About Me and SBI!
My name is Brenda. Some of my friends call me Lil B due to the fact that I'm 5 foot nothing. But a scrapper none the less! My creating days started long, long ago in another town far away. I grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin with my mom and dad and younger brother.
I have always had the creating bug in me. I have to say I drove my mom nuts with the messes I made all over the house and yard. I was always making some kind of project. From spray painting cardboard on the brand new patio table (without newspaper) to melting crayons on the portable charcoal grill. (Not the safest craft around!)
Even today for me to be truly happy I need to be creating and working on something. This is one of the reasons I chose a career that would allow me to create everyday. That's also why I created this website. I also have a blog Where I add creative ideas, information and the occasional random thought:0) I went to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1994 after a couple of years at the Fond du Lac community college. Folks, if you plan on going to college, just get to the big leagues right away! I wasted a lot of time in those 2 years. I was super lucky to meet and move into an apartment with some fellow Fond du Lacians. These girls were a ton of fun and we are all still very good friends to this day.
I also met my husband while I attended UWO. Love at first sight? Mmmmm.... maybe not. But it was one of those meet hie through a friend of a friend kind of things. We hit it off and then he moved to Milwaukee. Yup, that's right, he moved. I still had a semester in Oshkosh so it was fine. In fact I think it was really a good thing. We both got to meet new people and do our own things and meet up somewhere in between on the weekends.
I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an Art Education emphasis in 1996. I was very lucky and found a great job teaching elementary art in Neenah Wisconsin. I am still teaching in this district today. Although budgets are tight, I am still hanging in there and making sure people know how important the fine arts are to "our" kids.
Oh ya, I did marry Corey in 1999 after I finished my master's degree in educational leadership.
People are always asking me," Where did you come up with that idea?" I get so many ideas from everywhere I go. Lots of times I get inspiration from my own children. I see things they create at home or at school and that sometimes spark my ideas.
Then work at doing what they love. I do this everyday at school and then again at home creating my homemade gift ideas website. When you can do something that doesn't feel like work you are definitely onto something!
I'll be totally honest, I was looking for something I could do from home in my "spare time" (Ya right!) that would help supplement the cost of dipes and wipes. Let's face it, raising 3 kids gets expensive. Of course I wouldn't part with them for a million bucks, but they are expensive, as any parent in today's world knows. I am also thinking long term. I have 20 years until retirement. Yes, that seems like a huge amount of time, but in reality those years can sneak up fast and in this changing economy I don't want to be working until I am 80 to pay for insurance and whatever else might be thrown my way at the time. My mother is 72 years old. If she knew I told her age she would kill me. But the thing I feel badly about is that she never found a passion for anything she loved to do for herself. She always said that her passion was "us kids". But now my brother and I are grown with our own families and she really has nothing that she looks forward to doing everyday. She has all the freedom in the world and has no idea how to use it to make herself happy. To me, that's the saddest thing ever.
You may say, "It's too late." It's never too late and you are never too old to find whatever it is you like to do that makes you happy.
My favorite task is giving homemade gifts. At the same time I NEED to be creative. I have to do something creative everyday. Otherwise my household has a very unhappy mommy. Believe me, no one wants that!
I wrestled with tons of ideas and tried a bunch of different things to make a little extra money. I did craft shows during the summer. The people you run into are great, but they are so much work to prep for and then if the show doesn't go great you hopefully make enough money to cover your booth fee and your gas to get there. Plus you look back and think, "Man, I wasted a whole day?" I tried teaching art classed out of my home. That didn't go over too great and I found out how much extra insurance costs and forget about it. I tried doing craft parties in people's homes. That was a ton of work and it took me away from my family a lot. That wasn't going to work either. I just kept thinking, what could I do that would work around my family and my teaching job and still make extra money to afford all the extras we really want. I looked around the internet at all kinds of possibilities. I came across SBI. I won't lie. I was as skeptical as anyone was. I would revisit their site at least 20 times and then after 3 months of thinking, wondering and being skeptical, I decided to take the plunge into building my own website. But I knew nothing! When I say nothing, I really mean nothing....
I knew a lot about arts and crafts and homemade gifts, and that I loved putz around, so I decided to share that knowledge with others through SBI. I knew that what I had to offer could be of value to others.
I didn't have any idea how to begin to share my ideas with the world. I am not tech savvy and had very little knowledge of site building, internet marketing, or even what people were looking for when they were surfing the net.
and that was the beginning of a lovely relationship. I took them (SBI) up on their free trial offer. If I didn't like SBI I could get my money refunded to me at anytime. I really had nothing to lose. The greatest part is that I actually have fun sharing my ideas and projects. And, I enjoy researching and finding more craft projects and homemade gift giving tips for myself.
You can also see that there are a staggering variety of topics that people have turned into profitable websites with SBI.
Don't get me wrong. Building a successful website takes some time and some work. I started this site in January of 2008. I didn't start to see any money until December 2008. So it has taken me a year of building high quality pages to get to where I am now. But I am seeing results and every month I get more and more people visiting my site for great homemade gift ideas. I get to have fun and help people at the same time. Can it get any better than this?
(Actually, it can. Because I have this website all my crafting research supplies are tax deductible...)
Yes, in the beginning this is a lot of work. But keep in mind that doing something you love never feels like work. And you can do it in your spare time. YOU set the pace.
The main thing is, it's totally risk free. SBI has a full money back guarantee. They're happy for you to try it out to see how you like it.
How do I make money? At the moment, I make money mostly with advertising. You probably saw the links throughout the site that say "Ads by Goooogle". Every time someone is interested and clicks on one of the links I make money.
The most important point to take away here is that my income is steadily growing, day after day after day, whether I work on the websites or not. It grows faster when I do a lot of work, but it still grows while I go away on vacation or if I need to spend more time with my family. I earn money while I teach, I earn money while I'm cooking dinner, and I earn money while I sleep. It's pretty hard to beat.
Ultimately, my goal is to make my website my permanent job. I would love to add a couple more sites as well, but I haven’t gotten quite that far yet. I still feel like I have more to add to this one for the time being.
How much time do you really spend on your website?
When I first started my site I worked on it a lot in the evenings after my kids went to bed. Let's face it, it was even sometimes after my husband went to bed too. There were a few late nights that I got going and I felt like I was on a roll. I would spend 5 to 10 hours a week back then. Now I add pages as I try new projects or find and make new recipes. During the summer months when I am not teaching it's nice because I can take my laptop outside and be with the kids while they play, but at the same time I can also get a little work done. It's perfect!
But I don't know what to write about. I was never good at writing.
Don't worry about this. SBI will walk you through step by step to help you figure out what thing interest you and where you may have a passion you never knew existed. They help you figure out what your site will be about, what keywords to use, and what components are needed to make a website full of great content.
Ok, so how much does all this cost anyway? What's the catch? How much do I have to pay after the first year?
No catches, no scamming, no scheming :0)
$299 is the yearly subscription fee. It works out $25 a month; SBI also just added a monthly pay as you go option as well. And there is of course their rock solid money back guarantee. Don't like it? Just give it back.
There are no catches whatsoever. SBI includes everything you need. There are no hidden costs. You can't go wrong by trying it out. The way I see it you have everything to win and nothing to lose. I will never look back on my life and think," I wish I would have worked more."
I don't know how far this website will take me, but I am happy with the results so far. I am excited to see where things will go in the years to come!
You only have this one life, use it wisely and to the best of your ability. Still not sure about SBI?
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