Ok so, for the past 3 months I’ve been getting more and more messages from close friends and family asking how they can get started doing “what I do.” What most of them don’t know is how much work actually goes into running an online business from home (I often feel like the picture lol). After spending HOURS writing to them individually I figured I should be posting this somewhere public. So, I dedicate this post to my close friends and family that want to start making money from home.
In this post, you’ll get the short and skinny on the 3 most popular ways to make money form home, a quick how to guide, plus what I’d do if I lost Justin and had to do it all on my own…
In the picture above I only told my friend about two ways to make money from home, but really there are 3 main ways. I’ve broken them down here with a brief description to help you get an idea of what path you want to take. I don’t suggest trying them all at once. Pick one to focus on based on your skill level and the time you have to put into making it work.
I describe this a little in the picture above, but starting your own internet business involves thinking of something you’re good at – a hobby, a topic, anything that you could teach to someone. Then creating a product which can be a simple ebook, short videos, etc. From there you put up a website, and get some visitors. It’s not all that simple and will take some work, but the results are FAR greater.
As an affiliate you would skip the whole product creation part and just start promoting someone’s product. You’ve most likely seen this before but didn’t realize the person was an affiliate. For this step you’d go out an tell others about products that are helpful and earn a commission for selling it.
In the mom world we have what’s called, “Mommy Bloggers.” They are proud moms sharing all of their experiences online. In the process they post reviews about baby slings, strollers, food, formula, clothing, training programs (like for potty training, or getting your kid to sleep, etc). They spend time every morning writing about products and then if anyone buys the product from their review they earn a commission.
You don’t have to be a mommy to be an affiliate. There are affiliate programs for car parts, travel destinations, pets, the list goes on. If you have a hobby that you LOVE to talk about there is most likely an affiliate program that you can promote and earn money just for talking about something you love to do.
2. Become a Service Provider
This is the one I see most moms gravitate towards especially when they first start out online. They’ve heard of other people that do medical billing or medical transcription from home and earn a decent wage. However, what they don’t know is that there is a HUGE market for online services that is pretty easy to break into. It’s called freelance work, freelancing, or being a freelancer.
There are LOADS of freelance websites where businesses post jobs that they need done and then you’d go in an “bid” for the job. As a freelancer you can do simple tasks and get paid $15 or take on large projects getting paid hundreds per week. It all depends on you.
As a freelancer you can take on tasks like being a virtual assistant, handling customer support for a company, data entry, graphic design, video creation, creating PowerPoint presentations, programming, etc. Pretty much any task a business has can be hired out and believe me, they are hiring freelancers to get it done!
NOTE: I go more in depth on how to get started as a freelancer in the next section of this post. For now, here is a list of available job categories on just one of the freelance websites. See if you can find any you could work in…
3. Turning Your Talents Into Cash
Ever since I was little I have ALWAYS loved crafts. I love scrapbooking, painting, and even taught myself to sew. Many moms have been turning these hobbies into cold hard cash using Facebook, Ebay, and websites like Etsy.com.
Thousands of moms around the world are spending their time making custom items like handmade hats, room decorations, customer outfits and scrapbooks. Then using sites like Facebook, Ebay, and Etsy to put those products out there for moms to buy. This is an amazing way to add some extra income to the house if you’re a stay at home mom (or dad).
I’m sure I’ve left out another way you could earn a living online.. but for me these are the three I know I could make money with any day everyday. So let’s move on to HOW you can get started with each of these methods.
SIDE NOTE: The teacher in me is begging you to get out a pen and paper. If there is anything I know best it is that many people will read this blogpost, go into information overload and give up on working from home before ever giving it a chance.
So do me a favor, pull a sheet of printer paper out and divide it into 4 sections. At the top of each section, write down Business Owner, Affiliate, Services, Talents. Take 10 minutes and ask yourself these questions:
- In the Business owner section – ask yourself, “what do I know that other people want to know about?” Child rearing, new mom experiences, programming a computer, hand crocheting clothing, how to make doll clothes, teaching children, counseling through grief, how to shop for the best bargains in town, how to make homemade baby food. ANYTHING you know that someone else might want to know about.
- In column #2 ask yourself, “What topics do I love talking about? Or what products do I love bragging to other people about?” And wouldn’t mind getting paid to talk about it everyday…. For example, if you love the outdoors and could talk about hiking, camping, and fishing all day any day – what products do you use when you do those things? Backpacks, boots, fishing poles, canoes, kayaks, hats, clothing etc.
- In the service provider section ask, “What skills do I have?” Can you type fast in word processing, are you a killer video editor? DO you know how to build backlinks? Can you install websites? NOTE: if you have no clue what backlinks are or how to build websites you might ask yourself… am I willing to learn how to do one of these (in demand services) very well and offer it as a service that I could do everyday for businesses?
- In the fourth column ask yourself what types of things you LOVE to do. Whether it’s scrapbooking, sewing, designing, or making remote control cars. if you LOVE to build it there are people out there buying it. Write it down – it’s a possible income stream.
OK now that you have some ideas on what you could do for each work at home business model it’s time to learn how you can get started…
Let me first start out by telling you that – Getting Started Working From Home IS Going To Take Work!
I want to start off this section by letting you know that “working from home” takes work. Most people have this idea that I get to lounge around on my couch half of the day and then work only an hour or two. That’s not the case at all… I do however have a VERY flexible schedule that allows me to enjoy lunch and movies with friends whenever I want, but it normally involves a longer work day the following day.
In all honesty I work around 5 hours every day. But there are some days when I work “overtime” at 10 hours in a day and other days when I only work an hour just to follow up with email.
Ever heard the phrase, “you get what you pay for?” Well, working from home is the similar only, “you get what you put in.” The more you work on your business the more successful it will be. So, in the beginning you will put in more than just an hour or two every day. If an hour or two is all you can spare – then just know it’ll take you longer to succeed, but you can still succeed.
…Here we go!
Justin and I regularly run challenges that walk people through the process of starting from NOTHING to creating their product and selling it online. It’s a paid product (because it’s our internet business) but it takes you from A-Z of everything you need to know.
With that said, you don’t have to pay for what we’re teaching you. There are THOUSANDS of blogs and forums on the web where you can learn the process for free – it just takes more time and trial and error to get through it all. Choose whichever you’d like, but here are the basics:
You need hosting for your website. We use Hostgator and HIGHLY recommend it. The baby gator plan is enough for the beginning and you can upgrade when you need to (which is normally when you’re making a big profit
You need to build a website (or get one built for you). You can build a website using a free site like Weebly.com. However, I have to admit that WordPress is JUST as easy and you can get one installed for under $20 using sites like Scriptlance.com.
With WordPress there is just a little more of a learning curve than the drag and drop ease of Weebly. When I say learning curve, I don’t mean weeks or months, I mean it would take you a couple of days to learn what you need whereas with Weebly you could have your site built today. Either one is a great option – WordPress just gives you more room to grow.
Now, here is what you’re going to put on your website… you are going to need to write a salesletter that sells the product your offering. Again, to learn how to be a killer salessletter writer (copywriter) you’d have to buy a course or go through one of our challenges. So I don’t expect your first one to be spectacular, but if you’re not up for paying to learn then you can either read through blogs and forums or use a proven salesletter as a template for writing your own.
You’re going to need a way for people to pay you for your product. Paypal is a SUPER easy way to get started and they have tutorials on how to put your “buy” button on your website. However, you should know that in the future you’re going to need a shopping cart. Justin and I use Nanacast for it’s flexibility and awesome features.
Now that you have a website and a way for people to pay, you need to get your product created! This is often a very intimidating step in the process but it doesn’t have to be. Instead of walking you through it here, I am giving you free access to one of the lessons from our coaching series. Learn how to create a product with our 30 Minute Product Creation Lesson.
Getting people to your website. This is an ongoing step where you’ll need to continue to grow and build more and more techniques for bringing people to your website. This step is called “website traffic.”
For my first suggestion, I would tell you to go into the forums in your niche. You’re going to go to Google and type in “your niche + forums.” In the “your niche” section you would type in the topic of your product. For example, counseling, remote control cars, parenting, etc.
Next, you’ll create an account in the forum and start chatting on the topics. In the signature (what shows up at the bottom of your post) you would put a link back to your site. That way, every time you post you’re linking back to your website. When you post an answer that is helpful to the members of the forum they want to learn more about you and end up clicking the link to your site.
This method of driving traffic is free but it takes time. You’re not going to make hundreds of sales, but you will make some. I use this method EVERY TIME I start a new internet business because the links in the forum last for the lifetime of the forum – so you continue to get traffic to your website years after you created it. I still get sales for my very first teaching product that I started back in 2007 and the only traffic going to the course is from the forum marketing that I did.
Once you’re ready to learn more traffic tactics we have step by step traffic training.
As an affiliate you’re going to follow many of the steps as an internet business owner – only instead of taking time to develop a product you’re just going to promote someone else’s.
There are many ways to be an affiliate, but for me there is only one and that’s as a blogging affiliate. A blogging affiliate has their own website. They spend their days writing product reviews ad articles for target keywords in their niche. Then on their blog they would like to related products with their affiliate link (a special link that tracks when it’s clicked and if the clicker purchased the product. If the visitor does purchase the product you would earn a commission which is normally anywhere from 4-75% depending on which product you were promoting.
Here’s how I would start promoting affiliate products.
You need to research a niche that you want to promote products in. For the simplicity of this post I’m going to suggest an “outdoors blog.”
Let’s say that you LOVE fishing. While at work you spend your time thinking about where you’re going to stop and fish on your way home. On your vacations you have favorite fishing spots that you love to hit. And you spend your free time researching the best fishing lures, lines, poles, etc. (OK so this is a little extreme, but hopefully you get the point that you should find a niche that you’re interested in. Writing about something that bores you to death just because other people like the niche isn’t going to help you become successful).
Justin wrote a great post on niche research a while back that goes a little more in depth. You can check it out here – Picking A Niche
You need hosting for your blog. Again, I’d suggest going with Hostgator and installing WordPress (remember you can get this installed for you, or simply call Hostgator and ask them to walk you through how to install it yourself).
I don’t always recommend doing everything yourself because it becomes overwhelming and deflates your excitement for starting to work from home. Having it installed for you for under $20 costs you less time – time that you can spend learning the next step to making money.
You still need a way to get paid. So, you’re going to register for Paypal. Most affiliate programs will pay you direct each month to your Paypal account. You can download/withdraw this money whenever you want to your bank account. OR you can get a Paypal debit/credit card and use the money direct from your Paypal account.
Now that you have a blog and a way to get paid you need to have products that you’ll review and post to your blog. Sticking with the fishing example, here’s what I’d do next… Start writing blogs about your favorite fishing spots and the types of fish you caught. In your post you’re going to talk about the fishing pole you used or a specific fishing technique – these can be affiliate products that you’re promoting.
You can sign up to be an affiliate on Amazon – you’re only going to get 4-8% commission for anything you refer in there though. So, I would suggest that you research a keyword in your niche and then the word affiliate program. This will help you find affiliate programs that you can sign up for in your niche. It may be an information course that shows you how to find the best fishing spots, how to pick out the best supplies. Or you could simply be an affiliate for specific products and websites on the web.
In the mommy world, I get a referral commission for anyone that I get to register for diapers.com and purchase something. There are all sorts of affiliate programs out there. I suggest you find a couple in your niche and start blogging about them – remember you’re not specifically saying – “click here and buy this product.”
You’re blogging (writing articles) about how you’re using the product, what’s makes it so awesome and then waiting for the readers to click the link and register. (NOTE: I’ve used it a couple time in this post alone – I showed you how I was using a website, and then linked you to the site using my affiliate link.)
Now, you need to let the world know your blog is out there. You can share it on Facebook, chat in forums (like i mentioned above). You can bookmark the site. I don’t want to overwhelm you with the many ways you can drive traffic, but just know you need to start driving traffic to the site. The more visitors you get the more affiliate sales you make.
As a freelancer you’re going to need to market a skill that you’re good at. Justin and I are product owners which brings in the majority of our income. However, we often “moonlight” as freelancers for different skills that we have – like copywriting, graphic/webdesign, email marketing, etc. These aren’t skills we were born with. They are skills we learned to do well, and can now offer them out to others in need of them.
We do have experience as freelancers, but I wouldn’t say that we’re experts. With that said, I have to suggest a book that will cover EVERYTHING you need to know.. it’s called, “How To Be A Rockstar Freelancer.” If this is a method to earning an income from home that you want, then I can’t recommend this book enough. They also have a report called “Freelance Confidential” that would be a good read for you to get started too. Ok, now here is a brief overview for getting started.
The first step in this process is for you to decide which skill you’re going to freelance for. This could be a skill you already have or one that you’re going to spend the week learning. For example, my sister was looking for a way to earn some extra cash for her senior year. I needed some backlinks built for one of my websites.
So, I spent the day showing her how to build backlinks for one of my websites (well, I gave her a course that taught her how to build backlinks I should say). She then learned how to build them – practicing on my site. From there we put together a small website and an offer so that she could sell that service to other people in need of backlinks.
You can do the same! There are all sorts of services that you can freelance for online and there are just as many people looking to hire you to do them. The key here is to be good at what you do, deliver on time, and market your services so that you’re seen over all the others out there trying to do the same thing. Check out that picture I posted above and find a service you want to do.
Next, you need to build your portfolio. This will most likely involve you working for free for 2 or 3 projects just so you can get some proof that you know how to do the service, get testimonials/references, and feel confident in yourself that you can do this to make money from home. If it’s a skill you already have then just collecting some references that potential clients can contact is a good idea.
This step is similar to building a resume that you would submit at an interview for a boss. You want to showcase your talents and build a good reputation.
Building your website should come next, however I know many freelancers that don’t have personal websites. They simply use freelance website profiles and get jobs that way. I’d suggest building a site if you intent to do this long term, if you need to showcase your work (web design, copywriting samples, etc.). If you’re going to be a virtual assistant, bakclinks builder, wordpress installer etc there isn’t really a portfolio for you – you would only need good reviews on the freelance websites.
Now, sign up to freelance websites. There are hundreds of websites where you can register, create a profile, and start bidding on jobs around the world right now. Here’s a few that I personally use as well as many of my friends that own businesses: freelancer.com, Scriptlance.com, WAHM.com (Work At Home Mom) and oDesk.com. Odesk offers skills tests that you can take to help you prove your skills to perspective employers (since you won’t have work experience on there when you first register).
If/When you register with Scriptlance, I highly suggest underbidding your price to get hired for a couple jobs in the beginning so you can build good reviews. Many people won’t hire you if you don’t have a track record of quality work.
To find more places where you can get hired I would suggest looking in forums in your niche. For example, the WarriorForum is a popular forum in the internet marketing niche where you can post your services in the “WSO” area as well as look for jobs people are hiring for. Another forum to check out is WealthyAffiliate.com.
You can also do a basic search in Google for “freelance jobs” and find hundreds of sites that you can register to. NOTE: you should never have to pay to apply for a job – this is how many are scammed and I’m trying to prevent that from happening to you.
Finally, you want to market yourself. Just as you would drive traffic to your website for your product, you’re going to drive traffic to one of your profile pages, or your personal services website. If you created a website for your services, then I’d suggest you blogging about your topic. For example, if you are a ghost writer or copy writer, I’d write blog posts on how to choose the best writer for your project, or the 7 tips for finding a highly skilled copywriter, or the top 5 reasons to hire a writer, etc.
This is also where you should ask friends and family to get the word out. We often get web design jobs or copywriting customers based on referrals from our friends and family that know our abilities. The book I recommended before, How To Be A Rockstar Freelancer, also has two chapters that focus on getting hired, making a steady income, and marketing yourself – which will really hep you start earning an income faster.
On a daily basis I can think of a new way to make money online and it drives me BONKERS when I don’t have enough time to get them started… and I go even crazier when I know a friend or family member that could easily run the site if we just took the time to build it. In this section, I want to share how easy it is these days to do something you love and sell it online.
One of my most recent ventures included using some of my hobbies (and inspiration from our new family addition While I was pregnant with Cherry, I was looking to make a couple automatic websites that would earn money and didn’t require a TON of my time since I would be spending a lot of it caring for Cherry. Well, in my free time with my swollen feet up on the couch I was constantly researching different home craft projects I could make to decorate her room.
In the process I found a BUNCH of craft niches where moms, dads, teen girls, literally thousands of people around the world are buying things like hand crocheted hats, cloth dolls, stuffed animals, wall decals, and so much more. They’re looking for information on handmade crafts, decorating rooms, designing dresses for prom, etc. These are skills that you may know how to do already or learn how to do to fulfill a need in a market of buyers. Here’s the next step:
Pick your talent… I know right now you might be thinking something like, “but I don’t have a talent” or “I’m not THAT good at my hobby.” These are cop-outs that you’re giving yourself to NOT be successful working from home. You have a talent, could learn one, or get better at one if you REALLY want to make money from home.
With that said, pick what you like to do and find out what it’s going to take for you to start selling it. For example, while pregnant I often shopped on Etsy.com. The bad thing about that was that I would look through the stores and say.. I could make that. Then I’d spend the day researching how much it would cost me to make it and ship it.
You’re going to do the same thing. Think of something you’re good at or know how to do. Then find our where people are buying it online. How much are they buying it for? How much will it cost you in supplies, time, and shipping? (remember you want to actually make money here – not break even – so be sure you’re giving yourself a wage you’d be happy with).
NOTE: if you’re one of those still doubting that you can make something at home that will make money then I want you to “shop for a hobby” by going to Etsy.com. Better yet, go to Fiverr.com and look through all the THOUSANDS of things people are getting paid 5 bucks to do.
Ever think you could get paid to go to the beach write a persons name in the sand, take a picture, and send it to them? Now what if you went to the beach took 15 names in the sand… that’s $75 a day. Do that 5 days a week and you’ve earned $375 just for going to the beach and writing in the sand.
Look, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist you just have to be clever and determined to make it work. Now, go to Fiverr or Etsy and look through the “popular” or “featured” items and see if you can do/make/or outsource any of the items that are big sellers. Start up a list of things you CAN do or things you’re interested in doing.
Next, you’re going to want to research keywords in the niche. Find out what people are typing in to find those products. For example, when I was looking for room decorations for Cherry, I typed in “butterfly room decorations” into Google. I found HUNDREDS of ideas, but ended up buying card stock butterflies from a mom that sells a package of them for $15 (plus shipping) on Etsy. Could I have made them myself? Yes, but it was convenient for me. Also, how much time do you think it took her to make those?
Here’s how you’re going to research your keywords:
- Go to the Google Keyword Tool
- Type in the name of your niche – girl room decoration, butterfly wall decal – think of whatever someone would type in to find your product in google. Now write down ALL the keywords that have more than 800 searches a month.
These are most likely going to be long tail keywords that you can rank for just by writing an article on a blog. Once you rank for them, you can start getting traffic to your website, or Etsy store, or Facebook Page where you’re selling the products related to what they are searching.
Make a list with the keyword, then how many global searches it gets per month.
- Now go to Google.com and type in those keywords one at a time with quotation marks around them. Just below the search box Google is going to show you a number. This is the number of websites that have that keyword on it. When the number is below 50,000 you can rank for the keyword in the Google easier and faster.
Search Google for every one of your keywords that you wrote down from the previous step and write down how many pages are showing in Google. (once you’ve completed this list, just keep it aside for now – you can use this later.
Once you have something you can make and sell (that also has buyers) you need to make 1-3 of them (depending on how much it will cost you). If its custom scrapbook pages, hand painted signs, or even tutus – you may already have the supplies or it won’t cost you a lot to make a few of them that you can use in the next step.
Now you are going to register to Ebay.com, Etsy.com (if your hobby can be sold on there), Facebook.com and Fiverr.com. These are all places where you can start selling your “talent.” Take time to set up your profiles, contact information, really learn how to use Ebay, Etsy, and Fiverr. You might even buy something from them so you can see the process the customer has to go through to purchase something.
You can use this site both as a consumer and seller. you may be able to buy your products from overseas a a fraction of the cost you’re paying in retail shops. As a seller, you want to learn how to post your product for sale. But you’re not just going to put the item up for sale – make sure you write a great description that includes WHY they would want to buy it, the best way to use it, and some benefits for having YOUR product.
A good way to get good at writing your Ebay listing is to look at others that are already doing it.What are they writing? Is there someone that’s blowing everyone else out of the water? If so, watch them and follow what they are doing and try to implement it on your own listings. Success is already proven, don’t try to walk a new path – follow what the successful are doing and duplicate their success.
This is where you’ll create a store to sell your products. This is also why I had you create 1-3 of your product. Post your product up on etsy. Worried you’re going to do something wrong? DON”T fear of the unknown will paralyze you. Etsy knows your fears and even created an amazing “how-to-do-everything on Etsy guide” that you can follow along with. (BTW – when you take action and your product sells – don’t forget to comeback here and let me know )Here’s a few tips for you…
- Create a Brand – don’t just use your name for your Etsy profile. Create a crafty and catchy name – but don’t go too far on this creativity curve. You still want to sell, not just have a cute name. Some of the mommy blogger I follow have etsy pages named after mashing their kids names together, sometimes its just a Rhyming name with theirs or one of the products.
- Don’t put up a clipart picture for your logo. Go back over to Fiverr.com and get one created for you for just $5. Search the word “logo” click on “rating” and then select someone from the list that has a good profile. Give them a color scheme you like and some details for what you want to represent you.
- Link to your etsy page from your blog (if you created one), your personal facebook profile, and your Facebook page (don’t worry I’ll get to this in a minute). This will help you get the word out about your store. Ask your friends and family to share the link too! They are so proud of you for starting your own business – you just have to ask them for help.
- When you’re listing your product for sale, don’t just write “name of craft” $5. You want to be descriptive. Write creative descriptions that show not only how cute and perfect your product is, but how great it’ll look in a little girls room or how great it’ll look on the mantle come Christmas. Talk about the benefit and enjoyment they’ll get out of having it as a conversation piece on their dinner table. Hopefully you’re getting the idea and if you’re not find me on Facebook and we can chat more.
3 Things to remember when you’re listing a product.
- When you post your listing ALWAYS post with a picture. Basic pictures (most likely taken from your phone) can get you started, but if you have a “real” camera, or have a family member that loves photography, ask if they’ll come by and take some photos for you. Really showcase the item in the photo so it catches the browsers eye.
When I purchased the butterflies, the lady had photo’s of them in her little girls room near a window using the natural light instead of the flash with glare – I don’t know if they’re still there, but the picture was perfect and i fell in love. I HAD to have them for Cherry’s room – the picture can sell it all.
- List often – I hear that the more you list the more active your store stays. When you don’t list, you don’t make sales. SO be sure that you’re regularly adding new items. Also, when you’re ready for it (and in the beginning you’re not) but look into Etsy Treasury. This is where you can be featured on the front page of Etsy. NOTE: It’s not for self promotion, but if you’re product is good, others can nominate you.
- Be VERY descriptive in the title. Use some of those keywords that people are searching Google for in the description. When buyers search Etsy they normally have some idea of what they want or they are looking for more ideas. You want to show up in the Etsy search – your title and description are what get you there. This goes for Google too! ..just look at this picture:
>down the road you can even buy ad space on sites that will send more buyers to your store. For now, just do the steps above and then come back to learn more
This is a site where you can start selling anything for just $5, and if you’re looking for quick cash or if you’re looking to make some side income – this is where you can do it. I can’t tell you how many times a week I go to Fiverr.com both for business and for personal items that I want/need done. If you’re selling something that costs you $2.50 or less to create then post it for sale on here.
These types of products are normally digitally created (because there is no shipping or supply cost, so you get more of the 5 bucks to keep as profit. BUT, I have sen others selling headbands, socks, etc on here for $5).
So create an account, post what you’re willing to do, and write a KILLER description on the benefit of why the buyer should buy from you. One thing I’ve noticed is that the people with the most positive ratings ASK for it. So once you deliver the product be sure to ask them to leave feedback. The higher the positive rating, the more you sell. NOTE: I haven’t used the featured option, but this might be something you test once you make the money to pay for it.
I left this one for last because it has the most room for growth and a TON of ways you can use it. Many of you (especially my friends and family reading this) only use Facebook for personal communication with you old high school buddies, old neighborhood friends, or just to keep up to date with family. That’s exactly what Facebook is for. However, you can take that a step further by using all that “socialness” to get the word out about your products or services.
You have probably already encountered a “fan page” (now called a Facebook “page”). These are pages that businesses, rockstars, movies, magazines, books etc. use to allow their fans to follow them and interact with them. Well, you can use this to build your following for your business. Many moms have created fan pages and regularly post sale items, advertise new items, and even hold midnight auctions to make sales every day for their at home business.
You’re going to do the same thing. Simply create a fan page. Upload your photos and start getting fans. Sounds easy right? Well, it sort of is… getting Facebook is as simple as asking for it. Remember to hit up your friends and family.
Also, search Facebook for other fan pages that have similar items. Become a fan of their page and start talking to them as your page. Their fans will see the interaction and start to get curious and check out your page.
You should also join giveaways. You’re going to supply the giveaway with coupons to your Etsy shop or giveaway some items for free. Then the giveaway members will like your page (spreading the word about you) and if you are consistent with posting more products and chatting with your fans you’ll build up a strong customer based. Believe me – there are a few shops that I frequent just to see what deals I can get, but shhhh don’t tell Justin lol…
You can also use paid advertising through Facebook. You might be a little intimidated to try it, but it’s something that can bring you more fans and more sales. So when you’ve taken in everything I wrote on this post, comeback and read for some more because I promise you’ll have forgotten something.
WOW – this post is really getting lengthy, so I’m going to stop before I completely paralyze you. (I probably already have… but here’s something that will help – I created a cheatsheet for you. I WANT YOU TO SUCCEED – so PLEASE print this and TAKE ACTION. Chaunna’s Become A WAHM (or WAHD) CheatSheet (Right click and save file as)
PS. I know in this example I use a TON of “girly” hobbies – but that is just because I’M A GIRL lol. I don’t have an interest in rc cars, I can’t build tree houses, and I can’t tell you the difference between an airs of gun, pellet gun, or bb gun…those just aren’t my thing. BUT, you could sell custom tattoo designs, blueprints to pimped out tree houses, video training for martial arts, etc. Just find out what people like you are buying and then give it to them.
You know I had a TON of pregnancy hormones running through my veins not to long ago and the over dramatic female came out constantly worried about how I would get by if something ever happened and I was left Justin when I had
- a newborn,
- an 8 year old,
- an entire business (that Justin is the main face of),
- and a house of bills to pay
So here’s my plan. (BTW – I’m assuming I’m starting from scratch , not just maintaining the business we already have).
First, pull up my boots, stop whining, and know there is always a solution to a problem. I’ll most likely need to call on friends and family, so hit them up for help watching the kids so that you can get some work done.
You can work from home with your kids, but know that a couple of hours of focused time will be WAY more productive than 20 minutes here and there for an entire day. So, use friends and family when you can – then work as much as you can while they are napping (which is what I’m doing currently)…
Then start selling my skills. Services are the fastest way to get your bills paid and I’m not a millionaire yet, so I’m not going to be sitting on a cushion on savings that I can use to cover all the bills. So I’m going to offer my skills to get the bills paid for the first few months while I work on building an automatic income because an automatic income doesn’t just show up overnight.
Over the past 4 years working from home I’ve picked up quite a few skills and contacts, so I’m going to email all of my business contacts telling them I’m available for hire and offer my services. In that email I am going to showcase everything I’ve learned – copywriting, email marketing, customer support, membership site creation, fulfillment, and management, even graphic design.
While I’m waiting to hear back from them, I am putting together a portfolio of all the graphics I have ever created. This includes – ebooks, websites, banners, affiliate ads, Facebook fan gates, logo’s. Once I have the portfolio, I’d build profile on all of the freelance sites and start bidding on projects.
That’s round one of making my income on my own. Next up, I’m building my fanpage and Etsy store so that I can bring in a regular customer based of moms.
Finally, I’m gong to start building an automatic income. This involves me finding a niche that I can teach in. It will most likely be an information product for moms, new moms or parents. I’ll search for a group of people looking to learn a skill – this could be something along the lines of controlling uncontrollable kids, building backyard tree house, maybe how to make money as a mom from home.
One thing I know is that there are literally hundreds of ways you can use the internet to bring extra cash or to make a full-time income. It just takes your determination and drive to make it happen.
There will be a LOT of obstacles, but a true entrepreneur or someone that TRUELY wants to stay at home or work from anywhere in the world is going to find a solution and overcome the obstacle. That’s what it’s going to take – you just have to ask yourself are you willing to do what it takes?
WOOOHOOO you have officially reached the end! WOW I had a lot to say. I could have probably turned this into a product to sell online by itself. What I want you to do now though is hit the PRINT button or SAVE THIS (and a facebook share wouldn’t hurt either ). I covered a lot of information and gave you a lot of options. Now you need to print Chaunna’s Become A WAHM (or WAHD) CheatSheet (Right click and save file as) and get to work.
Don’t forget to friend me on Facebook – I’d love to keep chatting with you about the path you’re taking. OH, and leave a comment below to tell me which path you’re taking or thinking of taking. Ask me questions and I’ll give you feedback so you’ll get started on the right foot I want to see you succeed.