First of all I must apologize for my even-for-me unusual disappearance … again. This time not simply due to being over my head in my own upstart online business, but because first my cat was sick and then my husband fell off a cliff. And the dog ate my homework.
Actually, that’s not really true. The dog didn’t eat my homework.
Well, my cat survived, without debilitating surgery. Yay! Somehow – after a month – hours of scouring books and the internet for home remedies, dozens of scratch marks, two vets, plenty of dropper bottles, and lots of extra petting and tummy rubs, finally paid off. KokoNut seems to be doing just fine now which is a solid relief.
And as for my husband’s feet, what I can say is that all the king’s horses and all the king’s men were obviously not trained surgeons. At least, they didn’t have 21st century technology, or titanium pins. The feet have been successfully put back together again and are now in welding mode. 25-hour-per day excruciating pain seems to only have been scheduled for the first month, so that’s out of the way now. Miraculously, and thankfully, not another bone in his body was even mildly damaged. And, as far as I’m concerned, rock climbing might be a great hobby but personally I would rather take up water skiing. When you fall, you splash, you swim, you get up again. And no $86,000 medical bills either!
Okay, with that out of the way – I’ve moved my place of business to a more feet-friendly location for the time being. We are working out of beautiful Lake Oswego, Oregon. And we absolutely love it here! We are situated right between the Willamette River and Lake Oswego, each of which is a 5 minute walk from our front door. Just about everything else you could imagine from hardware to groceries to banks and bicycle shops is also about 5-10 minutes walking distance. Quite a big change after living in the forest for so long, 30 minutes from the nearest decent-sized town! (The kind that is big enough to have a movie theatre and an emergency room).
Now this would not be a useful post if I did not tell you something worthwhile regarding the field of Internet Marketing. So here goes.
- If you are self-employed, you have to have Health Insurance. Don’t think you don’t. Just, don’t.
- Never assume that your successful action for online business will be the same as someone else’s. Sound obvious? It isn’t.
You know all those emails you get that say this-or-that person makes tens of thousands with Adsense/Adwords/Niche Marketing/Affiliate Marketing/List Building/Viral Marketing/Blogging … or, oh, no. It’s actually not any of those, the REAL way to make money online is to ______ (fill in the blank).
Well it might be one of those for you. But it MIGHT NOT.
My husband and I, though in start-up mode, earn a full-time living while working online, while providing part-time work to plenty of subcontractors. But not with any of the specific methods that I was taught to use as “the” way to earn money online. Yes, we use everything we have learned over the years regarding online marketing, SEO, web design, WordPress, content development, pay-per-click, and on and on. But our business model is our business model. It works for us. It is successful and is continuing to expand faster than we can easily keep up with.
What do we do? Simply stated, we service individuals, organizations, and all kinds of small-to midsized companies around the U.S. and around the world with web development, web design, SEO, content development, and online marketing services. We get one-time clients who need a website built, and we have ongoing clients whose websites and SEO campaigns we manage month after month after month.
Was that what I envisioned when I started? No. Does it work? Yes! Am I happy? Yes! Would I have gotten this far if I had insisted on “making it” with a specific strategy or business model someone else told me I should use? No!
Yes, it’s a lot of work. Yes, it’s not about overnight riches with 100% passive income pouring in out of nowhere. Yes, I still have to work with clients on a regular basis. Whether my office is in the city, at the coast, for two weeks out of the corner of a hospital room; or whether I’m working out of Ikea through a smart phone. But it sure beats the chains and limitation of employment for someone else.
And, after all, this is only the beginning.
Thanks for all the comments (which I only saw just now! Oops.) And sorry for my disappearance. I still haven’t fully caught up with all my traffic since the hospital, but I am working on it. I hope you can understand and not take it personally if I take some time to respond to you.
And most of all, thank you for continuing to come and read my blog, thank you for the comments that encourage me to continue posting, and thank you for being what you are and doing what you do. If you are even reading this, you are most likely an independent-minded individual who is somewhat a cut above the rest; and I appreciate that.