All About Me

I come from a large family by today's standards and with so many of us in one house, it always seems like someone's birthday was rolling around. Not only have I been involved in a lot of birthdays over the years, I've attended, assisted with and hosted many events through the years. Coming from a big family, party planning, organizing and cooking for a crowd are just part of my DNA ... and I love to do it!

Also, my parents were very social people when I was growing up and it was rare to find our place empty on the weekends.  Usually, it was full of friends, laughter and good times. Seriously. My parents loved to party!

Later in life, I met my mother-in-law who was her own version of Martha Stewart before anybody even knew who Martha Stewart was.  She did entertaining right and even had a cool gadget called a Cuisine Art!!  Ha ha!  What I'm trying to say is, that was a few years ago. :-)  Needless to say, I believe I've had party training from some of the best!

Some of you may notice I'm a new webmaster for this site and I'm so pleased to be here. This is such a happy, wonderful site, brimming with great ideas, I couldn't resist taking it over!

Now that I'm here, I'm at your service! Please use my contact form if there's anything you need or information you seek, but cannot find. I'll do my best to help you.  I'll also be updating the articles where necessary and putting my own touches on things. I hope you like my style!

I have so many ideas and love to help people and believe what goes around comes around.  I hope my ideas and recommendations help and you'll find me a good source of information that you can share with your friends.  I am creating a mecca for planning the perfect 50th birthday and it is a labor of love.

This is a Place for Creative, Entrepreneurial People

I know a lot of people who visit here are creative types. That's why I provide lots of material for you to DIY your 50th birthday plans. 

I also know some of you have an entrepreneurial flare.  Because of that, I believe you will benefit from what I am about to share.

You may or may not know that this site is a business I run out of my kitchen, which is very appropriate because most of my recipes are created and tested there! I just told you the story of how this business came about for me, but there's more history that could help YOU.

I found this site while using SBI. SBI stands for Solo Build It, which is a subscription service for folks who want to build an online business. I was in the member forums one day, which are located here, and that's where I found out about this gorgeous site for sale.  

The Solo Build It forums are a place where people help each other with online business ideas. Members give and receive encouragement and inspiration as they build their online business with Solo Build It. You meet great people there and learn an abundance of very helpful information. It's like a group of friends, actually.

I'm telling about this because if you're the creative type, like me, and want to find a way to use your talent to make extra money or even possibly replace a job at some point, you really should give Solo Build It a try.

I started Solo Build It back in 2006 and based my first site on ghost stories.  I'm fairly good with computers, but I'd never built a website before. Because of SBI's training and the wonderful inspiration from the Solo Build It forums, I was able to make my ghost stories site very popular. I had amazing traffic levels and made money in my sleep. Not bad for a complete newbie.

One day, someone approached me with an offer to buy my site. I turned them down because that site was my baby, it was making money and I loved it.  But they came back and asked me how much money it would take for me to be willing to sell.

My First Online Business

I replied with a number I thought they'd never accept, but imagine my surprise when they did!  Wow! Solo Build It had not only given my family and me...

  • Improved finances,
  • Better vacations,
  • Better Christmases, and
  • A brand new car,

it had now helped me pay off all my debts!  It was never in my mind to think I could do that, but like magic, my debts were gone.  I joined the "debt-free club" and it changed my life.

That was several years ago, and being debt-free has opened a lot of doors for my family and me.  That was one of the happiest times in my life.

The Best Place for Online Business

I know Solo Build It is the best place to start and grow an online business because I've proven it to myself.

After I sold my site, I took time off site-building to move and buy a house. Then I decided to start again, but this time, I grabbed Wordpress and went off on my own. I'd learned enough at SBI to do some programming and build websites from scratch. So, I figured I'd apply my SBI knowledge to my new venture. That's when I discovered Solo Build It really is the best online business builder anywhere.

I know a lot of people love Wordpress. It's an okay platform and it's definitely flexible, but it's lacking in ways that make business-building a headache. There are constantly updates to do and backups to make. Sure, you can use an auto-updater, but if there's a conflict, it can cause problems like having your site go down.  For. Days. Until. You. Notice. It. 

In fact, I finally took my last site down from Wordpress because it got hacked - right before my eyes. This, despite having paid for a security plug-in and having moved to expensive, highly supportive hosting!  The security folks were constantly asking for more money, so you get forced into paying more and more but get hacked anyway.

Terrible! Anyway, this all boils down to the fact that you get tied to your business, which, if you've ever owned one, can be like a prison sentence. When you can't ever step away from your work, you can burn out. :(

To add even more pain, the Wordpress plugins don’t always work together and there are lots of open doors for money-grubbing. Everywhere you look, someone is trying to sell you something.

Why?  How? 

Well, it's an open source platform, so anybody can build modules for it and put them up for sale. Just because there is a widely visited marketplace with WP, that doesn't mean everybody selling there is interested in quality.  Some people care more about the money than about you and customer reviews can be faked. So there is risk.

And as I said, there can be conflicts that make your site go down. When that happens, you have to find the conflicting modules and deactivate it/them so you can get your site back up. Somebody could say that's not a big deal, but if you're busy, it is the biggest pain in the derriere you could ever imagine. And stressful!!  There some very good modules, too, and very good people, too. But the bad apples make it unpredictable.

With Solo Build It, you get everything in one place, which means everything works together. The tech guys watch your site from behind the scenes and make sure it doesn't go down.  You don't have to worry about hackers or bad guys attacking your site. You can leave it for days or weeks (even years) and it will be there when you get back. Although, it's not a good idea to leave your business unattended for that long. :-)

With Solo Build It, you learn to get free, organic traffic and lots of it. In fact, some people get 10s of thousands of visitors a day and more. But unlike other web hosts, you don't get charged more when you become successful. Your pricing never changes at Solo Build It and customers have not seen a price increase in a very, very long time. I've been there since 2006 (12 years!) so prices don't go up every year like they do with other hosts.

You get the sitebuilder that allows you to create beautiful sites using highly customizable templates or you can create something from scratch. The dashboard and tools are so much easier to use than Wordpress, I can't even begin to tell you.  The only thing Wordpress does that SBI doesn't is, you can't reach the back-end of the site through the front-end of a page. But I live with that.

Where to Get More Info on Solo Build It

At any rate, I could go on, but I think you get the idea. If you're interested in finding out about SBI, use this link. It will take you to a page where you can learn more about it. 

Or you can contact me through my contact form here. I would be happy to share more information or answer questions.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program...

Thank you so much for visiting. Let's party, shall we?

-Brenda

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