You Leave Corporate America

Leave Corporate AmericaMaking the decision to leave corporate America isn’t an easy one, especially if it’s a job that pays well, has benefits and more. You have invested a lot in your education and training to get to this point. You have a lot of “skin in the game”. But people do leave and they leave for a number of different reasons – company downsizing, being ‘forced’ to leave, a loved one becoming terminally ill, going on maternity leave and deciding they don’t want to go back, etc.

 Talk corporate America workers and you’ll find that most of them feel like they’re underpaid, overworked or not appreciated. And again, most of them are extremely unhappy in their jobs. They talk about how they are not living the lifestyle they want, they don’t have enough time with family and friends and that they want to do something they have passion for. Usually if the beginning you are very excited and have lots of passion for the job you were hired to do, but over time, that passion wanes or disappears all together.

 This unhappiness and the desire to have more flexibility to live the lifestyle they want, leads to entrepreneurship and building an online business. People leave corporate America to pursue entrepreneurship.

 As mentioned above, it can be hard leaving corporate America especially if the job pays well. A lot of times our lifestyle keeps up with our paycheck making it seem impossible to get out. But most people have come to realize, and this is especially true as people get older and begin to realize just how short life really is, that money isn’t everything. And while money isn’t everything, keep in mind that entrepreneurship and starting your own online business actually gives you the opportunity to earn more than what you can working at a job because you get to set your prices, give yourself raises, etc.

 People leave corporate America to start their own business because they want the freedom and flexibility that having an online business can provide. Not only does it give freedom and flexibility to spend more time with family and friends, but it also has the potential (depending on how hard you work at it to make it financially successful) to provide financial freedom to live a certain lifestyle – traveling, owning a vacation home, buying a house, etc (whatever the lifestyle you wish).

 As you can see, there are definite benefits to leaving corporate America behind and venturing out on your own. Yes it can be risky, to leave the comfort of a corporate job that offers steady pay and reliability, to jump into entrepreneurship but many people choose to do it build an online business. And not only do they build that business, but they are successful at it. It can be done! You just have to weigh the options and decide whether leaving corporate America and starting your own online business is right for you, your family and your family’s needs. Only you can make that decision.

 There are many skills that you have gained in corporate America that are directly transferrable to entrepreneurship. The blog post, 5 Skills In Corporate America That You Can Translate To An Online Marketing Business, gives examples of 5 skills that you can use as you are transitioning to an entrepreneur.

If you want real life inspiration and advice for starting an online business, you should read “Leave the Corporate World Behind”. This book tells the stories of people who have left corporate America for an online business.

Bootstrap Marketing Product Review

Bootstrap MarketingA lot of people think that in order to make money on the internet you have to spend a lot of money. Dennis Becker’s Bootstrap Marketing gives you 5 simple methods to go from zero to full-time earning in 6 months. This 92 page PDF shows you step-by-step how to accomplish this. When I first saw the title, I was a little skeptical.  After reading the report, I became very excited. This product shows you how you can initially start out with no investment and how to gradually start to pay for things once you have some income coming in. The main thing is you need to follow Dennis’ road-map and stay away from Bright Shiny Objects (BSOs).

Dennis believes that it is better to start from the bottom and work your way up. When you don’t have money to spend on your business, it forces you to be more creative. You learn all the things that must be done in your business as opposed to outsourcing everything. I am not saying that you should not outsource, but you should know what is involved in the tasks you will eventually outsource out.

Bootstrap Marketing 5 Business Models

There are 5 business models that are explained in detail in Bootstrap Marketing:

  1. Freelancer
  2. Niche Marketer
  3. Affiliate Marketer
  4. Blogger
  5. Kindle Writer

For each of these business models, this product gives you 10 steps you need to follow as well as your 6 month bootstrapping overview. As I read through Bootstrap Marketing, I was perplexed as to what method to choose. I have experimented with all of these methods except for freelancing.

I am going to focus on the Kindle writing. I have written one Kindle book so far, Leave The Corporate World Behind.  I have been a contributor to another one,  What Is Your Why? I also am currently contributing to two other Kindle books.  It was stated that in order to be a successful Kindle author you need to have more than one book. My plan is to write a series of The Online Newbie books.

Bootstrap Marketing  is a great resource for online newbies.  It outlines 5 different business models that you can start right now with no money. Once you read this report, please leave a comment  and let me know what model you chose.