Where It All Started
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.
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.
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Have a great day!