One of my new favorite blogs is Walden Effect I like that they live in an old mobile home that looks like the one I used to live in and I like that they are making a living with their own business and hard work. I am also glad that I don't live in my old mobile home anymore because sometimes it felt like putting money in to it was just throwing money away.
Anna from Walden Effects writes how-to books and she wrote one on Microbusiness. I bought it and read it. It was a good start but I wanted more.
Last week I stumbled on this blog called My Wife Quit Her Job . I was a little annoyed by the advertising over-kill but I found the blog to be immensely helpful and inspiring. Now I want to open an online store. I don't know if I would or will pay $500 for his complete online business course but maybe I will later on if I get to that point where I need help.
I have actually always wanted to sell some sort of craft but craft shows are not my thing and etsy and ebay are too crowded. You know, even back when I was a teenager, I wanted to sell something. I got Teen magazine and there were advertisements in the back where people said to send $1 for recipes or hair tips or some sort of booklet. I wanted to do that. It is much easier now with online stores. I have an idea too. I'm not going to say what it is yet but I found a source to buy from and I want to put items together and sell kits and maybe later sell some that I have put together. The best part about selling kits is that I just need good instructions and packaging. It shouldn't take too long to put them in a box and ship as opposed to selling finished crafts or pieces of art.
The first steps are to get a business license and then set up an online store. The good thing is that I can do this from home while I still have my full time job. I only need to make $650 profit per month to equal a part time job. I don't think that is an unrealistic expectation. I don't expect to do it right away but hopefully within the first year. If I reach that point then I can quit my full time job and put more effort in to the online business. If I can't reach that $650 per month goal in a year then I am doing something wrong.
We will see how long my enthusiasm can keep me motivated. Today I filled out the form to register my business name. Tomorrow I can send it in with a $10 check. I need to keep close tabs on the money that I spend on this business because I don't want it to interfere with my savings plan. One way or another I want to be working part time next year.