Jon is the New York Times best-selling author of five books, including Do Over. He’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose and Staples. Now, he speaks to hundreds of thousands of people annually and reaches over 4 million readers on his blogs. Here's his business advice for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start a business:
Successful entrepreneurs know the importance of lifelong learning. Whether you’re new to the business world or a seasoned veteran, you should always be looking for new information about entrepreneurship and trends in your particular industry. If you’re looking to learn and grow your business this year, here are some insights from members of the online small business community.
One of the most beautiful and exciting qualities about blogging is that you can create a blog that deals with any subject area that you are either knowledgeable or passionate about (and preferably both!). You can write about personal finance, careers, real estate, getting into business, technology, cooking, travel, personal health, or just about any topic you choose.
The really cool thing about outsourcing these virtual jobs to say the Philippines or India is that you can spend your time during the day meeting up with clients and by the evening, you can send out your assignments to your virtual team. Because of the time differences, they can work on those assignments overnight, so you’re able to get twice as much work done with this online business model.
If you offer freelance services or have a physical services business, then creating a blog is a must. On your blog, you can write about the services you offer and how they will benefit your clients. Importantly you can add a ‘Services’ page, outlining the services you provide, what they include, and any other important information potential clients may need. This is an effective way to promote your services, generate leads, and increase your revenue.
Moz blog is useful for the viewers who are planning to move on with a career in SEO or dream to be SEO super hero. It’s a package of all the useful blog posts on handling every element related to the SEO strategy and practice, digital marketing industry news, SEO, or inbound marketing initiatives. One thing which made me the fan of these blogs is that it helps in keeping a track and understand the mechanics behind the latest SEO updates.
Arianna is a co-founder of The Huffington Post, author of the recent New York Times best-seller The Sleep Revolution and recently stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post to pursue her new wellness startup, Thrive Global, which will offer wellness trainings and workshops on stress reduction. Here's her business advice for entrepreneurs who want to start a business for the first time:
Marketing Land covers all the aspects of digital marketing. If you are completely unaware of the industry trends and practices, then this blog can help you in a great way. You will find everything under one roof that includes SEO trends, mobile SEO, social media, analytics, and much more. Marketing Land is popular among the new bloggers for its powerful and provoking contents. You can follow the strategies to refine your SEO, mobile marketing, or SEM. There is something for all the bloggers.
While Contently offers one of the more advanced digital marketing blogs out there, we had to include them in this list due to their spellbinding writing style covering a wide range of topics in a beautifully designed interface. The Content Strategist cuts out the advertising noise you’ll find on other news sites, creating a pleasant browsing experience the modern minimalist is sure to love. Their digital outreach, online business, and content marketing analysis is top-notch and includes other non-advertising-related subjects for a rich and interesting daily read.
In order to make your business more findable, use Google My Business. With its help, you will get better rankings in the local search, as well as manage to connect your YouTube account, keep the audience updated on your working hours, and share images to brand your business. Additionally, you can respond to the user reviews via Google My Business, communicate with your customers, handle bad reviews, etc.
Sir Richard Branson, one of the world’s most recognizable billionaires, and the founder of Virgin Group, has built an empire comprised of more than 400 companies including airlines, record stores, publishing organizations and he's even tackling commercial space travel. He's also the author of more than a dozen business books, including his latest (fantastic) autobiography, Finding My Virginity that shares from behind-the-scenes of the ups and downs throughout Branson's more than fifty year career as an entrepreneur. During his interview on 30 Days of Genius with CreativeLive, I got to hear his best business advice for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to start a business of their own, first-hand:
You make money with ad revenue. Your first step is to create a YouTube account and start uploading videos. Then you enable monetization on your YouTube settings. Basically, this gives Google the go-ahead to include short AdSense ads with your videos, which you've seen if you’ve watched a YouTube video. When viewers click on those ads, you get paid.
Is there a product or service that you are particularly enthusiastic about? If you are, you may be able to develop a website that is built around selling it. You don’t have to be the actual provider of the product or service either. There are many businesses that offer these products and will allow you to sell them on an affiliate basis. For example, you may be able to sell a product on your website for a commission of 20% or 30% of the sale price.
Tony Zohari, BSc, MSc Business Administration, in mid 80’s Tony worked for TagNama Co. on design and implementation of the CQI system for the construction industry. After his study as System Automotive Technician at Wenstromska Institute in Vestrås/Sweden in early 90’s, he moved to Gothenburg, and continued his study at Tröllhattan University in Technical Production and Computerized System. While still at university on a work placement at SAAB he became involved in the development and implementation of JIT production & stock control system for the car manufacturing plants. In mid 90’s Tony went to Stockholm and studied at Frans Schartaus business school and graduated in Business Administration and then worked few years as bookkeeper and SME’s business consultant before travelling to London in late 90’s and specialised himself in marketing and new media. Tony started his career in the new media as early as 1998 when he worked for London International Education Foundation Limited on development of Online Learning System EDUCATOR. During his career he has worked with some of top brands, including MSN, ABB Group, Traffic Interactive, CITB, BBC, Ernst and Young, Toyota, Presentation Graphic and Presentation Services Group… Tony has many years marketing and production experience from various service industries and graduated form Stockholm University School of Business with an MSc in Business Administration. He has also received London Chamber of Commerce & Industry Diploma, and studied CIM.
Blog posts are the bread and butter of any company’s online marketing – but it gets better from there. A good blog post can be extended to an e-book, shortened into a series of videos, parceled out into infographics, and much more. Each different format gives you the opportunity to reach new prospects and build your brand’s thought leadership chops. All this and you save time.
Running a startup requires entrepreneurs to be unbelievably resourceful. Many start-ups don’t always have the most lavish set of resources and money needed to scale up the business as they would like to. Almost 90% of the start-ups are bootstrapped, have limited access to money and resources required to perform certain tasks, or hire employees or freelancers, or even consultants; which essentially means that they have to perform most of the tasks on their own within the limited resources available at hand. This means making difficult choices, what all things to invest in, what all to not spend on.
Making money as a social media influencer is simple (but not necessarily easy). First, choose a niche and immediately follow and take notes on other paid influencers’ strategies. Next, open a dedicated social media account and work toward building your own engaged following. Make sure to post consistently and share valuable information geared toward your specific niche.
To start, I couldn’t possibly wrap up this post without first mentioning our very own blog, Sendible Insights. Our goal is to provide Sendible users, and the digital marketing community, with resources to enhance their social media presence. Learn how to use Sendible to best manage your social media presence and visit our blog to gain insight on common challenges, such as dealing with a and keep up with the latest trends on social media platforms like Twitter.
People are turning to audio and visuals when it comes to technical subjects. However, you should consider doing an ebook first and turning it into an audiobook through a resource like Audible's ACX platform. You can hire a producer either through a royalty share program, so you don't have to shell out upfront cash, or you can do a pay-per-hour hire as well.
There is difficulty in predicting earnings for entrepreneurs. However, Business News Daily, citing a 2013 study by American Express OPEN, reported the average entrepreneur salary to be $68,000, down from $72,00 the year before. The study also found that 15% of entrepreneurs work a second job, which suggests that these entrepreneurs are struggling to reach profitability.
A virtual assistant is a great job to have if you want flexibility. You’ll be able to maintain multiple clients at once which mean you can easily fill gaps in your week or work overtime if you need to. A virtual assistant will generally charge £15-20 depending on the specifics of their job role. Expect to be assisting with tasks such as blogger outreach, product listings, research and responding to emails.
One of the great things about the internet is that you can go into business for yourself from the comfort of your home. All you need is an internet connection, and you can make money online. Diving into the online world will free you from the daily 9 to 5 grind of a desk job and afford you more time to travel, indulge in hobbies, and spend time with the family.
"Keep your first product extremely barebones. Get clear product validation from your target customer before you spend any time or money building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Start small. Invest more resources in product development as you generate enough operating income to cover your ongoing research and development expenses. Hold off on executing your product roadmap before you have enough consistent sales revenue to support that vision."
These mega-sites make it easy to set up shop so customers can browse your products, and there's no need to build your own website. Also, you’ll find a built-in search feature so that interested buyers can easily find your online storefront. Plus, you get to use the site's shopping cart. In short, you avoid a lot of the expense and hassle of setting up an independent e-commerce website.
The quote above comes from the article and podcast, Brands Not Using Social Media Create Communication Language Barriers with Customers. Moore says that the mission of online and digital marketers is to find out where your target marketing is spending time and “speak to them, communicate with them and most importantly serve them where, when and how they choose.” Not using social media means not serving your target market online, and it sends the message that your brand doesn’t have enough time for their customers to meet them where they are.
So go make a blog of your own! And of course, you will also need a good writer for it. My advice is that you pick one good writer from your company to write for you. Of course, pay him or her is due. Writing is no easy task but it’s rewards in the internet is endless nowadays. Just look at the SEO copywriters out there (cough*, yours truly). Of course, don’t forget to check out the freely available blog tips around the net to improve your blog in the direction you want it to go.
"The other big mistake I see entrepreneurs make is building a product for a customer they don't know well. That's why I always advise entrepreneurs to build a product for themselves--at least that way you ensure you've built something for a user you know intimately. All of the great tech companies of the past decade--Facebook, Twitter, Slack, Snapchat--were built by founders who were making products they wanted to use."
Amy Schmittauer (now Amy Landino) is a globally-recognized YouTuber, speaker, author, podcaster, and marketing consultant. You’ll find her at YouTube channel formerly Savvy Sexy Social, now Amy Landino where she teaches others how to leverage video storytelling and shares her collection of strategies and tactics to help you create video that gets the attention you deserve.
If you have authentic information to share and something that’s not just regurgitated information, then you’ll gain people’s respect and confidence. Build a marketing funnel, send some Facebook traffic to a lead capture page, and sell information products. This is all possible when you email market the right way. Once you get people hooked on what you’re selling them, you will begin to see an influx of forever clients or returning customers.
Customers who receive a free product are 20% more likely to spread the word about the free product than they are about a product they paid for. By giving away your product for free you’re essentially paying for word of mouth advertising.A great example here is Spotify. They offer a free version to customers but also offer a free 30 day trial of premium ad free music. Once their customers are hooked and see they can get more with paid features, it’s really a no brainer to upgrade to a premium account especially after the 30 day free trial.
Amazon Mechanical Turk is a service that lets you make money online through doing paid microtasks. Each task is something simple that requires human interaction like rating search results, checking for the right spelling on search terms, categorizing the tone of an article, or even basic translating. You can do these tasks from anywhere you want and make money online from the world’s largest e-retailer.
I tend to be a competitive person, so it's helped me to turn my goal-setting into a competition with myself. While many people may not think they are competitive, you might be surprised once you create a competition that gives you something to beat. A good example is the 100-day challenge, often connected to fitness such as 100 days of planking or push-ups.
The best things about Marketing Land is that it features daily breaking news stories about all aspects of the digital marketing industry so you can get most of your digital marketing news from the one place. The writers at Marketing Land often publish practical tips and strategies you can use in your own digital marketing campaigns. However, one of our favourite things about this website is that it features specialist articles written by subject matter experts.
It can take time to build up your personal freelance business. Yet, there is more demand than ever for freelancers. So, if you want to kick start making money online through freelancing you can join one of the top freelance networks, such as Flexjobs, SolidGigs, Contena, Upwork, Fiverr, or PeoplePerHour. Sign up, build your profile, upload some samples of your work and start making extra money by doing small freelance jobs.