Welcome to my blog. My name is Charles Holmes. My friends call me Chuck. I hope you will do the same thing.
I love our industry. Many people will not understand that, but I know a few of you will.
What I love most about this industry is helping others, the personal development, the ability to be your own boss and call your own shots, working from a laptop anywhere in the world, and the residual income.
**** The picture to the left was one of my last days in the Army in 2010. I resigned as a Major.
My first network marketing company was Amway (known as Quixtar at the time). When I first saw the circles drawn on the dry erase board I was hooked. I didn’t sleep well for several days. I was so excited about what this industry offers ordinary people.
If anything, I was angry that no one had ever taught me about residual income, time freedom, leverage or network marketing before that. Now, almost 16-years later I still feel the same way about our industry.
My experience in this industry is similar to most people. It has not been easy for me. It has been a constant challenge. I mentally quit thousands of times. I even physically quit a few times.
Despite the difficulty I had for many years, the industry has always been appealing to me. It’s always drawn me back in. It’s like a disease I couldn’t get rid of. I truly believe that once you learn about, and understand residual income, it never leaves your blood. You will spend the rest of your life trying to create it, and rightfully so.
I knew that if I stuck with it, I would eventually figure out how succeed in network marketing. My journey to success took longer than most, but I am so glad I stuck it out.
When you really stop and think about it, how many businesses offer you the following things:
- Residual income (this one thing alone makes it worth it, everyone needs residual income)
- Leverage without employees or money
- A three to five-year plan to complete financial freedom
- Low start up costs, less than a few hundred bucks
- Work from anywhere in the world
- Free mentor
- Personal development plan
- No need to source or inventory products
- No accounts receivable
- No paperwork
- No need to collect payment or deliver products
- No territories
- Recognition and Praise
- No need to research and develop products
- The company does the customer service, deliveries, refunds, product development and sends you a check each month
Seriously… stop and think about this for a minute! Try to name even one other business model that offers all of these things.
At the time of updating this page (JAN 2018), I have been in the industry almost 16 YEARS.
Let me start by telling you that I am NOT rich. I don’t have 840,000 people on my team (but, I’m working on that). I’m not a guru, although I am quite knowledgeable about the industry. I am simply an average, hard working, determined, committed person who made the decision to get started and make this my profession.
When I first joined the industry, I had a lot of baggage to overcome (more than most). I had a horrible self-image, bad attitude and I was a jerk. Thank goodness for the personal development! I am now a totally new person.
After committing about two and a half years to my first company (Amway) I decided to take a short break from the industry. I had a nice team going and was making some money, but I was burnt out and going through a painful divorce. I left the business for personal reasons.
During the next TEN YEARS, I bounced around to many different network marketing companies. I wasn’t really committed to ANY of those companies. I was one foot in, but never all in. I’d dabble with each company for three to nine months and then be off to the next shiny object.
I never found a company I was REALLY passionate about, nor did I ever put in the work it takes to succeed (in a big way). My failure, or lack or results, was my own fault. In other words, I never even gave myself a fair chance to succeed. Can you relate? Once again, my problem was me. I simply did not have the skills, mindset or commitment it took to succeed.
I’ve made more mistakes than most people in this industry. I’m not proud of that, but I did learn from each mistake and became a better leader, network marketer and entrepreneur in the process. The biggest mistakes I’ve made in this industry in the past were:
- Not committing to one company for the long haul
- Picking the wrong company
- Only having one foot in, not being “all in”
- Not taking massive action consistently
- Trying to create multiple streams of income before I built one solid income stream
- Not using my own talents and abilities to build the business in a way that works for me
- Chasing money rather than finding a company with a product line I am passionate about
- Not having a clear daily mode of operation for my business
- Not being persistent and consistent with my business day in and day out
While it’s embarrassing to put these down on my website for everyone to read, my hope is that you can learn from what I did wrong so you don’t make the same mistakes that I did.
While I made a lot of mistakes during those early years, there is one thing I did right. I worked on my personal development. I took the time to develop the right skill-set and mind-set. I worked on my attitude, my leadership skills, my communication skills, my marketing skills, and my network marketing skills. Now, I am starting to enjoy the benefits of doing that.
It wasn’t until 2014 that I became a network marketing professional. Basically, I was an amateur for 12+ years. My advice to you is “don’t wait that long to become a network marketing professional.” Make a decision you will succeed, act as if you have a million dollars invested in your business, put in the work, and work on your personal development. Do those things and you WILL succeed!
Here are a few other things about me that you might find interesting.
- Both my wife and I work from home (in our pajamas) full-time with my business (I did not join the business to wear a suit and tie or go to meetings!)
- I am 40 years young (as of 2017)
- I grew up in small town Skowhegan, Maine and have loving parents
- I am a Red personality, with a touch of blue and green
- I am extremely competitive and focused
- I enjoy going to yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores with my wife
- I’m the author of approximately 20 books and numerous audio training programs
- I have a Master’s Degree in Management
- I am a Certified Small Business Coach
- I’ve been a selling on eBay for about 15 years
- I own two large websites that I update almost every day, this one and my military website
- I spent just over 15 years in the Army and Army National Guard; resigning as an Army Major
- Combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Kosovo, awarded the Bronze Star
- I enjoy reading, exercising, treasure hunting, writing and watching funny movies
- I live in Homosassa, FL with my wife Rachel
- I have a 15-year old son, Devant
- I am a NIGHT OWL, never call me before 10 a.m. in the morning (LOL)
WHAT I’M DOING NOW
First off, let me tell you that my BRAND, BLOG and EMAIL LIST are my real businesses. I realize that not all companies last forever, and I never want to be dependent on ONE source of income.
More than 100,000 people per month visit this website. I simply look for income streams that I can “plug in” to my blog, that would be a good value for my website visitors. I believe in multiple streams of income and like to stay diversified. I hope you can understand that.
Keep in mind, these are listed in no particular order. Also, I only promote things I use myself.
# 1 Health & Wellness
I love this company and their products. I will be a customer for life. I’ve been affiliated with them since 2014. They have been in business since 1992. They are virtually unknown in the USA, but they have a HUGE presence in Europe. They specialize in health, weight loss, sports nutrition, skin care and personal care items. They manufacture the products in the USA (in Arkansas). Currently, there are about 120 products to choose from.
This company is low key and under the radar. There is NO HYPE. It is FREE to join. You get a FREE website when you join. There is NO membership fee or renewal fee EVER. The customer service is great. There is no monthly buying requirement. The price point of the products is great. No front-loading. No one gets hurt. This is network marketing without the headaches. Most people are just happy customers, which is fine with me. Create your free account and try out some products.
# 2 Online Shopping Platform
I joined this company in November 2017. It is an online shopping platform, currently for USA residents only. It’s free to join. You can earn cash back shopping at hundreds of online stores you already shop at, stores such as Walmart, eBay and Amazon, to name a few.
You can also earn cash back when you buy gift cards (more than 300 options). You get a free website and can get paid on up to 15 LEVELS of referrals. Even though this company is a little more than a year old, I see it becoming a HUGE company. It’s a great value for customers and reps. Even if you just want to make some money on your own purchases, that’s great. You can learn more about it right here.
# 3 My Avon Store
My grandmother was an Avon rep. I am proud to continue her tradition. I do NOT recruit for Avon. I simply treat it like an affiliate program, sell the products, and am also a very satisfied customer. They offer a huge assortment of jewelry, clothing, household items, personal care items, fragrances and more. Best of all, their price point is great for anyone on a budget. Shop my Avon store here.
# 4 My Online Marketing System
I am a VERY SATISFIED customer and affiliate with Power Lead System (since SEP 2017). I use their capture pages and autoresponders to promote all of my businesses online. This is easily my most valuable business tool (other than Aweber).
I use this system to promote different things online. It is also a very lucrative affiliate program. The bottom line is everyone trying to grow a business online needs capture pages and an autoresponder. This is your one-stop shop to get those two things, and even earn some extra money while you use their tools. They also have some amazing training in the back office, weekly training calls, and a very strong online Facebook community. Learn more here.
# 5 My High Commission Business
I’ve been a happy affiliate and customer with this company since 2009. That’s almost 9 full years now! They are what I call a business in a box. They offer great digital training programs you can use to learn new skills. They currently have about 10 different courses you can purchase to learn new skills about building businesses online.
They also have a FANTASTIC affiliate program where you can earn generous commissions, up to $1,500 per sale. Everything I know about online marketing, I learned from this company. I am eternally grateful for everything I learned from them. That’s why I continue to promote their products and system. This would be a great standalone online business or additional income stream. Learn more here.
# 6 Bitcoin Training Platform
I have been obsessed with cryptocurrency. I find the idea fascinating and believe it will one day be the way the entire world does money. This is a membership site designed to teach you about cryptocurrencies. You can learn how to buy and sell cryptocurrencies profitably. It’s also a business opportunity. It does business worldwide. I find the training very helpful and valuable and believe it to be a great business and EDUCATIONAL Platform, all in one. Learn more here.
Why Do Business with Me?
I’m a nice, honest guy. I enjoy helping people reach their goals. I strive to be a servant leader and create win-win relationships with everyone I do business with. I also am very good at online marketing and can give you simple step by step instructions about what to do.
I hope you will bookmark this site, visit it often and share it with your friends and family. Thank you for visiting my website and thanks for taking the time to learn more about me. Feel free to leave a comment below to tell me a little bit about yourself.
If you have questions, send me an email to email@example.com or give me a call at (352) 503-4816 EST. Please do not call before 10 a.m. or later than 7 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. I’m normally home. If I’m not, leave a message and I will get back with you promptly.