Your Questions Answered About Online Businesses

Is it really a possibility to make a living from the comfort of your home? Well, even better than that, you can make a successful and fulfilling living from the comfort of your home or anywhere in the world, for that matter. The progression of technology and user friendly devices alone has made opportunities so vast in the online world.

Now that we know there are millions of successful online business owners, what are the businesses that they’ve created? Well, we know that successful businesses starts from finding a market need, so since the internet is becoming a crucial place for every business to be, there are lots of products and services people are actively searching the web for to grow their online business; this could be brand awareness, online advertising etc.

This is a brief list of businesses that can be started and operated from home that each fulfill a huge market need. Keep in mind, a home business doesn’t mean that it is less work or commitment when building these startups. Every successful business needs commitment, persistence, and investment.

Please note, that these may seem like extremely difficult business models but I’ve selected these particular business ideas that anyone with any skill set can be successful in, and I will be providing great resources that talk about each of these home business models in great depth.

Before we jump into covering some of these business models, I wanted to show you some great resources that I’ve come across myself on the topic of online business:

 

Web Design Online Business

A website is crucial for every business whether it’s primarily online or not. This means your local pet store to your financial consulting firms. The demand for websites will not subside any time soon because it’s now a necessity for every business.

You might be wondering why people would pay you a substantial amount of money to build a website for a business when there are many new platforms that are drag and drop templates to build a website without having any website knowledge. Well, there are a few reasons why that won’t influence your business too much.

First, business owners don’t have the time to build a website, even if it’s drag and drop. That’s the last thing most business owners want to worry about, so paying someone a one-time payment to build a website is a concept that many business owners will always love. Another reason people are willing to pay thousands is because of the customization and complexity that many business owners need for their businesses.

There is a great deal of work when building a web development business, and frankly, the competition is fierce. But a great way to start is though freelancing sites, and in time, when your portfolio grows, you can increase rates and create your business through word of mouth.

Affiliate Marketing Business

Affiliate marketing is a new and popular topic right now and can be discussed for hours about its misconceptions, methods, and how to start a legitimate business from affiliate marketing. But like any other business, affiliate marketing does require work and consistency when starting off. Affiliate marketing is basically a referral program that pays commissions based on sales. The reason this is a viable home business is because you don’t need to provide the service or product, you only need to pick a company you support and advertise their stuff. This is also another market need because affiliate marketing is like businesses hiring hundreds of online marketers that only get paid if they make sales. It’s a win-win for the affiliate marketer and the business owner. The top affiliates tend to stick with high paying affiliate programs. These are affiliate programs that specialise in offering high-end products that sell for a lot more money, making the affiliate a much higher commission per sale.

Coaching Business

If you have a particular skill or have knowledge on a topic that people are actively searching for, you have a business. People are hiring coaches to achieve their goals more than ever right now. This can be in any subject including, life skills, positivity, productivity, accountability, meditation, and even public speaking.

You don’t need to be certified or have training in a that topic, you just need to be a knowledgeable and confident authority in that industry. Many people want an entrepreneurial life solely because they love helping people and this can be extremely fulfilling for that kind of person.

When training clients, this could be through one on one Skype calls, live webinars, or offering eBooks, video training, and memberships to a platform they can access regularly.

These are just a few ideas to get your thought flowing on the opportunity the internet has to offer for you to create your own home business. Today, it’s easier than ever to create an online business that can help people all over the world. If you have quality products, services, or knowledge in an industry while working hard to reach your ideal clients that are actively searching for you, you can have a successful and flexible home business.

The Ultimate To-Do List for Getting Your Online Business Remembered

Let’s say you’ve started your online business a few years ago and you’re getting frustrated at the fact that no one remembers your online business and you don’t seem to be making an impact in your industry. The solution to this problem, you ask? Build your online presence.

Building an online presence is extremely important in an online business because that is the only way people will remember your company to use you as a reference, interact with you, buy another product from you, share your content, products, or services with friends.

Being remembered online is a time consuming process and it’s not something that can happen in a few days. But the good news is, if you have a plan of action for building your online presence, it can be a simpler process.

breaking DC how to build an online presence

 

Well… What is an online presence?

An online presence is all of the channels that you have created for your business. An online presence has a goal or reaching a wide range of people, hence why you need to create multiple channels. When built successfully, it can drive interactions, fans, followers, leads, and even publicity if you build it up substantially.

This is the ultimate to-do list for building your online presence right now.

1. Lay your goals out and decide what you want the result of your brand awareness to be – both long-term and short-term.

As you start to take action for your online presence, you should be continuously asking yourself how each of your efforts are contributing to the growth of your business.

Write down your goals whether that is how many leads you want from it a month, followers, or sales. Don’t just start making accounts on every platform just because you think you should do that and it’ll help, create a plan on how you want to build your online presence and what you’re expecting out of it.

This is great for keeping track of your efforts, as well as accountability to continue building to eventually reach your business goals.

Breaking DC Setting Goals for Your Online Business

2. Building your platform

For every online business, the solid platform tends to be your website which is the center of your brand awareness/online presence.

This is the platform that every person interested in what you have to offer from your other channels, will end up to learn more about your company. Your website should be fully optimized, filled with information, and a place that answers any unanswered questions or concerns that your prospects may have. This is the main channel that they will contact you, buy from you, and engage with you so you need to make it user friendly for all those possibilities.

Another important aspect for your home channel is SEO. This can be extremely complex but there is extensive amount of resources on how to learn SEO to build your online business presence without hiring anyone.

3. Value

On each channel that you plan on using for your online presence, make sure that your number one goal is to provide value. Over time, the industry leaders are telling us time, and time again that providing value is the number one way to become a trusted authority in your industry. If its social media, create posts that aren’t selling anything 90% of the time and just giving out golden nuggets to your followers. (This doesn’t have to be created by you either, it can be valuable shared content that you know your followers will enjoy).

4. Build Relationships

This is a crucial, yet simple task in building an online presence. The first step in building relationships is understanding your exact avatar and targeting them on the web through the channel you’re using. Join the groups that your avatar tends to spend their time on, and contribute. This is a time where you will learn about your prospects and also a way to understand their desires, pains and expectations when it comes to your products or services.

When people show interest in your account, reach out to each of them whenever you can. Being likable online is important, so face negativity with grace, and build relationship with good intentions.

5. Patience

As you can tell, all of these things are simple, but they take time to fully do and it is a process that should last as long as your business. If you’re able to create your goals, build a strong foundation, provide value and build relationships, you will see your efforts pay off when you have an unbreakable online presence that’s well known in your industry.

Two Strategies To Master For a Better Life

When I think about mastering my life and focusing on exact strategies for living better, my mind is automatically drawn towards focus. Focus is the thing that sets the dreamers apart from the doers. It’s the ultimate tester.

The people that have the ability to cultivate deep focus in a world full of distractions are the ones that produce consistent results in their lives. In the age of social media, most of us have lost the ability to stay focused and grounded when we need to most.

Being mindful is the key to cultivating a deep focus. Being mindful basically means being aware of yourself, your actions. To have an awareness around what you’re doing. Being present to the moment.

Being mindful also means being in a state where you aren’t reactive to external stimulus because you’re present. This is a very important trait to have in a world that is constantly trying to distract us with (mostly) meaningless things.

Reading Books

Not enough of us read anymore. The amount of knowledge one can gain from reading one book is quite honestly flabbergasting. Someone will spend 20 years honing their craft with a particular skill, talent or just life experience and pour all their experiences in to this book for you. You can absorb all this information in a number of hours for literally a few dollars. I think that’s a pretty damn good deal if you ask me!

The issue is, if you lack focus, you won’t be able to read without getting distracted every few minutes! Cultivating a state of presence is instrumental to nailing the focus thing. You can’t be looking at your iPhone every few minutes and expect to absorb any information from the book, or even know what going on, for that matter.

How To Improve Your Focus

Putting in the simplest way, you need to meditate. Meditation is the yoga of the mind. It provides a deep, much-needed resting place for your mind that is deeper than sleep itself. It’s a way for you to become more sharp, rounded and perform powerfully in whatever you choose to do.

I personally learnt how to do a “sitting” meditation from this great site, CalmDownMind. Before you start to freaking by telling me how hard it is just hear me out for a sec. This meditation isn’t like any other form of meditation. It is meditation that literally involves sitting down.

You sit down and let everything go… you relax all your muscles and breathe. You aren’t trying to focus or trying to concentrate. This is the key thing. You aren’t trying to do anything. You’re just allowing everything as it is.

This actually initiates a very deep conscious release process of any trapped negativity in your body.

The fundamental problem that so many of us have is trapped emotions. So many of us are walking around with past traumas that literally get stored in our body from past experiences. We don’t allow them to get released because society tells us to suppress things that feel “bad”.

So we unconsciously push “bad” thoughts and negativity away which results in a negative energy momentum that literally gets stuck inside us.

It takes a while for us to learn how to consciously release these emotions that have been having a negative effect on us for years.

The start of this release of negativity requires a different approach to the way we think about things. It requires a complete openness to our thoughts and feelings. We need to go into the state of allowing.

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How The Affiliate Marketing Landscape Is Transforming

Affiliate marketing is the biggest form of referral marketing on the internet today. Affiliates all over the world have the opportunity to promote products and services of other companies and make a commission doing so.

What is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is one of the most common online business ideas that people tend to get started with. It has a low barrier of entry and gives almost anyone with basic computer knowledge and the right mindset the opportunity to start their own business and generate an income online in a short amount of time. Affiliate marketing is one of the many popular online business models in existence today.

Most people start off in by getting some form of affiliate marketing training before joining an affiliate program and promoting products and services from there.

According to the research and statistic company, Forrester, affiliate marketing spend in the US is expected to reach $6 billion dollars by the end of 2017. Affiliate marketing is a huge, growing market that has huge potential.

Bigger brands are increasingly becoming aware of the power of affiliate marketing and are taking appropriate steps to incorporate this into their core marketing strategies.

As affiliate marketing evolves, serious marketers need to know exactly what’s happening in the industry. The ever-changing nature of technology as well as the change in consumer behaviour is transforming affiliate marketing and creating opportunities for marketers to target consumers in new ways.

Marketing Is Becoming a Data-Driven Science

data driven marketing

You can’t improve on what you aren’t measuring. Brands are increasingly wanting to pay their partners based on performance, thanks to the advancement of data-tracking technologies.

In the past, companies had no idea how their campaigns would perform. Take for example, the world of traditional marketing. If you placed an ad in a magazine, you would have absolutely no idea how many people saw it.

It makes complete sense that brands now want to pay on a performance basis because the data is available.

Technology now allows for improved management of data and tracking is now allowing companies to convert customers that would have been lost to the ether, previously.

Technology Bridges The Gap Between Online & Offline Marketing

In 2017, retailers are working more and more with loyalty and reward app companies on a performance basis. This means that the application of location-based marketing is huge. This is the essence of affiliate marketing.

Here’s is an example of location based marketing: 

A prospect enters the Clarks shoe shop, an iBeacon sense her iPhone as well as a discount coupon app she has on her phone. She automatically receives a coupon for 20% off a pair of shoes at Clarks. The prospect takes advantage of the offer and redeems the coupon at the point of sale. Clarks pays the coupon app a commission for the referral.

This is just one small example. This form of merged marketing can be implemented on a much bigger scale. Take a big shopping centre, for example. This shopping centre is home to dozens of marketers. This shopping centre could potentially become a marketer as well as a performance partner. Prospects would receive iBeacon offers through the shopping centre’s own app.

This new technology is completely changing the relationship between marketer and partner as well as opening up new opportunities for affiliate’s to market to consumers.

How To Build An Amazon Business With Private Label Products [Video]

Today, i’m going to show you how you can build a highly profitable online business through e-commerce on the beast that is Amazon.

This type of business provides location freedom because you only need a laptop and internet connection to be up and running.

The internet is so beautiful isn’t it?

Most of you that are reading this are probably in full-time work right now, maybe it’s a job that you din’t like, or one that just doesn’t give you the freedoms you want in your life.

Perhaps you’ve already tried to start an online business but it just hasn’t worked out. Maybe you got stuck in “learning” mode or just found the technical side of things too difficult.

Starting a business is difficult. Having to learn all these new skills and dedicate all your time to making things work, it’s definitely not a walk in the park. But if you don’t have a proven process to follow, your chances of success are significantly impacted.

Most people who try to start their own business and focusing on the wrong things. They try to learn every marketing strategy out there and end up getting stuck in education mode and never actually taking any action.

To build a profitable online business, you need to understand the fundamentals of real, sustainable, long-term business.

The video below is one that I came across while doing on my daily Youtube browsing session. It outlines exactly how you can build a profitable and long-lasting dropshipping business, starting from scratch.

This video is a great introduction to building a business on Amazon through private label products.

You can ignore the call to action at the end, I just thought I would share the video because it has some very useful information in it.

If you’re interested in finding out more about building a business through Amazon, check out these resources:

A Unique Way To Make Money On Amazon – The Penny Hoarder

$33k In 30 Days – Side Hustle Nation

How To Get Started With Amazon Private Label Rights – ampmpodcast.com

 

How You Can Leverage The Power of Snapchat For Marketing [infographic]

Snapchat now has more than 150 million users. Most people haven’t tapped into this source of leads for their business just yet, making it a platform that is ripe with marketing opportunity.

Snapchat is so much more than just an app you where you send ridiculous photos of yourself to your friends. Social media is changing and with that, the ways we can market our products and services are also changing.

I’ve personally noticed that Snapchat now has “sponsored” filters that you can use that I assume have been created and paid for by big companies. These filters come from companies like Dominoes and Pepsi where it adds a funny filter onto your face and it’s always something that relates to the brand in question. This is an new way of engaging brands with consumers by making it a much more personal experience.

A video analytics software service, by the name of Delmondo, has created an awesome infographic that contains some very interesting facts about snapchat and how it can be used for marketing.

Snapchats most expensive advertising offering is called Discover ads, which starts at over $40,000!

There are other options, as mentioned above Snapchat offers things like geofilters, sponsored lenses and ads that display between stories.

Check out the infographic below for more information: