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What Would You Do
If You Knew You Would Not Fail?
Dave and I were recently featured on National Fox News for their story about Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs
- which is exactly what we are.
We are writing an eBook to tell the story of how we created our online business.
You can read the
complete story here
What would you do if you knew you would not fail?
This is the sign Mary posted above her desk at her former corporate job.
Solo Build It! was our solution to achieving financial independence and allows Mary to work at home.
Mary's co-workers would walk by, see the sign, and express what they'd really like to do: travel, spend more time with their
kids, pursue a passion, play more golf, spend time with grandchildren, and humorously, many said "do something else"!
That's a sentiment shared by many I'm sure.
A home-based internet business can give you financial freedom, help pay the mortgage, finance your children's education, fund your retirement and more.
It can also give you the freedom and flexibility to choose another line of work or follow your passion.
Seriously, how many people could have kept their homes, cars, and even their futures during this recession if they had residual income every month?
The sad fact is that it's feasible for almost everyone yet only a few make the effort.
There are many ways and products on the internet you can use to create a home-based business for you and your family.
Solo Build It! was our choice.
Mary discovered Solo Build It! (SBI)
in Oct 2008. We listened to a short video, liked what we saw and heard.
Wanting more time and financial freedom that residual income can produce, we chose to go for it.
After some hard "fun" work and learning new things to build this site, Mary was able to quit her corporate job in 2010 and we are pursuing our passions together.
An online business is not for everyone, no one thing ever is.
But if you are ready for something different, if you are ready to change your life, if you are one of those people who believe they
can succeed on their own, then we invite you to watch this
2 1/2 minute video
All we know is that it works really well for us.
We realize that some people aren't quite ready for the adventure and rewards a home-based internet business might bring to them and their family.
But when the time is right, and we hope you don't wait too long, we hope you remember us.
What Would You Do If You Knew You Would Not Fail?
We Get Asked Many Questions
Mary and I have received lots of feedback about our Solo Build It! website and we really appreciate it.
We also receive plenty of questions about how we built it and how much do we earn from it.
Many of you may be looking to do what we have done - create additional income from doing something you enjoy or for which you have a great interest or passion.
Others may just want to quit trading time for money.
We've answered some of the more popular questions below.
How Much Do We Make and How Long Did It Take?
People are not shy about asking that. As you can see from our site progress page, we purchased Solo Build It! in late October of 2008.
We didn't really start publishing our first web pages until the end of December 2008 and into January
(took us awhile to determine our site focus as we wanted something we could do together).
We began receiving income in April 2009 (that was by design and it's all part of the process).
As of the end of July 2009 we are receiving sufficient monthly income to pay the mortgage and then some, have about 1,000 unique visitors per day and had over 85,000 page views in July 2009 from 80+ countries.
In one year ending December 2009,
we had over 215,000 unique visitors and nearly 80,000 page views!
In March 2010 we had over 250,000 page views alone.
Currently, most of our income is generated from advertising and from affiliate marketing where we receive commissions from the sale of products on the site.
Many more ways to generate income are possible.
We currently do not sell any items ourselves - no packaging, shipping, handling, etc.
Our site generates revenue 24 x 7 X 365 no matter where we are or what we are doing.
At first, it generated spending money to pay for lunches but quickly grew to pay our utility bills.
One year later it pays our mortgage, utilities, groceries, and more.
As an indicator, Mary left her salaried position in the spring of 2010 to work on our site!
These results may not be typical; it takes work, dedication, and a willingness to learn new things.
We can only imagine what is possible in another year or two.
Add to that, another site we are currently starting and you can easily see the potential.
Is Building a Site Easy to Do?
Probably the most asked question of all and the answer is quite obviously Yes and No.
If you mean easy by just pushing a button here or there, adding a title or picture, and start receiving immediate income, well, no.
It is not that way.
We tell people, whether they ask or not, that it takes commitment, hard work, diligence, patience, and "stick-with-it-ness".
Don't underestimate the time involved to create an income producing site.
This takes work and is the reason why we say make sure you create a site about something you love or enjoy.
That said, if you only have time for one page per week, at the end of the year you would have 52 pages which is more than enough to start generating significant income.
Are you willing to give up something like watching a television program in the evenings in order to make life easier for you and your family?
If so, that is what it takes.
Solo Build It! calls it BAM - brains and motivation.
You don't have to know computers, you don't have to be an exceptional writer, you don't have to know computer jargon or even website design.
You do have to be willing to learn, and there is a lot to learn at first.
But Solo Build It! makes it easy to do, step by step.
Solo Build It! even has an online class you could take to make it even easier and we recommend it to most folks.
And there is more help than you can believe to make sure you succeed.
And you also need to be motivated.
That is what keeps the two of us plugging away.
So in reality, YES, it is that easy. You can do this.
How Much Time Do We Spend on Our Site?
That is a fair question. We spent a lot of time at first. Now we work on it because it is so much fun.
We do it by choice because we really enjoy it, we spend a lot of time together which we love, and we want to reach our goal of being financially independent.
And remember, we are starting another site also.
You could spend as little or as much time on your site as you wanted.
That's what's so great about Solo Build It!.
But more time generally equates to quicker return.
As with anything, more effort reaps more rewards.
You decide how much time you want to spend on your site.
Do you need that extra income soon?
Then you will need to put a lot of time into it up front.
If you only have a few hours to spare each week that is ok.
You can eventually build a phenomenal site but it will just take longer.
Remember, it is not a sprint, it is a marathon.
Endurance is a prerequisite. Solo Build It! has a slogan "tortoise it"!
What Do I Build a Site About?
We love this question. Actually, we have no idea because we don't know what you love or enjoy!
Everyone has interests, hobbies, passions, or just natural curiosity.
The SBI tools and processes are there to help you determine a niche that's right for you.
Here is what Mary and I did. We each took a sheet of paper and wrote down all the things we enjoy doing.
My list had fly fishing, outdoor adventures, woodworking, remodeling, canoeing, duathlons, triathlons, racing, to name a few.
Mary's list had quilting, crafts, grand parenting, etc. We then pared our list to those we had in common, we picked three.
Then we used the Solo Build It! tools to see which of our top picks were the most promising.
The rest is history because you know Front Porch Ideas was the top pick for us.
Choosing a niche is the most important step -
you shouldn't pick a topic without using the Solo Build It! tools and guidance.
It is just too important a task.
See what some of our fellow SBIers have chosen for their niche topics.
Personally, I love this section.
What Does It Cost?
$299 for a yearly subscription fee.
A monthly option is also offered which is just $29.99 per month. Try it.
Don't like it? No problem. Just return it.
Money back guarantee (pro-rated based on how long you have had it).
Simple, straight-forward, no hidden costs. If there is a downside to that let us know; we have not found one yet.
SBI Tells It So Much Better Than We Can
If you have 2 1/2 minutes to spare, here's a very short video
that summarizes the power of SBI in a nutshell.
If you are serious about learning more about Solo Build It!, then the 30 minute video is the way to go.
That's what we watched initially and we've been very pleased with our results.
Have more questions? The staff at Solo Build It! is happy to answer them.
You owe it to yourself to spend a few more minutes to see if it is time to "change your life"!
Do You Have a Garage (Your Mind) Full of Ideas, Experience and Know-how?
Like 'diamonds in your own backyard', Mary and I know you have skills or knowledge that you can use to literally change your life.
Just take the time to clean out the garage (your mind) and find all of the things you can do or the things you know.
Start from there and let SBI work for you as it does for us.
Do What You Love One Step at a Time
Like gardening, riding your motorcycle, traveling, cooking, or even just being a dad, mom, aunt, uncle, or grandparent?
Instead of just doing it - put it in a website and let it pay you to do more of it!
We travel around the country taking pictures of porches and make a living doing it.
Beats working in an office cube like we used to do. So can you!
Solo Build It!