About SimonKE
Joined March 2016
Quick facts & a couple of good quotes!
I have never been big on following all of the rules. However there is one RULE I am happy to follow, the Rule of 62

“Don’t take yourself too damn seriously”

Lighten up and have fun. Life is too short. Being the grouch or the brainstorm is a sure way to cheat yourself out of learning something valuable or experiencing the gifts life has to offer.

I am very transparent about who I am, what solutions I have to offer, and my qualifications.

I’m the guy that believes risk is a must and rules were meant to be bent and sometimes broke in order to excel.

“Success lies outside your comfort zone” Bill Gates

“The only Strategy guaranteed to fail is not taking risks” Mark Zuckerberg

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction” John F. Kennedy

“It is not the things you do that you will regret 20 years from now, It is the things you didn’t do” Mark Twain

Who…Am I?
My name is Simon Ecklund. I live in St. Cloud, MN. When I am not helping people in their effort to become an entrepreneur, I love spending time with family and friends, traveling, music, arts, motorcycles, water sports, fishing, mountain biking, snow sports, evenings on the couch enjoying a good movie, and sometimes doing absolutely nothing productive.

Some…Facts and History!
I had two dreams as a kid and teenager, to drive a semi truck and to help people.
Fear kept my dream of helping people from becoming a reality for many years. I didn’t do well in a traditional learning environment, so I was afraid to go to college for fear that I would fail.

So my dream to drive a semi became a reality. I owned and operated semi truck for 15 years.

I remember daydreaming about driving a big truck when I was a kid watching movies like “Smokey and the Bandit and Convoy.” So when I was presented with the opportunity to learn to drive truck, I was overly excited.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that trucking was not for me. I am a people person and the road is a lonely place. As I said before fear kept me from moving out of my comfort zone so I stayed stuck for many more years.

How…I got to where I am today!
I will keep this as short as possible. There was a series of events that
brought me to where I am today and how I am able and qualified to help people find a business that might be the perfect solution for their lifestyle and financial wants and needs as well as help struggling entrepreneurs with solutions to their internet marketing challenges so they can scale their online presence.

I learned I was going to be a parent in 2011 and I refused to raise a family from the road. So I sold my truck and got a local job driving truck and operating heavy equipment.

In 2013 I was in a car accident and I was faced with only a couple of choices
• get out of my comfort zone and learn something new
• or complain about how unfair life is and wallow in self pity because I couldn’t get a good enough paying job due to a lack of a formal education.

I chose to get out of my comfort zone and ended up starting a home based business centered in helping people.

This did not happen quickly, easily, or without a great deal of frustration, embarrassment, and the loss of thousands of dollars.

I signed up for two different network marketing companies and tried tapping into the online business world a couple of different times and failed miserably.

But I do not give up easily. I just kept networking with people and reading. In the spring of 2014 I discovered and started a legitimate home based business that aligned with my passion for business and helping people.

I operate a home based franchise brokerage business helping people by learning their wants, needs, goals, likes, dislikes, and budget then find a few franchise businesses that have the components to help them achieve their goals, and finally walk them through the entire evaluation process so they can make an informed decision.

I hold memberships with multiple business networks designed to support and provide personal growth and business development resources for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and struggling entrepreneurs.

I am a work in progress. I continue to invest in myself so I can create a better place for people to learn.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” Benjamin Franklin

My Mission
My mission is to help aspiring entrepreneurs understand
• themselves
• the realities of starting a business be it a franchise business, licensing opportunity, or home based internet business
• how to evaluate opportunities
• what opportunities are available
• and what resources are available to help with financial or legal representation if needed

I am dedicated to providing quality relevant information and resources to help save time and money allowing people to focus on evaluating themselves and their options so they can make an informed decision. The idea is to make the best decision based on facts not emotions.
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For a part time effort, I would be happy earning an extra 20-30k per year.
I would be ecstatic if I broke six figures.
To start I have at least one hour per day I can commit to learning and applying what I learn. I will also spend any extra time I find to study.
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SimonKE Premium
For a part time effort, I would be happy earning an extra 20-30k per year.
I would be ecstatic if I broke six figures.
To start I have at least one hour per day I can commit to learning and applying what I learn. I will also spend any extra time I find to study.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Great to see you getting the ball rolling here at WA by adding your goals, Simon!

It's the first and most important step everyone should take, and it shows that you are serious about building a successful business online.

Everything you need to make it happen is included for you here at WA, so dive into the training, take action on what you learn and don't forget to ask questions if you get stuck!

Looking forward to seeing how things work out for you Simon :-)

Cheers,

Marcus
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Kyle Premium
Broken down, this is going to be more than achievable for you (and then some). The internet has over 2 billion people actively search for and buying things online. All you need to do is connect with a few of these people each day to meet your initial goal!

I know with some hard work and persistence you will achieve all of your goals and then be building brand new ones. I am here to help if you ever need anything and you have an entire community rooting for your success here at WA Simon! :)
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Hey Simon,

I hope you are having a great day today and everything is going well for you here at WA!

I just wanted to send you a very quick message and remind you of my Premium bonuses if upgrading is something that you are considering.

These bonuses along with my continued personal support will definitely help to kickstart your business and fast track your online success.

Here they are once again:

#1) Your first month as a Premium member at just $19 ( 57% discount on the usual price of $47)

#2) Exclusive Access to the Diamond Traffic bonus, a system that will show you exactly how to get unlimited traffic (for free) online. It is the system that I have used to build out many of my websites.

#3) Affiliate Program Bonanza bonus. If you know which affiliate programs are hot online and where to find high paying ones, you can earn a ton of money. Plain and simple. This bonus is an hour long video walking you through the top techniques for uncovering these lucrative affiliate programs.

#4) Personal support and help from me to assist you with your campaigns at Wealthy Affiliate, whenever you need it.

That is all for now, Simon, and I hope everything is heading in the right direction for you here at WA. Don't forget to drop me a line if I can help in any way :-)

Cheers,

Marcus
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SimonKE Premium
Hello Marcus,

I signed up for this and then found myself busy with my other business and not having the time to navigate the site. I would like to dedicate one hour per day with this. However I am not sure which of my businesses would benefit most from these sites, or if any of them would benefit at all.

Please take a couple of minutes to read the short description of each of my businesses so you can provide my with your expert advise.

I do not have a product to sell any one. I provide a valuable free service to people considering becoming franchise owners. My service could be compared to a real estate agent. I learn about a persons likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, and budget. From there I search through my database of franchises and business opportunities that are available for development in their area. I choose the three that have all of the components to help my candidate meet their goals. I present these opportunities to my candidate, then help them through the evaluation process of each company until they have enough of the facts to make a confident decision about their future.

Just like when someone is buying a home, they do not pay the real estate agent, the seller pays the real estate agent. It is the same here. The franchise or business opportunity pay me for bringing them a qualified candidate that becomes a business owner. They are required by the FTC to charge everyone the same, so my candidates never pay for my service.

My next business is a direct marketing business for one of the top digital marketing companies in the world. Our main focus is social media management for small to mid sized businesses that have an advertising budget.

This is not a self help tool. We offer a complete hands free approach. The company took advantage of the implosion of the news paper industry and hired some of the top journalist for their content creation team, they also have one of the most advanced technology teams to create, link, and optimize all of their media and website. They top it off with a responsible blog and email campaign.

So why am I here trying to figure out how to do what my company can do is probably what you are asking yourself right now.

I exhausted all of my financial resources on my main business. So I am not able to afford my own services through them right now. I would feel awkward trying to sell someone a service I provide and am not using myself. So this business got put on hold for now.

The final business is direct marketing for memberships to a 30 year old wellness company. A person might like the environmentally safer quality products, they might like the health supplements that are backed by science to actually enter the blood stream and provide the benefits they are supposed to, that over the counter vitamins will not do. Or finally they might like the over 400 products offered, discounts to over 600 retail stores, and the opportunity to build their own business by helping other people shop smarter and healthier and build a business. NOT MLM. I know it surly seems like it, but it by definition is not.

The reason I am sharing all of this with you is to find out if I can generate organic leads for these businesses using the tools you provide ?

Thank you Marcus, I look forward to hearing back from you.
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Hi Simon,

It's great to touch base with you and thanks for the comprehensive overview of your situation.

Initially I think it would be most important to understand what WA is and what it does. This, I believe, will allow you to make an informed decision about IF it can of any benefit to you and your businesses.

WA's primary purpose is to teach people how to build niche-focused websites around topics that interest them. There is a large degree of effort required from the individual, but if they stick to what WA teaches it will earn them an ongoing and legitimate income.

Alternatively, we also have people join WA who want to give their existing businesses an online presence. This approach also works well, but in a different way to a niche website where earnings are solely generated online.

Now both of these options fit your requirements in terms of potentially generating leads for your existing businesses. However, I think the key element here is if you are able to invest the required time to develop a website or websites.

I also believe it would be of great benefit to take a look at the 'Getting Started' training, if you haven't done so already. This will give you a much clearer idea of how WA works and what's included. Doing this will give you a much clearer idea of if WA is right for you. Here's the link: I hope this helps for now, Simon. Do let me know if you need any further help!

All the best,

Marcus
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SimonKE Premium
Thank you Marcus.

I wrote that before I had a chance to look at the getting started portal. I did that right after my email to you, finished lesson one and created a profile. I started lesson two, but have not finished it yet.

I do not have a great amount of time to invest, however I am willing to invest the time I do have to learn and implement what I learn. For now I can dedicate one hour per day. Some days I will have more time to invest, but I can commit to one hour for sure.

Am I understanding correctly that I basically will have to write content for each website and blog ? If this is the case, it may not be for me. I am not the greatest writer.

Any way, I will continue to move through the training and see what happens. I have not decided to upgrade as of yet. I do not want to commit to that unless I can safely determine that I will be able to duplicate what others have done to at least get back the money spend each month.

I understand there are no guarantees of the outcome one will have for the efforts they put in, however I need to at least be comfortable with my abilities to do what has proven to work.

Too many times I have put my money out there before I had enough information to know exactly what it was that I would have to do, only to find out that I would have to spend more money to get the information I needed, then again spend more money for the next piece of information. The result was spending a bunch of money to know what the system has done and could do, but never know how.

I know you know what I am talking about. I do not get the feeling about this. However I still need to know I can do it.

My franchise consulting business was a big risk. However I was able to evaluate and validate the business model and come to the conclusion that I could do what others were doing. The bottom producers were doing better than I had ever done in my life, so I was modest and said if I am only able to do half of what they are doing I will be safe financially.

I hope to find the same true here. Obviously many people are doing great.

Thank you again
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Marcus WFHW Premium
No problem at all, Simon.

In a nutshell, yes you will be required to create content for your website on a fairly regular basis. WA does teach you how to do this if you are not confident about your writing ability, so definitely embrace the training if you decide that WA is right for you.

Let me know if you have moved any further forward with the training and by all means let me know if you have any further questions.

Cheers,

Marcus
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Hey Simon!

So here you are 10 days into your WA experience and I really hope that everything is going well for you so far!

In my experience it takes a few days to find your feet here at WA, but by this point it generally starts to feel like home. I hope this is the case for you, Simon!

It's also about this time when members start to realize the sheer potential of an online business. I'm hoping by now the foundation of your business is starting to take shape and you can visualize how it will look in the coming months.

Just remember that I am here to help in any way that I can. I've been building online businesses the 'WA way' for over 9 years now and I would be more than happy to help if you get stuck. You only have to shout :-)

Hope you have a great day, Simon!

Cheers,

Marcus
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Hey Simon,

Marcus here again, just stopping by to see how things are going with your training here at WA.

I'm sure by now that you have a good grasp on making money online, and hopefully you are starting to lay the foundations of your own online business.

It's exciting, right? To think that you are actually building a business online, a REAL business, is such an amazing feeling!

It's just the start of great things to come Simon, and over the next month you will be developing your site further and all being well, starting to earn from your website (even more exciting!)

Anyways, I just wanted to reach out and offer you some personal help if you are stuck or maybe need a helping hand, Just drop me a line if I can help in any way.

Before I go, I just wanted to remind you that if you do decide to upgrade to Premium, my bonuses expire tomorrow. Please keep an eye on the countdown clock on your WA dashboard if you are considering this.

If you do upgrade within that time, my bonuses will be available instantly.

I really hope you've had a great first week Simon, and do drop me a line when you have the time and let me know what you think of the whole WA experience :-)

Cheers,

Marcus
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Hey Simon,

I just wanted to pop back and see how you are doing. I noticed that you haven't quite set-up your account yet. Just wondering if there is a reason why or if there is anything I can help you out. I know you can benefit from the community here at WA and I just want to make sure you are getting the most out of your membership.

If you need a hand setting up your account, you should check out this video: Setting up your account will lead to much better help here within the community as people feel like they can connect with you better (with an image and a description). Just thought I would pop by and say hi again.

Also, please don't think twice about getting in touch with me if you need a hand with anything. Here to help you out Simon!

Marcus
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Marcus WFHW Premium
Hey Simon!

It’s Marcus here from Work From Home Watchdog.

First off, congrats on making the decision to join me at Wealthy Affiliate. It’s here that you are going to learn the best way to earn a legitimate income online.

This is that place that I have called home since 2006 and it is the only program that has helped me go "full time" within the online world. I have every confidence in what you are going to learn here and the community support that is offered to you. You will be more than capable of doing the same as me.

Let me help you get started by giving you the link to your 10 lesson training program on making money online. It’s here that you will get to learn how Wealthy Affiliate will help and you will also get to meet Kyle & Carson, the co-owners of Wealthy Affiliate.

This course has helped me and 10,000’s of others get started online, and I know it can do the same for you. Here’s the link: Take your time and work your way through the lessons. Most importantly, take action on the “tasks” and what you learn. In doing so you will give yourself the best possible chance of generating an online income ASAP.

Everything you need to do that is right here at WA, so I hope you take full advantage!

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If you like what you see here at WA and upgrade to the Premium Membership within the next 7 days then I am going to give you some exclusive and awesome bonuses:

#1) Your first month as a Premium member at just $19 ( 57% discount on the usual price of $47)

#2) Exclusive Access to the Diamond Traffic bonus, a system that will show you exactly how to get unlimited traffic (for free) online. It is the system that I have used to build out many of my websites.

#3) Affiliate Program Bonanza bonus. If you know which affiliate programs are hot online and where to find high paying ones, you can earn a ton of money. Plain and simple. This bonus is an hour long video walking you through the top techniques for uncovering these lucrative affiliate programs.

#4) Personal support and help from me to assist you with your campaigns at Wealthy Affiliate, whenever you need it.

These bonuses are ONLY available if you upgrade to the Premium membership within your first 7 days. Please keep an eye on the countdown clock at the top of your WA dashboard if you want to take advantage of this Work From Home Watchdog exclusive offer.

That is all for now, Simon, and once again I would like to welcome you to this amazing work from home community. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions (at anytime) and I will be more than happy to help!

All the best for now :-)

Marcus
Owner & Founder of Work From Home Watchdog

PS - Please don't be afraid to ask questions, no matter how simple you think they might seem. I felt that way when I first joined and it maybe prevented me from getting up and running quicker than I did. I am here to help with ANYTHING so just ask away :-)
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