Category: Side Hustle

How to make money on Facebook Marketplace

Many people are not aware that it is possible to make money selling products on Facebook Marketplace.

I used to be one of those people who only see Facebook as a social media platform for social interaction on the internet. I later found out Facebook is more than a social media platform but also a marketplace where both physical and digital products can be sold.

After successfully selling physical products on Amazon, eBay and Etsy. I found out about the Facebook marketplace and tried it out. It’s a surprise I didn’t know about it all this while. Not only can you sell your used items on Facebook, but you can also sell new products and create a profitable business selling physical products on the Facebook marketplace.

What is Facebook Marketplace?

Facebook marketplace is a section on Facebook created for people to sell a  variety of products. There is no product you can’t sell, so far as it is legal.

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a shortcut for it on Facebook. The marketplace is on the left sidebar menu on desktop computers.

In other to sell on the marketplace, you must have a Facebook account. You must also input your location so you can sell and buy from people around you.

Are there restrictions on who can sell and what can be sold?

The only thing that can stop you from using the marketplace is if you don’t have a Facebook account. There is also no restriction to what you can sell but it must be legal. You are also prohibited from selling services and animals. You can check more on prohibited items here.

Now that you’ve been familiarized with the Facebook marketplace platform, here are my tips for selling products and making money on the Facebook marketplace.

Create a Facebook Account If You Don’t Have One

Facebook has 2.6 billion monthly users around the world. It is easy to jump to conclusion that everyone has a Facebook account. That might not be true because there are still a lot of people who do not have a Facebook account. If you are one of those people who do not have a Facebook account and you would like to sell on Facebook, you have to first create an account.

Start With The Unwanted Items in Your House

We all have items we no longer need or use. Check around your house and put such products for sale on the marketplace. It might be a book, children toys or even chairs. It might be anything. Most times we have stuff we no longer need and think nobody will ever want them. We are often wrong because something that is of no use in one person’s eye is valuable for another person.

I remember selling my son’s old bike on Facebook. He outgrew the bicycle and instead of keeping it in the garage and taking up space, I put it up for sale on Facebook and someone bought it.

Join a selling group in your area

This is by far the most important tip for selling successfully and making money on the Facebook marketplace.

You might have probably heard about Facebook selling groups. These are different from the general Facebook marketplace. The good thing about Facebook selling groups is the fact that you can reach thousands of people free in one post.

Most towns and cities have Facebook selling groups that someone created. Depending on how big the town or city is, some towns or cities have multiple Facebook selling groups.

Join as many as possible selling groups in your area. Whenever you want to list a product for sale, Facebook usually gives you options to either list only on the Facebook marketplace or to also list in the selling groups you already joined. I joined a lot of Facebook selling groups in my area so I usually post in all the Facebook selling groups I joined. This enables me to reach a lot of people.

This image below shows how Facebook was giving me suggestions to list the product I want to sell in multiple Facebook groups I already joined.

How to join Facebook selling groups

In the search bar on Facebook, type the name of your city or town. For example, let me assume you live in Gloucester.

As shown in the image below, you can type ‘Gloucester buy and sell group’. Lists of existing buy and sell groups will come up.

Top tip: join groups that have a lot of members in them.

After selecting one of the groups, you can click on the join button in blue as shown in the image below.

 

You will be notified in your Facebook account if you have been accepted into the group by the group administrator.

Some groups accept you very quickly while some take a few days. Some will make you answer some basic questions before accepting you to the group.

Once the moderator of the group accepts you, you can start posting products for sale in the group

Create a Selling Group For Your Area

If you can play the long-term game and really interested in selling products on Facebook, you can create your own Facebook Selling Group which you will be the main administrator of. It does take some time before the group will rank.

If you are consistent in posting valuable information in the group, Facebook will start suggesting your group to people they think will be interested in joining.

It will not be an overnight success but if you are consistent your group can become big and you can monetise the group properly by giving people in the group valuable information.

 

How To Put Up a Product For Sale on Facebook Marketplace

As of the time of writing, it is free for anyone with a Facebook account to list a product for sale on Facebook.

You can follow the process below to list a product for sale on the Facebook marketplace.

  1. Click on Facebook Marketplace icon

2. Click on sell

4. Depending on what type of product you want to sell, click on either items, vehicles or properties for sale or rent.

 

3. Fill in the important information about the product you want to sell. The most important information are description, photos, and price.

After that, click on next and you will have a screen where you can select as many selling groups as possible where you want your product to be available for sale. Marketplace would have been automatically selected for you.

The final step will be to click on publish and your product will be available for sale on Facebook.

Your product will be available for sale as long as your product is not a product prohibited on the Facebook marketplace.

The described steps above are if you are using a mobile device to create the listing. However, it is a very similar process if you are creating it on a desktop.

Final Thought

You can put your used or new products for sale on Facebook. People are earning a living by selling products on Facebook.

It is free to create a Facebook account if you don’t have one. Selling on Facebook is free for anyone with a Facebook account.

Facebook is trying hard to compete with established marketplaces like eBay, Amazon, and Etsy. Now is the right time to use the opportunity available on Facebook to earn some extra income.

You can read about selling on Amazon by clicking here.

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How To Earn Money Through Testing Websites

If you are looking for ways to make some extra cash by working online, this is the article for you. Through the course of this article, you will learn about how to make extra income through testing websites.

Curious about how it works? What skills do you need to get started? And which companies will pay you for testing websites? Keep reading as I discuss all of these below.

What Is Meant By Website Testing?

Website testing has to do with reviewing the features of a website and giving your feedback. The feedback can be both good and bad but it has to be honest.

The tester’s job is to let the company know what problems and difficulties they faced while using the website. Also, what were the features that made his experience great on the website? Did they notice any bugs?

The reason why this is important is so the company knows what they can improve and what works correctly.

As there is so much competition between online businesses and companies, a user-friendly website goes a long way to outmatch the competition.

When building a website, companies make sure they are getting the best domain, designs, and features for their website by investing time, effort, and money. A website’s user experience goes a long way to show a company’s professionalism.

Most of these websites mostly make more than $30,000 a month, and their income source hugely depends on their customers, so it makes sense that they would spend money on user testing to improve their website.

What Can You Expect From Website Testing?

Earnings from website testing can’t be your main income source but it can surely be a side hustle. You can find platforms that pay you $10 per testing, for a 10-20 minutes session. if you can get more than one, then you can make an upward of $20 a day, which is great.

If you combine this with your office or business work, you can have as much as $200 extra added to your income every month.

How Can You Find Website Testing Jobs?

The first step is to find a platform of choice. After signing up as a tester on the platform, you will get job notifications through email or on the platform’s website whenever new testing gigs are available. As there can be many others looking for this opportunity, you must act first and claim the test before anyone else does.

What Skills And Equipment Are Required To Be A Website Tester?

You need to know about websites to understand the flaws and the satisfactory features of a website. Having a good understanding of English is also important if the sites are in the English language. You should also be good at communicating. You will need to have a good internet connection, a computer or laptop with a web camera, a microphone, and an improved web browser.

What Are Some Websites That Will Pay You To Test Their Sites?

The following are some of the top websites where you can find website testing gigs.

Enroll

Enroll allows you to test out websites. To get started with Enroll, you need to submit your email address, password, and the preferred device you will be using to test the websites (i.e., laptop, smartphone, or tablet). After signing up, you will get notifications through email whenever new testing is available. There will be different types of tasks regarding testing websites, and you can choose the one you can carry out. Tests on Enroll only last a few minutes. You need to have a PayPal account as Enroll pays through PayPal.

UserBrain

UserBrain have example videos for you which will give you good idea of what you need to do. Their tests are often between 5 to 15mins. You will be paid via PayPal and can request payment once your balance reaches $10 which might require about 4 surveys.

Ferception

If you are not comfortable talking in front of the camera, turning your video on but are still interested in website testing then Ferception is the place for you. Here you don’t need to record your audio or video; you can take screenshots and answer some of their questions. You can earn as much as $25 in a test lasting 45 minutes. They pay you through PayPal on the last Friday of each month.

PingPong

Pingpong gives you the opportunity of testing websites from anywhere in the world, and this site is open for everyone. According to them, you can get paid €10- €100 per testing or interview. All you need to get started with this website is a computer with a webcam. PingPong pays every seven days after the testing; the payment methods are Transerwise or PayPal.

Beta Testing

You can receive about 5 invitation to undertake tests per month. Beta Testing do pay within 7 days. You will be required to test unreleased beta versions of various apps,websites and software. Beta Testing pay up to $10 per test.

UserTesting

UserTesting is a popular platform for website testing. They pay you to be natural and honest in reviewing the websites. They work with companies like Facebook, Capital One, Dominos, Walmart, Grammarly, and many other great brands. You can expect to make $10 per testing for every 20 minutes task you complete. You need to have experience in some fields so that companies looking for expertise in those fields can get you the testing opportunity.

Intuit User Research

Intuit User Research pays you to test web products like Intuit’s QuickBooks, Mint, ProSeries, and Lacerte. In a study session of 30 minutes to 1 hour, you are to give feedback on the things you liked and disliked. After the session, you will get $50 Visa Cards Rewards. They conduct most studies through the BlueJeans web conferencing tool. They have opportunities for both online and face-to-face tests.

Testing Time

With just a computer, internet connection, and Skype installed you can make money through Testing Time. You can earn up to €50 per study from this site, which usually takes 30-90 minutes. They pay within 5-10 days through PayPal.

User Conversation

This testing agency regularly features latest and trending startups. User Conversation is a good testing agency to consider because you can get paid within 2 days. For some quick profit this is a good testing agency to sign up to.

How to succeed as a Website Tester

We have now discussed the opportunities available for a website tester and what sites provide these opportunities. You need to know that it’s not always easy. Here are some tips which you can follow to be successful in this field.

  • Give your best in the audition: Most of the companies listed above will require you to take an audition. Normally, you may want this audition session to end quickly and get to the real work. But you should dedicate enough time and effort to this, as this is a factor that qualifies you.

 

  • Get on multiple sites: There are many website testing platforms available and you should take advantage of that. You should try a couple of them as there may not always be testing available if you sign up for only one website. If you sign up for multiple websites, you will have more opportunities.

 

  • Act quickly: Always be present on the sites and look for new tests. As soon as a new trial is available and you can take it, accept it fast. There are many testers like you looking for gigs. If you act quickly, you stand a better chance.

 

  • Give quality work: Don’t think that you will get a testing opportunity, finish it as quickly as possible and start looking for more testings. If you don’t give enough time and effort to your testing sessions, you won’t get more testing works. If you perform well on your actual testings, people will reach out to you to get their website tested.

Conclusion

You can earn a good extra income through testing websites. It would however help if you were reliable, flexible, and net-savvy.

It is important to keep your income expectations real and give your best on interviews and actual testings.

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Best side hustles after work

Have you ever wondered about the best work from home side hustles you can do after your day job work hours?

In this post, I will take you through some of the best side hustles that will help you earn extra income while you are still in full-time employment.

One of the reasons why a lot of people don’t consider starting a side hustle is because of lack of time. We actually have more time than we think. However, starting a side hustle requires a high level of discipline. This means you have to sacrifice in some cases to carve out time.

Most of the side hustles I am going to discuss below require time commitments and some of them will not earn you money immediately. Thinking long-term is very important. If you can make a long-term commitment, you will be surprised how income from your side hustle can overtake what you earn from your day job.

Let me use myself as an example in terms of finding time for your side hustle. I have a full-time job, I am married with two boys. Yet, I am still able to commit to my side hustles. How have I been able to do it?

Think about the gaps you have during the day and use the time wisely. For example, after I return from my day job, I have few free hours in the evening. I commit this time to my side hustle. As well, waking up early can be a game-changer for you.

Before the kids get up in the morning, I am already up. I have been able to carve out a few hours for my side hustles. You have more time than you think. You will need to sacrifice some activities that do not add any significant value to you. One of those activities is entertainment. A human being can survive without entertainment. 

I am not saying completely cut off entertainment, you can reduce it a bit.

I used to watch most live football matches on tv, nowadays because of my side hustle, I only choose a few games to watch and relax. It’s not that I’ve given up my love for football completely but I simply reduced the number of games I watch.

computer showing products for sale online

Selling online

There are lots of platforms available where you can sell physical and digital products online. The likes of Amazon, eBay, and Etsy have opened up their platforms for anyone interested to register and start selling their products.

The great part of selling online is that you have access to thousands if not millions of customers. Selling online has a lot of advantages over brick-and-mortar physical shops.

There is no cap on how much you can make by selling online. It just depends on how much work you can put in. You can definitely make between £1,000 and £5000 monthly if you get your strategies right.

Please note that the money you make is not immediate. It takes time and a lot of work.

I have written some articles about how to sell on Amazon. You can read by clicking here.

a lady testing website on the computer

Website Testing

You can get paid for testing websites and mobile applications.

Big companies and brands don’t launch their website without first testing them.

To ensure their applications are user-friendly, they test them first before pushing them out to customers. Also, whenever there are new features for an existing application they need to be tested before being pushed out as an update.

This is where you come in. There are websites where you can register and if you are accepted, you can start making money for testing web applications.

All you will have to do is use the website or application and give your honest opinion and experience.

You can earn up to $10 for each hour you spend testing websites.

Websites like UserTesting and UserBrain will pay you for testing websites.

Tutoring

You can tutor people online and get paid. The great thing about online tutoring is that the internet makes it possible to tutor people outside your location. You might be in the UK and tutor someone in the US or China.

A very good example is a ‘language tutor’. You can use platforms like Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet to do a video call. 

There are a variety of subjects and areas you can choose when considering tutoring.

You can sign up with agencies that can connect you to clients. Websites like Brainfuse, TutorMe, Tutor.com, or Skooli can help you find clients. With this, you can start earning some money from tutoring.

Freelancing as a side hustle

Freelancing

One of the lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic is that some type of work can be done anywhere as long as you are connected to the internet.

You can make yourself available on websites like Upwork, Fiverr, or other freelance marketplaces.

You can either learn a new skill or take advantage of the skillset you already possess.

For example, my day job is data analysis, I am an advanced Microsoft Excel user. Also, I am highly proficient in using SQL servers and very good at writing SQL scripts. If I have spare time, I can register on a freelancing website where people who need work done in my area of expertise can find me. When I do the work I will get paid.

It’s a great way to engage your spare time after work.

Everyone is good at something that someone else needs help for. What skills do you have? Are you good at writing, you can write for people and get paid. Are you good at art? Maybe your voice is great, you can offer voice-over services.

It’s not only about something you are passionate about. Earning money is about solving a problem. If there are problems you thinking people will need solving, you can acquire skills in that particular area and help people solve the problem.

Once people are happy with your services, they will have no problem paying for the service you render.

Get paid for driving

Humans love convenience. And it is becoming easier to live a convenient life nowadays. From shopping to driving and even cooking, people are now more than happy to let others do it for them.

There is no shame in using your car to serve other people by driving them around. You can get good pay by doing this.

One of the most popular ones is Uber who will help you to get customers that need your service. You can register with Uber and find spare time after your day’s job to earn extra income.

There are also delivery services like Amazon Flex which is like a courier service. Ecommerce is now very popular worldwide and dispatch/delivery companies always need more hands in delivering products people bought online.

Content creation flow diagram

Content Creation

The world is now a global village thanks to the internet. One of the ways humans have been able to connect with one another through the internet is by creating useful content that helps another human being.

It is now very easy to share your work with the world through the internet. If you are passionate about a particular topic. You can start writing about it and put it online. Just the way you are reading this article on abundanceaware.com, there will be people who will be interesting in reading what you put out.

I have to say that the content you put out needs to be something people will find useful. It should not be about you but about people who will be consuming your content. Your content has to solve a problem.

The two major ways to share something with the world are through writing and video. It is important to mention that you will not earn money immediately by just posting information online. However, if you consistently put out useful information online, it will get to a time when you will earn some money for your effort.

Some people now do content creation full-time and earn their living as content creators.

A good example of someone who is in the business of content creation is one of my mentors, Ken Okorafor. Ken is a blogger at The Humble Penny. He also has a YouTube channel where he teaches people about how to earn extra income through side hustles and also stock market investing strategies. Ken’s mission is to help people become as financially independent as he is.

Ken also has a platform called Financial Joy Academy (FJA) which I am a member of. FJA is a community of incredible people who are working towards becoming financially independent through sensible investing in stock and shares and also creating extra income through side hustles.

You can also earn extra income by starting a YouTube channel or a blog. After consistently providing value, you will surely earn money for your effort.

Final Thought

Starting a side hustle is easy, however achieving consistency with it is not. Because most side hustles do not immediately yield considerable profit, most people hide behind time. Let’s be honest, if you are guaranteed to make more than $1000 a month after starting a side hustle won’t you do it?

Starting a profitable side hustle alongside your 9-5 work is possible but it will take a little bit of investment on your part. Time and a little bit of money can set you up for impressive future earnings. Thanks to the vast amount of resources now available online, you might not even need to spend a penny to gain credible knowledge.

You stand to make a lot from your side hustle, do not let time and financial resources be your excuse.

There are more side hustles ideas in my 101 Side Hustles Ideas list.

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What is a blog and how does it work (Beginners Guide to Blogging)

In a world that has become virtual and millions of people spend a lot of their time on the internet searching for one information or the other, blogging has become a great way to earn some extra cash.

Blogging is a great way to make money on the go, especially for people who have something to tell the world. It is like killing two birds with one stone.

Anyone can blog, you don’t have to be a web guru to start your own blog and earn from it.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not rocket science, with a rudimentary knowledge of the internet, an interesting set of topics to discuss and a great writing skill, you can be a proud owner of a money-making blog. 

Even though it is not rocket science, it is also not so easy. One has to be determined and consistent to build traffic and get followers.

As a newbie blogger, don’t expect to start making money as soon as you get your blog started, well except you are a social media star with thousands of followers.

If you are looking to start a blog and earn a tangible income from it, there are certain things you must do that will set you apart from thousands of others who are doing the same thing you are doing. 

How to start a blog

There are some steps you must take to start your own blog and create an online presence, putting you on the internet map for your potential readers to find you.

Decide on a niche

You can’t be a jack of all trades.  Before you start your blog, you have to decide on what you will be writing about.

Your niche should be what a lot of people can relate with because this will help your blog get a good following.

You are not for everyone, so you should not be all over the place. Decide on the theme of your blog and stick to it. The theme of your blog will help you in deciding on a good name for the blog.

   

Get a good domain name 

After deciding on a theme, the next step is getting a domain name. These days, domain names are high in demand and there are a lot of new extensions available. However, I will advise that you get one with the .com domain extension.

If you cannot find one with a .com extension, be careful when choosing other extensions so as not to make it country-specific. 

Also, make sure your domain name is as short as possible. Make sure your domain name is not more than 15 characters and avoid using hyphens. A trick for SEO bonus is to use a keyword in your niche within the domain name.

Once you have your main keyword, you can try a website like LeanDomainSearch to get an idea of the domain name.

Let’s say for example you want to be writing about coffee on your blog.

If you type in the word ‘coffee’ in LeanDomainSearch, the website will give you an idea of words you can have before or after the word coffee.

Choose a web hosting services

There are several great hosting companies but make sure to select the best one for your blog.

Before settling for a hosting account, read reviews on the account to make sure the provider comes with little or no problem.

Most importantly, ensure that your hosting account has a WordPress plugin. 

There are a lot of web hosting providers you can choose from. SiteGround and BlueHost are two of the best out there. This blog (Abundance Aware) is hosted on SiteGround and it’s really been the best decision because SiteGround service is excellent.

If you are just a beginner and want one of the cheapest in the market, BlueHost is the one to go for. If you are thinking long term and want the most robust and reliable hosting service, you can consider SiteGround.

 

Choose Content Management System (CMS)

The next thing you need after chosen a web hosting service is a content management system (CMS).

What your blog is about will influence the CMS that will be best.

For most bloggers, WordPress is far the best CMS. WordPress is free and open-source.

About 30percent of world websites use WordPress. The majority of bloggers use WordPress because it is the best. The major advantage of WordPress is the fact that almost anything is possible on WordPress. 

Because it is open-source, there is a mind-blowing number of plugins available to help you do almost any customization on your website.

The majority of the other CMS are templates and have limitations to what you can do.

WordPress Theme

While setting up your WordPress account, you need to select a theme, i.e what will your blog look like?

There are thousands of themes to choose from, and you can opt for either a free or premium theme.

One of the best ones I will recommend to you is Astra. I use Astra Pro on another website I own. I own another website where I write on another passion I have. Cacao & Cocoa use the Astra Pro theme.

Astra is a simple theme to use. It is a fully customizable & fast theme that you will love.

Within a short period of time, you can create your website because Astra Pro comes with a lot of pre-built templates.

You can get Astra by clicking here.

Install Google Analytics

Google analytics help in tracking your blogging experience. 

Through Google Analytics you will be able to see how your blog is making progress regarding the number of views it’s getting.

Start creating contents

After doing all this, you can now start your writing properly. To garner a lot of followers to your blog, you have to write keyword-focused content and do it consistently.

While curating your content, you must make sure it is engaging and one that will keep your readers coming back for more.

Writing engaging content will boost your engagement and help you rank high on Search Engine Results Pages. 

Decide on a way to monetise your blog

Your blog may not start making money as soon as you’d like but with consistency and smart work, you can build a large following and then monetise your blog.

Monetisation Methods

As a blog owner who has several followers and generates lots of traffic on their website, you can earn real money from your blog through the following:

Affiliate Marketing

This is one of the most common ways for a blogger to make money.

This involves promoting the products of other brands or business and they, in turn, pay you some commission for every client you bring.

Affiliate marketing is one of the best and easiest ways to earn money from your blog.

It is when you advertise a business’ product on your site and get paid for every purchase that is made through you. 

To be an affiliate marketer, having great traffic to your site is not enough, you have to convince your readers to buy the product.

It is usually advisable to not promote products or services you do not use or do not know about.

The sales you make through affiliate links are tracked so the company you are in partnership with could tell how many customers come from you and pay you accordingly.

Advert

Generating a lot of traffic on your blog would attract brands in your niche who want to advertise their business.

You may also consider Google Adsense as it is a great way to start using ads to monetise your blog if you have no brand pining for you.

There are other advertising agencies like MediaVine, Ezoic, and AdThrive.

They do have high requirements. When your blog gets to meet their requirements, you can earn good morning when you get accepted by them. 

Freelance Writing

Being a good writer of a great blog already qualifies you to be a freelance blogger. You can offer your service as a writer to other bloggers, brands, or businesses who find it hard to express themselves. 

Having well-written blog posts on your page would serve as reference points for would-be clients.

Write and sell online books or courses

As a professional in your field and a blogger who interacts well with their followers, you can create and sell courses or books on what your readers want.

If your followers already see value in what you are dishing out for free so they would definitely pay to learn more. 

Offer a consulting service

Sometimes, people want a one on one coaching as regards some things because it provides a more in-depth and personalised experience.

Being an expert in your field, you can offer to teach, coach, or advise your audience personally.

To get the right audience interested in your consulting service, you have to write targeted posts on topics your type of potential clients cares about.

How to boost your web traffic

As a blog owner looking to monetise their blog, web traffic is no joke as this would serve as a yardstick for your blog’s success as well as monetising capabilities.

There are a lot of ways you can increase web traffic to your site.

Social Media

You can leverage social media channels to get traffic to your blog. It is free to open an account on social media channels.

It is now a must for a business or website to have a page on social medial channels like Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and others.

You need to be active on social media. You can choose a social media channel that is relevant to your niche. It can be a grind to use all of them so it is better to choose about two and be active on the platform.

Youtube is one of the great ways to get traffic. The good thing about Youtube is that you do not need to show your face if you don’t want to.

Pinterest

One of the ways most bloggers get traffic to their website is Pinterest.

Pinterest is an image-sharing social media platform. What makes Pinterest a good place where people go to find information is the attractiveness of the images on it.

Pinterest is a must for any blogger that wants to drive a lot of traffics to their website.

Guest Post

Make sure to familiarise yourself with bloggers in your niche.

Inviting guest bloggers to your blog will boost your traffic as some of their own members might take an interest in your content through them.

You can also decide to write for other blogs as well as this will have the same effect.

Advertise

As a beginner, this might not be advisable because it can cost a lot of money.

Advertising your blog through paid search can bring traffic to your website. You can put your blog in front of a lot of people by using different paid channels suited to your purpose.

You can advertise on Google or social media channels like Facebook and Instagram.

Use SEO Optimally

Optimize your blog posts for search engines to boost traffic to your site. Make the most of image alt text, use meta descriptions, and don’t forget to create internal links to new content.

All these would boost your content’s engagement and help your blog to come up in Google search.

Use popular keywords

Using popular keywords in your content will make sure it gets seen fast. Make sure to use long-tail keywords as they account for a large number of web searches.

Eye-catching headlines

A lot of great posts go unread because of wacky headlines.

Writing a headline that would pique your reader’s interest is a great way to direct traffic to your site.

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Genuine ways to make money online

There are a lot of genuine ways to make money online if you have the right information.

It can be very overwhelming to get started making money online. Especially if the information you are reading is not broken down into a simple way to understand. It is very easy to get confused by lots of information available on the internet.

Before you start

Before I give you my list of genuine ways to make money online. Let me give you some important things you need to understand before you start any online money-making business.

 

Time

It is very important to know that any way you choose to make money online will take time. This is especially true if you are completely new to online business. Nothing will happen by magic. The time factor is the most important mindset shift required to make any online money-making venture work.

We are now living in a time in history whereby people expect things to happen very quickly. But the reality is that to get any tangible result, it will take time. It won’t happen overnight.

We often underestimate how long a project will take. Impatience now rules our mind and it is a bad thing. There is no such thing as making easy or free money online. A lot of time will need to be devoted.

When you see people that have made money online, if they are honest they will tell you it isn’t easy. They will tell you about the countless hours spent in developing a product or service before they were able to earn any money through their online business.

Education

I am sure you must be wondering why I am talking about education. I am not talking about a university degree. A college degree is not required to start an online business.

However, you need to educate yourself about any online business you choose for you to get any result.

Thanks to the internet, it is very easy to teach yourself a lot of things. There is a wealth of information on the internet about various subjects.

When you identify the type of online business you want to do, look for helpful information online. Then immerse yourself in learning.

As long as you have an internet connection, most of the information online is free.

Alternatively, you can pay for a course someone else put together. The coaching or mentoring option could also help you get results faster. Having a coach or mentor does not guarantee results without hard work, it only makes the journey easier for you.

I must say that you have to be careful not to fall into the hands of dubious people. It is easy to do this in an attempt to buy a course or seek a coach or mentor.

Consistency

If there is one thing that will help you to succeed, it is consistency in efforts.

Anyone who cannot put in consistent work will not make tangible money online. You have to stay engaged and avoid distractions.

If it was easy to make money online, everyone will be doing it. Many people start the journey, fail to be consistent and end up quitting.

Consistency means that you are committed to sustained effort in other to achieve your goal of making money online.

Something that has helped me personally in my online side hustle is scheduling. I use calendar blocking to schedule my work. This helps me know exactly what I need to do each day of the week to help move my business forward.

I consistently wake up early to get work done. Small consistent effort every day can help you to achieve a big result over a period of time.

Genuine online businesses

1. Sell physical products

One of the best ways to earn money online is to sell a physical product. The risk of starting a business selling physical product has been reduced to almost zero because of the internet. You can start making money online by selling physical products.

These are the best platforms where you can sell physical products

I have written a number of articles about how to start selling on Amazon. Check the list of my selling on Amazon articles below.

If you have an idea of a very niche unique product. You can set up your own Shopify eCommerce store where you can sell the products to customers.

The common rule is that your products need to solve specific problems. And it is important that the product is not easily available in usual brick and mortar shops on the high street.

By this, you have more chance of customers coming to buy it online.

One of the other ways to make money online is to start a dropshipping business. The good thing about dropshipping is that you are not going to hold any stock. Its simply selling other peoples products.

2. Sell digital products

Another genuine way to make money online is to sell digital products. There are a variety of digital products you can sell online.

The most obvious digital product is an ebook. There are other digital products that you can sell online.

You can create a template that someone might find useful and will be happy to pay you for it. On marketplaces like Etsy, you can upload a template you have created and make it available for sale.

The screenshot below is from Etsy which shows some budgeting planner template that are available for sale.

You can research on a subject you can create a template for and start making money online when people buy.

 

3. Sell courses

Making money online is not about clicking a few buttons and money starts rolling into your bank account.

If you have knowledge about a topic than the majority of people don’t know. There is a chance that someone will be ready to pay you for what you know.

On websites like Udemy, you can create educational videos on a subject you know a lot about. Is it easy to create a course? No, it is not, it takes hard work and time.

Your courses can also be hosted on websites like Thinkific or Teachable. The amazing thing about courses is that it will be available for people from all over the world which provide limitless opportunity to earn money.

If you can put in the work, you can create a course, make it available online and start earning money genuinely online.

 

4. Freelancing/ Virtual Assistant

The internet provides opportunities for ordinary everyday people who have niche knowledge. They can make themself available for people all over the world.

You can serve people all over the world with your knowledge. Platforms like People Per Hour, Fiverr and UpWork make it easy for you to offer valuable services to entrepreneurs and business people.

As a freelance or virtual assistant, people all over the world can seek your service and you can get paid.

I have paid people for various services like article editing, logo design, website error fixing. The list goes on and on. If you have any special skill, you can genuinely earn money for your skills online.

Final Thought

Making money online requires a lot of grinds and hard work. Anyone ready to learn and put in the work can genuinely earn money online.

I wrote a very detailed article on 101 Side Hustle Ideas. The list contains both online and offline side hustle ideas. If you are only interested in earning money online, just pick from some of the online related side hustles. The link is below

 

 

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How to import from China and sell on Amazon

Importing from any country including China can be overwhelming. But actually, importing from China and sell on Amazon isn’t as difficult as you might think.

I have been importing from China and selling on Amazon for over 3 years as at the time of writing this article.

In this article, I am going to take you through my step by step process of importing from China and selling on Amazon.

Step 1: Find a product

This is the most important step for an obvious reason. Without a product you intend to sell, there is no point thinking about importation.

One of the most challenging parts of selling on Amazon is finding a product.

Your success on Amazon depends on finding a product that people want to buy. There is no point importing a product that people are not interested in.

To succeed on Amazon, you must do a proper market analysis and come up with a unique product that you will bring to the market place.

I wrote an article about how to find a product to sell on Amazon, perhaps you might be interested in reading it after this one.

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Step 2: List the product for sale on Amazon

Listing a product is important for many reasons.

It will give you the assurance that you are allowed to sell the product on Amazon.

If you are new to selling on Amazon. They don’t trust you yet so they will not allow you to sell in all the categories. For example, if you are a new seller, you might not be allowed to list a product in the health and personal care category.

I know a lot of people who think they can just list any product for sale on Amazon. Before you go and contact a supplier, make sure you check that you will be able to sell the product.

Step 3: Validate your product idea

After listing the product for sale on Amazon, the next stage is to validate your idea.

There is nothing new under the sun. The chances are that the product you want to sell already exist on the shelf in a shop somewhere.

Obviously, you want to make yours different and unique. You don’t want to go and copy the exact product someone already have for sale on Amazon. However, you can use an existing similar product from retailers to validate your idea.

Part of my process of bringing a new product to Amazon marketplace is to test the product on Amazon.

I usually check on Amazon if customers are interested in buying the product.

I would buy between 5 to 10 units of the product from a retailer in a high street or online shop. List it for sale on Amazon. I would send the product to Amazon fulfilment centre.

I will then run an advert on Amazon. The advert will help to put the product in front of customers. After a few days, I would check how the advert is performing.

There is a chance that some of the product will be sold through the advert.

The advert report will show me, how many people on a daily basis were searching for that product on Amazon.

The report will also show me the exact keywords customers typed for searching for the product.

This stage is crucial and very important in making the decision to go further to find a supplier that will supply the product.

Stage 4: Find a supplier

This stage is very important in your process of importing from China.

There are various platforms you can use to investigate and choose a supplier to manufacture your product in China.

The platform that is by far better than all the rest is Alibaba. I have personally used Alibaba to find supplier since I began importing from China in 2017.

Some of the things that are very important to check when choosing suppliers on Alibaba are

1. Gold Supplier

This is also very important.

Suppliers with Gold supplier symbol are the ones Alibaba have verified and earned their trust.

In some cases, the supplier with Gold status has been doing business for a good number of years and have good integrity.

2. Alibaba Trade Assurance

Make sure a supplier you choose has Alibaba Trade Assurance.

The is like insurance against supplier not keeping to their promise.

If you pay a supplier and they fail to deliver the goods. You can report them to Alibaba and they will pay you the money back.

Make sure all your transactions go through the trade assurance especially when you are just starting off.

Stage 5: Sample for Quality Check

After finding a reputable supplier. You can now place an order for a sample.

Seeing photos on Alibaba is not good enough.

You need to ask them to send you a sample. In most case, they don’t charge for the sample. However, you will need to pay for the shipping cost.

The sample is an opportunity to check that the factory will be able to meet the standard of the quality you want.

You want a product that is of high quality so you will not be getting a complaint from customers.

If there are any changes you will like to make to the product, you can communicate with the supplier after you have seen and assess the sample.

Stage 6: Find a Freight Forwarder (Sea or Air)

Before you make payment for the initial deposit. It is important to ask questions about shipping. At this stage, you need to understand the shipping terms.

There are three major terms namely FOB, EXW and CIF.

The first two are the most common

FOB (Free on Board)

The supplier will be responsible for getting your goods to the seaport.

Your supplier will be responsible for transportation of the goods to the port of shipment and the cost of loading.

It worth mentioned that the FOB quote usually will be more than EXW quotes where you will be responsible for the local transportation cost to the port of shipment.

EXW (EX Work)

In this case, you will be the one responsible for the cost of transporting your goods from the supplier factory to the port of shipment. It’s basically opposite of FOB.

I usually prefer FOB term for my shipment.

Importing your goods from China to the UK through sea freight is far cheaper than air freight.

I remember vividly my first import from China was via air freight through a courier. It was very expensive and that leads me to ask my supplier the cheapest way to ship to the UK from China.

My supplier suggested to me to look for a freight forwarder who can help ship my products to the UK by sea.

While preparing for my next shipment, I found a company called Shippo through google search.

Shippo has been very helpful for my business since I found them. They simplify my shipping process and make it cheaper.

The three factors that determine the cost of your shipping are

  • size
  • volume (in cubic meters (CBM)
  • and weight (KG), of your shipment.

Obviously shipping by air from China through courier like UPS, DHL and FedEx can be quicker. However, you will be saving a lot of money by shipping through sea freight specialist like Shippo.

For people who are just new to selling on Amazon and their product is lightweight. You might consider air freight.

If you want to use the traditional courier, in most cases your supplier will help deal with them in China to get a quote for you.

For sea freight, it is better to find freight forwarder in the UK.

Sea shipping is not right for every product. The general rule of thumb is that if your goods are too small or you need it urgently, the sea shipping will not be right, so consider air freight.

Door to Door Delivery

I must not forget to mention this one.

Door to Door Delivery means that your supplier will help you appoint a freight forwarding company.

Every task involved with shipping will be handled by the appointed freight forwarder.

With Door to Door Delivery, you won’t need to worry about taking the product from warehouse or factory to port or airport.

As well, your supplier in conjunction with the freight forwarder or the courier will take care of all the paperwork and taxes. 

The product will arrive at your door or your chosen location.

Stage 7: Bulk Order

After you have received the sample, satisfy with the quality and agreed on price and shipping term. You can now proceed to place a bulk order.

Obviously you need to ask for a formal quote in writing. This will usually be sent to you via email.

Don’t be scared to haggle. Quality is very important to you so don’t ask for too much discount which will make the supplier compromise on the quality of the sample you’ve seen.

You can get a few cent or pence off the price they quoted you and that can save you a bit of money.

You will usually be required to make payment for the initial deposit which in most cases is 30% of the total cost.

For example, if your product will cost £2,000, you will be required to make a payment of £600 as an initial deposit.

Stage 8: Inspection

There are companies in China that you can appoint to help inspect your products before leaving the factory.

There have been stories of supplier compromising on quality. That is the reason why there are inspection companies in China.

They that can help check that your goods have been produced to the standard you agreed with the supplier.

Personally, I haven’t used any of the inspection companies so am unable to recommend one.

My suppliers have never disappointed me in terms of the quality of the products. For this reason, I have not had any need to use inspection companies for quality check.

Perhaps, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you have a large order, you might consider inspection company service.

Stage 9: Import your goods

Once you have placed bulk order and chosen a freight forwarder or courier. The sea freight forwarder or a courier will deal with your supplier to handle the process of importing your goods.

They will be responsible for importing your goods to the UK.

In my case, I use Shippo for my sea freight and they are efficient and effective.

The freight forwarder will give you the estimated date they expect your goods to arrive in the UK. Sometime the date might change. In that case, they will communicate with you.

Shippo which I use does have tracking on their website that I can use to track the shipment.

Stage 10: Goods Arrival, Custom Duty and Value Added Tax (VAT)

When the goods arrive in the UK, you will get notified by the forwarder.

You then are asked to make payment for the cost of shipping, customs duty, and VAT. All of these will be in one single invoice. The freight forwarder is collecting the Duty and VAT on behalf of HMRC from you.

Because you are importing from China which is outside the EU area, you will need to pay VAT on your goods.

It makes a lot of sense to calculate the Duty and VAT before your goods arrive so you can be well prepared.

Duty is basically calculated using a percentage of your product tariff code. The tariff code depends on the type of product.

Tariff codes are mostly between 2% and 5%, it could be higher but you can check the tariff classification on the UK Government website.

As at the time of writing this post, VAT is standard 20%.

VAT on Taxable Import = 20% of (goods cost) + (UK Duty) + (Insurance & Shipping).

For example, if the cost of your goods is £3,000 with 3% on the tariff code and the shipping cost is £300.

Your duty will be 3% of £3,000 which should be £90.

VAT will be 20% of £3,000 (Cost to buy your goods) + £90 (UK Duty) + £300 (Shipping Cost & Insurance).

Your VAT should be £678.

Your Duty + VAT will be around £779

If your business is VAT registered, you will be able to reclaim the VAT back from HMRC.

For most people who are just starting Amazon business, you won’t be able to collect the VAT back. However, you will not be paying VAT to HMRC on each item sold like a business that is VAT registered.

Usually, HMRC will send you a C79 certificate to prove you’ve paid import VAT which you can claim back.

My freight forwarder Shippo has a calculator on their website which you can use.

Stage 11: Send to a fulfilment warehouse

If your aim of importing from China to the UK is to sell on Amazon. You can ask your freight forwarder or courier to send the goods to Amazon fulfilment centre as soon as the goods are cleared from custom.

Usually, you would have created carton and pallet labels from Amazon Seller Account which should be stick on the cartons and pallets if your goods come in pallets.

If you want to merchant fulfil your products, you can ask for the goods to be sent to your chosen address.

I created a YouTube video on how to import from China and sell on Amazon.

You can watch the video below.

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How to build a brand on Amazon

For anyone interested in the business of selling physical products online. How to build a brand on Amazon should be the first question to ask.

There is no doubt that you can build your brand of physical products on your own website.

However, it will take a lot of work to set up the website to make it e-commerce ready.

Even after setting up the website. You will have to do a very good job of promoting or marketing your product.

Why start with Amazon?

Amazon has customers ready to buy.

Amazon Prime (Buyers) and Amazon FBA (Sellers) in my opinion is what set Amazon apart from other marketplaces.

Amazon Prime

Amazon has raving fans who are part of their Prime membership.

This huge database of customers on Amazon has had their credit or debit card details ready to buy products on Amazon.

Amazon customers love them because Amazon is customer-centric.

By building your brand on Amazon. You will be benefiting from the trust Amazon has earned from its customers.

Amazon Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA)

Obviously, there are now a lot of eCommerce ready websites like Shopify.

What set amazon apart from eBay, Etsy, Shopify and other platforms is their FBA program.

Amazon allows sellers to keep their products in their warehouse.

When customers buy, Amazon will pick, pack and ship the products to customers.

This is great leverage and it saves a lot of brand owners time.

How to build a brand

  1. Find a product

This is the most challenging bit. You must find a winning product if you do not already have one.

Without having a product there is no point building a brand.

Selling on Amazon is very competitive so you will need a unique product which you can use to start your brand.

One of the keys to success on Amazon is to have a high-quality product. Without a quality product, your brand will not succeed on Amazon.

I wrote an article about how to find a product to sell on Amazon. If you do not already have a product in mind, I will recommend you read the article after you finish with this one.

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  1. Restrictions

Amazon will not allow you to sell every product if you are new on their platform.

Check that you are allowed to sell the product you want to build a brand on before placing order.

There are procedures to follow to lift some of the restrictions.

You don’t want to order a product before you find out you are not allowed to sell it on Amazon.

It makes a lot of sense to first create a selling account on Amazon. By creating an account, you will be able to follow the process of getting approved to sell in the category your product belong if it is a restricted category.

 

  1. Test your product or idea

Test the product before bulk order from a supplier.

This is very important for people that do not already have a product they want to build brand around.

Sadly, a lot of people jump this stage and usually fail. The risk of starting a business has been reduced to almost zero because of the internet.

It is important to test the product. It’s actually very simple to test. All you need to do is to buy a similar product to what you want to sell from retailers.

Send it to Amazon fulfilment centre. Run advert for a few days and see if people are interested in the product.

You will be able to know the price customer is willing to pay, how much interest there is in that type of product.

You only need between 5 and 10 units to do the testing.

This is the exact process I follow to launch products on Amazon.

  1. Brand Name

Come up with a good brand name. I have two brands, I use one in homes and kitchen category. The other one I use in health and personal care category.

If you are confident about dominating a particular niche of product. There is nothing wrong with having a brand name that has the name of the niche in it.

For example, if you want to build a brand around men’s grooming kit. You could have something like ‘Groom Man’ or ‘Beardly’. These are just example, you have to research and brainstorm your brand name.

My favourite format of a brand name is a brand name that is generic. Think about ‘Apple’ or ‘Amazon’. These are brand names that do not reflect the types of products they sell.

I think a generic name is better because you can use it for any type of product. However, it is isn’t a bad thing to be specific.

Anyway, I am not a brand expert so I won’t be able to say much about the brand name.

Whatever brand name you choose, you need to check online that someone is not already using it.

  1. Trademark

It is important to trademark the brand name.

There are many reasons for this. The main one is that Amazon will not allow you to register your brand on their platform without a trademark number.

As well, they will require your product to have the brand name on it.

Before you apply for a trademark of your brand name. You need to first check that no one has already trademarked the name.

You can check on the government trademark register by clicking here.

After you have checked and the name is available. You can then proceed to apply for the trademark.

  1. Find a supplier

Alibaba is the major market place where people find suppliers who will manufacture your product.

However, you can also find a manufacturer in your home country. There are manufacturers in every country. It just depends on the type of products you are branding.

There are products that have some regulations to them which you need to pay attention to. Examples are kids toys, health and personal care, beauty.

Basically, any product that people will consumer through the mouth or put on their skin. You need to make sure all the regulations are considered.

This is the reason why grocery, nutrition, supplement and beauty products are better manufactured in your home country.

The chances are that reputable manufacturer in your home country is likely to have all the certifications required to manufacture the product.

 

  1. Use Amazon FBA program

Even your orders from other marketplaces like eBay, Shopify etc can be fulfilled by Amazon.

Fulfilment by Amazon program is a great opportunity to safe time and energy.

I have been using Amazon FBA to fulfil my orders since I started selling on Amazon.

Not having to worry about contacting courier or going to post office to fulfil orders is very important to me.

And you will be able to spend your time on promoting and expanding your brand. I will highly recommend you leverage Amazon FBA.

 

  1. High-quality images

We all know about the phrase ‘picture speaks a thousand words.

This phrase is really true in eCommerce.

It’s not compulsory to use a professional camera to capture the images of your product. You can use your mobile phone camera.

However, if you are thinking about a proper brand, it worth budgeting for a product photographer to come up with quality photos including lifestyle images.

Amazon also has a service for photos.

I once used them, their images were really good. However, it didn’t include lifestyle images.

 

  1. Optimised listing

Amazon is also a search engine.

For people to find your product, it must be fully optimised with the right keywords.

Just the way bloggers learn Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). You need to also learn how Amazon search engine works.

The basic of it is that the keywords you want to rank for need to be in your title.

The order of importance are title, bullet points and product description.

Example of product title can be seen in the image below. The product is ‘garlic press’.

You will notice they do not only have garlic press in the title, but they also have ‘garlic crusher’.

 

This tells you that you need to consider other words customers might be using top search for your product.

You could also have your brand name in the title. As your brand begins to grow, some customers might be using your brand name to search for your product.

Amazon listing template provides you with 5 bullet points where you can describe the product.

The bullet points are also an opportunity to include more keywords. I must say that you need to be clever with this so you don’t want to have keywords that make the writing read terribly.

In fact, the bullets points provide you with the opportunity to describe the problem the product solves.

Finally, there is the product description part, which you can use to describe the product in great detail.

With Amazon brand registry approval, you will have access to Amazon Enhanced Brand Content (EBC).

This is only available to brand owners. You can write a story about your brand.

  1. Review

The review is important. It’s social proof.

When a customer sees a review someone else wrote on your product. They are likely to buy than if there is no review or a bad review.

If a product is of high quality, customers will leave reviews.

I don’t think its wrong to ask family and friends to review your product if you are confident it’s a good product.

Alternatively, Amazon has reviewer service, which you can pay for. The downside is that they are not going to guarantee the reviews to be five stars.

My experience of using their service wasn’t bad. 5 reviews from their reviewer, four of them 5 stars and the other one, 4 star.

If your product is good, there is no need to be scared of using Amazon reviewer service.

 

  1. Market your product

You can drive traffic from your audience or other influencer audience to your Amazon product on Amazon website.

Alternatively, you can use Amazon PPC which can be expensive if you are in a very competitive niche. I have spent a lot of money on Amazon PPC.

As a brand owner, you are in business. It is important to budget for advertisement.

When you launch the product initially, the cost of advertising can be high.

One they product start to do well, the cost of advertising will reduce.

Advertising is a fundamental part of brand building on Amazon marketplace.

  1. Master keywords

One of the benefits of Amazon PPC is that its the only way to know the keywords customers are using to search for products.

You can then include these keywords in your product description. You might be wrong if you assume the keywords customers use.

 

  1. Brand Analytics

If your brand is registered on Amazon, they will allow you to have access to they Brand Analytics.

Brand Analytics is a very useful report to see keywords and products that are popular on Amazon.

As a brand owner on Amazon, I have access to Amazon Brand Analytics and its been very useful for my business.

 

  1. Aim for page one

If your product is not on page 1 on most of the keywords you want to rank for, you will struggle to sell.

Marketing, listing optimisation and review are the key ingredients you need to get your product to page one of the keywords you want your product to rank for.

Majority of the customers do not go beyond pay one when they are buying a product on Amazon.

This is the reason why you want your products to come up high in the search.

Final Thought

Amazon is a great marketplace for building a brand.

Selling on Amazon is becoming more and more competitive. However, the number of people who are shopping online is increasing year on year.

Shopping online is still at its infancy so they best time to build your brand is now if you are interested in eCommerce.

When you have a successful brand on Amazon. You should consider selling your product in other marketplaces like Etsy and eBay.

You could also try your own website or a Shopify store.

Taking note of all the points I listed above, there is nothing stopping you in succeeding on Amazon.

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