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Online Jobs Versus Online Businesses

It’s Your Online Business, Not Your Online Hobby
An online business versus an online job has a different mentality for the individual. A job is something you do for someone else. It’s something that dominates your day and your time with a prearranged schedule.

The job is your master, not the other way around. You work for someone else. Even if this is online the truth remains the same… you are still an employee. You have heard that you can make money online through working online for a company or a third party (this is not as an affiliate or a salesperson). You do jobs for someone else and complete a W4.

This to me is literally the lifestyle I intended to avoid when I got into online business. This model could not and would not do.

I know you see the ads. “We are looking to give stay at home mom jobs”, but you may find that some of these places not only do not offer you a good job but will stick you with a horrible schedule. Not all of them are like this, though some are.

Why I like the online business model
For me it’s about control. I like to control my day. If I want to work in the morning, I can do this. If I want to work late into the wee hours of the night… it’s my right. Why? Because I decide how successful (or unsuccessful) my business is and this is through my effort.

It can be the highest paid hard work I ever done or the easiest, lowest paid work I have ever done. This lies squarely on my shoulders. You see the problem with a lot of online companies you may work for is stability.

Many of them catch people unawares stating grandiose claims making things look easy. For example, you may read something like “Earn Money Online Today, $55-$65 hour, no experience required”.

What happens is that unsuspecting folks who trust these people invest time, money, and effort into a business that might not last the rest of the year. I have seen this with my own eyes. I always advocate starting your own online business. Why you ask? Who can you trust better than you? I will tell you, if I am going to invest in anything it will be me, period.

You Won’t Let You Down
When you succeed those you love succeed. Those you care about succeed. It’s about grabbing your dream and never letting it go. Working for someone else is helping them promote their dream through your effort. Working for yourself helps you to bring your dreams to fruition.

I know where the difficulty comes in. It is at the point of the beginning. How do you get started? Where do you start? Can I startup my online business quickly and with a minimal amount of investment?

Well, I can help you there. I recommend checking out my Internet Business Quick Start Guide by clicking here

. It will help you to launch into the deep and get started making money online quickly.

I am serious about home business, and thankful for the time you have taken to read this article. If you are serious about beginning an online business then I recommend my Internet Business Quick Start Guide.


Making Money With Fiverr – 3 Tips

In today’s “gig economy”, Fiverr has quickly risen to become one of the more pronounced opportunities for young people.

Its ease of use, massive audience and large pool of highly talented providers has made it a go-to solution for entrepreneurs of all capabilities, allowing people to make everything from a decent side living to massive full-time incomes from it.

To this end, if you’ve heard about Fiverr, or are looking into ways it could potentially help you make the most of your time and skills – it is certainly an opportunity worth looking into. This tutorial is going to explain what Fiverr actually is, how it works and what it means for work providers around the world.

Founded in 2012, Fiverr has grown to over 3 million listings, with its headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel. The company’s name derives from the starting price of each of its listings ($5) – although a common misconception is that this is the “only” price you can list your services for. The reality is that you can list services for prices up to $1,500+. The $5 price is just a token starting fee.

The way the system is to provide “providers” with the ability to list their services as “gigs”. In these gigs, the providers promise to perform tasks, ranging from the likes of digital marketing to creative writing for a nominal fee.

The customer will pay the provider, the money being held by Fiverr until the job is completed. The provider then has a particular amount of time to provide the customer with their work. The customer can then request revisions, or simply provide a “star” rating for the service they received.

The most important thing to remember about Fiverr’s business model is that it’s short and sharp. People go there for “simple” jobs, and generally won’t pay for anything that’s too ambitious. Whilst it started out as a simple way to make quick money as a struggling student, it quickly grew into the huge platform we see today.

Some of the most popular services that are purchased on Fiverr are copywriting & creative / article writing. People want native English writers to make “perfect” copy for their product listings, websites and general business portfolios. Providing these services on the platform gives you a direct way to earn an extra couple-hundred dollars with relatively little outlay.

If you’re interested in how it works, there are 3 tips you can use to get ahead on the platform.

  1. Be Personal
    The most important thing (for long term growth) is to be personal. Using your face, credentials and real portfolio is one of the most important ways to get making progress on the site. Whilst you can make progress being anonymous – or hiding behind a company name – it’s by far a better option to ensure that you are investing into yourself. Some of the most prolific sellers on the site are people who just put up their credentials and offered a service.
  2. Sell What You Know
    Rather than trying to copy what other people are doing, sell what *you* know. This make take several attempts to get a gig that people will actively seek out (for example, my friend was a finance guy and I set up a Fiverr gig for him to sell “cryptocurrency” articles – the orders started coming in quite quickly). The most important thing to say with this is that if you’re trying to “fit in”, you’ll basically end up chasing work that isn’t really your forte. Instead, you really need to put your own best foot forward in a creative way (so that people seek you out).
  3. Always Experiment / Test
    Finally, you need to keep trying out new gigs, new ways of promoting your work and new ways of portraying what you’ve done before. There’s no point stagnating because it just ends up with you wasting time and not getting anywhere.

The most important thing to remember is that you can either sell what everyone is buying (which typically leads to short term success). If you have an actual skill, you can use the Fiverr opportunity to provide yourself with the ability to enhance your underlying brand.

Make Money Online Completing Micro Tasks

Freelancing becoming more popular everyday.

The young generating is getting seriously into freelancing, making it their first priority. Everybody wants to become their own boss, to really enjoy the life and live without stress. Thanks to technology and specifically the Internet, freelancing has become way much simpler compared to 10 years ago. It’s actually becoming a huge business, where people use their skills to help others at a lower rate.

Short tasks or micro tasks.

Several college students, for example, are working from home. Same for homemakers and stay home mothers. All this is thanks to online platforms that allow anyone to join an accept online jobs from companies. Housewives, for instance, perform micro jobs in their spare time. The good thing is that these jobs require maximum one hour per day to complete. In case you have kids at home, you know how hard it’s to get things done, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work from home. Short tasks or micro tasks are perfect for busy moms. They can earn some good money this way and take care of their kids at the same time. Here is a good list of the tasks you can perform if you’re in that group of people:

Take surveys: you can easily make up to $100 per month just by taking online surveys. All you need to do is perform a Google search for “paid survey sites”. Join several of these sites to increase the income. When you register, use your main email address to receive regular invitations to make new surveys.

  • Most of these surveys pay up to $3 and take up to 45 minutes to complete.
  • You get paid in cash, gift cards, free products, or free entries to sweepstakes.
  • You don’t need to pay to participate in surveys, so if anyone asks you for money to join a survey site, don’t pay them.
  • Check the privacy policy of the website to verify they won’t sell your personal information.

Test websites: participate in something called “remote usability testing”, this means getting paid to navigate a website and provide feedback. Most of these tests take 15 minutes to do, and you get paid up tp $10 per test. One of these tests is about performing a scenario in the client’s website and while recording yourself. An example: go through the process of buying a product on a retailer’s website. You’ll need: a computer, a microphone, fast internet connection.

Tutor students: you can certainly help students by being what is known as online tutors. Nowadays several families really like this option to teach their kids. You can help a kid with his homework or help a college student studying for an exam. It depends on the level of education you have. All you need is your own computer and fast internet. Online companies assign students to you depending on your profile. You get paid from $9 to $30 per hour, it depends on your educational background and the subject you’ll teach.


Online Business – Is It for You?

I am going to start with a bit of a ‘controversial statement (as I am quite prone to do):-

Starting a Business, Online (or Offline) is NOT for everyone & actually may NOT be for YOU.

If you are looking at working for yourself and starting up a business, you might be the best Joiner, Painter, Mechanic, Salesperson, etc, BUT it may not be for you – If you don’t have or acquire certain traits, skills and experience, you will probably fail (maybe ending up owing a lot of money!) and being an employee is probably better for you: especially if you prefer:-

regular hours,

regular pay,

regular holidays,

sickness pay, or

are risk averse,

lack willpower and stamina.

Working for yourself and starting a business is definitely NOT a job. You have got to ask yourself if starting up and (hopefully) running a viable, successful business is for YOU – and no-one else.

This is exactly the same for an Online business, maybe more so. Just setting up a website for your Offline business is definitely NOT classed as running an Online business – really, all Offline businesses should have a website as an online presence as a minimum, however if you are really set on setting up an Online business, then there are specifics that must be addressed:-

It is NOT EASY

It takes TIME

It takes MONEY (maybe not a great deal initially but it does cost if done correctly!)

It is NOT a ‘Get Rich Quick’ solution

You will need to LEARN & develop a new set of skills and be comfortable with Marketing

An understanding of Computers will be required & you must be willing to learn

In comparison to a ‘traditional’ bricks & mortar’ offline business, an Online business can be very cost-effective as a start-up. So… What do YOU consider as an Online business?

Lots of people have found many ways to run a successful (profitable?) Online business, I have personally made a decent living selling items and information on a ‘popular’ auction site but the method(s) I have learned are only a few and I am currently still looking to learn other methodology and processes.

As an example, please ‘Google’ (funny how this has become a ‘verb’!) or place in your search engine “make money online” – at the time of writing this gives 165 Million results, so there are many ways (some good, some not so!) regarding making money online. Have a good look around and see how big the online business is, and how vast the number of opportunities are. The only thing I recommend is NOT to buy anything before you have had a good look around – there are lots of scams and totally useless products/programs out there – so Caveat Emptor:- ‘Buyer Beware’!

I want you to understand the range of opportunities out there, and that what may be suitable for some people may not be suitable for others.

Looking at things from a positive angle however, I believe the plus points of an online business are:-

Anyone can start and run a business, with no restrictions on age, race, gender, education, privilege

No commuting or having to get up and get ready for an early or late start

You are working for yourself, not as a wage slave for an ungrateful boss/company


Getting Ranked On Fiverr

Just like getting a #1 position in Google, achieving a high “rank” in Fiverr is one of the most effective ways to achieve traction with their service.

Regardless of what you’re offering, being highly ranked on any of the “category” pages is what gives you the ability to determine exactly what you’re trying to achieve in terms of growth with the service.

The point is that whilst offering a service (which actually generates results) is of the utmost importance, there are a number of things you can do to encourage the growth of your brand / account by utilizing a series of “tricks” / “tactics” to help improve your overall rank.

Before we begin, the most important thing to realize is that Fiverr doesn’t really want you to “game” their system. You generally get more of what you don’t need (not what you actually need), and as such if you’re in “need” of getting ranked, you’ll generally not feel the benefits of it.

You need to provide a service which actually works before even considering the rankings of your gigs…

With that out of the way, it’s vital to first understand that Fiverr – like Google – uses a number of “factors” to determine which gigs show at the top of its category pages.

These factors are the ones you need to focus on in order to ensure that you’re able to get the most effective ranks on the system. To this end, the factors are as follows:

  • Reviews (both number and rating)
  • Number of orders (including queued)
  • Completeness of profile (is your profile complete)
  • Quality of “Gig” (extra services, images etc)
  • Keywords

If you’re able to effectively “optimize” your gigs to fulfil the requirements of the above, you’ll stand a better chance of making progress. However, it does not guarantee success or buyers…

  • Reviews
    Each time you “complete” an order, the buyer is prompted to leave a review. This typically means they will provide the user with feedback and a “star” rating to denote the quality of the work provided. Obviously, having a healthy account with many 5-star orders means that Fiverr will value the input of the account, and thus be more disposed to ranking it higher. There’s no other way to get reviews than to provide good work. Whilst you may wish to create several smaller “gigs” ($5 article writing or something) to get some quick buyers, the overall way that Fiverr ranks the results is based on the number of reviews over a sustained period.
  • Number of Orders
    Some “gigs” on Fiverr are being purchased at the rate of 40+ per day. These orders tell Fiverr that the service provided by the account is not only in demand but of high quality. To this end, if you’re looking at getting ranked highly, it’s obviously going to be helpful to have a number of new orders coming in on a daily basis. The only way to increase order velocity is to provide a VERY good service at a very inexpensive price. For example, if you have an SEO service – offer it at 50% the price you’d normally hope to achieve for the first 3 months. This will give you the ability to attract more ephemeral buyers whilst you build up the “gig” to something more substantive.
  • Completeness of Profile
    Make sure you upload a good profile image, list your qualifications / achievements and generally provide people with the ability to identify your core strengths without you having to tell them. They say that success leaves clues. Your profile should be a “tattoo” of your quality of work – meaning that if you are serious about getting your gigs ranked on their platform, you should ensure that each of your gigs has the most appropriate content in its description, quality images and you respond to any requests quickly and completely.
  • Quality Of “Gigs”
    Next, the “quality” of any gigs posted on the system is also important. Adding extra services, writing a complete “description” of the gig and generally having a system which allows people to provide users with the ability to see what they’re buying before they pay for it – allows users to get the most out of the system in the most effective way. It’s generally a good idea to add multiple price-bands to your gig, as well as ensuring that you have any of the underlying copy written correctly.
  • Keywords
    Finally, the “keywords” of your gig matter a lot. If you add a number of keywords, keep them specific to the service you’re looking to provide. This not only ensures that you’re able to get the most out of the system, but that Fiverr is able to effectively provision the gig in the search results etc.

As mentioned, these are only guidelines. If you want more information about how to make money with Fiverr, you basically need to provide a service and present it in a way which focuses on specific results.


Nuts and Bolts of How to Make Money Online – For Real

You see a gazillion emails everyday bombarding you for everything imaginable about making money online. How do you tell the difference between hype and ripe?

Well to start off, it has to be simple. You shouldn’t have to create web pages, you shouldn’t have to create capture pages, you shouldn’t have to write auto-responder messages.

Everything should be done for you. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

It doesn’t get any easier than this. All you have to do is learn to send traffic to a capture page to build your list so that you can follow-up and introduce them to you business flopportunity.

Get them from skeptical visitor to getting them engaged by sharing your story. (And everybody has one). Your job is not to sell them on the business, but to build a relationship with the people on your list.

Learn to be a Leader. Get out of the learning curve. Find a strategy that works and… Master It.

If you’ve never grown a business before, if you have zero business experience, no internet experience… you’re in the right place at the right time because there is nowhere better to learn all this… and nowhere easier.

Don’t get left behind – start your business online. It’s very easy to be a leader in your own home business.

You’re told… “We have everything here for you to help you develop the skills that you need to develop. You will learn how to turn those leads into members and to be the leader you want to be.”

Helping other people to realize their dreams, helping other people to become healthier, helping other people to understand or find a solution to the problem they’re having is pretty rewarding – pretty sweet, (and it helps that you’re making big money).

That feeling is what you need to fall in love with. Fall in love with helping the people whom you introduce your business to. You need to put YOU into your business. Engage, Learn, Teach!

And here is a million dollar idea for you…

When you wake up in the morning the first thing you need to do is decide that you’re going to have a GREAT day. Regardless of what went on yesterday, regardless of how good or how bad your results are, regardless of the amount (or lack of amount) is in your bank account, wake up and decide…

You’re going to have a Great Day!

Carl Willoughby is an internet entrepreneur that has been online more than 20 years and can help you start a successful online internet business.


Top 3 Ways to Earn Passive Income

To be a financially successful person you have to work really hard and there is no way around it. You have to give at least 40 to 50 hours a week to earn an active income. But what if I told you that you can also earn while you sleep? Too good to be true right? But it is true, though it requires a little bit of your time, but again everything worthwhile requires time. You can dedicate your free time into earning passive incomes. What is a passive income, you ask? Passive income is any source of income where you do not take part actively but do it on a less regular basis, like in your free time which continues to earn money for you even while you sleep. To have a strong financial foundation, having more than one income source is very essential. You can read it in every financial book or hear it from every great investor that having more than one source of income is of the vital importance.

So, you understood that and want to take up on your own passive income venture, but you are confused about how to get things rolling initially. If this is your dilemma then do not fear even a little because I am here to help you out with your problem. I will discuss some great passive income sources which you can take up in your free time and open many different channels of income. So, without wasting any time, let us get started.

Blogging

Blogging took the world by storm a few years back and even today it is very popular. Many people have their own blogs which have become their primary source of income. If you also want to start an alternative cash flow you should consider opening a blog. There are various free and paid blogging platforms where you can get started. The main income for blogs are advertisements and affiliate programs. Your aim should be to write interesting articles which drive an insane amount of traffic to your blog.

Teach Online

Various educational websites online offers various educational courses from high school to college level. If you have a knack for teaching you can consider to create an online course as an instructor and upload them to various educational websites to set up a source of passive income.

Amazon FBA

I think this is the best source to earn money and many people have made this their primary source of income. You can sell your own products on Amazon, which is a huge worldwide marketplace and guarantees a plethora of customers. Things become more interesting when Amazon lets you use their resources to increase your sales, which are called Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA). They provide with fast and free delivery and round the clock customer service. Inventories are maintained by Amazon themselves so you can focus on increasing your customer base and your business in the process. If you want to make good amounts of money FBA is definitely a good choice to start your journey.


6 Simple Things That Will Make Your Company Look Better Online

  1. Mobile Website – You need to have a mobile friendly website for a few reasons. Everyone uses a phone and you need to have an easy user experience and Google likes them for a few other reasons that I will not go into right now.
  2. Email with Your Company Name – The days of being able to use free Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail emails are long gone. Those are fine for personal use, but to show a more professional face, always use your company email. You can get them for like $10 a year from whoever you have bought your domain from.
  3. Consistent Branding – So you have a great looking website. You love the look and feel, but you don’t follow through on it everywhere. So, to get consistent branding throughout your online presence and properties use the same images and messages across all platforms. It will make you look much more professional.
  4. Professional Pictures – Yes you can get away with using your phone camera for a lot of online things, but imagine if you paid someone to have a real photo shoot and take a professional picture for your website and social media. With everyone else using only phone to take picture, you will stand out like a real pro.
  5. Professional Videos – It goes the same way for videos and for pictures. Video phone cameras are great for things like video testimonials, but if you want to show off you showroom or you Law practice, nothing will make you look more professional then a hiring a video guy to do a great professional job.
  6. Social Media Engagement – Let’s see you post a ton of stuff on Facebook, but do you ever check to see if there are comments made? If you do check is it a week later. How do you engage at that point? It is a tough thing to do, because by then you probably have lost any chance of a sale. That person has moved on. But what if you had a way to get notifications that did not get buried with personally ones from Facebook? My suggestion is to down load an app called “page manager”. It will connect to your business page on Facebook, and notify you when anything is happening on your page. My recommendation is to answer anything within a few minutes. If you don’t you will risk wasting all the time and effort to get the person to your page in the first place.


The Benefits of Listing Your Business in an Online Local Business Directory

Nowadays, listing on the business directories is essential for any business to have an online presence. Top business listing sites can amplify your company’s reaches effectively. Directories which focus on customer reviews are very important. It shows how good/bad certain companies/organizations are. Hence people will know which one would be the best or suitable to opt for. If you are already listed you can efficiently work for better reviews and enhance the reputation.

Positive reviews after all generate more customer satisfaction and growth will therefore be inevitable. Negative reviews however will have an inverted/opposite effect with the same amount of intensity as positive ones do.

Pertinent for search Engine Optimization (SEO)

SEO is a digital marketing process where one can promote his/her website to a search engine’s preference. In other words, search engines such as Google will showcase your website on the first page when a topic relating to your company gets searched due to the amount of information it derives from the internet.

Such is possible if your website is listed in a certain number of listing sites. The more information a search engine is able to acquire from the internet’s database the more preference that particular website gets and hence will be featured on the front page for hundreds of people to view.

Increasing brand awareness through the internet

As already mentioned, the internet provides a massive platform with everyone connected conveniently. When users search in any free business directory a list of results gets generated which may showcase your business as well.

A brief description, image or snapshot will be featured along with the list of businesses so as to give people better ideas about where to click for further favorable results. In such an instance people will go through your business as well. This in-turn creates a lot of awareness for your brand and people will come to know about it even if they don’t click it for more information.

Advanced filtering mechanisms

Such directories have a special mechanism that can link your business directly with your target audience. There are filters and suggestive features that can classify your concern according to its type or description and altogether showcase your company to the audience who actually are looking for people like you.

This process is also referred to as B2B marketing. Clients can check out your website everyday and you can also record any progress that gradually takes place. One can also connect sites to any local advertising company. By adding reviews, bios and attaching links for your brand the visitors for your website will progressively increase over-time.

Improving one’s brand identity

This is one of the most crucial parts of online directories. When listing a particular brand we can always make it impressive by adding catchy features such as images, descriptive texts, creative punch-lines and general information such as name, address, etc.

The competition in the online market is obnoxiously high so marketers should be wary about creating an impressive image for people to see and appreciate. One can always add positive reviews so that people may develop a better impression regarding the particular brand.

Getting good responses from people on the internet ultimately means that you are able to make your business relevant for hundreds of people who stream through the World Wide Web everyday. This process therefore lucratively develops your brand identity in the entire global market.

Shivu Singh, An Article Writer, helps corporation for promoting their business online, So they get the better opportunities to reach there targeted audiences. For local businesses, it is better to add their business to a local business directory.


Resources for Getting Product Information

Whether you are researching a product to buy or write about, and possibly promote as an affiliate, it helps a great deal to know where to look for accurate and up-to-date info. If you are writing reviews, knowing as many resources as possible to gather information will really boost the quality of the content in your articles.

Below I list 5 of my favorite resources for finding product information, reviews and content for an article also.

1. The best place to get the most accurate information, specs and features on a product is the official website. A simple Google search for the product should reveal the official site. You can also enter into the search bar: product manufacturer, or product supplier

2. One of the best resources to check out for product information is YouTube. There will usually be a video on YouTube or within the search engine results if the product is popular. Obviously, you can see and hear about the product by watching the video but you can also write down the info word for word without being penalized for duplicate content, in a product review or article of your own.

I always watch at least a few videos from different sources and take notes as I go through them. You can also embed one (or part of one) of the videos into the article.

3. Another potentially great source of information that can and should be used is the Amazon Customer Reviews. The comments that are listed for each product give a great review which we can use in our article or review.

4. Quora, with close to 200 million monthly unique visitors is a platform where people ask questions and connect with others that give quality answers and insight on just about any topic or product.

5. Yahoo Answers is a great source also, a community-driven website or knowledge market. They are much larger than Quora and have been active since 2005. Yahoo Answers is also a platform where many people ask questions and many answer them.

Here are some keyword searches that you can do to find information on a potential product to promote on your website. Search with these, and similar type keywords in the Google Search Bar to gather product information, which can be used as content for a product review or write-up:

(Replace product with product name)

  • is product a scam
  • does product work
  • product reviews
  • How much does product cost
  • Is product any good
  • product complaints

We can also use the alphabet soup technique on the product and you will come up with a lot of ideas as you research your product related keywords.

Example: let’s say that we’re researching “headphone” products. Into the search browser Enter:

  • headphone
  • headphones
  • headphone a
  • headphone b
  • headphones a
  • headphones b
  • c, d, e, f, g, etc.

Notice the keywords that are revealed in the browser drop down as you type. These are the most popular search terms used by those using that search engine to find a headphone product. You can see just what people are searching for and get some great ideas for products as well as sources and targeted audiences to promote the product to.