Getting Started. . . .

by Martha Giffen

All stories start at the beginning and mine is no exception.

I was a stay-at-home Mom for 20 years.  Watched my husband start a business from our basement, saw him work out of our home for many years, begin to add employees, and finally get “real” office space for his company.  I had an “upclose and personal” view of what owning a business looked like.  And felt like.

My first taste of internet profits came from e-bay.  One day, I took pictures of a few items I no longer wanted (not great pictures and not great items either!) and listed them on e-bay.  The next morning, I checked to see if my items were still there and SHOCK. . . . . people had bid on them!  Oh my gosh!  It was that easy?

It was. 

So, for the next several years, I repeated that process many times. 

Having an E-bay business  never really interested me because I wasn’t inclined to store inventory.     But I was continually drawn to the stories of people making money using the internet.  And, because of my e-bay experience, I KNEW it was possible!

Fast forward.  Sons grew up.  Mom got bored.  Decided to start a business.  (there’s a whole lot of other stuff between the lines like how I finished college and managed to get a law degree in my 40’s but I’ll save that for another post!) Became a Realtor and was in the process of growing a pretty nice real estate business when the economy took a little slide. 

 I had  never stopped reading the stories about people having successful online businesses.  In fact, I was using the internet quite a bit in my real estate business and was seeing the value in it. Real estate is a fun business but you are in the car alot, work most weekends, and many deals are made in the late evenings.  Fact was, I was missing being at home and having my weekends free.

But I enjoyed  having my own business.  Alot. 

I decided to really research the internet marketing thing.  

Through some other interesting turns and twists (again, that I’ll share later) I ended up last July(2008) at an internet marketing seminar in San Antonio put on by Pat O’Bryan.  I had read his book, Your Portable Empire, and he had a compelling rags to riches story.  I thought, “If that guy can do it, so can I.” After all, I wasn’t exactly in rags!

But I was somewhat naive. I actually believed when I showed up at that seminar with my laptop that I would go back home to Alabama three days later and have an online business! 

Now, I am not dumb about business, but I seriously underestimated the internet marketing business.  Just like any other, there is a learning curve. For me, it proved to be a rather large one. 

If you are tech savvy, more power to you.  I’m not and therein was the challenge.  Good news for all you newer- than- new beginners:  You don’t have to be.  I’m still tech challenged.  But, I now know where to go for help and I’ll be adding links and blog posts to help you too.

Stay tuned. . . . . we’re just getting started!






 Getting Started. . . .

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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