One of the biggest advantages for doing business on the internet is the low or no cost that is involved in starting and managing the business. Take the place where you do business which is the site, your online store.
Many people would say .."there are too many websites out there"..."I will get lost in the noise.."..."people are already selling what I want to sell.."..."I couldn't possibly learn all of that.."
But you can.
It just takes a bit of persistence and learning - and the good news is that most of the information is already out there - Google, Wikipedia, AskMe, Fiverr, Bing, MakeUseOf, Warrior Forum and hundreds more - all great websites where you can get everything you need to know FREE.
Our suggestion - make a running list of the things that you need to do and spend some time, regularly, devoted to just finding out. Don't worry about the others, or the noise, or the volume of websites - many of them won't be around much longer and if you persist you will, and yours will grow and prosper. Just as there are a lot of flowers and vegetables in the ground, there is always room for more. A lot of fish in the sea, but always room for more.
If you get stuck you can always ask us - comment on our blog, email us, call us, or contact us on Facebook or Twitter - we promise that we will find you a solution, and promptly. If you are on our email list, or following us on social media, or just thinking about it, you are ON THE OZZYTRADERS TEAM and we want to be there for you.
Low or No Cost
One of the biggest advantages for doing business on the internet is the low or no cost that is involved in starting and managing the business. Take the place where you do business which is the site, your online store. Most sites can be setup for free by a hosting company. You can either design it yourself or have someone design it for you, again for free.
You don't need a physical office - these days, a smartphone, a tablet, or laptop is all you need for your office - you can use them to write (blogs), film (video), record (podcast) and post (any social media app) - use all of those and you have your travelling office in your pocket.
Free Affiliate Programs
Products for your business can be obtained free from the many and various affiliate programs. You do not have to pay for storage of the product because this is done for you by the affiliate. Once the prospect lands on the affiliate’s page they will sell, pack, and ship the merchandise for you. Again, for free. And you are paid a commission on the sale just for leading the prospect to the affiliate’s landing page through your promotions.
This is where someone else ships physical products and you just take the order. Check out our Article on Dropshipping [insert links]
Sell physical products, take surveys, write, do voiceovers, be an Amazon or E-Bay affiliate, or use Clickbank - we will publish artices on all of these in coming months.
Now some promotions can also be free. For instance, you can write articles with links to your site, about the products, and have them published on hundreds of directories on the internet for free. The articles act as advertisement and through the links take the prospect to your site where you, in turn, through links or banners direct the prospect to the affiliate’s landing page where the sale is made. You can also get the prospect to your page through links with other web pages or through your position in search engines. All again for free!
Another way that you can get free advertisement is by belonging to a forum where you can participate in discussions and develop relationships. Your name and site will be listed each time you make a contribution and if enough interest is developed in what you offered; BINGO, you have another person following the link to your site.
We can't tell you who to follow, but we have found about 20 to 30 folks on the web (out of hundreds, maybe thousands) who are genuinely successful and genuinely ready to share their success, sometimes for a fee, or sometimes to sell a product (only fair) but most often FREE of CHARGE.. Priceless. If you don't know who to follow here are a few suggestions that we personally trust, who will share their knowledge and never try to scam you:-
Some of those you may not relate to and we are sure that some of the ones you eventually pick, we may not relate to, but that is life.
All of the guys on the above list will give you fantastic guidance and save you hundreds of hours. When first starting out, and not wanting to invest large sums of money, then YOUR TIME IS MONEY, so the more you can save, the better. These "internet gurus" will do that for you. Just read their stuff, read between the lines, trust them and sign up with them for great value (I make nothing out of giving you this advice, by the way). Their websites are chock full of fantastic FREE information, too.
You can also develop and place a free press release on the internet every time you add a new product or launch a new site. Blogs, Newsletters, and eBooks can also act as free advertisements. And because the internet is free, their distribution is free.
Do Your Homework and Start Out Right
Let us not overlook the fact that in order to profit from all of the free stuff that is offered you need to do your homework. You will need to examine which hosting company offers the site designs that fit your style. Study which products you are going to be comfortable with representing and promoting.
Read lots of blogs and look at the structure of websites, even the "big dogs" like Amazon and e-Bay to see how they are laid out. Determine how much knowledge and skills you will need to possess about the products so that you can develop interesting content to draw interest and develop a desire for the product.
Never stop learning - remember, the internet is the window to all of the information that is out there. You can find all of it if you think it through, and if you can't someone can.
Develop Your Credentials and Build a Reputation
You will need to develop a reputation for yourself as being an expert in the field before you will gain a following. This will take some time to establish. You need to be patient, persistent, and committed. Remember, “Rome was not built in a day” but it has lasted many a lifetime. And so can your home business. It is a great opportunity when you consider all of what can be done for free.
Spend the early days, months and up to the first year, putting as much good content as you can on your blog, research products, make your website user and mobile friendly, work hard on your email list and build up your loyal followers. Then, when you have gained some traction, start split testing - that's another article for another day, but what it means is - don't just trust your instincts, test your work and trust the results that will come back to you as hard data. Tiny, simple little errors can cost you, so you need to learn how to test your work, and be able to make corrections.
Hey, guys, trust me - it's fun and rewarding and when you get it right you will be in complete control of your life, your destiny and your family's destiny.
That's what excites me - how about you? Leave some comments and let us know.
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