Okay, a little about me. Ideally, I'd like to talk about YOU and get to know you better!
I was taught that I should not blow my own trumpet. However, I do exactly what you are doing here now, when I meet a new person and want to make sure he/she is a safe person to have for a friend and business contact.
A Little About Me
So. I need introduce myself, eh? (Your first clue: I'm a Canadian). I live in the pretty prairie city, Saskatoon, in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. I grew up in a small town, Hague, north of this city, and worked for four years in Saskatoon as a telephone operator, but when I had paid for my '68 Nova in 1971, I packed up my stuff and drove off to London, Ontario, where I expected to publish my novel. (Oh-But I had much to learn!)
I lived there for 12 years before I came back to care for my parents in Hague, and that ended up taking 23.5 years. Mom died in 1997 and Dad in 2007. (I could tell many stories of that era!)
In 2007 I moved back into Saskatoon, and bought a wee little green house, where I still am, doing my online businesses, and some gardening, plus some work for non-profit ministries.
How I Came Online
In my London years I became very involved with Childrens' ministries in the church. I learned to be in charge, planning programs and leading volunteers. At the same time I kept working secretly on my novel, rewriting it many times.
When I returned to Hague I put the manuscripts away deep in a deacon's bench under some pillows, and vowed that I would NOT touch them again until God made me. Sure enough, some years later, I would be washing floors on my hands and knees and suddenly get vivid scenes in my mind about how the book needed to be redone again. Unfortunately, my old Underwood typewriter died about that time, and although I borrowed one a few times, but I was stymied! No way to write, except by hand! About that time I began to read about the internet and how you could publish online. I'd never been to university, but I began to wonder if I could learn to use a computer?
Before I could prove that one way or another, I had to wait for funds. Did I mention that my parents could not pay me more than free room and board, so no income unless I earned it through freelancing or odd jobs for neighbours? I really learned to live frugally by faith, and to do without quite a bit. I did manage to buy a small DOS computer – (remember, black screen with amber
After Mom died, Dad and I took a three week trip to B.C. to visit relatives; we'd been house-bound so long we needed to get the travel bug out of our system. Once back I settled down to re-write my novel in earnest. The delays had added maturity, and I could tell it was much, much better now. But my little ol' computer couldn't go online. Now I was really dreaming of publishing it myself.
It took until January of 1999 before I could buy a Panasonic computer with Windows 98, and whee.! I was online and learning like a house-a-fire!
A pen-pal in London, helped me pay for a Print-on-Demand contract, and my book was published.
Ah, but now I had to market and promote it. How do you do that? Well, Angela at Booklocker.com suggested a website about the book and it's theme. So I began to teach myself web-design. But that was NOT MARKETING YET.
i have gone on some rabbit trails, and learned some things not terribly useful, but I did learn good things – like, to build websites from scratch, and have a little stable full of those ‘ponies'. Plus, I've built some for clients, mostly non-profit ministries, some of them still paying me to maintain and add to their sites. My own sites are mostly niche affiliate sites, and I've learned a lot about keyword work so the search engines will deliver traffic for free. But it has been slow going.
That is, until 2015, when I began to learn more powerful marketing skills, and now in 2016 this is taking off with a community that teaches and trains us to do it in dozens of different ways! Things are coming together and I see how to connect many of these skills I've been learning for the last 16 years online.
There are wonderful tips for using social media more effectively – almost effortlessly. There is blogging with powerful plugins that attract swarms of interested buyers. (I love to write, you know! So this one appeals to me).
It's like getting new glasses and suddenly you can see the whole map before you and see how everything is connected to one another! Of course, one doesn't have to use all these marketing tools at once. You can start at just about any part of the map, and like cruising into another city… you can keep adding methods as you feel ready for them. All the training is done by video. People who are making 6 figure incomes demonstrate every step for you!!
I feel like I'm really a Big City Girl now in online marketing!
Hey, don't let my white hair mislead you; I did a Facebook quiz the other day to see what generation I really am at heart. I'm a Generation Z – (even if my birth certificate insists I'm a Baby Boomer).
How I Can Help You
If you are an Online Business “Wannabe” – even if a senior carefully typing on your ‘keyboard' – or, if you have tried selling on eBay, or just bought a thing or two, and feel very ‘new to the
internet' – I CAN show you;
some great online business ideas (most of which you can run all by yourself!)
how to build niche websites, (tho' that might take a course to speed things up)
how to promote a business, even in the booming e-commerce world!
how to find the best tools you'll need to accomplish online goals.
how to make money back from almost all the shopping you do!
…And, a number of other things!
Try the Contact form, or the Comments below to connect with me.