About Fix Jeeps and I?? Hmmm .... Well, lets start out like this. Hello, my name is Chuck Goolsby. I'm also a person who loves to tinker with about anything that keeps my hands and mind busy. Even if it appears that I'm sitting still (which is rare), you can bet the mental gears are modding something :-).
This part of the website is here to explain how my love for cars, my Jeep and this site came together as one. What do I mean as one? I mean, taking what I have a real passion for and turning it into a legit .. tangible .. money in the bank income. No .. I'm not BS'ing you ... lol.
This is my story of the Jeep Wrangler and SiteSell.
My biggest passion is cars, trucks & motorcycles. I've been through many cars throughout my early teenage years all the way into my 40's.
I've had Camaros, Mustangs, Buicks, different trucks and even a 440 Dodge Charger. I basically loved anything fast enough to do something stupid. In which I did many times .. lol.
I remember back in my childhood days out with my dad, me sitting on the fender while he was working on a car or truck. My dad instilled in me the thought process of systematically figuring things out. It doesn't matter if you have never changed an alternator, or never built an engine. He would say "pay attention to how it comes apart so you know how it goes back together". Or, "don't be afraid to figure something out on your own. If you mess it up .. oh well .. figure out how to fix it. Often times its the mistakes that you learn from the most". Trust me .. I made many!! At that early age, its those life lessons that are taught to you that become priceless. In more ways than just being able to crank some wrenches.
Even at that young age I always had to be tinkering with something. I have built many model cars in my young years. Looking back now at how I built those models, it became evident that the "modifying everything I touch" bug had always been there. I'd mix parts between different models to create what I envisioned at that moment.
There is one mod in my head that sticks out the most. Bear in mind that I was probably about 12 years old at this time. Anyways, I was building a 4x4 Step Side Chevy truck model. Yes .. It had the plastic springs that came with it. But .. that darn little voice in my head kept saying .. nope not good enough. So I ripped apart some of those clicky ball point ink pens that has the little coil springs in them (sorry mom ;-). Well .. my model truck had real springs before I was done. :-)
My favorite toy is a 1991 Jeep Wrangler YJ and let me inform you of something ... it's got a home!
My dad bought 2 Wranglers at the same time for a unheard of great deal. The YJ was in very bad shape .. I didn't care .. I wanted it so bad I was loosing sleep over it!! I knew for what he paid for both of them, he could sell the YJ and get most if not all his money back. I finally broke and asked. He sold it to me for what he had in it.
I have been bitten by the Jeep bug and bitten hard. I understand the addiction that the little Wranglers have on people. They are sooo easy to work on and parts aren't crazy expensive. Well, stock parts aren't anyway .. lol.
Most of all ... top down cruising or wheeling on the trails = pure freedom!! Priceless!!
The YJ is a perfect platform to get as creative as a person wants and have tons of fun driving/building it. So I started creating YouTube videos of the mods and repairs that I was doing to the little YJ. I noticed that my subscribers and comments were greatly appreciative of my "how to" videos.
Sure, the YouTube videos were doing great. I do not stop at "good enough". So, I decided to take it one step farther and expand the Jeep fixin' projects into its own website.
Now, I had very little website building experience. This may sound lazy, but I really didn't want any "long learning curve" software to build this site. I tried lots of different freebie software, didn't like any of them.
Then there is the whole, learning how to make your webpages rank in the search engines thing. I did tons of research on how to do SEO because I knew if I could make my site rank well, there is the possibility of making money from the site to support my Jeep addiction.
All this searching I kept running across a particular web hosting company called SiteSell. A few times I surfed around on the site looking at what they had to offer. LOTS of great training and tools all in one package. But, me being me .. I'd just go back to beating myself up trying to do it on my own. Getting nowhere fast I had wasted sooo much time trying to learn all this from many different sources.
I finally gave in and paid the price. At that time, I couldn't pay the "Yearly" fee amount. I was a single father raising teenage boys, money was thin!! So, I opted into the monthly payment method they offer. I figured that if this company is what they claim they are, I should be making my money back very quickly.
FixJeeps is born!! Now, not only am I making my money back. It pays for the parts that feeds my Jeep addiction. Kinda like getting free parts :-). Not to mention its growing into a second income which has paid for vacations and Christmas. I am so thankful that I took that leap to buy into it.
Don't get me wrong. It didn't happen over night and there is a learning curve. The included training makes it so much easier.
Remember the SEO tools I mentioned above. Its all included in the package. You get training, tools, hosting and sooo much more all in one place. If you tried buying each part separately with differnt companies. I promise .. you will pay lots more than the SiteSell price.
Also, there is an awesome forum full of people who make a full time income from their SiteSell websites. These people are waiting to help the newcomers with their dreams of having an online business. They are very nice folk, I know this because I have asked for help many many times.
Well now that you know my gettin' greasy .. knuckle busting .. gear head life history. And, how all that tied into becoming an awesome online business for me. I'l leave you with one thing. You are not working if you are earning an income doing what you love.
Catch my drift ?? ;-)
I hope you enjoyed my life story. Thanks for dropping by!! Y'all have a great day now!! Ya hear !!
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