Today I was thinking of my mother, and how hard she worked when I was young. She didn’t go to work every day, but worked at home. With sheer determination, she learned how to turn a hobby into business income.
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There are no “no money” opportunities, so don’t fall for that. You are already paying for an internet connection, you have a computer, tablet or phone, and you’ve paid for those.
Many decades before the internet, my mom had to learn everything about her home business – dog breeding – by writing away for information. She needed to learn about:
- The Kennel Club and breed certifications
- Dogs known for producing good pups
- Veternarian costs for litters/health and nutrition needs
- How close in terms of miles were appropriate studs (i.e., show champions)
- How much did the breeding cost
- The portion of the home needed for housing litters/yard needs
- Business legalities and record keeping
She started with mailing costs, materials and a lot of waiting time.
If her hobby had been sewing – which she was skilled in – or knitting – also a skill of hers – the steps would have been the same.
What the web saves us from now, is time consumption.
If you are a senior or disabled person who needs to augment your income from home, you really don’t want to waste time, do you?
And I can help you with that!
Fast forward to modern day small home business behavior…If your hobby is producing physical products like:
- Wood carvings
- Paintings/prints/wall decor/metal works
- Sewn/knit/crochet products
- Books or non-physical e-books
- Collectibles like books, antiques, china sets, crystal sets, flatware sets no longer in production
- Self-help books or techniques
- Recipe videos
You can find an outlet like your own Amazon store, where amazon will place your products on its site, and also place them in their warehouses and take care of the orders and shipping.
A website like Etsy will also show your products and give you a web page with a shopping cart, to take orders. You do the shipping and state your terms as you like.
You can create your own Youtube channel with videos that promote your own or others’ products, and make money from advertisers.
You will need your own blog. You want the world of consumers to know that your products, or referrals to products, are available, and how to get them
What do I mean by your referrals?
This blog is all about affiliate marketing, or referral marketing. My referral to you, about how to learn to make a blog for business, is Wealthy Affiliate training.
I also am an affiliate with Amazon, a vitamin company, and Clickbank.
Here is my article explaining Clickbank, a digital marketplace where vendors place their products and you can refer them, and make commissions from sales.
If you shop on amazon and find a product on someone’s blog recommending it, they get a commission. That does not change your price, so it is a win-win situation.
My article about one example of amazon recommendations is Amazon For Wedding Gifts
My vitamin and supplements blog is here.
For blog training, Wealthy Affiliate training is my heartily recommended choice, after many attempts with blogging and marketing courses all of which gave me only part of the picture.
To fulfill your dreams of turning a hobby, or perhaps your expertise from a wage job/career into a home business, I don’t want you to waste years and money pouring your heart into a blog that isn’t designed for marketing.
Wealthy Affiliate offers you the big picture of marketing online and allows you to create two blogs online, published, with no up front cost whatsoever.
This offer is for a seven day period, as much as you can do.
You will have a community to engage with as you go. You will create as you go, and see the growing web site with every step.
That’s pretty exciting isn’t it?
You’ll learn some important tips for making your blog visible to people who are searching for your hobby products, or your informational products about the hobby items.
That is called blog traffic.
Your ideal traffic is from people ready to buy whatever you are writing about.
Yet you can also draw readers who are searching for information. You can provide articles discussing the different specs or varieties of the product topic.
This why the first steps of designing your blog are so important. If you get those tracks laid properly, it will be easier to progress with your site buillding.
The general plan is to write a lot of content, up to at least one hundred articles. This is not going to be a problem, because you have chosen a topic you can go on and on about, right? A real passion!
The specific plan is to form a site with some built-in advantages that allow you to track your progress with help from Google and other search engines.
Wealthy Affiliate provides this, including in your two free blogs.
Click here for my article Learn To Find Keywords about finding key search words to enhance your content.
Are You Ready To Make Two Blogs For Free
Whether your mom had a home business, or your inspiration or need comes from where you have ended up in your life, this is do-able!
You can build a home business with online marketing.
It is not overnight. It could be six months to a year before you start seeing significant income. It may cost you $300 – $400 USD over your first year. You will get about a 50% discount on domain name purchases (the www.yourblogname.com).
You will get your blogs placed on the Wealthy Affiliate servers, or hosted, for free.
Or pay $12.00 per month, per blog, elsewhere.
For some more information you can read my review of all the advantages of this membership community HERE.
If you want to start now to find out what you can do, and how much is possible
Have you started blogging already? What was your inspiration? Please share your adventure with us! Use the comment box below.