Oh how I love Instagram these days! Who doesn’t right? Chances are even your grandma is on Instagram these days. Ok, maybe not, but still Instagram is super popular and for good reason. I once overlooked this super popular form of social media marketing thinking that I would have better luck with Facebook, Pintrest and Twitter, but truth be told, I have had the most success and progress from dedicating a few days to Instagram than I have with any other social media outlet. I have not only had an increase in follows over a 24 hour period but I have increased my followers by over 200 in just a few days. Here’s how I did this and you can too.
Instagram is my new favorite social media platform! I don’t know about you but I love a having a visual to go with what I’m reading. Pintrest and Instagram offer more of a visual aspect to seeing and engaging with content.
P.s. If you want more followers don’t be tempted to go on a site like fiverr and pay for someone to get you followers. The reason is simply this, you want followers who are going to interact, engage and react to what it is your are marketing, interacting and engaging leads to more conversion. If you are marketing anything from a physical product to an article on your blog you want followers to see what it is you have to offer. Another reason is this, you want to look professional, with this kind of service it will be hard to monitor who is a follower and you could end up with a bunch of weird profiles or adult content and that is not how you want to represent your business. Just food for thought.
Hope these tips helped you gain more followers and ultimately more sales!
Hi everyone, hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend. Is it really Friday again? I’ve been so busy getting my five year old ready for Kindergarten, complete with booster shots, tears, school shopping hauls, water gun fights, park trips and b-day parties. Hope you guys are having an enjoyable summer and remember to take some time for some R&R I’m guilty of pushing myself very hard this summer (wait is it really August this summer flew by), I might have set my goals a little too high but all I can do is try and mark things off my to-do list one at a time!
School starts on August 17th for us in Nor cal so it’s fast approaching.
So, anyhoo, I just wanted to post quickly about a new series I’m going to be doing thanks to Money Making Mommy! Weekly job leads for real, legit work at home jobs. Did I mention LEGIT?! Too legit to quit! Ok, can you tell that I’m a 90’s kinda girl, you can take the 90’s out, but you can’t take the 90’s outta the girl.
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Have a relaxing weekend! I will be working on a new Udemy course this weekend which will walk you through the process from start to finish on how to set up an online e-commerce store on the following three platforms Etsy, Ebay and Amazon. I will be also teaching a couple more courses coming up (setting up an ecommerce store as well as creating and selling digital printables) so if you are local to Nor Cal then please contact me for more info @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, also I wanted to mention quickly that I am really kicking butt on Instagram these days and have learned a lot of tricks and tips. I will be researching social media tricks and tips one at a time ( I think Facebook is next) and I will be sure to give you the inside scoop on each as I uncover secrets to each. I will be recording an Instagram youtube video coming up this week on how to get 100 Instagram followers in 24 hours.
Talk to you all later. I will be posting more in the days ahead. Always feel free to contact me with any questions or for sponsor or business inquires you can reach me @ email@example.com
Have an amazing weekend!
Peace out moms!
What the heck is ‘business karma’ you might be asking yourself?Have you ever read a blog post that you loved and thought, wow that was an amazing post, I need to leave a comment, but I don’t have time so I’ll just do it later!? I think we all are guilty of just trolling the internet without interacting or engaging with other readers or even the writer of the content due to lack of time. There’s always something on our ‘to-do’ list that we have to get done. From shuffling kids to appointments to running to the grocery store for what seems like the 19th time this week, then the emails, oh the emails, did I mention the emails? Then the social media and other projects you said yes to- it never ends. Is it really already Saturday? Where the heck did the week go?
So what is this ‘business karma’ you speak of, you might be pondering? Business karma is basically supporting other businesses in your genre. Are these your competitors? YES! So why should I be helping my competition, you might be thinking? Well the answer is simple- karma. Here is why I changed my mindset about business, competitors and the way I interact with others in my business element.
But first a story. So there have been a chain of events that have happened lately that prompted me to force myself to change my perception. First of all, I recently stumbled upon the website of a friend of a friend who had seemingly copied my entire business model right down to every detail of projects I’ve taken on from Ebooks to teaching. Now instead of getting mad and frustrated, which I was briefly, if I’m being totally honest, I reached out and offered to collaborate. After all, she doesn’t know everything about this business and neither do I so so I thought, maybe the two of us can exchange ideas. Even though she has been less than a friendly competitor I’m still trying to not take it personally and kill her with kindness. I mean maybe she’s stressed, maybe she’s going through personal issues or maybe she lacks time, don’t we all right? Anyhoo, I chose to reach out, praise her business and her efforts and let her know that I was thrilled to see another person in our area with the same business model as kind of a peace offering. Another incident happened when I came across a website that had nearly the same business name I had in mind of another website I’m going to be starting, focusing on local businesses in my area. I actually ended up calling this business to find out what I was up against, turns out I knew who owns and operates this business and he also teaches classes through the same local company I teach classes through- small world. The owner of this business, which shall remain un-named, was actually really friendly and offered me some good advice about the name and why I should not use the word ‘social’ in the URL, now that I mention it maybe it was a way of luring me in another direction. Either way he was super friendly and we had a good conversation and exchanged some business tips.
There will always be competitors, no matter what business you go in to. You could have the most unique business model, like making tutus for poodles, and still there will be another business out there doing the same thing. Competition is what pushes us to try harder, to push ourselves, to gain a new perspective and try new things.
I’ve always been very competitive in nature and I think that you really can’t be in business if you don’t have that kind of strong will. I’m learning that competition can be a good thing depending on your perspective.
Here are some ways to change your ‘business karma’ and maybe make some life long friends along the way.
1) Offer freebies. When you are first starting out, whether you are selling a physical product or just simply coaching, offer your product or services free for reviews and experience. You can take as many classes or get as many certifications you want, but nothing is going to prepare you more than ‘real world’ experience.
2) Offer free advice. Everyone is good at something. It’s just a matter of fine tuning those skills and offering your expertise to others. You might think offering free advice is counterproductive but actually it’s quite the opposite. When you consider launching a service or product most people are very reluctant to offer up their hard earned cash. Offering free advice gains you respect and credibility, thus, building momentum and getting your target market excited about what you have to ultimately sell them, this is going to be what sets you apart from your competition. It’s not what you sell that people are going to remember, it’s what isn’t for sale. I love making youtube videos and although the income I generate is hardly worth mentioning at this point (ask me in five years). Youtube is where people go for free advice, and I am happy to offer it to gain respect and authority in my field of expertise.
3) Think outside the web. When I first started working online as well as earning money online 12 years ago I was focused only on internet based efforts. After re-evaluating my overall business plan I realize now that focusing on my local market might be even more powerful and productive than I once thought. I really think I overlooked the potential my own local area has to offer. I guess I thought that there would be no market for what I teach or what I have to offer. I was wrong. Start with your local area and branch out from there. I did the opposite but the mistakes I made along the way are invaluable experiences that have helped me in the long run.
4) Collaborate. Look online for businesses in your genre. Local and otherwise. If you are a blogger for example. Contact other bloggers in your genre. Offer to guest post, offer to collaborate on Youtube or a project, maybe offer a free ebook to other bloggers for their readers, or even a free product for a giveaway. You know that saying two heads are better than one? It’s true. Reach out and send a message to others in your field. Take the time to leave a comment on like blogs or websites. So many readers don’t take that one simple step. By not leaving links like comments you are missing out on huge opportunities for traffic, readers and customers.
5) Don’t be a know it all. Nothing is worse than coming across as a know-it-all. I believe in staying humble, a little humility goes a long way. Some people have a little success and then lose focus of where they came from. If your target market can’t relate with you anymore, why would they continue to read your posts or buy what you have to offer. Prepare for an unfollow! One blogger I started following that was a frugal living, money saving blogger marketed her business around the fact that she could live on $20,000 a year. Well that business model really caught on, so much it made her almost wealthy and now the very business that made her rich might make her poor again if she can’t re-focus her audiences attention. No matter what field you are in there is always room to learn and grow. Don’t be afraid to change direction. If something isn’t working change it. I started out blogging six years ago as a coupon blogger. This was a great idea- at the time. After a couple years I lost focus and so did my ideal audience as well, so I had to revamp and re-work my business model and I’m so happy I did. I love teaching business. I think what makes someone a good teacher, is someone who never stops learning. Just like a writer needs books, a teacher needs continue to learn to teach. I try to dedicate at least an hour everyday to leaning something knew. There are always questions I think of that I write down and at the end of the day, I google, watch videos and try to figure out the answer to each question on my list. This is how I learned so much of what I now teach, just being curious and having a passion to help others succeed is what started this blog and my whole business model.
6) Refer, refer, refer. Your competition should be your friends not your enemies. Think about this. If you have too much work on your hands who would you pass your clients on too? Network and make friends with your competitors. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer right? Make your competitors your friends. Offer to help and offer your services or advice. Earn respect. Who would your competition refer their work overflow too? Get my point? It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
7) Donate to charities. One I would recommend is Kiva.org this is a peer to peer lending website that helps entrepreneurs. Or keep an open mind, donating doesn’t just come in a monetary form. Volunteer your time or resources. Have some office space you can donate for a couple hours? Why not? What have you got to lose? You could also donate to churches, schools or other non-profits. You may also qualify for tax write -offs which we can all appreciate.
The karmic business seeds you plant will grow with time. Always remember what you offer you will get back. Never lose sight of your mission or your vision. If you find yourself losing focus or getting sidetracked ask yourself why did you go into business for yourself in the first place?
What did you want to accomplish?
Who did you want to help?
Don’t start a business for monetary reasons alone. Do what you love and the money will come. Why spend your life miserable? Make your life fun! I’m on a mission to help mompreneurs live the lives they really want to live!
Share the business karma!!!! If you like this post. Leave me a message and I will be sure to get back to you. If you need any advice or have a home business problem or question I would be happy to help. I also teach local classes in Northern CA., if you would like any info, please contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The world of work and technology is changing everyday. Companies are outsourcing more and more small tasks like writing, blog updates, graphic design, answering email messages and answering calls. Working from home is almost, dare I say, ‘normal’ these days. Insurance adjusters are known to work from a home base, teachers can teach online classes and even RN’s can work from home answering medical questions. There are so many ways, thanks to the power of the internet and technological advances, that we as moms or really anyone, can work at home with the right skill set and mind set. Did you know that around 25% of the workforce telecommutes at any given time? Look below at these some work at home stats that might surprise you….
Thank you globalworkplaceanalytics.com
While there is no Census Bureau or government produced data provides additional granularity on the frequency of telework, Global Workplace Analytics’ research finds that:
So what if you are a WAHM (work at home mom) newbie and you want to get your feet wet? I’m going to give you a list of 15 free websites that can get you started freelancing. You might be making money by the end of the day! I will also give you a list of skills and services that you can use to freelance. This might help you decide what skills you can use now and also what skills you might need to brush up on….
Did you know right now in 2016, one in five workers works at home?
A growing number of Americans are working from home. Whether they are self-employed entrepreneurs running small accounting services, or telecommuting for multinational consulting firms, some 30 million of us work from a home office at least once a week. And that number is expected to increase by 63% in the next five years, according to a study by the Telework Research Network.
An estimated three million American professionals never step a foot in an office outside of their own home and another 54% say they are happier that way.
Here’s an article from Forbes.com about the future of work at home opportunities.
I really hope this post opened your eyes to how many work at home opportunities are available thanks to the power of technology. Work at home opportunities are predicted to grow at an astronomical rate. In the next decade it is predicted that half the work force will be working at home on some level.
If you would like more info on work at home opportunities or if you would like a free home business consultation to help you determine the right work at home job or business for you, please contact me @ email@example.com. I also now offer a complete home business set up called ‘business-in-a-box’ I can get up up and running in one week in most cases. From website to initial marketing and social media set up and automation.
Happy Sunday! Here’s to Sun daze!
By Holly Reisem Hanna
Working from home has a TON of perks, but there is a downside. First, the majority of work at home jobs available are for independent contractors and freelancers, which means you’re responsible for your own taxes. Second, most gigs don’t offer employee benefits, so no health insurance, no paid vacation, no sick leave, and no matching 401(k) retirement plan. All these things must be taken into consideration when you decide to work from home.
Luckily, more and more companies are offering telecommuting positions with employee benefits. From my research the majority of remote jobsthat do offer benefits are for full-time workers, which is generally the case when you work outside the home too. So if you need a telecommuting job with benefits here are some great companies to check out.
Please note, while benefits were researched on the corporate websites and/or GlassDoor.com and are believed to be correct, you need to check with the individual companies and HR departments for complete up-to-date information. Companies are listed in alphabetical order with the positions they hire for and the benefits they offer.
Hires Freight Sales Managers and Virtual Customer Care Reps.
Adecco offers a temporary employee benefits programs. Once on assignment, you’ll have access to medical coverage, 401(k), service bonuses, paid holidays based on accrued hours, and more.
Hires Client Relations Managers, Ancillary Product Sales Managers, Application Developers, Human Resource Business Partners, Associate Client Support Consultants, Project Managers, Payroll Specialists, and more.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision, life insurance, short and long term disability, 401(k), stock purchase plan, paid vacation, personal, and holidays, tuition reimbursement, and more.
Hires Quality Management Nurses, Utilization Review Nurses, Workers Comp Nurses, Project Managers, Case Managers, Informatics Consultants, Application Developers, Pharmacy Service Managers, and more.
Benefits include health insurance, life insurance, paid time off, disability, personal and family wellness plans, savings and retirement benefits, and more.
Hires Inpatient Coders, QA Analysts, Outpaient Coders, Advanced Specialty E/M Auditors, Remote HEDIS Clinical Readers, and Clinical Advocate Coordinators.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) plan to eligible employees, and more.
Hires for a variety of virtual positions.
Benefits include vacation days, a medical plan including dental and vision, 401(k), and employee stock purchase plan.
Hires Travel Counselors and Customer Care Professionals.
Benefits include competitive salary, cash incentive bonus programs, medical, dental and vision insurance, vacation and vacation purchase plans, 401(k), and much more.
Hires Work at Home Benefits Analysts, RN Provider Consultants, HEDIS RN Nurse Clinical Practice Consultants, Proposal Coordinators, Pharmacist Program Managers, Clinical Fraud Investigators, and more.
Benefits include 401(k), life insurance, long term disability, tuition assistance, medical, dental, and vision coverage, paid time off, holiday pay and much more.
Hires Workday HCM Principal Consultants, Learning Operations Managers, RPO Recruiting Consultants, HR BPO Payroll Delivery Analysts, RPO Recruiters, Java Web Services Developers, Curriculum Advisors, Delivery Analysts, and more.
Benefits include health and wellness plans, retirement, profit sharing, and financial planning, disability and life insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days.
Hires At-Home Chat Specialists, At Home Advisors, At Home Customer Relations, At-Home Area Managers, At-Home Team Managers, and more.
Benefits include health insurance, 401(k) plan, and employee discounts.
Hires Customer Service Reps, Bilingual Customer Service Reps, and Technical Customer Service Reps.
Benefits includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k), educational assistance, life insurance, and flex-spending account.
Hires Technical Account Managers, PLM Sales Specialists, Customer Success Managers, Sales Reps, Federal Account Executives, and more.
Benefits include stock program, health insurance, flexible spending account, life insurance, sick leave, long and short term disability, 401(k), paid holidays and vacation, and every 4th year of employment a paid six-week sabbatical.
Hires Under Writers and Loan Processors.
Benefit package includes medical, dental, and vision, life insurance, 401(k), and paid time off. Compensation based on experience.
Hires Credit Analysts.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, group life insurance, disability insurance, 401(k) with a 3% company match, and more.
Hires Work at Home Representatives.
Offers a wide range of health and wellness benefits.
Hires At Home Call Agents.
Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, paid time off, 401(k) and college tuition reimbursement.
Hires Clinical Research Associates, Field Based Account Executives, Project Integration Managers, SAS Programmers, Medical Writers, and more.
Benefits include health and wellness coverage, 401(k), life insurance, short and long term disability, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.
Hires iOS Developers, Front End Developers, Programmers, Linux Systems Administrators, PHP Developers, Web Developers, Android Software Engineers, and more.
Benefits include health insurance and a great company culture.
Hires Sales Account Managers, Tech Support Analysts, Tech Account Managers, Outside Sales Specialists, Clinical Support Advisors and Analysts, Data Architects, Healthcare Clinical Application Consultants, and more.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage, flex spending account, life and disability insurance, paid vacation, holiday and personal time, and 401(k) retirement plan.
Hires Project Managers and Consultants.
Benefits include health care and 401(k) retirement plan.
Hires Workers’ Compensation Adjusters, Property Adjusters, Material Damage Adjusters, and Risk Control Consultants.
Benefits include health, dental, and vision coverage, 401(k), life insurance, paid time off, holiday pay, sick pay, short and long term disability.
Hires Bilingual Rental Reservation Reps and Customer Service Reps.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision, long term disability, life insurance, 401(k), holiday and vacation pay, and more. Benefits vary for full time and part time employees.
Hires Workers’ Compensation Claims Specialists.
Benefits include paid time off, health, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account, long and short term disability insurance, life, accidental death & dismemberment insurance, 401(k), profit sharing plans, and more.
Hires Record Retrieval Specialists, Field Care Managers, Nurse Reviewers, Marketing Consultants, Personal Nurse Navigators, RN Discharge Care Coordinators, Learning Process Managers, and more.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, life insurance, tuition assistance, paid time off, paid holidays, paid volunteer time, short and long term disability, and more.
Hires Marketing Strategists, Technical Consultants, JAMF Software Server Admins, Security Services Managers, Transition Managers, Security Services Specialists, User Experience Designers, Security Architects, Creative Directors, Systems Admins, Deskside Support Reps, and more.
Benefits include health care, income protection, retirement security, personal interests, and more.
Hires Tax Support Specialists, Tax Advisors, Field Sales Specialists, Marketing Managers, Communication Services Engineers, and more.
Benefits include health and wellness coverage, 401(k) savings plan, employee stock purchase plan, paid holidays, sick time, and vacation pay, as well as other perks and resources.
Hires Coding Specialists and Remote Auditors.
Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, 401(k), medical spending and dependent daycare accounts, paid time off, and paid holidays.
Hires Clinical Consultants, Support Managers, Account Managers, Support Directors, Sales Executives, Medical Coders, and more.
Benefits include medical coverage, 401(k), vacation and paid time off, as well as health, wellness, and continued learning perks.
Hires Customer Care Reps.
Benefits include medical and dental insurance, paid holidays and vacation, life insurance, long and short term disability, and more.
Hires Field Service Reps and Panel Membership Recruiters.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision, health care spending account, dependent care spending account, long term disability, supplemental life insurance, dependent life insurance, basic life insurance, short term disability, and more.
Hires Insurance Inspectors, Residential Insurance Inspectors, High Value Insurance Appraisers, Premium Auditors, and more.
Benefits include basic life insurance, short term disability, tuition reimbursement, vacation days and paid holidays, medical, dental, and 401(k) plan.
Hires for Business Development, Clinical Research Associates, Consultants, Study Managers, Global Trial Leaders, Data Asset Leaders, Project Directors, and more.
Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), paid vacation, sick days, personal days, and holidays.
Hires Call Center Reps.
After a 90 day probationary period has been completed an evaluation will be done and at that time a competitive compensation package including periodic bonuses, commissions, benefits and advancement opportunities may be offered based on experience and skills.
Hires Medical Writers, Clinical Research Associates, Clinical Data Managers, Senior Programmer Analysts, and more.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage, 401(k), life insurance, paid time off for vacation and sick time, paid holidays, a vacation sell back program, plus additional perks and benefits.
Hires Sales Specialists, Business Consultants, Sales Recruiters, Strategic Account Execs, Data Architects, Solutions Consultants, and more.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision, group life insurance, 401(k) savings plan, employee stock purchase plan, paid time off and leave, and more.
Hires Customer Service Reps
Benefits include medical and dental benefits for full-time employees, 401(K), vacation and holiday pay, hired as an employee rather than independent contractor, full and part-time shifts available.
Hires Learning Experts, Services Sales Engagement Managers, Customer Value Consultants, Account Executives, and more.
Benefits include medical, paid time off, and 401(k) plan.
Hires Home-Based Tech Agents.
Benefits are available to you and your family following the completion of an eligibility period and include dependent life insurance, extended health coverage, 401(k), paid holidays, paid time off, employee assistance program, educational reimbursement, and more.
Hires Customer Care Professionals.
Benefits include limited medical, dental and vision to all employees 30 days from your hire date. A matching 401(k) retirement plan is offered after one year of employment, working an average of 20 hours per week. Competitive compensation, career advancement, as well as earned paid time off is available too.
Hires Cisco IPT Escalation Engineers, IVR/CVP Developers, Technical Project Managers, Technical Support Reps, Customer Service Reps, and more.
Benefits include 401(k) plan for part time employees and health coverage to full time employees.
Hires Technical Customer Service Reps, Executive Program Managers, Account Executives, Pre-Sales Solution Architects, and more.
Benefits include health and welfare benefits, 401(k), career development, allowances, and annual incentives.
Hires Rails Developers and Customer Support Agents.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, simple IRA with company match, 3 weeks paid time off for new employees, 8 paid holidays, and a laptop of your choice.
Hires Customer Service Agents, U-Box Agents, and Center Sales Agents.
Part time benefits include limited medical plan and dental plan, travel insurance, 401(k), travel insurance, U-Haul discounts, and more.
Hires Clinical Practice Consultant RNs, Assessment RN Case Managers, Clinical Quality RNs, Directors of Payment Integrity, Coding Quality Analysts, Utilization Review, Fraud Principal Statistician Care Advocates, Beneficiary Education Reps, and Appeals and Grievances Medical Directors.
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage, flex spending account, life insurance, long and short term disability, 401(k), paid holidays, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.
Hires Work From Home Underwriters.
Compensation includes a competitive salary, opportunity for a year-end bonus, fully paid medical benefits, a profit sharing program, and more.
Hires Research Ecologists, IT Specialists, Supervisory Hydrologists, Admin Operations Assistants, Auditors, Human Resource Assistants, Program Analysts, and more.
Benefits include paid time off, health care coverage, life insurance, retirement, employee programs, and more.
Hires Systems Integration Managers, Staff Systems Engineers, Business Solutions Strategists, Solutions Consultants, and more.
Benefits include healthcare, paid vacation, holidays, sick time, and 5 days of paid volunteer time, retirement benefits, as well as various employee discounts and perks.
Hires Course Mentors, Evaluators, and Program Managers.
Benefits are available for full time employees and include medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, short and long term disability, tuition discounts, paid vacation, sick time, holidays, and more.
Hires At Home Agents.
Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401(k), employee referral programs, vacation pay, sick pay, volunteer day, disability insurance, personal days, as well as discounts on trips.
Hires Customer Care Reps, Tech Support, Data Entry, Image Tagging, Quality Control, Systems Development, Software Programing, and Admin and Business Support.
Benefits include paid holidays, health care, life insurance, retirement savings plan, employee assistance programs, and more.
Hires Virtual Assistants.
Benefits include health, vision, and dental insurance, and a 401(k) program. Benefits kick in after 90 days of employment.
Do you work from home with a company that offers employee benefits? Drop a comment below and let us know who they are.
While all companies are believed to be legit, they have only been soft checked, meaning that I did a quick search to see if there were any negative reviews or ratings. As is always the case, you need to do your due diligence (research the opportunity extensively) prior to enrolling in any business opportunity or applying for any job.
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Thank you so much Holly from theworkathomewoman.com for compiling this list!
I first discovered this little ole’ website called Fiverr about 6 months ago and it has changed my life and my whole business model overnight. The things I thought would take me forever to accomplish literally can be done with the push of a button. Welcome to the world of fiverr! When I first came across Fiverr and read into what this website was all about I thought, OMG how could anyone make money charging five dollars for their services? But what I didn’t realize at the time was this is a starting price for services. There are however a plethora of services, that someone like me as a blogger needs on a daily basis like SEO, backlinks, graphic design, website tech issues, social media posting or management, etc. This has been a total game changer for me. What I used to think of as just a blog is now a business with the five dollar website, Fiverr!
So how can five dollars change MY life? You might be asking.
Well let me ask you this. Do you want to earn extra income? Start a business or grow your business?
If you answered yes to any of those questions please read on…..
#1 Start earning an substantial income with Fiverr.
Check out these success stories.
“Well THIS was exactly what I needed. I kept expanding, growing, improving my gig pages and doing my best to really market myself. After 6 months, I had made over $4,000 (Yes, FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS) on this stupid little site. Check it out…”
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#2 Grow your business with Fiverr!
Check out how these business owners used fiver dollar gigs to grow their businesses.
#3 Start a business on cheap using fiverr!
For me Fiverr has been a life saver. When I first started blogging I thought I would be able to do everything myself. Turns out, that’s really not the case, I need a little help! There is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Starting a business with little money to invest has been a challenge, so when I discovered Fiverr I was hooked! I now use Fiverr to help other businesses with services such as banners, blog posts and testimonial videos. And I buy services from other sellers like, blog design issues or changing my template or plug ins.
Anyone who knows anything about branding and logo design will kind of cringe a little bit at this. Getting a logo done for $5 is really not a good idea if you are trying to grow a professional and distinctive business.
But, if you are just launching a new website or blog to try a new tactic or experiment in a new niche then getting logos done on the cheap is really helpful.
A word of warning with this and any graphical production on Fiverr: a lot of them are a bit iffy when it comes to copyright. Make sure you look around for someone who isn’t just going to give you a logo that belongs to someone else.
I didn’t get my fancy Blog Tyrant video introduction done on Fiverr (you can check it out on my YouTube Channel if you haven’t seen it) but you can get some similar things done quite easily.
With this type of thing, you want something short and made in a way that will be remembered. You want people to see it and immediately know that it is one of your videos coming up.
A lot of them will be taken from stock templates but for a few extra gigs you’ll find something nice.
These videos are really quite cool. Basically it is someone writing text or drawing a little figure on a white background. It can be used to explain a concept to someone or to just animate your logo and give it some life. Here’s an example of one I got done last week on how to start a blog:
Again, keep it short and lookout for people who just re-use images owned by other people.
Cartoons are everywhere on Fiverr and some of them are really quite amazing. The thing about these is that they help you make a really boring topic a lot of visually exciting.
One of the ways you can use these is get cartoons drawn for articles that you write – you can make them the big opening image or use them to illustrate points along the way. This also opens up the opportunity of getting more social love on Pinterest.
While a lot of you might be completely and totally fed up with infographics it seems like they still work and get shared around. Again, think about using Fiverr to get some infographics made to sit at the beginning or end of a really big post that you do – sort of as a summary. This will give people something else to Tweet about.
Remember, the back links on Pinterest are do-follow so it can be really handy to have people pinning your stuff on that weird site.
If you’re thinking about starting a podcast or perhaps you already have one but want to make it more professional, it’s a good idea to look into getting a nice little intro made.
This might involve a little bit of music but it also could have someone with a really cool, big booming voice doing a little intro for you. Of course, Fiverr has plenty of people doing these!
Look around for someone with good previews and see if they have the voice that matches your branding and style.
Something that a lot of bloggers and website owners don’t ever really seem to do is make offline marketing material and merchandise. It might seem a little odd but it can be put to good use.
For example, there are Fiverr gigs that will have your logo made into a stamp or an embossed pattern that looks really cool. This can be a nice thing to do if you ever plan on sending out Christmas cards or thank you notes to people in your industry who have helped you out.
You could also search for special items that you might get produced to give away to loyal readers – mugs, t-shirts, pens, etc. – all of that is a little bit different and memorable.
If you want to be more prolific with your blogging and online marketing one of the most important things is to learn how to get content produced for you.
Now, there are some amazing websites out there already like Freelance.com and Elance but there are also a lot of people on Fiverr who are looking to make a name for themselves in this space and will perform the same services a lot cheaper.
This process involves a lot of shopping around as well as creating “test” jobs so that you can figure out if someone is good at delivery before you give them a big important project.
Once you start to get your content creation happening it can be a really good idea to get someone to help you edit it and compile it in to useful posts.
For example, you might have two or three people writing articles and then one person to read over it all, upload it to WordPress, change the image names and so on. Again, the idea to to take the load of the simple tasks off of you to free up more time for important things.
Make sure the person has a lot of good feedback and NEVER give anyone your passwords to WordPress. Even when you know them well – make sure they only have a limited Author account.
Here are a few little things you should know about finding the best gigs on Fiverr.
After a while you will get a sixth sense for spotting the better services. The best thing about it all is that if you buy a bad one you’ve only wasted $5.
This is the perfect website for all you newbie bloggers just getting going! You will start seeing progress in no time for little investment!
What if you could make $20,000 in income every month doing what you loved? Isn’t that everyone’s definition of true happiness? Doing what you love every day and living life on your own terms? Have you considered starting a blog? No really, a blog! Blogs are a big deal, and a big business! For those of you that think, “That’s just a hobby, you can’t possibly be able to make money blogging”, you are dead wrong. Did you know that some bloggers make more money than doctors or lawyers? Many bloggers are making $10,000 to $50,000 a month (no not a year) a month in income from what started as a blog and went to a big business. So what do these big time bloggers do that the little ones don’t? It’s simple….they think of their blog as only a small part of their business. If you think about it almost every business has a website, it’s just part of the overall business model. This is how you should think of your blog…as one piece in a very detailed puzzle that you work on every day until finally it’s done, ok the last part I made up; you are never really done in this business. But you get my point, sorry about my very 5 year old analogy of blogging. Every day is a learning experience and a new opportunity to grow.
Here are some lessons I learned by studying what the big time bloggers do that you can emulate to take your silly little blog to a big time business.
#1 You can’t do it all yourself! This is something I learned the hard way. Once I realized this a whole lot of stress was taken off my shoulders. While at first you might have to do the majority of the work on your own, while you are learning this business, you will eventually have to outsource some tasks. Life is not perfect, there is never enough time in the day to get everything done. For me I had to start learning to say no! That was a hard lesson for me to learn because I am a people pleaser, but you have to learn that not everyone is always going to be happy. In order to balance everything, work, kids, business, activities, appointments, etc. you have to learn to say no to some things. Sure you might disappoint someone, but in order to maintain a healthy life balance you simply have to.
#2 Everyone starts somewhere. I saw on Pintrest recently a quote that read…Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20. You can’t feel bad when you look at others successes because no one’s journey is the same, maybe someone else had different opportunities you did or has more family support. You have to just embrace the fact that you are doing everything you can and as long as you are making progress you are successful. Success can’t always be defined in monetary terms. For me I value my own time more than money. If I had the opportunity to make a ton of money doing something I absolutely loathed every day, I would have to say no. I don’t make a whole lot of money, but that’s ok, because I know I’m making progress every day and the sacrifices I’m making now are going to lead to greater rewards later. The more opportunities that present themselves, the more I know its progress made and I’m going in the right direction. Plus my tarot reading confirmed this, just kidding, well kind of. Also, I’m making it more of a point to put myself out there, I’m kind of shy about that stuff sometimes, but lately I’ve been just going for it and connecting with other blogs, like minded businesses and individuals and getting more work. We live in a society where we want instant gratification, most bloggers give up way too soon because they are aren’t seeing the results they thought they would see in a matter of months. No business brings instant success, you have to work hard every day, work weekends, work nights, hustle your little booty off and build your dream, no one is going to do it for you.
#3 I love the quote….people that are rich don’t work for money, they make their money work for them. This couldn’t be more true. If you think about it, most people who are rich didn’t get that way punching a time clock every day, they work for themselves, and their own dreams, not someone else’s. What the big time bloggers do differently is that they have a plan, and systems in place that are all part of their overall business model. Most bloggers don’t make the majority of their income directly from their blog, they have other income sources in place as well, and passive income (which is income that comes in on autopilot, see smartpassiveincome.com for more on this), this is how you will be able to take your blog and your business to the next level. When your money starts working for you, only then can you start really reaping the rewards and it will start snowballing into more opportunities and more income.
#4 – Build relationships with other people. Real relationships. Build friendships with other bloggers in your niche, because it’s other people who will help lift you up and help your blog grow. Also build real relationships with your readers, especially when you are just starting out. You should know and care for your first hundred readers, if you can. Email them, get to know them, because when you do that you’ll start to create your first true 100 fans who will become evangelists and super fans for life, and you never know the impact that one person can have on your blog.
#5 – Keep moving forward. With every step and every milestone you cross you will have a renewed since of accomplishment! You’re going to be excited at first, probably really excited, like up till 2am excited, and then maybe a few months down the road, when you’re not seeing a lot of traffic and each blog post becomes a chore, you’re going to want to give up. Believe me when I say this, you will desperately want to give up. This is natural. What separates those who succeed and those who do not are those who keep going – so keep going. Michael Hyatt from MichaelHyatt.com once said, “Most people quit right before the inflection point.” In other words, you never know what tomorrow will bring, especially as a blogger – so keep going.
#6 If you want to succeed with your blog, don’t think of it as just a blog, it’s a business. Put your brand onto multiple platforms (one at a time), such as iTunes for a podcast, or YouTube for videos. When you do that, you will reach people who you would have never reached otherwise, and you will become more authoritative at the same time. Yes, it’s uncomfortable, and yes, it’s going to take some guts (no guts, no glory right?), but again – these are the kinds of things that separate those who succeed and those who don’t. Those who are willing to take risks and get a little uncomfortable every once and while. Push yourself to test boundaries, what are you afraid of? For me it was public speaking. I then forced myself to teach a class about five years ago and after what I think was a panic attack, it then became easier every time. This to me was a lifelong fear that I got over just from starting a blog.
#7 Start with a business plan. Again if you plan to make money from your blog you need to think of it as a business from the start, something I didn’t do until years down the road with this new blog. My other blog was really just a hobby that I tried to make money from, tried and failed. Well I did make some money from it, but it wasn’t worth the time I put in. But looking back what I gained was an experience that I do not regret; I learned a lot of marketable skills that can transcend into income like website design, graphic design, social media marketing, writing and designing eBooks, VA skills, and more.
#8 Behind every business success you don’t see the failures behind the successes, you often don’t see the failures of businesses that succeed, only the great success story. Think about Donald Trump’s story, he built a multimillion dollar business, lost it all and rebuilt it. The failure was ultimately what fueled his success. He then learned what ‘not’ to do and I’m sure grew based on that knowledge he didn’t have the first time around. I want to be real and tell it like it is. I started in a niche that has died out now. My blog went from a couponing blog, to money saving blog and then my passion became teaching moms how to work at home and build businesses around their lives. You have to be able to know when to throw in the towel, and be ok with that decision. If your heart is no longer in it, you have to move on. Having two blogs myself, this is a huge decision I’m contemplating. My focus isn’t on my other blog and so I need to let it go to grow.