About IslandMike
Joined October 2013
I am stranded in Paradise. We actually have a lot to be thankful for, but like many others over here at Wealthy Affiliate we could use some extra income. For the last 7 years have worn the hat of Kona Coffee Farmers.

We knew it would be hard work, and frankly we did not come here to drive a Lexus or have a mansion as a home -- but then we did not expect to exactly be living on such a limited budget either. Our intention was to build up the business and it should do well enough that we could delegate some of the tasks like weed whacking. We are all organic -- so no poisons for us! Unfortunately the weeds grow, and we are still whacking them ourselves -- whoops, after 7 years that can get pretty old.

We grew the business from scratch (well the land was here and the trees were here), built a wet mill, built a dry mill, built a storage facility, a drying deck, designed the labels, figured out all the processing parts. Figured out the marketing bits.

Then every year we go out (basically to our back door!) and hand harvest, process the beans from the field to the bags. -- we do it all, and every seed we probably at some time or the other we have touched before it goes to the customers' coffee pots!

We actually built up a good customer base.

But mother nature has been changing. Like many other parts of the world, unexpected weather patterns have come to make our trees not as productive as they once were -- so we actually have too little product to go around for the demand.

So, we still need to take care of the farm but how do you get more income? And we are not exactly spring chickens -- already turning over that magic 60 mark!

I've been curious about internet marketing but every time I have looked I get simply overwhelmed at all the offers.

I've taken a few courses that claimed they would teach me how -- somewhat applied to just straight marketing of Kona Coffee, but for the most part the courses lead to dead ends. As many of you have said in your own profiles -- the implications were sugar coated or blown way out of proportion to facts.

We also have dabbled very recently in MLM or network marketing -- some of those people do seem to make money but it is basically a hard hearted game of churning people. Often people who did not have money to invest to lose. I could not stomach that, where a very select small percentage of an organization would benefit from the downfall and collapse of the majority under them. Two or three make money at the expense of 15 or 20 a year they churn thru and take their money.

So back to looking, and happened upon this resource here. I have actually been here before, it was not all unfamiliar. I think last time this was a relatively new organization and I thought -- yeah there will be a recurring monthly charge for anything good and I've been there done that. At that time there must have been little to validate the structure.

Well, this time I took the leisure to look at people's history trails. Not everyone is coming out smelling like roses, but there are people on here that have remained for many years. There are people on here who go out of their way to reach out and help. That's worth it to me to invest $19 to go my first month to dig even deeper.

I appreciate all those who have taken the time to send their virtual pats on the back and handshakes. I not only want but really need to do this, and from what I see, it is possible. Not like the scenario of the one person in 20 million that wins the lottery, or the 2 dozen people out of 20000 that make a Mac App Store App that makes them wealthy -- but just an opportunity for regular hard working folks. Like anything I know it won't be 100% of everyone that comes out on the other side with results, but at least it won't be 1% or 2% getting results like it is in MLM! Or 0% from all the sales sites that basically just want to sell you programs and get you to contribute to their mailing list size.

So we are here on the Big Island in Hawaii, where the weather is usually nice, but up at our elevation these days just too much rain. We have peacocks that honk and wake us up in the morning. Three dogs that were given to us that we have taken in and love like they were children. We can go out and when in season pick an avocado, an orange or pick a sack of lemons and make a lemon pie! We are about 15 minutes to a beach where sometimes you can swim with dolphins..

Visitors tend to call it paradise, for us it is more paradise lost at the moment :)...

....living a bit close to the bone as far as the bank account, but with some hope in our eyes from finding (again) this wonderful community.

...looking forward to growing with you all, surviving, and then sticking around for those who come in the future to turn their lives around for the better as well..for the long haul as they say!

ALOOOHA,
Mike
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Hi Mike, my name is Tom, and thanks for the "FOLLOW me", you have come to the right place, and like you wish to learn more and become that person who can help and share valuable knowledge. Everyone of us have a unique talent and want to help as many others enjoy working from home in a profitable "Home Based" business. Riches, won't make you happy, but having enough is all I need, if I get more! the more I can help in the future. Hey! thanks for the "Follow" I look forward to corresponding with you. WA is the right place to be, and you will get all the support from Kyle and Carson. Just joined as a premuim member on 11th October 2013 and you are welcomed to see my page and I also look forward to engage with you also.
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I know I probably should have been doing my homework -- but I did not have unlimited time during my trial period -- and I mostly went around reading blogs and following links to websites. I really like the fact that there are many regular folks on here. That's why I chose to follow you. You may not be a computer genius but you've already got a web page up in short time. I hope to learn from and then at some point maybe help out when I know more. Thanks for the nice response to my follow!
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IslandMike Premium
Well, I have not yet done all the initial 1-2-3's but I will. I got distracted during my trial stage (and did not have every day to come to Wealth Affiliate) by all the stories and unfolding lives that are revealed on here. It is nice to know people come and grow and often stick around to try to help! Perhaps getting to understand the great community here is about as important as doing the classes, maybe I just did it a bit backwards? Thanks much for the response!
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Thanks for the follow! Best of luck to you!
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IslandMike Premium
I liked the fact that you have gotten a couple of websites up in just a pretty short period of time -- you seem like someone worthy of following. Who would have thought you could get paid to play video games? Anyway you seem to be applying what you have learned here and that interests me, and hope to continue to be inspired! Thanks for your reply.
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I couldn't have put up two websites in 2 months if it wasn't for the AWESOME training that Kyle provides. Plus the help that's available from the other members who have been here for a long time. Once I got the first website up, the second one went quicker. I'm hoping my next website will be just as quick...once I decide on what the niche is.
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Hi Mike,

Welcome to WA! As you are just new to the community I'd like to take this opportunity to say hello and let you know that I am here to help you get started.

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IslandMike Premium
Thanks, I'm looking around a bit, and did watch the into video -- and will come back to start the courses. I'm in Hawaii and it is actually 1:17AM -- probably your early morning time where you are but here past bedtime. Thanks again for taking the time out to say hello to us new folks!
Mike
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Carson Premium
Hey Mike,

Great to hear that you are poking around and familiarizing yourself with Wealthy Affiliate.

Take your time, take action on what you learn, and have fun.

I'll be here to help along the way!

Carson
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Vince OMWV Premium
Hey there! Welcome to the Wealthy Affiliate community! My name is Vince. I'm actually the one who referred you here.

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IslandMike Premium
I did upgrade. I don't specifically remember coming from your referral however I know you are in a folder I am referencing to help guide me -- and believe me there are not a lot of resources in that folder (you are on a short list!). Thank you for taking the time to follow up several times -- it is most appreciated!
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Awesome. Yeah, most likely you came through one of my websites, perhaps Online Marketing With Vince.

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