Hi, I'm Ann Marie
Hi, I'm Ann Marie Michaels. I make my living online, and I show others how to do what I've been doing for over a decade.
On this website, you'll learn how to make money online and how to grow on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram. You'll learn about SEO, how to use funnels and email marketing, and how to turn leads into customers and nurture them with into raving brand evangelists.
My Background & Experience
I started my career in Silicon Valley, worked at Razorfish, CKS, Deutsch, Foote, Cone & Belding. My client list includes Apple, Disney, Target, Sony, Old Navy, L'Oreal & Nestle.
Those were the days of free massage, complimentary bagels and cappuccino for breakfast every morning, and snowboarding offsites. I was getting raises and promotions every year, and making a six figure salary just a few years out of college.
I still remember the time Disney boss, Michael Eisner came to the office, and yes, I worked with Apple back when Steve Jobs was running Apple.
I also lived through the Dot Com Crash, which was one of the things that made me realize how important it is to have side hustle income (but I'll talk more about that here on this site.)
From Silicon Valley to Building a Million Dollar Blog Network
When my daughter was born in 2007, I realized I couldn't leave her for 10-12 hours a day. So I started a little food blog called Cheeseslave.
Over the next 6 years, I grew that little food blog into 250,000 monthly unique website visitors and over 350,000 social media followers.
In 2008, the year after I started the blog, in an effort to help my fellow “real food” blogger friends make money, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network.
I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners.
I soon realized running the blog network was not all it was cracked up to be. My whole reason for starting a business was to stay home with my little girl.
Suddenly I was working 10 hour days at the office, managing a team of people, and the nanny was raising my daughter.
In Chinese, Crisis = Opportunity
The blog network went under in 2014, which I knew see as a blessing. The crash of my business led me to years of research, searching for a better way to grow a scalable business. I wanted to start over and create a new business.
I had done it before, so I knew I could do it again. But this time, I wanted to build a business that would allow me the freedom to work from home so I could be my kids and work anywhere.
Starting Over — How to Create a Business That Would Scale
I knew what I didn't want in a business… all the stuff I hated in my old business. An office lease, commuting to and from work, managing a staff of employees, complicated bookkeeping, lawsuits…
From 2014, they year my blog network crashed, to 2017, I researched and tried different online business models to see which ones I liked, and also, to see which ones would scale.
See, I still wanted to build a million dollar business. But I needed the right business model that would scale without all the headaches and traps.
Most importantly, I knew I wanted a way to make a lot of money without having to sacrifice time with my children while they are young.
5 Ways to Make Money Online
As I researched, I realized there really are only 5 ways to make money online:
(1) Advertising – getting paid with ads on content on a blog, YouTube or Instagram. (2) Selling digital products – online courses, e-books, membership sites. (3) Selling physical products – on Amazon or Ebay or on your own shopping cart. (4) Affiliate marketing – getting a commission from promoting products. (5) Network marketing – getting a commission from promoting products, but also keeping the customers for life and also earning commissions from the people you recruit who also promote products.
My Favorite Way to Make Money Online
While I love almost all 5 ways of making money online, and still do most of them (everything except physical products for a number of reasons), I was surprised to find one that I loved the most is network marketing.
Network marketing is just like affiliate marketing, which I have done for over a decade, but it's even better because the commissions are higher and you keep the customers for life.
I had done network marketing in my 20s in my Silicon Valley days, as a part-time side hustle. I loved the model back then, but I love it even more now.
Why Network Marketing?
Not only is network marketing the best way to save money on taxes, but it's something most people can do from home, great for moms who want to stay home with their kids.
And, in my few years of experience working in the industry, it is the most fun I've ever had in business. I believe it is also the most evolved and effective marketing and distribution model on the planet.
It works so well because of one thing: word of mouth. According to recent study, “74% of consumers identify word-of-mouth as a key influencer in their purchasing decision. (Ogilvy Cannes)
If you factor in other current trends like the rise of smart phones, social media, influencer marketing, and the call for authenticity, network marketing is set to explode on a global scale.
Why I Chose MONAT
I spent the past few years researching different network marketing companies, to try to find one to make my home.
I actually joined 12 different companies to analyze their products, compensation plans, culture and leadership. As well as the timing and competition, and the financials. (Yes, I am a bit obsessive about research.)
I discovered that MONAT, a naturally-based beauty company, is the best network marketing company in the world right now. MONAT is like the Uber of network marketing companies, and they are in hypergrowth right now.
MONAT: The Uber of Network Marketing Companies
MONAT, the fastest growing direct sales company in the beauty category, was founded in 2014, the same year my business crashed… and no, I don't believe in coincidences.
In just 5 short years, MONAT did over $1 billion in sales.
Who else has done $1 billion in sales? Tech innovators, Apple and Google. Hey, I know how to spot a winner.
Why Living Like a Boss?
As good as network marketing is, I needed to find a way to do this business digitally and online.
As I said above, I had done network marketing in my 20s (as a side hustle when I worked in Silicon Valley). Those were the days of handing out cassette tapes and inviting people to hotel meetings.
Since I'm so passionate about online marketing, I created this blog (as well as a YouTube channel, Facebook page and Instagram account) so I can spread the gospel about network marketing and MONAT online. Not only that, but I'm using these tools to teach others how to do what I do.
As I build my online marketing platform, I'm chronicling the whole process and teaching my downline how to do what I do step by step.
If you're interested in working with me on my MONAT team, watch my free webinar to learn how to get involved.
If you're doing another type of business online (or you are partnered with a different network marketing company and don't want to join my MONAT team) you can learn from me by enrolling in my new online course, Online Marketing, Simplified.
Learn More About MONAT Products…
MONAT is the fastest growing hair care company in North America, and the fastest growing direct sales company in the beauty category.
Click the links below to learn more about these revolutionary anti-aging hair care and skin care products.
Giveaway: Enter to Win Free MONAT Products
MONAT Skin Care: Before & After Photos
How to Order MONAT & Save the Most Money
Learn More About the MONAT Business Opportunity…
Promoting MONAT products is the most fun I've had in my 25 years of doing marketing. Click the links below to learn more…
I'd love to hear from you and help you get started with MONAT products and/or the business.
Also feel free to reach out if you're interested in learning more about enrolling in my online course.
Reach out via text or email and I'll get back to you.
Hair Like a Boss
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