Becoming a business woman is not exactly normal for a creative type like I was and still am. How do you get from Point A (creative personality) – to Point B (Business woman)?
I always thought of myself as a creative type, not business, logical or numbers related. Reading and writing stories was my thing. After high school I turned down any job as a cashier because I was afraid of even making change. Yes, with the help of a cash register even!
I spent 12 years writing a novel secretly and over and over, while working as a receptionist (for bread ‘n butter), and taught and ran childrens ministries at church. Then I spent another 20 1/2 years as a caregiver for my ageing parents, and part of that time my Gr’ma too. My only gift seemed to be my vivid imagination.
(Sigh!) But I began to crave to publish my novel, and realized that no shining knight was going to come over the horizon to do it for me; I would have to do it myself.
When I first read and heard about the ‘internet’ and that one could ‘publish’ on it I became very interested. I wondered if I had enough wits about me to learn to use a computer.
I became willing to learn to be a business woman. Hey, I even asked for this as a divine miracle. Surely, it would take one!
After Mom died I got my chance. Dad still needed someone around, but not nursing attention, so for 10 years I explored and taught myself many things online, including web design and publishing my novel via Print-on-Demand. But then I had to learn marketing, so I read up everything I could find, and tried all the free stuff first on my way to becoming a business woman.
When I built a website around my novel’s theme; I thought i was in business. Then I learned how to put up affiliate links, and I felt I had really arrived. Especially when I got my first AdSense cheque deposited into my account. But… I still wasn’t making a living. But hey, I felt like I was becoming a business woman. I kept hours and records like one.
After Dad died I had to find sure ways to support myself, so took on some website building and maintenance clients, plus some non-profit volunteering. Then I really got too busy for my online business ventures.
However, when I became convinced that it was marketing skills that I lacked and began to hunt for these answers in earnest in 2015, I met some people, like Margaret, who offered to train others in her marketing techniques. I didn’t care for some of the techniques like surfing for traffic, or the building programs, which meant I would have to find more people to sign up under me if I wanted to earn an income. Too many “opportunities” and not enough good quality techniques.
Yet, it was Margaret who discovered and then recommended, first D S Domination and then INIFINii. I had learned to identify with her well enough so that I followed her into these new programs.
The videos did not show up well for me in D S Domination, but I liked and got much more out of INFINii when I joined that. The e-Commerce part, selling on eBay and Amazon sounded more doable. I could see myself doing that, but since I live in Canada, the advice was to sell ten items on the Canadian eBay.ca first. My items would not sell, and the dragging of time, while I was still busy with my clients and volunteer job – which now involved writing a history book for the Christian publishing ministry – was still crowding me for time.
What connects me with eCommerce and INFINii?
A relative offered me a large collection of diecast collector’s models of cars, trucks, farm machinery, etc. I got more excited about e-Commerce. Only to discover that this would not work with the automated INFINii systems. They were designed to work with global drop-shipping sales. (I believe I’ll try that when I get more my time back from the volunteer projects; no, on second thought – I’ve decided to turn down the offer of the collection at this time).
More and more I found myself drifting to Kevin Hokoama’s videos on marketing the partnership side. This resonated with what I already knew about affiliate and MLM martketing online, but he had real tools to work with. Kevin’s approach feels most comfortable to me, and so… as soon as I have this history book project for the mission done, I plan to zero my efforts into working with this plan, for I’m becoming a business woman with Profits!
I am guarding a block of my afternoons for training and trying out various methods, but I know that when I can reclaim those 4 – 5 hour evenings back for myself, I should be able to make really good progress here.
Now, if you would be willing to look at an introductory video, you could see if you could become a business woman/man too.
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