- 1 Do You Need Extra Income? Here Are Some Ideas How To Start A Successful Online Business From Home
- 2 Why an Online Business?
- 3 2 Tips How You Can Make Money Online!
Do You Need Extra Income? Here Are Some Ideas How To Start A Successful Online Business From Home
Have you ever wondered how many stay at home moms, or dads, started their own online business? I wish I knew for sure, but believe quite a lot due to the hardships the loss of a second income can cause.
Yet many will not even consider it. They think it requires a lot of computer expertise, programming knowledge and website building skills. But that’s not true any longer. There are many tools available now, that make it easy for you to handle these tasks.
Really, all you need is determination to start, be willing to put in an effort to get it running and a lot of work to keep it growing!
Why an Online Business?
(1) The obvious reason, of course, is the Internet, which provides many ways to earn extra income. I am sure you would want to tap into the billions of dollars profits that are made every single year.
(2) It’s completely up to you to decide what “Branch of Internet Marketing” you want to work in. But more about that later on.
(3) Another advance is the flexibility you will have. You can work whenever you are able to fit it in with your other scores, which is a huge benefit.
(4) You can start an online business with a minimum of start-up-cost expenses.
What type of Online Business is for YOU?
I mentioned earlier that there are different “arms” of Internet Marketing.I described these in detail in an earlier article, “Can You Make Money Online”, filed under IM 101 here on my website. Allow me to list them again for your convenience.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Niche Marketing
- Selling “YOUR STUFF” Online
- Selling other merchant’s products
- Selling as “DROP SHIPPER” – also known as e-commerce
- Creating your own online blog, targeting a particular audience
- Creating your own products and selling them through your website
- Start your own Product Review Website
Any of these options are viable and legit methods to start your own online business. Some are quite simple to create and get running, others are more complex and complicated to set up.
Many people built their business around a subject they are passionate about or have a special skill set for.
If you know everything about “training dogs”, for example, you may create a website especially targeting dog owners looking for help and support.
The screenshot shows you how many searches per month there are (click on the image to enlarge)
By the way, once you start your business, you will be using a “Keyword Tool” often to determine what people are searching for and what competition you will face.
You can see easily the opportunities to start your own online business. But let me warn you about the “Make Money Online Scams” that are out there and you will, without a doubt, encounter.
I advise you to stay away from MLM and Pyramid Schemes. They promise you “tremendous riches over night” without having to work for it, but are in fact scams. More often than not, people don’t make any money and losing some of their hard earned bucks on top of it.
How much money can you make?
There is money to made, that’s for sure. But I would be lying if I tell you that making thousands of dollars is easy. All depends on you, and how much effort and work you are willing to put into your online business.
I want to show you TWO examples how “stay at home moms” are making significant incomes with their online business.
One found her niche in “hats for toddlers”. You may not believe it, but this woman rakes in more than $100.000 a year.
Then there is this “stay home mom” that started her business in 2009 and was making “1 1/2 MILLION DOLLARS in 2013″.
Here is the link to the mom and her passion “hats for toddlers”
Follow this link to Beth Hayden’s case study “How a Stay-at-Home Mom Built a Million-Dollar Business (from Her Living Room) through Passionate Online Marketing”
You must agree with me that these 2 stories are indeed amazing. However, you also see that it takes hard work and dedication to achieve goals that high.
How you can get started
I showed you the possibilities and some real life examples. Why not start your own website and build it around the subject you are most passionate about?
In case you are not sure what segment of the market you want to target, I can help you out. I am going to introduce TWO online money making ideas; both relative simple methods you can use to get started. But first, you need to build your website.
This is in fact easier than you might think. Allow me to show you the fundamental things you need:
(1) A Website Builder: The times are gone when you had to master CSS, HTML or any other programming languages to build a website. There are a number of building tools available; some are free, others are not.
I suggest you use WordPress to create your site. It is by far the best choice to design a professional looking site. With WordPress you can choose from 1,000s of Themes, and it’s ease of use let’s you manage your content, e.g. images, articles, plug-ins, videos, ect. in a proficient way.
(2) Domain Name: This is the address of your website. Choosing a domain name is not an easy task. It should be catchy, short if possible and relevant to the subject of your site. So hold off buying a name until you have decided which direction you want to go with your site.
Domain Names are “sold” for the use of ONE year, and will cost you from as low as $5.00 up to “hundreds of dollars”, depending on the name. You will have to re-new the contract every year. I purchase my domain names at NameCheap.
(3) Website Hosting: This is the place where your website, including all of your content, is stored on a web server. Hosting service is open 24/7/365 so people can have access to your website. The costs vary and run from about $15.00 to $50.00 per months. I use Wealthy Affiliate for all my sites, and hosting is free.
The short video below shows you how to build a website in under 1 minute!
Finally, you built the frame of your website, chose a domain name and web hosting, and you are ready to roll and make some dough. Now you need to build out your website by adding “Quality Content” that interests your visitors, and entice them to spend their money on your offers.
2 Tips How You Can Make Money Online!
1. Your Own Blog Website:
For example, you are an expert photographer, and you know every aspect of taking high quality pictures. Now you add articles and posts about photography to your website.
It’s important to do that on a regular basis. Let’s say one new post every other day and stick to your schedule. Search engines, and especially Google, like websites that publish new and interesting content on a steady schedule.
As the amount of your articles increase, your ranking with Google will do the same. That means traffic to your site will increase also.
Posting your articles on the social networks like Google +, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest attract more folks to visit your site. However, learning about SEO, the use of Keywords, link building and other ways, is imperative to increase your ranking, thus traffic to your site.
Once the traffic starts coming in to your site, it is time for you to find ways to monetize your website. A popular and successful method is Affiliate Marketing.
It’s easy to find merchants which offer products and services related to your “niche photography” AND have an affiliate program. Google search: “your product” + affiliate program.
For more information about affiliate marketing, read my post Pro and Cons of Affiliate Marketing here on my website and find out if that would be an option for you
2) Writing Product Reviews
Let’s stick with the “photography example” for a minute. You have established yourself as an authority in the field, created decent traffic to your site and built up a connection with your visitors.
The logical step to take now is to start writing reviews about the cameras you used to create your outstanding work. Assuming your favorite brand is Canon, you would pick a certain model and compare it with a similar product made by Sony.
Describe in detail the advantages the Canon has over the Sony model. Be as precise as you can be and prove your expertise. If the visitor is already in the “buying mode”, he may decide right now to buy the Canon through your affiliate link to the merchant.
The next day you would write a review comparing the same Canon model with a Fuji, for example. Make sure you stay within your niche, choose catchy titles like “Is Canon X better than Sony Y” or “Review Canon X vs Nikon Y”.
These are actual search terms people use to find reviews and information they are looking for. Using this method, you actually target two groups of potential customers; Canon lovers as well as Fuji fans. Your review may not change the mind of a Fuji enthusiast, but he may buy a new Fuji using the link on your site. Don’t leave any money on the table.
What else can you review? Anything you like to write about. Books, movies, children’s “stuff”, video games, training dogs, you name it. There are affiliate programs for all kinds of “things” and signing up is easy.
And that’s the beauty of review websites. Once the first one is generating a steady income, you can move on to another subject and do the same thing all over. But don’t abandon your first project. Keep it alive by writing at least one review per week.
You will need to create a new website for each niche. Don’t publish reviews about cameras and kid’s toys on the same site, for example. This would drive visitors away from your site.
Final Words to “Online Business for Stay-At-Home-Moms
Both methods we explored, blogging and review sites, are relative simple to set up. Attracting visitors to your website is easier than with other subjects. In my examples, people search for “How to [take great photos]“, “Is [product A] better than [product B]” or their search includes [Review] and [product].
We explored the opportunities, the potential to monetize your website, and the basics how you can make money with your online business. However, you heard me mention things like “Keywords, Keyword Tools, SEO, Link Building, Quality Content, ect.
These, and many others, are important factors to make a website successful. And you need to learn what they are, and how to implement them into your business. Take a tour around my website, especially the section “IM 101” and the “Knowledge Base” which provide a lot of helpful information.
I recommend you take a look at the place I learned everything related to Internet Marketing. Take a few minutes and read my Wealthy Affiliate Review which shows you what you can expect.
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