Have you seen TV ads saying how easy it is to create your own website? Perhaps you have thought of a few good reasons why owning a website could be a good idea. Would one reason be to make money with it?
That idea is a really good one. Countless individuals starting with little or no knowledge about building a website have created websites that are making some serious money. And in many cases the earnings are high enough that they can quit their job and focus on their website full time.
Now get this. Full time often comes down to less time compared to a full time job. Some opportunities may require you to meet with your clients. Others may allow you to work from home. No commuting necessary.
And if you need to get away for a while, you can take your business with you via your mobile device or laptop. As long as you have a connection to the Internet, you’re in business.
The purpose of this article is to give you several ideas on how to use your website to make money.
Accessing Your Business
Free WiFi connections are available almost everywhere these days. At cafes, restaurants, libraries, your doctors office, even in hospitals. So if you get sick enough to stay at a hospital, you can continue to run your business from there. Assuming off course you are well enough to use your mobile device or your laptop.
Having easy access to the Internet is the first step. The next step is to build your website that can earn you money. What are your options? Let’s look at them.
Monetizing Your Skills
This is one area that is greatly overlooked. Over the course of your life you have developed expertise in areas that other people will pay you to help them. Let me give you a few examples:
Teaching A Language
So many free video connections are available these days that you can teach a foreign language from your home using real time video. How about creating a website where each blog post will cover a specific aspect of the language?
You can send the link to the lesson of the day to your students in advance, so they can access it while you are teaching it to them.
Some will even pay good money for the one on one private tuition with you. I would suggest charging a minimum fee of $50 an hour.. Of course, they can purchase language training courses. But nothing beats the personal touch especially if you are good at it. And your website will help them refer to your lesson outside of your teaching session.
You can take this a stage further and schedule class times so you can be teaching several students together. Like a virtual classroom. Do not try to teach too many at once. I would keep it to five students maximum. In this case you can reduce the charges to $40 an hour. With five students you could earn $200 an hour.
Make sure you bill at least one week in advance. If they are willing to pay four weeks, or a month in advance, you could offer a discount.
Tutoring An Academic Subject To A Grade School Student
If you talked to a good sample of parents, one of the issues they would bring up is their kids homework. They procrastinate and don’t complete it in time. They often have to rush it in the end resulting in lower grades.
Are you a current grade school teacher? Or someone who has had prior experience teaching? Maybe a retired teacher. How would you like to use your expertise to earn extra money tutoring online?
Imagine if you could connect with these parents and talk to them about tutoring their kids online using video. Whenever children are involved, you may have to go through a background check Today that is routine.
The next step is to provide them with your plan of the online program. Creating brochures for your course would help enormously. This should include the technical requirements to communicate online via video.
Once the parents agree to your methods and your fee, schedule a set time about once or twice a week. I also recommend you ask that the parent sit in on the lessons. Or at the very least, drop In from time to time. In this case I would suggest not booking more than one child a session. Hence, higher fees can be justified. I’m talking about $100 an hour. Not all parents will be able to afford this. But there are kids with rich parents. The convenience, and security are worth a lot.
Once again you can tailor your lessons in advance on your website to use like a reference textbook. If the parents books you for several weeks in advance and also pays in advance, you can give them a good discount.
Services Not Requiring Real Time Contact
There are many services you could provide that do not require real time interaction. These could be completed on your own time and delivered to meet a deadline acceptable by your customer. Let’s look at some of these opportunities.
If you are a qualified tax accountant, tax season can be very busy. If you cannot afford to set up your own shop in a rented space, an alternative is to have your clients communicate with you via your website.
What if you created a check list of items that you required from your customers and sent that to them ahead of time? They could fill in the questionnaire and send the data to you via fax or secure Email. You could even set up a secure form on your website where they could enter the information you require.
You can work on their tax returns and send that back to them remotely. Electronic signatures can be used in these situations. Or use the easy way of your clients signing the signature page(s) and faxing that to you. If a one on one session is deemed necessary, a video conference could be used.
Your charges will vary depending on the complexity of the returns. However, since your overhead will be low, you can pass the savings to your customers giving you a competitive advantage. My recommendation is to keep the minimum fee at $250 per return.
Besides tax returns, business clients may need accountants to keep their books in order.
Once again you can be creative with your website to be interactive with your customers. You can set up one website sub domain for each customer where access would require a unique password.Using an encryption system would be essential.
This website could be set up so that business data could be entered by them into an Excel Spreadsheet based form set up by you. The numbers can be reviewed remotely and crunched at home.
Since this will be an ongoing service I suggest you set up a regular monthly retainer fee. You will have to decide what would be a fair amount for each of your clients.
Let’s assume you have nifty website creation skills. You can contact local businesses and discuss how you can create a website for their business that would attract and communicate with their customers increasing sales.
With your knowledge of Search Engine Optimization for local areas your services could be of high value to them. A minimum charge would be $3000 per website.
Another skill you may have is the ability to write good promotional articles for a company. These could go on their website. Or used in an Email marketing campaign. Brick and Mortar stores have a regular flow of customers every day they are open. You could help them set up an Email Marketing System.
They can launch regular promotional campaigns. Why not offer free stuff if their customers responded to things like surveys or opinions on upcoming products and services they would be sharing. The customers can be made to feel special by letting them know they were one of the few selected from your database.
As their Email list grows, you can be the person who manages their Email marketing campaign. This service could be piggybacked after you have created their website. Charges for this should be on a monthly retaining basis.
There are many more but I will stop here.
Criteria For These Websites
The websites you create to do business with clients should NOT be set up for SEO, indexed or ranked by Google and the other Search Engines. Consider these as online tools to work with your customers, and not meant for the general public. Therefore, you do not want them to appear on the first page of Google as a result of an organic search.
Of course, the websites you design for your clients to publicize their business, you will optimize for search engines.
There is one more aspect that is common to all the above activities requiring websites. They are best used tor creating immediate cash flow. Hence, they are like jobs. Except you are the boss and the worker! Hours are exchanged for dollars.
If you wish to create websites that are money earning assets that work for you 24/7, that is something completely different. Let’s discuss that next.
Websites As Money Making Assets
Do you make products of your own? Like jams, jellies, Craft works, knitted wear like blankets for babies? Your imagination can conjure up many more things that you may be skilled at making. How would you like to create a website that acts like an online store? When customers search for what you are selling, they will arrive at your website assuming that you did superb Search Engine Optimization. As well as positioned your website as an authority site in what you are selling..
They will see pictures of your products with a price shown and a Buy Now and Quantity sign adjacent. Once they click the quantity and Buy Now buttons they will be whisked to their shopping cart showing all the items they have purchased. After they confirm their purchase, enter their credit card information and click BUY, the purchase is executed. WordPress has an plugin called WooCommerce that enables these functions to be available.
You will get a printout each day with a list of who purchased what so that you can arrange to have them shipped out no later than the next day.
The beauty of this approach is you don;’t have to work all day. Your main function is to keep the stock up to satisfy your customer needs.
The income you make will vary. Apart from the hands on process of making stuff, you are free to do other things. You ship what your customers have ordered.
In a way you will have created a mini Amazon!
Marketing For Other Companies Online Store Fronts
This process is called Affiliate Marketing. You start off by signing a free affiliate agreement with an online marketplace like Amazon, and then you write articles about the products that you wish to promote. The purpose of your articles is to provide helpful information to those searching for those products. Your valuable information will help your blog visitors male a buying decision.
Once a customer makes a decision to buy after reading your super article, the affiliate link or banner of a company that sells them, for example Amazon, will be in plain view so that can click the banner and get transported to the third party store where they make their purchase. The store takes care of billing, shipping, warranty, and you get a check! How cool is that?
You will need to learn more about affiliate marketing and what techniques and processes are necessary for your article to rank high in the search engines and attract sufficient traffic to make sales happen. Guess what.You can start with these articles listed below. :
After going through these articles if you have questions please leave them in the comments section below. Or you could send me an Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In this article I have shared with you several ideas on how to make money with a website. What are your thoughts? Any suggestions or personal experiences you’d like to share? If so, please leave them in the comments section below.
The following diagram crystallizes the pathway to have a website that sells.The concept is simple. To grow a successful business requires knowing the right skills and applying them effectively. You get that through effective training.
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I wish to leave you with one final remark. After you learn the skills to create a successful affiliate marketing business, you can monetize those skills through the ideas that I shared with you in the beginning.
I wish you much success in creating your website that makes lots of money for you!