In 2008 I was lucky enough to be able to take early retirement.
It felt good not having to join the 'rat race' every day.
I was finally able to do what I wanted, when I wanted!
Life slowed down to an acceptable, relaxed pace and I began to enjoy my new-found freedom, one leisurely day at a time.
Life was bliss!
I'd always had dogs in my life, but never felt comfortable about owning one while working full-time, believing I wouldn't be able to give it the care and attention a dog would need.
Between us, hubby and I have over 30 years' experience of owning dogs (and cats too!).
I was 6 years old when we got our first rescue dog (a 'Heinz 57' variety!) and we named her Jenny. She gave us many years of love and affection and was very loyal to the whole family.
Our next dog was a noble-looking Afghan hound whom we named Prince. Although he was a beautiful dog he was very 'highly strung' and needed an awful lot of attention and handling!
And then we acquired a wonderful German Shepherd. We took him in because his family could no longer afford to keep him. He was an enormous, fierce-looking black dog, inappropriately named Demon as he was the biggest softie I've ever known!
Sadly, they all eventually left this world and I began my life as an adult.
Retirement meant that I now had time to give a puppy a loving home, but which breed?
Over the years, hubby had owned several Cocker Spaniels, and absolutely adored them. After much research (on my part) and not a lot of persuasion from hubby, I decided to plump for an English Cocker Spaniel puppy.
I just couldn't resist their adorable little faces with those big brown eyes and soft floppy ears!
So, a few weeks after retiring I returned home from the breeders with a beautiful, 8-week old golden Cocker puppy who was simply adorable and so cute!
I had lots of time to enjoy my new puppy. He was a bundle of laughs and a breath of fresh air! Max is my best buddy (apart from hubby, of course!) and I can't imagine my life without him.
Just like babies, puppies can be very time consuming and together with all the odd jobs that I'd been putting off around the house and in the garden, I was fully occupied.
I worked at my own pace and really began to enjoy retirement.
"...However, what I didn't expect was what
was about to happen next...!
As Max began to settle down and grow out of 'puppy-hood', and most of the jobs around the house were completed, I found myself with more and more time on my hands!
I began to feel unfulfilled and often felt 'at a loose end', after all, there's only so much housework and gardening you can do!
Although I was happy, I felt there was something missing from my life, but I just couldn't work out what it was!
Imagine my surprise when I finally realized that what I was missing was work and the sense of structure and purpose that it brings!
Can you believe it?
"After a lifetime of longing to stop working, I was finally
given the opportunity to do so, only to discover
that I was bored with it!"
I certainly wasn't prepared for that one!
I couldn't go back to work because I didn't want to put Max into 'Doggie Daycare' and I definitely didn't want to go back to the daily grind of 9-5 (actually, it was more like 8-7, but you get the picture!)
I considered the possibility of a franchise but nothing suited. They were either too expensive or needed too much time working outside of the home.
I looked into all sorts of possibilities, but just couldn't get off the starting blocks!
I didn't have a clue what I was going to do, although I was certain of one thing. I wasn't going to sit back and do nothing!
"What I needed was a business that I could
build and manage from home!"
At that time, I had no idea what type of business that might be, let alone where or how I would begin.
And then a dear friend whom I'd known for many years mentioned, quite out of the blue, that he had a website which earned him a good income.
"He let me into his secret..."
I listened with interest how he'd used a company that provided all the tools necessary to help turn your passion, hobby, or skill, into a profitable website business.
It sounded like this could be just what I was looking for, but with the added bonus of an income!
I was slightly apprehensive about the technical side of building a website as I had no real IT knowledge. I could use a computer for the basics, and could surf the internet, but that was the extent of it!
As it turned out, I didn't need any real computer expertise or experience of programming, web design or web building. This company gives you all the tools you need, not only to build a website, but to build a successful business.
And if that wasn't enough, they help you through the entire process, step-by-step and at your own pace. They hold your hand all the way!
My friend gave me details of the company he'd used...
"...and that's how I discovered ... SBI!"
All through my working life I've longed for the freedom of working for myself; working from home, choosing my own hours and my own direction, but ironically, work always seemed to get in the way! Like most people, I was too busy earning a living to do anything about it!
After watching the SBI! demonstration video, it suddenly all dropped into place. I could clearly see a way to achieve my goal of working for myself and having something worthwhile to occupy my (new-found) time.
I now had my opportunity and I was going to grab it with both hands!
And I did.
I built this website you're looking at now using SBI! and I've enjoyed every minute of it!
Who would have believed someone as non-techie as me could build a website?
My site began to earn an income at the end of the first year and it continues to grow steadily, year on year. How does it do that?
As you browse through my pages, you may have seen some Google Ads, like this one here.
Well, at the moment, this is where my income comes from.
Each time someone clicks on a Google Ad, it earns me a small amount of money.
There are many other ways to earn money with your website; for example, you could sell your own product or other people's products and receive a commission for each sale, or you could write an e-book and sell it on-line.
There are many possibilities, but don't worry if you've no idea how to do any of this. SBI! will show you how to make the most money from your site.
"This is not a Get-Rich-Quick scheme!"
I've put a lot of time and effort into my website, and it's been hard work, but it's also been extremely rewarding and I'm still loving every minute of it!
There are times when I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, and I'm so excited about it that I want to get out of bed and start working!
I've not felt like that in a long time...how ironic that it's taken retirement for this to happen!
Since discovering SBI!, I can honestly say it's changed my life!
I've regained the sense of purpose and direction that I lost when I retired.
The ongoing development of my site gives me a satisfying sense of achievement and fulfillment, something which was sadly missing after I gave up work.
It gives me the intellectual challenge I need to keep my mind sharp and has given me something to leap out of bed for in the mornings, well, almost leap!
I sincerely wish I'd learned about SBI! much sooner!
I often think of all those years wasted working for someone else, being unable to be there for my family as much as I would have liked. How I would have loved to be a 'stay at home' Mum!
Although I didn't discover SBI until my retirement, (and I'm so grateful for that) I wish I'd found it long ago. Things could have been so very different.
It's too late for me to turn back the clock, but it may not be too late for you.
That's why I'm letting you into my 'secret'.
"I'm letting you into my secret so that it may help
to provide a solution to your dreams"
You may be a 'stay at home' Mum (or a working Mum who longs to be at home with her children) looking for an extra income.
You may be about to retire, or you're already retired, and looking for something exciting to do, or you may need to top-up an ever-dwindling pension income.
There are many successful SBI! websites built by ordinary people like you and me. Take a look at these case studies. They'll give you an insight into what other SBI! owners are doing and may give you a few ideas of your own.
Cocker Spaniels are my passion, but it could just as easily have been cycling, fishing, photography, cooking or propagating roses.
Your web business can be about any topic. You could simply write about something you know well, or have a passion for, such as a hobby or an interest.
Although earning a living doing something you enjoy may sound like basic common sense, how many of us do it?
Most of us are in work because we need to earn money but very often we don't actually enjoy the work we do.
SBI! could help you to work towards your dream.
Their package comes with unlimited customer support, and the private forums are fantastic. (The forums are where other SBI! users give you help and support when you need it most. Ask a question and it's answered for you by other users who've already 'been there, done that'.) There's always someone willing to help you, no matter what stage you're at.
SBI! even gives you a comprehensive Action Guide (both in written and video formats) which will take you, step-by-step, through the entire process of building your website business.
It's easy, all you have to do is follow the guide.
Believe me, if this technically challenged individual can do it, you can too!
Whatever your circumstances, I sincerely recommend you give SBI! a try and see what a world of difference it could make to your life. I promise you, you won't regret it.
There's even a version of SBI! for Wordpress owers!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. If I can help you, I will.
Alternatively, you can contact Solo Build It! direct and ask your questions
Good luck and best wishes!