The internet has opened many opportunities for people on this planet both young and old, it’s resulted in thousands of people quitting their normal 9-5 office jobs in favor of living a lifestyle that they resonate with.
The Internet has been around for some 20 years or so and it doesn’t seem like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Everyday you wait or say you’ll do something another day and so another day is wasted. Do you want to learn how to start an online business for free.
No upfront cost just a proposition and a dream?
Well, then you’ve come to the right article, if you’re not sure of where to start, by the end of this article I’ll make sure that you will learn of at least 3 business ideas you can use to kick-start your journey towards freedom today!
CREATE A BLOG OR YOUR OWN WEBSITE
Creating a blog is in my opinion one of the best ways to capatililise your influence on the web. I know what some of you may be thinking “blogs a way too saturated on the Internet, there are millions upon millions of people who blog so there’s no way that I’ll be able to make it” or you might be worried about not knowing how to create a website in the first place.
You definitely have a right to be worried because yes, there are an insane amount of blogs probably being created daily on Google and yes coding a website can be very hard to learn and implement.
However, creating a blog has more to it than just writing high quality content to succeed online. It isn’t about getting just one viral post that brings in traffic before you can make any kind of money. You don’t have to be an already huge and established blog to make a good amount of money through a blog
To succed as a blogger you have got to be persistent and work very darn hard to get anywhere (go figure… Hard work actually does pay off), you can’t be a dabbler you have got to have the focus and drive as well as work ethic to gain any traction.
Because the Internet is larger and thousands of people are creating new blogs, it will take you more work to see results that you actually want to see but, that doesn’t mean you won’t succeed. It just means you’ve got to work hard and persistently for longer periods of time.
In regards to actually creating a website, that’s pretty easy. You don’t even need to know coding to create your site everything is a lot simpler and significantly easier to accomplish than if you wanted to create a website 15 years ago.
There are many ways through which you will be able to make money and monetize your blogs. One of the ways and probably the most common way to make money with your blog website is through ads, to get paid via ads you will need to first start generating a decent amount of traffic before you can start making good money.
The second method and probably one of the best methods to capitalise monetarily on your blogs is to make money from affiliate marketing and the programs associated with it.
An affiliate is someone who promotes products to people and gets commissions everytime someone buys through their unique affiliate link.
With affiliate marketing you definetly want to be authentic with your audience in order to build trust with them so, if you use this system, promote products you personally recommend.
If you’re doing a review on a product and personally don’t recommend the product, you should still put an affiliate link directing your audience to. It. If you’ve not recommended a product and someone still chooses to buy it, this just means you didn’t leave any money on the table, you remained authentic and they merely didn’t agree with you.
The last method that you can use to make money with your blog is by promoting your products. This could be a course you’ve made, a shirt you want to sell etc. Unlike affiliate marketing, in general you will receive the majority if not all of the profits you make for every sale as opposed to like a 5,10,20 or 50 percent commission from selling through an affiliate link.
These are 3 ways that you will be able to use to monetize your blogs. In terms of what blog or website you decide to create that will be up to you.
Some website ideas will be more competitive than others and may very well require 3-4 times the amount of work over the other to achieve a full time income online but, as long you remain consistent, pump out regular content and use SEO tactics to rank on Google, you wil eventually achieve your goals.
I’d say 1-1.5 years of consistenct work on your blog is probably the amount of time needed to make a full time income online, not including if you mange to write a viral post etc.
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One last thing to add regarding blogging, its certainly possible to create a free one however, I do advise that you eventually pay for a domain name to strengthen your online brand. Speaking of a brand that’s a nice segway in to 2nd free online business model you can create today.
DEVELOP A BRAND ONLINE
Branding, it is a very very stong source of authority once you’ve achieved some form of notoriety online. Branding can become very beneficial and highly profitable once you’ve got it in place so it’s definitely worth your time and effort building it.
However, it’s not the eaisest of thing to build up especially to a level where it will become profitable for you. There are a lot of people who have built up a brand online, take for example kylie jenner who is of course at the very highest of notoriety and by using her personal brand, she has made a helluva lot of money, almost a billion dollars infact.
I know I know these kinds of results are clearly not normal but it certainly shows the power of having your own personal brand right?
There’s a few ways to start developing a personal brand, the first way is by developing your social media accounts, creating a YouTube channel and producing content for it or even by creating a successful blog.
By having a solid personal brand, it will be much easier for you to promote products, build connections through networking with people who do similar things to you and even having other people approach you for business deals i.e sponsorships, job offers etc.
The best thing about having a personal brand is that once you’ve reached a position where others want your business, even if any of your businesses were to suffer, you would be able to start over with an already established foundation.
Building a personal brand is free however, it’s similar to blogging as in you will need to put in the work.
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SELL YOUR SKILLS TO OTHERS
The third option that you could try is selling your specialist skills to people online. Since the popularity of fiverr and upwork, it has been a lot easier to do work online and even create a freelance business without all the heavy lifting you may have needed to do to reach customers.
With these sites, all you really need to do is put up your gig and hope someone is willing to buy it. I wouldn’t say that you will be able to generate a lot of money on these sites (super competitive pricing and all that jazz) but, it certainly will get the ball rolling.
So if you know how to photoshop, video edit, optimize things for SEO or any skill that is transferable through online means, that’s a decent way for you to make money online.
If you don’t have any skills, just learn a skill and set up some gigs.
FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM… ACTUALLY NOT REALLY BUT HEAR ME OUT ANYWAYS?
Hopefully these 3 options will have some form of benefit to you and can help you create a business online for free. Separately these methods can certainly turn into a profitable business but, if you decide to merge them together, you’ll be able to see better results overall.
Perosnal branding can be developed through your blog and the selling of your specialist skills whilst having a Perosnal brand will provide you the option to charge higher for your skill set and so on.
Yeah I know that I separated these models into different parts sections and they can become an empire on thier own but, together they can become something even more. So, I encourage that you mash them together however, in order to actually succeed, I personally do recommend to focus completely on only one of these and don’t just dabble and move onto the next one.
By focusing on just one method, you will be able to monetize your work a lot faster.
If you have any feedback that you’d like to leave me, feel free to write it in the comments section below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!