I graduated high school (media) in 2001, and in August the same year I got a part-time job in a street kitchen.
When I was 19 I moved to my first own apartment, freedom!, and during this time I was very focused on just having fun and enjoy life.
After one year of working in the street kitchen I started being actively involved in my Union and became a part of HRF section board (at that time it was based in Växjö). During my time here I learned a lot about your rights as an employee, as well as your obligations as one. Not only was it an informative experience, but a very fun one as well.
When I realized I was about to hit my four-year anniversary at the street kitchen, I felt a bit of a panic. It was only suppose to be a transitional job between school and me figuring out what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life. At this point I felt like I had to take drastic actions if I was to ever move on with my life.
Around the world
My sister, Madde, was in her last year of high school that year, 2006, and we decided to take a trip around the world when she finished. I resigned, both from my job and assignments in the Union, and gave notice on my apartment. We were away for six months, visited USA, Australia and South Africa.
Start a business?
When we got back I was still unsure on what I wanted to do with my life, but my sister is very interested in animals so we came up with the idea to start a dog day-care centre. We found a one year course on how to start your own business, and jumped on it. It was a new course funded by EU subsidy and it was called “Unga entreprenörer”. Unfortunately that course is no longer available.
Best dog course ever
During this course we learned a lot of what we wanted, like bookkeeping and project management, but we also got the opportunity to attend a course, HUND 3, about dogs. It focused on their behaviour, history and language, and was an extremely good course, I do recommend it! I felt like I finally understood my dog a lot better after that.
Vegas again baby!
We also got to test another business idea we had, by going to Las Vegas (again). We got wind of an EU fund you could apply to for money to test your idea. And because Vegas was the only place on earth that sold the products we wanted to test-sell, we of course had no other option but to go there ourselves and acquire the merchandise. Our application got approved and off we went.
In the end we came to the conclusion that to start the sort of dog day-care centre we wanted, and make a living of it, would require financial investments that we did not have at that time. However I am truly grateful for the education and opportunities a long the way to that decision.
After “Unga entreprenörer”, in August 2007, I started working at Synovate,with market research. At first I conducted phone surveys, now I also do translations and work in the postal part of the company. I work around part-time every month, some times more some times less, it depends on how many projects they have at that time. I do like my workplace, nice work mates and good hours but I’m pretty tired of the phone survey part…
Because I am very creative, I have always had many ideas on different sites you could build, but no one to do it for me. And even if someone said yes, it never got done as I liked or there were always delays or not done at all. I got fed up with this and decided that if it’s ever going to get done it has to be by me. So I started building websites about two years ago. Here are a few of my creations:
vipservice.eu - European Travel Directory
lisen.eu - Meet my dog and see what she has been, and are, up to.
mymagiclinks.com - Link Directory
I’ve always said I want my own column in a paper of some sort, but because blogs are the new “columns” it seems like the perfect thing to go for. What I really want, and will put all my energy in achieving, is to make this blog/website attract enough visitors so I can earn money from it. I have not a clue as to how that will happen but I believe it can be done!
All on my own
Of course ropcorn.com is not a classic blog, but that is mainly because I want complete control over everything, from where the domain name is registered, which web host to use to all content and layout. ropcorn.com is meant to, in the end, be me - but on the web. Everything you see ( and don’t) on this site is done by me! I am completely self taught, which is why everything may not be perfect all the time, I’m still learning… My sister has a bit more experience and helps me sometimes with how to do certain things but mainly I just google it and then go from there.
Pain, sweat and tears
It takes a lot of time and patience to build this site, mainly because I want it perfect from the beginning. And because I am still learning Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Sometimes when I get an idea it can take many grueling hours to figure out a way to transfer that idea onto the screen, but in the end it's worth it.
My short-term goal is to get this site as I like it, then for it to attract a lot of visitors and become a popular site. Sure, of course I want to make this my main income source, but mainly I’m doing this with all of my heart and good intentions, usually that is all that is needed.