My cell phone was ringing again. It was 6am, and I used to be in bed - exhausted. It felt prefer it had just stopped ringing 5 minutes ago. Back in these days, my mobile phone rang from 6am to about 9pm. I was utilizing 5000 minutes a month on my cell phone. I had some type of VIP standing with my cellular phone company, which was a nice approach of claiming that I used my telephone more than Ari Gold on ‘Entourage’.
Is This What I Signed Up For?
In 2007 I owned a small development company, and I assumed this is what I wished: double digit annual progress, happy customers, new tools, and continuously hiring. I even had a shiny new truck. I thought that was what I wanted. Then my wife began to level out that I used to be really, secretly miserable. I was choosing fights with her, getting in highway rage incidents, and yelling at our canine. I needed a change.
So after a lot of consideration, I put the company up on the market. To my surprise 3 quick months later I had a pleasant nest egg, tons of time on my arms, and freedom. My spouse and I travelled, caught up with household and pals, and rekindled our romance. But I knew I needed stimulation, a brand new problem, and something to do.
Only this time it was going to be totally different. My business was going to work for me. Not the other method around. I would set my very own personal goals, and the business would conform to those. If it didn’t I'd change the enterprise or get rid of it. So began my journey towards discovering true freedom in enterprise and life.
A Brand New Day
I performed with the idea of beginning a real estate improvement firm. I knew building and real estate and thought it will be fun. Unfortunately I ran smack into a bit of factor referred to as the ‘Nice Recession’ and the worst actual estate market in 80 years. So much for that concept.
The financial crisis pressured me to think about what I really needed. I made a decision I didn’t need to be tied right down to anybody location. I've had the good fortune of residing all around the US, and wish to have the freedom to try this again as I select. That meant that my enterprise wanted to be mobile too, and couldn’t be tied to one location or venture.
A Laptop computer and An Idea
That’s after I started actually looking into online businesses. Now, it's a must to realize that I was a ‘late adopter’. I had the oldest cellular phone of anybody I knew. When Google’s IPO got here out I scoffed on the those who clamored for shares of what I believed would be one other dot com bust. I had a computer that ran on leaded gasoline. So the thought of running a website, programming pages, and establishing servers was greater than daunting – it was unattainable for me.
Luckily it occurred to me that other people had already figured all of those details. So I began looking for websites that had been already constructed, producing income, and on the market. I found many options on BizBuySell.com, WebsiteProperties.com, and Flippa.com. Step by step I narrowed down my choices. I wanted something that had at least $20,000 per year in income already. Plus I wished it to be in a giant growth trade. And I needed it to be in the green and eco-aware arena.
Lastly – The Answer
I found Photo voltaic Sphere, my current enterprise, on the market in late 2008. My spouse and I had been dwelling in a photo voltaic, off the grid house, and we knew just a little concerning the topic. It was moderately priced, in the quick rising solar niche, and glad my want for one thing that made cash within the sustainability trade. I then jumped in with each toes and immersed myself in on-line advertising and marketing. I realized e-commerce, procuring cart set-up, search engine optimization, and ppc promoting.
It was scary at occasions; being on the mercy of Google was unfamiliar to me. And there have been so many new phrases I had by no means heard of; things like CPA, EPC, anchor textual content, and SERP. However I powered by, discovered as a lot as I may, and realized someplace alongside the way in which THAT I LOVE THIS BUSINESS. I had by no means been in a position to say