Easily make money at home with this simple business idea. It might be something you have heard about already and dismissed as not for you, but I urge you to at least consider it and here’s why…
Making money from home has always been a popular dream, especially for busy moms or grans who want to be at home for the kids or grand-kids but also want to earn an income of their own. But what can you do?
A lot of “work from home” options involve time consuming activities such as delivering catalogues for companies such as Avon or Bettaware or hosting parties for Tuppaware or Partylite.
Or they involve spending money to get started such as some of the franchised options that are advertised online. You have to buy a load of stock before you can start making sales (and the sales are never guaranteed are they?)
So here’s what I consider to be the better option for Moms and Grans who want to build a solid business that will develop into a real way to make money at home…
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Start a Blog!
Don’t tut at me and reach for the little red exit cross, hear me out, I promise you it will be something you will at least want to think about.
A blog is just a page on a website that gets added to on a regular basis. This might be once a day, once a week, once a month or whatever you decide works best for you.
The blog is made up of posts. Posts are just pieces of content that either:
- Promote something
What you are reading right now is a blog post. It is a piece of content that I have created which, hopefully, will inform you about how to make money at home, educate you as to what blogging is and inspire you to start one of your own that you can turn into a business.
The content can be literally anything. For example you could blog about:
- Your kids and parenting
- Being a stay at home gran who looks after the grand-kids
- Your hobby
- Your travells
- Life skills
- Best tips for …..
- or like me, business support and helping people to start and grow new businesses and blogs.
The point is, you can blog about whatever you want. You just need to feel passionate about something and preferably want to help others to achieve something and not be afraid to share your knowledge and experience.
So how does this help you to make money at home?
By turning your blog into a business is how you make money at home. This is easier than you might think.
Think about your life for a moment. You will use certain products, buy certain books, courses or services. You will make recommendations to your friends about those very same products and services. You will encourage them to try them out because you found them valuable.
This is how you build a business from a blog. Uh? I know, you think you’ve missed a bit. Honestly though it really is that simple an idea.
You start your blog – let’s say about parenting. You find an excellent book that helps you to get your toddler to sleep through the night. You write about this in your blog and tell your readers about the great results you got from adopting the methods mentioned in the book. You then add an affiliate link to the book on Amazon. When someone reads your blog and clicks that link and buys that book, you get paid a commission.
Okay, sounds good but what’s an affiliate link?
An affiliate link is simply a url, or link, that a seller gives you that is unique to you. This way when someone follows that link and makes a purchase, the seller knows who sent the customer and can pay the commission to the correct person.
To get an affiliate link you simply apply for one. Most companies and course creators now have affiliate links for people to apply for, as it means they have more people promoting their products and so make more sales.
It quite literally is a case of applying to become an affiliate, getting the link that they give you and promoting that link on your blog posts to encourage others to try out your recommended product or service. Simple yes?
Right, now explain how I promote that affiliate link, what do I do with it when I’ve got it?
Once you have your link you write a post about something that is related to it and include the link somewhere in the post.
Let’s say you are promoting that “sleep through the night book” we talked about earlier.
Now let’s say that your link is https://that-sleep-through-the-night-book/aff=3120.
You would then write a post called something like How To Get your Toddler To Sleep Through The Night.
The post might include the tips and methods that you learned by reading the book. You talk about how you adopted the methods with your toddler and how much difference it has made to their sleeping habits. You could then just say “if you would like to learn these methods too then grab a copy of this book” and then you can either put a hyperlink into that sentence and add your link to it – or if you’re not that technical yet, you can just paste the link after the sentence.
Pro Tip: Amazon, and other sellers do give you all sorts of other promotional tools to use as well such as banners and clickable forms, and Amazon give you a link to show their images on your website too if you want to, but that’s for another post.
Okay, so how much will it cost me to have a go at blogging to find out whether I like it or not?
You can start a blog for as little as $2.75/month or a one off payment of around £38 for 2 years. I have put dollars and pounds because it’s usually advertised at the same price in both currencies.
You will need to buy a domain name (which is the www. bit) and then get it hosted by a hosting service. Don’t worry though, I have created a starter kit for complete beginners which you can download here for FREE!
This will talk you through the whole process of getting your domain name and hosting set up with the cheapest hosts I could find (but the best service) right through to writing and publishing your first post.
As a bonus, I also teach you how to get it read by thousands of people so that you can start to grow your followers more quickly and therefore start making sales more quickly.
How long will it take before I start making money at home?
This is a good question but very difficult to answer as it depends on so many things such as:
- How much time per day you can devote to your business
- What your current knowledge around blogging is
- How proficient you are at IT (although there is nothing too difficult in what i show you)
- How well you follow advice
- How well you stick to one strategy at a time
- How often you create new content
- How clickable your content is (again I have posts to help you with this)
Blogging can be started in just one day but I would expect not to start earning money from it for at least 6 months. Like I said, if you do everything you can to promote yourself and your blog, take the necessary courses, learn the necessary strategies and implement them then it could be much sooner.
If, however, you keep jumping from one strategy to another without ever giving anything time to work then it will most definitely take longer.
This is an easy way to make money at home, but easy doesn’t mean you don’t have to do the work. There is a lot of work involved and you need to be prepared for this. However, it is work that is easy to learn, easy to get support for from others and easy to implement on your own blog.
Are you ready to get started?
I’ve shown you how simple this business idea is and how quickly and cheaply you can get set up. And I’ve offered you a free starter kit that will literally show you how to do everything.
You can blog whenever it suits you, fit it in around your family and other commitments.
You can blog about any topic or interest that you may have. You can share ideas, tips, hints and experience with other people who are not quite as far ahead as you are.
You can get started today and be blogging by supper time.
Are you ready?
Then download my free Ultimate Starter Kit For Bloggers now and strike while the iron’s hot.
Not quite ready?
No problem, some people want a lot more convincing before they try something new. I get that, I’m one of ’em.
Perhaps you could take a look at some other of my blog posts so that you get the idea of what a blog is, what it does, how it works and how it makes money for me and thousands of other bloggers all around the world. Just click on any of the links below.
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I really hope I’ve convinced you to have a go at blogging, not only is it a great way to make money at home but it’s also great fun too.
Other related articles you might want to have a look at:
- Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing
- How To Make Money From A Blog
- Is it Really Possible To Make Money Blogging Even While You Sleep?
- Don’t Listen To Your Friends For Blogging Advice, And Here’s Why
- Create Amazing Content That gets Clicked & Viewed
- Free 7 day video series on how to start an online business – with Stuart Ross