My First Year in Business – The Truth

first year in business

The truth about my first year in business – it’s been a tough road, but the most rewarding and empowering.

I almost chickened out on writing this. Because honestly, when everyone we follow seems to be raking in the 6 and 7 figures in their first year in business, who wants to listen to someone who’s rocking… 4?

But then I thought, you know what… I’m not talking to Tony Robbins or Gary Vee here…

I’m talking to you.

You, who probably appreciates a little realness and honesty more than anything else.

So here it is. A quick recap of the truth about my first year in business…

It went a little something like this:

First year in businessSTAGE 1 (Spring 2015)

>> Sign up for Online Marketing Course.
>> Sign up for MLM business, because I had no idea what else I was going to do or sell.
>> Sign up for Autoresponder and LeadPages Landing page software to build a list

STAGE 2 (Summer 2015)

>> Quit my job – while still trying to figure stuff out – and not really having a plan
>> Spent $15000 on training and advertising
>> Cry
>> Realise I had a whole lot more to learn
>> Get Facebook ad account shutdown (If this has happened to you – then you need to read this)
>> Cry
>> Workout how to start new Facebook ad account

STAGE 3 (Autumn 2015)

>> Learn, Learn, Learn
>> Create successful and compliant Facebook Ads (hooray)
>> Decide on a marketing spend
>> Start building a list
>> Create a website
>> Meet other people in our community and realise how awesome it is

STAGE 4 (Winter 2016)

>> Consistent marketing
>> Learn how to master social media platforms
>> Get my first sale
>> Rejoice over first $20 as if it were $1 million.
>> Have first $1,000 month
>> Start teaching online marketing
>> Wonder why it took me so long to do all these things.

Moral of the story is that the BEST investment of my first year in business was actually in myself. I have an incredible skill set now that I can use and pass on to others.

The most amazing and unexpected side product of my journey was the INCREDIBLE people who’ve inspired me, supported me, challenged me, encouraged me, surprised me… All of whom I have met through the online marketing.

But when we’re knee deep in the first year technological tornado, it’s easy to lose sight of that – That we’re talking to real people – like you


On 24th April 2016 – I discover the Super Affiliate Network!  Hallelujah!!!!  In my first week – I made $1000, in my second week I had made a total of $4500 I am now in my 3rd week and I have made $7000!!

I now know how to make good money online!!!!

Now, I have come full circle, and I know where I’m headed. I would love it if you joined me on this journey.

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  • Dave Menzies

    Reply Reply 7th April 2016

    Its not often (outside of SFM and DEA of course) that you find this kind of honesty in the internet business world or what is cringingly dubbed “making money online”. Well done you on NOT chickening out of writing this so – a decision that I’m sure will benefit many people. Cheers, Dave

    • Karen Richardson

      Reply Reply 7th April 2016

      Cheers Dave, I look forward to writing the blog post for year 2 – I think it will be a different story 🙂

  • Ness

    Reply Reply 20th April 2016

    Wow… thanks Karen…. it just goes to show, its not all plain sailing. Love your honesty… thank you for a great review 🙂

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