Do you have what it takes to turn your passion or expertise into a real online business? Even if you don’t, today we are going to walk through some of the best ways to start making money online, while also showing off your expertise and passion in the process.
1. Create an Online Course or Membership Site
If you have a skill or expertise in something that can help or teach others, then you definitely have something that you could turn into a business. However, thanks to the power of the internet, you don’t need to rent out fancy halls, be a professional speaker, or even try to sell one-on-one consulting or products.
One of the biggest trends lately for people looking to get started with their own brand or business is to launch an online course or membership site. Even more exciting is that there are very low startup costs and little-to-no need for technical or design skills, especially if you use an online course tool.
Thanks to solutions like Kajabi, anyone can go live with an online course of their own in just hours. This drag and drop solution makes it easy to set up a new site, add video, quiz or text content, set up a members-only area, and start nurturing leads and accepting payments from customers in no time.
If you have your heart set on a WordPress-based website and you’re worried you won’t be able to find a platform that will enable you to create one with the same level of ease as Kajabi, fret not.
Tools such as Elementor allow just about anyone to create a comprehensive WordPress website without having to write a single line of code. And, with a native Vimeo integration and WooCommerce website building feature, you can easily create a subscription-based online course. Of course, there are other WordPress visual editors you can try if this doesn’t work for you.
Don’t think you have a skill or expertise that people will want to pay to learn? Simply head over to Google and start searching around for businesses similar to yours. I’m sure you will find a ton of experts who are already making some nice money by selling their knowhow and skills to others.
2. Start a Blog and Get a Feel for Content Creation and SEO
Have you thought about starting a website or blog, but are still sitting on the sidelines? Have you also seen articles about top bloggers making millions online? If you have, you are likely overwhelmed with the concept or process of getting started.
The good news is, going live with a website is extremely fast, easy, and often profitable! With WordPress, anyone can go live with a site of their own and start publishing content in just minutes. Just like going live with an online course or membership site, WordPress also requires no technical or design skills.
Once you go live with your site, you are going to need some traffic. Be sure to study up on SEO (search engine optimization) and the best working methods for social media to start bringing traffic to your sites. With all of this in place, you can then start focusing on different monetization methods such as using Google Adsense or affiliate marketing.
3. Make Your First Few Dollars Online with Freelance Writing
Did you know that people are making money from the comfort of their homes, while writing in their free time? It’s true and you don’t even need higher education or an English degree to make it happen.
As we all know, the internet is loaded with websites and blogs – all of which need new content. Sites like Textbroker and FreelanceMyWay allow anyone to sign up for their freelance writing platforms, which allows them to get paid for their writing skills. Best of all, there are no costs involved to get started.
If you enjoy writing about anything, this might be a perfect opportunity for you to start making money online with your own freelance business. The more writing you complete, and the better your reviews and ratings, the more you can earn writing in your spare time.
4. Get Yourself on Fiverr and Work Your Way Up
Maybe you aren’t an expert in your field, a great writer, or simply don’t have an interest in blogging or starting a site. Don’t give up yet, there’s always something new around the corner. For individuals that have an idea or a unique service to provide to others, Fiverr.com might be exactly what you are looking for!
The microjob marketplace has gotten a lot of flack over the years for their super low job rates, and for some of the low quality or spammy jobs on the site – however, there are thousands of great workers on the site that make a ton of money in the process.
We are talking about everything from graphic design, drawing, data entry, singing, transcription, and so much more. The best way to get a real understanding of how it all works, is to simply check out their site and seeing what all the fuss is about.
What Are You Waiting For? Go Make Some Money!
Now that you’ve seen what’s possible when it comes to making money online and starting a business of your own, it’s time to actually get started. The first step is to once again skim through each of the methods above. Then write or map out a plan of attack for how you can create a service or provide value to an audience, then also monetize it as well – after all, we are trying to start a business and not just do charity work!
Lastly, take a look at other big players in your niche market and see what they are doing. Study the competition, put everything into action, and find your own success and fame with an online business.
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Are you completely new to networking?
Then this article is a great place to start. Networking isn’t hard on paper…you go along to online and in-person meetings, make new connections and build relationships, and those relationships lead to more work so you can grow your business! The challenge is that in reality, it isn’t quite so straightforward, as our emotions get involved and make things much tougher.
It’s incredibly common for nerves to creep in and to feel overwhelmed and apprehensive when it comes to networking – even when it isn’t new to you. But how can you become more successful at it, feel less self-conscious, and make networking work for you and your business?
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Rock up with confidence
If you want to keep those nerves at bay and ooze confidence at networking get-togethers, you’ll need to downplay it rather than seeing it as a big occasion. Try not to put pressure on yourself and see it as a casual meet-up with a bunch of people with similar goals to you. To help you relax in the run-up to the event, be sure to set achievable goals and expectations before you go.
Keep your chin up and your goals in mind – positivity is key. One easy goal for your first networking meeting is very simply to speak to one other person and see where the conversation goes. Introduce yourself and your business, but take the time to listen to their story, too. It’ll only take a few minutes and will be over before you know it, so it’s nothing to fear. You may even enjoy it and want to speak to a few more people, too!
Where to go networking
If you’ve never been networking before, it might not be very easy to find a group – but only because there’s so much choice and you don’t know where to start your search! Groups come in different sizes and styles, so it’s important to find one that suits you and your business. Informal, formal, big, small… the choice is yours.
For your first meeting, start small to ease yourself in – a big group could prove too daunting, and stop you from feeling comfortable enough to get involved. After all, you want to make a strong first impression!
If you’re wondering which group to opt for in the long-term, give a few a go! Get a feel for them, speak to as many people as you can, and see which one suits! You’ll know when a group feels right for you, and you can see where those all-important relationships are most likely to be built. If a group doesn’t feel like the right for you, give a different one a go.
Get more leads and referrals
This will happen for you, as long as you put the effort into building those relationships. If you take the time to get to know people, and then check in with them and support them, they’ll see you as a trustworthy and reliable contact who they can call on. And when they feel that way, those leads and referrals you’re looking for will come a-knocking.
Once you’ve made relationships with people who you trust, and they’ve had a positive experience working with you, you can even ask for referrals! But don’t rush this, as you don’t want to inadvertently push people away or try and force the relationship along too quickly.
When you do get an opportunity to work with someone you’ve met at a networking group, go above and beyond to offer more value than they’re expecting, as then, they’ll be much more likely recommend you and introduce you to more of their contacts!
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By investing your time and effort in networking, you will gain more business through the relationships you make, and you will be able to grow your business.
We know that it’s not easy, going networking for the very first time. And that’s why we want to give you all the advice and tools that you need so you can walk in with confidence and make the most of the opportunity.
2023 is just around the corner, and you have the chance to make it the year you make networking work for your business. And the benefits could be incredibly amazing for your business, just like they have been for ours, and many business owners we have worked with over the years.
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