The more time I spend working from home in my online business, the less convinced I am about the age-old mantra that it’s hard work that makes you successful.
That doesn’t mean that hard work isn’t integral.
But I actually think there is something even more important that a lot of people don’t really talk about. Every day I get emails from bloggers who work their fingers to the bone but still aren’t seeing results.
So what is going on?
Here’s a few thoughts.
NOTE: This post contains ranting that may be upsetting to some viewers.
Figuring out how to work from home in a realistic, sustainable and profitable way has been one of my main goals since I was at university.
And it hasn’t always been easy.
There’s been times when money has been short, stress has been high, and the prospect of going to a “real” job would keep me up at night.
These days, however, I feel more confident with my setup and have been happily working from home for quite a few years.
And I know a lot of other people want that too.
I’ve put together this guide on how to work from home to give you all the main tips that I’ve picked up over the years. It’s my hope that something here will help someone out there make a transition from a stressful job to one that they love.
Let’s dive in!
NOTE: This article will be coming from the angle of blogs and online businesses because that is where my experience lies. I am NOT selling anything and there are no affiliate links in this post. I just want to share some realistic tips!
Promoting affiliate products is still one of the most effective ways to make money from your blog.
If you choose a trusted affiliate program that you know and love, and then promote it properly, you’ll find that you can create a long-term (pretty) stable source of income.
But a lot of bloggers are still too afraid to give them a go.
I don’t really like talking about money on Blog Tyrant (there’s enough blogs doing that and talking about money always makes me feel uncomfortable), but today I want to show you a few solid ways to make a bit more using affiliates.
Hope it helps!
“Take more risks,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said.
I’ve been around business people all my life. And the one thing you notice is that the successful ones take risks.
But not everyone is built for risk taking.
Personally, I hate risks.
I just want to sit in my local cafe and write blog posts and not do anything that could be even remotely stressful.
So why do I end up taking risks anyway?
And has it had a big impact on my business?
Although I prefer to write about blogging experiments and conversion strategies, I can’t deny that a lot of the readers of this site want to know how to build a profitable blog.
And one of the bigger concerns is whether or not their blog will ever be profitable enough to support a spouse, kids, bills, etc. I know a lot of stay at home moms who run blogs think about this because I receive the emails.
Not everyone wants to make money from their blog, but if you do then you would have inevitably thought about whether you’ll ever earn enough to make the whole thing worth while.
Let’s take a look at a few issues about building a profitable blog.
Me and my buddy walking a rainy path in the highlands of Scotland.
When I was 16 I sold an eBook for $65 to a lovely man from Holland.
Actually, it was less e-Book and more real-book; I printed it out with a nice hardcover and literally posted it to the other side of the world.
As clumsy as that transaction was (I made him send me the money via Western Union) I am only now realizing something vital about that day.
And I’d like to share it with you.
Hopefully someone out there reads it and doesn’t end up wasting all the years that I have.
WARNING: Self-involved stories and lame nostalgia ahead. Proceed with caution!
Not too long ago one of my best mates made $1.6m in affiliate sales… from a laptop in his kitchen.
It was a huge achievement given that he also has six children and works only at night in order to maximise his time with the little fellas.
It’s also a huge achievement because he nearly went bankrupt a few years before.
You see, this friend has a remarkable ability to make money online.
Sometimes the ideas he comes up with seem totally insane to me. But he always seems to make them work – and make them work in a big way.
So why do I drive for nearly two hours to visit him?
Most of us are trying to make money with our blog.
But perhaps the biggest mistake you can make is to try and make money with it today.
That might sounds like a crazy statement to many internet entreprenuers out there – surely we want to maximise our profits from the beginning?
Well, lately I’ve been having some other ideas based on some stuff that has been working for me and a few of my more successful blogging buddies.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
Chris Ducker has a new book.
You’re going to be hearing a lot about it in the next few weeks.
He sent me an advanced copy a few weeks ago and after reading a few chapters I instantly realized something pretty important.
He got the title badly wrong.
It is an incredibly useful book – practical, simple to follow and extremely insightful. But the title ain’t right. I’ll talk more about that below.
This is the first time I’ve ever written about a book on Blog Tyrant. I’m not getting paid to do it. I’m not using any affiliate links. I just wanted to talk about it because I honestly think that it’s the missing ingredient in a lot of blogger business plans.
Read on. Please.
NOTE: There is a little competition at the end of this post that you are absolutely going to want to read about… I’m talking a free half an hour Skype call with Chris himself (usually valued at $500) to help brain storm your blogging/outsourcing future. I’ll also give away a few copies of the book.
Last Update September 30th, 2014
Without paid content writing I would have had to get a real job years ago. My couch based, pants-off office set up would be replaced with a suit and a cubicle. For-get-it!
Looking back I realize that content creation has been a part of my business almost from the beginning. Not always in the same format, mind you, but in one way or another.
- I’ve been asked to be a regular writer on ViperChill (I know, right) and other big blogs;
- In 2009 I was offered almost $150,000 to produce content for an SEO firm (it didn’t work out and I’ll tell you why later);
- I ghost write premium content for clients from anywhere between $150 and $400 an article;
- I’ve managed small teams of micro-content producers;
- And so on…
I feel really funny about bullet pointing my “achievements” but I wanted to give you an idea about the type of work I’m focusing on in this post.
Copywriting and content writing hasn’t made me rich or anything like that but it has provided some pretty handy supplementary income over the years.
I thought it would be a useful thing to write about for people wanting to move away from a desk job and forge their own way. Throughout all of that typing and client relations I’ve learned a few things that I’m happy to pass on.
Oh, and I’ll explain why this is only the penultimate guide at the end.
So, let’s get started.