The maintenance work I do here at MountainWP is something I’ve been doing for several years for a handful of websites that I built and manage. The impetus for turning it into a business is, unsurprisingly, the need to generate more income. But it’s not just for me. My wife and I have been building a nonprofit since 2016 and finding funding for it has been a struggle.
Sometime in 2018, after being turned down for many grant applications, frustration got the best of me and I made a decision to lower my hopes of finding significant philanthropic support from foundations to propel our new nonprofit work off the ground.
The big question I had to answer was, “do I have the capacity to build this business while continuing to build another?” After about a year of offering these services to a dozen or so clients and making sure my processes were ironed out, I’ve decided to go for it. I have to raise money for my wife and I to continue working for the nonprofit. I can continue to spend my time “begging” for highly competitive grants, or I can offer a service with economic value to help us move forward.
I know this sounds kind of counterintuitive. “Why work one job to pay to work at another?” Here’s the thing: this simply decreases my workload with the nonprofit and diverts it elsewhere. Fundraising is a lot of work. We’ll still be building financial stability for the organization but from a different angle.
Anyway, I’ll share more as I keep moving forward. This journal will chronicle the journey. My hope is that it’ll be an interesting story!