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Welcome to my website, Women on the Road! When I started it back in 2006 I could barely email a photo, let alone differentiate between HTML code and Morse code. Now I have my site, a blog, and a business.
If you've ever wanted to build your own site, let me tell you how I did it, with no knowledge at all.
When I started, all I knew was that I wanted a website, one that would speak to women who loved to travel solo. And that's all I knew. No coding. No idea how to get people to come. No idea how to make money.
I started my career writing for newspapers, and I still remember the day our first computer screen appeared in the newsroom (not on my desk, thank heavens). We all took turns tapping out a headline. We played around, made it bigger, smaller, sillier. How fun, and how magical!
It was great fun - but I was relieved to go back to my clunky typewriter.
Fast forward a few decades and everyone is online. There are new blogs and sites out there every minute, and the web is full of great stuff - and of awful junk.
And I wanted to be part of it, like my friend Audrey. I wanted a part-time business that I could do from home in the evenings and on weekends, because I still had a full-time job. Audrey's life didn't look too bad...
If all you want is to post your thoughts every few days to share with friends and family, start a blog. It's easy, it's almost free and it will serve your needs.
But if you want to build a business you can run from home, that's a different story. Even if you don't have any special skills, just passion and persistence, you can do this.
When I retired from my full-time job, I needed 'another' job - no way was the pension going to make up for lost income. I was so fortunate I'd looked ahead and started this website!
I do use it to document my travels, but I also earn a decent income from it, mostly through affiliate marketing, although there are many other ways to make your website pay you.
If you've ever thought of building an online business, you might have already spent plenty of money on get rich quick schemes or linked up with companies that assumed you knew a lot more than you actually do. At least that's what happened to me.
I was lucky to find SBI, a company with an awesome reputation, and spoke to some people who had built their websites there. They raved about all the training they were getting, the materials at their disposal, and the speed at which they were building websites that Google liked. So I took a chance.
I started from scratch, and I learned the ropes much faster than I expected. But you don't have to: if you've already built a blog or a site on Wordpress, then get the SBI Wordpress plugin to take your blog to the next level
The forums are a great community of people who decided they wanted to make a change in the way they lived their lives, and many have since become personal friends.
At first I wasn't sure where to start but SBI's tools make it all crystal clear, even for an absolute beginner like myself.
Within days I had built a travel website - or at least I had started one. You're on it right now (although it didn't quite look like this when I started!)
It's not just me - listen to what other members of the SBI community are saying.
If you have a hidden passion (even if you don't know what it is yet) there could be a website lurking somewhere in your future too.