The Early Years
Growing up I always envisioned having the life I wanted to live – not the life someone else wanted for me. It was 2005 and my twin girls were 2 years old, and I was graduating from the Police Academy in Florida. It was this time that I knew I really didn’t want to be a cop. Don’t get me wrong, being a police officer is something I always wanted to be when I was growing up. The thoughts of chasing the bad guys, and helping those in need would play over and over in my head. – and being able to chase people and help those in need is something
But reality set in. I had a family now, and I couldn’t ever live with myself if I wasn’t there for them – both physically and financially. I wanted the best for my family, and I knew I wasn’t able to live the life I really wanted by being a cop. It was this time I decided to make a complete change.
I also had a feeling and knew I HAD to work from home – and years later I would really find out why…
I started working from home. I hustled, every-single-day to replicate my full-time job income as a tax preparer. My first taste as an Entrepreneur was booking part time jobs from places like Work At Home Moms, and RatRaceRebellion. Every single day I did whatever I could do to better myself because I knew I couldn’t continue working multiple part-time jobs for the rest of my life.About 4 years prior in high school – I took a web development course.
I thought to myself… if I wanted to increase my income I had to do something different, so I started dabbling in web design and development. I learned everything I could quickly and started working to become a front-end developer. I used email and Craigslist to get in contact with agencies who could use my skill set and pitched them what I did to get projects.
Beautiful San Diego… here we come
In 2007 we decided to pack all of our things and move from Orlando, FL to San Diego, CA – with everything in van. I mean EVERYTHING… we didn’t leave anything behind. We took our entire belongings cross-country in 1 mini-van. We had all of our clothes, our kids beds, their clothes, toys, computers, and 1 dog. , including 2 beds. Our entire minivan was packed from front to end. There wasn’t any more room!
It was a hard decision that we had to make, but we went through with it. We moved in with my brother-in-law – he was the one that actually invited us to move cross-country and stay with him. As soon as we got settled in San Diego, I continued improving my skillset as a developer and worked harder and harder to get more projects under my belt.
Soon after settling in, I landed a full-time job making $5,000 a month. During the 1 1/2 years that we lived there, I was able to land a couple clients. We then found out we were pregnant with our 3rd child – sweet!
A turn for the worse
A few months later though, my brother-in-law was deployed to Afghanistan and was killed in action after only being there for 2 weeks. It was extremely difficult for us, especially my wife. At this time she was 7 months pregnant and her delivery got pushed back because she became sick. However, with the blessings from God – our son was born right before New Years Eve.
I lost all of my clients during this time since I had to deal with my brother-in-law’s death. I had to take care of my wife, do a lot of legal paperwork and a lof of other things. It was a huge toll on the entire family – however, I knew there was hope at the end of the tunnel.
Everything is bigger in Texas
It was July 2010, 7 months later and we had to move from San Diego to Texas. The banks took the house away because of the tragedy, and we were homeless. My sister-in-law lived in Brownsville, TX and we decided to go there instead of back to Florida. Honestly, the reason we didn’t make it back to Florida was that I had no money, and only had enough gas to make it to Texas.
After living with my sister-in-law for a few months, we settled in a small 1000 sq ft house in Brownsville, TX. It was the most we could afford at $700/month. I loaded up my computer, started hustling as much as I could and sought out to get clients and look for projects that I could handle. Within 2-3 months I started earning over $13,0000 per month.
After 3 years of living in Brownsville, we moved to McAllen which is where we live today. There have been issues during the 5 years that we’ve lived here.
Remember that feeling I had about working from home? My wife got sick in December of 2013 with pancreatitis and only had a 20% chance of living. Our world turned completely upside down again, and I lost all of my clients once again. We racked up over $350,000 worth of debt (including medical bills) and I almost fell into depression. I didn’t work for months so I could take care of my wife and family, but I couldn’t NOT work any longer. and I didn’t work for a couple of months in order to take care of my wife.
My level of enthusiasm for business and web projects fell off stage again… I had to make a bigger change.
Taking a Big Risk…
The summer of 2015 I decided to take a big risk… I wanted to drop all my web clients and turn to where my passion was – helping business owners connect the dots and increase their revenue. You see, all the sites that I developed for agencies and local businesses were just that – websites.
They really didn’t help build any type of value, much less revenue, to the business. I didn’t feel I was contributing to the real reason why a website should be developed – generate leads, revenue and work like clockwork for businesses.
I started letting go of my web development clients little by little. I started diving deep into digital marketing – especially Facebook Ads.Fast forward the following 12 months – I had dropped 100% of my web projects… and clients.
Fast forward the following 12 months – I had dropped 100% of my web projects… and clients. It was freakin’ scary – but I had done it. I had put myself out there entirely on a whim to really make it, or break it.
It was freakin’ scary – but I had done it. I had put myself out there entirely on a whim to really make it, or break it.
Either I succeeded more than I had ever succeeded before – or that would’ve been the end of our financial freedom that I had built over the past 10 years.
Facebook Ads Expert – YES!
I dove deep – straight deep into becoming a Facebook Ads Expert over the following 18 months.
Generating leads for local businesses was an everyday thing to me now. Mortgage, real estate, chiropractors, dentist, eCommerce, roofers, pool builders – you name it… I had done it in some way or another.
I started consulting with other people who had paid $2K, $5K – even $10K on courses but just couldn’t get the results that were promised to them. Two things happened at the beginning of 2017.
- I launched the fastest growing Facebook group… Entrepreneur Hustle. It’s grown to over 25,000 members since January 2017… 100% organically – in 7 months.
- My Facebook Ads for Complete Newbies training has helped over 500 students on running Facebook Ads and sales funnels – and a lot of them have built a high 6 figure agencies. My entire launch and subsequent launches have been organic – without using paid advertising.
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