This is the story of how Gary and I landed in Fort Collins at the end of 2006, and not only built our massage practice, but how we've started and successfully built several businesses, including online businesses.
The reason we share this, is because having an online component to our offline business has made it possible to share a lot of health information in our area of expertise and passion with a lot of people, literally around the world. We have also been able to incorporate more passive and residual income using the tool we used to build THIS website...and some people wanted to hear more. Making money online is not a fairy tale, we swear...it just requires the right tools and knowledge, which we found with Site Sell. SINCE I don't know html, or any programming language, or understand how to build a website from scratch. Everything you see here is built in a template-block system...SO...here's our story... :)
Gary and I have made decisions together quickly ever since ten days after our first date when we got engaged. Many thought we were crazy, and are eating their words, as we've been married since April 2002.
A month after our wedding, we visited Colorado and decided we would eventually have to live here...that was the only decision we've waited on, since we had already opened our new business in Northern Virginia. A year later, we had several massage therapists working with us, and ran a clinic with three treatment rooms, having grown our clientele base exponentially. Within three years, we won the Best of Herndon/Dulles award for our volunteer efforts, Outstanding New Business of the Year Award 2003, and Outstanding Business Citizens of the Year 2004. By the time we sold our business in '06, we had 10 Nationally Certified Massage Therapists working for us, and had a database of over 1300 clients.
But, I should probably back up...initially, our plan was to create a space for other massage therapists to do what they loved, to create *their* authentic practice. We ended up diverting from that plan, and were managing a huge business which took much of our personal time.
During the four years we owned that business, our daughter was born and we juggled our schedules at the office, so that one of us could always be with her. This was the best decision we ever made, but it meant we didn't have a whole lot of time together. So, when we had a date one night we realized that although we loved our business, the friends we worked with and our clients, we needed to spend more time together. One month from that night, we announced our decision to sell our business, our home, and move to Colorado. The response was universal...they hated that we were leaving, but knew it was a good choice for us.
The first buyer of the business fell through, and then one of our clients decided it was the time for her to buy a business. There is certainly nothing more flattering than having a client enjoy her experience in your business so much that she decides to live it. The pieces which all fell together to get us to Colorado was nothing short of Divine Order. We were very focused on our goal of living out west, and kept moving forward, even though we weren't sure how it was going to happen.
This adventure reminded us of a scene in one of the Indiana Jones movies, which has Harrison Ford stepping out into a chasm...and a stepping stone rises to meet his feet with every step. For instance, we didn't have a buyer for our business before we put our house on the market, but we just knew that we had to be committed to make our dream come to fruition.
We coordinated all the last minute plans so that we would arrive in Fort Collins for New Year's Eve...New Year, New Life, New Home, New Adventure. The symbolism for us was very powerful. Although Gary was trekking through crazy weather in Nebraska as the second monumental storm in two weeks tore through the states...he made it in time to join us for dinner. Mission accomplished!
We built our first large, successful, massage therapy business in Northern Virginia entirely off-line with networking. We had a pathetic little website that entire time, basically an online brochure. It was merely a place holder for directions, hours and rates. Not one person in FOUR YEARS ever *FOUND* us with the internet. With the creation of this website, we have learned how to share our knowledge, and the people who are looking for the specific service we provide to our business now find us through the internet. We do still network, and are present within our community, but it is no longer our sole source of 'getting the word out'. The format of this hosting service allowed us to learn everything we needed to know about getting found by search engines, and strategies to make it happen. Going out and networking to meet people and build business is something we know how to do...in fact, we teach other business people how to network and build relationships in their community, as well as run large networking groups in town! However, this website is THE MOST effective tool to allow new clients to find us. In all likelihood, you arrived here via Google. We publish information that makes sense to search engines, and can share our professional experience in a way that makes sense to potential clients. Nearly 85% of our new clients found us online. Many thousands more find our website each month for the information on pain patterns and stretches.
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Another great thing about our website businesses is that they are working 24/7. We have several ways to get paid for the information we share on our site, the key to doing THAT is driving traffic. We learned how to drive targeted traffic to our website, by sharing our knowledge, so that the people visiting might be interested in the products we have, or the products which are advertised on our site. We have received a 1099 from Google the last couple of years, and the income increases nearly every month.
Now, when we are sleeping, spending a day hiking or even on vacation, we are still drawing visitors in for the information we have to share, and making money.
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We lived in Colorado for
five years, and our family felt complete when our son joined us in 2008.
He was born at home, with a wonderful midwife. Our quality of life
has dramatically shifted for the better, since leaving the DC area. We
have family adventures every week...hiking and spending tons of time
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