Your Future Self will Thank You

Yoiur future self will thank you

How do I know and what for?

BIG questions those!

What could your future self thank you for?

Lot’s of things I suppose. Getting fit, eating more healthily, investing or saving money, buying and old house and doing it up ….. and there are loads more. There is also a massive one.

Your future self will thank you for this

Really? Honestly? What is it?

How about investing in YOURSELF?

Nope, I haven’t gone nuts, I want to help YOU!There are no limits

Why would you do this when everything is in turmoil. Jobs are disappearing everywhere and Covid-19 is still ravaging populations, countries are going in and out of lockdown or facing tough restrictions. Does this seem like a time to be spending money on yourself?

Why not? Do you or will you spend in the sales?  Those are only material things! They will decline over time until they no longer work or are no longer useful.

Investing in yourself, to learn how to create and grow a business online is an excellent investment.  Growing your knowledge base is a good thing regardless of what you plan to do. Learning for a specific reason is better still and learning how to create and grow your own business, will create a better future for you. A job that means you can work from anywhere, including traveling but especially from the safety of your home in these strange times.

Why would I want to?

The world has changed a lot in the last year. I think we can all agree on that. More businesses are moving online as that is where the customers are now.

Started by the first Lockdown of the Pandemic this has now become an increasing trend. Employees had to work from home and bosses found that rather than skiving off, most workers got far more done. With no commute and no office distractions, it was easier to get more done and still have extra time for themselves and their family.

Now many Offices are considering downsizing or doing away with premises, it makes sense. Meetings are easily held online for workers and clients, so workplaces become obsolete.

Even many chain stores have gone out of business in recent months as they focused on the bottom line rather than the customer. They too in many cases have moved online.

Do you see where this is going?

Businesses are growing their online presence, new businesses are springing up, more people are signing up for training and this will only continue to grow.

There is no better time to get started than NOW!

Is it hard work?

YES!

You will be learning and creating the business as you go along, so yes it will be hard work but you can do this at your own pace.

If you are working at a JOB (See HERE) then you will have less time than someone who either has no job or has been furloughed for now.

The more time you spend learning and building your business the sooner you will begin to earn. BUT this is a marathon, not a sprint. Missing out on training or cutting corners on the work just means there is no solid foundation for your business. What you really want is to build it properly so it lasts and grows.

There will be times when you wonder why you started and if you should give up. Times when you think you will never get the hang of it. I did but I kept going and suddenly it was easier. Suddenly everything I had learnt and was still learning, slotted into place. The writing got easier and everything flowed. Talking to others it seems to be that way for most people.

What about the quick & easy programs?Warning Scam Alert. Your future self will thank you.

Well if you have already been tempted into one of those you know from experience that none of it is true. Most of us have seen them and their hype.

This is a pricier one! Often thousands of pounds/dollars.

“Live the laptop lifestyle”

“2 hours a week/4 hours a week/1 day a week”

“Start earning in 24/48 hours”

“All it takes is a few clicks and that’s it”

“So simple you can do it even with no experience at all”

You don’t get even a glimpse inside, often just a video showing someone beside an expensive car or working from a counter top in a huge empty kitchen devoid of any signs of life. But you do hear about a lot of numbers, their earnings and possible ones for you.

They don’t say this is my car or house but it is implied to make you think that you too can be living that lifestyle very quickly.

Cheaper ones! Usually less than 30 pounds/dollars.

“Quick and easy”

“Simple to use”

“3/2 clicks and you are done”

“So easy even a newbie can do it”

“earning within hours”

This one will often do a bit of a run through, enough to make you think it actually works.

With both, the minute you pay the first money you get upsells. Very often, especially with the cheaper ones and often with the more expensive ones, you actually need the upsells to make it work.

Getting a refund?

Not as easy as they make out. Most people give up, some run out of time because the refund is only 30 days. The rest try it and by the time they realise it does not do what it said on the box, the guarantee time has run out anyway.

Most then chalk it up to experience. Which means for the original seller they have made their money and most of the time couldn’t care less that you have lost yours.

You will then get bombarded with emails trying to get you to buy the next “Sure thing moneymaker”.

So What is best to do?create your future

It is better to go to a reputable company. Never take one person’s word for it though, look around. Check out a variety of views on anything before you buy. Yes some reviews will be good and some bad, if so check further.

Even for a good company, some will bend the truth implying that you can earn sooner than you actually can. A very few can start earning in a matter of months but for most it will take at least a year if not longer.

I recommend the company I am with because for the amount you pay, you get a lot in return. Plus, a big bonus is: NO Upsells.

They also allow you to join for FREE and have a good look around to see what is on offer. Essentially, what you will get for your money. A legitimate company does this because they have nothing to hide.

What do you get?

Read this post about Wealthy Affiliate to see everything that comes with your membership. It was about a Black Friday offer which obviously has ended now but there are graphics to show you what is available in each membership.

Below is a few things you get.

A quick roundup:

10 websites:

You might think that is a lot but over time you are very likely to use them as you expand your business. Some even use extra ones for clients’ websites they run.

Free SSL

From digicert.com:

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and, in short, it’s the standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data that is being sent between two systems, preventing criminals from reading and modifying any information transferred, including potential personal details. (I did not know this, so I have learned something new today)Your future self will thank you.

Site support:

Which I can vouch for as excellent because I have used them a lot. They are fast to respond and excellent at fixing pretty much anything in a very short amount of time. Most things are dealt with in less than 30 minutes. Another platform I am on takes 2 weeks each time to respond even when its a security issue. Obviously I am going to bring that website to Wealthy Affiliate too. I had signed up for 2 years days before I found and joined Wealthy Affiliate, otherwise it would have already been moved.

Community:

An international community from the far flung corners of the Earth. This means there are always people there to answer questions, to chat and give advice.

There is also a vast range of age and knowledge from the members too. Very useful when you get stuck. Sometimes I found I just didn’t “get” something. I would read it over and over, watch it on a video but somehow it was still a mystery. So I would ask the community. There was always a variety of answers which is great as at least one will resonate and give you that light bulb moment.

Training:

I have surprised myself here because I usually put this first, mainly because I love to learn. There is core training 1-5 levels with 50 lessons.

Available also is Bootcamp training 1-7 levels with 70 lessons.

On top of that is training by other members too. When they find a newer or better way of doing something through trial and error, they add it as training for others to use. If you love learning new stuff like me, it is very easy to get lost in jumping from one training to another, I did just that for the first 3 months until someone wrote a blog post about shiny object syndrome made me realise what I was doing.

Yes I did learn new stuff but I was supposed to be going through the official training to get my business foundations built.

You do have to learn to be focused, it is easy to get distracted at times.

My Recommendation!

I do wholeheartedly recommend Wealthy Affiliate because I think its a great platform. Whatever type of online business you want it can teach you how to do that. You can also try different things to see how you get on. Like dropshipping. I did research, sort of gave it a try but never really got it up and running. At that point I was trying to do too many things at once. wealthy affiliate starter membership

There are so many different directions you can go in. Some do coaching, others do dropshipping, there are affiliate marketers with every niche you can think of, those that run websites for clients. We have authors and people that create and sell courses, more that run courses and so very much more.

The online world is your oyster. You can learn to build a business from the ground up. Give it a solid foundation to grow on and eventually perhaps, pass it on to your children.

Isn’t that something your future self will thank you for?

What are you waiting for?

Go and have a look round. At worst all you will have wasted is a little time, at best it will give you an amazing future.

The future is YOURS you decide where it goes! Try  WEALTHY AFFILIATE NOW!


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Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer

Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer

There have been many changes at Wealthy Affiliate just lately. The entire look has changed, giving it a fresher more streamlined look.

What is Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer all about?

We knew it was coming, Kyle (one of the owners) blogged about it, saying they were excited about the imminent changes about to happen. Then all of a sudden the changes appeared.

We also knew the Black Friday Offer would be good. Lets check it all out!

How it happened!

I logged off in the late afternoon, then returned early evening and blinked hard. I thought my computer was playing up. But NO, it was the new look platform. Amazing how that can happen! Well it was to me because I am not ‘techie’ at all. Yes there were a few blips and bugs, would have been very surprising if the hadn’t with a platform that size. Have to say that considering the sweeping changes and the platform’s size I am amazed everything was sorted out so quickly.

Kyle followed up with a blog explaining the changes, talking people through it all. An in depth look at what is available on the platform.  SEE HERE!

Reactions

Considering I can be a bit of a dinosaur at times, not liking changes, I surprised myself by actually liking the new look. A quick run through of the buttons and I knew where most stuff was and just got on with my work. Then I realised that there were some who were upset by the changes and others who were totally confused.

Some had to log back in again a few times but everything was solved really fast. Which I must say, is something we have all come to expect of Wealthy Affiliate. The site support is excellent and problems usually get solved very quickly.

OFFER HAS ENDED NOW!

Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer!

Black Friday Deals!

What Black Friday deals have we got?

These deals run through from Black Friday 27th November 2020 to Cyber Monday 30th November 2020.

Premium Yearly Offer ($395 per year). This is $100 off the regular yearly price.

Premium Plus+ Yearly Offer ($795 per year). This is $200 off the regular yearly price.

It makes complete economic sense to pay yearly as you save a lot and of course you save even more by going for the Black Friday offer.

WHY?

Quite simply because once you pay that price you are then grandfathered into the price for as long as you remain at Wealthy Affiliate. So every single year, you continue to save. If the price goes up at any point, yours doesn’t.

Premium Membership

When I joined it was the only paid membership.  The following list is a synopsis of what you get with this membership.

For now, this is mine and I am perfectly happy with this at this time.

The Premium offer includes the following:

  • $100 off the regular price
  • One Free .com Domain
  • $50 in Community Credits
  • 52+ Expert Classes
  • All future Premium updates
  • Research Tools
  • Support
  • Websites/Hosting
  • Content Tools
  • ALL Premium updates in the year ahead 

New Premium Plus+ Membership

This offer includes everything that comes with the Premium membership with many additions.

It is good to have a new more advanced tier. There are many members who have been with Wealthy Affiliate for years and are highly successful. For all of them this must be very welcome.

The Premium Plus+ offer includes:

  • $200 off the regular price
  • Two free Domains of your choice
  • $100 in community credits which are invaluable
  • Jaaxy Enterprise ($1,188 per year value)
  • Hosting for 50 Websites ($500/mth value)
  • 200+ Additional “Premium Plus+ Only” Expert Classes (Priceless)

A Teaser, not everything is listed on this graphic I created because the lists were so long and you can go and see the full clear graphic for yourself if you choose to.

 

membership graph

There are so many benefits it is amazing and unbelievable.

Why Join?

If you are serious about starting an online business, you should join.

I already had a small craft business and thought I would know quite a bit of it, although I was aware that there are large gaps in my knowledge. To start with, I had never built a WordPress website. Yes, I had admired them from afar but thought they were far too complicated for me to build.

I was wrong! I built one by following the training, while on the free starter membership. I was so impressed with myself and impressed with the training that made it so easy.

How soon will I earn Money?

It will take months at the very least, more likely many months or more than a year. There are some that took 18 months to 2 years.

There is a lot to learn and a great deal of work to do if you want to create a lasting business. Build firm foundations and it will last. Following the training and implementing it step by step, takes time.

It also depends upon how much time you can spare. If you can do this full time from the start then you will start earning sooner than others who will work at it alongside a job or other commitments.

There is also the fact that we all learn at different speeds

I have often noticed that those who put very high earning goals are often those who are prepared to put in the least amount of time.

This is NOT a Get Rich Quick scheme. You will NOT get started and immediately begin earning money.

Avoid Scams

The best way to avoid getting caught by scammers is by joining a reputable company. One that offers you everything you need and more to create a successful business.

Scams say things like:

Simple to set up and start earning in 12/24/48 hours

3 Clicks to set it up and you can be earning money

So Easy a Newbie can do it.

Everything you need for 1 low price! Then you buy and every new screen is an upsell much more expensive than the last. Youi read and discover that to make the amazing money you need to buy those products too.

1st class support. Hmmm…. funny that one. Because you can’t usually get hold of them for days or weeks, if at all.

30/60 day Money Back Guarantee! No questions asked. You have to get hold of them first, within the stated time, to get your money back.

A Legit Company

The owners are accessible and are often about the platform, answering questions and commenting on blogs etc.Black Friday Offer Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer

You have a website problem, site support fixes it rapidly. What does that mean? My experience is maximum 30 minutes, mostly quicker.

You have a problem not website related? Ask the community. Obviously not personal problems, although it has happened. You get answers from several people at least. I think this is important because we all digest information differently and one of those answers will be related in a way that resonates with you.

You don’t constantly get upsells pushed at you. You pay for Premium or Premium Plus and everything at your level is what you get. No, just add this or upgrade to that for something you were told you got.

Why no technical stuff?

Because over this long weekend there will be endless blogs that do all the technical bits. For me, I wanted to know what I was getting without having to read endless, dry as dust explanations.

So I figure that there must be many others the same.

Besides, if you are new to this it probably won’t mean anything to you anyway.

What do I offer if you sign up through Me?

Help and assistance. The original person I joined with offered me a free SEO course that I wasn’t ready for, as a bonus. Once I got started I was too busy learning the basics to even look at it and never got round to it. Beyond the initial greeting messages I didn’t hear from him again.

I offer practical assistance, things that can save you time. Like the best website theme, the best plug ins to use and anything else you might want to know. I am there on the platform and accessible via Private message. When you feel ready I can offer some courses, free of charge of course, that you feel will help you move forwards.

READ HERE for what is on offer. The page shows some ebooks available but I have a lot more on many subjects related to business and working online. I feel it is better for you to decide what you would find most helpful rather than hand out random books or courses on subjects that don’t interest you.

Do It Now!

Take that leap of faith to create the future you really want for yourself and your loved ones. With the Pandemic constantly ebbing and flowing and so many having to work from home if they can, it’s never been a better time to take that leap.

Big companies have closed in the real world and many have moved online finding it unsustainable to continue in shops and offices.

People have been in lockdown, as we all know and have experienced. What do we all do at such a time? We go online, to connect, to learn, buy books and courses and to buy gifts and food.

This is a growing workplace and market place for the savvy entrepreneur wanting to achieve their dreams and make a better life for when we get back to some sort of normality.

Use the time shut away to make a start on that business, better to be creating that better future than staring at a TV screen endlessly.

This is YOUR Chance!

Your chance to get a membership to an excellent platform at a brilliant price that will be grandfathered in so you keep getting that price every single year.

By taking out a Years membership you are showing how serious you are about building a business. Treat yourself as a Christmas gift to you. Don’t buy that new Game Console or new supersized smart TV.

Spend that money on YOUR FUTURE instead. Trust me you won’t have the time or inclination to sit playing games or watching endless TV once you start building websites and a business. You will be focused on your goals and being your own boss!

Take the LEAP into Your Future NOW! CLICK HERE!

 

Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer


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What is a Business Why

What is a business WHY

If you are only thinking of starting a business then you may not have heard of this. If you have started already you have probably heard of it but may not really know what its about. We tend to have reasons why we do most things in life but when you are starting a business or working for yourself, technically the same I suppose, then you NEED a very good WHY!

So what is a Business Why?

From Entrepreneur.com in 2015

  • “He who has a why can endure any how.” — Frederick Nietzsche
  • There are many reasons why people become entrepreneurs: personal satisfaction, creative independence or financial autonomy — the list goes on. Yet all of these have one thing in common. At the core, they all are about freedom.
  • What is it that drives you? The reason probably isn’t money — at least it shouldn’t be. There’s a reason that career counselors across the country ask the same time-old question: “If money were no object, what would you do?”

Why You Need A Strong Reason WHY

As you can see above, it should not be about money. Yes an ultimate aim is to earn more for the freedom that it brings but the core reason has to be something important to you.

If you have a winning mindset then you will always be looking to set new goals for yourself to improve your life. You know that setting challenging goals will move you out of your comfort zone and help you to grow as a person. Achieving the goals that you set will reaffirm the belief in your subconscious mind that you can do anything.

More about mindset HERE!

The problem is that when you set challenging goals for yourself they will not be easy to achieve. They wouldn’t be challenging if you could achieve them without breaking a sweat, would they? This means that you are in for some tough times ahead in the pursuit of your goals.

So you can see why you need a very good strong reason to start a business. A WHY that will keep you going through thick and thin, the lows of exhaustion as well as the highs when it goes well.A Strong Why. What is a Business Why

You need a strong WHY

Before you start working on your challenging goals you need a strong WHY. This is the real reason (or reasons) why you are pursuing the goal in the first place. Nobody wants to lose weight because they want to fit into their old clothes, They want to lose weight because they will look so much better and attract a lot of attention.

So when you are writing your WHY statement and YES you do really need to write it down, it is essential that you are completely honest with yourself.

The best way to find out the real reason why you want to achieve a goal is to ask yourself why you really want to achieve it.
Your subconscious will not lie to you. It will tell you that you want to earn an additional $50,000 over the next year because you want to impress your partner, your family or your friends for example. The money itself is not that important. It is the power that the money will give you that is the driving force. You need to write this in your WHY statement.

Not Just for Power!

Does that make your heart leap? The thought of the power? It is a nice idea, something many do want but is it the real reason? There needs to be a deeper and better why.

I told myself at first that it was for my family. That it was for more money. To even impress others perhaps by having the money to help them or do nice things, take them on holiday etc.

I kept digging down and asking myself Why and every new reason wasn’t it.

The WHY is not to impress!

When you are writing your WHY statement ask yourself how you will feel when you have achieved your goal. Visualise that you already have the extra money or that you have already lost the weight. How do you feel about this? Make these feelings strong by imagining yourself walking into a room with your pockets stuffed with money.
What will be the reaction of your family and friends or whoever it is that you want to impress? Write down all of the emotions that you experience in your WHY statement. This is very important and will go a long way to help you to achieve your goal.

Note the “help you achieve your goal”.

Just to impress someone is not an ultimate goal.

What should it be?

Something deep down you really believe in. Something beyond money, beyond impressing people, both of those will come and go.

You need a reason that will have you leaping out of bed in the morning, however tired you are and however little sleep you have had. The right reason will pull you onwards, will keep you going when others say “Give up”. Will keep you at your desk when those same others try to lure you away.

You will have a dream, that will include freedom, more money, maybe a bit of impressing others but what else?

Mine?

I realised that yes, I wanted to help others to reach their dream of a better life, to have the freedom that more cash can bring but deep down it was the challenge more than anything else. I love to learn, I think it’s a very important part of life to keep pushing yourself, to expand your knowledge.What is your why

So my WHY I do this, is the CHALLENGE! I am not comparing myself to others. Not competing with others, I am challenging myself to be better every day, to learn more to make my business a success. To reach my goals and then make new ones.

I Love a CHALLENGE!

What is your WHY?

Now we have asked the question ‘what is a business WHY’ you can look for yours. This of course, is my opinion on what it is and others may disagree. Whatever anyone thinks, it is something we are hearing about more and more. That you need to have a WHY statement, to dig down deep to find your ultimate Why and then write it down.

Have I written it down? NO! I don’t feel the need as it is there in front of me every day as I challenge myself on a daily basis. To learn more every day to take my business up a level.

There is so much to learn and the daily challenge is to keep focused on what I need to learn and not go off at a tangent and learn stuff I don’t need right now.

So what is YOUR Why? Is it strong, will it stand the test of time and get you through the foundation stage, the hardest stage, of building a business?

Refer to your WHY statement regularly

Some need to read or think about their ‘WHY’ when they get out of bed in the morning. Not everyone feels the need to do it every day. If it is very strong then it will inspire you for the day or days ahead. It is essential that you start each day off in the right frame of mind and a strong WHY statement will certainly do this for you. Getting into the right mindset is very important.
It is important that your statement inspires you and evokes strong emotion so that you will be eager to get started.
As you pursue your challenging goals,  there will be obstacles at times, that you have to overcome to keep moving forwards. Some of these obstacles are likely to be major ones that you have never encountered before.

If these things overwhelm you it will be easy for you to lose your motivation.

That’s when you get out your WHY statement and inspire yourself to carry on.

Where  l learnt this and more!

There are early posts on this site about how I started in business. How a craft business created a burning desire to move up a notch. How I built my first WordPress website and then joined Wealthy Affiliate because I was so impressed with what they had to offer, especially the vast amount of training. I was also impressed with the diverse community, knowledge and age wise, who are always ready to help and answer questions to help others onwards and upwards.

I always advise people to join for free, no credit or debit card required. To have a look around, to use the training to build your first website, interact with the community, read blogs, ask questions and get an idea of whether its what you want.Free starter Membership to Wealthy Affiliate.

No Commitment!

If like me you wanted to look further without committing too much just in case, then you can join Premium for a month at half price, if you upgrade within 7 days. I did it because I wanted to see how good the further training was inside. It took me a whole 2 days to decide this was for me and I was going to upgrade to yearly payments because it was so much more cost effective.

It is hard work and can take a long time to start seeing a return, it all depends upon how much time you can commit. Plus we are all different and learn at different speeds. No one pushes you to go faster or work harder, that is up to you. This is a long term plan a marathon to reach your goals rather than a sprint.

This is a platform that is changing and growing to keep ahead of new innovations in the online world. If YOU want to be at the forefront of the online revolution, JOIN NOW!


 

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Motivating Tips For Working From Home

Motivating Tips For Working From Home

This is for those who work from home, either as a job or as their own boss running their own business. It is also for those thinking about working from home. Sometimes we just need some motivating tips for working from home, especially if you are new to it or not been doing it long.

Although in the last several month’s many people have had to get used to working from home during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The thing is, even if you have been doing it a while, it can still be a struggle to retain your focus for hours at a time.

Here are some Motivating Tips for Working From Home

Dressing for Work

If you have a problem getting into work mode, consider what you are wearing. YourPJ’s? Comfies that have seen better days? Neither of those are telling you to get into work mode.

We are all different and some can wake up, grab a cuppa and the laptop and start work. Yep, that’s me! But and this is a big BUT, I have been working from home for 10 years. After long enough you can think yourself into work mode but when you start out it’s not that easy.

You can have a coffee break whenever you like. Dress for workThen you think about the biscuit tin just sitting there calling your name, after all it’s a great idea to dunk some biscuits in your coffee. Sound familiar?

The postman appears, a family member turns up for a chat, knowing you are at home. Then suddenly, half the day is gone and you haven’t got anything done.

Dress the Part

There are a number of articles that find dressing for the office while working from home has a positive effect on mental state, creativity and focus.

A big part of dressing for work at home is that it allows you to create a distinction between relaxing at home and being in work mode. When you finish work, if you used to change out of your work clothes when you got home, then do the same now when working from home. It’s about having the right mindset.

Communicating your Intentions

Once you decide to work from home, if you intend to do regular hours then you need to make it clear to other members of the household. Have a conversation about boundaries and availability. That your worktime is between certain hours and you expect them to respect that. After all no one would be expecting to turn up at your office for coffee and a chat would they.

As time goes on and you become used to being disciplined about working hours you can swap them around.

I work on into the evening having taken time out to spend with the family during the day or doing shopping etc. I start early morning too, anytime from 5.00-6.00 a.m whenever I wake and do a few hours then.

Building a business

Building a business takes time and a lot of hard work. You may find at the start that you are doing longer hours than you expected. If you are really enjoying it, then it won’t be a chore, you will probably have a hard time dragging yourself away.

I must admit, I love my work and would happily be at my desk from early until late and sometimes get the chance to do just that. I never tire of it and that is how it should be.

If you are finding it a real chore and there is no excitement, then maybe your business niche isn’t right for you. Sometimes though, people just miss the interaction with other people and find they get lonely. If you live alone, it could be that your social life was connected to work, especially if you have moved away from where you grew up.

A home workspace

Having a designated work area can help in getting you into the right mindset for working. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy but working in an area where there are constant distractions isn’t the best place to be.

I started off in the spare room which was good but it wasn’t considered to be MY office as it contained a bed and wardrobe besides my desk and shelves.Create your own workspacePlus, as a spare room, it often became a dumping ground for miscellaneous objects that didn’t immediately have a home. Other family members would feel it was okay to go in there and move my things around or look for things, not that it happened often but that wasn’t the point. The thing is that you are still far too easily accessible to anyone and everyone.

If you can have a room that is just yours, it makes it easier. I now have an office in the garden. As I walk down the garden it puts me into working mode. No one goes in without permission, they have no need, it only holds my work things.

Finding a Balance

If you work for someone else this should be easier to do, finding that life and work balance. With a job you have set hours or set work that needs to be done. When you work for yourself and are building a business those lines become blurred. If you have a family spending every spare minute on your business won’t go down well.

Not only that you do need some time out to relax and connect with other people. Too many hours working nonstop can find you making mistakes, big or small or just losing focus. Perhaps even concentrating on something that is minor rather than the important things that will move you forwards quicker.

So then you are not only upsetting loved ones but also not moving your business in the right direction.

Get everyone on board

Now that sounds simple, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. You sit your family down and tell them what you are doing. Let them know that at first, it will be time consuming and a lot of work to build up. Point out that you are doing it for the future of all and that it will get better and easier after many months or even a year or so.

Does that seem a long time? Trust me, it’s not. When you are busy and focused it flies by.

Today’s World

With the Pandemic still going strong, ebbing and then flowing back with more infections occurring, normality is slow to return.

If you are able to work from home at least you are still employed. For those that were proactive during the first lockdown and started a business while you were furloughed, well done. I suspect your business will be coming along nicely. Todays world. Motivating tips for working from homeDepending upon the are you went into you may not be earning yet but are definitely building solid foundations, especially if that’s affiliate marketing.

Or perhaps you looked and found work you could do online, writing for others, website building, creating graphics etc. If you are sensible, you will keep that going, even if you have gone back to work. At best it is extra money, at worst, it will supply something to live on.

With an uncertain future at this time, many people losing their jobs, with restrictions constantly in place and the threat of new lockdowns more and more people are looking at ways to work from home.

It’s an Ideal Solution

I love working from home. It can be tough at first, follow the tips above to ensure you get the work done rather than thinking, maybe later.

If you are just starting to look online for work or to start a small business, there is no better time.

Is there too much competition?

From Statista.com:

  • How many people use the internet?
  • Almost 4.57 billion people were active internet users as of July 2020, encompassing 59 percent of the global population. China, India and the United States rank ahead all other countries in terms of internet users.

That’s a lot of people and it’s still growing which shows that it’s a massive market place. Especially now with so many more buying, even basic provisions, via the internet.

So, what are you waiting for?

Ahhh…. what do I recommend? Wealthy Affiliate! The best place to learn about any type of online business, with excellent training, hosting, security, support and an amazing community. There are a lot of changes going on as the platform grows and improves even more. Read more about it HERE! 

I also recommend you try it for FREE first. Have a look round, have a go at the training and build a website to see what you think before taking the step of investing in your future!


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Avoid Scams Online

Avoid Scams Online

Sadly there are many scammers out there just waiting to fleece you of your hard earned cash. Some are done so well and are so tempting that you want to believe it and don’t realise until you are already inside, money gone. Let’s help you to avoid scams online.

When you start out

It is easy to get caught when you are first looking at starting a business. The minute you click on anything to do with home based business on any platform the adverts will start coming at you. You thought those social media platforms policed that sort of thing? Nope! As long as they are paying for ads they don’t care what they put in it as long as it meets the guidelines for setting it up. Let’s face it, the scammers are skilled at creating ads that work, look good to draw you in and sound plausible.

There are many legitimate online businesses that you can buy into or associate yourself with but always check for potential problems. Read on for some things to look out for when starting a new business.

What to look out for!Avoid Scams Online

The first red flag

Is if there is a claim that you will get rich overnight or gain unbelievable wealth with almost no effort. If it seems unbelievable, it probably is.

Other common claims are:

  • Newbie friendly, a complete novice can do this.
  • Set up in 3 clicks.
  • Set up in 15/30 minutes, neither is plausible because if you check carefully there will be videos to watch.
  • You can start earning money within 2 hours, 6 hours, 24 hours or any other variation. In that short space of time, no one is going to know you are there, unless they are personally going to share your site everywhere with paid ads or on large social media accounts.
  • Already has content reviews. That of course is pointless as Google will see it as plagiarised content and not index it. Why? The same content will be on all the other sites that have just been sold. Unless of course you can alter it or add your own which usually means shelling out more cash.

Be sure to read user reviews from reputable websites and check consumer reporting publications and websites. With all the information available online, there is no excuse for being taken advantage of, although having said that, it is easy to be caught on the spur of the moment.

What else?

Some will show you a big house with an expensive car as ‘proof ‘ of the lifestyle you can live if you just buy that super duper ‘system’. Occasionally you see the person sitting at a kitchen table or worktop on their laptop, kitchen is huge, immaculately clean and not a personal item in sight usually. All very staged, these will usually be for the more expensive ‘systems’.  These types were very prevalent a year or two ago but not seen any for a while, though it doesn’t mean they aren’t there targeting new users.

Remain Sceptical

Never believe it when someone tells you that a business will practically run itself. It will not. The effort you put in will be directly proportional to the results that come out of it. Nothing will ever replace hard work, dedication and a vision for the future.

If you do affiliate marketing you will get passive income from sites that no longer need much doing to them, just a post a week perhaps to keep them going. But by then you will have others you are bringing along to the same point.

Testimonials

If you read testimonials that are glowing and sound like they are coming straight from a script – they probably are. It is quite likely that these people have been paid to say the things they are saying, or they may even be total fabrications. Ask for direct contact numbers for anyone claiming to vouch for the business opportunity, and ask them specific questions that they would only be able to answer if they were actually real business owners who had used the product and sold it to clients.

Plus if you see many of these selling pages you will start to see the same pictures and names.

Upfront PaymentScam

Be very wary of anyone who asks for a large upfront investment of cash, especially if it is nonrefundable. Ask questions about “free trial” periods, making sure to read the fine print. These offers will often require you to give a credit card upfront, which will be charged the entire fee for buying into the business. Then if you have issues or do not want to continue, you can request a refund of this fee. You can bet that it will not be easy at all to ever get this refund. If they are genuinely offering a free trial, then it should be free, with no upfront cost whatsoever.

Can’t Look, Don’t Pay

There are many that don’t allow a look inside until you pay, this is usually because you wouldn’t bother and would run the other way feeling you had a lucky escape. So if you can’t look inside without giving a credit/debit card first, don’t bother. Legitimate platforms/sites have nothing to hide and willingly let you spend time there. The one I am on, Wealthy Affiliate, gave you some free training too and I built a website and talked to members of the community. When they are legitimate they know that once you have a look round and see what is on offer, if you are serious about starting a business, then you will want to join up for even more training and everything else you get. See this blog post HERE if you are interested in seeing it.

Don’t be pushed

Never give in to high pressure tactics and immediately cut off communication with anyone who tries to reel you in this way. It is indicative of desperation and an attempt to get you signed up before you can realize the flaws and inherent dangers in the program or the product. They may also be trying to get you to “sign on the dotted line” before reading the small print and the required commitment. Always take as much time as you need to think it over and to determine whether it is the right business for you.

If they start pushing hard, back away, anyone legitimate doesn’t push if they know what they have is worthwhile.

What do you think?

Do you think you will recognise the scams now? I hope so. Always remember though, “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is”.

Forewarned is forearmed, so you can go forwards now and get that business started or move forwards with your new business. Have to say though when you are overworked and still waiting for that first commission or sale they can be hard to resist. Be strong.

Enjoy your new business and your new life.

 


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