20 years ago I held down a normal 9-5 job like most people do. I took a week long vacation twice a year and I counted the minutes down to those 3 day holiday weekends. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I deserved more out of life and I wanted more free time with my family and friends. Being a “go-getter”, I knew I had the skills to make it on my own and create a life that was flexible and conducive to travel and adventure.
At the age of 27, I quit my job and launched my first online business. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but I’ve lived 20 years of freedom and success that now allows me to explain to you How I Make 6 Figures a Year with My Online Business, so you can too!
How big is the World Wide Web?
Back in the 90’s the internet was new and there were many opportunities that I should have taken, but didn’t because I didn’t believe the internet would grow to be this big. We didn’t have smart phones yet, we were triple tapping to text, but I quickly became at expert at that! One thing I did have, was the foresight to see that businesses wanted to have an online presence. They weren’t all convinced yet, but people were eager to see how it would help their businesses grow.
My first online business was web design. Shortly after that I started to offer graphic design as they went hand in hand. Then the 2000’s hit and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) became a thing. Back then, it was really easy, you just needed to place meta tags and keywords and the search engines would find you. Over the years it has changed dramatically and now it is much more complicated. Although it is complex, it needs to be because now there are over 330 million domain names registered for the internet and 3.74 billion internet users in the world.
The e-Commerce industry is now responsible for 2 trillion in annual sales. Yes 2 trillion!! We see the changes happening every day around us, brick and mortar stores closing and online shopping is king! This is great news for you! This means you can make your online business dream come true.
So whether you want to sell a product, write an e-book, blog or offer a service, the internet is waiting for you. You can work from home or work while you travel, it’s completely up to you. You are now in charge of your destiny. The internet is only going to become more advanced and useful, so isn’t it time for you to change your life completely for the better?
The 1950’s Mindset
Get out of the 1950’s mindset. A lot of us are still living in the past. We think we have to get that college degree, find a reliable job, work hard our whole lives and then retire, in that order. Those days are long gone! If you find yourself falling into that mold, read this book >> The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. This book really gets you out of that 1950’s mindset and thinking like you should for now and the future.
Not everyone is happy being an entrepreneur, but you can make this as big or as small as you want. If you just want to stay home with your kids and earn what you would at a normal job, you can do that. But on the flip side, if you want to make more than you ever had before, you can do that as well.
For me it was all about the freedom. I have a daughter and I wanted to be at all her school events, pick her up from school, help her with homework and enjoy long summers with her without worrying about a boss and losing my job over it. I do have to admit that I also wanted to keep my California lifestyle I was accustomed to. As most people know, it isn’t cheap living in California and I was living in Orange County which is super expensive. The average home and condominium cost in Orange County is $795,000.
So over the years I did the following things to make money from home: Web Development, Graphic Design, SEO, e-Book Publishing, e-Commerce, eBay and Blogging. Along the way I helped 1000’s of people become financially independent and create the lifestyle they wanted. It has been very rewarding to say the least.
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Currently most of my income comes from doing SEO for companies, next is web design projects and third is blogging/affiliate programs. I’m working to move blogging/affiliate programs to be the main source of income as that will allow me to have even more free time and it really is my passion to help others become financially independent. The wonderful thing is I travel most of the year now that my daughter is older and in college. I can work from anywhere I can get internet and now-a-days that is easy to find. In less than a year my husband and I will be going on a year long road trip in a travel trailer. I’m super excited to be able to see the country I live in, inside and out!
My story is not super glamorous, but I’m happy that I live life on my terms and Monday’s haven’t been bad for over 20 years now! You can make this happen for you. There is no reason you have to keep a 9-5 job you are not happy with. We all have our own reasons for wanting to work independently and if you have read this far, that means you yearn for that freedom as well. My blog offers a lot of free resources to help you get your business going as cheaply and as easily as possible. But don’t quit your day job just yet, there are things you need to do in order to move into this world of online business seamlessly. Read my post on “Quitting your job to become an entrepreneur”. And below I have provided you with even more links with free resources and information to get you started. Be sure to subscribe to my blog so I can keep you updated on free resources, free courses and great online business ideas that may suit you.
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