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How to Build Your Own Site
And turn your passion into a business

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, get a Wordpress blog. It's easy, it's free and it will serve your needs.

But if you want to learn how the web works and build a business you can run from home, that's a different story. The great thing is that you can do this - you don't need any special skills, just passion and persistence.

For me it was a question of making money both to travel and while I traveled. A website seemed a nice, 'portable' profession, one I could practice from anywhere.

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 free materials at their disposal, and the speed at which they were building websites that Google liked. So I took a chance.

started from scratch, and I learned the ropes much faster than I expected. And they seemed honest - no scams, no spam, just a great community of people who decided they wanted to make a change.

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.

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. The video below was is one of many I've seen where people explain why they built a website this way. As an example, here's how horse breeders in southern Spain built their own site.