So you want to start a business

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But do you really want to start a business?

You dream of arranging your hours to suit you.

To have time for family and friends, hobbies etc. So you want to start a businessYou probably saw yourself, getting up, doing a bit of work, then swanning off out for the day to have fun or maybe go shopping or a day at the beach relaxing.

Or maybe having more time to go to the gym or go running. Get up later, have a leisurely breakfast then later pop out for coffee.

Anything there sound familiar? Is this your dream?  Yes?

So you want to start a business, really? What does that entail?

The next step…… 

is to do some research into the reality of running an online  business.

Life might become like that when it’s been up and running for a few years but probably not.

To start your own business takes determination, perseverance and long hours of hard work. There will be times when you think it’s pointless and a waste of time. If you are starting alongside a full or part time job, you will get tired and find it hard going at times. After a while your family and friends may push you to give up saying it’s a waste of time, they never see you, you spend too much time online, it’s pointless you won’t earn money.

There is a lot to learn, especially with an online business. You can’t just set up a website and wait for money to come rolling in. You thought you could?

Yep me too when I started out 10 years ago. Except it was a shop on a big site. Luckily for me there were forums and loads of helpful people to answer questions. The more you learn, the more you realise how much there is to learn.

If you are looking for a way to earn fast money you are in the wrong place!

You may have seen videos about earning thousands of pounds a day/week/month. Sound plausible don’t they? Or may have signed up for one or more only to find it’s not what you thought. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The only route to riches/wealth is hard work!

Still want to have an online business?

Then next you need to decide WHY!

What is your motivation?

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This is important as it will be the reason you keep going when everything and everyone is telling you to give up.

I always said it was for my family, which it is partly. A better lifestyle,  better time management etc. But that’s not enough to keep you going regardless, especially when that same family says you are spending too much time online, time you could be spending with them.

Think hard about the WHY. Then write it down, be very clear about it, because it will keep you motivated and will make you persevere when you want to give up.

What is MY motivation? The challenge and the love of learning something new. When I’m told I can’t do something then I have to prove I can. A problem might make me want to tear my hair out and throw the computer out of the window but I don’t. I stop and walk away. I will keep going back until I solve it. I will ask and keep asking until I have an answer.

Yes I do want a better lifestyle/more money but once I reach that point I will continue on to greater challenges because I  can and because someone is bound to say, You can’t.

You have worked out the Why and written it down.

What’s next? More Research?

This time research, into the sort of work you want to do.So you want to start a business 2

Have you been looking?  There are a variety of things you can do by freelancing but you are here because you want your own business. You can create a product yourself as a crafter. Knitting/crochet/ceramics/jewellery/artist and many more. To do this you can set up a website and or a shop on a large site. You will need to learn about SEO, social media, writing copy, photography and more.

Blogging is another route but that takes time to build up a following, plus you need much the same sort of knowledge.

Dropshipping is another area. You need to find a good company and get accepted by them. Decide what products you wish to sell. Learn how it works and then set up your website. Its also a good idea to blog about the products to encourage sales.

Then you have the fast growing area of Affiliate Marketing. There is a lot on the internet about this, various ‘systems’  that supposedly help. It is a good idea to read blogs on what is available as part of your research. Many bloggers do reviews on the various company’s out there. It’s how I found the one I am with after watching endless videos promising the earth.

Wealthy Affiliate is the one that I am with and was the only one I found that offered free joining and basic training to start. It gave you the chance to check out what was on offer before deciding whether or not to go further. It has a lot of easy to follow training that meant I was building a wordpress website in no time.

All of this can be overwhelming at first, so much to learn and do and obstacles to overcome and that is just to get started.

The next step!

Now you think the dream will come alive, that soon you will be living that lifestyle you saw in so many videos.

The reality?

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.

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Many months or a year or more into your dream, you become aware if how hard it is alongside everything else. Doing your taxes shows you that there is more going out the coming in.

Now what do you do?

Plod on for another year hoping it will get better? Only to find there is still more going out than coming in. Less than before, the gap is closing and you wonder……. Is it worth it? Really?

This is the point, or maybe sooner that decides the future! You either give it up as being too hard, or.

OR, you grit your teeth and decide you will work longer and harder because you WILL make it!

Others are mocking your efforts, telling you it’s not worth your time and effort, constantly trying to lure you away.

BUT 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.

So you want to start a business 4Then comes the day the books show you broke even.

Then …………………

you actually have to PAY tax!!!!

The first time you will jump for joy, I did. It was amazing.

From then on you keep up the pressure and grow. Earning a living wage is a success. You can give up the 9-5 working for someone else. YOU are finally your own boss, working for yourself!!!

You have YOUR own BUSINESS!! There is no better feeling.


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What do you Fear

What do you Fear?

What holds you back from living your best life, what do you fear most?

These are the ten most common. Is yours here?

  1. Arachnophobia  [The fear of spiders.]
  2. Ophidiophobia  [The fear of snakes.]
  3. Acrophobia   [The fear of heights.]
  4. Agoraphobia  [ The fear of open or crowded spaces.]
  5. Cynophobia   [The fear of dogs.]
  6. Astraphobia   [The fear of thunder and lightning.]
  7. Claustrophobia   [The fear of small spaces.]
  8. Mysophobia   [The fear of germs.]
  9. Aerophobia   [The fear of flying.]
  10. Trypophobia   [The fear of holes.]

There are of course many more fears and they can produce very real symptoms in the body. 

I was  terrified of spiders but I managed to overcome that, though I still don’t like them, the sight of them doesn’t paralyse me with fear anymore.

However, heights does. I don’t even need to be aware I am high up. I know because my knees turn to jelly, I feel nauseated and cannot move forward, however much I try. It has happened often.

Sound familiar? Are you affected physically by your fears?

Do you have a more unusual fear?

Are you afraid to tell people what you fear?

Some of the more unusual fears.                                                                                    Hiding the face

  1. Alektorophobia  [The fear of chickens]
  2. Metrophobia  [The fear of poetry or rhyming verse]
  3. Ephebiphobia  [The fear of youths]
  4. Ergasiophobia  [The fear of work]
  5. Optophobia. [The fear of opening one’s eyes]
  6. Neophobia  [The fear of newness]
  7. Anthophobia  [The fear of flowers]
  8. Pteronophobia  [The fear of being tickled by feathers]
  9. Vestiphobia  [The fear of clothing]
  10. Phronemophobia  [The fear of thinking]

 

What can you do about it?

For some, professional help is the best way to go, or there are things you can try yourself.

Take some time out. Try to distract yourself if possible or remove yourself from the situation.

Breathe. Learn some calming breathing techniques, focusing on your breathe can help the fear recede.

Don’t use alcohol or drugs as this can make it worse.

Walk outside in nature, it can have a very calming affect.

Try meditation as a calming technique.

These are just a few of the many remedies you can try yourself, if only to ease the anxiety and symptoms at the time.

A hidden Fear!hiding beneath cushions

This is one that can stop us succeeding and at times hold us back in life.

Have you ever been so afraid of failing at something that you decided not to try it at all? Or has a fear of failure meant that, subconsciously, you undermined your own efforts to avoid the possibility of a larger failure?

The fear of Failure.

[Also known as Atychiphobia.]

Have you looked at activities and thought you would like to have a go at that but something always holds you back? 

Wanted to run your own business but there was always a reason not to? The wrong time, not enough money, not enough time and its always put off until later.

Or you take the plunge but somehow it always goes wrong. You start off well, it begins to take off but somehow it falls flat. You could well be sabotaging yourself without realising it. 

This can stem from childhood. Traumatic events can be a cause, even if you cannot remember it. Being undermined, criticised and/or humiliated when you tried to do something, by the adults around you, parents, teachers, other family members, adults in authority over you in any way and even other children. 

These type of events can cause Limiting beliefs that are held within the subconscious.  You tell yourself you aren’t good enough to achieve a promotion, be successful at anything and gradually you stop trying, believing that inner voice. 

You can end up with low self esteem and lack of confidence in yourself and the decisions you make. 

Talk about how you feel and you will find you are not alone.

What can you do about it?

Think about whether it does affect you first. Does any of this sound familiar? Sometimes just reading something like this can make you realise that it’s possible. 

If it does it’s easier to overcome once it’s out in the open. It can bring a sense of relief. 

The best part is, instead of the fear of failure holding you back you can look at in a different way.

Look at various well known people, read  up on them. Many were told they wouldn’t amount to anything. Were told they didn’t have what it takes. Dropped out of school, etc. Then look at where they are today. Highly successful and at the top of their field. Look up Michael Jordan and Richard Branson, one was told he didn’t have what it takes and the other dropped out of school.What do you Fear 5

If you can understand that failure is a lesson learnt, not something that means give up, you will be over the first hurdle.

There are many hurdles on the way to success, some you will fly over,

others you will stumble on and occasionally fall.

What defines you is the way you deal with those hurdles. To succeed, you must get up, dust yourself down and having learnt from the experience, carry on.

You haven’t lost the race, unless you give up.

Conclusion.

Some fears take longer than others to deal with and some need more help to deal with them.

The hidden fear that stops us moving forward can be dealt with once you understand it’s there and why you hold back. It is possible to change the way you think, to erase limiting beliefs that hold you back through no fault of your own.

There can also be limiting beliefs that hold you back, formed through childhood onwards, that show as fears.

There are many books available and many Youtube videos on the subject that can and will help. You need to find those that resonate with you. Others can recommend but if they aren’t a fit for you. then they aren’t the right ones. I’ve tried to read books others have recommended and raved about, that have left me cold and wondering why I can’t see what they did.

The truth is, we are all different and what helps one person won’t necessarily be as good for another. So each person must seek and find their own truth.

Wealthy Affiliate Free starter membership.

 

Then when you are ready to start that business, sure that you are ready to work hard and succeed, come back and have a look at what I do at Wealthy Affiliate.

There will be a link for you to have a look, join up for free training and see if it’s the sort of thing you fancy doing as a business. I love it.

I learnt so much on the free part, that I joined as a Premium member.

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What Inspires You

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In your daily life what inspires you? Are you inspired by anything?Person on a hill top What Inspires You

Does money inspire you or people that make a lot of money?

Are you inspired by those that help others?

Or maybe it’s the idea of Freedom that inspires your dreams. Read more HERE!

What Inspires You 6Or those who have a disability and do great things despite others expectations being low.

Is it the unknown ordinary person who quietly battles away each and every day and still manages to help others?

Or is it nature?

The grandeur, the beauty, the stillness, the sheer awe inspiring magnificence that is all around us, that most people never even notice.

The flower that struggles to survive, coming through a crack in the pavement.

Do you pay attention to what’s around you on a daily basis?

Maybe like most people you are caught up in the daily treadmill of work, home, sleep, repeat.

It can be so easy to get caught up in the daily existence and lose sight of the dreams and aspirations we once had. The desire for something that excites you, a job you enjoy rather than just getting through each day.

The dream never really dies though, it stays there in the back of the mind, dusted off occasionally after a particularly bad or tough day. Each time you think, ‘One day’.

What is your dream?
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For so many people that dream is working from home, whether for themselves or someone else.

It takes courage to take that big step towards freedom and your dream. To feel the harmony in your life that comes from taking those steps.

They feel that it must give a greater freedom. It does but ……….  it’s also hard to motivate yourself at times.

Other people see you as available.

You have to be very disciplined. There is no ” I’m tired and can’t be bothered’.

On the plus side you can move your hours around to suit yourself.

Work from your bed or the garden.

Be out in the day or spending more time with your family, enjoying life and work in the evenings.

What will you do?

Will you follow that dream, the dream that sets you free? The freedom to enjoy life and still earn a decent income, that gives you the chance to pursue other things you really want to do. Or having come this far, will you sigh and go back to the life you are living. wishing you could give it a try?

The solution!!

You could give affiliate marketing a try!

Want to read more about Affiliate Marketing? Go HERE! 

It’s not for everyone. It takes time and training, you have to put in a lot of effort at first. What Inspires You 8

You get Free training to build a website and what to do with it. 10 lessons completely free, plenty of interaction there to decide whether this is for you.

If you like what you see and want to know more, then you could try the Premium for a month.

A word of warning here though: It’s at this point that most people get hooked. They see what’s on offer and that burning desire to succeed takes over. Mainly because you realise that with training like this, it is possible.

This platform has a very comprehensive training programme that covers everything that you are likely to need to know. If that wasn’t enough people are constantly adding their own training too. The community is amazing and very helpful, quick to answer questions, offering assistance and giving a very warm welcome.

Whether you know absolutely nothing, a little or a lot, this training can take you to the next step and the next ones after, onwards to success.

What have you got to lose by having a look at the free training. If you decide against it, you will already know how to get a wordpress site up and running and more.

The conclusion!What Inspires You 9

Your future is in your hands. It always was and always will be. The choices you make day by day determine your future.

If you want to add to your income, this can be the way.

If you just want to give it a try, no strings attached, do it. No credit card required, just completely free.

If you just want a bit of free training, go for it.

The dream is in your hands, learn to earn.

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Why do training

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What is training?

Definition from Wikipedia:

Training is teaching, or developing in oneself or others, any skills and knowledge or fitness that relate to specific useful competencies. Training has specific goals of improving one’s capability, capacity, productivity and performance.

So why do training?

Because I know from my own experience that having the right knowledge at your fingertips can make  such a lot of difference. If I had access to this sort of training when I started selling online 10 years ago it would not have been such a struggle. I had no idea what I needed to learn or the sheer quantity of knowledge I would gain.

Having lessons laid out for me would have shortened  the time it took to reach my goals. I learnt most of what I needed from people on forums suggesting things I could or should do. Then it was a battle to find out what it meant and gain the knowledge required.

When you hear the word training what do you think of?

Why do training 11I think of sports, running, rowing, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, cycling, swimming etc. Then there is all types of singing to train the voice. Playing a musical instrument …… Well you get the picture the list would just go on and on.

Why do training

Of course, what you think of first relates to your own experience and those around you.

Do you think of people doing work training? Teacher training and courses that are work related. All necessary parts of the job.

But so many of us come online and want to run a business without thinking about training. I know this because that person was me. I had no idea what it would entail.

Is there a point to training?

I had this amazing idea that I was sure was completely new and found a site to open a shop. Amazingly, considering my complete ignorance I did sell things. Luckily the site had a forum filled with people that had been selling online for years and knew things I didn’t. The more I learnt the more there was to learn. It took years to become competent at online selling when it needn’t have done.

Why do we do training for anything? 

It makes us more proficient. In sport it means we know how to train safely. 

On the internet, we learn how to navigate our way around and learn how to use it safely and securely.

So, in general training has to be a good thing. We learn how to do things the right, easiest and best way.

Where do I find out  about training?

It depends of course, on what you want to learn. The best way is, either discover the training courses in the subject you wish to learn or find reviews that compare several different ones at a time. The latter will reduce the time spent evaluating considerably.

Online, there is a wealth of knowledge on all manner of subjects. I had no idea myself that there were so many bloggers reviewing so many different things.

Offline local councils run training courses on a wide variety of subjects and often provide a booklet with them listed. Colleges do day release courses to help you gain qualifications while you learn your job.

Youtube has a vast supply of training videos on every subject.

Be wary of scams, the ones that tell you that you can earn thousands every month by only working an hour or two a week. Especially if they tell you that you can start earning within 24/48 hours.

If you can’t look at what they have to offer without signing up and paying vast sums or even smaller sums upfront, then again be wary.

I found, after many months of searching, a platform that supplies training.

It’s called Wealthy Affiliate.

Check out the 6 month review HERE!

From 16th March 2020 that will change as many things are being updated. A starter member  will have 1 website to build and practice on and Premium members will only have 10 websites.

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The free training of 10 videos helps you to build up to 2 wordpress websites to get you started.

As expected the more comprehensive training will cost you a monthly or yearly fee but for that you get 50 websites, training. questions answered, help when needed Live video classes, keyword research tool and so much more as you can see by the table listing the free and premium memberships.

The table there though, doesn’t show the community. You get access to this amazing community, that helps, guides and spurs you onwards every day.

They commiserate and help when you are stuck and cheer with you at every achievement, however small.

They are truly what I think of as a community.

You lose absolutely nothing by trying it out. No credit or debit card required. Just come on board, have a look round, try out the free training and see what you think. That is literally all you need to do.

Now, if you are anything like me and serious about wanting your own online business, you will give it a try.

A word of warning though! I went from completely sceptical to maybe and then jumped in with two feet.

Took on 1 month paid to see if the rest of the training was any good and that was it! I was hooked. When that month came to an end I signed up for a year as it’s much more economical.

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Conclusion

This is not for the lazy, you have to do the work to be successful. Whichever route you take, you have to do that but with training like this it won’t take several years to get that expertise.wealthy affiliate membership link.

Soooo ………. If this is what you are looking for then come and join us. Join as a free starter member and check out the site and the training. Only sign up for Premium IF you are sure it’s for you. Can’t say fairer than that!

Please, join us today!

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What type of work is available online

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So you want to work online.

Nowadays everything seems to be online. But what type of work is available online?  There are many people who no longer want to go shopping for food and clothes. If they work long hours they don’t want to waste time going out to shops to buy necessities.

We make appointments online, apply for jobs, fill in application forms. Do the food shop, check out and book traders, apply for passports, order takeaways etc. The list just goes on and on. I however will stop there before I fill the page.

There are many reasons that people decide to work online. Working from home can seem an easy option.

Pro’s.

You don’t have to go out in all weathers, no traffic, no public transport to worry about and no crowds of people all fighting to get to work on time too. No uniform or work clothes to worry about, you could work in your pyjamas if you want to.

You don’t have to prepare food to take or pay for expensive lunch and snacks.

You are at home for deliveries, workmen and best of all the children. If your kids are at home because of illness or holidays then you are there, so no childcare to arrange or pay for.

Sounds great doesn’t it?

Cons.

Can be very time-consuming depending upon the work you do. You need to be disciplined. Its too easy to think, I will just do this, watch that, go out and do it later.

Many people expect you to be available because it’s not ‘Real” work.

If children are at home with you, it’s not easy to concentrate and get work done.

What sort of work is best for you?How, why, what, where, when, who What type of work is available online

There are many sites that offer jobs working for someone else such as paid surveys, freelancing jobs, online tutoring, product testing, translation, transcription, content writing, internet research jobs and blogging to name a few.

I confess here that I have no idea what the earning potential of this work is, what such work entails or how often the work is offered. I have just checked to see what is out there but not gone into it any deeper than that.

If your job in the real world is computer based many companies offer the option to work from home a few days or more, a week.

Running your own business.

So you like the idea of your own business? After all, its online so how hard can it be? No finding a bricks and mortar shop or office. No exorbitant business rates. Just set it up and the customers will come.

So it’s easy, isn’t it?

Well first you have to decide what sort of business you want.

The choices to sell goods!

What type of work is available online 13People buy goods online 24 hours a day. I read there are something like 4 billion users of the internet on a daily basis. That is a colossal amount of people.

You can either make your goods to sell or buy items to sell at a profit, new or secondhand.

With this you have a shop on a site like Folksy, Etsy, Ebay etc. There are many more and new sites spring up all the time.

For this you will need to take good photos and write descriptions of each individual item. Does take a while. When you sell an item, then it has to be parceled up and posted. If you hand make your inventory it will need to be replaced. You can also make to order.

Another option is FBA. This is popular on Amazon and known as Fulfilled by Amazon. First you set up an account. Then find a saleable item you can make a profit on, buy a quantity and deliver them to Amazon to store in their warehouse. When you make a sale, they will pack and post it for you. There is a charge for storing as well as post and packing.  The good part is no storage needed and no packing and posting.

Dropshipping is another option. This entails finding a company who’s products you like that do dropshipping, sign up for  an account. Then you select items you want to sell and add them to your website. When a customer buys, you place their order with the warehouse and the rest is done by them.

There is obviously more to this than I write here. I have looked into it, but not actually taken part in the practice.

Blogging.

Many people make money from blogging, sharing their experiences traveling. Doing reviews of products or selling products themselves. Once they have built up a following advertiser’s are keen to work with them and happily pay to have their products featured on a popular blog.

It does take time and effort to build a following. Many of the top bloggers have been writing theirs for years. You need to post regularly and the content needs to be interesting to your followers.

Marketing.

What type of work is available online 14People do marketing for others, either working for a company or working for themselves.

Whatever you do or make you have to market your items. Online the competition is fierce and you have to be constantly pushing to be seen.

If you don’t advertise your wares, you don’t sell anything. If you want to sell successfully you need to advertise daily. This means you need to be part of as many social media platforms as possible. Once on those platforms, interaction with others is key to building a following.

No following or very few, means none or very few see what you have to offer.

Affiliate Marketing.

This is another option, one I am learning about. Companies pay affiliate marketers to advertise their products, if someone buys a product through your link/advertisement, then you get a commission. The amount of commission does depend upon the company.

I was amazed how many companies there are using affiliate marketers, big companies too, like Amazon.wealthy affiliate banner

Like any other work, you have to learn what to do and how to find these companies and how to advertise them.

As an affiliate marketing business, though you don’t need to find or make goods, you still need social media. If you don’t advertise in any way, no one sees what you are offering, so no one buys.

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Conclusion.

So these are a few of the options available, I am sure you can find many more if you do the research.

Working for others, you just need to follow their guidelines and stick to their schedule. So that’s fairly straightforward. Finding the suitable work is something that will take research.

Running your own business, working hours that suit you, is many people’s dream, but it is hard work with a lot to learn.

So whichever way you go it does involve hard work. There are many that offer ‘Get rich quick systems/schemes’ but if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

I wish you great success in whichever direction you decide to go.

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