Hi.  My name is Grant.  I’m a retired Naval Aviator (helicopters), married, with 5 grown kids and 13 grandkids.  I live in western Colorado in a little town called Fruita, which sounds like it is spelled.  My wife is a nurse teaching in the Nursing program at Colorado Mesa University, the local institute of higher learning located in nearby Grand Junction, about 7 miles east of Fruita. I like to ride my road bicycle for exercise.  Most of my family is fairly close by right now, although I have a son and his family living in Vancouver, WA and my oldest daughter just moved to Homer, AK with her family.

I grew up in the world before computers.  I don’t remember seeing one until at least college, and while there I remember taking a class on computer programming using those old punch cards.  I’ll bet you younger guys and gals have no idea what programming with punch cards is.  You’re lucky.  I remember one time I created a program and put the punch cards into the reader and when the program started it got stuck in some kind of a loop and just kept going, and going, and going…

Anyway, I saw my first PC a few years later.  I remember the Atari, and the Commodore 64.  Those were big deals then.  Now computers have advanced so much we carry one around in our pockets and call it a cell phone.  Phone calls are only a small part of what those devices can do.  And now we have the internet.  We can all be linked together and we can find information, true and false, good and bad, online.  I am beginning to learn that you can find just about anything using the internet, from information to products, again good and bad.  You can buy stuff, and you can sell stuff.  Awesome! You can also get scammed.  Not so awesome, so be careful and do your homework.

I mentioned earlier that I’m retired.  After the Navy I worked for many years for the City of Grand Junction in the Police Department as kind of a second career. The reality was that I needed a job.  I had a family to support and having retired from the Navy Reserves, my Navy retirement checks wouldn’t start arriving until I turned 60 years old, and I was 40 years old.  I had to do something for the next 20 years.  Isn’t it interesting how we take a job because it’s one that’s available and the employer is willing to hire us, and then the next thing you know 18-20 years have gone by and we have had a career.  Would I have chosen that career if I’d had a choice?  How many of us get to pick our careers?  I imagine that most of us end up in something that was available instead of something we were passionate about.

So now I’m 65, and my wife is 63 and she’s starting to make noises about retiring herself.  That means losing her steady income from her teaching at the university.  That also means finding some way to replace that income, because our expenses pretty much equal our incomes right now.  I don’t want to go back to a regular job – I like retirement too much.  I don’t want to work in a store and deal with customers.  I don’t want to be stuck with what’s available at the time for a low wage.  I did that in my younger days.

Now I want to do something different.  I want to be in control and do something that I want to do, not something that my employer wants done.  I don’t want to have to take the graveyard shift or the weekend shift or any other shift if I don’t want to.  The obvious solution to me is an internet business.  I can work from home.  I can set my own hours.  There is a lot of potential there.  I know that a lot of people are making money online, and I believe I can be one of them.  That’s why I asked the question, Can I Really make money online?  I believe I can, and my journey toward internet marketing success has begun. I’ve had some success dabbling on Ebay and Craigslist. That was just what I said, dabbling.  Now I am serious and am going to work to make real money online.  I have discovered affiliate marketing and am using that as my vehicle to financial success online.

I’m currently an active member of Wealthy Affiliate.