Like many of you out there I have been trying to find a way to make money from home on my terms instead of punching the time clock for someone else. This is my personal experience with AWOL Academy and why I chose Wealthy Affiliate.
How I Started In Online Marketing
When my most recent “JOB” position was eliminated due to the company downsizing and restructuring I found myself unemployed and wondering how employers have no personal regard to their employees well-being, lifestyle, financial struggles or personal growth.
It led me to the decision that I was not going to be in this position again. I was not going to let another corporate CEO determine my worth and dictate my life.
So I searched for another way to earn an income on my terms and it led me to becoming an online marketer and this is what I found.
A Peek Into AWOL Academy
AWOL Academy (stands for Another Way Of Life) was one of the first online marketing training programs that I found. I came a cross a video on Facebook that promises that with their training you can make $10,000 in 90 days. They actually “guarantee” it.
They have multiple training courses that you can purchase separately paying as you go or they offer a huge discount and mentorship if you jump right in with the AWOL Elite program.
My Personal Experience With AWOL Academy
When I signed up for AWOL Academy in September 2017 the cost was $9,999 period. With a $10,000 guarantee that if you do everything they say for 90 days and don’t make $9,999 they will pay you $10,000.
I eagerly went through the training courses of the ProAcademy and when it came time for my “Coaching call” I was already invested into the training over $200 with the other websites they instruct you to sign up for. (Hostgator, Leadpages and Clickmagic)
The coaching call turned into a sales call where they tried to get me to commit to paying the $9,999 for the Elite program and basically making me feel guilty for not having that kind of money just lying around and not wanting to sell everything I own to pay for it. After making me feel humiliated and discouraged he said there could be financing available if I’m interested…heck yeah I was interested I still wanted to make this work. So he said they have someone that can work with me on financing and he will have them call me in a day or two.
“The Guy” called me and said that he is a broker and they work with someone that could get me business credit cards that would total the amount I needed to pay for AWOL Elite and if I’m interested he will have them contact me. Naturally I said “yes” I’m still interested and determined to make this work.
Another day or two go by and someone contacted me but instructed me that I would need to get a business license and it would have to be an LLC (Limited Liability Company) That was another $200 for the business license and another 2 to 3 days to get approved for it. Then I was told I had to have a business bank account but I had to wait until I had my actual business license in the mail before I could open that account. Another 2-3 days go by and I’m out another $100 to open the business account.
While trying to get things in order to obtain the funds I continued to work through the lessons of the ProAcademy, and when I finished ProAcademy I watched all the webinars that were offered to me and listened to all the Monday night calls that were available. During this time I started to get reminder emails that the promotional offer of $9,999 was ending October 31st and they were raising the cost effective November 1st, 2017 to $17,999 per year.
YES THAT’S RIGHT $17,999 per year for the AWOL Elite program!!
Throughout this time the loan broker kept reminding me that it would take approximately four weeks to get approval after the application was submitted. Almost 3 weeks had already passed and I was running out of time, the price increase was just over a week away and I was worried that I wouldn’t get the credit until it was too late and I would still be stuck trying to come up with even more money, putting my family deeper in debt with no clear definite way out.
What I Found Instead
I felt defeated and discouraged and totally ripped off!! I told the loan broker to stop the process and I started to search for other online training and that’s how I found a video asking if AWOL Academy was a scam. So I watched it and found out about Wealthy Affiliate.
Wealthy Affiliate offered a free membership where you could actually have two free websites and they didn’t even ask for payment details. I was able to check out what they offered without spending a dime. Just click here read my review and create your free account.
My First Choice, How I Rose Above
Wealthy Affiliate has training, website hosting and a great community where you can get your questions answered and also get tips and feedback on your websites at any time. It is a full circle support system.
There are two levels of membership, the first is the free membership that allows you to have two free websites that includes hosting and you have access to the first lesson so you can see what it’s all about.
The second option is a Premium membership that allows you to have 25 free websites and 25 of your own websites. It includes hosting and you have access to all the training courses and the support of the whole Wealthy Affiliate community with all the knowledge of other members at your fingertips.
The Premium membership is very affordable at $19 for the first month and then goes to $49 per month after that, but if you can pay for a yearly membership it brings the cost down to just $29 per month. This is by far the best deal I have found for any online marketing training. It is my first choice and I’m so happy I found it.