How I Became an Internet Marketer

My Internet Marketing Story

Work from home mom runs successful internet marketing businessHi, my name is Stacie Standifer and I’ve been interested in making money online since about 2001. I was working full-time at a corporate job when we found out we were expecting our second daughter. I really wanted to be a stay at home mom and be able to be there for all her firsts. Unfortunately at that time I didn’t have the knowledge or even the means to get the knowledge to make that happen. I was heart-broken when I had to go back to work after she was born in 2002 but we needed the paycheck.

Baby Steps to Becoming Work at Home Mom

Fast forward about 10 years. I had still been working at the same corporate job as a computer software specialist which I enjoyed but I still REALLY wanted to work from home. I also have always had a bit of the entrepreneurial spirit so I wanted a business I could call my own. Like so many other people my company was hit hard by the recession. I managed to survive multiple rounds of layoffs but it seemed like my job was in constant jeopardy and it seemed like only a matter of time before I was out of a job. This kick-started my entrepreneurial spirit into high gear. I was dabbling in internet marketing without really making any progress or money.

In 2011 my boss asked me if I would consider doing my job on a contractor basis instead of as a full-time employee. I jumped at the opportunity as a way to still have a steady income while working from home and pursuing other interests. On April 1 2012 I opened my own company and became my own boss. I was so excited but also a little nervous. I had only one client at the time and even though I’m very good at my job I was now dependent on my old company to continue sending me work.

Becoming an Internet Marketing Entreprenuer

After the first few months of adjusting to a new schedule and learning how to be an efficient stay at home mom, I began to again start dabbling in internet marketing as a means to bring in additional income and something to fill up those gaps when I didn’t have any projects going from my main business. I began buying all the shiny new object s that get marketed to us “internet marketers”. I had no idea what would work and what wouldn’t or even what direction my new business would take me in.

Fast forward to early 2014. I’ve made a little money in my online businesses. I continue to learn more every day about what works and what doesn’t and what I’d like to be when I grow up. I’m still not independently wealthy. My main business is still computer software consulting but little by little my internet marketing portion of the business is growing and I fully expect the income from my online businesses will soon equal or exceed my software consulting business.

My Internet Marketing Business Today

In my posts I’ll share more about the details of what I’ve tried as an internet marketer, what’s worked, what hasn’t and how I’m currently making money online as a work from home mom. I’ll also share more about how I was able to make the transition from W-2 employee to contractor and still maintain my same income. I sincerely thank you for your interest in my site and I hope a little bit of what I’ve gone through can help motivate you (or serve as a cautionary tale).

Thanks,

Stacie

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