Creating a solid work from home business is a lot easier than most people think. The biggest problem most people have when looking for work at home “opportunities” is that they either think that multilevel marketing is the only way or they are just too skeptical about anything that the internet has to offer.
By the time you’re done reading this post, you can literally have a business up and running, from which you can build and create a solid income just like me. Shall we?
1.) First Things First – What are You Selling?
Just like running a physical business, you are going to think about what you would want to promote, which is what you would call your niche. you are going to need a niche and I recommend you pick something that you actually enjoy.
Most online marketers would tell you that you should pick one on something you know a lot about, but I created a business with something I simply wanted to know more about.
However, unlike a physical business, you are going to be providing information and recommending products that are related to your niche and that is exactly how you will get paid, but that should be the least of your worries when starting out.
Tip: Forget about the money! Worrying about that will only prolong your business and put you that much further from reaching success.
2.) Building Your Store
Some people may tell you that you DO NOT need a website to make money online, but I beg to differ. This step is what will make you money over and over and over again. Now tell me who doesn’t want that, right?
When you are completely new to the making money online, it is always best to have your own website and for many reasons at that.
one, you own it. No one can tell you where to put your stuff or how to run your business. You are the boss.
Second reason being that you are building a business. As your site ages, it becomes the “go to” for people in regards to your niche.
These are just a couple of reasons as to why you need your own website and you need not let that deter you. Owning and creating a website is not as hard as it used to be. It can literally be done in 4 simple steps.
Creating a Website is Not so Complicated
Like you, I was skeptical about building my own website, until I actually got my hands dirty and actually took the time to make one.
If it’s the price that’s bothering you, let me just tell you that there are absolutely free websites that you can use, but once again, you don’t have complete control of it.
You can get a domain name (www.domainname.com) from Godaddy for ten bucks, and that means you own it.
If this were a physical business, you would be paying an arm and a leg just to rent space. Now think about building a building for your business? Let’s just not go there, because I’m pretty sure you don’t have a million dollars lying around to start constructing.
Building a website the problem? Let me just tell you that I am not the most computer literate dude, but I managed to create a couple of successful websites.
You can literally have a site up and running in under 30 seconds. Your site will be live and you can go brag to your friends about how you have your own piece of the online world.
Did that ease your mind in regards to website creation? Well let’s get back to business and get into the money making side of things.
3.) Setting up Shop
When you have your business (online or offline), you are going to need to have different places for your customers to go, so that they can find what they’re looking for.
With the online world, it is pretty amazing actually. Instead of putting up shelves with different products, you will be creating content for your visitors.
This is nothing more than writing articles (minimum 500 words) and giving them a solution to their problem whether it be through a service or a product.
Being that we live in the information age, the internet is where it’s at my friend and you will see here shortly how you can’t beat it.
4.) Monetizing Your Site
Although I suggest you worry about this part the least, it is going to be a must if you want to make money online. I mean, it’s what we set out to do in the first place right?
Well this is actually the really easy part and something you will learn more of as you progress as an online marketer.
In this part of starting a work at home business, it is nothing more than getting affiliated with some vendors and adding the products to your site.
Your ultimate goal as an online marketer, is to provide some great information and ultimately sending your visitors to the actual vendor’s site.
Pretty simple huh? You will see how this can add up to be some crazy income as your site ages and you create more content.
Finding Affiliate Sites
Just like Apple has an app for that, in the affiliate marketing world, there’s an affiliate program for that.
I don’t care if it’s boy’s running shoes or how to lose weight for moms that gave birth, there’s an affiliate program for it.
Want to get affiliated with Amazon or Ebay? Well guess what? They have an affiliate program for that too.
Every single time you recommend some type of product from these guys, you can be getting paid in the process. Everyone and their mothers (my mom too) are shopping online.
I shop on those sites every single time and so do the millions of people spending money every single day, so I think it’s about time you start cashing in on these billion dollar companies.
The potential of creating an online business is insane my friend, and if you don’t take advantage of it, someone else will.
5.) Spreading the Word
Again, you will be spreading the word through your content, but there is a way to go about this and I want to show you how this is done.
Organic – Search Engine Traffic
This is the absolute best way to get the word out there. Why? Because it’s free!
Free is a great part about it, but the main reason why I love it so much is that the articles you create for this organic traffic is very, very targeted. Did I mention very targeted?
So if someone was to search “the best dog training collar for pitbulls” and your article is there, then guess what? You will get paid every single time someone makes a purchase from that link you just provided.
Just Google it!
I’m pretty sure you’ve “Googled” something in your life. Chances are, you have probably made a purchase on the other end and didn’t know that you just made an affiliate money.
That is the beauty of creating content for the search engines and getting it ranked. It is also one of the best feelings to know that something you published is ranked #1 in the search engines.
Although it is a great way to get traffic, it does require a little more work. You will have to deal with SEO (search engine optimization) and know how to get these articles to that first page of Google.
More than likely you own a Facebook account and one other social networking membership. There are so many ads out there that you probably have clicked on before and this is just another way to get your content out there.
If you see the screenshot below, you will see where these advertisements are strategically placed and in most cases, there is an affiliate on the other end trying to get you to his or her site.
These are just some of the things you can use to get your website seen, but I am not going to get too much into that because it is another animal on its own.
Create Your Own Online Business
Now that you know how to get your own online business started, I think it’s time you give it a try. Like I said, it is a lot easier than you think and the earning potential is through the roof.
I hope you’ve found this information to be helpful to you and hopefully you can have your own online business up and running here in no time.
If you want to learn more about making money online, I recommend the Wealthy Affiliate. It is completely free and you’ll be amazed at what these guys have to teach you. Good luck and let’s get out there and make some money!
Owner, A Work at Home Jobs