Florida man was homeless, then he made US$10,000 from YouTube


Barnes, better known as Lionel B, poses for a portrait in his home studio in Tampa, Florida. After getting laid off and trying to figure out how to come up with some money, he remembered his old Google Adsense account. — Tampa Bay Times via AP

TAMPA, Florida: Things were looking down for Lionel Barnes in late 2018. He’d been let go from his information technology job in Plant City, Florida. A rocky relationship had ended. He was soon sleeping in his 20-year-old Mercedes with his teenage son, Lionel Jr.

He’d park in front of fast food restaurants in Tampa and use the free Internet to apply for jobs.

Win a prize this Mother's Day by subscribing to our annual plan now! T&C applies.

Monthly Plan

RM13.90/month

Annual Plan

RM12.33/month

Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only


Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Tech News

Apple brings eye tracking to iPhone and iPad in accessibility update
What do Google’s AI updates mean for everyday users?
Preview: ‘MechWarrior 5: Clans’ takes a more cinematic approach to its giant robot campaign
Britain's M&S sorry after website and app hit by 'technical issue'
Honey, I love you. Didn’t you see my Slack about it?
The architects of ‘Hades’ strive to bewitch gamers again
A pithy YouTube celebrity’s plea: Buy this video game
Coming soon: Control your smartphone with facial expressions
Crypto lender Genesis to return $3 billion to customers in bankruptcy wind-down
US, TikTok seek fast-track schedule, ruling by Dec. 6 on potential ban

Others Also Read