Entrepreneur Spotlight: How to Successfully Juggle Full-time Career, Online and Offline Business



By Melissa Makris, approachwellness.com

Tell us about your website, www.approachwellness.com. When and why did you start your site?

I started this site in February of 2008. I had recovered from some debilitating health issues and I had a strong desire to share what I had learned on my way back to health.  I wanted to show that small changes could result in large health gains.

What do you enjoy most about being an online business owner?

I think the best part is the passive income. Before SBI! I was of the mindset that work was proportional to pay. The online world showed me that if I put a lot of work in up front, I could sit back and enjoy the rewards for years to come. It is still exciting to see a large commission come in when I am at my job or while I was sleeping!

So far, what has been the biggest challenge for you?

When it comes to this site, I have an issue with complacency. Approach Wellness has done well for me over the years, but it can do so much better. I feel guilty knowing that I am leaving money on the table, yet it has been a struggle for me to realize my site’s full potential. I keep working at it.

At one point I even listed my site for sale. I hadn’t worked on it in years and I thought my time would be better spent focusing on something else. When I tried to shore up the income to make it more attractive to prospective buyers, I was blown away at the additional income I found. Needless to say, I decided to keep it.

Editor’s Note:

Are you leaving money on the table with your website and e-business, like Melissa had done? If you are struggling with monetizing your site to its full potential, mark your calendars! August will be “monetization month” here at the SiteSell Blog.

Why did you choose SBI! to build your website / online business?

For years I had always wanted to build a website. Well, not just any old website, but a successful website. Even back then I knew that it was very easy to put up a site that no one ever visited.

Still, knowing what you want and getting there are completely different animals.  I would start researching the process only to become confused, disheartened and overwhelmed. I wanted to get it right the first time around and I was getting too much conflicting information to be confident in moving forward.

That all changed the day I found SBI!. Still, I waited a few days before ordering. It seemed too good to be true and I did a little more research on it before committing to the $299. That price tag, which seemed so large at the time, is just a drop in the bucket now compared to the total income the site brings in every year.

With the rise of mobile traffic, what steps have you done to give your visitors the best experience on their smart phones and tablets?

Let’s see…I clicked on Mobilize It! and I was done!  This is just one of the many things I love about SBI!. They’ve got our backs when it comes to keeping us updated and prepared for any and all changes the web might throw our way. This allows me to focus on other more important things (like feeling guilty for not working on my site


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