About Fran

I am so glad you are visiting my website.  Let me introduce myself.  I am Fran Kelso, an 81-year-old Alaskan woman who believes in self-reliance, and who has the courage to try something new.

Let me ask you right up front — Are you living in a remote location?  If so, you have come to the right place.  Read my story and you will see that with a decent computer and a good internet connection, you have the potential for earning from anywhere in the world.

Even if you live in a well-populated area, this business could be just what you have been looking for.  Read on to find out how I got started.

A Bit About My Journey

Presently, I live in the very small town of Gustavus, Alaska, which is located at the head of Glacier Bay.  In the summer many visitors come here to take a

glacier and mountains
Glacier Bay near Gustavus

boat up bay to see the glaciers.  In the winter, there are maybe 400 people in the town.

From my house I see only trees, though bear and moose come into the yard very often — probably more often than people.  I might as well live on an island, as the only way to get here is by boat or plane.   Yet I am connected to the world through the internet.

As you might guess, at my age and because of where I live, a home-based internet business is the only way to go.

How I Ended Up In Alaska

For years, I worked in offices, starting right out of high school..  When office jobs started feeling like prison,  I broke away.  I became involved in a music group, playing 5-string banjo and bass.  Eventually, our group came to Alaska to play.  I was 30 at the time and have now been here over half my life.

In Kodiak, where we played, I met and eventually married Les Kelso.  We started a jewelry and gift shop in Kodiak; then Les was offered a job in the nearby village of Ouzinkie, on Spruce Island.

When Les and I separated a few years later, I knew I wanted to stay in Ouzinkie.  We had a homesite claim there, and with the help of friends, I built a house on it and lived there for 20 years.

aerial view of Ouzinkie
Village of Ouinkie

I taught adults in the village and loved the job.  Their success was my success.  A group of village friends joined me to study the wild plants of the area, and we ended up compiling a book about what we’d learned.  Plant Lore of an Alaskan Island was published by Alaska Northwest Publishing Company in 1985.

I began selling jewelry again, and finally moved back to Kodiak in 2000 and opened a gift shop in the Best Western Kodiak Inn.  I also got involved in a network marketing company, Nikken, a company I still admire a great deal.

Then in 2011, I moved to Gustavus.  Now I needed to find a way to supplement my income.  That’s when I discovered affiliate marketing.  It’s the perfect venue for a remote business.  I work from home but have met people from all over the world.  We’re all working toward the same goal — financial freedom.

What Would You Like To Achieve?

What is missing from your life?  Do you have a secret dream that you would like to pursue?  With an affiliate marketing business, it is possible to achieve those dreams you have buried away for so long.

There are people in my company who are making thousands of dollars each month.  The sky’s the limit.

Your dreams won’t be just handed to you — you will have to work for them — but the training you receive in Wealthy Affiliate will give you the knowledge you need to scale the wall of success.

Moreover, you will not be alone.  You can ask me any question you have; not

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only is my help available, but you will be part of a large group of like-minded people who can help you if you get stuck, and point you in the right direction to move forward.

It is my desire to use this platform to leverage success for as many people I can find who want to become involved in affiliate marketing.  Together with our like-minded friends, we can change our lives for the better.

Turn your face toward the sun and let positive thoughts take over your being.  Know that it is possible to get what you want in life.  It starts with belief.  Then you must spring into action.

Take a bit of a risk and try something new.  If I, an 81-year-old woman, can embrace a new endeavor, so can you.  All you have to do is begin.

Do you have questions?  I’m not surprised if you do.  Ask them in the comments below and I will be more than happy to help you find the answers.

May your journey take you to your dreams.

Fran Kelso


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14 thoughts on “About Fran”

  1. How amazing Fran and what an interesting life you have led
    All the best as you help people become financially free

    Knowing you as I do is a pleasure in my heart as I feel incredible love and respect for you Fran and I hope one day I will travel From New Zealand to hug you in person

    Go well my friend

  2. Hi Fran

    How Amazing and encouraging and I know that anyone that you sponsor will be well looked after and well on their way to become financially free and start living the life the have dreamt about.

    As I said earlier Amazing you have a world of experience and knowledge the will help anyone gain traction to the top of their game.

    It is an honour to work with you.


  3. Hi Fran.

    I absolutely loved your story! It proves that physical isolation is no boundary to success. Like you, I discovered Wealthy Affiliate and have made it my home. I wouldn’t be leaving this comment without connecting with you there.

    Fran is right, the concept of affiliate marketing is perfect for a home based business. Age and place are no barriers. The World is now a much better place because we can connect like this. The internet has made this possible. The press write continuously about the ‘perils of the internet’, how it’s a bad place, but it isn’t. It’s great!

    Educate yourselves and follow Fran on the Wealthy Affiliate journey, you’ll be astounded by what can be achieved with the right teachers.


  4. Fran, I really like the way you began your story! I felt like you were talking to me. Sharing your own beginnings will help readers realize they can do this too. You put yourself out there and invited your readers to enter into your space.

    As Wealthy Affiliate is new to many readers, I believe they will be curious enough to click on the links you shared.

    I also think that mentioning seniors connecting with the internet is an affirmation that as a senior, myself, offers hope in these challenging days.

    If I didn’t know anything about Wealthy Affiliate I’d connect with you to help me on the WA path!

    Great post, Fran.


    • Well, thank you, Lyn. I enjoyed reading your comment, and appreciate the encouraging words. Being a senior, I love the fact that on the internet it does not matter what age we are. It becomes a level playing field, and we have just as much chance as anyone else to succeed.

      I do hope you visit again, Lyn. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Hello Fran,
        It is fascinating to read about your life in Alaska! I agree with other commenters that your writing style is engaging and inviting, it feels like reading a personal letter. Well done!

        I wonder if you have every thought about writing a daily (or weekly) “Day in the Life of Fran in Alaska” – with photos of the beautiful landscapes and wildlife who pass by your place on their journeys and meanderings. I would love to see Alaska through your eyes!

        I have only been to Alaska once (to Anchorage – telecom attorney/work) and I look forward to going back! While I was there for work, I stayed a few extra days and went to a wildlife rescue/conservation center where I met an orphaned baby Moose named Monty. They gave me a banana to feed him – he loved it! : ) It was a great experience.

        I see Alaska as a most beautiful canvas, waiting for you to photograph and share with your readers, along with your stories about life in Alaska.


        • You know, you encourage me. I actually have another domain purchased that is intended for Alaskan stories. So far I have the “About Me” page written, but have not yet gone any further. You are not the only one encouraging me to do so. Guess I’d better get busy on that project. Not sure when — I have too much on my plate already. I’ll get there.

          Meanwhile, I think you would like Alaskan Attitudes, as it is composed of stories of daily Alaskan adventures.

  5. Hi Fran,
    I do not know you personally, but I have heard good things about you. I was born and raised in the town of Kodiak and my parents were from the village of Ouzinkie. I recently became interested in learning more about Alaska’s medicinal plants and forging. That is where I found your book you wrote with people I know in Ouzinkie. I am semi retired and currently live in Anchorage but want to move back to a more rural area in Kodiak or Homer. I am currently working on an aromatherapy certification for essential oils. I am very interested in starting a on-line business around the oils, medicinal plants and CBD to help myself and others in there healing journey. I found this site thur a utube video you made about the book plant lore of Alaskan island. I am impressed by your life and story and hoping I can find mentorship help in forming my on-line business. Thank you for your inspiration. Take care

    • Shirley, I am so glad you found me. If you want to start an on-line business, you have come to the right place. I have learned so much from the training this program gives…when I started, wasn’t even sure what a URL is. Now I’ve built two websites and have a good start on a third. I also really like the affiliate marketing mode of selling, because I can showcase products from other companies who offer affiliate links, and if folks buy them, I receive a commission. No buying and storing stock; no shipping; your marketplace is the world. You can sell wherever folks have a good internet connection…that means even in Alaska. Gustavus has about 400 people on a good day, and I live on 2 1/2 acres of wooded land. A large black bear came down my driveway and posed just outside my window yesterday. Thanks for sending your email address. I will send you valuable info and a link there.


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