When you first attempted to build your business online it probably was more difficult than you thought it would be. You tried some things and now you are ready to walk the steps of those who have gone before. The thing is, you don't really know how they did it!
You're in good company. MOST businesses want a better online presence. They just need a little help getting there.
That's where I come in.
I started Sparksmore for many reasons, but my greatest reason was so I could learn more about online marketing. I have worked for churches for the past 20 years and I have seen the rise of the Internet, and (unfortunately) the failure of the church to fully grasp the potential of it for spiritual development. So I decided to look into it myself. I have consumed articles and books for the past 5-7 years dealing with different philosophies and tactics of online growth. I learned a lot of theory, but that was all. I knew that if I really wanted to learn, there was no better way than to go do it myself.
Success breeds success. I know that when I reach a point of "online success" I will have more credibility to lead the way for churches to enter the 21st century and take full advantage of the incredible opportunities to serve others around us.
Let me tell you why this is great news for you. You see, my goal is not to cheat people or employ "get-rich-quick" schemes like a few shady marketers have done. I'm not suggesting that I am better than other people who have gone before me, but I am suggesting that there is a level of trust you can have for me beacuse of my reasons for being in business for myself. Naturally, I want to make money too. I love food and living inside structures that have a roof. And I will eventually retire, and I need to get ready for that. But my primary objective is to learn by doing.
Another reason this is good for you is that I love to teach! I learn best by gathering information and teaching it to others. I also feel the most alive when I am helping people learn something they have struggled to do!
I'm also open. I have made a decision that will cost me opportunities to help others at times, and it will cost me emotionally. It might even affect my image and harm my business to a degree. That decision was to be honest. I know--It's a novel idea!
Of course there are many other people who are honest, and I admire many honest people who work online. I am following their example.
I started off my first week or two pretending to be a guru. The idea "fake it till you make it" is very tempting! And while it might work for some, I can't do it. So I am coming at this as a learner, a fellow traveler, and an open one.
If you follow along in my blog, you are going to see stuff that will make you shake your head. I will embarrass myself and fail, probably a lot! I'll talk candidly about those times (without whining I hope!) and when I do, you will see that you can also make it.
I also hope you'll see a lot of "wins" too!
I explain a little more about this in an article called, "Journaling My Journey". If you'd like to read a little more about my story, please click the link below.
I hope you'll follow along by signing up for my email updates. You may never need my services, and I'm good with that. But if you'd like a friend to go along on this crazy journey through building an online business, I'm here for you!