Editor of www.tropical-plants-and-flowers-guide.com
It was 2008, and the company I work for announced the
site I work at would be shutting down within the next two years.
With the economy slowing down and showing signs of instability, I was
not all that surprised. Believe it or not, I felt lucky. Many of my
friends were getting let go on the spot. I was being given one to two
I began brainstorming my options:
I could look into opportunities within the company. This would mean
relocating since there are no sites within the immediate area. Not
ideal since I have a son and share custody with his father.
I could pursue a job at another company. Not a bad option if I could
find one close to where I live, with comparable or better pay and
I could look for other opportunities: start my own business, buy an
existing business, or work from home doing consulting work. This was my
favorite option; however the risks involved (investment required,
minimal/fluctuating pay, providing my own benefits, lack of stability,
etc.) gave me pause.
Shortly after the announcement in 2008, I started researching option
#3. Starting a business seemed risky; especially considering the state
of the economy. Buying an existing business would be less risky;
assuming I did the due diligence and purchased a stable, profitable
business. Consulting work can be feast and famine; even assuming I had
the knowledge and skills that fit this type of career.
After a few months, a lot of research, and a lot of reading, I was
getting discouraged. During my research, I was bombarded with work at
home and MLM business opportunities. Many required some kind of
financial investment with little or no promise of a return of the
investment. Some promised unlimited earning potential with little
effort. Hmmm, something for nothing?
I began researching the possibility of starting a website for profit. I
found companies that offered inexpensive (cheap) web hosting with
templates available that allowed you to get your website up “in just a
That sounded great, but I had many questions. What type of website
should I create? After I published my website, how would I get visitors
to come to my site? What could I, should I sell? In my research, I had
come across terms like: keyword optimized, inbound links, and search
engine optimization. What????
I was skeptical (to say the least) when my sister (who now owns her own
website) approached me about a company that offers the opportunity to
learn how to build a profitable
online business. The company, SBI!
provides an eBusiness
that removes the technical
barriers related to starting a successful online business, allowing you
to keep your attention on building your business.
Many functions are completely automated. You don't need to know
anything upfront about building a Web site in order to succeed. The
tedious, "under-the-hood" stuff is handled automatically so you can
focus on other important business-building activities.
As of January, 2010, more and more people find my website every day – a
website based on a topic I am passionate about (as well as being
profitable). I have started to monetize (make money from) the
increasing traffic. I am on target to transition from my job (ending
this year) to making a full time income from my website.
Feel free to send me your questions and comments. I love to get
from our readers.