Making money without a job is the goal of internet marketers. I never – ever wanted a J.O.B. although I did my share of the corporate rat race.
Over the years, I’ve worn many hats.
- Making and selling crafts – in fact I had a retail brick-and-mortar store front. The craft making and selling was fun and profitable. The retail store was more like a “Job”.
- I’ve been a professional decorative house painter. I painted murals, faux finishes and stenciled. It was fun and profitable until my back gave out and I couldn’t climb a ladder.
- My college education was put to use in retail management. Thinking about those years of commuting and panty hose still leave me in a cold sweat.
- During my “desperate for money” times (young, divorced with two kids and no child support or alimony) I held 3 jobs at once. I’ve stocked greeting cards and jewelry displays, delivered flowers, some work at home “put together” stuff, worked the worst hours in retail because the per hour wage was higher, I bought stuff a garage sales and sold same stuff at swap meets, the list goes on…
I’m so blessed at this point in my life to have found my “making money without a job” business. I will never take it for granted that the income will continue.
My husband of nearly 30 years now was laid off from his career position of 25 years with IBM. After months of struggling to find a job, I finally convinced him to start his own business. He is one of those “few” that would rather have job security than be self-employed.
The very good news is that we are no longer desperate. We are each running our own successful businesses. It wasn’t easy and it’s taken several years to feel confident that our businesses will continue to grow and prosper. We finally paid off the huge credit card debt we incurred during our desperate times.
We will never take our good fortune for granted. Ever.
Even in the current unfortunate economic circumstances our great nation is in… our business continues to grow. But… the opposite could be just as true at any time.
We will never take our blessings for granted. Ever.
Giving Back ’till It Hurts
While we don’t give money to charities any more, we do give ’till it hurts. It’s become our underling goal to help others when they are desperate.
While my husband spends many (lot’s of many) hours rebuilding computers and giving them to those that are desperate… I spend my “giving time” helping others online.
There was a time when I “hired” out my services as a coach. But – it always felt a bit wrong in my heart. Desperate people don’t need to spend money they don’t have for advice and council from me. I’m willing to give it away for free.
I don’t help with personal one-on-one coaching often. I’m very picky about who I help… and those that I have helped are among those that have reached out to me.
Recently I’ve helped a gal “figure out” affiliate marketing. She already had a “mentor”, but still didn’t “get” it. I took her by the hand (virtually) and “gave” her the keys to affiliate marketing. She is now able to go on and flesh out her business.
Now – The Real Story
Finally, I’ll get to the point and share the story I’ve been “desperate” to share.
Months ago I was contacted by a gal that had been successful and until recently she had no reason to believe that her circumstances would change. Well – change happens.
Over time we chatted about online marketing and what I thought she could do that was different and where I felt she could “make her mark”.
I didn’t hear from her for several months. Yesterday she contacted me to share what she was doing now.
I was blown away. She changed directions in mid stream… And I love where she is headed.
The email was so inspiring I just had to share. She included a few comments about her online business and the reasons why she changed directions in her own business.
Then she shared what her daughter has been up to:
Anyway, my daughter (married, works full-time job, has hubby and two-small children) got interested in making bows for her 3yr old daughter. That grew within a matter of weeks into making them for gals at work, friends, family, cheerleaders, dance troupes, etc to bring in some gas/grocery money.
She asked if I’d help her, which I have been doing, pitching in making bows to help her meet deadlines, going to flea markets with her, etc. to help get the word out about her new venture. I have just built her a starter website (using WordPress Twenty Ten theme).
She used her knowledge of internet marketing to build this very nice website for her daughter.
Here it is, if you have time to check it out. http://www.razzyribbons.com (I surely would appreciate your feedback, if you have the time and are so inclined.)
She’s not ready to add a shopping cart yet because she doesn’t have quantity of any one thing. It’s usually just what comes out of her creativity at that moment or custom orders.
I hope to have her on Etsy by November 1. That way, people could order what she has already made and has on hand.
So far – I’m very impressed. She has taken her knowledge of online marketing and is using it to help her daughter grow her business.
Not to be outdone… (the new direction she took):
I also started a site called Sweet N Tutus (http://www.sweetntutus.com) for my custom tutus. Alana (her daughter)encouraged me to do this and it seems to coordinate well with her bows/accessories venture.
Then – staying in the same “niche” she expands her business:
Plus I’ve started making some beaded jewelry again (used to do some of that when I was in my 20’s). My site for that is only a few days old. http://www.cheyannerose.com
Want to know how I responded?
O – M – G !!! I’m so proud of you and your family! My head is spinning.
I’ve gone to all 3 sites and love them.
I will have a few ideas, suggestions and questions after I “think” about it for a bit.
You know I’m never lacking for ideas… but I will be spending a bit of time helping her with the “best” ideas.
I asked if I could share this story and Sherie (I’m allowed to share her name now) has agreed.
I will be helping her and her daughter grow their business and all I asked for in exchange – that she allow me to share the process with you.
The next email revealed that Sherie is using her online skills in one more new way:
‘Oh, I forgot something else…someone saw Alana’s Razzy Ribbons site and asked if I could build a website for him. His site selling a hunting product completely crashed awhile back and could not be retrieved.’
A real make money helping offline business story! I love these types of stories. Don’t you?