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What It’s Really Like Starting a Small Web Business vs. What People Think It’s Like.

Since I just recently started my business, I’m super busy trying to market it and get it off the ground.  I’ve noticed from talking to friends, family, and acquaintances that many of them seem to think that when you put up a website and try to sell something, people just show up and you know, buy stuff.  After my site had been up for something like a week or two, people were asking me if I was getting a lot of sales.  Um…no.  Not likely after just a couple of weeks in business.  I think that when most people picture small business owners, even new ones, they must picture that we’re doing this:

But let’s face it, those of us who have done it know that it’s more like this at the beginning:

 

And the majority of our day involves not collecting money, but this:

That, plus a lot of emailing, phone calling, begging while trying to make it look like we’re not begging, etc.  Glamorous, isn’t it?

On top of that I’m raising a 20 month old.

And on top of that, I’ve got a full time job as an engineer.

I’m so busy that half the time I’m forgetting to do things like…pay the electric bill.  Oops.  But you know what?  This business is my dream, and it’s so worth all the extra effort.  I am determined to make it work.  I just don’t want people thinking this is easy money.