If I were to describe your job, would the description include the word “boring”?
Yeah, I know, I've been there too.
And if you've been going to a J.O.B. for any period of time that exceeds 20 years, I know exactly how you feel. REALLY BORED!
Even if you're not bored, are the “powers that be” (the bosses at the cube farm) starting to give the exciting and fun work to other employees (as if exciting and fun work really exists)?
Or maybe, if you're like my husband, they are straight-up looking for a way to let you go because they can replace you with a younger version for tons less money?
Whatever the reason, if you're dragging yourself to a place with cubes on a daily basis (hating every minute of it), and you're looking for a way out before they oust you, you're in the right place!
I bet you have lots of great ideas. And you have tons of business experience from working all those years in your job.
Because you're reading this page, I bet your entrepreneurial spirit is starting to itch a little and giving you a nudge to start something new, something where you can make a living and be happy at the same time.
And, maybe you've heard that starting an online business is the thing to do.
Well, let me tell you…it isn't that hard and I know you can do it! I can show you how. I even have a few beliefs about people working jobs and wanting more.
Does everyone make their business a success? No. But I still believe that everyone can if they learn how and have the courage and patience it takes to get there.
I'm a fifty-something, self-taught, online business geek from Texas who became enamored with the internet way back in 1998. That's when I taught myself how to build websites and learned everything I could about how to run and market an online business.
Having an online business can make the difference in loving your work and dreading Monday mornings. I know from experience, I worked in corporate America for many years and didn't much like it. As I got older, I decided to stop hating my weekdays and left my job to teach others the skills it takes to start their own online businesses.
A lot goes into creating an online business and it can be a really scary endeavor. And that's where I thought I could help. I'm here to help make getting started easy and affordable. You don't need to hire expensive web developers or graphic designers. You just need a little training on how WordPress works and a little graphic training on how to use Photoshop or Canva and you'll be up and running.
About now you're probably wondering why I'm qualified to teach you how to set-up an online business.
Well, like I mentioned above, I taught myself how to build websites back when most people weren't even using the internet yet. Since then, I've built lots of websites for clients, friends and my husband's and my own businesses. Those websites include e-commerce sites with full shopping carts and hundreds of products.
Of course, today is much different than 20 years ago but I have stayed current by continuing to build sites using Wordpress. WordPress is used by both large and small businesses and is easy to learn when you have someone to show you the ropes. And, once you've got those basics, believe me, anything is possible.
Some of the big companies using WordPress include The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft News Center, Time, Inc., Facebook Newsroom, The New York Times Company, Reuters Blogs, Katy Perry, Mercedes-Benz, TED, Tech Crunch, Home Depot, Whitehouse.gov, UPS, AMC, Zillow, Chicago Sun-Times, Yelp, Etsy and more.
WordPress isn't only used for blogs, with plug-ins (or a developer for more complicated projects) you can run a shopping cart, marketplace, database or whatever you want. So, if you learn WordPress and set-up a website using it as your core, you'll be in good company.
And I won't leave you hanging with just a website, I plan to follow-up and teach you how to set-up a shopping cart with an affiliate program so you can sell your products and others can promote and sell for you as well.
The other integral component needed for a beautiful and effective website is graphics. Graphics are one of the most important parts of an online business. They tell a story and convey to your customer or client your level of professionalism. Bad graphics will have your customer clicking the back button in a split second. But it doesn't take much knowledge to ensure your graphics look professional, and it doesn't cost a lot like it did when I got started back in 1998. So, in addition to helping you set-up a website, I will be teaching you how to make beautiful graphics for your website and social media sites.
I started learning Photoshop over 20 years ago when they were on version 2.0 (now they're beyond 10, they don't even number the versions anymore). Back then it was expensive to buy the program and expensive to take classes to learn how to use it. Now, things are quite different. You can use the full version of Photoshop for just $10 a month and that includes another program called Lightroom that helps you adjust the exposure and lighting of photos that didn't turn out exactly how you wanted.
Because graphics are so important, I decided to go on a mission to teach how to use the tools to create beautiful images. And in doing so, I'll cover things like typography, color theory, and page layout to help anyone build a beautiful website that will draw clients to you instead of pushing them to the back button.
There are basic things that everyone who markets a product or service online needs to know. Over the years these theories and tactics have been refined to the point where you could almost call it a science. Most people who market online know these methods but if you have never run an online business you might be left in the dark because you've never been taught.
Whatever it is you sell, I'm sure you want to make money with your website. It's my plan to create courses that will guide you through the basics you need to know if you want to succeed online. In addition, I will introduce you to other online business owners and courses that teach the things I don't teach. Building your online network is one of the basic things you need to do if you want to succeed in today's competitive online climate.
Some of the things planned for future courses in addition to the basics of setting up a website and making it look good are:
And that's just where we'll begin.
Since we're just getting started here at Online to Thrive, you won't yet find all the resources discussed above, but I'm busy, busy, busy behind the scenes getting these resources created. If you'd like to be notified when things are ready, just sign-up below and I'll notify you by email. My first resource will free be for everyone that signs-up.
Ciao for now!