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Aug 16

Starting an Online Business to Make Money at Home

Online Business Success at Home

Online Business Success at Home

One of the most frequent questions I get from stay at home moms, people who are unemployed and looking for a job or aspiring internet millionaires is about starting an online business to make money at home. Many people want to know what to do to have online business success at home because they are seeking both financial freedom and a great lifestyle.

I read an article in Inc. Magazine written by Tamara Schweitzer, “How to Make a Million in Your Pajamas”, where she cited a report (October 2012) by Network Solutions about the effect entrepreneurs who work from home are having on the economy.

According to the Network Solutions study, home-based business owners are also generating significant revenue. Thirty-five percent bring in more than $125,000, and 8 percent are making more than $500,000, the report found.”

I love the lifestyle of running an online business from home.  I’m not tied to anyone’s schedule except my own. I get to work on projects of my choice and set and achieve my own income goals. Compared to the daily 7 to 7 grind I used to experience working for someone else, my life is great.

If you have been reading my posts, you know that figuring out the process for starting a business to make money at home at home has been my quest for the past several years.  When you are left with a pile of debt, no home, no business, no job and no capital to start a new business you really need to learn everything you can about how to master online business success at home.

Listen to Your 15 Year Old

What I find so utterly amazing is that there are teenagers who are earning four figures a month from their internet business sites.  How do they do that? Well, unlike me and many of my readers from the “Baby Boomer” generation, these young people grew up learning about the power of technology.

They understand how to use social marketing to drive traffic.  Social marketing was invented in their generation so it’s easy for them to build a wall on Facebook, set up a Twitter account, paste pictures on Pintrest and so on.  They understand how to use Google to do research.

Heck these smart kids can do all that on their lunch hour just using their iPads or smart phones.Unlike me who was a complete technology novice or what some refer to as an internet newbie, these kids adapted quickly to the world of online business.

Many found success with online gaming sites, social sites and eLearning sites.  They didn’t wait to figure everything out before they threw their websites up…they saw what others were doing and went out and did the same.

I have to tell you.  I admire that kind of bold gutsy action. I know of one 14 year old boy who wrote an eBook on skate boarding and snow boarding and made a quarter of a million dollars. To tell you the truth, I’m kind of envious.

Now What?

Is it Time to Fire Your Boss?

Is it Time to Fire Your Boss?

So what do you need to do to assure online business success at home if you are a retiree without any computer experience?  Or, maybe you are a stay-at-home mom or dad and you really need to bring in some extra income or you hate your dead-end job and you would really love to tell your boss to take a hike but you have to find a way to replace your income. If that is you, read on.

I mean c’mon…if a 15 year old kid can make money with an online business at home you can too.

Build a Money-Making Website

OK here is where things get a little dicey for internet newbies…you know who you are…you are scared to death of getting scammed and you don’t understand terms like”pinging”, “RSS feeds”, “Affiliate Marketing”, “CPA” (that’s Cost Per Action…not a title for an accountant).  You don’t know if you should build a blog site or an eCommerce site. And you sure as heck feel like you are all thumbs when it comes to building your own site.

Well, guess what.  That was me.  My first site was a failure.  I hired a web designer, who was great, by the way, but I didn’t know what website features I needed and I didn’t know what to do once the site was live. So, after seven months of indulging my hobby in writing, I shut the site down. No traffic and no money. Another internet failure bites the dust.

Build Traffic to Your Site

In a moment, I’m going to tell you how to build your own a great looking website.  It is easier than you think; but before I do, let me give you a little free coaching advice.

The biggest difference in businesses who succeed and those who fail comes down to sales and marketing. Now don’t get nerdy on me and think, “Well you have to be a smart money manager and you have to be smart about delivering your product and so forth.”  Of course you do. But without sufficient traffic to your business…you will fail.

If you can build a significant flow of traffic to your online business site, you can generate income from it. Not understanding how to generate traffic to their online business site is why most well-intentioned internet newbies fail.

I spend a great deal of time with my online business coaching clients in teaching them specific strategies to draw traffic to their website.  It’s not rocket science.  It’s easy to learn and easy to do, but it does take time and you have to be strategic when it comes to marketing.

Let me just say this, building traffic to your website is not based upon gimmicks and trickery.  In fact, it is just the opposite. It’s mainly about providing real value to your audience with rich content and then harnessing  WOMP…word of mouth power…but that is a subject for another post.

A Vastly Superior Solution

Okay…so you are not 15 years old or you and you and your 15 year old can’t communicate so technology is a major hurdle.  Even if you are a technology whiz, you struggle with driving traffic.  What do you need to do to enjoy online business success from the comfort of your home?

What I recommend as the place to start is an online eLearning university called Wealthy Affiliate.  Wealthy Affiliate is an internet newbies dream come true for a bundled solution to building a money-making website.  You start out with a free membership but unlike so many other online internet learning membership communities that boot you out after a week, you can keep your free membership and learn how to build your own website from online business success experts for as long as you want.

These guys are so good at building websites that they can show you how to launch a site in 60 seconds.  No joke…it really is that easy.  You can see it for yourself on this video.

The website templates you will use have all the technical features like RSS feeds, social marketing add-ins, blog pages and anything else you need to build a successful platform to launch your online business. Now, you will create your own content for your online business website using your own creative ideas. But along with learning to build your website, you can learn how to monetize your site.  As an added benefit, you can even earn affiliate income while you learn.

What If I Already Have My Own Website?

If you already have your own website, Congratulations! You have jumped over the first major hurdle to online business success.  Many members of Wealthy Affiliate had their own sites before signing on. But you still need to make more money or you would not be reading this post.

If you have your own site and you become a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate, you can put up as many websites as you choose, all hosted for one low-cost annual membership fee that entitles you to earn a generous affiliate income as a Premium Member of Wealthy Affiliate.  Plus, you’ll learn how to drive more traffic to your online business website.

In addition, I will send you my free monthly newsletter with my latest reviews, marketing strategies and money-making techniques. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

Here’s the bottom line. Running your own online business from home can be a very rewarding experience.  Never let your lack of technical knowledge be a deterrent. Take a look at Wealthy Affiliate and decide for yourself.  I am here to help you prosper and live the spectacular life you deserve.

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For Your Success,

Rebecca

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