Month: January 1997

A Slow Spiral Toward Success (1)

A Slow Spiral Toward Success KIDiddles, a children’s music store, began as a loving tribute to Terry’s father and has grown into a thriving business. Terry shares her journey and the lessons she has learned along with way. By Terry Kluytmans In January of 1997, my Dad passed away. I came home from the funeral with a different perspective on life: I walked away from my cushy government job, ended my marriage, and put much of my focus on what had, until then, been a part-time venture — an itty-bitty Web design business called “Stairway to Webbin’.” Largely through participation in I-Helpdesk, I connected with a number of people who became clients and/or great virtual friends. (Alas, I’ve yet to meet one in person!) I garnered a wealth of information from my colleagues on the list, and as my knowledge base grew, so did my business. In June 1998, I launched a second Web site — a tribute to my father and his love of music — called KIDiddles.com. It’s a children’s music site that initially provided the lyrics to about 1000 children’s songs and had a small store with about 15 products. I obtained my first merchant account (a nightmare story), and went through trial runs on a number of shopping carts. Sales that first year averaged about $200 a month. Okay, so it wasn’t much, but I...

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A Slow Spiral Toward Success

A Slow Spiral Toward Success KIDiddles, a children’s music store, began as a loving tribute to Terry’s father and has grown into a thriving business. Terry shares her journey and the lessons she has learned along with way. By Terry Kluytmans In January of 1997, my Dad passed away. I came home from the funeral with a different perspective on life: I walked away from my cushy government job, ended my marriage, and put much of my focus on what had, until then, been a part-time venture — an itty-bitty Web design business called “Stairway to Webbin’.” Largely through participation in I-Helpdesk, I connected with a number of people who became clients and/or great virtual friends. (Alas, I’ve yet to meet one in person!) I garnered a wealth of information from my colleagues on the list, and as my knowledge base grew, so did my business. In June 1998, I launched a second Web site — a tribute to my father and his love of music — called KIDiddles.com. It’s a children’s music site that initially provided the lyrics to about 1000 children’s songs and had a small store with about 15 products. I obtained my first merchant account (a nightmare story), and went through trial runs on a number of shopping carts. Sales that first year averaged about $200 a month. Okay, so it wasn’t much, but I...

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