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About this website: How did writing a few thank you notes turn into developing a gigantic thank you note website? Very slowly.

After my second son was born, I got laid off from my job. My husband and I weren't sure if we could swing it on one income but thought we'd give it a try so I became a full-time stay-at-home mom. I loved it! I mean if you've had babies you know I wasn't exactly sleeping late and eating bon bons all day but I so enjoyed doing things on my own schedule, or at least my babies' schedule.

It didn't take long, however, to grow a little antsy. Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Wiggles, pushing the stroller around the block, reading Curious George... that's all good stuff. But I felt this kind of annoying need to do something else with my "spare" time.

So I decided to parlay my web and writing skills into a website. I browsed online to see how one might do this and found a tool called SiteSell. The infomercially homepage made me wary but the money-back guarantee was reassuring. My husband said, "Even if you don't get your money back, you need a hobby. Buy it." Not sure what I was doing to make him come to that conclusion.

So I threw the $299 charge on the credit card and got down to business. I read the manual ("Action Guide") slowly and thoroughly. Even though I had a somewhat technical background, I appreciated that the Action Guide spoke to me as if I'd never touched a computer before. There was also an online message board where I could post questions or read others'.

It really was nice to have a hobby again. Even nicer a few months later when I made a little money off it. Five years later my hobby is still going strong.

I still host it at Solo Build It even though people tell me I can host it for free somewhere else because these Solo Build It people are like a little virtual family. The $299 annual fee is more than covered my my monthly earnings and I like that it's a one-stop shop; when you sign up, you get instructions, software, support, templates, literally daily updates on what you might need to succeed. Even when I'm too busy to take advantage of it, it's nice to know it's there.

I still call myself a stay-at-home mom even though I make a respectable income. I am thankful for getting laid off because I never would have tried this otherwise, and it's a great way to live.

If you're considering giving it a try, don't quit your day job immediately-- but honestly, you might be able to eventually.

Good luck to you!

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