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...making a website about vegan living.
You probably read about me on the meet Vegan Nutritionista page. What I didn't really explain there is what I do for a living.
Well, I write for a living. On the internet. And yes, it does pay the bills. And yes, you could do it oo. And this page tells you how.
People have told me that they wish they could eat healthier, cut out meat and/or dairy, or even quit their 9 to 5, but they don't have the motivation, the patience, or money.
Believe me, I've had these same problems and concerns. But, I just thought of them as challenges that I needed to overcome to have things the way I wanted. You can do the same. How? Read my story...
After I graduated from college, I started working for a marketing company running a branch office. I loved working with people, helping them to learn and grow, and basically working for myself. Also, I met my love with the company.
Unfortunately, my love was also my manager, and you know how that goes. Eventually, one of the two had to go, and I closed down shop.
So now, a job I loved and had planned to do forever was no longer available to me. And the soul searching began.
I started reading about things that interested me so I could figure out what to do with my life. You know, just like career counselors tell you to do in high school. Well, I never did it then, and this seemed like as good a time as any.
I picked up a book on vegetarianism and learned about where our food truly comes from. That was the first of many, many books on food and animals that I read. As I educated myself, I discovered an enormous passion for food, animals, and people.
It became clear to me that my career should focus around food, animals, and people. I was at a turning point in my life where I actually had the option of picking something I loved as a career.
The problem was, where I was living, there weren't jobs like this. Beckoning from the east coast was my hometown of Washington, DC, where there are tons of non-profit associations and plenty of people concerned about animal welfare and eating consciously.
Even though I had to move away from a great boyfriend to do this, I figured that it was the right thing for my future. And so, I packed up my dogs and my bags and moved back home... with my parents.
Of course, I intended for this to be temporary, and for my boyfriend to eventually be able to move as well.
You know, in marketing, we call challenges "areas of opportunity".
My area of opportunity was based around the fact that...
...I couldn't get a job. Nope, not even one.
I had marketing experience. I had never even walked in an animal cruelty protest or volunteered at a shelter. When I had planned to find a job, I assumed my great sales experience would be enough; I was a hard worker, extremely motivated, and willing to work for anything just to do what I wanted.
But, nope, no job offers.
So now I had a real decision to make. I had left my boyfriend back in the South, and I wasn't even working in the field I had hoped and planned to be in. I was miserable and basically back to square one.
So, I packed up my bags and dogs once again and trudged back to the South with the hopes of finding a way to make my dream come true there.
In the meantime, I took another recruiting job because I had experience in it and felt confident. The problem was, there was still that pull inside me to do something I really loved. Long hours and cold-calling sales weren't getting me any closer to that dream.
Did I really want to become one of those people who hates their job?
Not a chance. So, I quit. Not without a lot of thought and concern, but I did quit.
I did have some excellent advice to consider before I made this decision:
"Don't quit without another job lined up!"
"Get a job with benefits and security!"
"Why don't you work for the government, they have good security?!"
Now, at this point I didn't know what I was going to do next. All I knew was that it would have something to do with being in business for myself and working with people to improve their diets (thereby improving the lives of animals and the health of the environment.)
This ideal of working for myself is in my genes.
It seems like most of my members are natural entrepreneurs. We talk about running businesses all the time. Pretty much any kind of business you can think of, we've talked about running.
Restaurants, bakeries, internet cafes, bookstores, yoga studios... you get the point.
The thing is though, we are mostly talkers. We like the idea of working for ourselves, but we lack the actual get-up-and-do-it. I don't think this is because we are lazy, but because we are smart. We know that starting any of those businesses takes money. And tons of it.
There are so many hurdles to running a brick and mortar business that, for the most part, my family members have stayed away from doing their own thing.
Just like my family, I've always felt like I shouldn't be working for "the man". I like to do things my way, and I don't like having someone breathing down my neck. I like to make my own hours. I also don't want to spend my time on this planet doing something just because I am paid to do it. I want to do something I love.
That's why I've always been looking for the right business for me.
The downside is that I've been caught, even temporarily, by get-rich-quick schemes. Yes, I know, they don't work, and we should all know that by now. But, they are so enticing, with all their promises!
Luckily, I haven't actually become a victim of one of these schemes because by the time I research it, my logical side emerges and I stray away.
All I knew was that I was going to make a living doing what I love.
There's no reason that you can't do the same thing. Now, you probably have different passions, hobbies, skills, and knowledge than me, and that's great! You can make a living doing what you love with any of that.
So, one day I was talking to a friend who is great at computers, and he mentioned that he could put together a website for me to submit with my job applications. That got me thinking a little bit. Then, coincidentally, another friend mentioned that she has a website for her music business.
I put those two thoughts together and started thinking about writing... on the internet. Now, I knew literally nothing about building websites and html and everything else, so I was googling around on the internet for help when I found Solo Build It! (SBI).
SBI helps people turn their passions into websites that make a profit. Think about the internet... there are so many pages out there nowadays about so many topics. Virtually any topic could be a good webpage.
Even if you have no idea how to program or build webpages, and don't have anything to sell, you can follow along and create a website. They have a great action guide that explains everything from how to pick a great topic that will be profitable to building incredible traffic to your site.
It's all step-by-step. If you can read, you can create a website. And plus, I have always loved writing. But, I have heard of people making fabulous websites without being good writers.
Take a look at the Video Tour to learn more about how it works.
One thing I loved was that so many people had great things to say about their own SBI websites, and there were so many different kinds of niches.
Now, this is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme. There is no magic button that makes everyone who uses SBI successful. It took me a lot of work to get my site where it is today, and there is always more that can be done on a website. But, it's been so fun because I am finally doing something I love for a living.
I also love that I can take time off and my traffic is growing and I am still making money. The more work I do upfront, the more it will continue to grow as traffic grows. That is exciting!
Now, I did decide to tell my mom that I quit my secure job when she was out to lunch with her future in-laws so that she wouldn't have too much time to grill me. Later on, she did throw in a few remarks here and there like...
"How are you possibly going to make money on the internet?"
"If you only get a few cents everytime someone clicks, how are you going to pay your bills?"
She did have valid questions. Right now, I mostly make money with the ads on some of the pages that say "Ads by Gooooogle". If someone is interested in one of those links, they click on it, and I make money. I also recommend some products, and when someone buys one of them, I make a commission.
There are lots of other ways to make money with a website, such as giving leads to local businesses for a commission, selling products for other people, writing an e-book and selling it, charging finder's fees, and helping sales and rental agents. Don't worry if you have no idea about these things, SBI covers all of this in detail.
Here are some case studies so you can see what other people have written about and how they make money. There are hundreds of great examples.
This truly has been a life-changing decision for me, and whenever I hear someone talk about how much they hate their job or want to do something fun for a living, I think about them making a website.
You don't have to do it just like me... most people who use SBI still work at those 9 to 5s, work on their sites in the evenings and weekends, and do the sensible thing by quitting once they are making enough money on their websites. My mom would be so proud of them!
If there's something you want to do, go out and do it. No one's stopping you but yourself!