Well, it all started waaaay back when I was a little girl.
Okay, not quite THIS far back.
We need to jump ahead a few years…
Now, THIS is more like it.
I was a very shy, quiet little girl. And even though I had friends growing up, I was also very much a ‘loner. When not ‘hanging’ out with my friends, I would be in my room running my small, sometimes large corporations. Other times, I was the ‘Superintendent’ of schools. I don’t know where I got these ideas of running my own businesses from, as I was raised by a single, stay at home mom, who was ‘there’, every day, not out at work or running her own company.
At a time when children were taught reading, writing & arithmetic in order to prepare for getting good jobs working for someone else, I was fantasizing about working for myself. At that time though, I hadn’t been consciously thinking about running my own business when I grew up, as at the time, I didn’t know this could be ‘real’. I was just ‘playing’ or ‘play acting’.
Now, fast forward…,
let’s just say, several years…, okay, maybe several decades, but who’s counting.
I’ve actually been working for myself since my mid – late 20’s.
I had a house cleaning business for about 15 yrs. I liked the
freedom it gave me, but financially, I was barely scraping by.
I knew I wasn’t going to be cleaning homes in my ‘golden years’.
Nor did I want to deal with the hiring of contractors or employees;
been there, done that. Let’s just say, not an enjoyable experience. Turns out, play acting as a little girl, wasn’t quite, the imaginings, I had as a child.
I had been online-marketing already for several years. I tried many different things including working on teams, on a couple different occasions. If you haven’t tried this yourself, the idea being, that the team would promote one member at a time to help build each others’ businesses. I thought it sounded great…, in theory. But, unfortunately, this didn’t work out as I had hoped since you had to depend on the other team members pulling their own weight, which many, didn’t So, I guess you can probably imagine how THAT ended.
I had gotten so discouraged at one point, after putting in hours most days, for 13 months straight, building other peoples’ businesses, then not receiving the same consideration, and realizing that I could have been using that time & energy building MY OWN online empire. Then, Adsense kicked me in the teeth. I was going to be away from my computer for about 3 weeks on a large outside job I was helping a friend with. I didn’t want there to be no activity on my site so I had purchased some traffic. Now, I was generally new to obtaining traffic but also knew to stay away from certain types of ‘bad’ traffic. But, again, I was new to buying it so I didn’t know that some would ‘outsource’ their traffic & I ended up getting ‘bad’ traffic, after all. Seeing as I wasn’t around much for a few weeks, I missed the warning email from Adsense, if they even sent me one & by the time I was back home & checking on stats, I had been ‘banned’ & they don’t give second chances. Since I was new with Adsense, I thankfully, only lost a few dollars that I had made with Adsense ads.
So, with the programs I had been with & then Adsense not working out for me, either, I had a difficult time getting back into the ‘mind set’ I needed in order to buckle down and start again with a new business and a new plan; for this reason, I hadn’t done much online marketing for about 3 yrs. I’d sell an affiliate product from time to time, but that was about it. I was in a bit of a funk & didn’t know what or where my next step should be.
Well, I got myself a new computer, (refurbished, actually, but new to me, as mine had crashed), found a couple of online marketers (been on their email list for a couple years already) who’s lead I could follow and got myself set up with a business idea and a plan.
Now, here I am….