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5 Authentic Ways to Make Money With Your Blog

5 Authentic Ways to Make Money With Your Blog
5 Authentic Ways to Make Money With Your Blog One reason that so many people want to work from their homes is that there is no need for a large financial investment to begin an online business. One doesn’t need to invest heavily in product development. Those who have expertise in almost anything can begin by simply writing an e-book and promoting it or obtaining a website and promoting products that are produced by others.   Think of the people who promote products that are produced by others as the “modern version of the old door-to-door salesman” except instead of knocking on one door at a time they knock on the doors of millions of people at the same time by way of the Internet. The Internet isn’t called “The Information Super Highway” for nothing. A person can make a very good living selling nothing but information on it. The populations of every industrialized nation in the world have learned that if you want to know anything about anything, you get on a computer and ask the question. They have also learned that you must pay for special information and they are more than willing to do just that. A person who has special knowledge of a subject and could be considered a ‘guru’ has a market for selling that information on the Internet. All that needs to be done is to set up a website, publish the information, advertise and sell the information. I have categorised blog revenue generation through five main categories: AFFILIATES ADS SERVICES SPONSORED POSTS PRODUCTS AFFILIATES Did you know – You can make money from affiliates on day 1 after you launch your blog! Most large companies have affiliate programs and when you sign up, you get a special link. If someone makes a purchase through your special link you stand to get a commission. These commissions range from a few pennies to over $100.  AFFILIATES I have compiled a list of popular companies that offer authentic affiliate programs: Amazon – You can recommend any product on Amazon and if your reader makes a purchase through your link, you get a commission. ShareASale Flexoffers Commission Junction Rakuten eBay Affibank Shutterfly Target Toys R Us StitchFix Bloomingdales BigLots Walmart TJMaxx Burlington Dillards Macys Clickbank You have to make a call as to which affiliate program will suit your content niche and apply accordingly. So that you can seamlessly integrate the ads that will compliment your blog content. ADS When you build traffic to your blog you can get a steady stream of income from banners and advertisements on your blog. They are super easy to setup, but you need a fair amount of traffic to make money from this option. Google Ads Mediavine Sovrn AdThrive SERVICES There are numerous methods to offer your service online. From virtual voice lessons to exercise classes! Many bloggers do consulting or social media management to make money online. If you are a beginner, you could become a virtual assistant for a pro blogger and learn all there is to blogging while you are getting paid. Okay.. now the list  of services you can consider… Virtual Assistant Consulting- in the area of your expertise Freelance Writer Proof-reading Online Coach Home Décor Personal Assistant Online Personal Stylist Facebook Live Exercise Classes (Instagram is a great way to collect subscriptions for your Facebook Page.) Voice Lessons (Use Skype or Google Hangout) Virtual Party Planner Cooking Assistant/ Recipe Reader Sleep Training For Babies Breastfeeding Support Group Working Mothers Coach and Motivator Healthy Living Coach Personal Diet Mentor Yoga or Pilates Live Classes List of Email Marketing Services Please understand that intelligent blogging first...
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How to Avoid Cash Flow Problems as a Small Business

How to Avoid Cash Flow Problems as a Small Business
If you own a small business, then you’re probably no stranger to cash flow issues. In fact, 21% of businesses claim that cash flow problems were significant issues, potentially leading to closing down. One of the best ways business owners can ensure success is by carefully managing cash flow. Because no matter how great your business plan is, your business won’t survive if you run out of money. What Causes Cash Flow Problems? Before you can get a handle of your cash flow issues, you have to understand why they occur. Here are three common reasons why cash flow problems may arise: Unnecessary Spending Many business owners have head the old adage that you have to spend money to make money. Unfortunately, this belief has caused many ambitious business owners to overspend. Not all business expenses equally as important to your operations. Consider the cost-benefit of each expense. Overestimating Future Earnings Optimism is a great trait but it needs to be paired with a healthy dose of objectivity. It’s important to forecast your sales based on previous earnings and data. By not counting on future earnings that may never show up, you can prevent overspending. Inconsistent Sales Some businesses have occasional spikes in sales followed by months where they sell next to nothing. Trends like these cause problems with budgeting and makes it difficult for business owners to make operational decisions, often choosing to survive off of their “good” months.   Tips for Avoiding Cash Flow Problems Cash flow problems are a reality for nearly all business owners but there are ways to manage them. Here are five ways to mitigate your cash flow issues: 1) Take Out a Short-Term or P2P Business Loan A short-term business loan can provide the capital you need to run your business and pay for any expense, from inventory to office furniture. Short-term business loans have a high rate of approval even for businesses with limited credit history. You’ll receive the money faster than you would if you took out a traditional bank loan, which can be extremely helpful if you have immediate needs. Sometimes the application process can take as little as 24 hours. One of the first places to check for business loans as a business owner would be Small Business Administration. Or, if you prefer to bypass the government, you can try a peer-to-peer business loan. These loans are funded by individual investors through a lending platform. However, these loans usually require more frequent payments, and you will likely end up with a higher interest rate. 2) Use a Working Capital Loan Working capital loans can give you the cash flow to cover crucial operational costs like rent and payroll. This gives you the flexibility to invest in your company’s growth and still cover day-to-day expenses. Unlike other business loans, working capital loans don’t require that you state your reasons for taking out the loan. However, you will have to repay this loan quickly and your loan may have a high interest rate. 3) Rely on a Traditional Small Business Loan There are benefits to an alternative lender, but a traditional small business loan has advantages as well. A small business loan can give you access to the funds you need to keep the lights on while you invest in your business growth. Traditional banks can offer one-on-one customer support, and they often have a greater variety of options to choose from. Your interest rate will be lower and your repayment terms will likely be more flexible. However, it can be difficult to qualify for a traditional business loan, and the application process can be tedious. And you’ll have to...
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How to avoid These 16 Cognitive Bias Traps

How to avoid These 16 Cognitive Bias Traps
“If there’s something you really want to believe, that’s what you should question the most.”  ― Penn Jillette To efficiently run a business, it’s necessary to think on your feet. You are required to make thousands of decisions and judgment calls daily. And while there is a wealth of information at our fingertips and communicating with colleagues or employees across the country takes only seconds, all this can lead to an information overload. In order to manage a business productively, we rely on mental shortcuts that allow us to get around this overflow of information. These mental tricks can also help us get around limits in memory, time, or a lack of information. These cognitive biases are necessary to help us make the sheer number of decisions necessary every day. However, cognitive biases can also lead you to make poor decisions and judgments regarding your business. Because they allow you to make decisions that don’t rely on logic, they can hold you back from doing your best work as a leader. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the common mental traps that you fall into as a manager of a small business. As your decisions can have a major impact on your bottom line, being more aware of your unconscious biases can help you find more success as a manager. For example, many people struggle with planning and scheduling projects. It is common for tasks to go out of scope or miss their deadlines. This is in part due to a cognitive bias called the “Planning Fallacy.” This bias causes you to underestimate the amount of time it will take to complete a task. However, once you are aware of this tendency, you can plan more time for your assignments than you think you will need and meet your deadlines. To help you in all your small business decisions, check out this infographic Fundera created on some of the more common biases and how to avoid...
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26 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate Your Employees

26 Inspirational Quotes to Motivate Your Employees
Appreciating and rewarding staff’s hard work is the the easiest way to reduce staff turnover and increase morale. Motivate them through these inspirational quotes that are sure to bring a positive change in their mind set.   Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right. —Henry Ford My Life and Work: An Autobiography of Henry Ford The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on. —Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop Oliver Twist   If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my axe. —Abraham Lincoln Team of Rivals   The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me? —Ayn Rand The Fountain Head   When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute. – Simon Sinek Find Your Why   Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company. – Zig Ziglar Secret of Closing The Sale   You can have all the potential in world, but unless you have confidence, you have nothing. – Tyra Banks Perfect is Boring   Appreciate everything your associates do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune. – Sam Walton Made in America   There are only three measurements that tell you nearly everything you need to know about your organization’s overall performance: employee engagement, customer satisfaction, and cash flow. – Jack Welch How to Win in Business and in Life   If you don’t give people a chance to fail, you won’t innovate. If you want to be an innovative company, allow people to make mistakes. – Indra Nooyi Indra Nooyi – A Biography   Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. – Michael Jordan Motivational Posters   If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter. – John Gotti Employee Motivation   The best part of going to work is coming back home at the end of the day. Quality is job one. —Henry Ford Ford’s Motivational Quote   If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. — Simon Sinek The HR Quote Book    Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. —Dwight D. Eisenhower 55 Inspiring Quotes   “I’m bored” is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say “I’m bored.” —Louis C.K Awesome Quotes for Instagram   “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant.” – Scott Adams Talented Employees Stay Because…   “The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” – Oscar Wilde 10 Things That will Get You Respect   Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open. – Thomas Dewar Growth Mindset   If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou Promote Yourself in Job Interviews   Why are you keeping...
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How to Optimize Your Social Media Strategy

How to Optimize Your Social Media Strategy
Social media platforms have given marketers the chance to spread brand awareness, maintain brand loyalty, and attract new customers. Using sites like Instagram and Twitter in this way requires a proper strategy, though.   As anyone advertising on Facebook or another platform knows, your primary goal is to boost revenue. By focusing on social media optimization, you can leverage these services to their full potential.   The Benefits of Social Media Optimization Optimizing your social media presence lets you establish your brand as authoritative and trustworthy. Also, social media makes it simple to reach many customers in one place. Using these platforms to target specific audiences allows your marketing team to drive more relevant traffic to your site. Therefore, you lower your risk of attracting users who may not be interested in your services. However, it’s important to understand that some myths about social media optimization can prevent you from taking full advantage of all it has to offer. For example, although anyone can create a Facebook or Instagram account and post for free, you won’t get ideal results without spending some money on advertising. You will need to invest funds, time, and additional resources when implementing a campaign.   Second, don’t make the mistake of assuming all social media platforms are equal. Each offers its own unique set of benefits. For instance, Snapchat is helpful for reaching a Millennial audience, whereas LinkedIn is more useful for B2B marketing.   Finally, don’t fall prey to the belief that simply creating strong content is enough to attract followers and grow your social media presence. Great content is just the first step. To truly succeed, you need to find ways to promote it effectively.   How to Get Your Content Noticed Social media marketers have learned to prioritize engagement over reach when determining how well a campaign performs. Reaching a large number of potential customers isn’t very helpful if those users don’t also actively engage with your content. That’s why you need to focus on understanding what type of content would best catch the attention of your target audience. Put yourself in the customer’s shoes and ask yourself what style of posts you would find valuable and interesting if you were in their position.   You should also consider what mediums you’ll rely on. For instance, video and image-based posts tend to perform well because they are more likely to capture a user’s attention than just text alone.   However, the actual content of a post remains important. It should speak to your target customer in their own language and provide a genuinely entertaining and educational experience. For instance, if you’re marketing a startup that helps users choose outfits, sharing content about fashion trends would be a smart way of appealing to your audience.   The Importance of Being Social Social media is powerful from a marketing perspective because it gives brands the chance to truly interact with customers. That’s why it’s a good idea to think of your business’ social media account the same way you do your personal account. Like other people’s posts, share others’ content, leave comments on other pages when appropriate, and generally focus on cultivating real relationships with your followers.   That’s the key distinction that makes social media unique when compared to other marketing channels. Yes, it certainly does give you the opportunity to target specific types of users and share content in a wide range of formats.   Most importantly, though, it lets you relate to customers on an equal level. The impact this has on brand loyalty is well worth the initial effort you put into designing a proper strategy....
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