I love the freedom of working for myself! Freedom has always been something that is SO important to me, and the notion of a 9-5 and having to ask permission to take a vacation – well, it never sat well with me! - Alison Andrews, SBI! member since 2009

He Turned His Knowledge Into Ongoing Retirement Income

Written By: Mike Allton in Real-Life Success Lessons!, Success Stories | December 17, 2015

 

Really really find out what you truly love to do and just do it. Pour your heart into it. Build your one of a kind website around your passion. Visitors to your site will pick up on your passion and reward you in ways you cannot imagine. Let them know you are there for them. Money will follow.John Shank

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Welcome to A Christmas Carol – Sitesell-style! Each day we’re going to re-introduce one of our successful SBIers and their amazing stories. Like the Ghost of Christmas Past, we’ll revisit these tales of old and see what lessons we can glean.

For this third day of Christmas, we’re visiting with John Shank, a solopreneur who jumped into the online business over 12 years ago. At first, all he wanted to do was share his knowledge of building sheds, and earn a little passive income from Google ads. Yet even that was a struggle.

John originally built his own site, ShedKing.net, on another hosting provider, and had little support or guidance.

But then, John learned about a system that could help him focus his business, and a community that was supportive. The problem was, since his site wasn’t making any money, he didn’t have the $300 he needed to pay for membership.

To invest $300 into a site that wasn’t doing anything was a huge gamble. It wouldn’t take much to recoup that investment… but at the same time, if there’s no money coming in, $300 is significant.

After long conversations with his wife, and his financial institution, John took out a home improvement loan, and put $300 toward his business. He transferred to the new hosting and began to immediately make improvements to his site and business overall.

As John puts it, “That was without a doubt one of the BEST decisions I have ever made!”

John Shank is now right on the verge of retirement and an ongoing monthly income from his successful online business thanks to SBI!, and you can too!

As we’re whisked away by the Ghost of Christmas Past, back to present-day, overlooking the streets crowded with busy people hustling through the Christmas Season, we’re reminded of how important things like Family really are.

Just like Ebenezer Scrooge, even we sometimes need to be confronted by such stories in order to truly recognize what’s important to us, and what we need to do to change.

Do not let another Christmas pass by while your dreams of owning a business fester in your belly like a bit of undigested cheese. Throw open the curtains and renew your lease on life! It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, now is the time to get started.

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A SiteSell Christmas Carol

  1. How Two Grad Students Turned Their Hobby Into A Business
  2. Her Passion For San Francisco Led To Over $5k A Month
  3. He Turned His Knowledge Into Ongoing Retirement Income
  4. Start a Business and Spend MORE Time at Home? Here’s How They Did It
  5. The Great Recession Couldn’t Stop This Resourceful Solopreneur
  6. Her Battle With Health Issues Led To A Vibrantly Successful Business
  7. This Solopreneur Spun Her Legal Questions Into Legal Tender
  8. She Found A Way To Share Her Knowledge For Free And Still Make Money
  9. She Was Determined To Overcome Her Disabilities And Build A Business
  10. She Washed Away the 9-5 Brainwashing To Build The Life She Wanted
  11. Her Desire To Help Others Resulted In Online Success
  12. This British Ballerina Helped Others Overcome Their Fears

 

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Solopreneurs fail at astronomical rates. SBI! makes you 100x more likely to succeed (that’s not a typo!). It will never be easy, but we do make it way more doable.

Scan the wide variety of solopreneurs who are winning in real niches. Use it to get a feeling for what SBIers do, as well as to generate ideas. What do you know? Turn it into a business.

Mike Allton
Mike Allton is the Chief Marketing Officer for SiteSell. He has spent years helping solopreneurs achieve success online through the precepts of content marketing: write great content, share that to social, and drive new leads & sales.Mike’s focus is to reach people who have a passion for something and show them how it’s possible to turn that dream into a real online business and income.

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