I never considered myself a computer person. I majored in English in college. But what’s that quote, born of necessity is invention? I’m too lazy to look it up. I think there is irony somewhere in there.
Despite not being a computer person, like most other moms, I wanted to have a place to brag to the world about my spectacular children. I can’t recall exactly where I first learned wordpress would be a good platform, but I purchased my domain name, secured a great host (BlueHost, they’ve been the best of the best for me), and started blogging.
Before long, I realized that wordpress was the easiest way to run a website. I scoured the web for more information. I watched some of the most boring tutorials I’ve ever seen. But I learned. A lot.
As I learned, it was tough to weed out who was worth listening to and who didn’t know what they were talking about. Much of my learning came from trial and error.
Pretty soon I was making sites for my friends’ businesses. Keep in mind, I am NOT a computer person. WordPress made it easy.
The necessity was born when my husband lost his job. He was sent home with a check that would cover a quarter of our bills due. First, I cried. A lot. Then, I called my best friend and cried some more.
Then, came the invention.
We needed money, and quick
That night my husband and I “invented” a company out of thin air. We googled contracts and invoices. We registered online with the secretary of state. Then we hit the pavement.
We walked around a small business showcase, listening to pitches. We handed out business cards still warm from cranking through our home printer. People complained to us about websites that were hard to manage, or how they were held hostage by their designer. They explained they were paying hundreds a month for services they didn’t understand how to use.
We charged $500 a pop, and used their logos in the headers. This is FAR less than a designer would charge, but we’re not designers. The appeal for the business owners was the super low price. We sent the new site owners to the most useful tutorials, where they learned quickly to manage their own site. We worked with chiropractors, yoga studio owners, landscapers, fitness instructors, public speakers, and more. We stayed up late into the night, customizing the invoices and contracts from the internet. We made enough to survive the three months that my husband was out of a job.
All because I decided to learn WordPress.
Are you desperate for money? Are you a stay at home mom that would like to make a little bit of extra money for your family?
- Learn wordpress.Then talk about it.
- Watch for opportunities to bring it up in conversation,
- Tell people youcreate websites and you charge a third of what a typical designer would charge.
- When someone says “What do you do?” never answer with “Oh, I’m just a stay at home mom, but sometimes I build websites.” Instead, confidently respond with “I create easy to use websites for small businesses. The best part is that I get to do it while staying home with the kids.”
Before long someone will respond with “Really?! That’s awesome because I really need a website for my business!” When you explain that you can create a site that they can manage, and that you charge a fraction of the price, AND that you can direct them to awesome video tutorials? You’ll have the sale in the bag. Let them pay you in installments if it’s easier for them. You will have people knocking down your door desperate for your offer.
There are thousands of ways to learn wordpress.
I’ve sought out an awesome tutorial that covers everything you could possibly know
It’s all in video format and organized into steps that will walk you through everything, from the very beginning to very advanced concepts. The videos are constantly updated when a change occurs in wordpress. You can watch them while your kids are in bed. During nap time. On your back porch while they play.
Best of all? I’m giving you backdoor access to the tutorials so you don’t have to pay anywhere near full price.
This is an affiliate link, this is part of the way I’m able to stay home with my kids. Thanks for helping me out. Believe me though, I would never exchange quality for a few bucks. I make sure that what I’m offering you is worth your money. If this is a stretch for you, please let me know, I’d still love to help.