About Garage How To and How I ended up in the Garage

…no, my wife didn’t send me there

For those who want to know about Garage How To and if a real person is behind it, this is for you. That’s me in the picture and this is my website.

As we say in Oregon, Howdy! I’m Pat Easterbrooks, a native Oregonian now living in the thriving metropolis of Boring, Oregon. Yep, that’s a real place with a whole lot of excitement going on.

Growing up, I drove by a road sign that said, “Boring Oregon City” (actually, two places), and I always wondered who would live in a place like that. I guess that would be me.

I have always had many interests, from math and music to building and fixing things. This site tends more towards the building and fixing things, especially those related to the garage.

Learning is my Passion

I love to learn new things and share what I’ve learned with others…if they’re interested. That’s how my Garage How To adventure began. More about that in a minute.

Growing up in a small town, my Dad had a lot to do with my love of learning. He always had something new going. He and Mom built their first house from the ground up, bought and sold property for most of their lives, and taught my brother, sister and I how to think on our feet and figure things out on our own.

When something needs fixin’ these days, I always hear, “Dad…can you fix this?” or “Uncle Pat, can you show me how to do this?” or “Babe, this isn’t working…” Ahhh, that’s music to my ears! I love fixing things and figuring things out. And I’ve always been pretty good at it.

What’s my Day Job?

Career wise, I have owned a gym, owned and managed rental property and worked in restaurants during my college years. Although I never finished college, I did give it 6 good trys. And, the 6th try landed me a beautiful, intelligent, amazing wife of 25 years. College is great!

I have been a licensed real estate broker since 1981, and my “steady paycheck” for the last 25 or so years has come from the hospitality industry, managing a resort.

When I started working at the resort, I worked in the maintenance department doing everything from unplugging toilets to repairing garage doors (we have more than 30 of them), and eventually landed in the office.

Now there are three guys in our maintenance department to do the heavy lifting, but I still like to get my hands dirty when a problem needs solving. How, exactly, did that turd get in the swimming pool? (Yes, Mother, I know that is a pejorative term. No, you didn’t teach me to speak that way.)

OK…back to Garage How To

Why that and why now? Garages have always fascinated me. From Jay Leno’s Garage (opens new window) to the one owned by my good friend Tom Fox, I just get excited.

With so many cool garage doors and garage door openers, cabinets, tool boxes, workbenches and garage flooring options, there is just so much neat stuff to learn. My wife wonders about me sometimes, but I AM learning to play the ukulele and I DO let her dogs sleep on the bed!

Anyway, I also love the internet and spend a fair bit of time in cyberspace. Why? To learn more things, of course. With so much information, I tend to focus more on “how-to” stuff. That’s what led me to “how-to-build-a-website” in 1995.

After building my own and a few for other people, I wondered how I could marry my love of learning with a love of the garage and actually make some money doing it. After all, my kids needed a college education and I wanted to help pay for it without going into debt (something I hate).

Truth: I hired someone to help me build my first websites. She made the money and I paid her. Not a good model.

Along came SBI (what’s that?)

SBI is an acronym for Site Build It!, an online tool that helps you turn your passion or hobby into a real, money-making business. And, you might be surprised at some of the topics.

If you want to see how it works, take a look at the Video Tour. If you use a dial up internet connection, take the Quick tour.

You need proof that it works? Here are a few hundred successful SBI sites built by ordinary people like me and like you. (Remember, I’m the guy from Boring, Oregon!). Every one of these sites is in the top 1% of all websites on the net. Really!

Juggling, customer service, travel, pets, motorcycles, kids birthday party ideas, costumes, ghosts, RC airplanes, guitars, and on the list goes. Hey, you really CAN do this.

No, this is not a “get rich quick” scheme. Yes, it is a lot of work at the beginning, but it really is worth it. My little Garage How To site isn’t so little anymore and it is steadily growing. Thousands of visitors stop by every month, and I make money every month for my efforts.

The process can go as fast or as slow as you want. For me, I don’t have a lot of “extra” time, so my pace is more like the tortoise (remember who won the race with the hare?). Others like Elad and his sister Tamar were more like sprinting tortoises in the beginning, earning $1,000 in their fourth month, $2,000 in their sixth and not looking back.

Here’s the best part. It’s totally risk free! SBI’s service offers a money back guarantee so you can try it to see if you like it. If you do, it will be the best decision you ever made. If you don’t, you can get your money back.

How do you make the money?

There are many ways to make money with a website, but here are a few:

  • Advertising. The ads on my site from Google offer things of interest related to the content of my site. When someone is interested and clicks on one of those ads, I make money.
  • You can create e-goods for sale (e-books, e-photos, your own music, etc.)
  • You can sell products that others create and make a commission when they sell.
  • You can get paid for referring visitors to other services.
  • And on the list goes…

To get an idea how other SBIers have done it, take a look at these case studies.

Why not YOU and why not NOW?

When I was really young, I learned that if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. That’s about all you need to know to get started.

I think you can. In fact, I KNOW you can. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Mark Twain. When I found it (on the Internet), I printed it and taped it to my computer monitor. I later discovered another SBIer who uses the same quote on her site. “B,” as she is known, encouraged me when I started building my site (thanks, B!). Maybe her story will help you, too. NOTE: When the new page opens, scroll down a bit to read about B.

Here’s the quote:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”   Mark Twain

When Twain’s long and storied life ended, that quote became one of his most popular, and for good reason. Start today. Don’t look back 20 years from now and wonder why you didn’t try something new and different.

Think you’re too young? Take a look at this.

Think you’re too old? Take a look at this.

If you want to be in touch, please contact me. I would love to hear your story.

All the best,
Pat

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