How to start an online food restaurant business

Online food restaurant

I have a love-hate relationship with food, while I may love well cooked homemade food, I do not like the cooking aspect of it. I love to experiment with food but I simply do not like to have to cook every day.

The little cooking skills I ever had had to be upgraded by my hubby after I married him. Till today he is still a better cook than I am. I come from that part of the world were cooking homemade meals is a must, of course, we can eat out once in a while but home cooking is a must for us.

While I love the fact that I get to cook what my little ones eat and hence ensure that they eat nutritionally balanced meals. I find that I struggle a lot with being creative with their meals. This is where I know I would not mind having the services of an online food restaurant which is what preempted this post on how to start an online food restaurant

An online food restaurant is basically a way of serving homemade meals to people without the necessary stress of putting down huge amounts of money to own a physical restaurant. I like to think that most businesses we have in brick and mortar can also be run online, that’s why I am tooting this idea.

Now to run an online restaurant, there is a key skill which you must have, that is selling skill or marketing skills depending on what divide you belong to. Your ability to sell your food ideas and draw in your customers will make the difference in your business, since its basically online without a physical storefront.

Before we delve into the methodologies for starting an online we need to outline some crucial tips that are necessary

Crucial Tips necessary for an online food restaurant

1 Legal requirements: Most cities have very strict regulations when it comes to food business, so you must ensure that you have your Licenses, permits and regulations looked after before you venture into this business. This is because legal trouble is the last thing you need when you already have a business booming.  Don’t think that because it’s online, it does not matter. It really matters because you will be cooking food which will be sold to strangers so make sure you have your bases covered.

2: Understand your market: For you to be successful in your online restaurant, you have to have a good understanding of your market. Because you are selling food, your business is still location specific. You can’t send cooked food to another state so you have to understand what the needs of your immediate neighborhood and be ready to meet those needs.

If you are living in a neighborhood where everyone love to cook their own food, you may find that your market may be tough because you have to cook an exceptionally good meal to make them to decide to order yours instead of cooking theirs. Statistics show that a ordering for food online is much more prevalent amongst millennials, so be sure to include this group in your market assessment.

3: Your costs matter: Cooking is a very interesting skill but you have to know that running a restaurant business has nothing to do with cooking, it will look like it’s a joke but seriously, your major business is marketing and drawing in and satisfying your customers. It’s the cook’s job to make sure the cooking is well done.  This probably means that you may have to hire a personal cook from the word go, If you are not careful about your costs, you may find yourself spending more than you are making.

Having mentioned this 3 crucial tips, we can now go on to look at different ways you can run an online restaurant food business.

Different ways you can run an online food restaurant business

When we talk about food business from home ideas, there are various ways you can make your business valuable and make money from it. You can call it the different arms or different ways to make money from the online food restaurant business and you will not be far from it.

-Sell fully cooked 3- 5-course meals

-Sell only sauces and soups

-Sell caned personal recipe homemade sauce

-Make food for group gatherings

-Get pre-orders from offices or business places.

-Sell baked goods

Tools you will need to start up your online food restaurant Business

A website: This Is basically like your shop front, the first experience people will ever have of your meals is the picture of your meals so make sure you have a well-built website that showcases what you have to offer.

I would always go with the Wix website builder because it’s basically a drag and drop website builder, very easy to manipulate and use. It does not require much technical expertise, so long as you can drag and drop parts of the website, you are in business. Plus it also offers integrations for marketing an online business. To get a Wix website, click here.

A good Camera is your Friend: In this case, you can’t possibly run an online food restaurant without your own pictures because people will buy only what appeals to their visual senses before they even taste it. So you are the best food photographer your business can have. Be ready to take pictures of your finished meals or even prep processes in other to entice people to buy from you. You can get a good quality camera such as canon, they are the best when it comes to picture quality.

Content marketing: Be willing to market your food business through the written word such as blogging, social media posts, and even online quizzes, this will help you to create an online audience that appreciates what you have to offer.

How to launch your Online Food restaurant Business 

After you have put all this aforementioned in place, create a launching program and launch your online food restaurant. Because food is often what people like to taste before they agree to give you a review, you can choose to open up by having an in-house physical open day where people can walk in and try your meals.

Try offering buffet style servings to showcase your products and give the people opportunity to critic and also review your food options. It will also give you the opportunity to collect their information such as emails and preferences so that you can build your email list.

One thing which I will not overlook in building an online food restaurant business is the need to connect with people physically, so I will advise that you have a once a month pop up restaurant kind of treat where customers can book their orders in advance and then walk in to have a dine in.

It will help them to know what it feels like to be served by you, it will also create more avenues to relate with your customers and also meet fresh customers base that you may not be aware of.

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1-Start Blogging about it:

In this age, we are in, you start talking about your business before you have started the business, you get the drift, right. The idea is to create awareness and build anticipation about your product even before it has landed. That way you make people expectant of your D- day.

You can create that awareness through Blogging, social media posts, hand fliers and even local announcements in your local newspapers.

This will help people to be aware that a new business is about to start off. Because you are selling food online, you are to ensure that your Online website is very locally optimized to avoid getting orders from out of state.

2-Pick a date for the In-house Pop up restaurant style meetup:

It will be wonderful if you plan all my launch strategy around this idea because it will be a time for people to get to meet with you, connect with you and also have a feel of what It means to buy from you.

It’s important that you make a big deal about it, go out of your way to invite people to your open-air dining so that you can gather as much patronage as possible. Offcourse It will be nice to choose to launch in the summertime when the weather is beautiful and people are willing to go out.

Be sure that your launch day meals feature the varieties you have to offer and also ensure you announce your future menus so that people can be on the lookout for it.

Use your launch day to connect with business owners who have small groups of staff who will normally buy from food from others and entice them with the prospect of a meal that is readily home cooked and made especially for them and delivered right to their office. Highlight your unique service offerings and let them know how buying from you could be the best decision they will make.

3-Online marketing:

i Create a Buzz online

Make sure that you are also consistently creating a buzz online, you don’t want people thinking you are the brick and mortar type of restaurant, you want them to know you are mainly an online restaurant type so ensure you are directing all your offline efforts online also.

ii-Advertise on Social Media

Create your customer avatar and reach out to your persona online via advertisements on Facebook and Instagram, using the features which are available there to target your location and target market. This will help you to attract your ideal customers to your website.

iii-Build your email list

Have a landing page for email collections, you can’t have an online food restaurant business without an email list provider so be sure that you have that handy and then offer people a gift for their emails.

It could be food recipes or even meal packages in exchange for their emails. You can actually tie your open day invitations to this aspect, that is,  exchange their email address for an invitation to the open day activities.

IV-Provide an opportunity for online ordering and make sure your website is user-friendly.

I know this idea looks basic I mean what is the use of having an online restaurant without a provision for ordering right? but it will shock you that some people just drop a phone number hoping that people will call in.

One thing you should know about online business is that it takes perhaps less than a minute for people to decide that the effort to reach you is not worth it if you have a difficult layout that makes it cumbersome to make orders.

To take care of this aspect, please ensure that there are different ways of ordering your food.

This may include, an order button, a booking button, a toll-free number they can call to make orders or even a texting service with codes for different food options, this way the customer can easily choose whichever suits them.

Statistics show that the ease in ordering food online contributes to how successful your online restaurant will be.

V-List your Restaurant in Online directories

Ensure that you list your online food restaurant on local business directories that are online, that way if people are new in town and are looking for where to dine or how to get their food, your business will pop up. An example of such directories is Yelp, thefork, tripadvisor and Manta.

After putting all these in place, you can then go ahead to launch your business.

Do you have any other ideas on how to launch a restaurant online? drop your comments below.

6 secrets about Printables Business you should know

6 secrets about Printables business

In my post the Ultimate guide to a Printables business, I wrote extensively about how to start a home business selling different types of printables. If you want to know what types of software to use and where you could sell your Printable designs then get to that post and read it.

In this post, I am going to share with you 6 secrets about a Printables business that you should know. I will be dealing with such questions as; how to make printables that sell, what are the key things to look out for in making printable designs so as to ensure that your designs are popular. Finally, I will also deal with the best selling digital items on Etsy.

Some people have often asked the question how much money can you make from selling Printables ?and I often think, what limit is there to the designs that we see daily, if there is no limit to what you see as designs daily, whether its on paper or canvas or even on clothing materials, mugs and beddings, then there is no end to how much you can really make. It might not be a get rich quick scheme, but if you are consistent and people love your work. You will definitely make a living out of it.

Printables designs have been with us since man learned how to draw, the advent of design software has made it easier for people to sit down on their computer, design stuff or even think up a quote and create very beautiful designs with it. And as long as men always seek to beautify their personal spaces then you are in business, so there is really no end to how much you can make from a printable designs business.

For the sake of not throwing around figures, I know that Sarah Titus makes close to 50,000 dollars per month selling her printable designs and also binders from her online store. This I believe she has probably surpassed by now because I am on her email list and I get her emails. So I know for sure that you can make a killing just using your design skills.

Now on to the Secrets about Printables Business you should know

1-Your design is key

The first of the secrets about Printables business is your design. A digital printable is a piece of art or quote or even a binder that is first seen before it is bought, this means that you have to have a design that is appealing to the eye. If you make designs that are not appealing, then you may find it difficult to convince the buyer to buy. Therefore ensure that your designs are appealing visually.

Make use of light colors that are bright and easily noticeable, ensure that you leave lots of white space to enable contrast to play a big role in getting peoples attention to your printables.

I will always advise too that you keep your designs simple and classic. People love it when a design is simple and easy on the eyes. A jumpy graphic that gives people a lot of movements here and there may not necessarily work, but to be fair, this is my personal preference and I have also seen a simple quote sell out on Amazon.

 

The content of your designs.

The 2nd of the secrets about Printables business is your content is important.

A printable design is used to convey a message be it a wall art, a quote or a binder, the most important this is that the content is top notch and superb. For example, a kid printable wall art should have friendly kids artworks that appeal to kids, it should not be complex and difficult to understand.

Depending on the functionality you had in mind, your design should deliver the message loud and clear. For example, I love to encourage people via my coffeesantea product, so I created a wall art quote that you can put in a coffee shop that is based on both coffee an encouragement.

I posted it on my Instagram page and got a lot of comments and reactions to that post. That’s is because the message was loud and clear. People felt encouraged just reading it, and it made me feel like I had made an impact with this design

You can get this wall art for just 2.99 British pounds- Click here to buy it

if you need a table framed picture, it can be adjusted to fit in a frame too.

Espresso coffee quote Printable wall art

3-Marketing:

The 3rd part of the secrets about Printables business is strong marketing skills.

After designing your Printables, you will want to sell it right, the secret to marketing your printable designs is first knowing who you designed it for, that way you can carve out your target market and begin to work towards selling to them.

Because printable designs are a highly visual product, I will advise that you ensure that the first platform you hit is Instagram, this because you get to display beautiful pictures of your designs, while also using the right hashtags to attract your consumers. Another place where you should also be active is Pinterest, this is because 70 percent of printable business consumers are mostly women, whether it has to do with kids, blogging or even binders for the home. Women are more likely to buy from you than men, so ensure that you go to platforms where they are available and be there. Plus Pinterest is a good traffic source for your business too, you don’t want to miss out on that.

 

4-Choosing the right Niche:

There is nothing like trying to be everything to everyone, it will likely not work, except you are a magician, that is why this 4th secret is very important.  Of all the points I have mentioned about the secrets of Printables business, this is the one that takes precedence as it sets the tone for the rest.

It’s important that you choose the right niche if you want to make an impact in your printables business. If you want to know the types of niches available in the Printables business, then you can read it up on my previous post.

You can choose to combine two niches if they complement each other for example, mom and baby niche or Business printables and home business designs. The most important thing is that you understand your market and you know how to find them. I had already mentioned some niches in my previous post so I will not repeat them here but if you want to know the trending ones this year here it is

Planners: They are a huge market right now on Etsy and if you are someone who is just starting out, I will recommend you try your hand on these

-Calendar Planners

-Blog post planners

-Monthly and weekly planners

-Fitness and health trackers

-Homemaking Planners

-Meal Planners.

-Hand lettering Binders

 

5-Functionality

The   5th secret about Printables business you should know is functionality. The thing you have to consider as a printable business owner or someone who want to start one is how functional is your printables business. Can people easily understand how to use it? Does your marketing strategy convey to the users what this planner or printable design will do for them? You have to be willing to demonstrate how your printable designs can be used so that people can see the beauty.

For example, if you have made a wall art, you must show how beautiful it looks by showing a picture of the wall art on the wall. That way, the buyer looks at it and knows that he or she will like to have such a wall art hanging in the house.

To achieve this effect, you do not necessarily have to hang the picture yourself and snap it, you can use a software that helps you to achieve that effect If you wish.  A good software that enables you to do so is wallapp.

You can also inform them where it can be used and also provide whatever help that is necessary to make it more appealing. If you are making a binder, have you designed your binder in such a way that it has enough offset for punching the holes for the spiral binding? These are the considerations you should make while displaying your designs or demonstrating your product.

In designing a product that must sell, you have to do whatever possible to get your buyers attention to the point of purchase.

6-Customer service is King.

Because you are selling a digital art does not mean you should just stick it there and expect the buyers to figure out how to access your product after they have paid, that is why this last of the secrets about Printables business is very important. If you have worked so hard to attract a customer, don’t mess it up with poor customer service.

You should have clear written instructions on how to access their file download after payment. You should also provide necessary technical help if they find it difficult to access your product after they have paid, an excellent customer service will keep them coming back to your store, plus they will give you reviews that will convince other people to buy from you.

Qualities of a Printables design that sells

-Beautiful design and font

-A clear demonstration of product use

-Classic and simplicity

-Funny and creative designs

-Good use of color complements

Key things to help make your designs popular

-Offer Freebies

-Offer little to nothing  some of your designs, for example, create 1 dollar deals in your online store so that if someone is just browsing through but don’t want to make a big purchase they can purchase the small-priced ones

-Create a buzz by collaborating with other people to launch your collection

-Look for ways creative ways of putting your designs out there, like making designs that are catchy and fun and posting daily on your Instagram page.

Having learned about the 7 secrets about your Printables business, I hope you implement them and be on your way to creating a profitable online business via the selling of printables

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How to Start an Organic Skincare Business

How to start an Organic Skincare Home business
How to start an Organic Skincare Home Business

In this age, people are moving towards sustainability and earth-friendly recipes, for all things starting from the crave for organic food to organic skin care.  The Skincare industry is a big industry that is continuously evolving, therefore, it is a huge opportunity for people who care about what they put on their skin to tap into and make a great home business out of it. Statistics have it that Global organic skincare market is projected to reach 22 billion dollars by 2024.

People are becoming more aware of the effect of chemicals both on skin and food, especially with the prevalence of different cancers which are caused by the chemicals that are mixed with our food, drink and skincare products. Hence the move towards more organic, natural and earth-friendly recipes that treat sensitive skin conditions using the natural elements that are available in nature.

I am not an expert in Skincare but the aim of this post is to sensitize you to a business idea, should you have a passion for mixing stuff and trying it out on your skin. This could be the catalyst that helps you to go out and launch an organic skin care business that will change your life, having said that let’s go.

1-Researching the Organic Skincare Industry.

First, before you decide to go into this business you need to do a thorough research to determine what category you want to serve because skincare is a very sensitive business, people are careful of what they put on their skin, you will have to be sure you understand your market and how to serve it.

You have to understand what categories of skincare products you want to sell, do you want to serve the youthful skin? or aging skin? it could also be that you had like to serve a niche which has to do with chemically damaged skin or produce organic skincare products that help to heal burned and damaged skin due to accidents. This is what you have to research and be sure about before you set out. This is typical to my posts about finding out what your niche business should be. You can not be the master of all at the beginning even though you can extend your niche as you move on and become more successful.

 

2-Formulation and testing:

Your product formulation is your secret sauce and your winning bid, ensure that you have a product formulation that delivers what you claim it does. People have a variety of skin issues and are constantly looking for organic skincare regiments that will help solve their issue from acne to flares up due to change in hormones, especially for women.  Be sure that you have tried your product and you can show its ability to deliver what it promises.

 

3-Packaging

Before anyone has the opportunity to test your products to see if it works, they will be looking at how it is packaged. This means that your package design should communicate what your product stands for and be beautiful to behold. I don’t know about you but I love Olay products because of the branding, design and more importantly their bottles and cups, though I always feel like they cheated me when I see how small the cup is when compared to how it appears on the pack Lol.

But the main idea is to make sure that your labels, designs, and packaging send a message which is clear to your buyers if you had like to read more about how to brand your small business, go to this post where I wrote how to brand your small business.

4-Business license:

Just because you are a small business that operates out of your home, does not mean you should not subscribe to any legal requirements for setting up your home business. In fact, before you start any business you should find out what the legal requirements are and abide by them. You do not want to get shut down when your business starts rolling.

5-Advertisement and marketing:

When you are done with the above steps, its time to advertise and market your business, you should know that because your business is personally formulated by you, people may find it hard to be won over but If you are able to set up a good marketing plan for your product, you will do well.

Your marketing plan should include product demonstrations, giving away free samples and also asking for reviews from people who loved your product. Your first port of call will be for you to ask people who already know you to try your product and give you a feedback and review, that you can use on your website.

Ways to Promote your Organic Skincare Business

-Create a website: I know this sounds basic these days but you can not afford not to emphasize it more, your online presence means that people who are not able to reach you physically can reach you via the website and buy your products. Except for you are still leaving in the stone age or you have tons of cash to rent a physical brick and mortar store, then this online store is your best bet of a shop front that people can use to buy your products. To create a website you may need to consider buying hosting from hosting providers like Bluehost or you may consider using an ecommerce platform like Wix or Shopify. Either way, having an online presence is a must.

-Blogging: Blogging is sharing your knowledge about a particular field of choice with your audience. Blogging about your organic skin care products will help you to build credibility and trust. This is because as you share your knowledge about the products that you formulate and also provide helpful information about how to care for one’s skin using organic products people will be more likely to trust your products enough to buy from you. Blogging also provides a digital footprint which the search engines love and will use to direct traffic to your online store.

Have a social media presence: In this day and age, once people are able to check your website, if they like you they will love to check out your social presence via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest in other to follow you so make sure you are on these platforms, especially Instagram, if you plan on marketing to a youthful population, you can’t afford not to be there.

-Demonstration Videos: People will buy when they see results, so demonstrating how your product works and the effect it has on your skin or perhaps another person’s skin will make all the difference. If you use yourself as the lab rat( sorry ) they will trust you more, so have your videos shot and upload on youtube and other video platforms like Vimeo, Facebook, and even Instagram to show how your products work.

-Podcasting: Do you love to talk, then podcasting about your organic skincare business will be a new   new source of traffic you should not joke about, when you podcast about your products, you tap into a new traffic source that comprises online listeners who don’t have time to watch videos but love to listen to podcasts. Podcasting is like having your own radio station, It’s a great way to share knowledge and information. I opened my coffee online store named coffeesantea and I wanted to use it to encourage people who buy from me, the only effective way I would be able to to do that was through podcasting. Today  I have my encouragement podcasts on several platforms like Stitcher,  SoundCloud, and Spreaker. These platforms are free to use.

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-Instagram stories: Instagram has evolved from just posting pictures on your feed to sending people your stories which may be a video or picture. The good thing about Instagram stories is that you can send to individual people who are following you or even to people you follow who your feed will not usually appear on their feed except they follow you back. If these people love your feed, they will likely share it with their audience which will attract sales to you. It just happened to me of recent, I shared an Instagram story to a person who I was following on my Instagram he reposted it on my his network and mentioned my handle, I was thrilled about it because I knew that I will get traffic from there.

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How to start a Care package Business

Care package business

Care packages are carefully curated comfort items which are sent to people who are away from home. Such people may include soldiers, students, grandparents, or even sick people who are hospitalized.

So how do you turn this seemingly comfort related idea into a Care Package Business? Follow me as I unveil to you how to start this wonderful business

Care packages are often personal, meaning that they are specially handpicked for the comfort of the receiver, this means that whoever chooses to do this type of business must be someone who is detailed and has a good eye for beautiful and inexpensive stuff that will make the receiver feel special.

The idea of this business is to create a feeling of having people who are thinking of you sending something to you to let you know that you are being held in high esteem

I was a little girl who had just gone to the Boarding School when I got what I would call my first care package. You see it was my first time of moving out very far away from my home. I moved to another state to attend high school and it was a boarding house,  I remember how I was just in my class when I was sent for by my Principal. I wondered what I had done to warrant the Principal calling for me in his office.

I did not know my Dad had sent me a care package, so my attention was needed so I could access it.

I can still recall my Dads friends’ name who brought that care package. I remember how it made me feel that Term. I had an excess of stuff that I even took some home when I was going back.

This is to tell you that the feeling that is created by such a business is incomparable, especially if the person has been away from home for a while.

An example of a care package can be the carefully crafted bundled offers we have in our online coffee store for the coffee enthusiasts who loves to travel with his own coffee.

 

So to start a care package business: here is what you need to know

Niche:

You have to decide what type of Niche you will like to serve, will it be College students, or Military personnel or even elderly people who live in care facilities away from their kids. Nailing down a Niche will help you plan better on how to market your business to the right people.

Inventory:

How do you intend to source for your inventory, will you carry inventory or will you have an arrangement with all the sellers of your gifts options so that you can easily place your order once your order has been taken. You also have to decide if you will like to make room for people to make choices from your inventory or perhaps give you their own list which they had like you to fulfill and package and send to their loved ones.

Because I will probably prefer that you run this care package business out of your home, I will advise that you give room for customization so that people can get the best of what they want. Remember that when they are satisfied with your services, they will tell others of their experience. Because there is no price that we can place on making someone feel good, especially for a loved one, people are often willing to pay a good amount to send such care packages to their loved ones that they have not seen in a while.

Pricing:

How do you structure your pricing, remember that in cases where you have to shop for a list, you are spending much more than you will when they pick your already available inventory. You know running a care package business is actually a service you are offering because you are taking off the stress of then running around to put together such priceless comfort items for their loved ones, so remember to price your goods appropriately to reflect your costs.

 

Picking and Packing: 

For the most part, you will have to pick and pack the gift items yourself, you have to be careful in ensuring that the personality of the receiver shines through in your packaging. Adding little notes that reflects that person’s needs and even what the family intends to communicate to the receiver is a very important part of this business so be sure you are meticulous about it.it’s also important to get the appropriate packaging materials that will ensure that your goods are not damaged along the way.

Shipping:

Because all your items put together must get to the person at an appropriate time, you must be willing to take your time to choose a good shipping agency, you do not want delays or lost packages. It’s also important that you find out what your shipping costs so that you don’t end up doing business at a loss.

Coffee grinder and mug
Coffee grinder + Mug and Coffee maker.

Marketing your Business

There is a no business which does not require marketing if you want to get sales, for the care package business be willing to hit the ground running by approaching your potential clients in person. If you are going with the college Niche which is a really lucrative Niche, going to the schools and attending sessions where parents are there especially if they are freshmen students will go a long way to make your business visible.

Being creative in putting together bundled offers and packages on the go for people who do not want to spend time picking up their own stuff will also go a long way to ease your sales.

An example of a care package business is basketsbykaron.com, read her interview here

In doing your market research to determine which Niche you want to serve, be willing to listen to the people in that niche to find out what kinds of packages will make a difference in their lives.

On a final note, I know care packages are originally designed to be physical goods, but you can also look at digital goods too. These can be curated and sent as care packages too.

 

The 4 point action plan for the Blogger who wants to be Profitable

4 point action plan on how to make money from my blog

When you start Blogging as a Newbie, one of the things that will be running through your mind will be how do I make money from my Blog? except you are Blogging for fun, if you are not then you have to nail down a strategy for converting all your hard work into a money-making business.

So, as a new blogger, some of the questions you may be asking yourself will be How do I make money from my Blog? when do I start monetizing my blog? and what strategy do I need?

In this post, I will be laying out  a 4  point action plan you can use to start making money from your blog, note that I did not say immediately, except you have been blogging for awhile now and have built up your audience.

Give and Give

The first thing you need to to know as a Blogger is that the first rule of Blogging is to give and give. This means that you have to first give out your content for free, in other words, be willing to work for free for some amount of time.

Depending on how much time you have to put into your blog, it may take up to 6 months or even a year. Just know that you will be giving out a ton of information to people for free, in doing this you are building your audience, selecting your own tribe and generally trying to build your fan base.

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Share and Share

The second rule of thumb is to share and share and also be consistent with your sharing. Be ready to share your content always on all the social channels, on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Pinterest is your Best Friend

The third rule of thumb is that  Pinterest is your best friend, not a pretty platform for sharing your food pictures. Pinterest is your first master before you even think of SEO.

Having covered the bases of what you need to get right, now let’s move into the 4 point action plan

Freelance writing:

I know that when you hear freelance writing you may begin to wonder if I am still talking about Blogging or something else. Well, freelance writing is one of the ways that you can monetize your blog. Your blog is already an online platform where your work is published so signing up with different platforms like Upwork, Contentmart etc is just a way of telling people that you are available to be hired for projects. You will stand a chance of getting hired to write for other Blogs because you are already a blogger yourself. If you doubt me, you can ask Elna Cain of elnacain.com who teaches writers like yourself how to snag freelance writing jobs.

 

Sponsored posts:

A sponsored post is when a Brand approaches you or perhaps you pitch to a brand on how you can write a post about their product to share with your audience. See why it’s important for you to  build up your audience, you can’t be sharing your knowledge with empty seats in your blog- virtual seats I mean Lol.


Get Sponsored by Big Brands

The brands gets to pay you for the post you wrote and shared with your audience. Sometimes it’s in cash, sometimes it in kind. This means a product exchange like when a brand sends you their product for you to review and share your experience with your audience. The good thing about sponsored posts is that you can join sponsored networks like Izea and you get sent opportunities from time to time where you get to bid in other to get selected. If you win the bid, then you are selected to write the posts. One of the great people I know that teaches how to get sponsored post to monetize her blog is Jenny Melrose of Jennymelrose.com

Affiliate Marketing:

Affiliate marketing is promoting other peoples products in exchange for a commission when people buy from your link. It is a good way to make money from your blog If you have a decent amount of traffic coming to your blog. If the traffic is great, chances are that you will be getting a lot of clicks on the links that you drop on the blog for the products that you are an affiliate for.

I wrote a post on how to know affiliate links that pay the most, please take time to read it. The good thing about affiliate marketing is that it can be a major source of income if you have a good amount of traffic. One of the best affiliate marketing networks I will advise you to sign up with is Viglink. They make affiliate marketing seem like a piece of cake, you just write your posts and they affiliate your posts by themselves, no use doing that yourself. They also have a lot of brands signed up with them so you can be rest assured that they will find something to affiliate on your blog no matter what your niche is.The go-to Person for affiliate marketing is Michelle Gardner of Makingsenseofcents.com

 

Create an ecourse:

This is the mother of all money makers in Blogging, that question on how to make money from my blog? gets answered in a resounding way here if your course is successful, except it, comes with a lot of hard work too. The good thing is that once your course is all set up, you only need to keep marketing it to make money.

The little brother of creating an e-course in case you feel its too much work is to write an ebook. It may mean lesser work but it’s by no means easy because you will still have to market the ebook and sell it to your audience. If you want to learn about how to create an awesome online course then go to melissagriffin.com

Now with this 4 point action plan what are you supposed to do? create a strategy with them, you can pick one of the actions plans and begin to dig deep and craft out a strategy on how to use it to make your first money online from your blog and you will be on your way to making your first 1000 dollars online.

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