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Six weeks since quitting work and now it is website launch time

For the passed few weeks, I have been doing an on-line course called The Website Launchpad, learning how to set up a successful on-line business. I started this course not knowing much at all about how to create a website but was willing to learn.

Where and what I started with

My past experience amounted to not much in this area. I’d dabbled with WordPress but didn’t know about hosting or plugins. I really don’t have any technical skills. If my computer plays up, I only know the turn it off and on again rule.

I also didn’t want to put heaps of money into a website as I have heard so many horror stories of people throwing lots of money at a website designer and the business not surviving anyhow. If this didn’t work, I didn’t want to be out of pocket.

What business theme to choose?

I didn’t really know what I wanted my business to be about. This problem wasn’t because I don’t have anything I am passionate about or that I don’t have many interests.

It is the opposite problem – how do I narrow down all the things I enjoy and have potential to be a business, to just one. To combat this I had a coaching session (yes, even life design coaches need coaches of their own) and got the nine areas of possibility down to three. One option that would be my main focus and two others that would follow on later.

Progress so far…

So far so good. I’m six weeks into my year of not working and launching my website this week.  I’d love for you to check it out.

The course I have done has taught me heaps and I love researching so have been reading many articles and watching many YouTube tutorials to learn new skills.

I’m very impressed with how far I have come but I know I have a long way to go.

So the end product is a website that is going to be a work in progress. I am happy with launching now and letting people have an explore but also hoping they will return again and again as it will grow and develop and improve over the coming months.

I could wait until everything is perfect but that may be a long time coming. Taking action and getting out there only adds the pressure I need to keep things moving along quickly.

What I’m doing next

The next steps are to build a community of like minded souls and those that will benefit from my help and to of course make a living from the business. I look forward to making this work. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

What about you?

Has the thought of ditching your job and starting an on-line business ever crossed your mind? Let me know in the comments or send me an email telling me about it. I’d love to hear your thoughts and tell you about how you can do it.

Everyone must have a job!

Everyone must have a job!

Did you know that a common belief that is shared by most and is an unwritten rule is that you must have a job? You will understand what I mean by the way when you first meet someone they ask you what you do (and they don’t mean for leisure) and then define you by that.

When you don’t have an answer to this question, as I do at the moment, people don’t quite know what to do. I am messing with their belief that everyone must have a job.

I have had the sympathy look, when they know that they couldn’t survive without their job so can not imagine I can. They are feeling sorry for me and are thankful that they’re not in my shoes.

I have had the “are you crazy” look. It is so normal to go to work everyday that it is frowned upon to be different.

I have told people I have resigned from my job and they question what job am I going to or am I looking for work. They tell me something will come up for me. They think they are being supportive and some of them may even worry about me not having a job when they have a moment to ponder.

I have had the “I am so jealous” comment. This is from people who aren’t crazy about their jobs and love the thought of leaving but never will as they are stuck in the living from one pay check to the next. They would never dream of leaving.

I have had the good on you comment. This I take two ways as I know some people know me well and know I do things that others don’t do. But also there is the under tone of that is great for you, you must have a rich husband or a large bank account.

I must confess I have a lie I am telling others when I have this lack of job conversation. I am telling them I am trying new ventures and I have 12 months to make them work and if they don’t I’ll return to the work force and get a real job. On this matter I am completely lying.

I’ve been out two weeks and I know I’m never going back. I have never worked so hard these last two weeks but it has been on what I want to do. It has been when and where I want to. I have fit in the other areas of my life that I want so I am training, cooking and being social. This lifestyle is for me and in 12 months a real job wont even be on my radar.