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Get Paid To Exercise

Yes you can get paid to exercise! Imagine that ūüėČ I wish I had known that when I used to run 10 miles a day lol!

Ok before you get your trainers out I should explain a bit more. ¬†The get paid to exercise option is not as well known as the get paid to loose weight one. ¬†I guess that is because it is not as easy to sell exercise. ¬†You can’t exactly bottle it and post it out to customers can you? Of course you can sell equipment and DVD’s etc but you don’t need to exercise to do that. ¬†This post is only about getting paid to actually exercise.

There are 4 options that I know of which allow you to get paid to exercise.  If you know of any others I would love to hear them!

Bounts

Starting with the simplest is an app called Bounts.  You basically download the app on to a smartphone and when you walk or run etc you will be awarded points.  The points you can exchange for cash and vouchers.  With this app therefore you actually get paid a small amount depending on the amount of exercise you do.  Bounts does not require a tracking device such as a Fit Bit but can be paired with one if you want.  If you use only a smart phone you will need to download a tracking app as well.

The income for this is small and is more of a motivational bonus in my opinion.  You will not be able to create a full time level income from this.

There are likely to be more similar apps available too that I don’t know about. ¬†Do you know of any? Let me know and I will happily add a referral link or code to this post for you ūüėČ

You Tube

The next option is to make You Tube videos of yourself doing the exercise.  There are many instructional videos for exercise on there.  Of course you do need to be able to provide suitable guidance for this kind of video, however I am sure less instructional videos would work for this as well.  For example, lets say you want to start an exercise routine as a beginner.  You can video what you do and post it on You Tube just the same as an instructional one.  You could actually build up quite a following by doing this and showing your progress.

Should you wish to make a funny exercise video and post it on You Tube I imagine that might generate quite a lot of views too ūüėČ

To get paid from posting videos on You Tube you simply need to register for an Adsense account and link it to your You Tube channel.  That will mean adverts get shown on your channel and you will get paid advertising revenue.

The income for doing this has the potential to be unlimited.  You would need to build up a large following and post frequent videos for it to work, however that is entirely plausible.

Exercise Coaching

Another option to allow you to get paid to exercise is to train to become an exercise coach.  You could provide one to one coaching, or take a class or boot camp for example.  Usually various qualifications and insurance etc would be required to do this.  As a qualified fitness instructor myself I certainly would not recommend you try to do this without the relevant training.

Blogging

The final option I can think of to allow you to get paid to exercise is to start your own blog.  For example you could blog about your exercise routine, or your coaching sessions.  You could include videos and photos of you doing the exercises and discuss workout theories. This could fit quite well with any of the other options already mentioned, but can be monetized in its own right.   This could be via various means such as advertising revenue though Adsense, or affiliate revenue through a company such as Affiliate Window.  You could also develop and sell your own products on a blog, or promote classes etc.

Can you think of other ways to get paid to exercise? Or tried any of the above options? I would love to hear about it if you have ūüôā

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My Own Daily Earning Routine

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My Own Daily Earning Routine is something I am asked for a lot.  As it has been over a year since I posted an updated routine I thought I would share that with you today.

Please note some of the site links in this post are referral links.  This means I might get a small reward if you join by clicking through them.  I only refer others to sites I have checked out to be genuine and am happy to recommend.

I split my earning up into a couple of segments:

Daily Clicks

For the daily clicks part of my routine I spend around 30 mins Р1 hr daily.  I currently earn £30+ per month from this which I then upcycle into higher level monthly earnings.

  • My daily routine starts with the Free daily games on Jackpot Joy. ¬†I love the fact I can start my day winning some cash. ¬†Today for example I won over ¬£60 from the free game which gave my balance a nice boost ūüėČ ¬†Note you do need to wager ¬£2 per week to qualify for the free games!

More info can be found about this in my post Is it possible to Make Money from Free Games?

  • Second on my spreadsheet is Gifthulk. ¬†¬†I always start with the card game where I guess the suit. ¬†Sometimes you win a boost on there so its good to do first. ¬†I then check in for the surveys (5 points just for doing that). I do try a survey or 2 some days on here as you get points for screening out as well as completing them. ¬†You also get a bonus after screening out 10 times. ¬† I try to do a few searches daily too . You get some points for those each time but don’t overuse or you can get a block on your account. ¬†I also check for videos to watch.

More info can be found about Gifthulk can be found in this post:¬†Guest Post ‚Äď An earning guide for Gifthulk!

More Info about using Clixsense can be found in my post:¬†A Weeklong Website Trial ‚Äď Clixsense

  • Then I check in on Inbox Pounds for paid emails and do a single search. ¬†I do check the surveys for reasonable payment ones as well. ¬†I do also watch out for bonuses for doing offers on here as they can be pretty good.

More info about using Inbox Pounds can be found in my posts: Inbox Pounds and Inbox Pounds Bonus

  • I have recently added Swagbucks back into my daily plan. ¬†Now I complete the daily poll, the search, daily crave, deal of the day and usually try to play a couple of games. ¬†I will also do the watch videos and surveys bits too if I feel like it!

More Info about using Swagbucks can be found in my posts:¬†Swagbucks Surveys ‚Äď Earn ¬£25+ per Month with this Information!¬†and¬†How To Earn on Swagbucks ‚Äď Easy System to add 20SB Daily

More Info about using Reward Shopping can be found in my post: How to Earn with Reward Shopping

Passive Income

This is the section I use to upcycle my earnings from the Daily Clicks part of my Routine.

Basically I use my earnings from the previous section to invest in various sites.  I use several sites for this to help maximise my income.  Also I advise the multiple income streams approach to minimize any unexpected risk, and protect income long term.  Quite frankly no-one has a crystal ball and any company can go out of business, so this approach best in my opinion.

It is highly possible to use just 1 or 2 of these, or 100+ passive income options because once they are set up there is very little ‘work’ involved.

The sites I use in this section are:

In addition I obviously use this blog for generating passive income too.

For More Info on these sites please check out the following posts:

How to Earn with Recyclix ‚Äď A Basic Guide.

Earn £100 per month with Recyclix

Have You Invested in Gold Yet?

Want Cheap Website Hosting Fees? My Provider Pays Me!

Start Earning with Future Net

I will add more posts about Zopa, Futurenet, Property Partner, Stiforp and CB Passive Income as soon as I write them ūüėČ

Income Boosters

This section includes any additional sites or activities that I use on a more flexible basis.  I use them mainly to speed up the income generation from the passive income options.  These include things like selling items for my Junk to Cash Challenge,  or when I decide to Earn £10 Per Day with These Surveys Sites.

I also use these options to help provide information for my readers, such as when writing the post Would you like to Know How to Earn £100 in a Week?.

The money I generate from these activities I tend to use for investing in the passive income options when possible.

Why I use this Routine

The reason I use this routine is because my focus is on creating a monthly income for my future.  I used to work mainly on what I call the income booster options when I first started out with my make money from home journey.  I needed the money there and then to help pay the bills and pay off my debts.  Now that I have paid off my debts and sorted an income though I am able to change from these more time intensive methods.  It is this change that will allow me to earn an unlimited income.

In some ways I wish I had been able to make this change earlier.  It is difficult to change direction though.  It involves a leap of faith in a lot of ways, as it is a bit scary to put money into different things.   Especially when money is short it is hard to take this leap of faith.  Being able to start using passive income methods with a very small amount of cash is great though.  It means they are not out of reach for anyone now.

I thoroughly recommend starting with a passive income option as soon as possible if you really want to create time and financial freedom. ¬†What better way to do it than from using an income booster option to earn the initial seed money? ¬†That is how it is possible to create a full time level income when you start with nothing ūüėČ

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Loose Weight and Earn Cash – My Experience with Skinny Body Care

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Would you like to loose weight and earn cash at the same time?  If so you might like to consider Skinny Body Care.

Today I will share my own experience with this company.

How I got Started

I have to be honest about it, when my friend sent me the link and I had a look at everything I was highly sceptical. ¬†You see I’m the kind of person who always looks at new opportunities from the perspective of what would make this a bad choice…. You see I have spent years checking out a lot of online earning opportunities to make sure they weren’t scams for this blog, and that makes you highly sensitive to looking for negatives.

With Skinny Body Care my first¬†thought was the products wouldn’t work. ¬†How many diet products are there out there that claim all sorts of things? Hundreds right? So I just thought, here is another one.

After doing quite a bit of research I did find a lot of people saying these products really work. ¬†Now that raised my interest. ¬†I also like to check what kind of demand there is for any product. ¬†For Skinny Fiber (one of the main products) I found a huge amount of sales happening DIRECT TO CUSTOMERS. ¬†This raised my interest even more….

After that I thought I would go ahead and buy 1 product to try it out for myself.  I am never happy to recommend something unless I have tried it and found it actually works.  Even though I had read these great reviews etc, I still thought its not going to work.  Guess what? I lost 6lbs in the first few weeks of using it!

I should explain¬†that due to my health problems I can’t do any exercise and I have spent 5 years trying to loose weight without success.

It was only after I had tried the products for myself that I decided to actually start promoting Skinny Body Care.  Now, within a short time I have a whole list of people who all say the same thing. This stuff actually works.

The Products

Obviously the main products are diet related, but there are other products too.  The most well known of the diet products is Skinny Fibre, but Skinny Body Max and Hiburn8 are others that are available.
In addition to the weight loss products there are skin care products too.  Instant Youth reduces the appearance of aging within 90 seconds and Ageless is the long term anti aging product that Skinny Body Care supplies

The latest addition to the range is E3, an energy and endurance product to assist with exercise.
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The thing that really ‘sold’ me on Skinny Body Care was the fact I was able to loose weight within a few days. ¬†I started off using HiBurn8 because I was really curious about it. My sleep pattern is awful¬†at times and the idea that this could be stopping me from loosing weight made me wonder about it more. ¬†The liquid has a pleasant fruit flavour and quite easy to take. ¬†That was another plus for me. ¬†I’ve tried several products before and the taste just put me off using them.

Within a couple of days my appetite was definitely lower. ¬†What really struck me though was I had no cravings for chocolate or cakes and biscuits. ¬†I have such a sweet tooth I could live on chocolate sometimes I think, and I certainly don’t go for days without wanting to eat some. ¬†At least I didn’t before trying HiBurn8. ¬†I also noticed that I had more energy. ¬†This was another big plus for me. ¬†I have fibromyalgia which really affects my energy levels. ¬†What I think was happening was I slept better at night and woke up more rested. ¬†I know cutting sugar out of my diet can also improve energy levels, so that probably helped too.

I have to say I was really impressed with HiBurn8 and the fact I noticed a difference so quickly.

After using HiBurn8 for a while I went on to try the other weight loss products too. ¬†As I said I like to try things for myself before recommending them. ¬†I found the same effect on my appetite and cravings with both Skinny Fibre and Skinny Max. ¬†The benefit with these is they really help to make you feel full during the day. ¬†I just simply refuse to ‘go hungry’ on any kind of diet as it makes me miserable. ¬†As I also battle with depression I am very careful to avoid anything that makes my mood drop.

The skin care products and the energy drink I have yet to try for myself.   I will be trying them soon though and will update this post when I do!

If you have any doubts about the products, then all I can say is try them for yourself (or get a friend or family member to try them for you).  I am sure you will find out how great these products actually are if you do.
There is an empty bottle money back guarantee provided by Skinny Body Care so if it is not for you simply return the bottle for a no quibble refund.

Getting Started with Skinny Body Care

It is really easy to get started with Skinny Body Care.  What I advise is to firstly register for a free account by clicking this link.  This will allow you to check out the website in detail, including the compensation plan.   Doing this will also provide you with your first team members and GUARANTEE that you will start earning straight away.  Active and paying team members are allocated through the unique powerline system.  Note at the beginning you will earn commission on the first 3 people allocated to you, but you will get many more than that added to your team.  This is to make sure you always have active and paying team members if any of the first 3 drop out.

After you check out your insider view of the website and have team members in your powerline the next step is to become active.  To do this you simply purchase 1 of the products for yourself.  You can use this yourself, sell it, or use it to provide samples to potential customers.

The cost to join as a team member is just $10 (in addition to your product purchase).

The Compensation Plan

Of course you would like to know about the compensation plan!  You will get full details of the plan by taking a free tour, however the basics are:

You recieve BOTH a weekly amount and a monthly amount.  The weekly amount is an enroller bonus which is paid out each week on Thursday.  It is paid for the previous week’s (Fri-Thurs) volume.

For each product you sell to a customer or team member you will earn a 40% commission on their FIRST order.  This will be $20, $40 or $60 depending on the order size.

The monthly amount is your ongoing commission for repeat sales made.  For this you earn an additional 10% commission for each customer on your first level.  This is $5, $10 or $15 every month per sale made.

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Advancement

All distributors start at 3 levels of commissions for everyone in their organization, and you can earn up to 6 levels of commissions as you advance in rank. You earn 10% on level 1, 5% on level 2 and 3% on level 3.

As you progress up the ranks you will open further payments of 2% as shown below:

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Do you have any further questions? Feel free to ask them below or use the contact me form to submit your questions directly to me.

PS would you like to share your own experiences with a work from home company? I am very happy to post the experiences of others to my readers.  Please send your post to ellie.workfromhomenetwork@gmail.com for consideration.  

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Benefits of Blogging

the-benefits-of-bloggingHave you ever wondered about the benefits of blogging? Had the idea it would be something you might do if you had time?

A lot of people I talk to in the work from home arena say they would be interested in writing a blog. ¬†Strangely however not many really know why. ¬†Some people think it is a fun thing to do, and some like the idea of keeping a kind of online journal. ¬†There are also those who know blogging can be beneficial to their business strategies, but don’t fully understand how.

When I first started blogging I literally had to research what a blog actually was.  Really my own reason to start was simply to keep a record of my own online earning and progress.  I also thought it would be a good way to share online earning information with others.  I definitely had no intention of turning it into my main income source, and had no idea how important it would become.

Now that I have decided to actually get serious about my work from home income, my blog will play a huge role in that.

Why? Let me count the reasons….

1. Lead Generation

Blogging is one of the best ways to generate high quality leads for any business. ¬†According to Hubspot for example, “B2B marketers that use blogs receive 67% more leads¬†than those that do not”. ¬†This form of lead generation is constant and passive too. ¬†By that I mean a blog is constantly working to generate leads for you long after the actual post has been written.

Personally I tend to get daily leads coming to me as a direct result of my blog posts.

2. Lead Conversion

Most of us in the work from home arena understand that taking someone from having an interest in your business or product to converting them into a customer is not a straightforward process.  Especially now, with so many options available, and the rise in the number and type of scams.

Customers have never had so much choice, and buying has never been so easy either. ¬†Therefore, the need to develop a relationship with those interested in what you offer is vital. ¬†Blogging is a great way to build up the know, like and trust factors. ¬†Again, according to Hubspot¬†“B2C companies who blog get 88% more leads than those who dont”. ¬†That figure is not actual sales, but of course more leads tends to lead to more sales too!

3. Providing Information

Having a blog that provides good information shows you are knowledgeable in the area of interest.   This helps to establish you as a credible business person, leader or trainer etc.  Sharing information that your potential customers are looking for also shows that you are open to discussion, and able to provide advice if required.  In other words it makes you appear more approachable.

Another benefit of providing information is it also allows you to respond to customer needs before they are even expressed.  By doing this you are demonstrating a level of understanding from the customers perspective.

4. Helps you Get Found Online

Blogging increases your visibility in a crowded space.  People can find you, and as stated above you also become more approachable.  A blog usually provides a way for your potential customers to contact you as well, and encourages them to interact with you even before there is any intention to buy.

Blogging is also more effective for search engine optimisation than a static website. ¬†The more blog posts you publish the more pages you create which get indexed by search engines. ¬†This means it is far more likely that your posts are to be displayed in search results. ¬†Its a bit like fishing with 100’s of hooks rather than just the one.

You can actually build your blog posts around specific keywords that are relevant to your business as well.  Creating content in this way means you can target multiple keywords and phrases to maximise the chances of being found.

5. Helps Potential Customers with Research

Providing relevant and trustworthy information allows customers to validate their research.  As this comes direct from someone with the most knowledge about the products or service, it has more weight.  Knowing that you provide trustworthy information directly also saves the potential customer a lot of time and effort trying to find information elsewhere, and keeps them on your site, which has obvious benefits too.

You can also show you are willing to provide the solution to your customers problems.  In other words you have the opportunity to explain exactly how your product or service can help with their particular issue.

6. Costs are Minimal

Unlike a lot of big advertising campaigns, there is very little financial cost associated with blogging.  In fact, as I detail in this post you can also earn from your blog, rather than paying for it.

There are very few advertising campaigns that allow you to have a continual presence, and to provide so much information at all.  If there was this option I would hate to think about how much it would cost.

7. Builds a Professional Reputation

Blogging helps you to demonstrate you are a serious business person, who is willing to spend time and effort on your business.  A blog is a long term marketing asset which infers you are intending to be around for a long time, and so helps to build trust from that perspective.  Someone who is willing to spend time building their business via blogging is generally thought of in a very different way to someone who posts simple adverts.  For example, compare someone who only posts adverts on social media, with someone who writes a good quality blog.  Which of these people would you prefer to do business with?

8. Personal Values Exposed

Due to the personalised nature of blogging it becomes clear to your customers what values you hold.   Even the fact that you have taken the time to provide the additional information indicates you care about your customers needs.  The very topics that you choose to write about reveal a lot about your own thought processes, and what is important to you, so it is impossible to not expose your own values in a blog.

9. Builds Brand Identity

I previously discussed the need to have a unique selling point, especially when you work with an MLM company.  Blogging is perhaps one of the most unique things you can do.  Of course many companies write a blog, but the content is always highly unique.  In this way blogging allows you to distinguish yourself from your competition completely.

Additionally, having a blog provides an extra platform to use for branding.  Consistent brand messages are provided in a non sales focused environment, which increases exposure to these.  Potential customers will spend much longer reading a blog post of interest to them than looking at an advert, especially if they are not in the frame of mind for making a purchase.

10. Allows you to Measure Interest

How a customer responds to a blog can tell you a huge amount.  For example, are they subscribing to your blog posts? If so this provides a sure indication they are interested in your products or services.  Someone will not be willing to spend time reading a blog about something they have no interest in.

Statistical information provided by blog platforms can also help you to distinguish which products or topics are important to your potential customers.  Although there are a lot of factors that influence statistics you can take most of these into account.  The amount of time someone spends reading one post rather than another for example, can tell you a lot about that persons interests.

 

I am sure I could continue to add more benefits to this post – there are a lot of personal benefits as well as business ones, but I think I will save those for another post ūüėČ

If you would like to start your own blog I am happy to recommend Global Domains International.  Having used several platforms myself I do consider wordpress blogs to be far superior to others.  I also highly recommend NOT using free blogging options for a business blog.  I have many reasons for saying that, and I will discuss it a lot more in another post as well.  In the meantime I will simply say there are a lot of limitations with a free blog, and it gives a particular impression to others as well.

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The Greatest Networker in the World

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The Greatest Networker in the World is, in my opinion, one of those books that you can read in one sitting. ¬†Once you start reading it gets quite difficult to put it down until you finish it. ¬†Its quite a thin book too, so won’t take too long – its not an all night kinda thing! ¬†At least not for the first reading, it is one of those read more than once books….

Have you ever watched The Karate Kid film? Well I compare how¬†he learns how to fight with this book. ¬†You don’t quite know what it is you are learning until it is revealed to you. ¬†Some of the ‘lessons’ you do need to read several times, and each time you learn a bit more.

 

It did make me laugh when the first chapter was called The End…. I won’t spoil it for you by saying the author was not in a good place at the start of the book. He was quite simply ready to give up all hope of becoming a success in the Network Marketing arena. ¬† You can probably guess that just from the chapter title right? ¬†Meeting The Greatest Networker at this point in his life leads to an interesting learning curve, and one the reader goes through as well. ¬†This book is full of various conversations, and challenging thought processes. ¬†The first couple of chapters really pull you into the authors shoes (or head). ¬†It certainly raises the question of What you don’t know? when reading it for yourself!

Later in the book, there are some very interesting methods to help reveal the authors deeply held values and life purpose.  Just from reading, I was able to take myself through the same process.  I felt the same sensations of excitement to have used them as well!

Its very interesting to actually explore your own values and purpose in this way.  A way that goes beyond your own limiting beliefs.

I was very pleased to read on, and find some discussion about the competitive nature of Network Marketing as an industry. The tendency to try and market ‘your’ company as being better than another company is very common. ¬†Personally, I have thought for some time that this can be quite damaging. ¬†My own viewpoint on this reverberated with the level of responsibility discussed in the book.

Topics like recruiting, team building and management, mindset, duplication, making sales etc are all covered in this book.  They are covered in quite an unusual way, but they are discussed.  The book provides a whole new way to look at most of these topics, which was also entertaining.   Trust me, you will not know how the author manages to include kids playing games, or Japanese baths in these discussions until you read the book.  There is really no way for me to explain that without telling the stories!

Of course the story telling techniques are very powerful.  There are a lot of training courses that talk about the power of telling stories out there.  This book actually tells stories and lets you learn from those.  Its quite different than simply providing the information, and demonstrates that stories are very powerful.  It weaves through them in ways that you really want to know where they are leading to as well.

There is an interesting chapter also, about the whole work and life balance issue. ¬†In my experience a lot of people in this type of work struggle with this a huge amount. ¬†How to actually have a satisfying non working life, as well as a working one is a mystery to many. ¬†The answer is actually quite simple. ¬†The author covers this topic, again through story telling that most could relate to. ¬†Balance is a continuous theme in fact, even down to the carrots….

How about the question of joining a established company versus being the ‘first level team members’ with a new company? Have you ever asked yourself about that? Or which sponsor to choose? ¬†How about the question of if you are able to be a success in this industry? Yes they are all discussed in detail, but more than that. ¬†There are exercises to do…if you care to look for them. ¬†It is as if you are the student of The Greatest Networker, and you have constant access to what he has to teach.

Throughout the book, images of what it might mean to be a success in this business are also provided within the text. ¬†Words that create the images in your head are cleverly used. ¬†For me there is enough ‘room’ for my own ideas of success to be included. ¬†I was motivated to actually create the images for myself. ¬†Of course you need to replace the authors ideas of success with your own. ¬†This is another powerful technique, and the psychology of how it is achieved in the book fascinated me. ¬†The explanations of how these techniques actually work were basic, but sufficient to provide a knowledge to back up the exercises as well.

There is the temptation to simply read through the book as fast as possible. ¬†You want to absorb all the knowledge, and have answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. ¬†There are a few parts that I wanted to skip through myself, not really understanding why they were included at times. ¬†However, the most benefit is gained from reading small portions, putting the book down and allowing your thoughts to develop. ¬†This is the reason I suggest it is a book to read several times over.

I imagine I will be reading this over again quite a lot.  A notebook will be dedicated to recording my own lessons and progress just from this one book.  I will also start a accompanying motivation board or book for images.  I will be creating these by working through the book  No doubt they will be updated when I read through the book again and again as well.

This is just my plan, others may not wish to go into it in so much detail. ¬†The good thing is you have the choice – read it in a few hours or keep going back and learning more. ¬†Regardless of which you choose I’m sure you will be curious about how the book ends…. I have no intention of spoiling it for you!

Would you like to purchase it?

If you would like to purchase this book for yourself you can use my affiliate link here, or my non affiliate link here.

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have.  I would love to hear your own opinions about it!

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Create Your Own Earning Plan

create-an-earning-planYou can create your own earning plan quite easily when you know how to do it.  The knowing how is where most people fall down, so this is how I do it!

Creating an earning plan is exactly the same as creating any other plan really – you start by knowing your goal. ¬†You need to make sure your goal is clearly defined or you won’t know when you have reached it.

For example, lets say your goal is to earn an extra ¬£1000 per month…. this is my own goal at the minute, so I can talk you though my process.

To earn a monthly income is a bit different to earning a one off amount as you need to look at recurring income.  So the questions I ask myself are:

What options do I have?

Personally I have hundreds of options to consider so I like to break that down into types of earning. ¬†If you don’t have any options yet you might like to check out my A-Z of Earning Sites¬†or read on for my own options.

Do those options meet my needs for recurring income?

Each option I can think of¬†I will then consider individually to look at the potential for income. ¬†I will remove any that don’t provide recurring income.

What ACTION can I take related to boosting my income with these options?

I look at what I can do with each option to increase income. This becomes my plan.

 

Affiliate Sales – (marketing products for others)

Amazon Associates – Huge amount of products

  • Could add more posts with product links. ¬†What sort of products posts would be relevant to my blog? ¬†Perhaps items related to motivation and learning?¬†I love reading network marketing books which I buy from Amazon myself, so those would be relevant.

PLAN Р Write some blog posts which review various network marketing books that I read

MLSP – Training products

  • Could write blog posts about this. ¬†This training system has a lot of options that I can blog about, in fact I could nearly write a whole blog just about MLSP.

PLAN Рwrite a review of this site as a whole, and review some of the individual training courses as well.

MLM Gateway – Referrals for MLM

  • Could write blog post about this

PLAN – Write a training post about how to use this site.

Aweber – Autoresponder

  • Could write blog post about this.

PLAN – Write a training post about how to use this site.

Individuals offering affiliate programs – Courses

  • Need to check when courses are coming out

PLAN – Check the details of these

Network Marketing

Skinny Body Care – Diet Products and Skin Care

Stiforp – Online Marketing Training and Tools

GDI – Website Hosting

  • The plan is pretty much the same for all of these network marketing earning options. ¬†To boost income on these I need to recruit new team members or sell more products.

PLAN

Recruiting – Work through my prospecting list to update, contact those I haven’t chatted to for a while. ¬†Check out current needs and see if any of my opportunities fit.

Sales РWork through Time to Plan for Making More Sales with the MLM products in mind.  Personally I like the recruiting side of things more than the selling, but I also know having customers is vital for having a stable business.

Casual Earning Sites (See A-Z for large list)

Gifthulk,

Swagbucks,

One Poll,

Populus Live,

Panelbase

Clixsense

PLAN Рvery simply to use each of the sites daily.  I would like to monitor my earnings for each of these sites and calculate an average monthly income from using them.

Selling my own items

Although this does not usually fit into the recurring income category I will include it for now. ¬†I’m guessing i have enough to have regular sales for at least several months.
Boxes of household items – I want to focus on selling as much of this as possible over the next few months.

Clothing – will consider after the boxes of household items are gone.

I can sell these items in various ways Рas individual items or job lots for example.  I also have the option to sell on various online sites such as Ebay, Gumtree, Preloved or Facebook.  My preference is Facebook.

PLAN – Start my auctions again.

Courses

This is something I have been considering for a while. ¬†I am writing a few email courses at the minute and I have had others suggest I do some paid courses. ¬†I don’t think I am ready to do that yet, and I am enjoying providing the free ones. ¬†Currently I am going to put this aside as another option to consider for the future.

Blogging

Blogging is one of my main focus points at the minute. ¬†There are various ways I could increase my income from this blog, however I don’t want to change it too much right now. ¬†Working on the affiliate income side of things is sufficient for now really. ¬†There is one simple thing I can do and that is to put¬†Adsense¬† back on to the blog.

PLAN Рcheck what is happening with my adsense account.   Check which platform is earning and how.  Update my blog settings to allow Adsense ads to show on it again.

Having worked through all of my current options I have decided to:

  1. focus mainly on the affiliate earnings and the selling own items first of all.  This will provide me me with an income while I work on the other areas.
  2. ¬†continue with using the casual earning options daily. ¬†These don’t take long and am in the habit of doing them in the mornings already. ¬†
  3. work on my prospecting list by aiming to chat to at least 1 person per day from the list.

Thats my plan for now sorted out.  If you follow my blog then you will see how I implement the affiliate earnings via blog posts.  I will also post earnings updates again, to help me stay on track!

 

Will you be developing your own earning plan? I’d love to know how you get on with it!

 

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Want Cheap Website Hosting Fees? My Provider Pays Me!

GDIDo you want cheap website hosting fees for your own website or blog?

Most people just accept to have a professional site, rather than a free one, they have to pay hosting fees.¬†If this is you then it might surprise you to know that you don’t need to pay hosting fees at all. ¬†In fact you can get paid to have a personalised and premium domain name, hosting and personalised email address.

In my quest to keep finding different, but stable ways to make a little extra money from home, I came across a site called Global Domains International (GDI).

GDI was launched in 2000 as a provider of of international custom domain names.  They use the .WS extension as an alternative to the .COM and .CO.UK extensions.  WS stands for Web Site and so is completely relevant for any kind of site. Now, considering the more recent development of many new domain name extensions such as .ME and .INFO etc etc this caught my attention.  I have used some of the alternative extensions before, simply because they are much cheaper than .com and .co.uk.  When I saw that GDI actually offers the opportunity to make an income and not just save money I just had to look at it a lot closer.

I always complete my usual checks on a new company to make sure it offers a genuine opportunity, that it is stable and trustworthy and the income structure makes sense .  Everything on GDI checks out well, and all was left for me to do was to try it out for myself.

After signing up it didn’t take me too long to figure out how to use the site. ¬†Using the GDI Tutorials¬†to help me understand everything that can be done with GDI, ¬†I have played around with lots of different options on there now. I must admit creating a website or a blog is pretty straight forward. ¬†It has an easy to use online site builder if you want a website, and provides wordpress if you want to have a blog.

For those who like to try before you buy there is a 7 day free trial, and after that it is just $10 per month (or around £7).

But hold on! ¬†Didn’t I just say I don’t pay any fees and get paid instead? Yes i did!¬†The amazing thing about GDI is it offers a really great income opportunity. ¬†Its really simple too….

You spread the word about how great it is to have an account with GDI and they pay you…. its a simple as that!

How do you earn?

When you recommend GDI to others you will earn a monthly income, and some brilliant bonuses too.  You are paid $1 per month, per domain, that is registered in your 5 level network.

There are no restrictions on the number of referrals you can have. This is an example of how your network can grow just with each person recommending GDI to 5 people:

As you earn $1 for each person in your downline the number of people is also the monthly payment you will receive.

Bonus Payments

There a several ways to earn bonus payments:

  1. GDI will pay you $25 for completing all steps in the GDI Learning Bonus. This is a great way to learn how to be successful with GDI while getting paid at the same time!
  2. For every 5 paid affiliates you refer in a one week period, you’ll earn a $100 cash bonus. There is no limit! Refer 25 new paid affiliates in one week and you’ll earn $500!
  3. For every 10 new affiliates you refer who complete their learning bonus you’ll earn a $250 cash bonus.¬†There is no limit! Refer 100 affiliates who all complete their learning bonus and you‚Äôll earn $2500!

GDI learning bonusGDI duplication

As someone who works from home already, I know that a lot of work from home people want their own website or blog.  For me GDI is a really obvious second income option and one I am very happy to recommend to others.

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Blogging Tips for Beginners!

 

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When I first started blogging I really needed some blogging tips for beginners. ¬†I had literally no idea even what a blog was. ¬†To say it was a learning curve is an understatement, but it has been great fun. ¬†One of the best things about it is I continue to learn more about it all the time. ¬†If you are interested in writing your own blog but don’t know much about it, these are some of my main blogging tips for beginners:

  1. Make sure you blog about topics that you are passionate about.  You will be spending a lot of time thinking, reading and writing about the topic you have chosen to blog about.  If you are not passionate about the topic you will get bored.  A blog should be fun and not a chore.
  2. Don’t feel like you have to know everything about the whole topic before you start. ¬†The most interesting blogs detail your own journey very often, and share your own learning.
  3. Talk in your own voice. ¬†By that I mean don’t try to be something you are not. ¬†It is usually pretty obvious when you are trying to write in a way that isn’t natural for you.
  4. Imagine you are talking to friends.  You want to build a relationship with your readers, and the intimacy you can generate by doing this helps break down barriers.
  5. Try to keep your posts quite short.  Some topics might need to be discussed in detail, but mainly you want to aim for something that takes around 5-10 mins to read.  If you do need to add further detail consider dividing into several posts.
  6. Have an idea of the audience you want to reach.  This will help you when promoting your blog.  It also helps you to avoid publishing posts that are likely to turn people off.
  7. Remember a blog is very different to a website.  You are not writing an advert or a product description, but a story or an experience.
  8. Try to keep navigation of your blog quite simple.  You want to aim to keep people on your blog for as long as possible so make it easy to find other posts that might be of interest.
  9. Be clear about if you are being paid to review something, or will be earning from purchases. You should have a disclaimer on your blog if you have affiliate links included.
  10. Connect with other bloggers.  Part of the fun in this arena is building relationships with other bloggers.
Additional Reading

If you have enjoyed these tips you might like to check out¬†Blogging For Dummies. ¬†It will help if you don’t know where to start, or even if you have started writing, but need some guidance and general¬†blogging tips.

bloggingThis was one of the first books I read when I started blogging several years ago.  It certainly helped me to understand a lot more about what a blog was.  Thanks to this book I was able to figure out how to start a blog, and also how to develop that into something that looked more professional.  It also taught me a lot of the basics regarding monetizing my first blog.  It made the whole process easier and allowed me to claim my first blog payment a lot faster than I would have managed to do that without reading this book.

Personally I really like the ‘for dummies’ range of books and I have bought several in that range. ¬†I find them easy to read, with a great amount of information which is perfect for dipping in and out of. ¬† I like these kind of go to books when I want to check something out, and don’t have time to read the whole thing. ¬†Its also great¬†when you want to spend some time learning about the chosen topic.

This book is described on Amazon as “The best book on blogging, updated and better than ever! The blogosphere keeps changing and evolving, and so does this top blogging guide. A terrific book whether you‚Ä≤re just starting out or are already blogging regularly, this book provides solid information on blogging basics, the anatomy of a good blog, and the tools you need to get started”.

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Working with a New Ebay Account

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As part of my Junk to Cash Challenge¬†I have decided to open a new Ebay account. ¬†I must admit I’m not a great fan of Ebay any more. ¬†I actually used to sell a lot on there, but it keeps getting more complex for sellers in my opinion. ¬†Never mind, I¬†will be trying to make the most of it.

After I completed my plan to make more sales¬†I realised I wasn’t making very good use of this selling option. ¬†I have a lot to sell, so its time to suck it up and just get on with it! ūüėČ

I am happy this new account is a personal one, as I want to use it for selling off yet more of my old junk.  My other Ebay account is a business one and I have to pay 30p each time I list something on there.  It puts me off listing things that are under a certain value or I want to add as an auction listing.  It is a powerseller account, though so I will keep that one going too.

Now I have the daunting task of building this new account up to having 100 listings a month allowance.  I might even manage to build it up to another powerseller account.  At the minute I just have 10 listings a month and I want to get that increased as soon as possible.  I do have a whole room full of goods to get rid of!

At least with a personal account 20 listings per month are free. I think the fees for selling on Ebay are very high already and it has increased again recently.  Its hard work now trying to juggle the postage costs, the fees and the requirements to keep Ebay happy.

I’m pleased to say I have made¬†my first sale on this new account today. ¬†I actually made a sale on the business account as well today, and sold 10 items on Facebook too. ¬†This shows my selling plan¬†has already started working to increase my income.

Now I just need to get a few more things listed on this new Ebay account and get it working for me.  Thats the plan for tomorrow.

Do you still sell items on Ebay? If so how do you find it these days?

Information about selling on Ebay

Just in case you don’t know Ebay is now charging a final value fee of up to 10% (for private sellers). ¬†This is on the full price the item has sold for INCLUDING the postage. ¬†This can have quite a big impact.

For example

If the item sells for £3 and the postage is £2 you pay 10% of £5 which is 50p.

You will also have to pay a fee if the buyer uses paypal which is 3.4% + 20p per transaction.

This means on that sale totaling £5 in the example the paypal fee will be 37p.

That adds up to a fee of 87p in total + the postage costs which will be payable on the £5 payment received from the buyer.

Now assuming the £2 postage is the actual cost you pay for sending the parcel, this means you will get a total of £2.13 from the £3 sale. You might also have to pay for the packaging out of that too.

Its not a lot for all that work really is it?

Managing Postage Costs

You might think it is simple enough to just add a little on to the postage costs to cover this additional fee.

Its not that simple!

As an additional complication  the buyer is likely to mark you down as a seller if they think the postage costs are too high.  That means its not the best idea to add this fee to the postage.

In my experience buyers tend to mark you down for postage costs¬†which are higher than the actual cost marked on the parcel. ¬†They don’t usually even think about packaging costs. ¬†Personally I don’t think this is their fault, the Ebay system just encourages it.

I have also found that buyers can mark you down for the postage costs, even if you charge the cost price for it.

Unfortunately being marked down for postage costs will affect the visibility of your listings on Ebay.  You could also get your account cancelled or restricted too.  It is quite difficult to manage at times I must admit.

I will write another post soon outlining my tips for becoming a powerseller and keeping your seller ratings up as high as possible.  Its not easy, but it is possible if you follow a few simple steps!

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