“We were just hoping to make a little extra money for our savings, for retirement,” says Dane, a husband and father of six children.
It started a few years ago, back in 2018, when Dane was looking for a way to make some extra income. Together Dane and his wife Deena researched a few different industries and decided they wanted to get into retail arbitrage. They both enjoy shopping and figured they could make a decent amount of money flipping products they were finding at discounts stores like Ross and DD’s.
They started small, buying and selling a few toys over the summer. By the time the holidays rolled around the family was making more money with their side hustle than Dane was making at his full-time job. “It was thrilling! It was our nightly activity and the kids loved helping too.” Dane and Deena explain that the kids loved shopping, packing up the inventory, and putting the shipping labels on boxes.
“Every time the kids heard the cash register chime on my phone they knew it was time to pick something from the inventory, pack it up, and ship it out.” recalls Dane.
The Eyerly’s were selling everything from toys to shoes, making good money and having fun doing it. However, they knew they ultimately wanted something more passive. After searching multiple methods of how to make money online Dane was convinced that niche blogging was the way to go. His biggest hurdle was that he has never considered himself much of a writer. So, he hired a few ghost writers to do the writing.
That worked well, and soon other people were hiring him for his team of writers so he created a writing service called TextGoods. “The writing company was growing organically, but it began taking up a ton of my time,” recalls Dane. He goes on further to explain that between his full-time job, his blogging, and his new writing service he was only getting 2-4 hours of sleep each night. “I remember going to bed when the kids would be getting up for school, and then I’d take them to school and go straight to work.”
The lack of sleep was taking a toll on him and his family so he began hiring, brought on some partners, and built a full scale team of editors, writers, and customer service representatives to take on a bulk of the work. His writing service was now thriving, and although not completely passive, it was a good extra source of income for his family.
Aside from a stock and cryptocurrency portfolio, the Eyerly Family, known on YouTube as the Double Decker Family, have now created many sources of income including the retail arbitrage business selling products on Amazon and eBay, their own niche blogs, their own writing service, a rental property, and up until last week Dane was still working full time, but has now turned his attention to their YouTube Channel where the family goes by Double Decker Family.
About a year ago the family decided they still weren’t spending quality time together in the ways they wanted. After taking a brief road trip they ultimately decided to purchase a double decker bus and convert it into a space they could live in permanently while they travel the country.
“We’ll still be working from the road, just not in the same ways.” says Dane who indicates that the challenges of living on the road with a family of 8 are not lost on him. He says he’s prepared for their family to make stronger bonds as they navigate this new life together.
Building multiple sources of income appears to be the key to their financial success which is now allowing the Eyerly’s a fantastic opportunity to live life on the road and achieve the family success they’ve been seeking. “The experiences we share together out there on the road are invaluable. I can’t think of a better gift to give my children.”