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Her Desire To Help Others Resulted In Online Success

Written By: Mike Allton in Real-Life Success Lessons!, Success Stories | December 30, 2015


If I had just retired, all the knowledge acquired from my training and 24 years of experience with thousands of individuals and couples would have been completely lost. It just feels so satisfying, knowing that I can pass on what I have learned to so many people. – Elly Prior

Elly Prior

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 eleventh day of Christmas, we’re visiting with Elly Prior, of Professional-Counselling.com, who was a professional counsellor from the Netherlands, living in the UK.

Over the years, she taught herself how to use various programs to create her own marketing materials. She started with brochures and when she saw that Microsoft Publisher could also build her a website, she was stunned.

Elly had never considered using the web for her business, not even just to market it. And her first forays were filled with a lot of trial and error. She outgrew Publisher, of course, but was pleased to see that despite her rough attempts, her ideas were resonating and her site’s traffic was growing.

Finding a better system though proved to be more daunting than she imagined.

She spent years researching other platforms and systems. She tried using WordPress. Twice. Both times coming away frustrated at the lack of support and far-too-many options.

She tried build-it-in-three-minutes tools, and took an adult course on Dreamweaver to attempt building her own site from scratch.

Nothing worked.

Elly even looked into hiring web designers to build her a site, but always came away with estimates that were too expensive, and still required her to put in time researching keywords and creating content. Not to mention, every added feature was an added cost, and changes down the road would cost too.

Finally, she stumbled onto SBI! and knew immediately that she’d found what she was looking for. SBI! gave her the right mix of tools, processes and support that she’d needed all this time.

When, years later, she migrated back to the Netherlands and found, to her surprise, few employers were interested in hiring a 57 year old, she leaned on her website and it responded amazingly.

“The magic happened between December 2011 and August 2012, when I remigrated, my website suddenly took off. By January 2013 I realised I no longer needed a job or to develop any other kind of business.” – Elly Prior

Elly Prior, a self-professed ‘web nerd’, shared her counselling experience and has turned it into a 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

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  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 Soviet 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 up to 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 is an award-winning blogger, speaker, and author at The Social Media Hat, and Brand Evangelist at Agorapulse where he strengthens relationships with social media educators, influencers and agencies.

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