Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020

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What are the Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020?

Wealthy Affiliate is growing and changing as always but this year there are even bigger changes. The world is changing so  we must change with it. There has never been a better time to start an online business than right here and now.

Today we are looking at:

  • Working from home in a pandemic
  • The new pricing
  • About the new pricing
  • About the platform
  • The benefits of WA
  • The training
  • The community
  • The future

Working from home in a Pandemic

We have yet to see anything like this current pandemic. Hopefully it won’t happen again but the chances are it will. With worldwide travel easily accessible to all, there’s a very real chance it could happen again.masked world Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020 Viruses and diseases start spreading before we realise there is a problem. By the time we understand what is going on it is already spreading around the globe.

Life as we know it has changed drastically due to the pandemic with many countries in Lockdown trying to halt the spread.

Many companies have had to insist their employees work from home where possible. I believe that once this is over many companies will continue to encourage employees to work from home.

Previously many did not because of the concern their work force would not be focussed enough. Many were concerned they couldn’t have their regular productive meetings.

This Lockdown has proved to employers that this is not the case at all. Many of those working from home have reported much greater productivity without the distractions of being in an office and not wasting time on a commute to and from work. Meetings have gone ahead with technology utilised to assist. Now the companies realise that in many cases it is a better way of working.

There is a lot of good coming out of this already and more will come in the future. I suspect more businesses than ever will downsize their premises save on costs.

At this time, realising how easy online working is, more and more people are searching for work or a business so they can work from home all the time. It is an excellent time to make the leap. Get it started while you have more time and then build it up alongside your job until you are earning enough to be your own boss.

A lockdown is no one’s idea of Freedom but working from home is what many people dream of. Is freedom your goal?

The New Pricing coming

After May 11th 2020  the new pricing at Wealthy Affiliate will look like this:

  • Premium Yearly = $495 per year (NEW PRICE)
  • Premium Twice Yearly = $234 per 6 months (REMOVED)
  • Premium Monthly = $49 per month (UNCHANGED)
  • First Month Premium Monthly Offer = $19 First Month (UNCHANGED)

As you can see, the monthly price and first month price aren’t altered. The twice yearly pricing is no longer available and the yearly price has gone up.

About the New Yearly Pricing

Although the Premium Yearly price is going up there is more on offer. It made sense to go Premium before and if you look at industry standards and pricing it is still going to be a bargain to go Premium with the Yearly offer.

It just makes much more economic sense to pay yearly and business expenses are for many, tax deductible.

The full price Premium Yearly will include:

  • Free .com Domain.
  • $50 in Community Credits. 
  • $93 discount on paying month to month

So, what do you get for your money?

Everything works seamlessly to make working on your website/s easier. All the updates and integrations don’t affect the day to day usage for the members, it all goes on in the background.

Some features within the Websites platform here.

  • SiteBuilder
  • SiteContent
  • SiteComments
  • SiteHealth
  • SiteSpeed Extreme
  • SiteSupport
  • SiteEmail
  • SiteDomains
  • SiteMove

Hosting that’s State of the Art

Speed, security and reliability are all key with WA hosting, giving confidence that your website/s are on the most secure and fastest Managed WordPress Hosting platform in the industry. Comparable hosting to that received at Wealthy Affiliate could cost up to $250 per month, over $2,000 a year. It’s the comparisons that make me realise again how lucky I am to have found Wealthy Affiliate.Jaaxy Research Tools

Premium membership gives you access to Jaaxy Lite. This supplies unlimited keyword searches, alphabet soup searches as well as access to other platforms like Site Rank for your keyword, website and niche research needs.Jaaxy research tool

Some features available to you with Jaaxy.

  • Keyword Search
  • Keyword List Management
  • Search Analysis
  • Site Rank
  • Alphabet Soup Tool
  • Brainstorm Ideas

The Jaaxy platform also has changes and improvements planned for the coming months ahead.

Unlimited Training unlimited training Wealthy Affiliate Changes 2020

When you get access to Wealthy Affiliate you are getting access to many resources. This includes training through tutorials, courses and challenges, as well as a lot of training from community members. If community members find a better and or easier way of doing something, they will create a training for others to benefit from their knowledge. I often think that there must be at least one training on anything you could think of related to online business available on Wealthy Affiliate.

Get Access to this training:

  • Online Entrepreneur Certification (all 50 Lessons)
  • Affiliate Bootcamp (all 70 lessons)
  • Weekly Training Updates (Tutorials, Videos, Live Classes)
  • Access to All Future Premium Training Content
  • Access to All Expert Blog Posts (tons of value weekly)

Live Classes

I must confess that as yet I haven’t actually made it to one of the live classes though I have watched and benefitted from some of them after the fact. It’s mainly because of the time difference. It’s getting late here by the time a lot of webinars run, so I have to see them after the fact. I don’t miss out though, they are always available to be watched.

The Live Events are very popular. I have often seen references to them the following day in a variety of blogs sharing snippets they learnt.

  • 52 Weekly Live Classes Per Year (100% value)
  • 400+ Hours of Past Classes
  • Unlimited Class Replays
  • Cameo Live Classes

The Community

There is a lot of expert help available at Wealthy Affiliate. It is home to some of the top affiliate marketers and internet entrepreneurs in the world. You can access that help via the Live Chat area, the comment platform and by asking questions of the community as a whole.community support

It’s amazing to think that there are literally thousands of years worth of experience  within the community and they are helping others every day.

We are a global community here at WA with people from every country in the world, with all different levels of experience and interests that are interacting and networking every day. it is the largest affiliate marketing community in the world with over 2.2 million members at this time.

There is of course the help you will receive from your mentor, the person you sign up through. Not all will stay in contact or even check in regularly but there are many who will. I feel this is an important part of the help available. Some will offer access to a course they have made or an ebook as a bonus to entice.

The Future is Bright for Wealthy Affiliate Members

The Wealthy Affiliate platform continually evolves and grows. The owners are very hands on and listen to their members ideas, implementing them and integrating them into the platform, constantly improving everything they can.

There are many improvements coming for 2020 and the next year. In fact the plans include the entire decade before us, to keep up with and ahead of changes online and in technology.

Would you like to become a member of Wealthy Affiliate?

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Why not join for FREE to have a look at what is on offer. You do NOT get asked for a card of any sort. If you don’t get excited about your ability to build a business once inside, then its not for you. If you aren’t prepared to work hard and give as much time as possible, then it’s not for you.

However if you are prepared to do those things, if you are excited about having your own online business, then you are in the right place.

Should you decide to join through one of the l.inks on this page then I will become your mentor. I do not offer a set bonus as you may be a complete beginner or already have some knowledge of what it entails to build a website or have an online business. So 1 or more ebooks I have available could be helpful. Or maybe at the beginning you just want to get started and have me answer questions and give advice that will make your learning a little easier.

Want to know a bit more about Affiliate Marketing first. Read this POST!

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Easy Article Writing tips

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Writing Good Quality Articles  

The internet is all about content whether it’s good, bad, vague or weird. For you to attract traffic to your article or website you need unique content that captures a reader’s imagination and will keep them on the page and coming back for more. The use of keywords and link building  for SEO by search engines is a major challenge for all bloggers. This is where article writing tips come in handy, the more you know the easier it is

Major blog owners are using the correct ranking process, which is getting ranked by the consistent posting of good quality content.

Here are some Easy Article Writing tips

What is makes a good quality article? A quality article informs, entertains, convinces or converts, and conveys a compelling message in a clear and concise manner.

 Guides in the creation of a quality article.

  • Your article should contain resources that are useful.post Easy Article Writing tips
  • It should contain practical tips that your readers can use and easily apply. Step by step ‘How to’s’ are often popular.
  • If you are writing an article on a topic that encourages discussion, you should give an alternative view and encourage readers to discuss the topic.
  • Your content should have your ‘voice’ that makes it personal to you. Adding your own experiences can help the reader identify with you. Once your readers know the content is consistently good you will have established a degree of trust with them  that will bring them back regularly.
  • When writing your article any facts should be supported with references and links to the original post. That way they can check the original and read  further if they wish.
  • When writing about a topic or idea be sure the information good quality and up to date. It’s no good writing about methods of doing things on the internet from 10 years ago.

Wikipedia has a page on articles HERE

  • This page advises on article layout and style, and on making an article clear, precise and relevant to the reader.

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What Constitutes Bad Content

If there are quality articles, it means there should be rubbish articles also. Rubbish or bad articles are those that have no relevance, its just writing for writings sake.

Tips to avoid when writing a good article:

  • Affiliate links: Too many affiliate links is not considered a good idea.
  • To many repetitive sentences without substance can put people off. You sometimes see this when people are trying to reach a set word count. It may meet the criteria set but is boring for the reader.words crossed out
  • Too much of a hard sell is very off putting for potential customers and readers. You aren’t there to make a hard sales pitch. What you are there for is to introduce things that your customers will find useful or will solve a problem they may have. If a person makes enquiries and you cannot help with what they seek then you can always send them in the direction of help that is available. You wont get that sale but they will be back because you were so helpful and solved a problem for them.
  • Guest Posting: When writing articles for guest posting check their guidelines and write accordingly. Going off topic will not get it accepted.

Proofread all you write

Most of the time you write and just assume your content is good and it’s ready to publish without checking. That’s not always the case. You should proofread your articles and check the spelling etc. Though there are plug ins that will check spelling and give a reading on the SEO. A good one will also show when your article falls short in the SEO department with advice on what to add where. A good one that I use is Rank Math and its free. The website gives a rundown on all the features. Certainly worthwhile to give it  try. When I added it to my sites I went back over previous posts and discovered that many early ones had a very low score. Those were changed and re added to Google Console.

Programs like Grammarly and so many others can also be useful but even then its a good idea to check the article over just to ensure there isn’t a glaring error that was missed.

Check the word count too if you want it an optimum length to be indexed by Google and moved up the ranks.

Writers Block

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It happens to us all at some point or other. You sit down to write but words just won’t flow and you lose your focus. You try a bit of  brainstorming but that comes up blank too. Then you try reading a few blogs for inspiration, playing around with keywords but still the words aren’t there.

What do you do?

Talk to Someone

When you experience writers block, it  can be good to talk to someone.  To a friend or a family member maybe. Whoever is supportive of your work. Tell them  you are looking for inspiration and see what happens.

Do Some Exercises

Sometimes a block can be due to stress from an event or situation. In that case walk away from your work and focus on something else. Go for a walk or a run, if you like running, do yoga or some other form of exercise for a while.

More Ideas

Meditation can be an excellent way to set the mind free and bring new ideas.add new

Something I do is every time I get an idea for a post I write it as a post title. Then I will start writing a few lines that came with the idea. After coming to a natural halt, I will save the new post as a draft to add to later. I do this quite often as when the idea appears I might not have the time to research and write the piece there and then but I don’t want to forget about it.

That way there are often several blogs posts waiting to be fleshed out. If you have no ideas you can look through those waiting until one sparks interest. Or try adding a few more lines to each and one will have you writing more.

Sometimes we subconsciously sabotage ourselves. Read about limiting beliefs in this post. HERE!

The Variety of Article Styles

What sort of articles would be best for you to write?  So what sort are there?

  • Articles about tips (as this one)
  • Comparison articles ( comparing products)
  • Articles about personal experiences (depending upon the blog niche)
  • Review Articles
  • How to articles

There are of course more but this gives you the general idea.

In conclusion

So there are many variations to focus upon. The articles or posts you write will of course depend upon the niche you have chosen and that will determine your topics.

Whatever you focus upon, if you have personal experience the reader will often like to hear about it. It gives them a connection with you and helps build the trust.

The main thing is to fill your website/blog with good quality content that will be interesting enough to bring people back and rank well with Google. The more you rise up Googles ranks, the more traffic you are likely to get to your website.

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Simple Affiliate Marketing tips

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It doesn’t matter whether you are new to this or been doing it for years, it is an ongoing learning process. Everyone, it seems, is always interested in simple affiliate marketing tips. Knowledge is power and the more we know the better our businesses are.

Tips for Affiliate marketing.

Every, or maybe that should be, most affiliate marketers are always looking for the successful market that gives the biggest paycheck.

Some think there is a magic formula that is readily available for them if only they could find it.

Actually, it is both more complicated than that and easier than that. The magic formula is good marketing practices that have been proven over many years and of course, hard work and dedication.

There are basic formula’s that have worked before with online marketing and are continuing to work in the growing online affiliate marketing world of today. With these 3 simple affiliate marketing tips, you will be able to able to increase your sales and survive in the affiliate marketing online.

What are the basic formula’s?marketing Simple Affiliate Marketing tips

1. Using unique web pages

to promote each separate product you are marketing. Do not lump all of it together just to save time, effort or  money. It is best to have a site focusing on each and every separate niche and nothing more.

Always have product reviews on your website so visitors will have an initial understanding on what the products can do to and for those who buy them. Include testimonials from those who have already tried the product if you can. Check that your customers are willing to allow you to use their names and/or photos on the site of the product you are marketing.

You can also write articles highlighting the uses of the product and include them on the website as an additional page. Make the pages attractive, compelling and include calls to action on the information. Each headline should attract the readers to try and read more, even contact you. Highlight your special points. This will help your readers to learn what the page is about and will want to find out more.

2. Offer free downloadable ebooks

to your readers. If possible position them at the very top side of your page so it they simply cannot be missed. Try to create autoresponder messages that will be mailed to those who input their personal information into your sign up box. According to research, a sale is closed usually on the seventh contact with a prospect.b;og

Only two things can possibly happen with the web page alone: closed sale or the prospective customer leaving the page and never returning again. By placing useful information into their email inboxes at certain specified times, you will remind them of the product they thought they wanted to buy and hopefully will return later. Be sure that your content gives them specific reasons to buy the product. Don’t make it sound like a sales pitch because that can be off putting. The hard sell approach no longer works, people tend to back away.

Focus on important points like how your product can make life easier and more enjoyable and or solve a problem they may have. Include compelling subject lines in the email. As much as possible, avoid using the word “free” because there are still older spam filters that dumps those kind of contents into the junk before even anyone reading them first. Convince those who signed up for your free ebook that they will be missing something big if they do not avail of your products and services.

3. Get the right kind of traffic

that is targeted to your product. Just think, if the person who visited your website has no interest whatsoever in what you are offering, they will be among those who move on and never come back. Write articles for publication in e-zines and e-reports. This way you can locate publications that is focusing on your target customers and what you have put up might just grab their interest.

Try to write a minimum of 2 articles per week, with at least 800-1500 words in length, preferably more. By continuously writing good content you can generate more targeted readers to your site per day.
Always remember that only a small percentage of the people visiting your site are likely to buy your product or your services. Which is why we try to generate as much traffic as possible to our websites each day.

The tips given above are not difficult to do, if you think about it. It just requires time and action on your part, especially with writing content. The saying is: ‘Content is king’.

 

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There is always more to learn. Keep reading others hints and tips too. Knowledge really is power.

Not all tips will be useful bit over time you will learn to try out and use just the ones that resonate with you. If they feel right, they will be the most useful an just what you need.

You could read 50 tips and only get a handful of usable tips but that handful or even 1 or 2, could be the ones that make the difference and start you on the road to earning. .

Whether its tips or a new way of doing something, affiliate marketers are always learning because they need to keep up.

 

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Would you like to learn affiliate marketing?

I can recommend one platform, Wealthy Affiliate. They offer free training on building a wordpress website, amongst other things  CHECK IT OUT HERE 

 


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Danger of scams to look out for

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So we have a Pandemic, a corona virus, COVID-19.

So this would be a time for everyone to pull together, obey government directives aimed at keeping us safe and help those that need it most.

RIGHT?covid-19 Danger of scams to look out for

Well you would think so but apparently  not for everyone. Otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to get this message out about the danger of scams to look out for, in such a hurry.

Most countries are in lockdown situations, which means non essential businesses have closed. People are ordered to stay home and isolate themselves as much as is humanly possible. But on their own many become more fearful, reading fake and real news, not knowing the difference.

What we need to do is realise that yes the situation is serious and that we need to follow govt advice to keep ourselves and others safe.

The important thing to remember is that life goes on and nothing lasts forever. 

Beware!

So we have a worldwide pandemic and what happens?

All the bottom feeders appear, the low lifes, whatever you want to call them. Under the guise of helping they scam unsuspecting people at a time when we should all be helping each other.

These are the scams to look out for.

From the official BBC News website. Read the full article HERE!

  • Councils are warning people to beware of scammers pretending to be health officials or offering to pick up food and medicines.
  • Fraudsters are also selling counterfeit face masks and hand sanitisers, says the LGA, which speaks for councils in England and Wales.
  • Hand sanitiser containing an ingredient banned for human use six years ago has been seized in Birmingham.
  • The LGA is advising people not to accept help from cold-callers.
  • This means being suspicious of anyone who offers help, either online or in person, the Local Government Association warned, after councils in Rochdale and south London received reports of attempted scams.
  • Action Fraud, which receives reports of fraudulent activity, says victims of online scams have lost £960,000 in 105 coronavirus-linked cases since the beginning of February.
  • The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau says it has recorded 200 cases of fraudulent emails being sent, which include scammers who:
    • pretend to be from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization, asking recipients to click a link to report active infections in their area
    • offer links to a fake daily newsletter for Covid-19 updates
    • offer fake insurance schemes and trading advice
    • pretend to be from the government, offering tax refunds

From the Which magazine website: Read the full article HERE. 

This article is definitely worth a read along with the pages from the other links. Knowledge is power and knowing what could come your way will make it easier to spot.

Learn to distinguish which is fake and which is real.

Save yourself a lot of heartache and problems.scams

  1. Always check the name of the website, is it correct or is there an extra dot or line in the name? There is usually something that shows its fake.
  2. Does the web address contain the name of a product? Official websites never have products in the name.
  3. Take careful note of the the logo. Webshops with only “Shopping” – “Online” – “Brand” are created hundreds and thousands at a time.
  4. Be extra careful with designer clothes and brand shoes. High discounts and everything in stock.
  5. Pay careful attention to sentences that don’t seem right and look for errors in the language.
  6. A fake webshop/website has no contact information and rarely has an About page. If it does have a phone number, call it to see if it’s a working number. Send an email to the mail address, with fake addresses you will get an undelivered message from your provider.
  7. You can usually only pay with a credit card.
  8. Trustmarks, like so many things, are forged on a large scale. Always double check to see if they are correct.

How to check for the Truth?

How and where to check. This is important for so much of the information circulating on social media is wrong. If you want the latest true facts about COVID-19, these are worth checking out and sharing.

Snopes is the original fact-checking website: if it’s not true, then Snopes has probably written it up. Other fact-checking websites are also worth checking regularly: Full Fact is a British website that can be trusted, while Channel 4 News has its own FactCheck website.

Check that your website, if you have one, is secure and that your hosting side has good security. I am on Wealthy Affiliate platform. Read HERE for what it offers. The offer has gone but the site information is up to date

Conclusion.

So what have we learned? Hopefully enough to make you think before opening emails and clicking on links.

Sometimes though we are in a rush and don’t think about it. What then? As long as you don’t click the links, you will be fine.

Try to make it second nature when opening emails. The more you practice, the better you will get.

It’s a very sad world when the first thing some people think of is how to scam others out of anything they can.

So stay alert, always be wary but overall remember that there are more good people out there than bad.

 


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Learn about Affiliate Marketing

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The easy and basic version for those who are only just discovering and want to learn about affiliate marketing.

What is affiliate marketing?

It’s a way of earning money online.

It works as a business, you apply to companies that appeal to you or have products in your chosen niche. You then become affiliated with the company if they accept you and then you promote their products for them.

They will supply you with advertising material such as banners and make links available to you, with your special code, so that each company knows who the traffic or sales come from.

When someone clicks on a link to a product and then buys, whether it’s digital or an actual physical product, the affiliate can earn a small commission from the sale.

It sounds simple and that is the basic premise but it takes hard work getting to that point. There are many online who say it’s easy, you can earn thousands a week while only working 2 hours per week. That is not realistic at all.

The reality is lots of training and many hours of hard work. If followed correctly the training works very well but it won’t happen overnight. Many try it for a month or two and give up saying it doesn’t work, having done very little of the training or put in much time. If you want to earn well, then you need to put in the time and  effort.

 

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is a platform for affiliate marketing. You can join at no cost, have a look round, try out the basic training and see what you think. wealthy affiliate Learn about Affiliate Marketing

There is no pressure to become a paying member. Though if you join within the first 7 days you get the first month at half price. If you decide to stay on you can pay monthly or yearly. Yearly  means you save quite a bit, so if you can do that it’s much more economical, but of course it depends on individual circumstances and how you feel about what there is on offer.

When I joined I was highly sceptical but the quality of the free training won me over, along with the welcoming community. Once I went to Premium and  saw what training was on offer for paid members, how much there was available and how comprehensive it is, I was hooked.

Building a website or starting one with the free training was exciting and then continuing on was even better. I couldn’t believe my luck and knew there and then I was staying.

What do you learn?

You learn how to build a wordpress website.

First of all though you have to decide what your website will be about.  You select a topic and narrow it down in to a niche which is a smaller more select area of the overall topic.

With that decided, next comes a name for your website.

I always avoided WordPress as it looked so complicated, so went for easier options. With the right training however, that is done step by step, even I could manage it. Being able to stop  and start the video to complete each piece was brilliant. Some parts I found easy but other sections I had to go over a few times until the penny dropped.

The sense of accomplishment was amazing.

Additions to your site

You learn about the best themes to use, to get your site looking the way you want it. Though you first start with a more limited selection on the free starter membership, still quite a few though, to choose from. At this stage you tend to use the first one that appeals, which is fine at this stage as you are just keen to have a website.

There are Plug ins that come with your website, basic ones essential to the running of it.plug ins

Not real world plugs of course, plug ins that go right inside your website that help with the running of it.

There are an amazing amount of plug ins that will do various things for your website. Often you will see people recommending various ones but experience has taught me to check my stats before and after.

There is training on how to create content (blog posts) for your site, again, step by step the best way to set it out and how to add pictures and videos.

There is also a section of the Wealthy Affiliate site that has lists of companies wanting affiliate marketers, so you don’t even have to do that yourself unless you want to.

I also realised that it doesn’t stop at affiliate marketing any of your sites can be used for any business that you want to run.

You have an amazing site you have created and can sell things you create, buy items to sell, or be an affiliate marketer. Or you can incorporate all 3, its entirely up to you. The only limits you have are those you impose on yourself.

How does it help me?

You can run any business you choose and you will have the help you need.dream big

You have an amazing site you have created and can sell things you create, buy items to sell, do coaching or be an affiliate marketer or anything else you fancy doing.

The only limits you have are those you impose on yourself.

There is training on just about any business related subject you can think of . Not only official training but also many from long term members who find a better way of doing something or a different way that’s easier.

I am pretty sure that most things you want to know about will have at least one training available, if not more.

The Benefits.

From 16th March there are changes to the amount of websites offered.

  • 1 website with the free membership and 10 websites with the Premium membership.
  • It used to be 2 websites with the free starter membership and 50 websites with the Premium membership.

You get great website hosting along with  top notch Security to keep it safe.

Website Speed that is fabulous in this fast paced world where everything has to be instant. It gives a better user experience for your site visitors.

Reliability. A platform that is reliable, where the owners are accessible and despite being so successful are still ready to help should you have a problem.

Support. The site support is brilliant. The response is very fast and any problems solved quickly, occasionally the impossible takes longer but still gets solved.

The free starter membership with training to get you started along with a website. Well 2 at the minute, until 16th March.

Did I mention the amazing community that have helped me and others countless times? They are the human side of Wealthy Affiliate, along with the owners Kyle and Carson. They too are very accessible, giving help and advice to everyone. Plus they keep updating the platform and are  constantly making improvements

Conclusion

Wealthy Affiliate is a great place to learn all you need to know about starting a business, whether it’s affiliate marketing or a different type of business.Wealthy Affiliate banner

All the tools are there in one place to help you succeed. Then as backup you have an amazing community who will cheer you on with successes, commiserate with the mistakes and lift you up if you feel down.

And every day you will see blog posts on the site that inspire you. They also teach you and spark ideas for your site and for new blog posts.

They also encourage everyone to sign up for the free membership first, there are very few platforms that do that. Wealthy affiliate do it because they have nothing to hide. There aren’t any upsells. If you decide to go premium, which is your choice, that is what you will pay, your membership only.

You can buy domain names through Wealthy Affiliate but you can buy them elsewhere if you prefer and migrate them in, the same if you already own a domain name.

So overall there are many benefits to coming to Wealthy Affiliate and giving us a try. Check it out for free and see what you think. All you will have lost is a bit of time.

What you could gain, is a better future. So why not come and join us today? CLICK HERE!

Joining via my link on this page will ensure you get my assistance when needed, the benefit of my knowledge thus far and 2 ebooks to help you on your affiliate journey.


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BIG changes at Wealthy Affiliate

Time for change

It is exciting to hear about a platform you are part of that continue’s to think about it’s members in the way Wealthy Affiliate does. They don’t rest on their laurels, they continue to improve every aspect, especially Security, Speed, Reliability and Support.

As this incredible platform continues to improve and grow every aspect of the service offered, there are, inevitably, changes. This time there are big changes at Wealthy Affiliate.

Price changes?

NO!

The price remains the same competitive price. Actually more than competitive it is amazing considering what we get for that one price per month, which is cheaper still, if paid yearly.handful of notes BIG changes at Wealthy Affiliate

Kyle, one of the site owners, blogged about the changes, see the full article HERE!

  • I just want to offer you some perspective on the value of the hosting you are getting here at WA. Our hosting is a leader in terms of speed, security, reliability and power in the WordPress industry. Just for some insight, here are the price points of the hosting companies that we view as “similar” in terms of quality in the industry.
  • Pagely (5 Websites) = $199 per month
  • WPEngine (10 Websites) = $115 per month
  • Kinsta (10 Websites) = $200 per month
  • Wealthy Affiliate (10 Websites) = $49 per month! (included with Premium)
  • Again, our hosting network is included with your Premium membership. It is all-inclusive, no up sells, not extra up sells, no costs for additional caching plugins, email, SSL, or any “add on” that other hosting companies are charging.

I can back that up with my experience, there were never any upsells at all. Just the one exceptional price for everything.

What are the changes?Questions

From Kyle’s blog again: Read the entire blog HERE!

  • These are how the hosting updates look:
  • Starter Membership1 Website, Formerly 2 Websites
  • Premium Membership: 10 Websites Any Type (NEW), Formerly 25 Own Domains / 25 Free Websites.

That’s a big drop…. but most people never have that many websites anyway, 50 is a massive amount to keep up with. Plus you need to regularly update and add content. Just a few websites is hard work, making changes, updating and adding content.

 

How will it affect me?

If you are already a Premium member, it won’t affect you at all. You will still get the same benefits and amount of websites you always have. It’s like the Black Friday bargain Price for yearly membership, once done it is grandfathered in, benefits and price, for the entire time you are a Premium member at Wealthy Affiliate.

If you have been thinking about joining to give Wealthy Affiliate a try it will make a difference in the amount of websites you will have to use. If you are only thinking of using 2 or 3, it doesn’t matter.

If you have big plans to create a variety of websites, then this will affect you.

When are the changes starting?Neon sign with Change on it.

The good news is that you have 12 days.

You still have time to join for free, try out the training and building a website and then if you like what you see, to take the leap into Premium membership. Then you will still have the same amount of websites that are offered up to the

16th March 2020

This is the Day of Change.

What now?

If you have been considering starting your own online business and you want top notch training, great web hosting that’s secure and reliable, fantastic site support and a brilliant community to support you too, then it’s a no brainer!

Clearly in this case, Wealthy Affiliate is the site for you.

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FAQ’s

Is it easy?

Not at first, but it does get easier as your knowledge increases. You also have a great community willing to help you. If you are stuck or unsure of something just ask a question day or night and you will get answers.

How soon will I earn money?

That depends on you. How much time you you are prepared to give to it and how much work you are prepared to do. I would say a minimum of 6 months, if you are working on it full time. Even then it may be longer, than that.

Why does it take so long?

Because you are building a foundation for a business that will last and continue to grow far into the future.

What about overnight success schemes I have seen?

The only ones who get rich there are the owners. They sometimes offer a low start rate and then you get endless upsells. They convince you that each one will start the money rolling in but sadly all that happens is you lose money.

How do you know?

On my journey to Wealthy Affiliate, I saw many such schemes and plans. I did research on each one and became very disillusioned by what I saw, by the amount of people that lost thousands to unscrupulous people. By the time I reached Wealthy Affiliate I was very wary and researched it a lot.

This is why they offer a free starter membership so you can see and try it out. I didn’t find any other one that did this.

ConclusionFree starter Membership to Wealthy Affiliate.

If you have been looking at Wealthy Affiliate and think this is the site for you it might be worth your while to sign up now before the new changes take effect on 16th March.

If you are wary, like I was, take the free starter membership and see what it’s like. If you are serious about creating a business online and prepared to work hard you will know quite quickly, like I did, that this is what you want.

I knew within days. I signed up to the Premium for a month to see if it was any good, better, worse, the same.

I was delighted with the free training but the Premium training was amazing. Again within a few days I knew I was going to stay and at the end of the month signed up for a year as it worked out so much more economical.

Give it a try! What have you got to lose? A bit of time, that’s all.

 


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Best Online Business Ideas for 2020

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The Best Online Business Ideas for 2020.

No cost or low cost start up business ideas to get your imagination flying and your brain working overtime. Can you do it? YES, of course you can!choice. Best Online Business Ideas for 2020

It’s surprising that in this era we live in you can start businesses with little or no money.

Wanting to know, I decided to look up the cost of starting a small business in the real world.

 

From the Simply Business website

  • According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) less than half (44.1 per cent) of the UK businesses that were started up in 2011 were still going five years later.
  • Many new business owners don’t seek any professional advice before starting their venture, yet the planning stages of a startup are likely to be the most important. It may, for example, help you to get professional advice to choose your legal and financial model.
  • Read through our advice and resources for UK small businesses for some helpful signposts.

They don’t give a figure for the costs because it can vary so much according to the size and cost of premises, to stock, tools, equipment and staff if needed. Solicitor, accountants and other professionals can add to the cost too.

I don’t know about you but I can feel the thousands racking up at a great rate. You couple that with the numbers above, nearly half of new businesses failing and that becomes a risky business. That’s a lot of cash at stake.

Completely free of cost?

Well no, I suppose not. It depends upon whether you already have internet (most people) and whether you have a desk top computer or laptop or mobile phone. Now I had to put mobile for phone as older people, like me, would think of their house phone first.Dream job

I know this because it popped into my head.

So if you have all or any of the above you are good to go.

You can pay for website hosting but many do a free starter website you can build. Just want a blog? Easy to get started and free is Blogger. I started out blogging with that site. I managed to get it up and running myself and learnt by trial and error.

You don’t need to work out a business plan or go to a bank for a small business loan.

If you decide to do paid training courses for your business, then this is a tax deductible expense here in the UK. Not sure whether the same applies in other countries.

1) Proof Reader.

If you are one of those people that always pick up on the typing mistakes, get irritated by terrible grammar and annoyed by awful punctuation?pen laid on written words

Do you love to read and have a passion for words? If so this could be the ideal job.

Its a good idea to take at least one course on the best way to go about it. There is a free 76 minute course available, run by a lady called Caitlin of Proofread Anywhere who is passionate about her work and wants to help others learn it too. It’s a good starting point.

I haven’t tried this myself and I am not affiliated with the person or site. It seemed like an option worth trying if you fancy this sort of work. Taking a free course is a good way of seeing whether you like it or not.

What is Proofreading?

It’s checking the final copy of written material for grammar, punctuation, spelling, tense, and readability.

Aren’t books dying out?

Not really because we also have e-books besides the usual books. Plus we have e-courses, blog posts, transcripts, and other written content being constantly published. All ready and waiting for your skills.

Where do you find work?

There are websites such as Flexjobs, EditFast, Upwork. Indeed.com and ProBlogger.net as a starting point for you. I am sure there will be many more out there too..

Here is a free quick quiz I found that you can try to see how much you do notice. Go HERE.

2) Freelance Writer.

These are quite in demand with businesses, entrepreneurs and bloggers needing quality content. As a beginner it can be tough finding work and getting established. So again, as with proofreading it’s a good idea to learn the basics first.freelance writer

What does a Freelance writer do?

A freelance writer is a self-employed writer who takes on a variety of writing projects in particular subjects on short term or long term contracts. Freelance writers provide valuable expertise and writing skills to their clients. Once well established, high quality freelance writers, can make up to a six-figure yearly income from home.

How do I become a Freelance writer?

Well, anyone can say they are a Freelance writer, it’s having the skills to back it up that’s most important.

Tips on writing articles HERE!

You don’t want to turn out work that isn’t high quality because it will be tough to get the better paying work. It will take time to get established as with any business but learning what you can at the start should give you a head start on others.

I have found a Free starter course for you, from clubthrifty.com so you can give it a try. GO HERE.

While doing more research I came across a 6 day free course on Freelance writing. GO HERE.

Again, these are nothing to do with me and I am not affiliated in any way with them.

Where do I find work?

Here are a few to start you off.

Problogger, Blogging Pro, All Freelance Writing Job Board, Contena and Canadian Freelance Writing.

You don’t need to be Canadian to apply for the Canadian Freelance Writing jobs.

There will of course be many more these are a starting point.

3)A Scopist.

I have never heard of this one before.typing with headphones

This is what Wikipeadia says:

  • A scopist edits the transcripts of official proceedings, created by court reporters. Court reporters attend official proceedings such as court hearings and transcribe the spoken word to written text, mostly using stenotype machines or voice mask equipment. Scopists receive the rough copies of these transcripts after the proceedings, check the transcript for missing words or mistakes, edit grammar and punctuation, ensure that proper names and technical or scientific terms are spelled correctly, and format the transcript properly before delivering the transcript back to the court reporter.*

How do I become a Scopist?

Many have had training as a court reporter first, so you could go that route, either in the real world or online. Or find specific online training to be a Scopist.

There is an Internet Scoping School and it offers a free mini course to find out whether its a job that is a good fit for you. GO HERE.

How hard it it to learn?

It sounds as though there is a lot to learn but the work will be interesting I would think.

On the plus side, not many people have heard of it which means there isn’t as much competition for work. Always a good thing to be getting in on something early.

You will need specialist software apparently, although it should of course, be tax deductible, as a legitimate business expense.

Where to get work?

Here are a few websites to get you started, Scopists.com, Stenosearch.com, ProfessionalScopists.com and Indeed.com.

There are more but not as many as with other professions as it is so little known.

Conclusion.

These are all good possibilities for starting your online business to work for yourself from home.Freedom

I hope you learnt some interesting information from this post. I certainly did while researching. I heard of an entire new profession, to me, that has apparently been about a while, that I have never heard of. It was interesting and I imagine could be a very interesting job to do.

You can earn by doing online surveys but I believe you have to do a lot to make much money from them. Might be an idea as a fill in.

There are many more online jobs and business ideas forthcoming in this vast arena that is growing exponentially. For those of us getting into it now and those that started even 10 years back, we are getting in near the start. With many real world businesses, big and small closing, more and more people are turning to the internet for work.

Lets face it, who wouldn’t want to work for themselves from home. No hassle, people, traffic, crowded public transport, cold/wet/hot weather and best of all …. NO Boss.

Freedom!!!


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How to Create an Online Business

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It’s a new year and the start of a new decade and time to make a better future.

How do you do that? By creating an online business.

Time to make the future you want.

You don’t change things by doing what you’ve always done. So now it’s time to change that, to create the future you have dreamed of.

How can you do that?

learn. shelves of books How to Create an Online Business

Can I learn how to create an online business?

First you need to learn how.

There are ways to learn for free with many You Tube videos on the subject as well as blogs. There are also websites offering free online courses if you Google it.

These of course are limited in the amount of information they give you as many are selling more extensive courses themselves.

That route can take a while as you piece together the different amounts of information.

I tried this way but it always felt as though something was missing. Which is certainly not helpful.

How can I afford a good course?

There are always ways to save cash once you decide you want to invest in yourself and your future.

Do you pay for TV subscriptions? How much do you pay and do you need them all?

Do you eat out or have Takeaways? How about coffee on your way to work? Make savings on lunch and take your food from home and use refillable water bottles.

You can shop around to reduce your utility bills.

Shop around to cut back on food bills. Do click and collect rather than pay a delivery charge.

You don’t have spare time.

When you work full time, it’s easy to instantly dismiss the idea of doing extra work at home but it’s how many successful entrepreneurs started out.

So think about it.

Do you play games online, on a console? Do you watch television programmes, films, box sets?

Do you see where I am going with this?

If you want to build a better future then you need to make changes. Instead of slouching in front of a screen dozing, why not put that time to good use in front of a screen that has you wide awake and keen to do more?

What would I do?

Training. Running up steps.

Training!

No, not that sort of training, though the word does make me think of running in particular and being pushed to the limit.

Though if you sit all day a bit of walking or running is not a bad way to have a break.

I mean a different sort of training.

Learning how to build a website, how to find a niche, to master SEO, Keywords, blogging, social media and more.

Training that seems endless, tough at times but is exciting too.

Building a basic first website is fun and gives a massive sense of achievement.

What is a niche?

Is a small part of a wider subject. Such as Health. This is a large subject so you narrow it down to something you are interested in.

Some examples of this one subject.

* Health & Beauty Aids Retail
* Health & Diet Foods Retail
* Health & Medicine
* Health & Wellness Programs
* Health Aids
* Health and Beauty
* Health Associations
* Health Care Plans
* Health Care Professionals
* Health Care Providers
* Health Clubs
* Health Food Stores
* Health Spas
* Healthy Gut
* Hearing Aid Audiologists
* Hearing Aids & Assistive Devices Retail
* Heart Disease

There are, of course, hundreds of possibles niches covering a wide variety of subjects.

What is SEO?

SEO

Search Engine Optimisation.

Basically how to get the search engines to see your blog posts and rank them.

The higher the ranking the more your posts and site gets seen by people searching for what you are writing about.

 

What are Keywords?

The particular words and phrases that people use when they are searching for a subject they want to know about. Using the right ones help your posts move up the ranks to get seen.

Think about when you do an online search. The better the words you put in, the more descriptive, the better the results. Keywords give good results from both sides.

What is blogging?

Writing a blog post or an article which is more commonly known as content to those that have a website and blog.  You write information about your niche, solving problems, writing reviews and anything else relevant to your subject.. To do that you need to do research, check facts, create good post titles and find good keywords.

Many think of blogging as writing something fun, perhaps about your day, adding some pictures and that’s it done. This is unbelievably far from the truth. Well it is when you are blogging for a business. 1 post can take many hours to create.

Read article writing tips HERE!

Social Media

social media

Not the sort of social media where you keep in contact with family and friends but business social media.

You need accounts with the main platforms to share your blog posts and create posts that interest people so they become followers.

Followers are important as through them your work gets a wider audience. When people like, share or  comment on your posts, they then get seen by others from their circles too.

Social media has an important part to play in running any online business. It’s not enough enough to have a business, you also need customers. That means you need to advertise your site, blog posts and anything you sell or items you recommend that your customers might need or are searching for.

It can help with reaching potential followers of your site and the all important traffic, while you are building your content and rising in the ranks of search engines.

 

How soon would I be earning?

That is a question that comes up a lot as you can imagine. Especially as many watch videos for ‘systems’ that promise fast set up and money coming in within hours or a few days. Then just a couple of hours a week to keep it going.

Many people have been caught out with these.

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Well the one I recommend doesn’t work like that.

It teaches you the basics then moves on to the more in depth training to help you build a business that will last and grow. It’s focussed on building a good solid foundation that can continue to grow well into the future.

The official training is excellent and very extensive and there is also an endless amount of training available from members you have been on the site for years.

Some have started earning small amounts after a few months, others have taken longer. It all depends on the amount of time you have to give to your fledgling business and how much effort you are willing to put in.

Have I earned anything yet? Small amounts which are nice and shows the training works but I didn’t expect more or even that just yet as other commitments reduce the time I have available. I do however spend every spare minute I have on it.

So what is my recommendation?

Wealthy Affiliate!

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It is a hosting platform that as well as offering training and offers you hosting on up to 50 websites, 25 domain and 25 non domain.

The site support is excellent, responds promptly and solves minor problems instantly, difficult mostly within an hour or two and the impossible takes a bit longer.

There is a very large supportive community, that is always available and very inspiring.

They offer a free starter membership to look around, have a go at building a website and doing some basic training, which I was impressed with when I started. It made me take the next step, which was signing up for a month of Premium membership, which costs $49 or £37.44p.

That gives you the chance to examine what else is on offer and check out the premium training.

For me, after a week, I knew this was what I wanted and where I wanted to build my business.

I always recommend that you try the free membership first.

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Premium Membership: 10 Websites Any Type (NEW), Formerly 25 Own Domains / 25 Free Websites

Price changes from May 12th and more up to date information on changes HERE!

Think you can’t do it?

I say you can! If at 64 I can learn this while running a small crafting business, running a home and caring for grandchildren, then you definitely can. It’s all about attitude and believing in yourself.

Try it for free and see what you think. You lose nothing by looking. Then if you like what you see, take the leap and invest in yourself and your future. You are worth it!

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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.

Wealthy Affiliate

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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What is Freedom to You

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Most people dream of freedom.

But freedom means different things to different people. Like not living in fear and having enough money to buy food.

Even being able to make simple choices every day can be an important freedom.

What is freedom to you?

Below are a few of the main ones people often think of first.

Freedom from

Bosses

Some bosses are great and some are awful, with many stages in between. However nice a boss is though, many still yearn to be free. To work for themselves with profits from their efforts going into their own pockets rather than someone else’s. We are very often taught through schooling to get a job, to follow the crowd, rather than think outside the box. Taught that we shouldn’t take risks but rather get on the treadmill of work, eat, sleep, without thought of a better life.

With the rise of the internet more people understand that there is another way, that they don’t have to be chained to a J.O.B read more Here!

From Routine 

An everyday routine can become boring and stale and make you feel like a prisoner. If you have many commitments you probably dream of the day you will be free from them.What is Freedom to You 3 Adding a little variety to a routine can give a feeling of freedom. Even if you love your life, it can still seem stifling at times.

From having to budget. 

Financial freedom is the dream of so many. It gives you the freedom to travel wherever and whenever you like. To arrange working hours to suit yourself and to have work you enjoy. The sort of work that has you leaping out of bed in the morning because you love what you do. That has you working long hours because you want to.

What about Economic Freedom?

I always assumed it was the same as financial freedom but it’s not.

“The five principles of economic freedom: property rights, rule of law, free trade, a constitutionally limited government and sound money supply have a proven record of generating long-lasting economic growth, opportunity and prosperity.”

The there is the UK Human Rights Act of 1998. This details the basic rights we have to certain freedoms that we often take for granted, that many do not get in other areas of the word.  If we didn’t have these freedoms, then those above would not be considered important.

  • Article 3: Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.
  • No person should have to suffer torture or degrading treatment in any shape or form, What is Freedom to You? A person in chainsyet it still goes on in so many places of the world.
  • In the western world we don’t like to think such things happen but they go on everywhere.
  • This happens even in so called civilised countries.
  • Mans inhumanity to man can be carried to unbelievable lengths.

 

  • Article 4: Freedom from slavery and forced labour
  • This one speaks for itself. Every person should have this right but even here in the UK there have been people found to be living in inhumane conditions and treated as slaves, even in this day and age. I find it very hard to understand how one human being can treat another in this way.
  • Article 9: Freedom of thought, belief and religion
  • Should not every person have this right? We like to think everyone does but the reality says otherwise. In some countries many are afraid to speak out, even afraid to think thoughts against an oppressive regime. There are many afraid to speak of beliefs they hold and even more not permitted to follow the religion of their choosing.
  • Article 10: Freedom of expression
  • “Right to express one’s ideas and opinions freely through speech, writing, and other forms of communication but without deliberately causing harm to others’ character and/or reputation by false or misleading statements.

    How often have we heard of those who speak out in oppressive regimes being imprisoned. 

    Freedom of press is part of freedom of expression.”

  • Article 11: Freedom of assembly and association    
  • Here in the UK we can hold a protest march,What is Freedom to You 4 have a gathering or create a like minded group of people to discuss anything or protest about laws or anything we aren’t happy about. As long as the law isn’t broken and it remains peaceful, so as not to impact others, it is allowed. For others that struggle against oppression and speak out, they know their very lives could be at stake. They continue for the sake of their people risking imprisonment and death.

 

So…. what is freedom to you?

We often take certain freedoms for granted. Being able to move around wherever we like. Able to voice our opinions aloud without fear of retribution.  Able to believe in a religion if we choose. Having jobs and changing jobs.  Being able to make choices about your children’s schools, about where to go for holidays, to even have holidays. So many things we take for granted, means freedom to some, even just having the freedom of choice seems like an impossible dream to some people.

My freedom is working from home, able to work around time with my grandchildren and being able to work the hours I choose. It is also being able to travel and visit family often. I can do that because my work can go with me.

So tell me….. what is freedom to you?

If your freedom is starting your own business or you are thinking about it, have a read of one or two posts including this one. My review after 6 months. HERE!

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