About Andy

Where It All Started

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Me in 2007

OK, I am not someone famous, but somehow you made it here, so you are probably a little interested in my background.  Many many many (did I mention many) years ago, I was a first year computer science student at what was then the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  It has since changed names to University of Louisiana – Lafayette, but that is not really relevant.  “A rose by any other name,” right?  At the time, I knew I wanted to make lots of money, and I also knew that I wanted to do it with the least amount of effort possible.  The problem was, computer science was a ton of work!  Go to any university that has a 24-hour computer center, and you will find bleary-eyed computer science students there at 3 AM.  That realization, coupled with a no-so-great teacher for my second computer science class, prompted me to search for a different major.  I ended up switching to chemical engineering and never looked back.

 

Call me Engineer


Once I got my degree, my first engineering job was as a Process Engineer for a major oil company.  Now, I grew up in the oilfield.  My parents owned an oilfield supply business, and one thing I learned about the oilfield is that it is a boom and bust industry.  My parents learned that the hard way, and the oil glut of the 1980’s pretty much destroyed their business.  I learned it the hard way too when, after giving my all for three years to the company, I was laid off and out of work.  I ended up working for an engineering firm that specialized in design of offshore production platforms.  After a few years there, I switched jobs again, this time voluntarily.  Let’s just say the oil price was tumbling and I saw the writing on the wall.  This time I found myself working for a major chemical manufacturer.  Three years after that, the company experienced a “merger” that was really a buyout, and I was once again unemployed.  I found myself back in the oilfield and have been there ever since.

 

There Is Never Enough Money


One thing I was completely unaware of as a naive college student is that no matter how much money you make, there is never enough.  It is a big world out there, with lots of stuff: houses, cars, gadgets, vacations, boats, etc.  You name it!  And despite having a house that is completely paid off and a job that pays me more than I ever made in my life, I decided to search for ways to increase my disposable income.  I have tried various methods online, offline, multi-level marketing opportunities, eBay,…  You name it, and I have probably tried it.

 

Ongoing Journey

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Me Today

I wish I could tell you, “I’ve made it!”  “I have hit the big time and am now independently wealthy!”  But alas, that is not the case.  I still work full time as an engineer, and I am thankful for the lifestyle that has given me.  However, like you, I am still looking for ways to earn and save money.  And I will be posting some details of my journey here.  Some of them will be little things I have found for saving money, and others will be quite substantial in their potential earning power.  Hopefully, I can give you some ideas and help you avoid some of the mistakes I made.

 

Drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts (or comment on my profile at Wealthy Affiliate).

Have a great day!

Andy

9 thoughts on “About Andy

  1. Hi Andy,
    Nice WA review, also you have a nice clean easy to read site.
    I am a former member of the WA, good program overall.
    Best regards,
    Jim

  2. Hi Andy,
    Nice site, I am also an engineer and worked in the boom and bust gas and oil sector. After years of seeing my savings plummet from long layoffs during the bust periods, I looked for many self-employment opportunities to tide me over the lengthy, stress-filled months. Happy to say I found an additional income stream along the way. Now I’m retired and trying to find ways to protect my little nest egg from rapid depletion. Having joined the WA program and become a Premium member, I am convinced this is the way. Keep up the good work spreading the news of this great program.

    1. I agree, Ed. Wealthy Affiliate is a great way to learn to start an online business and earn residual income.

      The oil and gas industry is a great industry to work in, but you have to be ready for the boom and bust cycle. Unfortunately, we’re in the middle of the longest oil bust that I can remember since starting in the industry. Hopefully, for everyone’s sake, things will improve soon.

  3. Hello Andy, I’m the JV manager for the evergreen IM product Internet Jetset by John Crestani. I see you run a pretty high-ranked review site on Google, and was wondering if you’d be interested in more information about our product? $100+ avg sale, Clickbank, 35+ gravity, evergreen

    1. Thanks for the comment, Nicholas.

      I am familiar with Internet Jetset. In fact, I have a review of it here. It looks to be a great product, and I do hope people try it out.

      Feel free to comment there if you feel I’ve left anything out or did not get something right. I try to be as accurate and thorough as I can, but believe it or not, I do sometimes make mistakes.

      Have a great day!

  4. Hello,

    My name is Adam Houge. I’m the host of the Author Success Summit
    (www.theauthorsuccesssummit.com) where I have interviewed over 150 of the
    world’s top entrepreneurs through our various projects (John Lee Dumas,
    Charles Ngo, etc.).

    I was wondering if you’d be open to a quick one question interview for an
    expert round up. I can give you back links and traffic through this
    project, and am happy to assist your brand in any other way I can.
    Please let me know if that would interest you!

    Sincerely,
    Adam Houge

  5. Hello, I just want to connect with you and discuss about some issues, I tried to find contact page from your website but couldn’t find it.
    I will appreciate if you could reply to my email.
    additionally I see that you got a great website and It was pleasure visiting your website.

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