About Brandon McIntosh
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Lived in the “Projects” growing up. It was tough sometimes and my home environment wasn’t the best. But early on I developed a love of reading, and I think that’s what kept me from going down a dark path. The public library became my sanctuary. I found an escape from my surroundings in all the books I discovered, especially science fiction, and I found my imagination sparked by TV shows like Star Trek, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Outer Limits. I guess I’ve been a dreamer ever since.
I graduated from high school in 1977 and a few weeks later I was on my way to Lackland Air Force Base, for the start of what would be a 20-year career in the military. Leaving what had been my home until then felt like stepping into a whole new world and was at that time one of the best decisions I ever made.
The challenges of the military lifestyle were many, but I found that I enjoyed it for the most part and I’ll always be grateful to the institution that in many ways saved me from a life that would likely have been far less meaningful.
But even good things must come to an end and so it was that after 20 years I began to feel that it was time for me to start a new chapter in my life. I decided to “retire” (as it’s sometimes called) and in September of 1997, and after a good bit of job-hunting, found a position as a repair technician for a company that manufactures automated teller machines. I am, as of this writing (May of 2019), still employed with that company. I have held several positions over the years, from technician to technical writer and ultimately, a software developer of sorts. It has been an interesting 22 years!
I was looking for a part-time job in late 2012 and wanted something that I could do from home. I found a website called Flexjobs.com, which specializes in alternative, telecommute type jobs with flexible schedules and started looking. I found a job listing for a “Search Engine Evaluator” with a company called Lionbridge, which seemed like a good opportunity and I applied for it. There was an onboarding process that involved some training and testing, but I was eventually given a contract.
The work was fast-paced and involved a lot of writing, in very tight time constraints, and at first I did not think I’d last very long, but over the course of a few months I got better and before I knew it a year had passed and I was given an option to renew my contract for another year. Ultimately I stayed on for three years, from January 2013 to January 2016, while still working full-time in my day-job as a software developer.
For years I had fantasized about having some kind of money-making venture, but I guess my thinking tended to be more traditional. I thought I might be a write a novel someday, or perhaps develop some kind of software that I could sell through the old “shareware” model. I had read a magazine called Midnight Engineering, published by a guy who literally bought a printing press and published the magazine as a one-man show. I thought that was incredible. I also had an interest in electronics since my time as a technician in the Air Force and had this recurring fantasy of inventing some gadget that would make me a millionaire. The dreamer in me still entertains those fantasies…
But I guess it was because my job with Lionbridge was exposing me to such a huge number of websites that offered all manner of products and services online, that I started thinking along those lines. A lot of these sites were online businesses that sold products and services. So eventually I considered starting an online business of my own. I became intrigued by the whole prospect of making money online.
I believe it was during the summer of 2015 that I decided to take the plunge. Because my mind was overloaded with ideas I figured I might have a business that had multiple areas of focus (probably my biggest mistake at the beginning), to give myself some flexibility and not be tied down to just one thing.
I started doing searches for results related to “making money online” and found all kinds of links. I found sales pages with products related to affiliate marketing, Amazon Kindle publishing, blogging, all kinds of things. I started making some purchases and discovered JVZoo and WarriorPlus as a result. I started trying some things, got a bad case of shiny object syndrome and wound up spending a lot of money and having very little real results.
Most recently, and really out of a profound sense of being overwhelmed with choices and finding it very difficult to stay with any one system or program for very long, I considered quitting this online adventure and just focusing on a traditional job and career…
But something in me just wasn’t satisfied with giving up on my dreams, so I continued searching…and eventually found several opportunities that seemed solid enough and offered the training and accountability and support that I thought I would need to finally make that breakthrough I’d been looking for. One of those programs is the reason you’re reading this About Me page right now, on this website: that program is called Partnership To Success, created by John Thornhill. If you’re at all interested in creating an online business, you should check him out.
Well, let me leave it at that, for now, but I do want to ask you to come back and visit every so often. Just to see how things are going…