Imagine earning an online income selling products you already use and love. Or offering services you thought would always stay a hobby. Please allow me to share my perspective on learning to grow an online business. And building a life and a living around who you are and what you love.
My online adventure started 12 months ago while I was burned out. After over 20 years of working for one employer I realized working on someone else's dream was not serving me anymore.
Although I felt broken, I knew this time-out was a chance to change my ways. It was time to start pursuing my own dreams.
Build confidence - while growing an online business
Online, I came across this training that lightened a spark in me. A man shared how learning to become an online entrepreneur had given him more free time. More confidence. And a higher purpose.
Exactly what I needed! So I took one step. And after that another one. And another.
Going to work in your pyjama's
Now, every morning I wake up feeling excited about learning yet another skill. Or trying out some new idea. Working on my business 2 -3 hours a day. Mostly in my pyjama's... Needing only my computer, internet and time.
I feel trust in my future, for growing a home-based business helps me pave my way into independency.
These 5 life-changing steps I took to get there:
STEP 1: Ask yourself what are your hobbies worth to you?
Allow me to ask you, what are your hobbies worth to you?
Do they make your life worth living?
Does it excite you? Relax you?
Give meaning to your life?
Well, you’re not alone. Worldwide there are thousands….what….millions of people loving the same things you do. Searching the web for understanding, information, solutions, entertainment, educations on your hobby!
Can you think of an activity that’s close to your heart? Maybe you’re a sucker for fashion or are trying a vegan life. Perhaps you love writing stories, like working out or do yoga, play games or make music. Or you know everything about regaining confidence and just love helping others find back theirs.
And earn money with just that??? Yup!
Trust me, there’s always someone who hasn’t learned the same things you have, and wanting to know everything about your experience. Doesn't it warm your heart knowing you're not alone when finding the answers to your questions online?
So there’s your earning model. Earning an income with something that you thought would always stay a hobby. Let me explain further…
STEP 2: Put your costumer first
The most important aspect of building a business is that you put your customer first. It's about helping others.
Instead of cold selling your way into their wallets, be the person they can trust. It's all about offering help in a supportive and heartfelt way. With who you are, what you know and what you love.
My blogs are read daily by people who need ways to stop feeling stress and change their patterns. And sometimes I suggest products that can help them solve a specific problem.
Exactly these suggestions are what help me earn an online income.
STEP 3: Pick a product to sell
I could already imagine myself owning an online business and be intensely happy about it. But I had no clue where to start. And what on earth to sell?
So I just didn’t. Not even one small step.
Until I learned that I didn’t need to worry about products, sales, stocks or shipping. For I learned about Affiliate Marketing.
Affiliate Marketing is a model where you earn commissions by selling products that other businesses produce. Worldwide millions of products are sold through affiliate programs. Amazon is one of those companies for example. Products of all sorts to pick from. Leaving all the shipping and payment-stress with them.
STEP 4: Start building your own online business. From scratch
Okay, so if you’re anything like I was, you’d be very sceptical: not being digital-savvy and not knowing anything about marketing. At all. Convinced that you’re probably gonna be the one person that will fail.
That was me. I didn’t think the online world was an option for me. Was I capable of achieving such a goal?
Pretty soon I learned that I could really trust the process (and myself!!) and not get overwhelmed. After every step came another step. I was guided by trainers and fellow entrepreneurs, all with my best interest at heart.
It did get me where I am now.
Don’t get me wrong. I still can be very insecure about new things. But because I have tackled one insecurity after another by just taking the steps, I do have trust that all will be fine. All has fallen in it’s place.
STEP 5: Let this be nobody’s business but your own
If this all resonates with you. If all of the above has triggered a longing, eagerness or curiosity to impact your life for the better. Then click here. It will lead you to a page on my site where you'll have access to a four-part video-workshop.
You’ll get to see the framework on how to start your own business and earn an income online. Have a look. And figure out what the skills are you need to learn. Be a student again and learn and earn while you are doing it. Think of the life you can create for yourself.
The 5-10 minutes videos I am sending to your inbox are completely free.
Of course you’re the boss. It’s your decision. Let me know what you think. Remember, I have been where you stand now. I'm pretty sure I came up with the same questions you are having now. I'm just in a different stage of the journey now.