Ever since I was little I have been very creative. Now that I'm an adult, married, and have a little one of my own I want to use that creative ability to make a full, rich life for my son.
Mom with Hudy, Dad is away at work.
When we got married, my Husband & I agreed that I could stay home with our children & he would work. I had already experienced work out in the world & I didn't like it much. I worked as a bagger, night shift stocking, cashier, and I was in the military for about 6 years. I also tried factory work for a while, which was hard & a bit dangerous, but very interesting seeing how things are made.
I also know how hard it will be for us to live only on my Husband's income. So, I was keeping an eye out for a decent work-from-home opportunity that would allow me to be home with my son, go do fun things with him at any time, use my natural creativity, and contribute a bit to the family finances.
Here, you are looking at the lovely results of what I found. I use SBI! for my website because they make it easy to build a successful online business. I can work on my website in my spare time while my son is taking naps, after his bedtime, and while he is out playing with his Aunts, Uncles, & older Cousins. It gives me the freedom I was looking for.
Hudy playing with his uncles and cousin.
With the help of SBI, I choose the niche-topic to write my site about. Something that I know & love, yet can also be profitable. For me that was Craft Ideas, but it needed to be narrowed down, so I went with Holiday Craft Ideas. Christmas crafts alone could take up a whole site, but by going with all the holidays I can give you, my visitors, something new year-round. (And give me more room to be creative!)
The step-by-step Action Guide took me through the process of choosing my topic, checking it to see if it could help me make some income, choosing my theme & site name, registering my domain name (really easy!), setting up my home page, and getting rolling creating informative pages.
I love working on my site!
They take care of the technical work and provide easy to use tools (that have plenty of help) like monitoring your site stats & visitor counts, letting Google & other search engines know when you add new pages to your site, and other stuff. There are experinced webmasters that use SBI! bacause they make that tech stuff simple. But even someone who only knows how to check their email can build an SBI! site just by following the Action Guide to the letter.
I keep saying its easy, but I have put a lot of work into this site. It just feels easy because it is so fun!
I have just recently started adding sales links to craft supplies that may be useful to all of my visitors. I'm just getting started in the earnings department, but other SBI! website owners are making $1000 to $3000 or more a month with their sites. Mostly by writing about what they know and love! I love reading the Case studies especially the Work-at-home-Mom ones because they are so Inspiring! Makes me say, "I can do that too!"
"I no longer work from home in the evenings and my income is constantly growing. Right now, it's double what I was making when I was standing behind a chair... I do what needs to be done the most at any given time and the nature of website building is such that I can stop or take a break at any point and carry on when time allows. I can work in my pyjamas and fuzzy slippers and switch from work mode to mommy/caretaker to silly dance partner whenever the mood strikes."
"My 7 year old son (who has a strong entrepreneurial streak) is showing a keen interest in starting a site of his own at some point. What an incredible thing it will be to show my son how to build an online business!"
"My online success means so much more to me than money. The fulfillment I feel in my own life and the example I'm setting for my kids far outweighs the dollars (although dollars will always be welcome!). ;-) My boys are growing up with the knowledge that they really can achieve their dreams if they're willing to have faith in themselves and take action in their lives. Then all it takes is some dedication and hard work, which is easy to muster when you're doing something you love! ... Oh yeah, and SBI! of course."
~ Michelle Schill
Case Studies - WAHMs
I think its really cool how my website is already in the top 5% of all websites on the internet. Its only been going since Mothers day 2009! Those kind of results are easy with all the help SBI! provides. Help buttons on everything, the Action Guide, and a forum full of friendly fellow SBI!-ers.
Hudy hard at work
helping build my Website.
Part of what convinced me to try it was reading WAHM-IT!, The Masters Course, a free eBook on how some Stay-at-home-Moms used SiteBuildIt to become successful Work-at-home-Moms. I think a couple of them even have more than one site! They are following their passions, writing about what they know and love and taking care of their families while working from home. The SiteSell scam reviews didn't bother me because I could tell this company was for real.
I have plenty more to do on my site. Expand each holiday section, create more coloring pages and printables, write more newsletters, add in your suggestions and requests, and all sorts of fun site work. I hope you'll subscribe to my RSS feed (below the navigation on the left) to keep track of my updates easily, I'll be updating this section as I progress with my site. But if I can do it, and all these other people can do it, I'll bet YOU can do it too!
Little business man at work.
SiteSell eLearning is a 12-week course that teaches you step-by-step with an instructor to keep you on track. They call it "earn while you learn" because you are building your on-line business as the class work.
SiteSell Services will build your site for you if you are too busy to do it yourself (like if you already have an offline business of your own to run). There are some SiteSell Services case studies if you want to check it out.
If you have questions about Sitesell or SBI! they have a dedicated team that answers all phone calls and email questions. I'm just getting started and learning new things all the time. If you think this might be right for you, but have doubts about it, give them a call or email, they are really friendly and helpful!
"I feel so fortunate to be a part of it and I suppose I'd be considered "one of the lucky ones," living the best of both worlds... at home to raise my kids, giving them the gift of always being there for them, while running a successful business at the same time. Passion, freedom and fulfillment... does it get any better?!"
~ Michelle Schill
Case Studies - WAHMs
I just checked recently and it seems my site is almost in the top 3% of all sites on the web. Also, I will soon be a single Work-at-home-Mom once I get to the USA. Thus makes my site even more important as family income since I have a little one to take care of.
(updated 3 Aug, 2009)
You've probably noticed I've added some advertising around the site. Not Get-Rich-Quick by any means, but there is a bit of income on its way. I was talking with a friend recently who has a non-SBI! website and he was a bit jealous my site is doing way better than his though they were started about the same time. All I'm doing is following the Action Guide.
(updated 5 Sep, 2009)
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