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Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self-Made Millionaire

Author’s Bio :

Aimee Elizabeth was a broke and homeless teenage girl, a throwaway kid at age fifteen. Poverty stricken and malnourished, Aimee barely managed to finish high school. Aimee was never in foster care, received no government or charitable assistance, nor did she receive any money from family or friends. Just lots of low paying (but legal!) jobs kept her from starving to death. Realizing she could never earn what she believed she was worth by working for others, she started her first business at age twenty for just $1,000.00. She had three more businesses – two of which were also started on the cheap – and retired at age thirty-eight, now a multi-millionaire. Aimee wants to share her secrets for financial success with the world, so she recently wrote and published the bestselling book Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self-Made Millionaire. Aimee currently resides in Las Vegas with her two cats, eight turtles and a perpetually well stocked fridge – which makes her VERY happy!

Book Synopsis / Key Ideas (27 words):

The Poverty – never forgotten, never to be repeated. The Passion – determination never to be hungry or homeless again. The Plan – teach others and help eradicate poverty worldwide.

Why did I write this book?

I Have a Dream! My dream is for everyone who is physically able to work to read my book, and then be equipped with the knowledge and training to create their own successful businesses. They could then get off welfare and unemployment lines, regain their dignity, and need no more government assistance. Everyone would benefit – the taxpayers, the government, and the poorwho would no longer be poor! Win-win-win!

Why readers should buy my book and what they will get out of reading it ?

Readers should buy my book because it teaches a simple five point plan, with step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions to start a successful business on a shoestring budget that can bring them financial security and early retirement. No fancy education or large sums of money required!

Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self-Made Millionaire

I have always had a passion for making money and entrepreneurship ever since I was a little girl. I began working when I was eight years old, babysitting for my little brother, and later for other neighborhood kids. At age nine, I started a lawn mowing business with my older brother, taking care of neighborhood lawns. I’ve also always had a passion for teaching and helping others. At age twelve, I started a tutoring business, teaching kids in junior high in the subjects of English, Spanish, Math, Algebra and Geometry. When I was fourteen, I was finally old enough to get my working papers and get a “real job” at the local library, as a page, which is just a fancy name for “she who shelves books.” I was soon promoted to “head page and book mender” – which meant I got to tell the other high school kids what tasks to perform. I also had a paper route and helped a disabled neighbor lady with her vacuuming. If ever a way to have a business of my own or make a few extra dollars presented itself to me, I was all over it.

I loved the concept of compound interest and put all my earnings into a bank savings account, tickled pink whenever the monthly interest was added – MONEY FOR FREE! It was a glorious thing to me. My life took a sudden left hand turn, when at age fifteen, I found myself banished from my family home. I won’t go into those details in this article, but suffice it to say, I became an adult right then and there. Lucky for me that I had always been such an enterprising and thrifty youth, as I had accumulated $1,500.00 in a bank account by that time. Due to that tiny emergency fund, my homelessness didn’t last long – I found a cheap, slum-like apartment in a scary part of town. And I kept working my minimum wage jobs, and sleeping through all my classes in high school, but I did manage to get my diploma without starving to death, while my savings slowly depleted itself, just so I could keep a roof over my head.

After I graduated high school, I was thrilled to only have to work a full time job and not attend school. And I had some roommates to split expenses, which helped. But suddenly I had an extra 40 hours a week to myself, and nothing to fill the time with. So I started thinking – how did I get here? After all, I was sure this wasn’t how my life was supposed to turn out. But my liberal arts education had prepared me for nothing in the real world. I didn’t know how to cook, clean or do laundry. I didn’t know how write a resume or dress for a job interview. Not that I had any decent clothes, my wardrobe consisted solely of jeans, sneakers and tee-shirts – all well worn at that point. But the roommates allowed me to start saving money again, and remembering how that $1,500 had literally saved my life when I was fifteen, I was eager to replenish that emergency fund. And so I did.

By the time I was eighteen, a friend got me a job as a policy typist at her insurance company, making twice what I was used to at my minimum wage jobs. I was soon promoted to high risk auto insurance underwriter and I loved it. The company had no dress code, so I could do my job in my jeans and tee shirts. By the time I was nineteen, the company was bought out by a larger firm, who insisted on a dress code. I was upset at the prospect of spending my hard earned money on clothes I would never wear except at work. Still being a teenager, my common sense was over ridden by my youth, and I did the only logical thing I could think of – I quit!

By this time I had accumulated a tidy sum in savings (approximately $5,000.00) and I decided I deserved a vacation after working hard for so long. As I was enjoying my unpaid time off, I remarked one day to my roommate how nice it would be to get “money in the mail” and never have to go out and work for it again. That idea stuck with me, and I began to watch for opportunities. By the time I was twenty, I started my first business for $1,000.00. It was very successful and earned me more annually than my dad earned as a senior vice president of a bank. I had that business for nine years and was very proud of myself.

I later opened two other businesses for $1,000.00 each, both of which were also very successful. One I kept for another nine years and sold it and retired at age thirty-eight. For my investment hobby, I became a successful real estate investor and now am a multi-millionaire. I am now forty-eight (almost forty-nine) and I have been receiving “mailbox money” for almost eleven years now. After ten years of retirement – what I call being a “well paid bum” – I decided it was time to share my secret for financial freedom with the world. So I wrote Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self Made Millionaire. I want everyone in the world to have an easy to follow, step-by-step guide to financial freedom. If you have a third grade level of education and the desire and determination to succeed, all you have to do is read my book. It will teach you everything you need to know.

In the three months since I published, I have become an Amazon.com Best Selling Author in five different categories for my kindle version of the book (I guess no one cuts down trees anymore!). Amazon updates their stats hourly, but as of 2/28/2012, my book was # 1 in Retirement Planning, # 3 for Entrepreneurship, # 4 in Personal Finance, # 6 in Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and # 34 in Business and Investing. I printed out the Amazon Best Seller status postings and will be displaying them on my website, along with copies of recent articles and radio interviews I have done, at www.AimeeElizabeth.net as soon as I can schedule time with my computer guy, which should be Monday, March 5, 2012. I don’t yet have a blog, but on my website, I do offer ebusiness consulting, and there are letters of recommendation from satisfied clients provided for your review. I am available for speaking events, depending on my schedule. I can speak on most any aspect of small business entrepreneurship, sales, marketing, customer service, employee training and motivation, management, automated systems, inspirational talks for street teen type of charities, or all of the above, whatever suits the clients needs best.

I am doing my own marketing and PR for my book – I am using what I call “the spaghetti method.” Which means I am throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. So I have tried lots and lots of things, anything I can think of, no matter how ridiculous, most of which hasn’t worked, but enough ideas have worked that I already have Best Selling Author status, which I’ve had for the past two weeks and counting, and I’ve only had my book published since November 2011. The best marketing / PR strategy I can recommend is to read books on how to market and sell your books. I have found that the marketing strategies that I have read in books or that were FREE were the best and most effective. Anything I paid for was just money wasted.

But that’s also part of why I wrote Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self-Made Millionaire, so that you can learn, and then earn, from my mistakes.

I do use Facebook and Linked-in as part of my marketing strategy. My Facebook link is http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/AimeeElizabethnet/262896453760889 and my Linked-in link is http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=122118001&trk=hb_tab_pro_top .

I currently have one full time manager / maintenance man to manage my rental properties. He keeps it running like clockwork. On the book, I have a virtual support staff – which means I have no staff!

The best advice I never got was to always believe in yourself. Never quit, never give up. As long as you believe you can, you will succeed! The one thing I did right was writing the book. It was a labor of love and a joy to write it. And from my sales and reviews, it seems to be a pleasure for people to read as well. Win-win!

The biggest transition I had to make was dealing with computers. I hate computers. Despise them with every fiber of my being. And I am certain the feeling is mutual. But there is no way to become a successful author without learning these skills. Unfortunately!

A book that I would highly recommend to others is The E-Myth. It was given to me as a gift and it is brilliant in its simplicity. It puts into words what I had intuitively done with all my successful businesses. The secret is to put your business on autopilot, by implementing automated systems for every aspect of your business. When you do this successfully, your business becomes a machine that works for you. You no longer work for the business. Which is also what my book teaches you to do. The E-Myth is great for learning that basic philosophy. My book, Poverty Sucks! How to Become a Self-Made Millionaire, teaches you all the nuts and bolts of that philosophy, each and every step, how to actually put it into practice.

I hope that my book brings everyone the financial freedom they desire. Poverty Sucks! You deserve a better life. Start now!

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