Hello! This is me. I’m the one on the right.
I started out as a programmer many moons ago, before the Internet was even a twinkle in its parents’ eye. As a geek, I loved the work, but I loved children too, so when my first baby came along, I left work to be a stay-at-home mum, while my husband went out to work.
But not everything in the garden was rosy…. I was always tired and over time this turned into exhaustion, brain fog and a host of other symptoms. Plus I was gaining weight faster than a baby elephant on iced buns, with no change in diet!
Although just getting through the day had become a real struggle, I couldn’t get a diagnosis more useful than “you’re just getting older”… I was in my 30s!!!
So I soldiered on. Fast forward a few years, through a truckload of research and various doctors and I got a diagnosis of Hypothyroidism and later Atrial Fibrillation. Yay, me! 😉
I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say that although these days I function way better than I did in the early days, my body still stubbornly refuses to be well, no matter what I try. Holding down a “real job” is impossible for me…
I was left with little option other than to find a way to make money from home…
I have always been a problem-solver at heart and I’ve had various businesses over the years – even one selling actual physical info products that I created laboriously on our first desktop computer and printed with a dot matrix printer! Can you imagine?!
My First Money Online!
I made my first money online a few years ago with WSOs (Warrior Special Offers) on the Warrior Forum, after joining Dean Holland’s Operation WSO. My first product, (a PDF guide to various Internet Marketing tools) sold only 34 copies, but, crucially, I had now made money online. Not a profit. Nothing like it. But I could see that it was actually possible.
Undeterred by the lack of sales (well maybe a bit deterred) I went on to create another product. I leveraged what I’d learned with my first product by teaching others how to create their sales funnel pages by customising a free WordPress theme.
When it was launched, to my surprise, I sold 538 front end copies, plus 43 OTOs and got WSO of the Day! I was so chuffed I actually got a bit emotional, but it was a massive confidence boost for me. At that point I knew I have what it takes to succeed! 🙂
There was one more moderately successful product, but the launch model is not for me. Way too much stress. So I took some time out to learn Facebook marketing and created a FB Page – unsurprisingly, it’s a geeky page!
I also had a brief but wholly unsuccessful dabble with selling T-shirts on Teespring, using Facebook Ads – I thought my Zombie Kitty in a Big Bang Theory “Soft Kitty” style rocked. My audience did not agree. What’s up with that? 😉
Now I’ve stopped over-complicating things and I’m working on building my mailing list and my brand.
Solving technical problems, figuring out time-saving ways to do this marketing thing and teaching others how to use the methods I discover is what I do best, so that is my long-term aim.
In the meantime, I’m really getting stuck in to affiliate marketing.
This saves weeks or months of work and allows me to leverage the time and money that other marketers have already put into building and testing their own high-converting products and sales funnels… And they thank me for it too!
At the same time, it allows me to hone my existing marketing skills and learn new ones, so I can build my own lifestyle business.
This effectively means I’m getting paid to build my business!
How cool is that? 🙂
As long as I only ever promote good quality products, I can’t see a downside.
Later I plan to introduce more of my own products & software, maybe even coaching…
My business is now set up to earn big commissions. This doesn’t mean I never promote lower ticket products, but do you know how many £5 commissions you need to make $10k / month? It’s 2000! That’s a lot! And that means a lot of work too…
Now I have the ability to earn $1,000+ per sale! And that’s only 10 sales a month for a more than decent full-time income! Do you think it’s easier to make 10 sales / month than it is to make 2000? You bet it is! 🙂
Looking at all the Shiny Objects (that have distracted me more times than I’d care to admit!), you’d think that building an online business is complicated…
But it’s really not. Even though it may seem like it, you don’t need to learn *everything*. You just need to learn one method, make a plan and follow it.
If I knew then, what I know now…
…I wouldn’t have wasted so much money on Shiny Objects and tools I had no immediate use for.
I’d have invested that money more wisely. I’d have invested in a mentor sooner. I’d have invested money in paid traffic too. Yes, paid traffic. It works. Who’d have thought? 😉
It won’t happen overnight, it does take work, but you do the same and you will finally stop spinning your wheels and finally start making progress towards building your own lifestyle business!
And what does having your own lifestyle business mean?
Freedom to live the lifestyle you choose.
Freedom to work the hours you want.
Freedom to go on holidays a few times a year.
Freedom to see more of your kids as they’re growing up.
And freedom to take time off when you’re having a bad day! 😉
Plus money in the bank for a rainy day or retirement fund. Whatever.
You don’t have to earn a gazillion dollars a month for this to start with – for now, you just need enough to quit your J.O.B.
There are multiple ways to do this, but the easiest way to get started, in my opinion, is affiliate marketing.
Whatever you do, pick one method, make a plan and follow that plan until you succeed.
And know that if I can overcome my personal challenges, then you can too!
I will leave you with some words of wisdom from Yoda:
“Do or do not. There is no try” 🙂