How To Sell Digital Files On Etsy

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Etsy is a huge website where anyone can list products for sale and start making money. They had 39 million buyers in 2019!

Digital files are something you can sell on Etsy and you don’t need to be an expert to make them.

There are people making money selling digital products on Etsy and that’s what we will cover today.

How Does It Work?

A digital file is anything that can be downloaded on your phone or computer. Typically the file is something helpful like an ebook, a budgeting template, a recipe and so on.

You can make files like these, upload it to Etsy, and start selling them!

Digital files are free to make if you have a computer. You also don’t deal with inventory, packaging and shipping. This makes an awesome business model with high margins.

Examples of digital files you can make then sell are:

  • Printable posters / wall art
  • Food recipes
  • Weekly planners
  • Wedding cards & wedding games Resume & cover letter templates
  • Excel financial/budget templates
  • Bookkeeping spreadsheets
  • And so much more

Who Is It For?

This business can be started with no money. It only costs R3/$0.20 to post an item for sale on Etsy. You just need to invest your time to make your digital files.

This is best for people who like creativity and making designs.

You should also be comfortable using a computer but you don’t need to be a computer master or a design expert by any means.

How Much Can You Make?

When done right, you can make R15000/$1000’s per month selling digital files on Etsy. It can be turned into a full time gig or great side hustle.

Digital files sell anywhere from R74/$5 to R15000/$1000. A special cookie recipe might sell for R74/$5. But a small business package might sell for R15000/$1000. How much you charge entirely depends on your product.

Digital files are also cheap or free to make. So whatever you sell for will be mostly profit. These are the fees:

  • R3/$0.20 to list an item on Etsy
  • Etsy keeps 5%
  • PayPal fees 3%
  • Plus costs for making your file (if any)

Pros

  • Only R3/$0.20 startup costs!
  • Passive income when done right
  • Minimal expenses – Almost 100% profit
  • You can build a library of files to sell
  • Don’t need to be a design expert
  • Etsy already has millions of visitors and traffic

Cons

  • Lots of effort to make good files that people want
  • No guarantee they will sell
  • Need to build reviews and learn how to do ranking on Etsy
  • Takes time to build a library and get consistent sales.

How To Get Started

Start by browsing Etsy and see what digital files other people are selling. Pay attention to bestsellers, products with good reviews and stuff that people are actually purchasing.

Then use your research to decide what you want to create that people will love.

List your product and be persistent. Your first sales probably won’t come very quickly. So create more products after that and keep improving and learning.

The Bottom Line

Selling digital files on Etsy can be a good way to make passive income. The costs are very low, anyone can do it, and Etsy has lots of traffic you can get in front of.

If you’re willing to invest time, be patient, and create quality files that people would actually use, then this can be a great income stream for you one day.

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Questions To Ask When Considering a Side Hustle.

Side hustles are a great way to earn extra income but, like all new ventures, they require a bit of legwork upfront in order to get traction. If you don’t choose an idea that fits your current lifestyle, it’s easy for this extra work to sink to the bottom of your to-do list and, eventually, fall by the wayside. For this reason, durable side hustles often feel less like a chore and more like a creative outlet that places craft and commerce on equal footing.

Although side hustles don’t always become full-time jobs, it’s common for side hustlers to gravitate towards this option once their venture becomes profitable enough. If you want a side hustle that could eventually become your career, here are some things to consider.

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1. Does the idea fit your current schedule?
You’re going to be dedicating a meaningful amount of time to this side hustle, so it helps if that time fits into your schedule. A side hustle should be something you can do outside of your 9-5 job, but that won’t interfere with or keep you from that job.

Things will come up at your full-time job. Some days, you may have to pick up an extra shift, work overtime to finish up a project, or have obligations like meetings and team-building events.

If you want to make sure you put time into your side hustle, it helps to pick something that’s easy to re-schedule. Side gigs like dog-walking or babysitting might seem appealing, but remember these could be more difficult to arrange around your regular job.

2. Does the idea align with your passions and interests?
Working 40 hours a week is enough to take take most people’s creative energy by the time the day winds down. And after time well spent with family, friends, and personal responsibilities, it’s easy to see just how hard it can be to carve out additional headspace to work on a side project.

But it’s these hours tucked away in life’s margins that tend to be the best time to do the focused work needed to get something off the ground; the workday is done, the weekend is still a couple of days away, and since you’ve already watched all the true-crime documentaries on Netflix, your schedule is wide open.

The hours tucked away in life’s margins are often the best time to do focused work.
But, try as you might, sometimes you just won’t want to work.

That’s why it’s ideal if your side hustle closely pairs with what you’re passionate about, even if it’s not the end-product itself. That might mean some aspect of running things behind the scenes, or maybe it’s just immersing yourself in a new topic or field of interest.

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3. Is the idea financially viable?
Although not every hobby should be burdened by the need for profitability, by our definition of a side hustle, we are looking to create some kind of return on time invested. That means your side hustle needs to be financially viable and, over the long term, relatively stable.

Most side hustles aren’t profitable right away since your primary focus is tweaking your product or service and finding how best to reach your first clients or customers. You want to keep costs low in the early stages and work exclusively on “ringing the cash register,” or proving out your idea with a sale so you can see what the numbers look like.

What does that mean exactly? Since the start of any project is completely lopsided in terms of time put in and revenue that comes back out, you don’t need to be as concerned with tracking your sweat equity.

But as you make progress and begin to make money, it’s important to understand how much it costs you, in time, to get a client, customer, or sale, and ultimately, turn your effort into profit. If your resulting margins or hourly wages put you in the red, your side hustle may not be sustainable.

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How To Create And Sell Courses Online

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The exploding market for online courses is a lucrative opportunity for passive income. If you’ve got a skillset that you think is marketable, and the ability to communicate it effectively to others, this avenue could be perfect for you. 


What is it? Skillshare and Udemy are online platforms designed to empower people with certain skills to share those skills with those looking to learn them. They provide an opportunity for creators to produce and upload courses that can range from video-centric to more test-heavy options, depending on your personal production skills. 
The courses can then be priced, sold, rated, and shared. Successful courses on Udemy or Skillshare can rake in thousands of dollars, all by leveraging skills that their creators already have.  


Who is it for? First and foremost, you’ll obviously need a marketable skill to teach. But you’d be surprised at the wide variety of courses that do well on Udemy. There are dozens of categories and subcategories, so you’re sure to find a niche that perfectly suits your own perfectly set of marketable skills. 


But you’ll need something more than skills—you’ll need to be a skilled communicator to help people benefit from what you have to say. If you can hold your own in front of a video camera and communicate what you know with clarity, you’ll do well. 

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How does it pay? This is a difficult number to pin down, as Udemy and Skillshare earnings can range from a couple hundred dollars per year to tens of thousands each month. It all comes down to how well your course performs. 
There are things you can do to increase your chances. Uploading some of your videos to YouTube and linking them back to your course, or using other marketing channels to promote your course.

Other Udemy newbies will often offer their courses for free at first to drive traffic and get ratings, before switching to a payed model once they have a bit of a reputation on the site. 
As for Skillshare, the site works on a royalty system that determines how much you earn based on how many total minutes of your classes are watched.

The site says that first-time teachers tend to earn around $200(R 1850) in their first month, while established teachers can earn as much as $3,000 (R55 500) per month. 
We recommend uploading your course to both Udemy and Skillshare to get the most possible traffic.
Pros 

  • Potential for significant earnings 
  • Uses skills you already have 
  • No start-up costs  

Cons 

  • Can take some time to build reputation 
  • Big initial time investment of planning, filming, and editing courses
  • Organic revenue is split 50/50 with Udemy. 
  • On Skillshare, royalties are shared among the all teachers—higher view rates lead to higher earnings.   

How to Get Started First you’ll want to begin taking notes on which of your skills might be the most marketable. Head to Udemy or Skillshare to see which types of courses are doing well, or which ones have gaps that you could fill.  
Summary Udemy and Skillshare offer excellent opportunities to turn your skills and teaching abilities into cash. If you’re willing to put in the initial setup work, it could turn into a lucractive source of passive income.

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Tips For Young Entrepreneurs

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1. Select your desired niche
You mist choose a niche of your choice, choose your desired field where you don’t have to force yourself to do anything. Your interest will work as a fuel so you will only be enthused to make wonders when you will do a business in your preferred or desired niche.


2. Mind up your mind to take the risks
The road to success is never easy and this you need to take as a motivation, this reality should motivate you and you have to enable yourself to the risks boldly, if you will succeed your confidence will boost up and in case you don’t then you will know that certain tricks or strategy is useless and will work for a new one, so in either ways you will be benefited in a long run.


3. Have faith in yourself
Your team members won’t have faith in you until you have faith in you, believe in yourself and stay very focused, it will be you who is going to get noticed first. Don’t let yourself lose hope. Expect great things and great things will happen.


4. Be Patient
Its not that you will be successful over-night, one has to be very patient, you will come across some hardships so you have to be very patient. Be always available, passiveness can be very disastrous.

5. Make a solid team
Select your team members whom you find determined and who you think have the spark. The people with whom you share good mental compatibility can make a goof solid team, this team work will help you in achieving your goals.


6. Narrow down your goals
You have to narrow down your goals, for this you can do paper work and mention the goals that are highly important for you. Select them according to their significance as it won’t let you strayed.


7. Create a plan for raising investment
You should make a plan as how you can raise an investment, in this plan pen down all the ball-park estimation and insights that you are going to use for raising a capital.


8. Always listen to your customer
There is no point of ignoring what your customer says about your product, always value his opinion and give honour to his complaints, assure them that their complaints will be considered in a best possible way.

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How To Work For Yourself

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When you work for someone else you’re putting all your eggs into one basket that you don’t own or hold. If you want to secure your financial future regardless of the bad economy, you need to be in control of your own life.

In a crummy economy where jobs are scarce, Scott Gerber, author of Never Get A Real Job, believes that the only way to secure your employment and financial future is to start a company.

“The resume-driven society says, ‘if we work hard and go to school, we’ll get a job and be ok.’ That traditional thinking no longer applies,” says Gerber. “Now, more than ever, you need to be entrepreneurial to be successful; you need to create a job to keep a job.”

Ready to take a stab at entrepreneurship?

First, you’ve got to curb your ego “You can’t build a successful business if you don’t have your priorities straight and ego in check.

While entrepreneurs should be confident, if you go overboard you’ll get in your own way.
Keep it simple, stupid “If your idea is not simple, you’re stupid,” says Gerber. “Build a business that is nuts and bolts practical and not complex.”

“Create a simplified product or service that sells X product to Y customer for Z profit,” he says.
Always be prepared for the worst-case scenario (because it will happen) “Every decision should be thought through; plan for the worst so you’re not caught off guard if it happens.

“Come up with three alternatives for every decision so you’ve taken all outcomes into consideration,” he suggests.
Be unoriginal “Too many people think they need to reinvent the wheel, but if they do, the wheel will run them over,” says Gerber. “Instead, focus on bettering an idea that already exists.” Use creativity to market an unoriginal idea. “Think of the guys who started College Hunks Hauling Junk,” says Gerber. “They put a creative spin on a pre-existing idea. At its core, it’s just a junk removal business.”
Make sure your business isn’t a bottomless pit “Start a business that is efficient with few monetary demands in the beginning,” says Gerber.

For entrepreneurs will minimal resources, Gerber says to start a business around the little cash available. “Your ideas, then, need to be focused on making money. When I started out, I didn’t have much at all. I just focused on business ideas that could turn a profit quicker and didn’t have many startup costs.”
Become a brilliant cheapskate “If you want to start a business, you need to change the way you spend money,” says Gerber.

“Know the difference between an expense and a necessity that can be bartered, bargained for, or partnered on.”
Don’t partner with just anyone Assess if a partnership makes sense before you jump into it.

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“Your friends might seem like the best partners, but they might end up slacking off and doing nothing. Or someone who seems great might take you through the ringer later on,” says Gerber. “Make sure you evaluate what a partner can bring to the table and make sure it’s worth it.”
Toss the old school business plan Gerber is a fan of one paragraph startup plans. Anything longer is not necessary. “Stop thinking you have to write a business plan for investors or dense dissertations. You don’t need a traditional plan to be a small business owner,” Gerber says.

“Business planning isn’t a revenue-generating opportunity. Instead, get started on your business so you can make money as soon as possible.”

Gerber recommends writing one paragraph in question and answer format in lieu of a 95-page plan that takes six months to put together. “Don’t use business plan software, don’t listen to experts — they’re nonsense. All you need to do is organise your thoughts in a way that’s good for your business.”
Phones won’t ring themselves By this, Gerber means to constantly be marketing your company in new, creative ways.

“Put yourself out into the world. Always be selling yourself without being a used car salesman,” he says. “Join groups, network regularly, and find different ways to get your business in front of people.”
Be afraid Be afraid to have never failed. In other words, the idea of not trying should scare you.

“Be afraid to wake up 10, 20, 30 years from now and be pointing your finger at the TV saying, that was my idea!” says Gerber. “What you should never be afraid of is to never get a real job.”
Finally, stop listening to your parents and thinking you need to validate your degree. Most people have dreamt of being their own boss, setting their own hours, and having every minute of work be directly beneficial. According to Gerber, whether you’re just graduated or are already in the workforce, this dream is possible.

“University kids should be starting businesses. They are at the point in their lives where they can scale their livelihoods down, and they have extra time to put in hard work,” says Gerber.

“Generation Y: Stop listening to your parents and thinking you need to validate your degree with a ‘real’ job,” he cautions. “Instead, build your own financial future; use your time wisely now so it will pay dividends when you’re older.”

For people who already have traditional jobs, it’s not too late to start a personal endeavour. “Just take a look around and see that [by working for someone else] you’re putting all eggs into one basket that you don’t own or hold,” says Gerber.

“If you want to secure your financial future regardless of the bad economy, you need to be in control of your own life. That doesn’t mean that entrepreneurship is easy, but it allows you to make your own destiny. Every hour of work can be for you — that’s a major change from a 9-5 job.”

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List Of 25 Business Ideas For 2022

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An aspiring woman entrepreneur always wants to do something fruitful and positive in the business besides bestowing values to family and social life. Here I put 25 chosen, low-cost business ideas for women entrepreneur.

Generally, expertise, understanding the domain, risk taking ability and flexibility are the major reasons that drive women to undertake a business venture.


List Of 25 Business Ideas For Women Entrepreneurs

1. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing involves having your won site and sending your traffic to someone else’s site to purchase their products or services. For every sale initiated by a link from your site, you will earn the percentage of sales commission. This is one of the best business ideas for women.

2. Basket Weaving

To start profitable basket-weaving business one requires thoughtful planning and a high level of creative mind having a flair for design. This is one of the highly profitable craft business ideas for women.

3. Beauty Parlour

Beauty Parlour business opportunity demands adequate knowledge and skills. This business can be initiated at low scale with moderate capital investment.

4. Blogging

In today’s world Blogs are most powerful ways for both individuals and businesses to communicate information distinctively online. It is therefore no surprising that there are On 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence. Blogging is one of the best home-based business ideas for women.

5. Book Keeping

Every small or big company need business accounting services like bank reconciliation, e-filling, service tax, sales tax, payroll etc. One can start this home-based business by giving this services freelance to the businesses who can’t afford to have a permanent accountant.

6. Boutique Store

With the increasing awareness of fashion and trend, the market opportunity of the boutique store has increased rapidly. The boutique store is one of the highly potential clothing business ideas for women.

7. Candle Making

Candle making business can be initiated with a small start budget and home based basis. The popularity and consumer demand for scented and decorative candles creates a tremendous business opportunity for the innovative startup entrepreneurs.

8. Card Making

Greeting card making business idea is perfect for those who enjoys creativity and want to turn their creative minds into a successful venture. This is one of the most profitable craft business ideas for women entrepreneurs.

9. Clixsense

How To Make Money; It is needless to mention that there are a few scopes where a person can make money without any limitation. Through Clixsense, you can make at least 5400/- monthly by spending only 3 hours a day on your PC or Smart Phone.

10. Computer Training Institute
Computer training institute is an ideal business opportunity for the aspiring computer-savvy professionals. Running a computer training institute with some other value addition services can be a profitable and self-rewarding business.

#11. Consulting

If you are an expert in a specific field and you like to assist others, then consulting business is perfect for you. The consulting business is one the best home-based business ideas for women entrepreneurs and it can be initiated with low cost or no cost.

12. Content Writing

An entrepreneur having expertise in internet content writing can initiate this business from home location. The demand is huge and one of the best self-rewarding business ideas for women entrepreneurs.

13. Copywriting

With the booming of the internet industry content marketing becoming the centre of it all and the need for copywriting has never been greater. One of the most profitable business ideas for women entrepreneurs.

14. Craft Making Made of Plaster of Paris Greeting

A woman having a hobby of crafts making, creating home decoration items with plaster of Paris would be excellent crafts making a business idea for her. Not only can this venture be started and run from a home based location, but this business is also very inexpensive to initiate.

15. Craft Store

Setting up a craft store is one of the highly profitable business ideas for women. Sourcing the craft items from craft makers and selling them from your own store is always also a self-rewarding business.

16. Creche

The women jobber, working lady and business owner has been increasing rapidly. And this creates an opportunity for convenience service business like a creche. One of the highly profitable business ideas for women entrepreneurs and it can be initiated from home location.

17. Crochet Knitting

Crochet knitting business opportunity is ideal for passionate crochet knitters who want to turn their hobby into a profitable venture. Also, one can consider starting this business when he or she has any other knitting business already.

18. Customised Glass Etching

Glass etching business is an artistic and profit making business idea that can be initiated from home location. An entrepreneur having a creative mind, passionate about glass etching, can start this business with small capital investment.

19. E-book Writing

If you enjoy writing and you know the technique of making e-book then E-book writing is one of the best business ideas for women. You can start selling these E-books from your website, blog or from amazon also.

20. Event Planning

Corporate hospitality event planning business describes giving service in the process of entertainments in events held by corporate or businesses for their staffs, clients or stakeholders. This business opportunity is comparatively easy to start, profitable and also enjoying one.

21. Fashion Designing

Women having knowledge and experience about fashion designing can start this business of her own with moderate capital investment.

22. Fashion Design Institute

Fashion design institute business opportunity is perfect for the entrepreneurs who have sufficient knowledge in the subject, artistic mind and adequate experience on the courses.

23. Feature Agency

If you have an interest in writing or reading, starting his or her own feature agency business is a good option. To start a feature agency one needs just a computer and a telephone connection.

24. Fitness Centre

Fitness centre business opportunity demands careful planning and research. It is an industry continues to be a lucrative market opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs globally.

25. Image Consulting

If you love pulling together the perfect outfit, you may want to consider becoming a fashion or image consultant. While it may not be obvious at first, the reasons that people may need an image consultant are quite varied.

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How To Make Passive Income By Creating An Online Course

Every day, there are millions of people using the internet for a variety of reasons. Information, entertainment, work, and the list continues. What’s a big reason people use the internet you ask? To learn. One of the main ways is through online courses. 

Coding, web design, fitness, nutrition, etcetera, are just a handful of topics that online courses are centered around. Online courses can be literally about anything, from how to create a t-shirt design in Photoshop, to how to scale a business to 7 figures. 

The great things about creating an online course are:

  • After your course is created, it can generate passive income.
  • Constructing a course is not difficult 
  • Online courses can be integrated into an already existing income source. Such as a website. For example, if I have a website on fitness, I can create a course on exercising at home, and integrate that it into my website. 
  • Your course is available worldwide via the internet with no 0 inventory required. 

In this post, we’ll be discussing how you can create passive income through online courses.

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There are 3 main points when creating an online course. 

  1. Choosing a topic 
  2. Creating the course
  3. Marketing the course

1. Choosing a topic

Ideally, when choosing a topic, it should be something you’re somewhat fluent in. You DO NOT have to be an expert in what you’re teaching, but you should be able to talk about it, and explain it without issue.

Take into account something that you’re knowledgeable in, such as productivity, fitness, programming, construction, and etcetera. The first thing to pop up in your head that you’re knowledgeable in, you should use (so you don’t overthink it).

Things to take into think about when choosing a topic:

  • Is it evergreen? Evergreen means it will always be in demand. Information on topics like fitness, productivity, wealth, and relationships are things that will always be in demand.
  • Are you knowledgeable in it?
  • Could you actually teach it in and have successful students?

This part of the process should not take too long, you could take a night to sleep on it. It should be easy to decide what you’re going to teach.

2. Creating the course

Depending on what you’re teaching, the way you’ll create the course will vary. But every course will need an outline. What will the topics be in each video, what information will go into each video?

Put lots of thought into this because this is what your customers will be purchasing, make it worth their time and money. 

Next comes creating the content. If I’m teaching finances I might want to be recording myself writing on a white board to help my students get a visual of the lesson. And in the next lesson I might be using a screen recorder on my computer for a certain website that my students will need. After that I might want to edit the video, and cut out clips, or add in text or annotations. 

Remember that the quality of your course does not have to be expensive and professional, but it should be of the highest quality you can provide. For creating content you might need:

  • A camera – you can use a good cellphone camera or borrow something better.
  • A screen recorder – Quicktime has a screen recorder feature and is installed on most computers. If you’re teaching something like Photoshop tutorials, you’ll need a screen recorder. This also applies if you’re using an application such as Powerpoint to teach your students.
  • Video editing software – there are great free ones, such as Lightworks.
  • A microphone – doesn’t have to be expensive, you can find some great, inexpensive ones, anywhere you look.

Really take your time and plan out what you’ll be teaching. Don’t just create a course to sell it, create a course to actually provide value to your students. It could encourage them to purchase more courses from you in the future or recommend it to others..

3. Marketing the course 

Here comes the part where YOU can be making passive income. 

The two easiest ways to sell your course are on: 

  • Udemy 
  • Skillshare 

These platforms already have traffic and loyal customers using it every day. They handle the website, transactions, and technicalities so all you have to focus on is creating a solid course. 

The major cons to using Skillshare or Udemy are the fees but it might be worth it for the advantages mentioned above. Another con is you’ll be competing directly with other courses so you must stand out and get good reviews. 

The alternative is using a platform like Teachable. Teachable has a fixed fee so you can make more money. However, you must do the marketing and be the one that gets traffic to your course. If you’re a beginner Udemy and Skillshare are recommended first. However, if you some online marketing experience Teachable will be more profitable for you.
Conclusion

There you have it, simply choose at topic, create the course and then market it. The steps are easy but it takes time to make a quality course. However, the bulk of the work is done all at once, so after you set everything up correctly, you can have a true source of passive income. 

This requires only a small budget and some time to create a consistent earner that requires little to no attention after being set up.

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How To start An Online Business

How To Start An Online Business
There is a proven sequence of steps you can follow to guarantee your success when you’re starting a small business online. I’ve seen thousands of people start and grow successful businesses by doing the following:

Find a need and fill it.
Write copy that sells.
Design and build an easy-to-use website.
Use search engines to drive traffic to your site.
Establish an expert reputation for yourself.
Follow up with your customers and subscribers with email.
Increase your incomethrough back-end sales and upselling.
Anyone, from newbie to seasoned online entrepreneur, can benefit from this process in learning how to start a business online.

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Step 1: Find a need and fill it.

Most people who are just starting out make the mistake of looking for a product first, and a market second.

To boost your chances of success, start with a market. The trick is to find a group of people who are searching for a solution to a problem, but not finding many results. The internet makes this kind of market research easy:

Visit online forums to see what questions people ask and what problems they’re trying to solve.
Do keyword research to find keywords that a lot of people are searching, but for which not many sites are competing.
Check out your potential competitors by visiting their sites and taking note of what they’re doing to fill the demand. Then you can use what you’ve learned and create a product for a market that already exists–and do it better than the competition.

Step 2: Write copy that sells.

There’s a proven sales copy formula that takes visitors through the selling process from the moment they arrive to the moment they make a purchase:

Arouse interest with a compelling headline.
Describe the problem your product solves.
Establish your credibility as a solver of this problem.
Add testimonials from people who have used your product.
Talk about the product and how it benefits the user.
Make an offer.
Make a strong guarantee.
Create urgency.
Ask for the sale.
Throughout your copy, you need to focus on how your product or service is uniquely able solve people’s problems or make their lives better. Think like a customer and ask “What’s in it for me?”

Step 3: Design and build your website.

Once you’ve got your market and product, and you’ve nailed down your selling process, now you’re ready for your small-business web design. Remember to keep it simple. You have fewer than five seconds to grab someone’s attention–otherwise they’re gone, never to be seen again. Some important tips to keep in mind:

Choose one or two plain fonts on a white background.
Make your navigation clear and simple, and the same on every page.
Only use graphics, audio or video if they enhance your message.
Include an opt-in offer so you can collect e-mail addresses.
Make it easy to buy–no more than two clicks between potential customer and checkout.
Your website is your online storefront, so make it customer-friendly.


Step 4: Use search engines to drive targeted buyers to your site.

Pay-per-click advertising is the easiest way to get traffic to a brand-new site. It has two advantages over waiting for the traffic to come to you organically. First, PPC ads show up on the search pages immediately, and second, PPC ads allow you to test different keywords, as well as headlines, prices and selling approaches. Not only do you get immediate traffic, but you can also use PPC ads to discover your best, highest-converting keywords. Then you can distribute the keywords throughout your site in your copy and code, which will help your rankings in the organic search results.

Step 5: Establish an expert reputation for yourself.

People use the internet to find information. Provide that information for free to other sites, and you’ll see more traffic and better search engine rankings. The secret is to always include a link to your site with each tidbit of information.

Give away free, expert content. Create articles, videos or any other content that people will find useful. Distribute that content through online article directories or social media sites.
Include “send to a friend” links on valuable content on your website.
Become an active expert in industry forums and social networking sites where your target market hangs out.
You’ll reach new readers. But even better, every site that posts your content will link back to yours. Search engines love links from relevant sites and will reward you in the rankings.

Step 6: Use the power of email marketing to turn visitors into buyers.

When you build an opt-in list, you’re creating one of the most valuable assets of your online business. Your customers and subscribers have given you permission to send them email. That means:

You’re giving them something they’ve asked for.
You’re developing lifetime relationships with them.
The response is 100 percent measurable.
Email marketing is cheaper and more effective than print, TV or radio because it’s highly targeted.
Anyone who visits your site and opts in to your list is a very hot lead. And there’s no better tool than email for following up with those leads.

Step 7: Increase your income through back-end sales and upselling.

One of the most important internet marketing strategies is to develop every customer’s lifetime value. At least 36 percent of people who have purchased from you once will buy from you again if you follow up with them. Closing that first sale is by far the most difficult part–not to mention the most expensive. So use back-end selling and upselling to get them to buy again:

Offer products that complement their original purchase.
Send out electronic loyalty coupons they can redeem on their next visit.
Offer related products on your “Thank You” page after they purchase.
Reward your customers for their loyalty and they’ll become even more loyal.

The internet changes so fast that one year online equals about five years in the real world. But the principles of how to start and grow a successful online business haven’t changed at all. If you’re just starting a small business online, stick to this sequence. If you’ve been online awhile, do a quick review and see if there’s a step you’re neglecting, or never got around to doing in the first place. You can’t go wrong with the basics.

How To Start A Home Based Business In South Africa

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Marcus Aurelius

With an increasing unemployment rate In South Africa, the only or one of the place that the youth can turn to is starting a business but there is another challenging step that as the youth of South Africa have to face in order for us to achieve the step taken of starting our own businesses, either than finances.

We often feel like there is no business idea that we can start and make a success and this is due to many reasons, to mention one maybe it could be a thing of is there a market to buy into that product or services. And also one of the major factor, could be that we don’t have enough knowledge on it, yes there could be information on the internet but usually that information is from people who are from overseas or abroad.

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so we tend not to work on that thing or not to be motivated enough because there is not enough of our own people( South Africans) doing it.

A Home business which I would call it or which is well known as home-based business is a business that is run at home. In most cases when a home business is started, It is started by one person, as the business begins to grow then the person who started the business will usually employ their family members.

Usually home based businesses are started with no to little money, maybe at a garage or a home office space. What I like about home based businesses is that you use what you to start and grow the business. It might seem small and signs of producing might not be there, with hard work and dedication it could become big and grow.

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Many business, South African or not all started somewhere and usually that is not a huge fancy office that you see today. That should tell you something, which is that great things that you see today started small, therefore you have to start somewhere no matter how small it might seem, at the end of the day with needed seriousness you will reach that goal.

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A tailor is someone who makes and alter clothing to fit customers. One can acquire these skills by working as an apprentice, with the guidance of a professional tailor or by going to tailor colleges. Being a tailor can be both a fulfilling career and a form of art expression.

If you love baking or cake decorating you should thing about starting your own home based bakery. Make people be aware of your business and only sell items that you can bake consistently well all the time.

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Website designing has became so much easier with service providers like wix, square space , you name them. You can either learn and perfect your skills on how to go about using those service provides to create website or you can study to be an IT specialist if you ain’t one already.

Do what you love, do what you enjoy that’s my motto. It is said that some people will find success through doing things that they love, things that comes naturally to them, so why not turn what you can’t live without doing into a business of some sort.

Affiliate marketing is one of the continuously booming ways to make money in this generation, all you need is a phone and a wifi and you are up for business. Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn money through blogs or youtube videos.

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