Welcome to Leave the Corporate World Behind

Leave The Corporate World Behind

Hello! I am Adrienne Dupree. I am an author, an entrepreneur and a Program Manager for a government contractor. Specifically, I am an online and affiliate marketer.

My book, Leave The Corporate World Behind, chronicles the stories of online marketers who have left corporate America and now have a full-time online marketing business. It also includes part-time online marketers who still work in corporate America. I am also a contributing author to What Is Your Why? and Positioning Yourself as an Expert: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Become Credible Authorities.

Welcome to the Online Newbie. My mission is to teach people in corporate America who want to get out of the rat race how to start an online internet marketing business. The goal of this online marketing business is to replace their income. It will also allow them to control their own destiny and stop trading time for dollars.

The Online Newbie has developed various products that can assist you in developing a successful business. How To Create An Amazon Store is step-by-step video training will show how to create your own Amazon aStore that is fully integrated into your WordPress site. How To Create A Sidebar Widget is video training that will show you step by step how to create your own image for your sidebar widget. You can create sidebar widgets that can be used to promote your own products or affiliate products. Top WP Plugins For Business is a product that I created with Connie Ragen Green that introduces the top 20 WordPress plugins for your online business. `12 Days Of Online Marketing teaches you the tools, tactics and resources that are required for a successful online marketing business in just 12 days. Measure Your Web Analytics provides an introduction to Google Analytics, gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up your Google Analytics account as well as step-by-step instructions on how to run the various reports.

The Online Newbie will equip you with the tools and knowledge that you need to get started online whether you have a technical background or not. The Online Newbie can help you to start realizing your dreams of controlling your own destiny and developing a successful online business. Even if you have to start part-time, I can help you because I know how to juggle a demanding corporate career and an online business.

Do You Really Need A Coach Or Mentor?

CoachI am sure you have heard that you should get a coach or a mentor. A coach is considered a teacher, a mentor or a role model. Over time, they may even become a friend and confidant. The question is do you have a coach or mentor right now? If the answer is no, then there are probably various reasons why you do not. If you are new, you probably think that you are too new to have a coach or you cannot afford one. If you have been around awhile, you probably think you don’t need a coach.

I disagree with all of these reasons for not having a coach or mentor. If you are new to online marketing, you definitely need a coach. It is so easy to get off track and become unfocused. There are so many marketers with offers every day. They don’t always agree on the best approach so you can find yourself going around in circles.

Even if you are not new, you still need a coach or mentor. There is always someone who can help propel your business to the next level. Even if you are considered a “guru”, you should have a coach or mentor. A lot of professional athletes employ personal coaches. For example, many basketball players have a shooting coach.

Another excuse may be that you have an accountability partner so you think you don’t need a coach. I strongly encourage accountability partners but they don’t take the place of a coach. An accountability partner is great for keeping you on track in between your sessions with your coach.

If you believe that you cannot afford a coach, then you can seek group coaching instead of one-on-one coaching. This is how I started. I joined a group coaching program where we had regular coaching calls/webinars and email access. Training took place during the webinars as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

There are several online group coaching programs available but I recommend the 10K Laser Coaching program. With the 10K Laser Coaching Program you can:

    • Be a ‘fly on the wall’ to watch a highly successful online marketer as she conducts her private coaching sessions
    • Get all the powerful benefits of personal, one-on-one mentoring without the expense
    • Watch the entire process of building an amazingly successful online business, learn from these successes, and be able to see and avoid the mistakes along the way
    • Let someone else be in the “Hot Seat” so you can learn the strategies to build your own income

Do you know who is in the 10K Laser Coaching “Hot Seat” right now? Yes, it is me. I am the current 10K Laser Coaching student. You can learn from my experiences and mistakes for much less than the cost of one-on-one coaching or even group coaching. You pay a one-time fee and can watch all of my lessons as well as the lessons from the two previous 10K Laser Coaching students.

I am very transparent during these calls. My goal is to help as many people as I can with their business. I don’t want others to make the same mistakes or have the same struggles that I have had. Connie Ragen Green and I are also working with a 10K Protégé right now. This is a person who is a part of the program that we are now coaching. I strongly encourage you to check out the 10K Laser Coaching Program.

Amazon S3 How To Product Review

Amazon S3 How ToDo you use Amazon S3? Do you know what S3 stands for? S3 stands for Simple Storage Service. Amazon S3 is an online file storage web service offered by Amazon Web Services. Amazon S3 provides storage through web services interfaces. This product review is for Amazon S3 How To. This product is a tutorial for Amazon S3. This product comes with a PDF and 16 videos. The videos cover the following topics:


  • Video 1 – What is Amazon S3 and why use it?
  • Video 2 – How much does it cost?
  • Video 3 – How to setup a S3 account
  • Video 4- Cloudberry explorer install and tour
  • Video 5 – Cloudberry explorer how to setup CB Explorer
  • Video 6 – Cloudberry Explorer how to create bucket
  • Video 7 – Cloudberry Explorer how to share files
  • Video 8 – Cloudberry Explorer how to create expiring URL
  • Video 9 – S3 Fox Organizer install and tour
  • Video 10 – S3 Fox Organizer how to setup S3 Fox
  • Video 11 – S3 Fox Organizer how to create bucket
  • Video 12 – S3 Fox Organizer how to share files
  • Video 13 – S3 Fox Organizer how to synchronize folders
  • Video 14 – S3 Fox Organizer how to create expiring URL
  • Video 15 – Your S3 logs
  • video 16 – How to stream videos from your S3 account

If you are streaming videos on your website, then you should be using Amazon S3. If you get a lot of traffic to your video, you can slow down your website. Also, if you are using shared hosting, you will be limited to the amount of bandwidth that you are allowed to use. You may be concerned about the price of this storage. I will tell you that my bill is very low.

There are 4 things that determine the price of your storage – Storage, Data Transfer, Requests and Get. The good thing is that your account costs you nothing until you actually use it. Video 2 of this training series shows you how to calculate your storage costs.

There are 2 free tools that you can use to manage your Amazon S3 account – Cloudberry Explorer and S3 Fox Organizer. This product teaches you how to you set up these tools, how to create buckets, how to share files and how to create expiring URLs.

I currently use Amazon S3 but I learned a few things from this training. I did not know that you could set up expiring URLs or that you could use it for synchronized backups. The last thing I learned is two different ways to stream videos from Amazon S3 and also how to protect your videos.

This training was very comprehensive and I recommend that you purchase it if you use Amazon S3.

Your State of Independence

IndependenceSince we just celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, I was thinking about independence. According to the dictionary, the definition of independence is “freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others”. I know by virtue that I live in the United States; I have the ability to have more independence and freedom than many people in other parts of the world. But when you really think about it, do I really have freedom from the control of others?

I would say not in my case. I still have a full-time job where I work for someone. Since I have an employer, do I really have freedom from control? I have a supervisor and manager that I must answer to. I have vacation but I must get permission to use it. My company decides how much I will be compensated for the position I hold. If you are still working for someone, I would ask you to determine how independent and free you really are.

I believe that when you leave the corporate world behind, then you can really have independence and freedom. The problem is how do I replace my corporate income? Your lifestyle has probably kept up with your income. You may have a mortgage, car note, student loans or credit card debt? You can’t just walk away from your job but you can start on a part-time basis.

There are a lot of online marketing businesses that you can start. You can do affiliate marketing, create information products or sell physical products. I actually do all three but I think the fastest way to get started quickly is to sell physical products on Amazon. Fulfillment by Amazon or FBA is the program that allows you to sell products on Amazon.

You can find bargains at stores and ship them to Amazon to sell. You do not need a list, your own information product or an affiliate product to promote. If you don’t like to shop you can also find products online to sell on Amazon. There are many books and training that teach you how to do this. There are two books that I recommend. The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA: How To Earn A Full-Time Profit With Amazon FBA, Starting With $0 And These Little-Known Secrets by Dennis Becker teaches you everything you need to know to get started with Fulfillment by Amazon. Arbitrage: The authoritative guide on how it works, why it works, and how it can work for you by Chris Green also teaches you the details needed to be successful with FBA.

If you prefer videos as opposed to print, then I recommend Jessica Larrew’s course. She has a beginning course as well as the full course. Amazon Boot Camp – Basic Training includes 14 videos that includes everything you need to get started selling on Amazon. This is a great package if you want to learn without investing a lot of money. Amazon Boot Camp includes step-by-step training as well as a private Facebook group. This package includes 33 videos. If you know this is something you want to do, then I recommend that you get the full package. Both of these packages are on sale through July 8, 2014. Use the coupon code FREEDOM. Jessica also has other training that covers specialized topics such as Back To School and Online Sourcing Strategies. Check out the Financial Freedom Sale through July 8, 2014.

I believe that everyone needs another source of income outside of their job even if they do not desire to leave the corporate world behind. Selling on Amazon is a viable option.

Podcast #5: The Online Newbie Podcast – Connie Ragen Green

Connie Ragen Green wrote the foreword for Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business.  I  was honored that my mentor and friend agreed to be a part of my first book.

Connie Ragen GreenDo you think that you don’t have time to start a part-time online business? Think again. When Connie started her online business she had two jobs. She was a teacher and also worked in real estate as an appraiser and broker.  Now what is your excuse?  You have to be willing to sacrifice to make changes in your life. Connie always says “Do for a year what others won’t so you can live the rest of your life like others can’t”. Every time I get discouraged or am feeling tired, I think about this quote.

Finally, Connie really turned into a mover and shaker. She made a bold move and quit her job and gave away all of her real estate clients. She jumped into online marketing head first with no safety net. To learn more about Connie, her story and her advice to you, listen to the podcast.

A former classroom teacher and real estate appraiser, Connie Ragen Green left it all behind to come online in 2006. Since then she has become a bestselling author of too many books to mention, and an international speaker and trainer. She helps people on six continents to get started as online entrepreneurs with product creation, affiliate marketing, authorship, and coaching. Connie is also active with a variety of charitable organizations in both Santa Clarita, California and Santa Barbara, the two cities she calls home. To learn more about Connie visit her site Huge Profits Tiny List.

Podcast #4: The Online Newbie Podcast – Debbie O’Grady

Debbie O'GradyDebbie O’Grady is one of the featured authors in Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business. Debbie O’Grady’s story is very intriguing. She didn’t start in corporate America but moved there after going back to school to get a Computer Science degree.  When she left, she first went into consulting. She now has an online business centered around accountability.

I met Debbie a few years ago at an online marketing conference.  She is someone who is always smiling and has a positive attitude. She has so much great advice that she shared in this podcast.

Debbie O’Grady, dubbedQueen of Accountability’ by her clients, is a thought leader and mentor on leveraging accountability to achieve successful outcomes. Debbie works with forward-thinking coaches who want their clients to stay focused and on track to accomplish their goals and achieve success as rapidly as possible. The elite group of coaches that are Debbie’s clients totally recognize the benefits and value of supplementing their own existing high-end coaching program with progress tracking and accountability, and know they don’t want to do it themselves.

Debbie also works with individuals who understand that accountability translates to focus, progress, and success. Even if these individuals already have a coach, they recognize that Debbie’s Accountability Program complements and enhances the benefits they are receiving from their current coach. The Accountability Program helps them transform the knowledge and direction imparted by their coach into action and achievement. You can find out more about Debbie at Revenue Recharge.

How the 10K Laser Coaching Program Changed My Business

10K Laser CoachingWhen I first discovered online marketing, I was really excited but unfocused.  I was trying to follow multiple people and kept switching from one thing to another.  I spent a lot of times on webinars and teleseminars.  I was learning a lot but not implementing anything.

I also had a serious problem with buying a lot of products. I had what is referred to as Bright Shiny Object syndrome. I would get excited about the next new thing, buy it and never use it or never follow through completely. I was somewhat impatient.  If I thought something didn’t work in enough time, I would switch to something else. I see now that I was all over the place.

The thing that changed my business and got me on track was the 10K Laser Coaching program. I finally figured out that I needed a mentor/coach and hired Connie Ragen Green. That definitely started me on the right path. She is famous for saying “What is for sale today?” In the beginning, I couldn’t honestly say that anything was for sale. I was promoting some affiliate products but I did not have any products of my own.

When Connie asked me to become the next 10K Laser Coaching student, I was shocked and excited. I remember it vividly. We were at NAMS in February 2013. We had lunch together and she asked me. That weekend was special for me because I turned 50 years old. What a great birthday present for me. I know now that I was having some doubts about my ability to really make this business work. Her belief in me made me believe that I could really do this.

The 10K Laser Coaching program has made me even more productive.  I want to make sure that I have made some progress before the next call.  I don’t want to disappoint the members or Connie. I feel like I have an obligation to give back since I have been given this wonderful opportunity. It has also helped me be more open.  I am an introvert and a pretty private person.  I try really hard to be transparent when it comes to my business so I can help others.

The 10K Laser Coaching program is a great opportunity for you as well. You can be a “fly on the wall” as Connie is coaching me.  You have the opportunity to see my mistakes as well as celebrate my successes. My goal is to help the members of this group avoid the pitfalls and mistakes that I have made. When you join this program, you not only get to watch all of my webinars, but you get to watch the webinars from the two past 10K Laser Coaching students as well. This is a great way to receive coaching without having to spend a lot of money.

Podcast #3: The Online Newbie Podcast – Jeanette Cates

Jeanette CatesJeanette Cates was a contributor to Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business. Jeanette left the corporate world multiple times and is now a full-time online marketer.  Jeanette was a pioneer in the online marketing world as well as the corporate world.

Jeanette was one of the first people I found online and I have been honored to actually meet her in person a few times. Her story is so fascinating. In this podcast, Jeanette gives great advice to people in the corporate world who have decided that they want to start an online business. A “aha moment” for me was when Jeanette said that everyone these days needs to think like an entrepreneur. Even if you have no intention of starting your own business, things are changing. Dr. Cates also gives advice on what are the minimum things you need to do to get started online.

Dr. Jeanette Cates is a familiar name to many in the online marketing community. Prior to building her thriving online business, she was a pioneer in the online learning industry. Along the way she has created and sold a bookkeeping and tax service, been the computer coordinator at a community college, taught college courses, pioneered a traveling computer training lab, and had a lot of other adventures. Jeanette enjoys her changing lifestyle and has found it fits well with her family’s changing needs. You can find  out more about Dr. Jeanette Cates at JeanetteCates.com or TechTamers.com.



The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA Review

The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBADo you like to shop? Can you ship a box? Are you good at finding bargains? If so, then this may be just the thing for you. Fulfillment by Amazon or FBA gives you the opportunity to sell other people’s products or your own products on Amazon.  That’s right; everything that is sold on Amazon is not their own merchandise. Ordinary people just like you and me can sell on Amazon.

There are two ways to sell other people’s products on Amazon. You can you participate in the merchant fulfilled or Fulfillment by Amazon program.  With merchant fulfilled, you put your listings on Amazon, but you actually are responsible for shipping the products to the buyer.  This is the easiest way to get started as far as the investment required.  You can even find things in your house that you can sell such as books, DVDs, etc.  You can also use FBA to sell other people’s products.  You go to the store find bargains, ship them to Amazon and let Amazon sell them. The great thing about this is that you can take advantage of the Amazon Prime program.  Amazon Prime is a membership where buyers can get 2 day shipping for free.

The last way to sell on Amazon is to find a private label manufacturer and sell your own product.  You create a brand, create your unique label and have the manufacturer ship directly to Amazon. I was unaware that this was even possible until about a month ago.  I am currently in the process of getting a product manufactured right now.

The opportunities that are possible with FBA are endless.  There are people that are making over 100K a month from their private label product.  There are many advantages to this approach but there is more of an investment required than selling other people’s products.  You have to find a product that will sell, find a manufacturer, create a brand and create your own labels. If you are a little nervous about private labeling, then you should pick the option where you find bargains.

There are so many courses that are available that range in price from about $100 all the way up to $4000. The good news is that a new product was just released that removes the barrier to entry. Dennis Becker’s The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA teaches you how to sell on Amazon using merchant fulfilled, retail arbitrage or private label. This 139 page guide includes the steps to get started as well as all of the resources you need to be successful.

The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA shows you were you can find bargain products, things you need to ship your products, how to pack your items for Amazon, how to list your items as well as how to price your items. 

This product also comes with 3 checklists:

  • Retail Arbitrage 30 Day Checklist
  • Private Label 30 Day Checklist
  • How To Get Started With a $0 Budget Checklist

I am so excited about the number of people that this product can help. If you want some extra income you can use this product.  If you want to make a full-time income you can use this product.  If you have teens that need a summer job, why not set up a company and let them work for you this summer. The opportunities are endless. Check out The Amazing Amazon Genie: FBA right away.

What Does Online Marketing Have To Do With Teacher Appreciation Week?

Teacher Appreciation WeekLast week was Teacher Appreciation Week.  I think that being a teacher is one of the most unappreciated and underpaid careers in the United States.  Teachers have such a hard job these days.  They have to deal with a lot of discipline issues and other things that parents should be responsible for.  Also, there is a lot of pressure now to teach to tests instead of actually teaching children how to learn. I have the upmost respect for them.

I owe my choice of career to a teacher I had at Bowie State University.  I went to a science and technology school so I took a ton of science and math. I think I was a little burned out so I had decided that I wanted to be a lawyer.  I chose Political Science as my major.  Dr. Johnny Ponds was my math teacher my first semester.  He figured out very quickly that I was in the wrong math class. He moved me to another class but it was still too easy. He then proceeded to give me my own work.  So I would sit in the classroom and do work completely different from everyone else. He then talked to me about considering a Dual Degree Engineering program.  The way it worked was that I would go to Bowie State for 3 years and then go to another school that offered Engineering for 2 years.  In 5 years, I would graduate with 2 degrees. I was really bored with Political Science so this was very exciting to me.  I attended Bowie State for 3 years and got a Mathematics degree and attended George Washington University and received an Electrical Engineering Degree.  I owe a lot of gratitude to Dr. Johnny Ponds, a teacher.

When I was in college, I was a Math tutor. I have also tutored friends and family in Math and Science.  I still tutor my nieces and nephews on occasions. I really enjoy teaching people and it gives me great joy when they are able to understand what I am teaching them.

As an online marketer, I also teach people.  Many of the information products that I have produced teach people how to do something. For example, How To Create An  Amazon Store teaches you how to create an Amazon store on your website that looks like you are right on Amazon. How To Create A Sidebar Widget teaches you how to create ads for affiliate products or your own information products in your WordPress sidebar. 12 Days of Online Marketing is a compilation of 12 teleseminars where I taught about various online marketing topics.

As you can see, I am still in the mode of teaching. I believe that teaching is something that is in my DNA even though I did not become a traditional teacher. Every online marketer can be a teacher. Even if you believe that you don’t know a lot, more than likely, you know more than at least one person. I believe that sharing your knowledge with others is a way to improve our world. It is everyone’s responsibility to reinvigorate the excitement of learning in the children of today. What are you doing to teach someone today?

Podcast #2: Ask The Online Newbie Podcast – Paul Taubman

Paul TaubmanPaul Taubman was a contributor to Leave The Corporate World Behind. Leave The Corporate World Behind tells the stories of people who were in the corporate world and now have full-time online businesses or are still in the corporate world and have a part-time online business. Paul is currently still working in the corporate world but also has a successful online business. His exit plan is in place and in a short time, he will leave the corporate world behind. In this interview Paul talks about his exodus from corporate America and gives advice on how you can do this as well.

Paul B. Taubman, II has his roots deep in the world of technology. Working as a Solutions Architect at Fortune 500 companies for the past 25 years, Paul gets systems to talk each other and share data.

While maintaining a successful technical career, Paul is also an expert trainer. Traveling across the county, Paul trained countless folks how to work on intricate computer systems. He was a Master Trainer teaching Instructors across the country how to teach courses. As a highly respected College Adjunct, Paul teaches technical Computer Programming courses.

With all this training experience, Paul has learned how to teach all this “technical stuff” to non-techies! He is a master instructor at taking the obscure and complex and explaining it in a simple, fun, and educational way. Within the past 8 years, Paul has turned his attention to teaching website development to folks looking to take control of their website.

Knowing intimately how to do this, Paul now teaches people how to work full time while creating successful websites.

Your stress levels will melt away after working with Paul as you take control of your website and turn it into a profit machine. Visit I Need Help With WordPress for more information.