Wealthy Affiliate Wrecked my Online Business!
Yes it did, I kid you not.
This time last year I had two websites, an online baby store that sold retail baby clothing and products and it's sister website that sold the wholesale side of it.
I was quite happy with it and I loved connecting with all the moms that were buying from me, I had a pumping Facebook page of nearly 40 000 fans... and things were good.
Now I bet you want to know how Wealthy Affiliate wrecked this business?
Well to put it simply that business had a lot of administration, a lot of challenges and I had to work my butt off. I had to be available during working hours and I couldn't completely close ever because your online store is always open right?
I was also relying on other people a lot and quite frankly almost everyone I had to rely on let me down. It was just a matter of time until they did. Now I am not a negative person at all, I am also not an untrusting person. But it took me 4 years to face the facts, people let you down and the only person you can trust is ultimately yourself.
So what happened exactly?
I found WA half way through last year and I loved it. I jumped right in and built another 2 websites. I decided Facebook is for wimps, this is the place to be. As I learned more and more here my passion for my other business started dying. I started to see a better way.
A way where I don't have to pay to stock products.
I don't have to sit packaging all my orders.
I don't have to rely on the postal services or the couriers to deliver my order... on time, in one piece or even at all!
I don't have to do all the paperwork and administration.
I don't have to be available on the phone.
I don't have to reply to emails asap.
I am not tied to wherever my products are.
Yes I saw a better way and everything else that I loved became an absolute chore for me.
Last week when everyone started letting me down again I was upset and frustrated and angry. I had enough.
So I did something insane, something liberating... I said F*** IT..
I announced that I am no longer stocking any products, I am flogging everything! I sent out a newsletter to all my customers, I sent it out on social networks.
And how do I feel? Well I do have a tiny little twinge of sadness, this has been my baby for the last few years... BUT that feeling is completely overrun with other feelings.
I am excited!
I feel liberated, like I have been set free. I have no more boundaries. I can go in whatever direction I want and I don't have to rely on anyone else.
So in the recent theme of song titles in my blogs... here's the one for today:
I want to break free....
I'm going to mark this as a success post because for me it feels like I've seen the light, I have taken a huge leap of faith in myself and my abilities as a blogger... and no I am not making a full time income yet. But I'll get by, I'll make this work for me.
I would appreciate any quality comments on the post I wrote on my baby website :)