A magazine article from 1986 inspired a young Marine

How ZilchWorks Got Started

In the Summer of 1986 a friend of mine showed me a magazine article on "How to quickly pay off debts". He knew I had a computer (Tandy 1000 SX) and asked me to help him build a payment plan just like the one described in the magazine. I used a spreadsheet program to calculate how to pay off all twenty-one of his debts. It took over 5 hours to manually figure it out. I remember thinking this was a good idea but not worth that much time.

So, I spent the next three months designing a computer program that would duplicate the results obtained with the manual spreadsheet method. The program was very crude but it worked. At this point it didn't have a name I just referred to it as the "payoff program".

I showed this program to a few friends and they weren't very impressed. So, I copied it to a floppy disk and tossed it in a drawer. It sat there for about 3 years until one day I was looking for a programming project. I decided to create a more sophisticated version of that old "payoff program". My hope was I could sell it to people who needed help getting out of debt.

I spent an entire year of evenings and weekends creating the first retail version of that program. In 1990, I began marketing my software known as "Zilch" through various shareware vendors. Other well-known shareware authors told me not to expect any sales for at least six months to a year. Imagine my surprise when two months later I received my first order from Gifford Wherry of Kennewick, WA. I haven't looked back since.

Reducing Debt to 'Zilch' article Military LifeStye December 1994

( Reducing Debt to Zilch - Military Lyfestyle December 1994)

Michael Riley

Michael Riley

Since 1991 I've been helping people just like you change their lives one debt at a time. Debt is a really difficult topic to talk about. Just the mention or thought of debt can stir up all kinds of emmotions.

Geting out of debt is a hard, difficult climb. A climb you can make. I will show you how to make that climb in the fastest way possible. I will show you how to beat the credit card companies at their own game. So, roll up your sleeves, strap on your pack, and lets get going.

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❝I wish I had known about this program before paying $45 a month❞

I have a goal, which is to retire soon and spend time with my 2 awesome grandsons, ages 6 and 8. You are going to help make that happen because I'm going to use ZilchWorks to pay off my mortgage as fast as I can.

I originally learned about your software from a friend who uses it. She swears by it! In the past I have used a debt management company to pay off $32,000 of credit card debt, and am paying my last $1,000 on those cards. It has taken 8 long years. I wish I had known about this program before paying that company $45 a month to do what I could have done myself in a shorter length of time.

Thank you for creating this awesome software. God bless you.

Marlena B. - Canton, Texas

Why ZilchWorks

Deep down you know there really is no magic fix to your debt solution. We are here to help you make that uphill climb with debt repayment strategies that work.