The Hummingbird Guide Creators, Jim & Ruth .....
Let us introduce ourselves, tell our story of how we came to love hummingbirds and share the inspiration of this website.
NOTE: We never realized how hard it would be to write about ourselves and personal history until we attempted this but....................HERE GOES!
We met in college as a junior and sophmore, discovered our mutual affection for nature and the outdoors, fell in love, married at a very young age and the rest is history!......
actually it is now 48 years of history together. We celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary on September 4, 2019.
During these 48 years together, because we both have a self-sufficient and independent nature we started our lives together by immediately moving away from home. We resumed college and graduated with degrees in education.
Then......loaded up the Volkswagon Bus and went on our way traveling through New England looking for our way in life. There was something different when we were traveling through Vermont....... There were no billboards along the highways! Billboards aren't allowed in the state of Vermont.
As we traveled along the many dirt roads we enjoyed the beautiful mountains and rural countryside. We were drawn to the beauty of Vermont and the quality of life it had to offer. As a result we settled in Vermont, bought a log house, hung a hummingbird feeder, started a family and never left. We enjoyed the outdoors and the wildlife, planted vegetable and flower gardens, hiking, camping, fishing and befriended the hummingbird!
We became fascinated with these amazing birds. We needed to learn everything we could about attracting and caring for hummingbirds. The more we learned, the more curious we became with their interesting behavior and characteristics. We spent years researching hummingbirds learning all we could.
Vermont is a beautiful rural state but jobs aren't plentiful here. We came to the conclusion: If you want a job in Vermont, start one yourself. We had "jobs a-la-carte" so to speak. Ruth worked part-time teaching and was a part-time at home Mom. Jim worked part-time in construction while exercising our entrepreneurial spirit and started our carpet cleaning business.
Life has a way to spin on a dime. Ruth was diagnosed with Type 1
diabetes when she was 40 years old. Consequently, its a very expensive
disease to maintain and hard to manage. Working at home was a helpful
way to control her disease. The carpet cleaning business was a way to
work from home doing the scheduling and bookwork.
We did fine until this economic recession of 2008 took its toll on our small business. We then realized we needed to come up with something to add to our income. Also, our retirement years are approaching and realized we will need to supplement our income when we reach this plateau.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life that you imagined." Henry David Thoreau
Because of our fascination with hummingbirds, a desire to share our knowledge and meet other hummingbird enthusiasts, we became excited about the possibility of starting a website business about hummingbirds.
We thought of starting an internet business rather than a "brick and mortor" business. By doing so, we could reach a much larger potential customer base beyond the small rural state of Vermont. We started to accumulate many books about starting an internet business and discovered several publications highly recommended SBI which stands for Site-Build-It. SBI requires no programming or web design skills to build a successful internet business. We had no such skills and discovered SBI could take our hands and walk with us through the process of starting our own internet business. We learned about all the successful people who built websites through SBI. We saw how we could share our passion of hummingbirds and build a web business at the same time. We discovered any passion can turn into a successful website with SBI.
Everyone dreams about the freedom of working from home and quitting their "day jobs". SBI constantly gets emails from those who have done just that........quit their day jobs!.
Take a look at the results of hundreds of other real people just like us who started their own home business with SBI.
All these people have SBI sites that are in the top 1% of the most successful websites on the internet!
We still have several years to retirement but "NOW" was the time to take action for those years. The financial investment needed to start with SBI was minimal and totally risk free. There was nothing to loose since SBI has a full money back guarantee so we figured it was worth a shot. The only tools needed was a computer. And this tool could be taken anywhere there is internet connect ability. Our retirement will be one with mobility and not the disability of being locked in to a regular job to supplement our retirement. We can take our passion and job/business with us wherever we go.
My father always told me, "Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." Jim Fox
We can spend time with our grand daughter and family, travel leisurely and pick our own hours to work. If you want to call it work!......I never thought FUN could also be WORK!
It doesn't seem like work when you are having fun with something you love. This website will make us retirees with mobility and freedom rather than with the disabilities of locked into a 9 to 5 job!
If you are getting close to or already retired......
you may be looking for a new challenge, supplemental income or freedom and mobility.........
then take look at these people in your same situation who are enjoying a challenge and income from an SBI web business.
There are thousands of CASE STUDIES how Solo Build It worked for so many people like us and you.
We get excited when friends start asking about our website and how we did it.
I, Jim, found a job that I actually love to do. It took a while to find it (like 60 years) but I finally did!
I really enjoy learning about the internet business world and the success it can bring.
If we can do this........, you really can do this, WHY WAIT!
Its only natural for you to have questions about Solo Build It and "How It Can Work For You", you can phone/email others just like yourself who have started their own Solo Build It website business.