Saturday

Online Ideas You Can Make Money From

Online business continues to grow at double-digit rates. According to eMarketer, there was a 24.8% increase in 2017 over the previous year. The global worldwide sales reached $2.304 trillion, with mobile accounting for 58.9% of those sales.

As online business continues to take a bigger chunk of the traditional retail market around the world, this is a good time to get your online business ideas up and running.

This is because 47.3% of the world population is expected to buy online in 2018. And as more people use eCommerce, customers will be looking for new and innovative online business ideas to make the experience even better.

Online Business Ideas

1. Blogging

Blogging is a viable business opportunity that allows you to choose a niche that really suits you. And you can make money through advertising, affiliate links, info products or any number of other avenues.

2. Become a Freelance Writer

While a knack for writing is necessary, becoming a freelance writer online can earn you thousands of Naira- and is typically a pretty easy gig to find.

Sites like UpWork offer lots of great freelance jobs that can earn you over $1,000 - and, lots of other freelancing pays per hour as well, earning you an average of $15 to $20 per hour.

3. Buy and Sell Domains

Many people buy and sell domain names to earn money online since it takes very little time or investment. You can purchase a domain at its registration price or even much cheaper and then resell it for a profit. But, it always pays to do your homework first on websites like Afternic.com, Sedo.co.uk, or other domain auction websites in order to get a good idea of what’s popular in terms of domain names. An ideal way to find really good names is to check out terminated lists that offer many expired names and have made their way back into the pool for people to buy. A good site for this is expireddomains.net where you can put in your desired keyword that you want in your domain name and a long list of domain options will appear.

4. Online market trading

The historically hard-to-break world of investing in stock markets and currencies has been cracked wide open. Today there is no need to be an expert or a financial analyst to trade online. You can do it all yourself with the help of online market trading platforms.
Forex
Bitcoin
XRP
Ethereum


5. Take surveys online

While taking online surveys won’t make you rich by any means, a few minutes of your time can earn you a few extra dollars.

There are a number of websites that will pay you to take surveys:

Harris Poll Online
Opinion Outpost
National Consumer Panel

6. Social Media Manager

If you’re social media savvy, you can offer your services to brands that want help managing their social media accounts on a daily basis.

7. Social Media Consultant

Alternatively, you can simply offer your social media expertise to clients online instead of actually managing the accounts for them.

8. Social Media Influencer

Or you can instead focus on growing your own social media accounts. And if you garner enough influence within your network, you can build a business as an influencer that works with brands to promote products and services on your account.


9. Start a YouTube Channel

Despite the fact that not all of us will earn YouTube stardom, some of us might - and that's exactly how you can make money for your videos on YouTube. 

The popular platform can potentially generate thousands of dollars of income - but, there is more than one hoop to jump through.

10. Become a YouTube partner

The big money on YouTube is if you meet the requirements to become a partner. This year, YouTube changed the requirements to become a partner. You need to have a channel that has reached 4,000 watch hours in the previous 12 months and 1,000 subscribers.

When you’re a partner, you start earning by how many views you receive. Here’s how it works: “YouTube takes around a 45 percent slice of advertising revenue, although the CPM (cost per thousand) that advertisers are charged varies. Most partners earn anywhere between $0.30 to $2.50 CPM.”

11. Connect to Google AdSense

Once you become a Youtube partner, you can connect to Google AdSense, their advertising system. You’ll be paid based on the number of “impressions” your videos get. That’s when someone clicks on or watches an ad.

12. Product placement

If you can get companies to sponsor your videos, or place their products in their videos, you can generate even more income. But you’ll need to inform YouTube of these product placements, or they may pull your partnership.

13. Write an e-book

Writing an e-book and selling it is a lot like making courses online. Again, if you have a topic you want to write about—it could be as simple as the hobbies you like—writing about it should be easy, and if you can find a site willing to buy your book you can rake in a little extra cash.

You can go through Amazon Kindle Publishing—they’ll charge you a commission each time you get a sale, but their reach is huge, so you’re more likely to sell more copies.


Friday

How Much Can You Earn From Affiliate Marketing?



Can You Really Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?

Can you make money with affiliate marketing? The short answer is yes, affiliate programs can earn a extra money and even a full-time income from home. The long answer is a little more complicated. Like any home income venture, success comes not so much from what you choose to do to make money, but whether or not you do what needs to be done correctly and consistently.


The Reality of Affiliate Marketing

The problem with affiliate marketing, like many other home business options, are the so-called gurus and get-rich-quick programs that suggest affiliate marketing can be done fast and with little effort. Odds are you've read claims of affiliate marketing programs that say you can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a month doing almost nothing ("Three clicks to rich!"). Or, they suggest you can set up your affiliate site, and then forget it, except to check your bank deposits.

The reality in affiliate marketing is that it's like most other work-at-home ventures; there are a few who are filthy rich, a good number who are successful enough to meet their goals, and a ton who aren't making anything.

The question isn't really whether or not affiliate marketing is a viable income option (it is), but whether or not you can make affiliate marketing work for you. Only you can decide that, but to help you decide, you can check our previous post on the pros and cons of Affiliate Marketing.

How Long Did It Take Other Affiliate Marketers Before They Started Making Money?

While it’s true that “it depends”, I’m going to assume that you’re intelligent enough to actually know that. It depends on your niche, how many hours you put in per week, how serious you REALLY are about succeeding, and how fast (or slow) of a learner you are. Heck, even luck plays a role.

But you already know all of this. You just want a general answer. Can you start making money this week? This month? This year? With affiliate marketing, how long does it take?

Here’s the direct answer and you might not like it. Affiliate marketing takes about 12 months to start seeing success. At least true and consistent success, that is what most expert Affiliate Marketers said.

I can hear you now… “A YEAR?! You mean, I have to put in time, money, and effort for a YEAR before I see any success?”

Yeah, pretty much., however, I believe with even better planning, vision, goal and hard work, you can start earning cool money in 6 Months!

Now, this does not mean you will not make money when you just start, this only means that your earnings will be unpredictable, scanty and inconsistent.

How Much Can You Earn From Affiliate MArketing?

Two questions we often get asked:

  1. “How much is it possible to earn from affiliate marketing?”
  2. “If I quit my job, how long will it take me to earn X/day?”

Both answers depend on your competence, but I realise there’s an insatiable hunger for concrete figures. So, here’s my take on the matter…

There are five earning brackets in this industry.

  • Affiliate Apprentice – Losing money.
  • Low-Level Affiliate – Anywhere from 0N - N5,000
  • Intermediate Affiliate – Anywhere from N5,000/day up to N50,000/day.
  • High-Level Affiliate – Anything above N50,000/day.

One of the rare laws of Affiliate Marketing is: "Revenue is vanity and profit is Sanity"
In other words, if a person is making a revenue of N100,000 per day and a profit of N5,000 and another person earns N50,000 in revenue but a profit of N10,000. The second person is better off when compared to the first affiliate marketer.

Aligning Expectations with Earning Potential

My answer to the question, “If I quit my job, how long will it take me to earn X/day?” is often a swift “Forever“, and here’s why.

Many affiliates fail to align their earning expectations with work that is actually capable of delivering the desired income.

Here’s a breakdown of where each type of affiliate is likely to invest his time:

  • Low-Level Affiliates: Focuses on pockets of profit around the web. He ignores economies of scale in favour of high margin campaigns on smaller traffic sources that tend to be extremely volatile. Examples include dating sites, small-scale Facebook Ads, Juicy Ad buys.

  • Intermediate Affiliates: Focuses on high volume traffic sources with smaller margins than the Beginner, but more volume. Obscenely clustered around the dating niche (and more recently adult dating). High competition on large traffic sources reduces the size of the pie for all. Smart movers in this category target mobile marketing and pop traffic.

  • High-Level Affiliates: Focuses on mass-market media buys and hugely scalable traffic sources. Often trades convenience (self-serve traffic sources) for direct buys with better margins and all of the pie. Greater risk involved, more capital required.

  • Apprentice Affiliates – Focuses, invariably, on all of the above, to his own detriment.

Thursday

How Much Money Should I Save Before Quitting My Job




On Tuesday, we started talking about how to transform your life from depending on a salary job to starting a business and living your dream life. We have been getting requests asking, how much do I need to save up before quitting my job?
Quitting your job is scary. You’re essentially walking out of the most “comfortable” position you’ve ever been in financially and from pretty much everything you’ve considered “normal” about making a living over the past few years.

You’ve made friends at work, learned a lot, and have been challenged beyond belief.
At the same time, leaving safety also represents that freedom you’ve been yearning after for years.

Many people think that leaving your cushy day job is asking for trouble. And they are right to a degree – by choosing to leave your job, you’re up against one of the more difficult things you can do in life…both mentally and emotionally, as well as financially….and you’re doing it voluntarily – you badass.

And if you are the said badass, you have been dreaming about when you will walk away from your current job for the last time in ecstasy.

1. Save at least six months’ expenses

 living in your parents' house or constituting a nuisance by squatting with a friend or another family member is your idea of a good financial backup plan, failing to figure out how you'll make ends meet after you quit your job could make you even more miserable than staying there. So before taking that leap, be sure to have a solid plan for paying your bills after you ride off into the sunset.

This is especially true for the bills that will keep your new business afloat.
Plan to bank even more money before you quit your day job, since new businesses often take a while to turn a profit, and may also require additional unexpected startup costs.

The golden rule is to save three to six months' worth of your fixed living expenses before leaving. Having those reserves will give you financial comfort when leaving a job so that going forward you can pursue the notion of living your true values.
 Depending on the nature of your business, you may have to save up to 6 - 12 Months' worth of your fixed spending expenses and also the capital for your business.

Know exactly how much money you need to afford your life and Business

Start by calculating the exact amount you earn after taxes and don't forget to deduct any automatic transfers or other funds. Next, spell out your monthly expenses — creating a spreadsheet might help. Include your bills and any ongoing debts that must be covered. You can start from your average, day to day expenses.
For example, if I made note of how much I spent every day, wrote it down at the end of the day. It varied from N1,000 - N2,000 for each day. I did this for 14 days, added everything together and divided it by 14 days. I got N1,650. I went ahead to multiply it by 30 days. That means I spend an average of 49,500 per month. I add an additional N10,000 for miscellaneous and emergency. 
For my basic living, it means I will need N60,000 multiplied by 6 for the next 6 Months. That is N360,000.
Now I need to calculate how much I need for my business. For My Digital Marketing, I need a startup fee of N150,000 and monthly N50,000. That is a total of N450,000.
Hence, in order to quit my job without worries, I would have saved up a total of N810,000.

2. Plan to live on (much) less

If a career change is important, you simply can’t “afford” to hold it hostage because you’re resisting a lifestyle change. Financial scholars call this the “hedonic treadmill.” That is, human beings adapt quickly to the achievements and lifestyle advances they make, and happiness peaks as we level off to the new normal. 
One minute you’re happy living off indomie and garri noodles and splitting the rent with four roomies; the next, you have an apartment to yourself, a big screen TV and you are thinking of buying your first car. Once we decide to cut back, we soon forget about our happy circumstances in earlier days and loathe stepping backwards.

But you don’t have to travel all the way back. Consider incremental changes: a cheaper apartment, hold off on that new car and phone. Spend fewer nights and lunches eating out. (You should also approach hitting the bar with caution, though some sacrifices are easier to make than others.)

The more you can cut back, the further your savings will go; the same amount of money required for six months can last perhaps twice as long and give you more breathing room.

 

3. Try Freelancing

Just because you've saved six months' worth of income doesn't mean you should chill for six months before generating new income. You can add to your stash without making a huge commitment by freelancing. In fact, we recommend you to try Affiliate Marketing. With Affiliate Marketing, you do not need to spend too much time on it, you get to make some extra bucks and focus on your business too.

Wednesday

Extra Tips On How To Quit Living On Scrawny Salaries



Yesterday we started talking about how you can sack your boss, start a business and be a millionaire. We talked about how you needed to believe in yourself and the steps to take to ensure you do.

Now let me start by saying, do not quit your job yet .you are probably wondering what the whole point if you are not quitting your job yet. Well, the point is you probably do not have a thriving business or side hustle yet. You will most likely go broke if you quit your job. Unless you have a substantial amount of money stashed up somewhere then, by all means, quit your job.
However, if you are like most people, you should not, because you will need to pay bills, feed and also fund your business.
Now let us talk about the steps to take.

1. Pick Low Budget Business/Side Hustle

One of the first and best things you can do for yourself is to pick a business that requires little resources. Resources in the sense of capital, manpower, energy and even time. You do not want to pick a business that will cost you a fortune to start or a business that will take way too much of your time. You should also stay away from a business that requires a lot of manpower from the very beginning, your business model should require just you and perhaps one more person at the beginning. Hence, you will have to develop several skills to ensure the survival of your business and to cut down unnecessary cost. Here are some things to consider while picking a skill:

Profitability

The first thing to consider while picking a skill is how profitable the skill is. Remember that this skill or skills will shape your business for you.
Here are some of the most profitable skills:
  • Coding
  • Graphics Design
  • Copywriting
  • SEO/Data Analytics
  • Editor/proofreader
  • Social Media Manager
  • Blogging
  • Digital Marketing etc.
To check for more skills that can lead to businesses for you, then you should read this.

Time.

Another factor to consider is the time and ease of learning and acquiring the said skill. For instance, if you learned coding for eight hours every day, it will take you about 180 days, that is approximately six months. If you have this much time, then you can go ahead. However, for contrast, it will take you about 30 days to learn digital Marketing proficiently in the same eight hours 30 days. That is a month. It is usually the same for most of the skills I mentioned earlier. However, this is not realistic, remember you are still working, hence, for the more disciplined ones, you will able to spend only half-time which is four learning hours. This means your learning time has also been doubled. 

The good thing is for Digital Marketing, you can learn on the go after just a month of learning for four hours daily. You should keep learning and look for an opportunity to practise what you have learnt so far.


2. Get A Mentor

You have picked the skill you want to acquire for your future business successfully, great! Now you need a mentor. Easier said than done right? Well if it is difficult for you to get a mentor, then you should stick to an online mentor. The good thing is you can pick one or two online mentors.  For me, I picked Digital Marketing and my online Mentor is Neil Patel. You need to follow your mentor on updates regarding your business. They do not even need to know that they are mentoring you, that is the great thing about online mentors.
Online mentors are great but I want to take it a notch higher so I will get an offline Mentor. How do I do this? I am registering for an offline Digital Marketing class soon. I chose him because he offers support after training and I get to have access to all his research materials and resources! 


3. Set Goals

Goals are an important component in achieving success. They serve as a guide to keep you on course when times get tough and prevent you from becoming distracted by unimportant matters. Goals also provide benefits in areas like planning, motivation and the attainment of rapid results.

Providing Direction

Goals can provide a future direction for your business, which will help guide you in everyday decision-making processes. If your goal is to expand your business, you can decide to use the income to hire an employee so your business can handle even more clients.

Facilitating Planning

Goals help you in the planning stages for your business. You may establish a goal of increasing revenue by 25 percent in the next quarter. This goal will force you to start planning how you can achieve that.

Motivation

According to the Reference for Business website, goals can also be used as a motivational tool for you and when you eventually get an employee or employees. Setting realistic goals to increase your focus and motivation because you have something you are working towards.

Tuesday

Sack Your Boss And Become A Millionaire!



Ok, well I’ll be honest. I did not quit my current job, and I am not a millionaire…

YET!!!
I have a plan. What is the saying, “Begin with the end in mind.”? As you visualize your goals and desires, it is essential that you set yourself up for success from the beginning. You do that by picturing what you hope to accomplish and imagining what the result is going to look like. And because of the quote as mentioned earlier and due to the law of attraction I should have nothing to worry about right?? 🙂

Well, it is not necessarily that simple. However, I don’t care. I am beginning my journey to becoming my boss and being a successful entrepreneur. I know I am not the only one that has this same goal. Entrepreneurship is at an all-time high right now with more opportunities than ever to create the lifestyle that will ultimately make you feel successful. In whatever form that may be, I am right here with you.

MAYBE YOU HATE YOUR 9-5. MAYBE YOU DON’T HATE YOUR JOB, BUT ALSO DON’T LOVE YOUR JOB. PERHAPS YOU ARE OKAY WITH YOUR JOB, BUT FEEL AS THOUGH YOU COULD DO MORE WITH YOURSELF. IF THIS IS YOU, KEEP READING.

Nearly everyone dreams of quitting his or her day job, whether it's tomorrow, next year or in the next decade. However, there is a wide chasm between "dreams" and "action" that many people never seem to cross -- and it's usually due to finances.

Obviously, if you want to quit, you need to find another way to make enough income to pay your bills, save for the future and enjoy life. But what's the best way to do this? How can you make enough "side income" now so you can quit your job in the near future?

I will share my masterplan with you, however, you do not have to follow in my footsteps, you can only use my plan as a reference point.

BELEIVE!

Success requires that you believe in yourself 110 percent, 25 hours of every day. For some, this belief comes naturally. For others, it must be learned and can take years of practice. Here’s how these billionaires, icons and world-class performers accelerated the process of developing an unshakeable self-belief.
We will talk briefly on how to believe in yourself and your dreams.

 Win in your mind first: 

You need to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. Without vision, you cannot do anything but when you constantly visit your vision, you are winning in your mind because you are feeding it your dreams.

Uncover the cause of temporary disbelief: 

There are days you will not believe in yourself and that is okay. However, find a way to identify the reason and cause of that your temporary weakness and look for a way to counter it.

Be maniacal in your beliefs:

Self-belief means being willing to go against societal norms and some very aggressive incumbents with vaster resources than yours. Be maniacal in your beliefs and determination. Only then will you truly believe in yourself

Stay enthusiastic:

Winston Churchill said, “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” Keep stepping up. Those who control their emotions and treat failure positively control their destiny! Failure is only one less way to try, do not give up!

Develop competence:

The brain needs to feel competent so it can trigger the confident exterior result. Get better at stuff. Build practical skills. Learn programming and public speaking. Get in the gym. Learn a sport like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And get great at it. 
Be really good at any business you want to venture into, develop your skills, develop your knowledge, you will find you will be a lot more confident in your idea and yourself.

Magnify your unfair advantage

I haven’t met one person who doesn’t have an unfair advantage. To uncover your unfair advantage, take out a note, write down every win you’ve ever had in your life and put them on a wall.

Take stock of what you see. Put the top five to 10 accomplishments on your phone’s home screen. Look at yourself every morning and remember why you’re incredible: You’ve got the unfair advantage that can’t be replicated. Now find a way to use this advantage for your business idea. Integrate it into your plans, if it is practical with the idea, then make sure you continue developing your advantage (strength) maniacally. Most times it is better to develop your advantage/strengths to a formidable level before you start working on your weaknesses, well, except the weakness makes you a ticking time bomb for your business.

Keep working at it

If you don’t master your mind, it will master you, sabotaging your purpose, business and finances.

Keep your eyes on the vision you want to create. Listen to your intuition and build your intuitive intelligence. Most successful people work innovatively from their gut instincts.

Eliminate analysis paralysis and second-guessing yourself. Focus your attention only on what you want with great positivity, bringing you into positive consciousness. Otherwise, you’ll downward spiral into the five D’s we do to ourselves: Doubting, Disbelieving, Diminishing, Discounting and Dismissing (which destroys your self-esteem and sense of worth).

Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people. Success is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Hire creative people who you vibe with and nourish your vision. Believe in yourself. Believe in your power. Believe and you will achieve.

Tomorrow we will continue this series, I will share my actual plan!

Monday

How To Make Loads Of Money As A Social Media Influencer



Savvy social media users can turn their hobby into a profitable business, and it's clear the time of social media influencers is here, especially the Instagram Influencer! The business of being a social media influencer may seem strange, but it's very much a legitimate source of income, and for many users, it's become a full-time career.

As social media continues to grow by leaps and bounds every day, so does the number of social influencers. Per the most recent stats, Instagram stands at 1 billion and Twitter at 330 million active monthly users, according to Statista. Facebook has, of course, surpassed them all and crossed the two billion monthly users mark recently

A social media influencer is essentially someone who can prompt others to participate in an activity or purchase a product by creating and publishing content on a popular social media network such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Google Plus, and others. An influencer has a high number of followers or subscribers and a high ratio of regular interaction and engagement with their fans

1. Be Genuine!

Brands are willing to pay for your influence on social media. However, they will not pay you blindly. Simply having a large number of followers on your social channels is not good enough.

With the multitude of tools and tricks available, anyone can buy followers on social media. However, you must remember that fake followers are not genuinely interested in you or your content. So your level of influence on them will be scant.

Instead, you must work on growing your followers using your personality and great content. It is important to find a niche that resonates with you. If you are able to tell a compelling story to your audiences, you are most likely to win them over. The more authentic your story is, the more influence you can exert on your followers.

2. Make money with sponsored posts.

Once you have acquired a few thousand genuine followers, you can start pitching to brands for sponsored posts. These posts can have content created by the brands, or you can create them as well. Depending on your contract, you will then be responsible for posting them on one or more of your social accounts.

Crowdtap is a good example of a platform that connects brands and influencers. If you're confused about how much to charge for each sponsored post, you can use Social Bluebook. It is a platform that will help you sync all your social media accounts and create proposals. These proposals are created taking into account your follower count and influence level.

3. Try affiliate marketing.

Another great way to make money using your social influence is through affiliate marketing. With affiliate marketing, you are simply promoting the products or services of another brand. So when your followers make a purchase from an affiliate link, you get a percentage of it.

The most important thing to remember here is to choose brands or products related to your niche. If you steer away from it in your attempt at making money, it will do you more harm. If your followers do not see a consistent brand personality, they will soon unfollow you. Try putting yourself in your followers' shoes and think about what products they might benefit from.

Some of the most popular affiliate marketplaces are Amazon, CJ Affiliate, and ClickBank. The best way to use affiliate marketing that does not come across as spammy is to write product reviews. Also, it is recommended that you tell your followers upfront about your affiliate relationships.

If you will like to learn affiliate marketing with Clickbank and be a millionaire in no time, click here!

4. Create or co-create products.

Successful social media influencers use their influence to promote their own products or services too.

For example, if you are an expert in a field and you are known as an expert. Then you ought to be an influencer. If I am a popular fitness coach, I will run a business by selling workout programs.

You can even collaborate with the brands you work with and co-create products or services. For such partnerships, you can receive a commission on sales or charge a fee for becoming a brand ambassador.


Conclusion

The possibilities are endless once you have established a secure foothold on social media. It might take some time and effort to build up a decent follower base. However, if done well, the results will be well worth the investment.

Also, remember to continue engaging your followers with fresh content. Your followers are the people who pave the path to your success. Once you embark on that journey, don't leave them behind.

Friday

How To Become A Virtual Assistant



The online world is a haven for jobs, provided you know your way around and the demand for freelancers/remote workers is increasing from time to time. There is a freelance opportunity not many people are talking about, at least not in Nigeria. We are talking about virtual assistants. You will be surprised how much money virtual assistants are making.

What Is A Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant is anyone who offers services to other business owners from afar in exchange for an agreed upon fee.

Pretty simple right? As you read through this post, you’ll quickly begin to understand why we decided to create such a broad definition.


What Services Does a Virtual Assistant Provide?

The second most common question we are asked revolves around the types of services that you can offer as a VA. The truth of the matter is that there is no cut and dry list of activities that a virtual assistant does.

  • Customer support
  • Processing online orders and refunds
  • Website design
  • WordPress maintenance
  • Graphic design and layout
  • Calendar management and travel arrangements
  • Content creation for blogs and ghostwriting
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Transcription
  • Content research
  • Keyword research
  • Email management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Data entry
  • Creating sales pages
  • Managing product launches
  • Social media management
  • Project management
The list goes on and on! For many busy entrepreneurs, the greater the variety of tasks you can handle, the better.

How To Become A Virtual Assistant

One thing to keep in mind as you read through these is that your objective is to start promoting and pitching your services as quickly as possible. Acquiring clients and generating revenue should always be at the top of your priority list.

Choose Your Business Structure

There is no such thing as cookie-cutter advice when it comes to selecting your business structure. The answer will vary depending upon a variety of different criteria including:

Where is your business physically located?
What types of clients will you be working with?
What type of VA work will you be doing?
Your personal situation (ie. spouse, family, children and liabilities).
What is your personal risk tolerance?

Decide Which Virtual Assistant Services You’ll Offer Your Clients

Making a decision on services is a sticking point for many new VAs. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be. There’s no rulebook anywhere that says you have to stick with a specific service offering once you start.

When most people think of the typical VA services the things that come to mind are checking email, returning phone calls and managing their client’s calendar.

In many instances, it can include those things, but there are plenty of other services you can offer as well.
You’re completely free to grow and adapt your business as you see fit. This means changing, adding or eliminating services based on client demand, profitability, your available time commitment and your personal interests.

Decide on Your Pricing Structure

Everyone wants to know “how much does a virtual assistant make per hour?” What the right amount to charge and how much is enough (but not too much).

When you’re setting your rates, figure out what would make it worth your time. If you’re planning to charge hourly (at least initially), you’re trading time for money so it’s important to consider several important factors: most notably your bills that will be incurred.

To give you some personal context, you can start out charging $10 (N3,600) per hour. You can later increase this accordingly or move from this hourly model to a more a fixed or retainer rate.

Launch Your Website and Create Your Online Presence

We feel strongly about the idea that if you’re going to be working online and providing virtual assistant services from your desired location, it only makes sense that you have an established online presence. 
In most case that includes both a website and a social media presence. No matter how you slice it, the combination of those two items makes it much easier to market your business to potential clients.

As a general rule, we recommend WordPress and a custom theme when setting up your website. 
When it comes to social media, we recommend that you keep things as simple as possible. Instead of trying to juggle multiple social media platforms just follow one simple rule: be where your clients are.


Land New Clients by Pitching and Networking

The final and most important step towards launching a new VA business is, of course, finding your first few clients.
Getting from client number 0 to 3 takes a lot more work than getting from 3 to 6. The difference seems to be a result of time, exposure, experience and confidence. Once those four ingredients begin to kick in, the growth process becomes easier.

The process that we encourage both new and experienced VAs to follow when building their business is simple. It involves being both proactive and consistent in your efforts and we have a simple process for finding virtual assistant clients:

Step #1: Know who your ideal clients are. 

Step #2: Find the ideal prospects in your target market.

Step #3: Begin building a relationship with potential clients. 

Step #4: Pitch new prospects daily. Until your business grows to the point where referrals are consistently rolling in, you need to rely on pitching. 

Step #5: Offer a trial period. 

Step #6: Check in early and consistently. Communication is important.

Step #7: Make yourself irreplaceable. If you are interested in keeping a client for the long term, the best thing you can do is provide as much value as possible. 

Thursday

Guide To Making Lots Of Money From Online Guides/Courses




Recently, we talked about different online businesses you can start with little money. We talked briefly about Creating Information Products. Information products come in different forms. Ebooks, Video Tutorials and even Webinars. These products are sort of like courses and you will be surprised how many people will be willing to pay to get access to your information.

It goes without saying that you already have a topic, idea or niche you will like to sell. Sharing your skills through online courses is one of the best ways to make some major bank right now. Enough talk, let dig in.

Research Your Competition and Audience

No matter how original you think your course idea is, someone out there has probably had a similar thought and may already have launched their course.

You can learn a lot from your competition. If you see someone with a course idea similar to yours, see how they break down their content. Maybe they offer a module you hadn’t thought of! And if you spot things that don’t work so well, you can avoid them in your own course.

More importantly, competition indicates there’s a market out there for that kind of course. If no one else is offering a course idea like yours, it could mean you’re the first to the market, or it could mean there’s no demand.

No course is universally appealing to everyone, and even if a large audience might potentially be interested in your course, you’ll have more success if you deliver a tailored message to a specific audience rather than creating a “one size fits all” course.

By narrowing your audience, you’re more likely to attract your ideal learner. Once you’ve identified who that learner is, find out how to address their needs and interests. You’re unlikely to attract adult learners by offering piano lessons in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday, but that may be perfect for kids just getting out of school.

Set up a website and email address for your course

If you want to sell online courses, you’re going to need a website. Fortunately, setting up a website on a platform such as WordPress is quick and efficient, and given the wide range of plugins available to course creators, doing so will save you a lot of headaches down the road

Begin marketing

Yep, that’s right. You should begin marketing your course right away. Start a blog, a podcast, a video series—whatever it takes to get the word out there. It will take time to grow interest, so it’s better to begin growing that audience now, rather than put in all the work to launch a course only to have it go nowhere for months.


Choose your delivery method

How are learners going to engage with your course content? Choosing the right Learning Management System (LMS) can make or break your course. Pick a system that lacks some of the functionality you need or doesn’t give you room to grow and it could limit your ability to deliver the best content.

To avoid this problem, start by identifying the key characteristics your LMS needs to have in order to fulfil your needs. Then eliminate any options that don’t meet those characteristics. Once you’ve settled on a shortlist, talk to the company and see if you can test or demo their service. Again, doing this early on in the process will help you understand what you can accomplish with your course, and it may give you ideas about how to better create course content.

Run a beta test.

When you are ready to launch your course (or a part of it), it’s time to start testing. This is where your marketing efforts will start to pay off. If you’ve been chronicling the development of your course and attracting interested learners along the way, by now you should have a list of people to contact to find beta testers.

Offer testers an incentive for trying out your course early, such as a few months of the course for free once it does launch or a downloadable ebook. They’re doing you a favour, so it’s only fair to compensate them for their time and effort (and doing so will build goodwill). Running the beta test itself is just like launching your course, only for a limited audience. Remember to leave a channel open for feedback from them. In fact, you should encourage feedbacks.

Set a price and launch your course.

Finally, you’re ready to go. By now you should have a good idea from your competition and your audience research of what a reasonable price for your course should be. All that’s left is to set the price and launch.

With your full course ready to go, now’s the time to start running some online ads. But don’t neglect your content marketing either. Keep building your audience, and over time, the investment you make in your content will pay off.

Wednesday

Reasons Why Your Online Business Is Losing Money






Last week, we discussed why businesses fail, we highlighted several reasons. Below is a continuation of reasons why businesses fail.


1. Busy But Not Productive

You attempt to grow your following on Facebook and Instagram but instead of being tactful and succinct you spend entire days on there browsing aimlessly. You spend hours working on your business cards, fancy website and all the glamorous part of the business without paying heed to the gritty and tactful part of the business.

2. No Business Goals

Many online businesses fail because they do not have any goals or expectations. Yes, you may have a vague goal of “make money by selling online,” or may expect to be profitable by offering a service or piece of software, but you should have some very specific goals beyond that. For example, using our baby supplies example, these might be some realistic goals:

Make N2,000,000 a month from online sales
Sell 500 packages of cloth diapers per month
Reach a 10% conversion rate by the end of the year
Without one or more goals, you won’t know what you are striving for. Many online businesses fail to succeed because they never set these kinds of goals. Without goals, they may not have a clear direction for their activities, and may never do the right things to help turn a profit.

When you are setting goals for a new business, start small, and remember to be realistic. You may want to set a goal of making 25 sales your first month or reaching a set amount of profit. Once that goal is met, you can set a new goal.

However, make sure that you are doing the right kind of work to help meet your goals. If you set a goal to increase your revenue, but you don’t ramp up your marketing activities, properly optimize your website, or add additional products and services, you may find that your sales stay flat. For this reason, you may want to add a “by” or “how” statement for your more advanced goals – something like “I will increase sales 10% this month by adding 200 new products to my store.”






3. No Passion

Many people start or run online businesses that they do not have a passion for. In fact, most are bored out of their minds by their business. This can make them easily get caught up in a rut thereby leading to poor performance. This will, in turn, lead to a continuous loss of money.


4. Not Having A User-Friendly Website

A basic ingredient to run an online business is to have a well-designed website. You need to put everything regarding your business in your web pages. People will come across your business through your website. When they will visit your website, it should make a good first impression on them. This means that each colour, font, image, symbols, text, etc, elements you pick to create your website should impress the visitors.

Your website must hold all the information that your target customers want. It must have pages such as About Us that tells all about what your company and business does. Tell how your business stands out in your niche market. There should be details about the products or services you sell.

Also, mention the specific solutions that your business provides to the customers. Makes sure that your website has other pages like Contact Us that has your company’s physical address or any other address.

Pages such as Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, etc. must also be there as part of your website. But most importantly, your website design should stand out in its use of design concept, colours, typeface and various other elements


5. |Poor Social Media Presence

Another reason for the failure of many online business startups is that they simply ignore the power of social channels in promoting a business. In the modern world, people use social channels to get updated information. They communicate with the world using a variety of these channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+, and many others.

Your potential customers are mostly present on different social media. Make sure that your business has a dedicated social media page on most of these channels. Then, post content regarding your company, business, products or services regularly. The content should be such that they can interact with your business. You will be surprised the number of sales other businesses get from social media. Social media is so powerful that some businesses use social media soley.

Thursday

Affiliate Marketing beginner's guide

Affiliate Marketing beginner's Guide


The hardest thing about being an affiliate marketer is getting started. It's the foundation of a house that's most important. Once you're through with this stage, your Affiliate marketing business is almost set and ready to fire! Affiliate marketing is an exciting alternative to the traditional way of making money through advertising on the internet. This is why you need guidance: you need someone to show you the way, to take you by the hand and show you how to make money doing Affiliate marketing. Having said that, here are some important things you need to have to begin as an affiliate marketer. 


1. Determine your niche: Focus is an extremely important part of this business. The more time you spend focusing on a particular niche, the more you're likely to achieve with that niche. You can decide to focus on Health and lifestyle, or Kids' toys, or on Travel, Economics, Fashion etc. There are so many niches in affiliate marketing and you can pick one of these niches and spend time learning and developing yourself in them. This doesn't mean you can't do a whole bunch of other things but try to limit yourself to two or three products at a time. It is advisable, however, to focus on only one product as a beginner. When you have learnt the ropes, you can decide to venture into other products because you clearly understand how the system works. This will definitely make you more efficient. It may not be a very easy task to determine your niche. There are so many products online. You can use analyzing tools to determine what niches are profitable and sell well. 

 2. Adequate research on the right  products:  Now that you have chosen a niche, carry out what lawyers call Due diligence. This means that you must do your search and adequate research on the product(s) you have selected. This will show you how well this product is doing in the market and how in-demand it is. Naturally, you should choose products that will earn you money online and products that have many vendors so that you can get a larger online audience. After some time, please remember to track you products data so as to help you identify what products are selling well and which ones aren't selling as much. You can then make improvements and target better results. 

3. Sign up to an Affiliate network: There are many Affiliate networks you can sign up for. Examples include Clickbank, Amazon, JVZoo and Commission junction. In Nigeria, we have the likes of Jumia and Konga Affiliate programs. For a beginner, it's advisable you choose only one Affiliate network to work with. Go with trusted affiliate networks that pay a decent commission on any product you sell.  Also ensure that whatever network you choose is good and easy to navigate and use and doesn't have too many regulations and restrictions, so that you can enjoy your work on that network. 


4. Build a website: It is now time to build a website  or a  landing page. A landing page is a digital marketing term. It is a standalone page created for the purposes of a marketing or advertising campaign. It is where a visitor lands when they have clicked on an ad or call to action. Building a website from scratch isn't difficult and has been made easier these days by online tools where you can go and create one quickly within five minutes. You actually need a landing page or a website if you're going to make good progress in this business. These are important parts of the work that can't be overlooked. You can also pay to help your website or Landing page get set up. 


5. Drive Traffic: This is the 'heart' of the Affiliate marketing industry. A beginner affiliate needs to get people to his website or affiliate network or landing page. If you can't get people to see your page, or see the product you're selling, you can't make profits. A marketer must understand how to generate free traffic and then when you've made sales, you can then go on to paid traffic. These days, we have facebook ads as one of the popular ways of generating traffic for a small amount. However, doing this requires a good knowledge of how it works and your being able to tweak the system to favour you because it's a little bit complicated. It's nothing to worry about however. 


6. Make sales: When you do all the steps about right, you will sales and this will convert to income. 

One important aspect of this business is advertising and developing a good relationship with your prospective customers and your existing customers. Good luck! 

You can start today to learn to make money doing Affiliate marketing!

Frequently Asked Questions About Affiliate Marketing And Clickbank




As a beginner in Affiliate Marketing, you probably have lots of questions regarding it. How do I start? How do I Make money and so many more. Here are some of the more popular questions.

1. What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is basically performance-based marketing, whereby affiliates/partners promote a merchant's product/service and get remunerated for every sale, visit or subscription sent to the merchant. It is a lot easier than you think.


2. How Can I Make Money From Affiliate Marketing

Let us use an example to explain. An online travel agent offers 5% commission for every air ticket booking that takes place on their website. You own a travel forum and place banners of that travel agent on your forum. For every user that clicks on the banners and then books an air ticket, you will receive a 5% commission on the value of the ticket the user booked!

3. Do I need to spend money (e.g., PPC, paid advertising, etc) to make money with affiliate marketing?

There are many different ways to make money as an affiliate. If you have money to invest, and you’re willing to put a lot of time into testing, you can make money fairly fast with PPC. But if you have more time than money, and you want to build a long-term site, I’d suggest focusing on building a blog on a topic that interests you. This can be done for very little cost.

4. Who Can Be An Affiliate Marketer?

Well, anyone really! Unlike other professions that require years of schooling or training, time at unpaid internships, or entry-level positions, literally anyone can become an affiliate marketing. There are no education requirements, no age requirements, and you don’t need to be located in any particular area. This is a job you can do solely from a good internet connection.

5. Clickbank seems to be the big thing among affiliate marketers. Do you use it extensively as well, or most of the offers you promote come from other places?

 ClickBank has always been a massive powerhouse and the way they handle their payouts and backend is awesome. They get paid when a sale is made, so you never have to worry about an advertiser screwing over the network. From an affiliate aspect, they have an excellent selection of offers for almost any niche, with well-written creatives and ad content. As an advertiser, you simply create an account, add a product, a few creatives and you are ready to go. ClickBank is genius!

6. How many products can I have in my account?

One ClickBank account allows a vendor to offer up to 500 products. 

7. Does ClickBank provide copyright protection for my website and products?

No. Per their Client Contract, it is your sole responsibility to obtain and maintain all applicable licenses and permits required for the operation of your business.

If you feel your content has been infringed upon in any way, you can submit a DMCA complaint. For more information on DMCA and filing a DMCA complaint, see the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") and Trademark Policy page.

If you wish to report a copyright or DMCA violation, contact ClickBank to fill out the necessary form.

8. What products are allowed or not allowed?

ClickBank accepts a wide variety of both digital and physical products.

Products can appear in any category listed in the Marketplace Categories section of the Using the Marketplace article.

The following product types are allowed:

One-time physical product
Recurring physical product
One-time digital product
Recurring digital product
Digital product with one-time physical component
Physical product with recurring digital component
Visit our Vendor & Product Requirements Policy Page for more information about types of products that are not allowed.

See the Product Guidelines article for more information about forbidden products and techniques for specific categories.

9. Do you believe that social media can be used to promote affiliate offers? If so, how?

Without a doubt. we’ve seen some great results with Facebook Fan Pages and Twitter for building up niche sites that people are really interested. You would be surprised at how many people will retweet articles they are interested in, and gladly contribute on your blog feedback.


10. What are the most important things to track and test when promoting affiliate offers?

I think it’s always important to track what traffic source is converting best. If you’re promoting your site in multiple places, always make sure you know which site is bringing in what conversions. This can be done with a simple “subid” and helps dramatically.


11. How Do I Get Started On Clickbank?

Here’s is a quick guide on how you can become a ClickBank affiliate.
  • Open a ClickBank Account. Start by signing up for a ClickBank account. Enter your personal information.
  • 2. Getting Paid. Payments are sent out every 2 weeks if you wish to be paid by check and every week if you are eligible for direct deposits.
  • Choosing Products. The marketplace listings are sorted in popularity order, but you can as well use the search box to find your preferred product. Against each entry is a Promote button that provides you with the affiliate link. You will also be provided with info on the commission you will receive if you sell the item.

Wednesday

Continuation: People Are Making Millions From Self Publishing





Yesterday, we started talking about how to self-publish your book successfully and make loads of money Today we will continue how to self-publish that book you have always dreamt of writing and publishing.

1. Formatting Your Self-Published Book

Chances are when you are writing your book, you are writing it in MS Word format, you will have to convert this to Amazon Kindle Format. If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of resources online that can tell you how to format your book yourself for free. You can start by looking at Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) forums where there are plenty of discussions on book formatting.


Also, keep in mind that formatting will look different for fiction versus nonfiction books
  • Make sure your book is formatted properly by using the free online resource above or hiring someone who can handle the formatting process for you.


2. Self-Publishing Your Book

When you feel confident your book is ready for the public, you can create a KDP account and upload your book.

On the KDP main page, locate and click on “Your Bookshelf”.
Locate and click on “Kindle eBook Actions”.
Then, locate and click on “Edit eBook Content”.
Finally, click on “Upload eBook Manuscript”, and upload your manuscript file from your computer.
Amazon also allows you to select 7 keywords or keyword phrases to make sure your intended audience can find your book when searching on Amazon. It’s highly recommended you also select two different categories your book might fit into so you can reach a broader audience.

To select keywords and categories, look at other best-selling books in your niche and notice what keywords and categories those authors chose.

Once Amazon finishes uploading your file, a confirmation message will be sent and you can preview the uploaded file to check for any errors.

Create your Amazon author central account after uploading your book. Include a bio, photo, and link to your website or blog to help you stand out among authors. After a few more steps, you’ll be ready to publish your book, at which time you’ll click “save & publish” in your KDP book dashboard.

Afterwards, you should be ready to publish your book! Just click “save & publish” in the book editing screen!
  • Follow these steps to upload your book. You are allowed to upload your manuscript as many times as you want with each upload overriding the previous.

3. Pricing Your Book

One of the most important decisions when it comes to self-publishing a book is how to price it. The most common question I get from new writers is, “How much should my book cost?”

To answer this, my general rule of thumb is to have your book priced is between $2.99 to $5.99.

To be more specific, when beginning a launch, I would begin by pricing the book at $0.99 for the launch period. Then I would set the price to 2.99, and I would moderately increase the price by $1 every week and measure how well the new price performs. Once you see a sales dip, that will determine the exact price of your book that will guarantee book sales.

  • Find the perfect price by using this strategy that will attract your readers and best drive long-term success.


4. Forming a Launch Team

Your launch team is the group of people who are dedicated to helping make your book successful. They should be a passionate group of individuals who are eager to make your book launch successful.

To find quality candidates, here’s a questionnaire you can use to assess applicants and see if they’re qualified to market your book:

  • Why do you want to support my book?
  • What goals are you trying to reach with this project?
  • How would you market this book?
  • Which influencers would you reach out to and why?

  • Create an application with questions that align with your thought process. Try to be open-minded with those who think outside the box – they may be the perfect candidates that can get your book to become a bestseller.

5. Maximizing Book Launch Exposure

It’s not enough to learn how to publish a book and be done with it. You still have to take action even after your official launch.

As soon as your book goes live on Amazon, be sure to leverage your launch team and your audience to help you market your book! It may be odd to ask your fans for help, but your fans are there to support your project and want to see you succeed. You might be surprised how willing they’ll be to help you if you just ask!

Here are some marketing initiatives you can assign your team and audience to do:

Share content from your book as blog posts across social media
Submit reviews on Amazon
Help build your book’s website
Reach out to influencers for a future guest post or podcast feature
Share a book review on their YouTube channel
Buy extra copies to gift their friends
The additional exposure generated from your launch team and the audience will help push your book up Amazon’s rankings, which will drive more sales!


Create your book marketing launch plan using these methods. Measure each of these methods to see which will best get your book in the hands of new readers and convert into sales.

Tuesday

Freelance Habits you must drop now!

Freelance habits you should drop now! 


As a freelancer, it's only natural you want to impress. You want to put yourself out there and hold yourself to the best possible job quality and standard. It's important. Quality is something nobody ever plays with and if you'll make a name for yourself and have your clients returning, you'll need to deliver a good job, one without mistakes. But dear freelancer, you're a human being and all you have in one day is 24 hours. You should never be lazy, but at the same time, don't overdo. An equilibrium must be struck. As such, here are seven bad habits you must drop now if you'll succeed as a freelancer in this 21st century. 


1. Taking up more or less than you can handle: Never bite more than you can chew!, I'm certain you have heard that before. As a freelancer looking for a living, you'll be tempted to overpromise your clients. You will say you can type 2400 pages in word in 4 hours. How ridiculous! You must not allow yourself to get trapped in that web because it'll ruin your reputation and business. Take only jobs you can do within a reasonable time. If you can do the job in 3 days, say it! If you can do it in 30 minutes, Good. But don't overpromise. Know what you are good at and do it. If you're too busy, just say so. If you can't do it or are not sure about the expected time of delivery, please be transparent. Don't give your clients a hyped or false image of your work rate and ability. People will value your truthfulness better and will know you're reliable and always says the truth. That way, you will keep your clients. Also, taking up less than you can handle can destroy your productivity and reduce your chances of getting better at what you do. The secret is to strike a BALANCE between everything. 



2. Procrastination: This is one of the traits you must drop as a freelancer. Procrastination will make you put off tasks you ought to execute urgently. This can lead to you losing clients and not making the best of your time which translates to losing good money you could have earned. If you work for someone, but from home, this can cost you your job. You can deal with this by putting up reminders to let you know you have something serious to do and try to be disciplined. 



3. Not communicating effectively: This can ruin your business for you. One out of five freelance jobs that fail is due to ineffective communication. When you're working physically with people, it's easy to see that you're doing your job. But when working online and doing a job for someone who's halfway across the world, you need to keep them informed and up-to-date about what you're doing and about the progress of the work. Nobody likes to be kept in the dark about something that's important to them, let alone when they don't know you personally. Don't assume your client knows what you're doing- inform them. Also, try to clarify what exactly the client wants before you take up the job. 



4. Avoid  acting unprofessionally: A freelancer is a professional and rightfully so and as such, you must hold yourself and your work to that standard. Avoid acting unprofessionally. If your client, for example, rejects your work after you've shown him and refuses to pay, you shouldn't go about disparaging that client on social media and everywhere else. You should act politely and try not to lose your professional demeanor. As a matter of fact, how you act when you're wronged goes a long way to prove how professional you are. So next time you are tempted to flare up, remember you're a professional.


5. Changing your job quote:  It could happen that after giving a particular amount as what you'll take for doing the job, you discover that the amount you quoted is too small for the difficulty you face doing the job. At this point, you might be tempted to change the amount. This may make you seem like a fraud. Ensure that you correctly assess how much doing that job will cost you before you take up the job. This is to prevent coming later to change your quote. It won't speak well of you and you might scare other clients away. You can ask for more pay if the client gives you more work than the originally-agreed job description. If you underbid, please make sure you complete the task first and then for subsequent jobs, give the client a higher quote. That is very professional. 


6. Not improving yourself: This is one area you must do better at as a freelancer. The world is evolving and with it, online workspace. Your skills may have been well-appreciated some years ago but now, something better is in high demand. You should get better at what you currently do and also try to gain more than one skill. These days, people with more than one skillset get more jobs and ultimately earn more money. 


7. Not taking out time to rest: It's easy, especially as Nigerians to refuse to rest because we must make all the money there is to make. Sadly, this is often bad for us. A freelancer should have a time marked out for rest. Without a rest schedule or plan, you will discover a flow-in of your personal time into your work time, there will be no difference and your health will suffer. Dedicate specific hours to work and reserve specific hours for rest, adequate rest. Sleep deprivation will surely affect your work rate eventually, so why not make out time for rest?  
We can show you how to make good money freelancing!

How To Self Publish Your Book To Riches









Historically, if you wanted to know how to publish a book, you needed an agent to get a traditional publisher to look at your manuscript.

So is there a better method?

Yes! In fact, there is another way for your book to not only be published but to even become a bestseller! This method has led to the success of many authors and is changing the book and traditional publishing industry.

It’s called self-publishing.


Several years ago, in order to achieve this level of publishing success, you would have needed to be extremely lucky to even land an agent who would attempt to find you a deal at a decent publishing house.

This is no longer the case. Now self-published authors are actively turning down offers from publishing companies!

So If you are trying to publish your book and are having no luck landing a publisher, self-publishing could be the best option for you.

Better yet, making the decision to learn how to navigate the self-publishing world the right away can save you countless wasted hours.

What’s the Difference Between Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing?



  • No need to spend excess time landing an agent to get a publishing house
  • You keep 100% creative control
  • You keep 100% of royalties
  • You keep full rights to your work forever
  • You have 100% control of the pace of production
  • You work at your own pace
  • You control when your book stops "printing"

How to Publish a Book in 2018

I am assuming you know why you want to publish a book, you already have a book or you are working on the book at the moment. If not, refer to "How To Write A Book"

1. Hiring a Great Book Editor

While you may not need the help of a publishing house, you will most definitely need an editor for a quality book. This can be the difference between writing a bestseller, or a mediocre book.

To find an editor for your book, begin with your personal network. Do you personally know any qualified editors? Start there. If you don’t, then do you know someone who knows an editor?

If you don’t have any luck finding an editor within your personal network, don’t worry! Depending on your budget, you can either hire a professional book editor or hire a more budget-friendly editor from freelancing sites.

No matter how you find your editor, make sure you’re a good fit before committing to the full book by paying them a small sum to edit a few pages or a chapter of your book. Make sure the editor is interested in the subject matter, that they can get your whole book edited in 3.5 weeks or less including back-and-forth revisions, and that their edits are both accurate and make sense to you.
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  • You can find a friend or professional editor who can make sure your book is error-free, and start working with them sooner rather than later!

2. Designing a Book Cover that Converts

When it comes to self-publishing, a high-quality book cover is one of the most important elements that will get your book to convert into sales! The reason is that your cover design is what readers see first and will immediately determine whether they want to read your book or not.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” simply doesn’t apply to actual book covers, as much as we wish it did. The hard truth is that everyone judges a book by its cover whether they realize it or not.

So you must make sure that it is created professionally and that it will stand apart from the rest of the books in your genre or category.

Prices will vary depending on what type of service you want, but the end result will be well worth the spend.

  • You can find a friend or a friend of a friend who can design a professional Book Cover for you.

3. Creating Your Kindle Direct Self-Publishing Account

Amazon has a self-publishing service called Kindle Direct Publishing where you can create and manage your Kindle eBook, paperback, and audio books. You can even link it with CreateSpace to offer print books to your audience.

It’s the best way to learn how to publish a book and start selling quickly.

Setting up your KDP account is very simple! Start by following these steps:

Visit https://kdp.amazon.com and create an account with either your existing Amazon account or your email address.
Next, you must complete your tax information. You will not be able to submit your published book if you do not complete this step.
Once your tax information is complete, hit “Finished” and your account is complete!

  • Follow these steps to create your KDP account! With this platform, you can figure out how to publish your book within minutes and soon have it appear worldwide!

Monday

Proven Ways To Make Money Blogging




People often ask how to make money blogging so in this article, we will lay out some basic steps that most bloggers who make a living from blogging go through.

Here is how to make money from a blog:

1. Start a Blog

In order to make money blogging you’re going to need to have a blog. While this is pretty obvious it is also a stumbling block for many PreBloggers who come to the idea of blogging with little or no technical background.

If that’s you – don’t worry! It was the story most bloggers start out feeling a little overwhelmed by the process of starting their blog. Starting a blog is rather cheap these days, depending on the plan you pick.


2. Start Creating Useful Content

A blog is not a blog without content so once you’ve set your blog up you need to focus your attention upon creating useful content. What you choose to create will depend a little on the topic that you choose to write about (on that note, most successful bloggers have some focus to their blogging whether that be a niche or a demographic that they write for).

The key with creating content is to make it as useful as possible. Focus upon creating content that changes people’s lives in some way will be the type of content that people will value the most and it will help people to feel like they know, like and trust you – which is really important if you later want to make money from your blog.

3. Get off your blog and start finding readers

As you create the most useful content that you possibly can it is easy to get very insular with your focus and spend most of your time looking at building your blog. Many bloggers have a ‘build it and they will come mentality’ with their blogging but this is a bit of a trap.

If you want to make money from your blog you need to not only focus on building a great blog but it is also necessary to get off your blog and to start promoting it.

There are many ways to experiment with growing your blog’s audience, it is important to enter into all these strategies remembering that you should not just be looking for ‘traffic’ but ‘readers’.

Start by thinking carefully about the type of reader you’d like to have read your blog. You might like to create an avatar of that reader (sometimes called a reader persona or profile) to help you work out who you’re trying to attract.

Once you know who you’re hoping to have read your blog ask yourself where that type of person might already be gathering online. Begin to list where they might be gathering:

Are they reading certain blogs? List the top 3
Are they participating in certain forums? List the top 3
Are they listening to podcasts? List the top 3
Are they engaging in certain social networks? List the top 3
Which accounts are they following on each of these social networks? List the top 3
Each of these places that you read might already be gathering has opportunities to develop a presence whether that be by leaving good comments, offering to create guest posts or simply by being helpful and answering questions.

With this list of blogs, focus, podcasts, social media accounts in hand you will have some good spots to begin to hang out and create value.

The key is to build a presence, to add value, to foster relationships – not to engage in spammy practices.

4. Build engagement with the readers that come

With a sustained focus upon creating great content and finding readers for your blog, you’ll begin to notice people visiting your blog and engaging with your content.

At this point, you need to switch your focus to engaging with those readers and building community.

Respond to comments, reach out to those readers personally and do everything that you can to keep them coming back again and again by building a ‘sticky blog’.

Look after the readers you already have well and you’ll find they spread the word of your blog for you and help make your blog even more widely read.

Having an engaged reader is also much easier to make money from.

5. Start making money from the readership you have through one or more of a variety of income streams

OK – the first four steps of starting a blog, creating content, finding readers and building engagement with those readers are important foundations that you really do need to get in place before you’ll be able to build long-term income for your blog.

There’s no avoiding that what we’ve covered is a lot of work but if you do it well you’ll be setting yourself up well and giving yourself every chance of being able to make money from your blog.

With these foundations in place, you’re now ready to start attempting to make money from your blog but you do need to be aware that just because you have set up your blog, have content and have engaged readers that the money won’t just automatically flow.

It takes continued work and experimentation to make money from your blog.