About Ckbear
Joined June 2018
I am 62, married, and live in Oakland, CA. My occupational background includes heavy doses of paralegal work, freelance writing, sales and office administration skills. Other key background items are radio broadcasting, music performance and some college theater. Volunteer experiences include dog training, little league coaching (basketball, soccer, football and baseball), neighborhood watch organizing and hiking trail maintenance.

Since I am, arguably, too much of a "jack of many trades," I will be especially interested in niche identification techniques.

My goal is to stop working in other people's offices, stop commuting, work at home, make my own hours and take advantage of my own naturally high productivity. I am good at receiving help and also good at reciprocating once I am up and running or whenever my preexisting background enables me to "bring something to the table."

Thanks for having me!
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PMbaluka Premium
Hello there!

As I welcome you to WA, I'd like to congratulate you for upgrading to premium membership. This is the best decision you have made and I assure you that you will never regret your decision.

I hope you are already finding everything exciting here. One thing that you will enjoy is the interaction with the lovely community which is ready to assist you whenever possible. So don't let yourself to get stuck in any way.

If you need any assistance here please send a shout out.

Best wishes

Paul.
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ckbear Premium
Paul, thanks for your welcoming words. As I head into the home stretch of Entrepreneur, Level 1, I am already getting a strong sense of both the community spirit and the giant inventory of Premium learning materials, bells and whistles. I feel one of those "son't forget to eat and sleep" rushes that accompany any exciting new project.

As for God's direction in your internet business, my favorite Bible verse is Luke 4:18, where Jesus is in his hometown temple quoting what we know as Isaiah 61. I call it Jesus' "job description" and, when taken with the "great commission," is arguably our job description as well. A tall order? Yes, but of course God's got what it takes.

See you around the galaxy.
ck
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CarolMeador Premium
Hello. Welcome to WA Premium. Nice to meet you. Best wishes for your online success. I am following you. Carol
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ckbear Premium
Hi Carol and thanks for posting. Which part of Iowa (if you don't mind my asking)? My wife and her family all hail from Council Blufffs. I met her in the '90s as part of my 13 year stay in the Omaha metro before moving back to the SF Bay Area. Your cabin and its other residents sound interesting.

See you around the galaxy.
ck
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CarolMeador Premium
Hi, Mr. Bear! (What's the CK stand for?) I'm from a small town 20 miles east of Des Moines, Prairie City. Haven't lived there since 65, though.
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SherryHoward Premium
Hi CK.

I am truly blessed I don't have any tremors wi th my PD. My balace is just wworthless and my voice doesn't always work. how did you hear about wa? have you decided ona neche yet?
Best of luck to you. Sherry aka patty parkinsons.
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ckbear Premium
Stumbled onto WA while checking out freelance writing opportunities - this looks more promising. My niche/website is entitled Piano Motivator. The objective is to get prospective pianists off the fence and in front of a keyboard. It's in its embryonic stages right now but I'm enjoying the journey already.
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SherryHoward Premium
best of luck to you in your new venture. my roommate built a sttae of the art recording studio in my home, so ,musicians are always in and out of the house.
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ckbear Premium
Cool. What kind of music?
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VicLees Premium
Hello, I just wanted to take the time and welcome you to WA Premium! You will not regret your decision. I wish you much success in your new business.
Victor
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ckbear Premium
Thanks, Victor. It's will be an exciting ride. See you around the galaxy!
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onlineflow Premium
Welcome to WA Premium, Cortland
And Thanks for Your follow

Wherever you may be at this point,
Now you have the Full Map to Get to...
Well, You Can Go Wherever You Wanna Go from here :)

Here Is The Map:
Plug into the Training...
Ask all your Questions...
Apply what you learn...
Repeat... Repeat... Repeat
That's it...!

So, Nose to the ground...
Take a nap when it stops being fun :) :)
We got your back!

All my best to you,
Abe
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ckbear Premium
Looks like the road map is very clear. Now it's up to me, the traveler,to reach the destination. Thanks for your encouraging words. See you around the galaxy!
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onlineflow Premium
The joy is in the journey, buddy :)
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ckbear Premium
Agreed, although some of the milestones along the way certainly have their merits. Years ago, when I was between marriages, I had a chance to check out a book called "The Road Less Traveled," my Scott Peck. The original Robert Frost poem is great too. I'm definitely an RLT guy.

ck
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onlineflow Premium
You're right, brother...
The RLT, oh yes; and Milestones, of course
But nothing is ever done... and it's never wrong,
And it is never wrong because it is never done

The journey is always evolving
And it is vital to stay balanced...

Glad to have you on board :)
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MikeC69 Premium
In reply to your Premium Badge...

Congratulations of upgrading to premium!
You now have the entire tool box at your disposal !
If I can help along the way, just let me know!

Best of success !
Mike
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ckbear Premium
Thanks, Mike.. I'll take you up on that offer before too long. See you around the galaxy!
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Shay5 Premium
In reply to your 1st Website Badge...

Congrats on getting your first website up and running!
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ckbear Premium
Thanks, Shay. Lots left to do but the journey itself is proving exciting. I just switched over to Premium. See you around the galaxy.
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SWhitley Premium
In reply to your 1st Website Badge...

Cortland, Website launched and now you are on the way! Keep doing the training and watch your new business grow!
To Success!
Sanders
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ckbear Premium
Sanders, thanks for the encouraging words. Lots to do but the road is clear and the weather is fine. Thanks for your encouraging words. See you around the galaxy.
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Hello, Ckbear

I like your goal " My goal is to stop working in other people's offices, stop commuting, work at home, make my own hours and take advantage of my own naturally high productivity. I am good at receiving help and also good at reciprocating once I am up and running or whenever my preexisting background enables me to "bring something to the table.""

During the time you have been freelance writing, how has this worked out for you? Are there things you would improve, change, or keep doing? I appreciate you feedback, thank you!
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ckbear Premium
I actually got away from freelance writing for a few years after I moved back to the SF Bay Area and was able to get back to substantive legal work. Now, that market is deteriorating for me (age discrimination, over-controlled authoritarian work environments, co-worker jealousy -- you get the idea).

IMHO, the key to success with any kind of freelance work is not to put all of your eggs in one basket. Some lucrative clients can be incredibly tempting, but when they dry out, you get left high and dry.

The other key is good work habits. It's incredibly easy to get distracted with other things that chew up your time when you should be working. Much like college, it's important to take advantage of small pockets of time that show up at random in any given day or week.

ck
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VinceP1 Premium
Welcome to WA again Cortland.

Your background has many elements which will help you here at WA and in developing your online business. I am here for you , any questions just ask me, or the community. Nice to have you here !
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VinceP1 Premium
Hello Cortland welcome to Wealthy Affiliate.

Hopefully you’ve had the chance to look around and get an idea of what Wealthy Affiliate is about.

I know it can seem overwhelming at first because there is a lot of information. Don’t worry though, Wealthy Affiliate is an amazing community and it won’t take you long to get the hang of it.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to reply to this message or leave me a comment on my profile at https:https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/vincep1

To get started on the right foot, I recommend getting your account setup. This doesn’t take long and it will help all of us at Wealthy Affiliate get to know you. Oh and by the way, if you’re not happy putting an image of you up on your profile, you don’t have to.

You can just find an image of something that represents you if you’d rather do that.

Once you’ve got your profile organized, I recommend heading on over to this page: .

This page is the very beginning of Wealthy Affiliate’s training and it will step you through making a website right from the very basics.

There are a total of 5 different levels of this training and the entire thing is designed to take you through step by step, making sure you understand everything along the way. And, there’s plenty of opportunity to ask questions if you get stuck.

Wealthy Affiliate really does work, but it’s a process.

So, take the time to learn everything you can and don’t try to rush it. If you have any questions at all, go ahead and ask me or ask other members on the site.

You’ll find that this is a busy community, with lots of people who are willing to help.

Take care and I’m sure I’ll see you around on here.

Oh, before I go.

Please hit reply to this message and leave me a comment – just so I know you got my message.

Take care!
Vince
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ckbear Premium
Hi Vince,

Thanks for your encouraging message. I have a lot of learning to get done, but the learning resources are impressive.

As I mentioned in my "description," I am especially curious about the niche identification process: how to reconcile what my strengths are with what products and services are most interesting to my "customers."

Again, lots to learn -- thanks for the welcome.
ck
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VinceP1 Premium
I don't want to get ahead of the training, but this area is addressed. But, please by all means, touch base with me when you reach this point because I have a lot of experience with various niches and thier ROI.

You would be surprised that some, which at first glance appear like they would make no money instead bring tens of thousands of dollars per month to certain well choosen afiliate site that are well established.

Caveat - you need to learn and want to succeed and it takes time and effort, but it can be done. I see it in case studies and I see it here at WA and also online .

I am here for you. All the best to you !
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