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Online Business

Do You Want A Business Or A Website?

I’ve been dabbling in creating websites since about 1999, or 2000. Always with the goal of creating an income with them, but never had the hands-on know-how to put it all together.

About five years ago I went to a workshop and the facilitator asked us, “Do you want a website or an online business?”

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For me it was a no-brainer – I want an online business. So I can make some passive income to supplement my disability income.

Admittedly, the facilitator was showing us some of the tools necessary for a ‘successful’ online business, versus just an ordinary online business, or website. I was sold!! Show me the program! And she did. It’s called Site Build It, or rather, it was called Site Build it, now it is referred to as Solo Build It.

Solo Build It describes itself as, “It is the only all-in-1 step-by-step system of process-and-software that delivers thriving businesses. No other purchase is necessary. Everything is included… SBI! is all about e-business-building, not merely site- or blog-building.”

During the two years that I was active on SBI, I was able to freely download and print out virtually HUNDREDS of pages of information that I can say I literally have a Masters’s degree in how to run an online business!

SBI uses a ten-step model to create a ‘successful’ online business with lots of tools and tutorials and ‘quizzes’ to see if you understand the material in each module. I really enjoyed using the tutorials and quizzes. The tutorials were presented both in text format (with cute pics) and in video format for those who are visual learners. It provided the best of both worlds.

SBI incorporates so many tools for diagnostics and enhancing one’s web presence and doing the market research on your particular interest.  I find taking the time to thoroughly follow ‘the plan’ and do the market research and taking the time to set up a business plan was such an important step in getting me to where I am today. (Click on the purple word ‘tools’ above for more information.)

SBI offers all the tools necessary to have a ‘successful’ online business: all the tools in order to research, create and market your online business. SBI includes domain name, and web-hosting (or not – it’s your choice). SBI now offers packages for people using WordPress as well.

I ‘left’ SBI after two years because I couldn’t afford the annual fee while I wasn’t generating an income because my website wasn’t completed. I have intentions of going back to SBI once my website is finished and generating enough traffic and sales to cover the annual cost.

I am currently on ‘step six’ (Day 6) of their ten-step (Day) action plan and nearing the end of this step. I still have lots of steps to take to get me to the place of a ‘successful’ online business, but like the tortoise: one step at a time, one day at a time, one web page at a time I am slowly getting there.

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