Dale and Colleen Easley have eaten their fair share of bag lunches over the years. They are the parents of a son and a daughter, and grandparents to 7 great kids. Right now they’re semi-retired. Although they operate several websites in conjunction with their home business – EasyCall Communications; Brown Bag Chats is more of a personal site with reflections on all kinds of different topics.
Dale has lived in Washington state his whole life. In 1968 after graduating from college he joined the Washington Army National Guard. What we thought would would be a 6 year reserve commitment turned into a 26 year full-time career. He retired in 1994.
After retirement from the military, Dale got involved in the tourism business by qualifying for his CDL license and was soon training new motorcoach drivers for the largest tour company in Seattle. He eventually moved up to become their manager of safety and training. Living in Olympia, meant a 1 1/2 hour commute in each direction, so in 2005 he retired from that job in favor of working from home with their home business, EasyCall Communications, and to manage driver and vehicle records for the Alaska tour company that Colleen works for in the summer.
Colleen also grew up in Washington state. In fact she attended the same high school as Dale, but not at the same time. She met Dale when she was a senior in high school and he was a senior in college. She loves telling the story of how they met in early 1968 when Dale was the chaperone on her high school ski school bus! They married in 1970.
When her children were young, Colleen chose to be a stay-at-home mom, but eventually went back to work as a church secretary. In 1991 a job relocation for Dale, allowed her to embark on a new adventure as a firefighter/EMT and she also took a short term job as the fire district secretary for a neighboring department. In 1994 when their youngest child was graduating high school, she trained for her CDL and began driving motorcoaches in Alaska during the summer. In 2001, after 7 years with the largest tour operator in Alaska, she moved on to a smaller tour company, John Hall’s Alaska. Between early June and mid September, she drives all the major highways of Alaska and Yukon Territory, and gives her guests an on-going commentary about the history and culture of the North.
During the winter, both Dale and Colleen make their home business their primary focus. Going to Alaska every year remains a fun adventure for Colleen, so she will likely continue it for a few more years, but it’s only because of the success of the home business that she’s able to even consider working only 3 1/2 months out of each year. And it’s also great that the business can basically be put on “auto-pilot” while she’s gone, although Dale is a great help in managing urgent matters, like email questions from clients.
Dale and Colleen are both cancer survivors. Breast cancer for her, prostate for him. Facing cancer has given them both a new perspective on life. Both are believers that a positive mental attitude plays a very important part in beating cancer. They’ve also learned to not take life for granted. You never know how much time you have left on this earth, so make the most of what time you do have.
Staying positive about the home business has also been important to its success. Colleen started EasyCall Communications in 1995 and can remember back when there was no World Wide Web as we know it today. Their first Internet sales were done entirely through postings in AOL groups!
We’re proud that we choose to get involved with a marketing program that has paid us back overwhelmingly for the time and effort we have devoted to it. We’re also proud that even when the rewards were slow to materialize, we stayed committed and refused to quit.
If you’d like more information about the marketing program that has made Dale and Colleen successful on-line entrepreneurs, please see our business opportunity site at http://www.easycall.biz