How do I know and what for?
BIG questions those!
What could your future self thank you for?
Lot’s of things I suppose. Getting fit, eating more healthily, investing or saving money, buying and old house and doing it up ….. and there are loads more. There is also a massive one.
Your future self will thank you for this
Really? Honestly? What is it?
How about investing in YOURSELF?
Nope, I haven’t gone nuts, I want to help YOU!
Why would you do this when everything is in turmoil. Jobs are disappearing everywhere and Covid-19 is still ravaging populations, countries are going in and out of lockdown or facing tough restrictions. Does this seem like a time to be spending money on yourself?
Why not? Do you or will you spend in the sales? Those are only material things! They will decline over time until they no longer work or are no longer useful.
Investing in yourself, to learn how to create and grow a business online is an excellent investment. Growing your knowledge base is a good thing regardless of what you plan to do. Learning for a specific reason is better still and learning how to create and grow your own business, will create a better future for you. A job that means you can work from anywhere, including traveling but especially from the safety of your home in these strange times.
Why would I want to?
The world has changed a lot in the last year. I think we can all agree on that. More businesses are moving online as that is where the customers are now.
Started by the first Lockdown of the Pandemic this has now become an increasing trend. Employees had to work from home and bosses found that rather than skiving off, most workers got far more done. With no commute and no office distractions, it was easier to get more done and still have extra time for themselves and their family.
Now many Offices are considering downsizing or doing away with premises, it makes sense. Meetings are easily held online for workers and clients, so workplaces become obsolete.
Even many chain stores have gone out of business in recent months as they focused on the bottom line rather than the customer. They too in many cases have moved online.
Do you see where this is going?
Businesses are growing their online presence, new businesses are springing up, more people are signing up for training and this will only continue to grow.
There is no better time to get started than NOW!
Is it hard work?
You will be learning and creating the business as you go along, so yes it will be hard work but you can do this at your own pace.
If you are working at a JOB (See HERE) then you will have less time than someone who either has no job or has been furloughed for now.
The more time you spend learning and building your business the sooner you will begin to earn. BUT this is a marathon, not a sprint. Missing out on training or cutting corners on the work just means there is no solid foundation for your business. What you really want is to build it properly so it lasts and grows.
There will be times when you wonder why you started and if you should give up. Times when you think you will never get the hang of it. I did but I kept going and suddenly it was easier. Suddenly everything I had learnt and was still learning, slotted into place. The writing got easier and everything flowed. Talking to others it seems to be that way for most people.
What about the quick & easy programs?
Well if you have already been tempted into one of those you know from experience that none of it is true. Most of us have seen them and their hype.
This is a pricier one! Often thousands of pounds/dollars.
“Live the laptop lifestyle”
“2 hours a week/4 hours a week/1 day a week”
“Start earning in 24/48 hours”
“All it takes is a few clicks and that’s it”
“So simple you can do it even with no experience at all”
You don’t get even a glimpse inside, often just a video showing someone beside an expensive car or working from a counter top in a huge empty kitchen devoid of any signs of life. But you do hear about a lot of numbers, their earnings and possible ones for you.
They don’t say this is my car or house but it is implied to make you think that you too can be living that lifestyle very quickly.
Cheaper ones! Usually less than 30 pounds/dollars.
“Quick and easy”
“Simple to use”
“3/2 clicks and you are done”
“So easy even a newbie can do it”
“earning within hours”
This one will often do a bit of a run through, enough to make you think it actually works.
With both, the minute you pay the first money you get upsells. Very often, especially with the cheaper ones and often with the more expensive ones, you actually need the upsells to make it work.
Getting a refund?
Not as easy as they make out. Most people give up, some run out of time because the refund is only 30 days. The rest try it and by the time they realise it does not do what it said on the box, the guarantee time has run out anyway.
Most then chalk it up to experience. Which means for the original seller they have made their money and most of the time couldn’t care less that you have lost yours.
You will then get bombarded with emails trying to get you to buy the next “Sure thing moneymaker”.
So What is best to do?
It is better to go to a reputable company. Never take one person’s word for it though, look around. Check out a variety of views on anything before you buy. Yes some reviews will be good and some bad, if so check further.
Even for a good company, some will bend the truth implying that you can earn sooner than you actually can. A very few can start earning in a matter of months but for most it will take at least a year if not longer.
I recommend the company I am with because for the amount you pay, you get a lot in return. Plus, a big bonus is: NO Upsells.
They also allow you to join for FREE and have a good look around to see what is on offer. Essentially, what you will get for your money. A legitimate company does this because they have nothing to hide.
What do you get?
Read this post about Wealthy Affiliate to see everything that comes with your membership. It was about a Black Friday offer which obviously has ended now but there are graphics to show you what is available in each membership.
Below is a few things you get.
A quick roundup:
You might think that is a lot but over time you are very likely to use them as you expand your business. Some even use extra ones for clients’ websites they run.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and, in short, it’s the standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and safeguarding any sensitive data that is being sent between two systems, preventing criminals from reading and modifying any information transferred, including potential personal details. (I did not know this, so I have learned something new today)
Which I can vouch for as excellent because I have used them a lot. They are fast to respond and excellent at fixing pretty much anything in a very short amount of time. Most things are dealt with in less than 30 minutes. Another platform I am on takes 2 weeks each time to respond even when its a security issue. Obviously I am going to bring that website to Wealthy Affiliate too. I had signed up for 2 years days before I found and joined Wealthy Affiliate, otherwise it would have already been moved.
An international community from the far flung corners of the Earth. This means there are always people there to answer questions, to chat and give advice.
There is also a vast range of age and knowledge from the members too. Very useful when you get stuck. Sometimes I found I just didn’t “get” something. I would read it over and over, watch it on a video but somehow it was still a mystery. So I would ask the community. There was always a variety of answers which is great as at least one will resonate and give you that light bulb moment.
I have surprised myself here because I usually put this first, mainly because I love to learn. There is core training 1-5 levels with 50 lessons.
Available also is Bootcamp training 1-7 levels with 70 lessons.
On top of that is training by other members too. When they find a newer or better way of doing something through trial and error, they add it as training for others to use. If you love learning new stuff like me, it is very easy to get lost in jumping from one training to another, I did just that for the first 3 months until someone wrote a blog post about shiny object syndrome made me realise what I was doing.
Yes I did learn new stuff but I was supposed to be going through the official training to get my business foundations built.
You do have to learn to be focused, it is easy to get distracted at times.
I do wholeheartedly recommend Wealthy Affiliate because I think its a great platform. Whatever type of online business you want it can teach you how to do that. You can also try different things to see how you get on. Like dropshipping. I did research, sort of gave it a try but never really got it up and running. At that point I was trying to do too many things at once.
There are so many different directions you can go in. Some do coaching, others do dropshipping, there are affiliate marketers with every niche you can think of, those that run websites for clients. We have authors and people that create and sell courses, more that run courses and so very much more.
The online world is your oyster. You can learn to build a business from the ground up. Give it a solid foundation to grow on and eventually perhaps, pass it on to your children.
Isn’t that something your future self will thank you for?
What are you waiting for?
Go and have a look round. At worst all you will have wasted is a little time, at best it will give you an amazing future.
The future is YOURS you decide where it goes! Try WEALTHY AFFILIATE NOW!
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