This is the story of how I was able to turn my passion into a successful ebusiness.
It starts with my history of business failures, followed by the discovery of Site Build It! (SBI!), and concluding with the joy of doing what I love and helping others, all while making money!
I even share some of my successful tips. ;)
The Kindle Fire pictured above is the entry I submitted to the "My SBI! 6 Words, 1 Photo Contest".
Not only do these six words, "Visualized Future. Discovered SBI. Living It!", simply describe my successful journey, but my entry was the Grand Prize Winner! I was so surprised and ecstatic!
Most success stories have a history of failures and mine is no exception.
Having a strong desire to own my own business, and being the techie girl that I am, I thought I'd join the pack of Internet businesses and earn me some quick, easy, green money.
Although the website I created had a little success, it was never anything big. Mostly I made enough money to support the site along with a tiny bit of spending cash.
Eventually, I lost interest and gave up.
Well, if I couldn't make it the easy way, maybe I needed to try it the hard way.
My next endeavor involved starting my very own school book fair business. I took a bunch of classes, attended a book show, created a website, and did a ton of other business related stuff.
(Isn't my dragon logo adorable? I just had to share it with you- it took me hours to make!)
I was really excited about this business, but unfortunately, I gave up when I discovered the local competition was far greater than I'd first realized.
I was devastated.
Not only did I feel like a complete failure, but I let go of the dream of owning my own business.
I sometimes wonder if that book fair business would have been successful if I'd stuck with it.
However, the risk was greater than I was willing to take; the start-up costs for inventory, equipment, etc. were just too huge and the potential income was just too small!
Years passed while my dream of owning my own business was swept under the rug, suffocating in the dust.
For 10 years I worked for one of the top 100 websites in the world (listed on Alexa.com) where I improved my ability to write, edit, and create a variety of unique content, images, and other online resources.
I also learned invaluable tools like Search Engine Optimization and the importance of key word placement.
For the first few years I loved the work I did, but over time I struggled with the owner's changing requirements which stifled my creative juices.
Eventually I no longer loved what I did and work became a drudgery once more.
In February 2012 I was browsing the Internet in search of tips on how to best create a website for others. (I was considering starting my own webdesign business, an idea I'd toyed with for years, but I wasn't sure where to start.)
During my search I stumbled across a website that talked about a company called Site Build It! (SBI!).
I couldn't quite grasp what they were trying to explain, so I directly went to SBI!'s Website to check it out for myself.
What I learned resulted in an explosion of emotions.
As I read through their site the following questions ran through my head:
sounded too good to be true! Except... as I read through their entire
website, I instinctively knew that this was what I had been searching
for all these years.
I realized that SBI! had the missing pieces to the puzzle I'd been attempting to put together on my own! My previous website experience had given me most of the pieces, but SBI! had the rest- the MONEY MAKING PUZZLE PIECES.
After seeing the successful websites of other people who had used their system I knew (with their help) I could be one of those too!
A few weeks later I took the plunge and signed up.
That was the beginning of my new career as the owner of my own business!
Not only have I had a blast creating this fun, successful website that helps others, but it's ALL MINE! No more taking orders from others. Now I create what I choose to create.
AND I LOVE IT!
Recently I entered SBI!'s "I Love SBI!, Too" Video Contest where I shared, in 60 seconds, why I love SBI.
"My SBI Journey" video entry shows how my journey actually began one year before I discovered SBI! and concludes with my site's success exactly one year later.
(You actually get to see some awesome stats!)
This is not a "Get Rich Quick Scheme"! Building an eBusiness takes lots of time and effort, just like any real business, but SBI! shows you HOW and gives you the TOOLS to do it.
SBI!'s mascot, Shelly, is a tortoise, who shows us that "Slow and Steady Wins the Race" just like the classic tale of the Tortoise and the Hare.
love SBI! and am almost as passionate about this topic as I am about my
own website. :) I love sharing with others my experience and all that
I've learned and gained from SBI!
Over the years my website and I have been honored to be featured in a variety of media including interviews, podcasts, social sites, blogs, and videos!
Here are those currently available online:
July 2012: SiteSell Facebook Featured Fan - Even more nitty-gritty details about my SBI! journey.
Feb 2015: SBI's five blog series, "Do What You Love, Love What You Do." An interview where I answer some wonderful online business-building questions.
April 2015: Video, "A Kindle Drives a Business- Being an Entreprenuer #3." SBI took the previous interview and turned into a quick video full of fun photos I shared.
So there you go! That's my story of how I came to create a successful website business about my passion for the Kindle Fire. I am so blessed! :)
I ♥ SBI!