Tuesday, February 5, 2019

My Amazon Business

A little over a year ago, I posted this blog entry, about my humble and frankly, embarrassing story of going from welfare to out of debt and profitable in record time. For a "Catholic Infertility Blog Turned Single Catholic Mom Blog," this rags to riches story went surprisingly viral, quickly. I had people who had never before commented on my blog, some long time readers, some former infertiles, some never-infertiles, some brand new visitors, reaching out asking for more information. I was floored.

Today, I wish to expand on the story of my business, and my ever-strengthening faith and gratitude in God for putting the right people in the right path at the right time.

As many of you know by now, my mother passed away August 2018, after a recurrence of cancer that was diagnosed earlier last year. My business was steadily growing up to that point, and I was working "in" it roughly an hour or two a day, sometimes more for involved projects. When the diagnosis came in, I made the decision to leave the 1-bedroom apartment I shared with my son, and move in with my mom and dad, 10 minutes up the road. With no driving needed, I could devote myself to her care 24/7. For me, it was a no-brainer decision. But in the back of my mind, I thought... well, I may have to REBUILD my business when all is said and done.

As the days turned to weeks and the weeks turned to months, my time spent in the business became less and less, while care for Mom became more and more intensive. She went on home hospice by late June, but the professionals' visits were minimal. Dad and I were the primary care-givers. Soon, I noticed that days would pass when I hadn't done anything, even the bare minimum maintenance, for my business. Again, it wasn't a priority and I thought I'd just let it lose money slowly until I could rebuild it.

Except... it never lost money. The business, and the automations I had put in place well before my mother became sick, were STILL WORKING for me. When I'd check my accounts, everything was just as it had been. No loss of revenue. I began to relax about it and focus more on home, my mother, and my son. I was there in some of the most vulnerable, most heart-piercing moments in my mother's deterioration, I was there to pray with her, to give her medications, to play music for her, to calm and soothe her, to go shopping for anything she craved, and to BE with her.

For that... there is no price on earth that would have been too great.

But, I paid NO PRICE.

After her passing, the entire month of August was a blur, for me... I know I didn't even open (or absorb) any emails or even check my Seller account... nothing. I was in a complete daze. Sometime in the Fall, I began to ease back into things, and it was then that I realized what an incredible business model I had. I had, and quite easily I might add, built a business that literally ran itself. This is something most people hear about, and strive for, but actually knowing the benefit of that was something I had not been privy to until that moment.  I was swept away in the gratitude of having found this business model and been able to create something that allowed me to experience the most precious moments of my entire life. Which I will carry in my heart for the rest of my days.

Due to the overwhelming response from that post over a year ago, I will once again be hosting Dan Meadors on a Webinar this Thursday, Feb 7th.  I will post a link here once ready! 

On Thursday, we will talk about the logistics of selling on Amazon FBA, what it takes to get started, the business model both Dan and I do (Wholesale model), and other common questions and concerns.
(I haven't decided whether it will be Live or not, so if you do have questions for me or Dan and it isn't Live, feel free to post them in the comments, here!)

In the meantime, for those wanting to learn more about Dan and his business partner Eric, please feel free to Join their Facebook Group where you can also register for their upcoming Free Workshop on Wholesale.

As always, thanks for reading and I hope this can help you as much as it has helped me and Robbie :)

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