Many people ask me how I got started in the e-commerce space, and to be completely honest, my e-commerce journey began with conventional ‘brick and mortar’ selling.
Back in 2001, I found myself as a single mom of 3 after my ex and I split. I was a stay at home mom at the time, and found myself having to find ways to make money without having to leave my kids at home.
I’m “officially” trained in fashion design, and so I dusted off those skills and used them to start a handbag company. I designed the products, bought the fabric and put my sewing machine to use. Before long, I had a tidy number of shops carrying my products, enough for me to manage on my own.
Then one day, a designer friend suggested that I get an agent to help grow my company, so that’s what I did.
Before I knew it, I had 45 stores carrying my product across the country. I was in magazines and newspapers. But the work was killing me. I was so busy that I had precious little time left for my babies, who at the time were 3, 7 and 10 years old.
My house was filled with boxes of product. I was Head Cook, and Bottlewasher in my little venture. I was even doing deliveries.
Once the web started to get bigger, I thought maybe I should get these bad boys online. I mean, why couldn’t I sell to further away than my own country?
So that’s what I did. I built my first product website in 2003.
Fast forward more than a dozen years (much more) and I’m no longer making and shipping my own product. Believe it or not, it became incredibly stressful, even after hiring others to help make product.
But I never stopped creating online stores for other products.
Here’s my dilemma; I get bored very quickly. I love the creation process, but once everything’s been designed and is up and running, I want to move on and create something new.
Years ago, an acquaintance suggested that it would be awesome if I could just create new businesses, get them up and running, and then sell them. Back then, that would have been a ton of work. But these days, my need to create e-commerce websites hasn’t diminished. I love the technological and creative aspects of creating something new. The power of a few keystrokes will never cease to amaze me.
The way that I create now leans more toward creating businesses that make passive income. It’s also much easier now to take that old advice, and create properties for others. This way I get to kill two birds with one stone; I get to scratch my creative itch, while providing a passive income vehicle for someone else.
These days I build e-commerce websites, then stock them with product from US suppliers. Once the site is finished, I sell it to someone looking for a way to make extra income, without having to manage the building process.
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