What Having an Online Business Has Meant For Me

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Greetings, All! It’s been more than two months since I have posted and in explaining why I have been missing for so long, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on why I have an online business. For those of you have followed me for awhile, you know that I am a single mom of two daughters. One of my daughters had a stroke in utero and has limited use of her left arm and hand. Additionally, she has cognitive issues that make learning very difficult.

She entered college a year ago. She is truly my hero.

Having a special needs child changed my life in profound ways. While my friends and colleagues are able to travel with a moment’s notice, I was often confined to home, caring for my children, schlepping my oldest to physical therapy or spending the week in the hospital helping her through the latest infection. It puts things in perspective. Helped me to see what is most important. Family. Time Together.

Nine months ago, a few months shy of her 19th birthday, my one-handed wonder had her first seizure. I have since learned that there are 40 different types of seizures. Hers are what used to be called grand mal, and are now called tonic clonic. Completely out of the blue and with no aura, she collapses and her arms and legs spasm. She is unresponsive for up to a minute and then it takes her about an hour to completely come out of them.

They are extremely frightening to witness, and she has had 14 now, since January. We have been in the hospital 4 times due to her seizures, and epilepsy is her diagnosis. My on-the-verge-of-being-independent 19 year old, is now always within range of someone else — until we get the appropriate safeguards in place, she can not be alone. She can no longer drive. Our lives, once again, have been turned upside down.

shoestring marketerAs a researcher by trade, I have spent the last 9 months learning everything I could about seizures. She has completely changed her diet, started chiropractic care and sees a homeopath and a neurologist. We chart everything, in an attempt to see what might be triggering them, and what might be helping to keep them at bay.

All of this is to set the scene as to why I started an online business and what it has meant to our family.

I started my business in 2010, because my daughter was being bullied in school due to her disability. I quit my job of 20 years and pulled her out of school to homeschool her through middle school. It was truly the best experience for me as a mom, and for her as a student. She flourished. To bring in much needed income, I began to make websites for local businesses. Helping businesses succeed online is still responsible for 90% of my income. Helping up and coming marketers by sharing what I know and promoting products that I believe in, is about 10% of my business.

In the process, I have met some amazing people — business owners in my community, and online marketers that I know only through email, facebook and skype chats. All have helped me on my road to business success and to creating a financially stable household in which to raise my daughters.

shoestring marketerIf you are reading this, then you, too, are on a journey to provide for yourself and perhaps your family, on your own terms. It is scary, for sure, and setbacks are a given, but it is so liberating to be able to work for yourself, to take off a week or even two months to care for a family member, to sleep when you need to sleep. I know lots of folks who work for themselves so they can own big houses, lots of cars and travel freely. That’s awesome. For me, being able to be at home where my kids need me, is everything.

You know your reasons. Never stop working to make it happen.

I cannot name all of those who have helped me in the past 8.5 years grow my business. I will be forever grateful to them all. If I can pay it forward by helping you, please reach out. I will do my best to answer your questions and steer you in the right direction.

Blessings to all. ~Norene

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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