Best Christmas Gift is a Better Future

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

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

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

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

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

Why would you want to?

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

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

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

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

How would I get started?

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

WHY?

never stop learning.

Experience!

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

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

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

So I suggest the training to help you.

What will I learn?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What will it cost?

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

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What you get.

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

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

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

I went that route.

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

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

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

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

Being a Premium Member!

Is it hard work? YES!

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

Will I quickly be earning lots of money? NO! 

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

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

Are You Ready to Invest in Yourself?

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

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

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

Want to see my 6 month Review? Click HERE

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How about you?

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

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

 


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6 Common Mistakes when starting a Business

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

 

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

 

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

What is a niche?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mistakes to avoid.

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

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

1. Not Taking It Seriously

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

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

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

2. Not Using The Internet Enough.

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

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

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

Using the Internet Too Much

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

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

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

3.

Too Little Usage of Social Media Enough

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

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

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

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

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

4. Focusing Anywhere but Your Audience

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

But it’s not.

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

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

5. Not Doing Your Research

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

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

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

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

6. Lack of Any Marketing And Advertising

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

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

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

Conclusion:

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

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

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

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

I wish you all the luck in the world.


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

 


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There are No Limits

There are no limits on reaching success only those in your own mind. This is sometimes referred to as the Glass Ceiling. But what creates that glass ceiling in our minds, preventing success, limiting us?

What is the glass ceiling?

From Wikipedia

  • A glass ceiling is a metaphor used to represent an invisible barrier that keeps a given demographic (typically applied to minorities) from rising beyond a certain level in a hierarchy.
  • The metaphor was first coined by feminists in reference to barriers in the careers of high-achieving women. In the US, the concept is sometimes extended to refer to obstacles hindering the advancement of minority women, as well as minority men. Minority women often find the most difficulty in “breaking the glass ceiling” because they lie at the intersection of two historically marginalized groups: women and people of color. East Asian and East Asian American news outlets have coined the term “bamboo ceiling” to refer to the obstacles that all East Asian Americans face in advancing their careers

Now the term is also used to refer to the limits we have in our own minds, referred to as limiting beliefs.

Where do they come from?

We listen and overhear comments and statements from a young age and many of these take root.

Ask yourself how much you CAN earn in a week, a month, a year.Box of cash There are No Limits

Do you find yourself holding back, not wanting to be greedy? Do you say, that’s too much?

First ask yourself, Why is it too much?

If you work hard it is not wrong to expect to be paid what you are worth. We do have a tendency though to set a limit, even if we are unaware of it until we ask ourselves the question.

What is too much? £1,000 a month, £2,000, £5,000, £10,000?

Which number did you balk at, if none go higher and keep going until you feel uncomfortable. Once you do, then you know the limit you have subconsciously placed upon yourself.

Okay, now try this. Take the number you became uncomfortable at, say £5,000 a month. Now double it and keep repeating it to yourself. Tell yourself ‘I can earn £10,000 a month’. The more you repeat it the less uncomfortable you will feel.

Does it feel okay now? Yes? Now double it again! Repeat the same procedure until you feel comfortable, until it no longer seems to be an outrageous amount. Now you have broken through that glass ceiling you didn’t know was there.

If you still feel uncomfortable or are keeping the sum low, then the chances are that you have a Limiting belief in that area.

What is a Limiting Belief?

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It is surprising how much we can hold ourselves back without even realising it. So much that we pick up from others becomes stuck in our subconscious and dictates our lives.

We are limited by much that we see and rules we are given every day but we know about those. It’s those that are hidden in our subconscious, created in the past, by parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and more. Those who were part of our everyday lives who would perhaps say things in jest that we took seriously. Parents and other adults would make comments unaware a child is listening and could be affected.

Even now, as an adult we can take things on board that unknowingly bolster a previous limiting belief or form a new one.

Read about limiting beliefs in this post HERE!

And about Limiting Beliefs Here!

How can you tell?

Every time something comes up that you feel uncomfortable with, the chances are it’s a limiting belief. We have so many that we never ever know about. For so many people it stops them becoming successful as they subconsciously sabotage themselves unknowingly.

Have you tried to run a business in the past, perhaps got to a certain point and gave up just before you could have become successful? Signed up for training, got really excited knowing this could be it, that this time you could actually succeed, then for one reason or another, stopped, dropped out, gave up right before the end.

I bet the reasons seemed valid at the time. Took too much time up, didn’t get enough time with your family or friends. It was too hard. You weren’t clever enough, not good enough to make it, you don’t have what it takes.

Sound familiar?

Sometimes those we are closest too can put obstacles in the way because of their subconscious fears. Fears that we might change, outgrow them, leave them behind in some way. Often they don’t even understand they are doing it themselves. It comes down to their limiting beliefs.

 

The Good News.

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The good news is that we can overcome this conditioning that set so many limits without us realising it. You can search the internet/google ‘Limiting Beliefs’ and come up with a wealth of information.

Everyone, it seems, has a solution. You just have to wade through it and find what works for you. Some say you can do this with affirmations but it seems unlikely if these are long held beliefs and probably there are many you have no idea are tucked away in there.

What you need is not to know necessarily what they are, though it helps, but to have something that will help get rid of them without it taking months or years. Some people go the therapy route which can take years,  others affirmations/reading books/watching every video they find, this can take many months and stretch into years too.

How do I know? I have been a seeker of knowledge for many years. I must admit though, it is much easier now with search engines at our fingertips making the knowledge more easily accessible.

  • “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” — Tony Robbins *

What are the solutions?

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There are many if you google how to remove limiting beliefs, you will discover a great variety of ways to do so.

I am a firm believer in using methods that feel right to me. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution because we are all very different.

I have personally used Ho’oponopono an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. It has been modernised, without losing the essence, to be more useful in the modern world.

You can read about it on my other website HERE.

However, you should do your own research and check what is available before deciding.

For those that haven’t ever quite managed to be successful and reading this post have realised this may be their problem, it’s an area worth exploring.

I know this is somewhat different than the usual affiliate marketing/ business start up/working from home type of post but I feel it is a subject that should be considered.

Perhaps you know of someone who tried and got close to success many times and inexplicably gave up or who sabotaged themselves many times. When you consider this happening to others and perhaps yourself it becomes a sensible step to explore the subject.

Just remember, There are No Limits, only those we impose on ourselves.


 

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Just Over Broke

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The Future is YOURS.

Interesting idea, right? Is that possible?

Does yours  look Murky or Bright?

We are taught by teachers and parents that we learn, get a job, struggle for years to become independent, have our own place, continue the struggle until eventually it’s not so much of a struggle.

Shouldn’t we be taught that the world is there to explore and horizons there to be expanded. We should be saying, I can, not I can’t, or, I will have a go, I will try. Think outside the box, life is more exciting that way.

It’s time to push back the narrow walls defining your life and open it up to new experiences, a new way of working and living.

What does J.O.B mean?

I have often heard people say it means Just Over Broke! 

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Is that really the best way to live? Do we really want to spend our whole lives on a treadmill just about keeping about keeping our heads above water financially? Never  quite having enough to live the life we want without going in to debt.

Maybe you are in debt, the wage never  being quite enough for basic expenses. Then you have newspapers, TV and social media online constantly telling you that life is about meals out, holidays and long weekends away. If you fall into the trap of believing it, you end up in debt that makes the struggle even harder.

It’s like a never ending treadmill or rather, more like a hamster wheel.

SO, why are you here?

Because you are tired of the never ending hamster wheel I suspect.

Is there really a better way? YES there is! Can you really earn enough to give up the job you are tired of. The one where no matter what you do, you are never appreciated. The one where the more you do the less you are thought of. The one that never pays enough so you are trapped in the endless barely surviving mode.

The Just Over Broke mode.

Now you are searching. Maybe just started or maybe you have been looking for a while.

If you have been looking for a while you will have seen the endless ‘systems’ talked about on video’s showing either a big house and sports car, or a beach scene with someone on a laptop.

They look tempting those offers. Many say you will start earning within a few days. So you start thinking that yes it’s a big outlay but you could make that back within a couple of weeks. Maybe you did do that and lost your money, hopefully you didn’t.

So what can you do?

There are choices.

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Making something to sell such as crafts.

For this you need to either set up shop on a big site, have your own website to sell from or some people sell direct from Facebook and or other Social Media.

I have done this for years.

It takes time to set up a shop with all the photos, writing the listings etc but once that’s done, if you are selling the same things you can copy the listings and adjust accordingly so that gets easier. You need time to advertise on social media to keep the orders flowing in. And it can take a few years to get established and selling well.

Many also do craft markets in their local area to increase sales. Pricing is very important to ensure you earn enough for time and materials used.

What else is there?

Selling products you buy in bulk to sell on via a shop on a big  or website as above. Many people do this and earn a decent wage once established. You do need to have space to store the stock though.

If you don’t have storage space then Dropshipping is another option. Finding a wholesaler with products you are happy to sell via a website. It helps to write blog posts about the products and many experienced dropshippers suggest buying and testing products first to ensure the quality. That of course is personal choice, plus if you aim to sell a large array of products, it could get expensive.

There are sites where you can do freelance writing. I haven’t ever done this but apparently it doesn’t pay that well or you would need to be doing it a while to get better paid I imagine.

There are jobs online doing research, paid surveys,  tutoring, product testing and more. If you google online jobs there are sites you can sign up to and find out more.

Then there is affiliate marketing which I also do.

Are you ready to stop being J.O.B?

This is a good time to be going into business online. More people than ever are working from home, whether for a company or for themselves.

crowd of people.

The current world population is 7.7 billion people.It’s fascinating to see the numbers changing. See HERE for the Live Numbers!

There were 4.39 billion internet users  in January 2019 and they are increasing constantly.

This was a 9 percent increase of  366 million since January 2018. I suspect it may be a bigger increase by January 2020.

There were 3.48 billion social media users in January 2019. The worldwide total had grown by 288 million, 9 percent again, since January 2018. Again, the figures continue to increase.

As you can see the expansion rates are phenomenal. Internet users are constantly increasing which means more customers.

There was an estimated 1.92 billion global digital buyers in 2019. I expect that figure has grown now we are in November 2019.  That’s a massive amount of potential customers that just keeps right on growing.

Which do I recommend?

At this point it depends what you want to do. Are you ready to build a business?

Whichever direction you decide to take for a business I would recommend  Wealthy Affiliate without hesitation.

Just for the training alone it’s worth it, especially the Premium membership. Without Premium, free version, you get training and learn to build a website and much more, 10 modules in all. Plus 2 websites hosted on the WA site.

With Premium you get 50 websites, 25 can be domain names, all hosting is in the price too. Site Support is 24/7. Community members come from all over the world so there are always many people to answer questions and chat to. The level of community support is phenomenal. The training is excellent and longer term members create new training for anyone who want’s to learn more about any given subject. There are so many advantages to going Premium.

I always advise that anyone considering this should sign up to the free version first. No credit oe debit card needed. Go in, have a look around and build that first website.

That is a definite thrill. I had never ventured into WordPress territory because it looked so complicated yet I managed it and was amazed how quickly I had a basic website up and running, ready to be improved the way I wanted it.

Ready to try it?

Free starter Mebership to Wealthy Affiliate.

If so go and sign up for the free version. If you love it or want to know more, there is usually the first month at half the monthly price.

Don’t jump into the full price monthly or yearly though as on Black Friday, 29th November 2019, Wealthy Affiliate is having it’s yearly offer of $299.00.

Once bought at this price you get to stay at that amount for as long as you are a member. Plus there are added bonuses gained with buying at that time. If you want to know more check it out HERE!

 

What do you think are you ready to give it a go, to take charge of your life and future? If so, I will see you in there.

Be quick if you want to take the leap as changes are afoot.

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Wealthy Affiliate – 6 Month Review!

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6 Months!

I cannot believe I have already been a part of Wealthy Affiliate for 6 months.

This article is a review of my 6 months at Wealthy Affiliate.

They say time flies when you are having fun and/or are insanely busy. I am here to tell you that is true. I feel as though I have blinked and missed most of the last 6 months. It’s crazy!

Am I still enjoying it? A resounding YES!

Do I still love learning as much? Yet again a resounding YES!

How far have I Got?

I have 5 websites on Wealthy Affiliate so far. One has nothing much on it yet but the others are up and running. Some have more posts than others and this site has the most posts.

Advice is to focus on 1 site but I like to make things harder for myself. Not really…… well maybe a bit.

But I had an idea for a site, thought I had bought the domain, checked weeks later, discovered I didn’t buy it and it was gone. I was really annoyed with myself. So now when an idea pops up, I set up the site and buy the domain straight away.

It’s a juggling act, not easy but I’m not too worried about the secondary sites, doesn’t matter if they are slower to build up.

In a way though it’s good as the setting up of each site is easier and faster as I get more used to it, helps me retain that knowledge too.

The more you use the knowledge and practice it the better it stays.

Is it just blogging?

Blogging is a major part of it. Once the site is up an running wooden tiles showing the word blog.you need to have content (blog posts) on there for people to read. You have to add new posts regularly otherwise people won’t come back as much. You need regular traffic to your site to get ranked in Google.

To get regular traffic you learn about keywords, I am really getting the hang of those now.

Next comes SEO – Search Engine Optimisation.

  • Which is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results.
  • In other words, SEO involves making certain changes to your website design and content that make your site more attractive to a search engine. … SEO is the process that organizations go through to help make sure that their site ranks high in the search engines for relevant keywords and phrases.*

Affiliate Marketing.

Then of course, there are all the affiliate marketing programmes.

I honestly thought it would just be big well known company’s that wanted affiliate marketers and we would be struggling to get on board with a  couple of them.

The reality? There are literally thousands and thousands of them, I was stunned. Now it was no longer a case of fighting to get on board with one or two, it was a case of selecting companies and applying.

There is of course training on how to do that too.

You can access a whole section on the WA site that lists companies wanting affiliate marketers. There are also companies in the list that have thousands of companies under one overall umbrella company.

If I hadn’t known before that this was the way of the future I certainly do now. The possibilities are endless.

Social Media.

mobile phone showing social media buttons

You also learn about social media.

I already had social media sites set up and well established so this wasn’t as big a learning curve as I thought. There was however, plenty, that will help improve my social media even more.

How to set up a business account on the main social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Linked In. How to gain followers, the best way of interacting etc.

Most of all how you can use it for advertising. You want to be able to use social media to advertise your blog posts and anything else you want. This is of course free advertising.

Each of those platforms has paid advertising too and there is training for that too.

There is a joke that springs to mind where whatever the question someone says: There’s an app for that. On Wealthy Affiliate it’s always: There’s a training for that.

Training.

graphic showing a table of the first training modules.

There is always more training. When people on the site learn something new, they share it as a training session to help others. I’m not sure if there is any subject the training doesn’t cover.

The training is very important.

It takes you through all the steps needed to create a successful online business.  How quickly you go through it is up to you.

Some get part way through and don’t finish the training, only to return to it months or even a year later. They thought they could take a short cut but they have just lengthened the time it takes to reach their goals.

Stick with the training, go through it at least once and don’t get distracted by all the other training available like I did.

I love to learn so was very much like a kid in a sweet shop, I wanted to try and have everything…. right NOW. It delayed my progress a bit but I learnt things I didn’t know too.

But that’s the reason I haven’t yet quite finished all my training. I am close but not quite there.

Conclusion.

Best thing I ever did.

Have I had doubts or wanted to give up? YES! I am of course human and would get tired and frustrated over something that was usually quite simple, often caused by me.

picture of 2 people on different levels cutting in to rock, with one giving up just before he reaches success.

I won’t give up though, otherwise all the time and effort I have put in would be wasted.

I am finding it much easier now. Post subjects come to me more easily, the writing flows more easily too. New knowledge sinks in and takes hold much easier now.

When you learn new things your brain creates new neural networks. It used to be thought that they began to die out as we get older but apparently it has been discovered that we can continue to create new neural pathways into our 90’s. That’s why as I go further along this path I am finding it all so much easier.

Would YOU like to give Wealthy Affiliate a try? Want to know what it’s really going to be like? If  YES, then read this blog first.

Action Required to build a website!

This blog sets out the reality, points out how hard it can be, especially if you are working too. Have a quick read before you jump in feet first.

Learn to earn online
Learn to earn online

 

If you are still determined after reading that then come and join me.

 

Find your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, a business, the pathway to freedom from bosses and the humdrum of 9-5.

 

First the chance to try it for free. Have a look at the training, try it out, build a website and see how you feel about it. To reach success takes commitment, dedication and perseverance.

 

Taking the first step is the hardest.

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Action Required to build a website

Time for Action

Ready for Action?

So you have thought endlessly about working from home. The freedom, no commute, working when it suits you, able to go places because your work can go too. BUT you need to start somewhere, researching continually does NOT get that business started. Real action required to build a website and make that start,

You have been looking at options for months or maybe a year or more. Perhaps you have been caught out by a scam that has made you wary, even more than one.

You have handed over your hard earned cash and got nothing in return!

Sound familiar? Some or all?

You are not alone. Many who now work online successfully were caught out in the same way. It’s a steep learning curve.

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Yes, we want to believe those videos of mansions and fast cars, laptops on the beach!

But really ….. a laptop on the beach? Sunlight and a screen for starters ….. and most of all why would you want to? A beautiful day to be enjoyed, that sparkling water…. Surely time off in such a place is the lifestyle you want.

Anyway…. it does it’s job of reeling us in. Then comes the hard sell. YOU can start earning overnight/within days/less than a week. And all this in just a few hours a week! Having already been seduced by those lifestyle scenes you desperately want to believe it. Who wouldn’t, we are all human after all.  Then if you are wavering at the extortionate cost, they show you supposed screen shots of their daily/weekly earnings.

WOW! The cost would be covered in no time!

BUT WAIT! If they have made and are still making so much money, why do they want to part you from your hard earned cash?

Does it make you wonder once you take a step back?

The Alternative and Reality.

This doesn’t sound quite so attractive.

1. It will take hard work. A lot of hard work. You will hit obstacles that seem insurmountable. You will have to learn SEO, social media and a ton more.

2. You have to invest your time. The more time you invest the faster you will succeed.

3. You need to follow the training. There is a lot of training available and its tempting to just do the basics and jump right in to trying to earn. You then end up going back and starting the training all over again.

4. There is no shortcut.  No shortcuts to learning, you need to do it step by step to build a solid foundation for your business.

5. It can take months, even a year before you see any return. There are some who start earning a little within a few months but it all depends on time invested and the willingness to knuckle down and work hard.

The good part!

1. You learn how to get your website up and running fast. Every obstacle has a solution, provided either by the training or the community.

2. Yes you have to invest time but you are investing in your future. Not easy if you are working a full time job, have a home to run and a family to care for. But the more time invested in the early stages the faster you will start seeing a return.

3. The training is excellent and very comprehensive. I have worked online for 10 years and this made me realise how little I really know.  It’s in video format as well as written instructions.

4. There is no shortcut and some will learn more easily and faster than others. It is not a race. We all go at our own pace of learning and within the time we have around other commitments.

5. Yes it can take months, a year or longer. But you are building a long term business and the foundations for anything that lasts needs to be rock solid.

Still here?

Seems like you have courage and persistence, though I call it stubbornness. It kept me plugging away because I won’t be beaten or give up. That’s also called dedication.

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The courage is in staying focused even when family and friends tell you its a waste of time. That you’ll never make any money because there is too much competition.

 

This is what you tell them:

  • There are 4.39 billion internet users in 2019, an increase of 366 million (9 percent) versus January 2018. There are 3.48 billion social media users in 2019, with the worldwide total growing by 288 million (9 percent) since this time last year.30 Jan 2019.*

The persistence/stubbornness is what keeps you going when something changes a lot of things on your site and you can’t recall the last tweaks you made. I am a constant fiddler, tweaking this and that, trying to make it look better. It’s only later looking at it from the front that you realise or ask for site comments, as I did, and the comments are suggesting things I already have.  Or did have before the ‘improvements’.

Dedication is something you need in spades. It keeps you going when a tired little voice says, have a rest, watch TV, stay in bed, sleep longer, go to bed earlier. It gets you out of bed to get started on that new post, do some research, do your business social media etc, before the day starts.. Also keeps you up later for the same reasons.

Not Put Off YET?

Then how about a bit of fun? How about you have a go at building a website, not just any website but a wordpress website.

I looked at WordPress websites over the years but when with an easier option, thinking it was much too complicate for me to do. The sense of achievement when I built my first one was amazing and each one I built after that added to my knowledge.

Of course creating the site and adding the basics isn’t all its about. There is more to add.

This is more to show that it is a quick and easy process to get started. The way you personalise your site is then up to you and the training is there to help you with all that.

Click on the picture and have a look.

How to build a basic wordpress website in a few minutes. A step by step turorial.
Learn to earn for your future.

What did you think? Did you try it? Did you sign up for the free start to give it a go.

Do you WANT to give it a try?

It gives you the chance to look about and see the training that’s offered for free. I have to admit, it had me hooked. At that point I was still wary having seen so many get rich quick schemes, sign here and work 2 hours a week systems that had no substance.

In the first week you are offered the chance to try the Premium training for the first month at half price, if you sign up to it within the first 7 days.

Sign up for the free starter membership. Learn to earn online.
Learn to earn to build a better future.

I decided to do that just to see what was on offer. Best thing I ever did. I knew then that this was what I wanted to do. I would not only learn how to build and run a website, change and and make it mine, I would learn affiliate marketing too. From there I could build any other sustainable business I choose.

All the tools are there, the amazing community is there to help and all you have to do is follow the training, put in the hours and hard work to build your business. In that respect its the same as any other business you have to work to get it off the ground.

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Word of warning!

It’s not for everyone. Not everyone is prepared to work that hard towards their future, they want it all now.

Do people fail? Of course. The minute they give up they have failed and all the previous hard work was for nothing. Not surprisingly many of those return months or years later ready to give it another try. Usually regretting the wasted time when their business could have already have rescued them from the 9-5 routine.

Conclusion.

More and more people are working online, either freelancing, working for themselves or for someone else, ie: a company. Many companies allow and even encourage their employees to work from home. It means less office space required and desk sharing becomes the norm, it all saves on costs.

As more work moves from the real world to online, the opportunities grow. It’s a good time to be making the move with internet users increasing exponentially.

The nay sayers say its overcrowded  everyone is fighting for the custom but you only have to Google the figures to know the truth. Something you should do anyway, by the way. Don’t take my word or anyone’s word as gospel, check for yourself, it’s the best way.

Ultimately I believe this is a growing market for the entrepreneur.

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What is your Passion

Passion led us here

What is YOUR passion?

What do you most like to do? Most LOVE to do?

Sport, outdoor or indoor?

Your home and or garden?

Making things? Crafts of some sort?

Painting. Are you an Artist?

Reading? Are you a prolific reader?

Do you write? A blog, stories, journal, recipes etc?

Perhaps you have many interests you pursue. When you lose interest in one you move on to the next. It saves you getting bored.

Discover your passion.

If you have many interests or even just a few how do you discover your passion?

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What do you talk about the most? Which one lights a fire within you and which hobby/pastime/interest do you spend most time and money on?

We have all heard people talk about something with real passion. They light up with the excitement it gives them to pass on what they know. They love it so much they feel everyone should want to do it too. That’s real passion!

Your main passion will be the one thing you do that you cannot and do not, give up entirely, even when other things catch your interest.

How to find passion?

What if you spend most of your time working and have been for many years to build your career? What is your passion then?

Could it be the work you do or have you reached the point of realising there is more to life than work? So many of us reach a point of knowing we no longer want to work for someone else. That we want to enjoy life more. Be able to dictate the hours worked, around families and other interests. Plus, those long hours can be better spent building your own business and creating your own fortune rather than for someone else.

So you have reached that point or at the very least, are starting to think about options, otherwise you wouldn’t be searching.

So if you haven’t had time to enjoy hobbies/pastimes, what have you done to unwind? TV, Cinema, reading, online or offline games, walking,  swimming, meditating, yoga, anything at all? Anything you made time for could become a passion.

Why do we want a passion?

Because a passion could become a business.

If you love what you do, it’s not such hard work. The long hours won’t matter, the time it takes to set it up and then for it to build, won’t matter. You will be working towards your own future and that alone will make it worth it. Add in doing something you love and you will gladly graft all those long hours.

Also a passion makes an excellent niche for a business website.

Why does that matter?

It will be much easier to write about something you are passionate about. You will have many blog posts you will fill easily. You won’t run out of ideas of subjects to write about.

Why would you need to write?

Nowadays if you sell anything you need to write about it. This is commonly known as blogging. If you go searching you will find blogs on every subject under the sun.

There is plenty of competition so you need to catch people’s interest enough for them to read a post all the way through and then want to come back. You need to build a following and trust. Your readers need to be able to trust what you say.

What is your Passion

If you are writing about a subject you know well and it’s an interest of theirs, they will understand that you know what you are talking about. This starts to build trust and will bring them back. Then when you recommend something you have they will be more inclined to buy.

This is a new and better version of the salesman. Where they would spot you, talk at you, drone on about facts and figures and bore you to tears until you couldn’t wait to escape.

We are the sales people now but times have changed, now we need to be interesting, passionate about what we do and capture the persons interest from the outset.

We need to have the answer they seek, to solve a problem they have, to help in any way not necessarily by selling them something, just helping because we can. Yes we are running a business but we are human beings too, put on this planet to help each other.

 

What now?

You have a passion, want to work for yourself and definitely like the idea of working from home. Yes? No commute, late trains or  buses jam packed or traffic jams, irate drivers, accidents, delays, boredom and most of all, so much time wasted. Not so bad on a train, you can start work, if you have a seat.

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How many hours are wasted. What’s the commute, an hour each way? Even a bus ride into the city can take nearly that long for me. Love the house a bit early, just in case the bus is early and walk to the bus stop, wait in the queue, takes time when it’s busy. If it’s commute time in the morning, everyone going to work, the traffic is non stop and holds the bus up. You finally reach your destination, get off and walk to your place of work. Sound familiar?

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Same with trains. It’s not just the journey time, it’s how long it takes to get to the station, the wait for the train etc. Then it’s the same in reverse returning home.

Bet that working from home is sounding very attractive right now, especially for those who’s commute is even longer.

Can’t afford to leave the job?

What do you do then? Start building a business in your spare time like countless people before you.

No business takes off overnight, it takes hard work and a lot of hours just to get it started. Does it still sound attractive? If so then you decide what you want to do. No idea? That’s okay, I know a brilliant place that will teach you all you need to know about business, show you how to build a website, how to blog, all about SEO, google rankings, social media and ……….

What?

You thought social media was just for keeping up with family and friends. Ahhh ……. and google is just there to answer questions. You have much to learn.

It will be fun, exciting, tiring, frustrating and wonderful.

Where to go?Free starter membership

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This site I know is Wealthy Affiliate. Ostensibly it is for affiliate marketing, a rapidly growing area of work online. You advertise other people’s products and earn commissions if those people buy through your links. That’s the simplified version.

The one of the best things about this site is the training, it’s easy to follow and the videos can be stopped and started as you build your shiny new website. No losing your place and starting over. If you didn’t quite get it, go back and see it again. Even I could do it.

Am I biased about this company? You bet I am. After months and months of searching, watching endless videos that ended with a push to buy some system or another that would supposedly make me a fortune overnight I was very wary, expecting yet another scam.

But unlike every other ones I saw, this one let me sign up for free, not a debit card in sight and then get to start building a website. I got to look around, talk to people, was welcomed warmly and offered assistance at every turn. No other I had come across even allowed a peek at what was on offer without handing over a few hundreds or thousands of pounds.

Is Wealthy Affiliate any good?

I joined back in March, signed up for Premium membership in April and I still love every minute of it. Am I earning yet? No but it takes time to build and this year I have limited time to work on my sites. Did I mention I now have 5 websites?

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And I am loving every minute of it. YES! Is it plain sailing? No! When I come up against a problem I ask the community and/or the site support. Works every time.

I have time for my family, I go to visit different ones for 3 -4 days each month. One over a long weekend, Thursday to Monday, 2 others for 3 days each time during the week.

I couldn’t do that with a regular job. With this work, the laptop goes too.

Read my 6 month Review HERE!

If you want a better future, work you can fit around your family, now is the time to begin. It will take time to build up but it’s better to be working towards your future than staring at a TV screen every evening.

Try it for free. Join, have a look around and decide for yourself. If it’s not for you, just leave. You’ve lost nothing by looking. Or you could find a whole new passion, introducing your passion to others!

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Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review

How is Wealthy Affiliate doing?

Well I promised to let you know sooner how I was getting on here at Wealthy Affiliate but the time has flown and its 5 months since I joined.

So how is Wealthy Affiliate doing so far?

I would say, extremely well.

I knew there was a lot of training but had no idea there was as much as there is. If you think of a subject to do with online business however obscure I am pretty sure it will be there. All I need is 72 hours in a day to be able to make a dent in it all in the next year.Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review 10

Think I am kidding? I am definitely not! I love learning new stuff, the more the better but this lot will take me years to get through.

Did I mention that long term members are always adding new training too?

Oh yes they are!

I knew the community was good, it is so much better than good and that too has surpassed expectation.

There is always help available, questions are always answered and inspiring stories are everywhere.

And what about the site support? Is it the usual thing on most sites, a few days or more to respond?  NOPE!!!

Every time I get stuck and ask, its usually because I have done something I shouldn’t have, they sort it out for me. Took a while the other day ………… 20 Minutes!

I know unbelievable!

So, how am I doing?

I got rather carried away at the start. It was rather like the shiny object syndrome, where you want everything you see. I was doing random training by various people on the site because it was there and looked exciting or was something I felt was important to know or needed to know…. or just because.

Reading blogs by other members made me realise it was quite common, like a child being let loose in a sweet shop.

I still learnt a lot, just not what I needed to know right then but it was fun.

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I have no idea what that was on when I started because I didn’t notice it then.

By the time I stopped doing every training going, I was reading loads of blogs, commenting and writing my own blogs on the site. It was fun and other people’s experiences are interesting and informative.

Then a comment was made about rank and I noticed it, about 47,000 at that point. I gathered it was interaction on the site that did it but thought you had to do a bit of everything. I didn’t know enough to answer questions and felt too new to help others, seemed rather presumptuous. So I just carried on, doing some of the training building the first website, making the usual hash ups and learning ….. always learning.

Then suddenly I noticed the site rank had dropped to about 10,000, that was a big drop and I started to take more notice.  I forgot  about my website and spent my time reading blogs and commenting, doing site comments on people’s websites and writing more on site blogs too.

Now it was 7,000, very exciting and I redoubled my efforts. Then suddenly overnight it was 867! I was so shocked I wrote a post to ask if anyone else’s had plunged overnight and was there a site problem.

Apparently it was correct and I had lot’s of congratulations. Heady stuff.  I kept whittling it down right until I realised that I was doing very little training and very little on my website. Oooops!!

So I got more focused once I realised that though the numbers looked nice, they were doing nothing to help me towards my dream.

 

Time to focus again.

Wealthy Affiliate a 5 month Review 12 I got back to the training and back to working on my website. Full of renewed excitement I applied for and became an Amazon associate and they asked me to apply to be an influencer. I did and got it. Suddenly I had a shop on Amazon too. It was so much more to learn.

I had a look at other affiliate programme’s and signed up for a few of those too. Then I read a blog about waiting to apply to become an affiliate and it all made sense. I was overloading myself and spread too thin, wasn’t achieving much at all.

I refocused and did more training and worked on my website. The other affiliate programme’s would have to wait. I added more sites as new ideas for niches came to me and began to build those too. Well the basics anyway.

Finally it was all becoming easier. The blog posts flowed more easily. I would start posts, writing ideas as they came to me and then later go back to them to flesh them out, Now I find the words flow so much more easily than at the beginning.

My site health is improving, everything is flowing more smoothly, I am confident that I can do this. My dream is well underway.

 

Do people earn money at Wealthy Affiliate?

They certainly do!

It’s not fast.

You won’t get rich overnight.

It’s NOT a get rich quick scheme.

But this BLOG  on the Wealthy Affiliate site, by a member, shows you can. There are many such blog posts that show the training works.

Some people don’t put in the effort needed and then give up complaining it doesn’t work!

Everything is there, all you have to do is learn and apply.

Conclusion.

Wealthy Affiliate is working for me as well as many others.

It works for any age, from youngsters to the retired men and women working away to supplement pensions or just fund a better life style. Works for all ages in between too.

I have websites up and running and I am getting through the training. I am probably slower than many as I have another online business I run and commitments in the real world by day too. It doesn’t matter though, what matters is that I keep going regardless.

5 months in and I love every minute of it. I have learnt so much and still have so much to learn, it’s wonderful.

Come and join me.

Would you like to give Wealthy Affiliate a try? Do what I did, sign up and try it for free.  You do NOT have to put a debit/credit card in to join, just fill in your details and have a go at the training open to you.

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Look around, chat to people and start the training. At that point you will either panic and think it’s too much to learn or you will be filled with excitement at the possibilities and want to take it further.

 

Give it a try, what have you got to lose. Nothing except a bit of time.

 

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How do you start an online business?

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The beginning!

You want to know: How do you start an online business? 

What do you do and where do you go?

Online of course!

You begin by googling it: How do you start an online business. 

You come up with a dazzling array of options.

One is this from an online magazine called Entrepreneur.

  1. “Find a need and fill it.
  2. Write copy that sells.
  3. Design and build an easy-to-use website.
  4. Use search engines to drive traffic to your site.
  5. Establish an expert reputation for yourself.
  6. Follow up with your customers and subscribers with email.
  7. Increase your income through back-end sales and upselling.”

If you are ultra new to this then some of that, if not all, sounds like gobble de gook.

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In your search you will come across adverts for ‘amazing systems’ that promise the earth, cost a fortune but do very little. Or even worse have you constantly shelling out cold hard cash for the next level and the next, convinced that the big payday is round the next corner.

If something sounds to good to be true, then it probably is.

You watch the video, get fired up  with enthusiasm, click through quickly to that ‘One time only offer!’ because you don’t want to miss out on the chance of a lifetime. Then you find the cost of this dream and hopefully hesitate, like any sensible person.

My first thought whenever I saw one of these was: Why do they need to sell this system if they are already so successful, earning mega bucks and going from holiday to holiday?

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They can be very tempting and sound very believable BUT….. they rarely mention months of hard work. Usually it’s: “For 1-2 hours per week you too can  earn £5,000/10,000 or more per month.”

Some say: “We will set it all up for you, websites, funnel etc and you can sit back and enjoy the payday.”

 

What next?

You have dodged most if not all of the scam artists by now. You may be somewhat lighter in the pocket or not.

Now you start wondering if there is anything legitimate out there.

All you want is your own business. Is that too much to ask?

You still dream of arranging your hours to suit you …….. to have time for family, friends, hobbies etc. You probably saw yourself, getting up, doing a bit of work, then swanning off out and about to have fun.

You want to be rid of the 9-5 routine or shift work and the boss who lords it over you. Perhaps you like your boss but not the routine you are tied  to.

Oh and you want to earn a lot of money each month.

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One thing that keeps coming up by now is marketing if you are still researching.

Anything there sound familiar?

Then you begin to wonder if there is really such a thing as a laptop lifestyle.

Is there? Oh yes there really is. Not on 2 hours work a week but yes it is there. Want to go visiting family and friends for a long weekend or a week or two? As long as you have internet you can still work. It does mean that you have to take time away from others to do your work and maybe you scale it down while you are away but the work can go with you.

1 week in 4 I am only at home for one night and away for half a week as well during a month. That’s every month of the year. I couln’t do that with a regular job. It’s not sitting on a beach with a laptop but its the lifestyle in a smaller way. I love what I do and am more than happy to work while I am away. I work on trains and even a bus, as a passenger in a car too. Such an adaptable type of work.

Still  following the dream!

So still following the dream you have been looking at marketing and discover affiliate marketing.  The payouts should be decent. Some say its hard work while others downplay the amount of work involved and there are plenty of the 2 hours a week adverts still about.

But if there is so much about, is it an overcrowded market? 

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It’s been going for quite a few years but if anything it’s a growing market.

There are so many companies using affiliate marketers it’s unbelievable.

If there is a company then it is usually online and using affiliate marketers.

 

Consider the numbers from we are social.com

“Here are the essential headlines you need in order to understand ‘Digital in 2019’:

  • There are 5.11 billion unique mobile users in the world today, up 100 million (2 percent) in the past year.
  • There are 4.39 billion internet users in 2019, an increase of 366 million (9 percent) versus January 2018.
  • There are 3.48 billion social media users in 2019, with the worldwide total growing by 288 million (9 percent) since this time last year.
  • 3.26 billion people use social media on mobile devices in January 2019, with a growth of 297 million new users representing a year-on-year increase of more than 10 percent.”

Now that is a lot of people!

So who do you pick?

Which companies are legitimate?

You need one that offers proper training. Even if, like me, you have been running an online business for years, you will still have a lot to learn. Until you start going through training you don’t realise the gaps you have in your knowledge. I certainly didn’t.

Well the one I found, after months of research, was Wealthy Affiliate. I dithered for a couple of months. Looked at it, read blogs, googled it, read more blogs. Went to the site and signed up for the free trial.

 https://www.wealthyaffiliate.com?a_aid=0980d059

I figured that a look around to see what was on offer would tell me if it was a scam or not. The free training that came with it had me building a wordpress website within a couple of days.

I was very impressed by how good the training was and how easy to follow and learn from. Then there was the community, so friendly, always ready to help, so many created their own training for others to learn from. I knew I was going to sign up within a few days.

I did just that and haven’t regretted it, even for a moment. The knowledge base they have is excellent. The most basic questions are readily answered and I asked quite a few but so are the complicated ones. Always people ready with answers.

The reality?

So maybe you sign up for the free trial. The dream is alive and shining like a guiding light.

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The reality is long hours, very long, the pay is less, if any, at first. That time off for yourself becomes a distant dream as you plod along, always something more to learn. Other commitments eat away at your time, maybe a full time or part time job, plus other responsibilities.

The more you learn, the more you realise how much you don’t know.

One thing you can guarantee is that it will take at least a few months before you see a first payday. Longer if you don’t put in the work and do the training.

One thing you will be told over and over at Wealthy Affiliate is that it takes hard work to reach your goals. It is not a get rich quick scheme, you have to put n the effort. Yes you will have lot’s of help, an entire community but only you can do whats needed to reach your goals.

Are you put off yet?

Will you make it?

It depends on the time and effort you are prepared to put in.

Many never go further than the free trial. Some sign up for a month but give up at the end of it. Others go for a few months then decide they aren’t getting anywhere and give up.

Sometimes families and friends say you are wasting your time because you are online so much and not spending your time with them. Some will not like it if you succeed and try to stop you before that point.

When you are getting outside pressure it is a testing time. Do you take the easy route and give up or keep going?

It’s your choice of course but then all the time and effort you have invested up to that point will be wasted if you give up.

It won’t be easy ………. but it gets easier as time goes on and the training kicks in. Much that seemed hard work at the start, no longer is.

You are building for the future. For your own future and (maybe) your family’s future.

Those that are destined to become a success, however big or small, don’t give up at this point. They keep going, sheer stubbornness/determination makes them go on fighting.

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Then comes the day you finally earn some money, however small an amount. From that moment on you know that it works and put even more effort into your dream.

You keep going until you can give up that job.

Earning a living wage is a success. You are finally working for yourself!!!

You have YOUR own BUSINESS!!

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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 20 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 21 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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