With this SBI Review, I would like to tell you my e-business journey.
Nine years ago, in 2008, I began pondering the idea of writing a book about project management. What I could bring in was fifteen years of project management and sales experience as well as another nine years of experience as a consultant, coach and trainer of project managers and their teams. My primary goal was passing on my experience to interested readers, my secondary goal was to creating another source of income – via that book – for the time after my retirement. Being employed with a multi-national company in a job and position I really loved, it was obvious that writing my book could only become a free time activity.
I started to research classical publishing and self-publishing methods and channels. This led me to e-publishing. But there was still one question that kept me worrying: how could I test my writing skills and the attractivity of my content?
Discussing this question with my family, friends and colleagues, it occurred to me that I could create a website with that project management content and analyze its acceptance and the feedback for it in order to get some feeling about what to write and how to write it, before beginning to write.
Originally, I was looking for the best solution in terms of
This was when Site Build It, or SBI in short, came into my view: I followed a link to a website whose owner explained some of the basics of building an online business including a successful web presence. Finally, she recommended using SBI!.
Her site looked good, provided a lot of very useful and interesting content. So, I followed her recommendation and started immediately studying the material SBI offered on several pages of their site. What I found there was a wealth of references, case studies and tools, essentially everything I was looking for, plus the explicit commitment to help me with going beyond creating just a website but rather building an online business, for 25 USD per month plus a money-back guaranty during the first 90 days in case I was not satisfied. Was this my jackpot?
Back then, in late 2008, reading through SBI’s material, the first thing that struck my mind was this: instead of only testing my writing skills and content for publishing a project management book, I could step up to building a successful online business. I recognized that this “test” could become the real thing itself.
With this insight at the beginning of my SBI review, I began to see their offers with different eyes. In none of all the other website builder presentations did I ever find anything about my chances as their customer or user to become successful using their products. Only SBI could show how they would support me, what I had to contribute and gave me references to other customers of SBI (= SBIers) who did it already successfully.
For me it came down to two convincing aspects SBI mentioned explicitly:
Central to the SBI concept of a successful e-business was – and is – the C-T-P-M model, a model that describes how, or for what purpose, people use the internet, and how this insight could help someone like me building an e-business:
The second most important thing I found was – and is – the Action Guide, which I had to follow if I wanted to build my e-business correctly, from the beginning. The Action Guide consists of an introduction, followed by ten steps, or “days”, as SBI call them.
For building my website, SBI!recommended I should go through these steps in that order. To conclude my SBI!review, and before making my decision, I wanted to know if the Action Guide (AG) matched the picture of my project “build a website around my topic”. Here is a diagram of how I mapped the ten steps to a general project management process (PM):
Days 1 and 2 correspond to definition phase, days 3, 4 and 5 to planning phase, days 6 and 7 to implementation phase, and days 8 and 9 to closure phase. I called my project
“Initial build-out of the website www.project-management-knowhow.com”.
Since I considered this a typical IT project, it was obvious that there would be several iterations I had to go through. It also seemed that day 10 of the AG, monetization, had to wait until I could offer enough content and extras that pre-sell, which was also clearly mentioned in the AG. The expected result of this project became this website, comprising approximately fifty pages with “real” content, plus roughly thirty additional elements you, my visitors, would find useful as well. The very good match of the AG to the general project management process was a big PLUS, so that I could finish my first SBI review.
At that point, I had a very good feeling about SBI’s offer, decided to give it a try and signed up on December 24, 2008. Less than two weeks later, the domain name of my website was already registered, and I was in “full swing” as a writer in my after-work time, creating page after page.
During those first four or five months, I did not yet fully comprehend the abundance and usefulness of all the material and tools available through my subscription with SBI. Strictly following the AG, I spent most of my time – after work – with using
However, I totally missed another tool set, called TrafficCenter – I was just too busy with my day job and my new night job: writing. When I finally got aware of that traffic analysis tool, around June 2009, I found –to my big surprise – that my website had already tens of visitors per day, and this number was growing.
“Hmm, so, that promise is kept”, I said to myself, with a little smile, and decided to go back to my desk writing and creating more content.
This was THE moment when I gained full trust in SBI and their concept, with all its details.
By the end of October 2009, I completed the initial build-out of my website and started with exploring and implementing monetization options and the development of products (MakeIt did not exist, yet). Within only a few months, revenue was covering all my cost, plus a bit, while making sure that I met the business conduct guidelines of my employer – I still loved my day job.
Today, as of July 2017, SBI stands for Solo Build It. They address all solopreneurs, aka entrepreneurs who work alone. SBI truly claim to offer
“the only all-in-1 package of step-by-step process, software tools, comprehensive guidance, 24/7 support and ‘auto-updating’ that enables solopreneurs to build profitable online businesses”.
So far, my site is in a state that covers all my cost for running it, plus some more to enable software purchases for my “coding adventures” and app building. I keep it this way, because I still love my day job and take the business conduct guidelines coming with it very seriously. However, thanks to SBI’s e-business building suite, I have a well-developed and sustainable platform that eventually will allow me to ramp up monetization quickly, and – I have no doubt – significantly.
So, nearly nine years after I found SBI, I can state: this is my jackpot!
Here, my SBI review could be complete.
Currently, there are numerous so-called SBI reviews circulating the web, which follow a simple structure:
If you stumbled over such “reviews” already, simply quick-check them for clear references to their “successful” e-business examples or websites or other hard evidence. I bet you won’t find any. In this case, file them in the “circular file”, just as you would with any other get-rich-fast scheme.
Meanwhile, SBI conducted a very thorough comparative study, which does provide compelling proof that the SBI approach, as a whole, works most successfully. Surf there and check it out yourself, these are the hard facts.
Read some – or maybe all – of the SBI success stories of real people who created a profitable and valuable e-business. They show you vividly how they did it – and that speaks volumes.
I am not an SBI affiliate and I am not receiving any payment for this SBI review. This is my own personal account in form of my journey as an SBI subscriber.