New Decade a New Start

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It feels like a supersized New Year, a new decade a new start, a time for big new plans and goals. A time to build the future you always wanted.

You had the Idea.

Soooo, you’ve been planning this for a while. A few months, a year, a few years? Still doing the research?

Affiliate Marketing seems to fit the bill and ticks all the right boxes. Work from home or  anywhere. Can be built into a good solid business. Can earn a living wage or much better.

You’ve been looking at blogs, come across many get rich schemes and systems ‘guaranteed’ to make you rich as well as ones that seem legitimate.

Black Friday was tempting, almost took the plunge but held back.

Does that sound like you?

It’s not easy is it, avoiding the sharks while seeing through the murky water they have stirred up? You want to take the plunge but also don’t want to be scammed.

Been there, done that!

Yes, I was there right where you are early 2019. I had done my homework, researched everything inside out. Seen all the videos touting the laptop lifestyle with views of palm trees on a beach or the fancy house with flash car.

Beach pictures can come from anywhere and apparently the house and car are often hired by the hour. Maybe not always but seems like it’s true much of the time. Next time you look at a video that done from the ‘big house’, look at the background. It looks very impersonal, no homely touches or anything remotely family like.

Plus you can never get to see what’s on offer until you pay and then its too late.

How to avoid wasting Your money

If you have good intuition, listen to it. If not, look at the clues, like those above.

Beware of any that tell you that you can earn a mega wage with 1 or 2 hour a week. That is not realistic at all. Avoid ones that say you can start earning the very next day and those that say 2 or 3 clicks to get a money making machine up and running, with earnings pouring in within hours.

Many also say:

So easy a total novice can do it.

No training.

No hours of video to watch.

Very simple.

Just copy and paste.

These and more come along with many systems purporting to lead you to earning hundreds of pounds or dollars in a day.

Yes they probably can earn you money eventually but they can be complicated to set up. With some it can take weeks to even get the log in email and days to get an answer from the support. Then you get the upsells too. You have to pay this much more to have this and so much more to use that and it goes on and on.

How to get started

If you want to build a good business that will last and continue to earn you money well into the future you need to learn how to do it properly.believe in yourself. New Decade a New Start

So choose wisely and ensure that whichever one you choose has a good training programme that covers everything you need to know.

How do you find that out?

Choose one that lets you have access before you pay anything. A legitimate programme has nothing to fear and everything to gain from you seeing whats on offer.

Once you have access you will know whether its what you want or not. Its better to look and then decide before you pay any money.

My Choice?

After many months of research, then reading blogs, researching more and watching endless videos on various ‘Systems’, I had become very disillusioned. I was convinced there weren’t any legitimate programmes out there.Its all about choice.

I gave up for a while then accidentally came across a reference to a company called Wealthy Affiliate. Hope once again reared it’s head and I went searching for more information.

Despite hearing only good things, I was sceptical. Why was this company so different? So I followed the trail right to the door. Yet I still held back convinced it wouldn’t be any good.

I discovered you could actually join for free, go in and have a look around. Second visit I actually joined, got in and looked around.

The free training alone was amazing.

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In the first week I realised how little I knew, despite having run an online craft business for nearly 10 years. However, I was still sceptical and looking very carefully at everything.

I was offered a month of premium for less than half price, so I took it. I wanted to check out what the Premium training was like. Would it be any good, much the same or better than what was offered at the free level?

Within a few days of starting the Premium training I knew that this was the real deal and I intended to stay until I succeeded.

My early scepticism vanished and was replaced with a determination to succeed. I knew that I had the tools now to reach my goals and it was up to me how much time and effort I put in. Success or failure was also down to me.

It was hard work, learning so much alongside my usual life and it’s many commitments was not easy. In time it does get easier as you integrate the knowledge and everything begins to fall into place.

Was it worth it?

Yes, absolutely.

I still love it after 9 months and I still have much to learn.

Many who started at the same time are further ahead, which is fine. I do not have as many hours to spare as some, due to family and other business commitments.

Plus we all learn at a different pace. It is better not to rush through but to ensure we learn it all thoroughly to build the solid foundation a lasting business needs.

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If you are looking to take that step forward to start building a business as you learn, Wealthy Affiliate is the place to do it.

Come and join me. Start this new decade the way you mean to go on, building a better future and living life the way you want to.

 

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Best Christmas Gift is a Better Future

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Did you/do you get lots of Christmas presents? Do you get yourself a present.

What would be a great present to give yourself? Any ideas? A weekend away, a newer car, a shiny expensive watch?

Well I truly believe that your best christmas gift is a better future. Think about it. A present to yourself that would last for years and grow too.

What would it be? How about learning how to create an online business?

How? Join those learning how to create a business online. You can build it alongside your job until it earns enough to give up your outside job. From there you have more time to build it up further.

Why would you want to?

As jobs disappear in the real world, shops closing down, companies encouraging people to work from home and downsizing offices, factory automation etc, more jobs appear online.

Doesn’t it make sense to get in and get started now, before your real world job vanishes?

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Maybe your job is safe for years to come but you are tired of working for someone else and want the freedom to decide your own hours. It makes family life much easier because you can spend more time with them by working when they aren’t about.

Perhaps it has long been a dream to have your own business but held back because of startup costs. A big concern in the real world, not so much online.

How would I get started?

I recommend learning everything you need to know with proper training courses.

WHY?

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Experience!

Ten years ago I started a craft business, I was naive and hadn’t been on the internet much. Hadn’t even set foot on the social media platforms and No, not even Facebook.

I could have been successful much sooner had I had the benefit of training. Instead I learnt it slowly, very slowly as helpful people suggested I get an FB business page, told me I needed Twitter, Linked In, Pinterest and when it appeared Instagram. 

Most things I learnt the hard way. It took me 4 years to start making a decent profit.

So I suggest the training to help you.

What will I learn?

I am learning at Wealthy Affiliate which has very comprehensive training.

Training will cover all aspects you need such as building a wordpress website and you get to build your site gradually as you learn which makes it much easier. If you don’t quite get something, you can go over it again and again until you do.

You learn about niches and how to create content for your site using keywords, how to get ranked in google using SEO. How to bring traffic to your site, how to become an affiliate for other companies or they have a training section to be an affiliate for Wealthy Affiliate.

There is a vast amount of training on every subject, too many to list here, not just those supplied by Wealthy Affiliate but many more from long term site members. 

You will also learn about the community and find out first hand how wonderful they are. Always there to answer questions, to help with problems, to celebrate the wins and commiserate when something doesn’t go right.

Most of all they inspire every day, encouraging you to keep going and reach those goals.

What will it cost?

It’s Free to join, no credit or debit cards required.

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What you get.

There is training to do, 10 lessons teaching the basics and you get to have a go at building a website and more. It’s the best way to join, then you can look around, try it out and see how you feel.

Becoming a Premium member opens up a whole new world of training.

If you decide to go Premium within 7 days, the first month is usually less than half price at $19.

I went that route.

Free, to check it out as I had no intention of being scammed.

Then the bargain month, so that I could be really sure of what I would be getting.

When I was a couple of weeks into the paid month I knew, without any doubts, that this was what I wanted to do.

That this site could provide everything I needed for the business I wanted to create.

Being a Premium Member!

Is it hard work? YES!

Is there lots of support and help available? YES! Both excellent site support and community support.

Will I quickly be earning lots of money? NO! 

This training is to build a long term business with a solid foundation that will grow year by year, as long as you put in the hours and the work. Basically you get out what you put in.

Do little work and you will get  very little back, its as simple as that.

Are You Ready to Invest in Yourself?

I was so 100% sure this was what I wanted to do, that I decided to pay for a years membership. It was so much more cost effective and it showed I was serious, myself as well as the world.

I decided to invest in myself as a gift to myself. To take a step forward into a better future. I am building my business step by step, to get the future and lifestyle I want.

Want to Learn about Affiliate Marketing and starting a business Online?  Go HERE.  Or HERE.

Want to see my 6 month Review? Click HERE

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How about you?

Are you ready to start creating the future you want? Will you invest in yourself and your future?

I don’t offer giveaways you’ll never get round to using, for joining via my link. I offer support if its needed, access to what I have learnt to answer any questions you may have.

 


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6 Common Mistakes when starting a Business

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When you start up a home business, it’s a great opportunity to work on something that you’re passionate about.

 

Perhaps something that has been a hobby but has grown to more than that but you want to avoid making mistakes that will hold you back.

 

To help in that aim I have discovered 6 common mistakes when starting a business that are often made. They can be made without realising it, which can make the journey to success take longer than it needs to be.

What is a niche?

A niche is the idea you want to build your business around. The first idea you have can be a broad subject that you need to narrow down to a much smaller part of that subject and that is your niche.

There are so many business niches, once you start looking.

It’s the focused part of a wider niche, like running. This is a very broad niche and popular, so you need to narrow it down to a particular aspect of it, such as the trainers. Even this may be too broad. It would be something you would need to research.concept, 6 Common Mistakes when starting a Business

There are so many niches to choose from that it can be quite tough to decide which one to choose. Unless you already have an idea, it can be overwhelming to narrow it down to a specific niche and then possibly narrow it down further with the choice you make.

In today’s world, it is important to be knowledgeable about your chosen niche as you need to write/blog about it. On a website you blog to connect to people interested in the same thing. Over time you build trust that brings people back to read more and perhaps try your recommendations.

You become an expert by being knowledgeable about your chosen niche. The more you research and write, the more you know about your niche choice.

Mistakes to avoid.

There are a number of common mistakes that many new business entrepreneurs make when they first get started. Here are a few of the more common ones.

These are just simple things that you might not even consider if you are new to the world of business.

1. Not Taking It Seriously

Probably the biggest mistake is not taking your new business seriously. If you don’t take it seriously how can you expect others to take it and you seriously?

So many people start a home business thinking of it as only a hobby or a sideline. But if you treat your home business like a hobby/sideline, that’s all it will ever be.

If that’s what you prefer, it’s fine but then it’s not really a business.

2. Not Using The Internet Enough.

The internet is the world’s largest marketplace and if you’re not online enough, then you’re missing out on a massive potential audience. Depending upon what your business is, this can be tricky finding the right balance. If you are a crafter selling your wares, then you need plenty of time for making too. But equally it’s no good making a lot of stock with no customers to buy them.A pile of books

Your home business can be trading online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The internet makes it possible to reach out to customers from all over the world. There are many easy to use platforms that can get your business online quickly and easily when you start out.

There are also many training courses, free and paid that will help you learn, everything else you need to know, as you go along.

Using the Internet Too Much

It can also be easy to get into the habit of constantly researching online rather than actually getting down to writing blog posts.

Under the guise of research it is too easy to waste time looking around and get caught up in looking at other things that aren’t related to your business.

While the internet is a great tool, it can also be a great time waster too.

3.

Too Little Usage of Social Media Enough

If you want or have an internet based business then you need to utilise the internet to the full.

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Yes it’s good to build your site, add content, get the keywords right, the SEO etc but that does take time to get up the ranks in google for your site to be seen.

Build a following on social media, work at it and the numbers will rise. Each of the platforms have their uses, so learn about them and utilise each one to the full.

Again this will take time but in the long run will pay dividends.

It is an excellent tool for business but can also be a great time waster if you aren’t disciplined enough.

4. Focusing Anywhere but Your Audience

This is a common mistake because when you’re starting up a home business it feels like it’s about you. After all, its your baby, your idea that you want to nurture and grow.

But it’s not.

It’s about your audience!  It’s how you can provide a solution for what they need, solve a problem they might have or find something they want. Then hopefully at some point,  they will realise that you are on their side and genuinely want to help regardless of whether you benefit or not.

When they do come to understand this, they will be more likely to buy from you or someone you recommend.

5. Not Doing Your Research

You may think that you’re setting up the best home business ever started, but is there a market for it? You may love it but do others?

How often are google searches made for this particular product or niche? Are there many already doing this, if so can the demand sustain it.

Is it a seasonal business? Then maybe its good as a secondary business/product/niche.

To begin with though, you want something that’s known as  an evergreen niche. Something that is always popular all year round and will continue to be popular for years to come.

6. Lack of Any Marketing And Advertising

online marketing.So many small businesses, home businesses and otherwise, totally overlook marketing and advertising. You can’t have a business without letting people know that it exists. You can use display advertising, email marketing, social media, pay per click, content marketing and more to promote your business.

However you do it, you have to do it or you’ll have no business.

When I started my first online craft business 10 years ago, I naively thought I would set up shop and the customers would appear by magic. Not surprisingly, I was very wrong. That was the start of a very long journey to learn all I needed to know.

Conclusion:

Starting a new business is exciting at the start. You have the idea and want to rush to get it up and running to start earning. It’s once you get right into it that you realise it’s not as easy as that. In fact it’s hard work and earnings are looking a very long way off.believe in yourself.

Taking the time for research and working out a plan of action is a good start. Ensuring your chosen niche is a popular one that it comes up in google search a lot is also important. Having a niche that is also a passion of yours is a major key, as you will always have something to write about.

Read blogs about starting a business, not just this one but others too. Each person will give a different angle as they have a different world view. You will find some that resonate more than others with you.

The important thing is that you go into it with your eyes wide open to the pros and cons, understand it will be hard work and have enough knowledge to avoid the basic mistakes.

I wish you all the luck in the world.


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It is a great platform with superb training and a wonderful community. My 6 month review HERE!

 


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