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

Entrepreneur Spotlight: From Web Newbie to Savvy Business Babe (An SBI! Success Story)

Entrepreneur Spotlight: From Web Newbie to Savvy Business Babe (An SBI! Success Story)

By Alison Andrews, lovingitraw.com

Tell us about your website, www.lovingitraw.com? When and why did you start your site?

I started lovingitraw.com in 2009. I was very inspired by Steve Pavlina to start my own web business, but had NO idea about how to go about it, so when I read his SBI review, I dived in.

What do you enjoy most about being an online business owner?

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! So these days, answering only to myself, taking off whenever I please, never waking up to an alarm clock, this is like heaven to me.

And the fact that I get to put my creativity out into the world with the press of a button, makes me happier than I can explain! I don’t have to jump hoops or cut through red tape or deal with any middle man. I love it!

So far, what has been the biggest challenge for you?

The biggest challenge was figuring out how to really make things profitable and learning all that I needed to learn. I had to realize that you have to keep evolving/upgrading/improving/learning. When I started I was very focused on traffic, but traffic doesn’t really bring you anything on its own, it’s about how you convert that traffic.

Why did you choose SBI! to build your website / online business?

I had no clue about the technical aspects and needed the training wheels! Having that support helped me to learn so much and now I’m pretty savvy indeed. 🙂 I just launched a new business on wordpress (I have SBI! for WP too!) called savvybusinessbabe.com, and it has been enormous fun!

I also have a music website alisonandrewsband.com that is more a sideline at this stage but I plan to grow it much more in future with regular music videos.

With the rise of mobile traffic, what steps have you done to give your visitors the best experience on their smart phones and tablets?

I always keep a check on how things are looking on mobile and make sure that everything displays correctly and that it creates a good user experience. Plus, I have been extremely lucky with the help I have received from the SiteSell Pros (Mike Fulson) in not just designing my site but also making sure that my mobile site looks great. I am luckily on BB2 so maintaining my mobile friendly site is pretty easy.

Editor’s Note: Alison refers to SBI!’s drag-and-drop site builder, called BlockBuilder 2, or BB2 for short. Every SBI! site built with BB2 can be optimized for mobile devices with just a few clicks. With Google’s imminent changes to mobile search rankings, having a site that looks and works great on smartphones is becoming more important than ever.

Has your life changed since you started your site? Can you describe these changes for us?

My life has changed enormously! I went from working a corporate job and hating it – feeling constrained and restricted – to quitting my job and living life on my own terms, working for myself! There is no greater freedom.

I love that I can put all my time and energy into doing work that helps and inspires others, and get paid well for it too – it is the most rewarding career I have ever dreamed of.

What one piece of advice would you give someone who is just getting started in the online business world?

Have a clear picture of where you’re headed, figure out exactly where you want your business to go, but from there focus only on what you need to learn to accomplish the ONE step in front of you, figure it out, get it done and then move on to the next step. Never ever doubt your ability to learn everything you need to know to get you everywhere you’re going.

Editor’s Note: Thank you Alison for sharing your SBI! review. It’s fascinating to see how you went from complete Web newbie to becoming an accomplished online business owner to coaching others to succeed in their entrepreneurial endeavors. And all of this while living life on your own terms, with no boss to report to. Well done!


Would you like to enjoy the same kind of freedom as Alison does? Then start your own online business with SBI! today. It provides everything you need to turn your idea into income, even if you have no website or business building experience at all. And should you require more hand-holding, or assistance with a specific aspect, like your site’s design, our SiteSell Professionals are there to help.


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Alison Andrews
Alison Andrews is the founder of lovingitraw.com and savvybusinessbabe.com. She is an author, singer/songwriter, foodie and online business coach. When she's not working enthusiastically on her businesses, creating recipes, recording music or dispensing business advice, she's hanging out with her husband Jaye and her two cats (the 'kids') - Frankie and Ernie.

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