nice meeting you and thanks for stopping by!
My name is Stina Pettersson. I am originally from Sweden, but now reside in Miami, Florida, since 4.5 years back. I am an affiliate marketer, Amazon FBA seller, eCommerce store owner, web- and graphic designer.
I am also a dancer, which has been my passion for over 21 years. I used to work professionally, but got injured when I tore my ACL in the right knee rehearsing for a show and 1 year later also tore the ACL in the left knee, so now it is a hobby instead.
I started this blog about a year ago as an affiliate marketer. I have since then been private labeling my own product and sold it using Amazon FBA. I have worked with dropshipping and seen the good and the bad with it. I was just (January 15, 2018) featured in the e-Book: Affiliate Marketing Secrets – 110 Of The World’s Top Affiliate Marketers Spill Their Secrets To Master Affiliate Marketing Now. Very flattering indeed.
Where am I heading now? I am moving towards online retail – selling big brand name products on Amazon – which I will tell you more about in upcoming articles.
If you are thinking about becoming an Amazon seller, this article (one of my first articles) is a perfect guideline:
How To Sell On Amazon For Beginners – Follow My Journey Private Labeling A Product To Sell On Amazon
What Took You Here? Let Me Guess!
Since you are reading this right now I guess you are either:
1. Tired of your current job and the dreadful 9 to 5 “hamster wheel”.
2. You are unemployed and are looking for a job.
3. You are an entrepreneur and want to start your own business, but does not know with what exactly.
4. Dreaming of a more flexible lifestyle, more free time to travel and do things you love, but still make a good income.
5. Or you just want to make a living from home – from your sofa, or wherever you feel comfortable.
6. You are a stay at home parent that loves the fact that you are spending more time with your family, but wants to bring in $.
7. You want to sell products on your website, but you do not have a product of your own to sell.
As you are reading this, I hope to be able to help you to live the life you dream of – and while working towards that goal – do so from home together with your beloved family.
How Is Making A Living From Home Possible You May Think?
Let me answer this question by first telling you my story on how I started my journey becoming an entrepreneur and a successful online marketer. Maybe you will be inspired, that would make my day.
How Did I Get Into The World Of
For starters, I have a career as a marketing consultant for 17 years back home in Sweden.
A good career that definitely helped me reaching where I am today, running a smaller marketing agency:Face It Design & Marketing, and 2 online businesses: Make a Living From Home in 2017 and Get Happy e-Deals.
I was the person that did NOT fit the “hamster wheel” of working 9 to 5 day in and day out. I dreaded to go to an impersonal office environment everyday and just count the hours until I was finally back home again.
I was lucky enough to start my working career, after collage, at an IT business where my manager was okay with me working from home at least 1 day a week. Most of the computer technicians were working from home sometimes, so he could not discriminate.
When moving on to my next position as an international marketing consultant at a dust extraction company, I negotiated this benefit to stay if they desired to hire me for the job. Even though I had a better situation than many other people, I still dreaded to be at the office, having to deal with power greedy superiors and inflexible company structures.
I was longing to get out of this life degrading cycle! Talk about being dumbed down by the system. This “hamster wheel living” is a way for “those people” ruling this world to keep us under control. Yes, I am AWAKE, but this is another conversation.
Also to be my own boss and work from the welcoming, warm, and loving atmosphere of my home. My home is my castle, so I love to be home. I knew that I would achieve this, some way or another. A dream and a goal that kept me going!
My Goal – Have My Own Business And Be My Own Boss
Another factor that contributed to me wanting to be my own boss and work from home was my babies. I have been a dog owner for more than 20 years.
I love my dogs like they were my kids, and I want to make sure they have the best dog life possible. Most dog people know that a dog is never happy without its owner and shall preferably not be left alone. At least no longer than 4 to 5 hours a day.
A regular full time employment demands you to be away from home for 8 to 9 hours a day, plus travel time back and forth to work.
I have paid so much for doggy daycare during the years as an employee. It cost me hundreds of $ every month to have someone taking care of my precious babies. When all I wanted, was to stay home with them, away from disruptions and bad work environments, while also working more efficiently from my home office.
At my last job their facilities had mold, but they never took care of it, so I ended up getting asthma from that place. I was constantly sick with cold flu and other illnesses while working there. How can you not fix an hazardous, toxic, situation like that?! The irony in this is that they manufacture air cleaners and big source extraction systems, and still not taking care of their own people.. We have a saying in Sweden (I do not know if you are using anything similar here in the U.S. but it will be translated something like this): “The shoemaker’s kids have the most damages shoes”.
I guess the company wanted to save money to every extent and completely ignored this issue. Well, when they get sick in the future, they will certainly regret it. I got better just by leaving that environment and after moving to the warm climate in Florida I am healthy as a pee like they say.
Now I can enjoy spending time with my babies, Abigail & Max.
I Dare to Claim That You Work Much More Efficient From Home!
With no interruptions from coo-workers – who come to “chit chat” and drink their coffee in your room because they want to avoid their work duties and annoying bosses that are up in your face way too often – you can focus on work and get your tasks done 10 times faster.
Do not get me wrong, I am not socially handicapped. I loved to come to work and hang out with my friends, but you could hardly do that the whole day. I also knew that I would see them away from work. One thing though – I may not have met them if it would not be for my years as an employee – so that I am grateful of.
When running a home based business you have to be good at meeting people in other situations, or connect with people that work with the same type of business as you.
I Took The Leap And Started My Own Business Part Time At First
Like many others, I did not dare to just throw myself out there without a lifeline, so I started my 1st business part time at first. It did not take many months until I decided to “jump on the train” and fully invest my time in my business.
In fact, I got some help with the extra kick in my butt needed to get going when my employer I had worked for the last 5 years, started to feel threatened by my side business and said they would withdraw my benefit of working from home once a week.
Although, I told them from start I was only interested in the position if my benefit of working from home would follow to this new position, they now told me they had changed their minds and wanted me at the office full-time.
They told me an excuse I found very distrusting for someone that had been working with 110 percent effort and dedication throughout the 5 years…Namely, that they could not know if I was working with my own business on regular work hours if I was not at the office.
This accusation was incredible stupid, since I sent a copy to my manager of everything I did when working from home, and always produced more than double of the normal work load to earn this flexibility.
I questioned my manager about this and he agreed on the fact that I seemed to work harder from home, but that it was the owner’s decision to withdraw this benefit. I literary raised up from my chair, starred at my manager and his little watchdog, who was there to support him when I said my last words, and told them both to bugger off.
I gathered my personal things from the office, said good bye to my friends and colleagues, and never returned. My employer got shocked by this reaction and told me when I went back just to bring the key that this was not the outcome they had expected.
They thought this would make me put my own business a side and focus on my job as an employee fully with them. They surely did NOT know me!
I have a huge drive and am self-confident in what I have to offer professionally. I knew I did a great job for them and that I would be missed, but they decided to treat me unfair, which I do not accept in any circumstances.
But, do I thank them now….OH YEAH!! This was the push I needed to start living my dream.
Here I Am Today – A Happy Business Owner – You Can Do It Too!
I have never been more satisfied with my life. I decide my own work hours. I am at home with my babies and can go for long hikes in nature parks with them every day.
I plan my day as I want… that is the way to do it when you are your own boss! I love saying that: I am a boss!
I do not have to deal with inflexible, power greedy superiors, or the workplace bully (admit it – there is ALWAYS someone that is behaving badly and that you just cannot stand).
I love my current job! I love every minute of it, so it does not feel difficult to put in the effort needed. It does take effort being your own.
How To Get Started Building Your Own Business?
I will personally help you get started and will be your support system all the way. Just hit me up at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The path I took to get started – after by a coincidence reading a blog post about affiliate marketing – was signing up with the Wealthy Affiliate University. Their program is good, but a bit expensive in the long run. They charge $49/month. I learn a lot, but since I moved more towards eCommerce, I quit the program after some months.
Many of my early articles promote this program trying to make commissions from their Boot Camp. I was never successful with it though. It is very hard to sell this program. Maybe because of the monthly cost.
Like mentioned, the direction I took during and after the training is mainly eCommerce. I started my eCommerce store some months ago with my partner, James. Get Happy e-Deals offers the best deals and bargains daily 24/7. Our goal is to provide excellent customer service.
I feel extra proud to have built the web shop myself. Check it out!
We are also still expanding our business on Amazon – using both FBA and FBM.
I hope to hear from you!