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The Big Shake Up

In the summer of 2008 I was rapidly approaching the big 30. My husband, Martyn, and I had reasonable jobs but we were so far away from living the life of our dreams. (What is it about major birthdays that makes you inclined to re-evaluate your life?)

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I had a job in Communications but felt completely hemmed in despite being on a contract. I was going further and further down a corporate track that my heart just wasn’t in. I wanted a more creative life and more freedom; freedom to set my own hours; freedom to travel.

Reading and Reading and yet more Reading...

As part of my pre-30 ‘re-evaluation’ I read and read and read, starting with The Secret. From all that reading the words of James F Bymes really stuck in my head:

“Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.”

I didn’t want to live like that but I knew that until that point that’s exactly what I’d been doing. So, I asked myself, What do I like? Writing and travelling were right up there and always had been.

I’d trained as a journalist because I liked creative writing but realised I didn’t really have the heart to be a news journalist and being a freelance writer just wasn’t that lucrative which is how I’d migrated across to Communications. The salary was far more attractive but I was doing less and less writing which was what I wanted to do in the first place.

Writing for the Web

I started to investigate what I could do that would combine my two loves and began thinking about the opportunities for writing on the web. Scott Fox’s book Internet Riches made it to my reading list. One of the examples he talked about of a successful website business was which earned six-figures a year! Naturally I checked it out.

I was getting keener about the idea of creating a website – getting to write about something I loved like travel-but I didn’t have any technical knowledge. I’m definitely no programmer! So I wasn’t even sure that running my own website was a possibility.

SBI? What's that?

When I was scouring the TrafficMatt site I spotted that it was powered by Site Build It (SBI.)

Out of curiosity I entered Site Build It into a search engine and discovered that SBI is basically a whole package that enables you to set up a website and turn it in to a proper e-business. You don’t even need to be a techie to do it!

In my research I’d come across many Get Rich Quick schemes that were eager to take my cash for little in return so I was really sceptical about SBI wondering if it was a scam.

I spent ages on their site checking out their video tour and found a mine of case studies to look at about people who had created successful businesses. Honestly it was probably the case studies that made me start to think that this was something worth looking at further.

After that I printed off the SBI action guide which talks you through the process of how to build your e-business. I had a three hour train journey coming up for work so I saved it for then. I should have been reading dull papers for the meeting but instead I was glued to the SBI action guide. Telling or what on more than one level!

SBI helps you to choose a topic for your website, build it, get traffic to it and make money from it. I was impressed. It sounded like the real deal. To get the package it cost $299 (you can now pay monthly if you can’t afford to cough it all up in one go.) Plus there’s a money-back guarantee, no questions asked... But even so I still didn’t sign up right away.

Further contemplation

Martyn and I had booked yet another trip to the States – Las Vegas to be precise. We had such a great time as usual and while we were there had kind of an epiphany. How great would it be to build a website about Las Vegas and share what we’d gleaned from our trips?

A New Year; A New Start

We rang in the New Year – 2009, bought the Solo Build It package and was born.

2009 turned out to be a great year. It's funny what happens when you start following your dreams. I also had a book I'd written for children called, The Legend of the Golden Carp published by the Arts Council in a scheme for new writers.

We’ve worked on part-time and it’s taken some dedication to get it to the point it's at now but it doesn’t feel like a chore when you’re doing what you love.

As one of my favourite speakers, John DeMartini advises,

“Love what you do and do what you love.”

We were ecstatic when recently moved in to the top 1% of worldwide websites. We’re living proof that Solo Build It works.

We’ve even got my dad in to it now which goes to show you’re never too old to try something new. He’s just set up his own website

Remember this: “Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if only you let them.”
William James.

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