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How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Coaching

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Coaching

Making Money Online - Coaching and Counseling
Making Money Online – Coaching and Counseling

Welcome back to the How to Succeed in Making Money Online Series. This is the final part of the 5 part money making series. To recap the previous weeks, in part one, I introduced you to the concept of affiliates and discussed how to make money online with affiliate marketing programs. That was followed up with part two and the discussion about incorporating and developing information product creation to your website.

In part three, I discussed membership marketing sites; what they are, what they do, and how to build one. Last week in part four, I discussed freelance work and how to find clients.

For our final part (five), the focus will be on coaching. Coaching (sometimes referred to as life coaching or counseling) is used to help people who are transitioning in their lives and offers ways to help them plan goals and take the steps to realize those goals. Simply put, a coach is someone that guides you on a path to success with the aid of advice and guidance.

Is Coaching Right for You?

Maybe you have been toying with the idea of becoming a coach, but are not 100% sure you are the right person for the job. Let’s take a look at the top 5 traits of successful and highly effective coaches to see if you have what it takes.

  • Insight – the ability to look at a complex list of problems, situations, or circumstances and be able to see patterns. A strong coach is able to identify the real underlying issues and work with the client to find new ways of dealing with these struggles.
  • Listener – coaching is more than finding the solution to a problem. It takes active listening skills; hearing, understanding, providing feedback, deferring judgment, and responding appropriately.
  • Experience – while coaching does not require a degree, it does require some experience. Often times, coaches will select a niche that they have personally experienced struggles themselves and decide to assist clients with the proven tips they discovered on their road to on-going personal growth. A coach is someone with exquisite self-awareness and high emotional intelligence.
  • Empathy – the ability to have a strong sense of caring and a deep curiosity about people and their problems
  • Desire – to have an intense passion to help people who are struggling and an interest in helping others achieve personal/professional growth

Additional attributes include:

  • Authenticity – don’t pretend to be what you are not
  • Perceptive – very intuitive, curious, and inquiring
  • Learner – continuous learner of the craft of coaching and life experiences
  • Vision – the ability to focus on the important details

More Reasons to Become a Coach

Did you know that coaching is one of the fastest group industries? More and more people are dissatisfied with their personal and professional lives that they are seeking out the advice of life coaches.

Although many coaches meet face to face with their clients, technology has made it possible to work via teleconferencing and skyping options.

Online coaching makes it easy to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of both you and your client. This also means lower overhead compared to a traditional “brick and mortar” business.

Did I mention that coaching allows you to be your own boss? You can start your own business with the opportunity to branch out.

Most importantly coaching gives you the opportunity of being a valuable contributor within society by helping others. Think of what could be more rewarding then shaping individuals and helping them to overcome life challenges and achieve their goals.

The Next Steps

If coaching is sounding more like the career you want to pursue, the next step would be to decide on the type of coaching you want to practice.

  • Personal Coaching
    • Career
    • Health and Wellness
    • Life
    • Relationship
    • Motivational
    • Personal Development
  • Business Coaching
    • Business Startup
    • Executive
    • Leadership
    • Marketing
    • Entrepreneurship
  • Wealth Coaching
    • Debt Management
    • Financial
    • Prosperity

You might then decide to become certified or accredited. While there are no licensing, certification, or even accreditation requirements to become a life coach, that doesn’t mean you don’t want to obtain skills to help you in your practice.

One of the best ways to decide if coaching is right for you is by jumping in and experiencing. To get started as a coach, you’ll want to look at how others have done it. You can even hire a coach to teach you how to coach. You will also want to make sure that you have the kind of experience others are willing to pay for. Many life coaches offer free consultations and may be willing to help show you the ropes. Sign up for a month of coaching to see a coach in action and have them guide you in your new career.

Don’t be afraid to check out local coaching groups, where experienced coaches give presentations and seminars. Form a network of coaches in the same niche who are willing to share tips, advice, and a sense of community. Sign up for free coaching classes to learn the basics of “coaching 101” and develop the fundamental coaching skills.

Money Generation and Building Your Practice

You know the niche you want to coach in, have obtained training and/or experience, and now want to open a practice. You can choose to branch out on your own with an online practice or join an already established practice

In addition to coaching skills, you will also need to development your business skills to run and maintain the business as well as marketing skills to get clients.

By coaching, you’ll generate a steady income. You can show people how to succeed in their niche; these are people who want help from someone who have been there and they are willing to pay for your help so they can be successful, too.

If it’s in a niche like dieting or health/wellness, then your coaching might take them on a 6-week challenge of change. If it is group coaching, these individuals can be pillars of support for one another while you coach them with your guidance.

As a business coach, you will be a mentor to them. Your job will be to guide them through all areas associated with their business. Some of these areas might include the best way to grow their income, how they can become an expert and how they can market their business.

You can set up your coaching business in 30, 60 or 90 day cycles, for example. Obviously, the 90 day cycles would need to cost a little more since you’re not rotating in new members as often.

You can teach through your online forum, through webinars, Facebook groups, or through tutorials on private video sharing sites. You can establish contact with your clients through Skype or Google Hangouts, through phone calls, through emails or in an online group that you set up.

You’ll want to make it clear when you’re marketing your coaching skills – what benefits your clients will receive. A business coach might want to mention specific ways that she can help her clients. This might be something along the lines of how you can teach them to be successful using email or video marketing. You can offer ways to teach them how to build a web presence, how to establish a growing platform, how to blog, incorporate social media and more.

Once you have obtained steady customers and established your practice, you can expand your business by adding more programs, books, training products, and services to develop additional income streams.

Food for Thought

I hope that you have enjoyed this and the last 4 weeks of the money making series. As you can see there are multitudes of ways of making money online and one or two might just be right for you.

As I discover additional money making options, I will continue to add to the series. If there are any topics you are interested in, please drop me a line in the comments. I would also love to hear from you if you are a life coach or thinking about becoming one. Are there any items that I missed or anything that new coaches need to focus on when starting on? Please share your expertise.

 

 

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Freelance Work

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Freelance Work

How to Succeed in Making Money Online - Freelance Work
How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Freelance Work

Welcome back to the How to Succeed in Making Money Online Series. To recap, in part one, I introduced you to the concept of affiliates and discussed how to make money online with affiliate marketing programs. That was followed up with part two and the discussion about incorporating and developing information product creation to your website. In part three, I discussed membership marketing sites; what they are, what they do, and how to build one.

In the fourth part of the series, our main focus will be on freelance work. Working as freelancer, as your talent, is a good way to earn money online. There are always marketers that are looking for freelancers who know how to do a great job.

Freelancing

If you’d like to get into freelancing, the first thing you need to do is pick what type of freelancer you’d like to be. A Freelancer has many career options and can branch out into many different career paths including:

  • Copywriter
  • Editor/Managing Editor
  • Writer
  • Blogger (Niche) Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Marketing/Sales Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Editorial Director

When you are first starting out as a freelancer, you can find clients on sites such as Upwork, Fourerr, Guru, Freelancer, or Fiverr. The amount of money that you can make on these sites will vary. Remember that these are your starting points into the freelance world where you define and redefine your writing skills (and niches), build your portfolio, build a following, and attract clients. Once you’ve established yourself as a freelancer who delivers good quality and services, then you can consider branching out on your own by finding clients so that your business continues to thrive and expand.

Finding Clients

Finding clients to build your income doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re a freelancer, you need to have a professional website with a personal blog on that website. Building a professional website doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money as you should be able to get started with a domain name and hosting services for around $25 or less a month.

Before you balk at the $25 a month, consider this fee as a small investment into your future. Sure you could go with a free hosted website such as blogger, but a self-hosted blog (through bluehost) gives you the peace of mind that you have control of the website and also allows you to easily monetize your site at any time.

Think of your website as a letter of introduction to potential clients. These clients may go to the Internet and search for freelance services. Because of this, you want to make sure you have a professional website to tap into the market and pull in traffic, while gaining clients.

On your website, you want to include a blog, an about you page, a page for your portfolio with testimonials, and a page of writing samples. The blog and about you page will pull the client in and let them get to know you and your personal writing style.

The portfolio page would include a collection of work that you have currently completed including links (if allowed by previous clients) for the potential clients to view. This is your time to shine so try to showcase your best work. You will also want to include a list of your skills like you would on an online resume. This will let the potential client know your previous work experiences (example: 10 years developing websites and creating web design), your expertise (example: creating standard operating procedures manuals), and you skills (example: 10 years as an Administrative Assistant who sent out email notifications, typed business letters, sent out marketing and advertising materials, etc.).

Don’t forget to include testimonials that you have gathered from previous clients. This will let potential clients know that you have completed exemplary work, satisfied a client, and are the type of person they are looking to hire.

If you are just starting out and don’t have a portfolio or testimonials, then you will want to have a page of writing samples. What you will need to do is create sample articles, blog posts, and other materials that will showcase to potential clients the type of work you are capable of completing.

Now that you have your website set up and your list of potential clients and freelance websites in hand, you are now ready to venture into the world of freelancing.

Comments Welcome

If you have experience as a freelancer, I would love for you to share your experiences with my readers by commenting to this post. What are some of the obstacles/successes you have faced as a freelancer or blogger?

Please come back again to read the final in the series, part 5, where I discuss making money online as a success coach.

 

Self-Publishing Webinar for Bloggers

Self-Publishing Webinar for Bloggers

I usually save this for Freebie Fridays, but an exclusive webinar just came through my email and it is for tomorrow July 6th.

Are you a blogger or online entrepreneur hustling to find reliable income streams? Have you considered writing books, but you aren’t sure how to do it the right way or if it will really be profitable? Bloggers are uniquely positioned to be successful with self-publishing, and Barrie & Steve will show you the exact steps to leverage your platform, content, and expertise to build recurring income.

Barrie Davenport Co-Founder Authority Pub Academy

Barrie is a certified coach and top-ranked personal development blogger who is the author of 11 books and counting. She has used self-publishing to boost her online business and income and to attract coaching clients and over 600,000 monthly blog visitors.

Steve Scott Co-Founder Authority Pub Academy

Steve is a multiple best-selling author who has built a full-time 6-figure business around self-publishing books, with over 70 books and counting. 

In the webinar you will learn:

-How to nail down profitable book topics based on your blog niche

-The best ways to use your blog content to write multiple books

-The secrets to writing multiple books a year, even if you’re super busy

-How to ensure your books stand out from the crowd and fly off the shelf

-The best way to turn your blog followers into raving book fans

If you want to take your blog to the next level and turn your content and expertise into an income stream, this FREE webinar is just for you. Just click on the image below to take you to the registration page.

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Friday Freebies #2 – More Fabulous Finds for You & Your Blog

Friday Freebies #2 – More Fabulous Finds for You & Your Blog

More Fabulous Friday Freebies
More Fabulous Friday Freebies

Hello and welcome to edition number 2 of the Friday Freebies. Today, I am posting all of the great finds I found pertaining to blogging, social media, webinars, classes, ebooks, and more. And since we can’t be all work and no play, you might actually find a few fun freebies like recipes, printable materials, events, and craft projects.

Classes and E-Courses

Every freelance writer, blogger, and website creator knows that freebie online courses are the best thing to adding skills to your repertoire. No matter where you are in your career, learning something new can only help you.

  1. Jumpstart Your Blog Blueprint– Kirsta Rae

Do you lack a clear understanding of what exactly you blog is doing? Do you struggle to reach your goals directly through your blog by creating clear and focused paths for you readers?

In this free 8-day email course, you will learn to gain clarity for your blog, set high-value goals, make meaningful changes, focus your posts, optimize your sidebar and footer, lead your readers, make your standard pages meaningful, and so much more!

  1.   Improve Your Instagram Photos – Living Abstracts

Learn to take more beautiful photos in this free five-day email course. In this e-course you will learn about composition, light, hashtags, and the best applications to use.

  1. 7-Day Write Every Day Course– Kevan Lee

Kevan is a content crafter at Buffer who loves to share about online writing. In this free 7-day email course, you will learn easy tips to help you find time to write every single day.

eBooks

At the time of this writing, these ebooks were listed as free on Amazon. Please double check the link before hitting purchase to make sure the items are still available at no cost.

  1.  Goal Setting (Workbook): Goals and Motivation – MK Coaching

Do you want to learn how to achieve your goals, but fee tired of the entire over-hyped, positive think, self-help stuff out there? In Martin Kaye’s (4.5 stars out of 5) ebook you will learn:

  • The THREE problems with self-help advice and life coaches
  • The importance of using your strengths
  • How to avoid the Rat Race
  • How Motivation really works
  • Why Positive Thinking leads to Negative Results
  • How to use two simple daily routines
  1.   15 Handpicked Unique Supplies for Handmade Businesses (Etsy Book) – Renae Christine

In this 5 star rated ebook, you will learn:

  • Why every Etsy seller and handmade business owner needs a supplier.
  • Why you should avoid your local craft store’s clearance section like the plague.
  • Common mistakes that you could be making.
  • How much money you need to place an initial order, which might surprise you.
  • Where to find tens of thousands of proper material suppliers.
  • The questions to ask before taking on a supplier and placing an order so you don’t waste your money.
  • 15 of Renae Christine’s favorite suppliers from a convention she scoured just for handmade businesses.
  • Additional bonus suppliers listed from different handmade industries.
  1.   Blogging: The Ultimate Guide On How to Replace Your Job With A Blog – Alan Hirsch

In this 4.5 out of 5 star rated e-book, you will learn:

  • How to Build a Blog
  • How to Choose a Niche
  • How to Design Your Blog
  • How to Start Creating Posts
  • How to Create Valuable Blog Content
  • How to Generate Traffic
  • How to Monetize Your Blog

Social Media

  1.   Pinterest Power– Summer Tannhauser from Lady Boss League

This is the ultimate 5 DAY PINTEREST COURSE that teaches you the exact strategies to make Pinterest WORK for your business. The strategies Summer teaches in this course focus on the things that matter – driving traffic, generating clients, and making money from Pinterest leads.  Each day you’ll receive a mini-lesson in your inbox that can be implemented right away.

Writing

  1.   Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. They have Camps session in both April and July, and welcome word-count goals between 30 and 1,000,000. Writers can tackle any project they would like including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, short stories, ebooks, and promotional materials.

Perks:

  • Complete a writing project in a month
  • Track your progress
  • Get on line support
  • Free to participate
  • 100% fun

Just for Fun

  1.   Circle of Friends Cookbook: Barbeque Recipes – Gooseberry Patch

Plan ahead for the summer barbeque season with this free cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. From Marinated Flank Steak and Grilled Herb Potatoes to Caramelized Fruit and Grilled Vegetable Kabobs, there is something for everyone!

  1. Canva

Canva is a free easy to use design program that allows you to create presentations, social media graphics, cards, photo collages, and so much more.

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of Freebie Fridays were you will find a lot me free ideas for your business, blog, and you. Please feel free to comment and leave any freebies that either you are offering on your sites or feel the Pursuing My Dream readers might be interested in.

 

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Information Product Creation

How to Succeed in Making Money Online – Information Product Creation

How to Succeed In Making Money Online: Information Product Creation
How to Succeed In Making Money Online: Information Product Creation

Last week I spoke about how to succeed in Making Money Online by utilizing Affiliate Marketing. This week I am continuing the series by introducing you to information product creation.

Information Product Creation

Information product creation is another lucrative way that you can make money online. But this area of money making has a lot of other benefits as well. When you write and then promote your own informational product, this helps establish you as an expert in whatever niche that you are in.

It also works to strengthen whatever brand you are trying to develop and on the plus side it gives you a source of passive income. Passive income is the kind of money (income) flow that can put cash in your pocket for many months or even years after you have created your product.

One of the reasons that some people don’t create any informational products is that they believe they have to do all of the work themselves. But you don’t; there are many successful Internet marketers who use service providers who perform micro jobs to help them.

Service Providers/Micro Job Companies

The top service providers/micro job companies in 2016 are:

  • Fiverr – for as little as $5 you can hire individuals that enjoy helping you get whatever task you need (blogging, ghost writer, digital marketing, etc.) done at an unbeatable value.
  • SEOClerks – with gigs starting as low as $1, SEOClerks is a marketplace dedicated for all SEO related services from link building to social signals. They also offer services such as article writing, tutorials and guides, virtual assisting, and social networking.
  • GigBucks – for $5 to $50, you can hire expert digital marketers, creatives, writers/freelancer, SEO wizards, and so much more.
  • Fourerr – they have the same services as Fiverr, just start their gigs at $4.
  • TenBux – starting at $10, you can hire experts in writing, web design, graphics, advertising, digital products, and more.
  • FiverUp – offers the same services as Fiverr and Fourerr and you can hire experts from $4 to $100 per gig and

By paying a service provider, you can shorten the amount of time that it takes to create a product. Plus, this can help you in any areas of the creation process that may not be your strong point.

For example, if you’re good with graphics, then you should create your own graphics because it will be cheaper and easier if you do that. But if you’re not, then you should outsource.

The same thing with writing; if you are not great with writing, then try to outsource to a professional ghostwriter. Even if you outsource things like writing, you will want to put your own unique voice into the final product.

Once you’ve completed your product, you will still need to market it. This is where a lot of new marketers go wrong. You need a marketing plan. Having a solid marketing plan can make the difference between a launch that soars and one that flops.

Marketing Your Product

Your marketing plan needs to go into effect before your launch ever happens. You can start by mentioning on social media that you are working on a special project then post hints and teaser in the following weeks.

This will make your followers curious and make them more likely to read about your product when you’re finally ready to release it. Every good marketing plan should include an affiliate program.

You want an army of affiliates that are eager to share your product with their own followers. This not only brings you more cash, but it also gives you more subscribers and helps you find new customers.

You don’t have to manage your affiliates yourself because this can be a big job. Instead, you can use a platform like ClickBank, JVZoo, or Warrior Plus. By using these platforms, you’ll have access to affiliates who are already looking for great products to promote.

In order to get the best affiliates promoting your products and helping you earn more money, you need to set a good commission rate. No one wants to promote your product for only a ten percent commission.

The best affiliate promoters usually expect half the purchase price of the item they’re promoting. If this seems like a lot, remember that good affiliates can put your product on the bestseller lists, which will result in even more sales for you.

But setting a generous commission rate isn’t the only thing you need to do. You should also create plenty of extras so that it’s easy for your affiliates to promote your info products.

Some of the tools that you could give your affiliates include graphics, product links, comparison charts, email autoresponder swipe files, free bonuses and more.

Once your product has launched, you will get returning as well as new customers signing up to your list. Many of them will have questions about the product. Make sure you handle inquiries promptly and don’t outsource customer service until your business grows to a point where it’s impossible for you to handle it yourself.

If you like what you are learning then stay tuned for part three of the money making series where we will discuss how to start a successful membership site.

Are you currently marketing an informational product on your website or planning to? Have you created the materials or are you using a service provider? Please use the comment section to share your experiences (good or bad), questions, or comments.

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