My name is Mark Stokes
My guess is you landed here because you want to learn to make money online and Build a business you can be proud of.But before we get to that, I wanted to share a bit about me and my journey.
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After leaving school in 1983 with the vision of being a top class chef, I went to catering school, qualified for all my city and guilds 706-1-2, worked at most of the top hotels in Leicestershire, Holiday Inn, Rothley Court, Moat House Hotel worked my way up to chef de Partie , but realised at the age of 20 working 50+ hours a week, split shifts 7am till 2pm, then coming back at 6pm till 10pm, that life of trading an hour of my time for a pound or dollar was not the life for me.Having got married(17 years, now divorced) with 2 beautiful children Tom & Millie, family time was very precious for me so I needed to find a way of working less hours for more money..
So I decided to enter the direct sales arena selling fitted luxury kitchens in London.This was a turning point in my life for the next 20 years I went from rookie salesman winning top awards in the industry to one of the most respected direct sales senior regional managers in the UK. I was the first salesman in the history of direct sales UK to sell 1 million pounds worth of products in a calendar year net of vat single handedly.The prize was a suitcase of cash,gold Rolex watch and a brand new XK Jaguar car to drive for a year.I was then promoted to Sales manager winning all the awards available then going on to be senior regional manager for a top blue chip company in the Uk.After years of corporate bullshit and again clocking in, clocking out, tied to a desk this was not what I wanted.
After waking up one morning being a true EntrepreneurI had a burning desire to get out of the 9-5 rat race sack my boss and start my own business, I decided to leave my $150,000 job to start my own business and become an real Entrepreneur.I then set up an traditional offline Home Improvement business with my brother James, taking it from zero to $2.5 million turnover with over 20 full time contractors and staff, in an exclusive high street location in less than 2 years.
I then discovered the power of the internet and that’s when my journey into the Internet Marketing world started…..In the summer of 2008, my brother James and I attended an internet business clinic run by the Internet marketing centre, responsible for the stupendous success of the famous Internet Marketeer, Frank Kern who holds the record for making $18,million in a 24 hour period. (Not a bad record) That course was the defining moment for us in the last ten years. At the time, James and I were hands on and deep in the trenches running a traditional offline business in the home improvement industry working morning noon and night, we were very successful as far as “normal life” goes and the average small business owner, until you compare your life to the life of a successful internet marketer, where all the rules of time and money go out the window.
See me here being awarded the runners up position of the prestigious world practitioner of the year 2008 at the Phenomenon world summit in Florida.
I qualified to reach the final 4 practitioners out of over 800 entries and we were asked to give a 15 minute presentation on how we transformed our business’s from a standing start to a turnover in excess of 1 million pounds in a 12 month period.
Dan Kennedy and Bill Glazier founders of the Phenomenon and known as the millionaire makers and professors of harsh reality presented Me with a trophy.along with the prize of a chapter of my own in the next issue of the Phenomenon book.See copy below.
For those who don’t yet know Dan, I highly recommend your seek him out.I will send you a copy of the book for free just leave a comment below with your email and we will get in contact to arrange delivery.Having been awarded runners up Entrepreneurs of the year 2008 and sharing the stage with Chris Cardell, Dan Kennedy and the professor of harsh reality Bill Glazier we thought things could not get any better!
Then in 2009 the recession hit hard we were having to work 70 hour weeks 7 days a week to keep things going and pay all the staff wages and over heads.We knew we had to break free from the chains of a traditional offline business quickly and build an online business giving us the freedom time with our families.This was not the life we had visioned for and after months of struggle and despair we closed the business owing the bank and creditors over $200,000. I lost my house and my car was repossessed.Very close to bankruptcy, I had to move to the back bedroom of my mums house I lived in 25 yrs earlier.Being close to bankruptcy and losing more of my property portfolio I had built over the years I had to do something quickly.
I borrowed 3k from a family friend and bought an online business opportunity and started marketing.After a few months of struggles, mistakes,sweat and tears I made my first $495 dollars online in January 2010.I then made $2000 dollars from one big ticket sale online.This was the start of everything for us and our online success was about to begin.
I then reinvested the money back into our marketing spend. We then started to get real traction in my business with over 30 leads a day coming in.
Having invested into an online business opportunity with a proven converting sales funnel, and learning that to have success online was all about filling the pipeline with leads, I started to learn the secret to success was list building.Thats when my online sales started to really start coming in.See a screen shot below of one of my best days online from one of my current income streams….
I then discovered the freedom and money of having an internet lifestyle and there was no going back .I am obsessed with learning from the best internet marketers in the world .I have travelled the globe and spent thousands of dollars to rub shoulders with the likes of Dan Kennedy known as the Millionaire maker. He has studied the top millionaires in the world to find what the commonalities are to unique unfound entrepreneurial success.
The next big influence to James and I is a man called Chris Cardell he has taken the world by storm with his internet marketing techniques and strategies.His knowledge and insight to pay per click advertising and list building are quite breathtaking when you hear his strategies.
He is such a master of google ad words they even gave him his own Google rep. We have been VIP members of Chris’s inner circle Entrepreneurs on and off now for over 5 years and he has proven to be one of the best investments we have made to get to understand what works in the internet world.
He is an expert at creating a relationship with his list and giving great value to ensure their return on investment is far greater than his. This is a principle I’m always working towards with my material and training techniques for my team members. Here is a picture of me with Chris at the Renegade Millionaire summit in London 2010. I have implemented some of the cutting edge techniques from the summit into the team training provided to our students.
I ‘m now the Co founder of Internet Lifestyle Limited and Co founder of Internet Lifestyle coaching programme,.My vision now is to help others to escape the drudgery of work life and selling an hour of their time for a dollar or a pound. Living the internet Laptop lifestyle is something everybody should have a chance to discover and experience. I am now able to spend time with my family and live a life on my terms .I have built online business’s providing multiple streams of Income including a monthly coaching and mentoring membership site, Author of my own book called The Essential Internet Marketers Guide to Online Success Fast
The future for anyone thinking of starting an online business or looking to work from home has never had a better opportunity than today.
I look forward to working with you and sharing my passion to create an internet lifestyle.“My vision is to Empower and help people wanting to Escape the 9-5 ,make money online and live a life of freedom , helping people make their first $100 online and then grow their business to be able to live the Internet Lifestyle we all deserve”.
“Success is a man who wakes up in the morning, goes to bed at night and does whatever he wants in between! Wishing you every success”
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