I’m beginning a large project, based on my years of work in designing websites and then transforming my company into a WordPress web design self-sustaining business. If you know me, then you know that in the winter I teach and coach snowboarding, and I live a great lifestyle. Many know me in the capacity of my winter activities: riding every day, training snowboard instructors, working for Vail Resorts at Breckenridge Ski Resort, and examining aspiring instructors towards their certifications. For 23 years I’ve been on that path.
As a winter seasonal employee, I basically get fired every spring, and re-hired in the fall. I can’t collect unemployment, or I’d just take a 6-month vacation (seasonal worker laws prevent this), and so I have a need, like many in my industry, to get a summer job. For lots of years I worked for a sign shop (I’m an artist), but in the mid-nineties a friend and I saw the burgeoning internet and started making website for local businesses. We figured out how to resell hosting for the websites, design and create them, and bring in a positive and recurring income from it.
Fast forward to today, and I have a small business, lots of paying clients, and a great working-for-myself lifestyle in the summer. I’m keeping up with the latest technology, updating and creating modern websites from scratch, and hosting clients’ websites.
I wrote a book (as yet unpublished), more than a year ago, about how to create your own website business, following all the lessons I’ve learned over the years, and now it’s time to expand my reach, publish the book, create a following, and most importantly, free up my time so I can focus on some life goals outside of business.
I hope you can join me on this journey, either as a spectator, or a participant. I’m creating a course on Udemy.com, finishing my book, building a community of WordPress Developers and business owners, and having fun along the way. This is the first post of that journey.
Below is the Panorama shortcode:
This one is from Breckenridge Skatepark:
This is inside the deep end:
This is processed using p2vr:
[pano file=”breck-street-p2vr/breck-street.html” w=”960″ h=”540″]
This is P2vr also, html again:
[pano file=”deep-end-01/deep-end-01.html” width=”960px”]
This is a new project, around the SkateboardCoach.com website. I’m setting up a social network, where two types of people can register for free on the site: skateboard coaches, and skateboarders themselves. In this way the network can grow two groups that can interact with each other. The coaches can post info, tutorials and tips, and the skaters can browse the material or access it through a mobile device. Coaches can build their own businesses locally, setting up lessons and camps at their local parks, while taking advantage of the collaborative information provided by other coaches.
Members who are skaters can also register as coaches as soon as they have some insights or tips to share. Skaters can also submit videos of themselves for analysis by the resident coaches. Coaches can offer services and have a personal website on the network to advertise their businesses.
This is the basis for the Skateboard Coaches Association – I’m building a group of like-minded skateboard coaches who want to share and collaborate on skate learning. The asociation will eventually provide insurance and business advice fro skateboard coaches starting their own local businesses.
The Skateboard Coach App will aggregate all the best content from the coaches in the network. Skaters can look up tutorials, get advice on learning specific tricks, and find tips on skateboard skills they want to learn. They can also find coaches worldwide through the directory in the App or on the website.