How to Exercise while Working

How to Exercise while Working

Here we have more ways you can exercise while you work from home. These are more for if you are sitting down a lot. Which I have to admit does apply to me. Having done this research on how to exercise while working, I have to say that I intend to get an under desk exercise machine.

So we have looked at standing desks and their health benefits. I also brought a variety here for you to look at. There were also some that did both, sitting and standing.

We looked at office chairs and why it is important to have one that is comfortable.

I also did a post on treadmill desks which are really gaining in popularity in recent years.

Good reasons to get one!

We all know that sitting at a desk all day is not good for our health. A sedentary lifestyle can mean a slower metabolism, obesity and even possible heart disease amongst other things. So anything that helps you get exercise while you work has to be good, don’t you think?

An under desk exercise bike will keep legs moving and increase blood flow. It will gradually strengthen your muscles as you continue and become more proficient with it. Some allow an increase in resistance to help strengthen the legs further.

Then of course exercise helps to increase the metabolism and burn off the food to some degree, so can also help to stay fitter and lose weight.

As you are sitting, there won’t be a lot of pressure on the joints, which is an added bonus for many. Low impact exercise helps to strengthen and improve mobility especially for those with arthritis.

Improve Mental Health

Lack of movement during the day can leave a person feeling sluggish and tired but still end up tossing and turning for ages before dropping off.

Exercise is brilliant for improving mental health as well as physical health. Being more active on a regular basis helps to improve sleep. This in turn also has a good impact upon mental health. Less tired and more active means you feel more upbeat and therefore happier.

It is better still to be out in nature of course but something like these are ideal when you are tied to a desk. Not literally of course!

Hausse Portable Exercise Pedal Bike 

  • Large display mini bike pedal exerciser is used for arms and legs cycling exercise at office or home to increasing circulation and relieving tension. Product Dimensions: 13.2″ x 15.7″ x 12.2″.
  • Multifunction LCD monitor display, easy to read LCD screen displays RPM, time, speed, ODO, distance and calories burned. You can also reset by long press the yellow button. An extra strap is provided for securing.
  • Equipped with an anti-skid mat. The base of the exercise pedal bike which is conveniently outfitted with four anti-slip rubber. The adjustable foot band can flexibly adapt to users’ feet of different sizes to meet different needs.
  • Adjustable resistance for customize exercise, easy to adjust the intension by rotating the knob. The adjustable foot band can flexibly adapt to users’ feet of different sizes to meet different needs. Suitable for office workers who need sports, as well as people who need exercise
  • Portable handle features, which makes the fitness exercise bike always ready to go. Also perfect for under desk exercise,
  • please NOTE that the desk height should be more than 47 inch.

 

 

Check it out HERE!!

Desk Cycle Ellipse: Under Desk Elliptical Machine

Desk Cycle Ellipse How to Exercise while Working

  • STAY FIT IN THE OFFICE: Our high quality under desk elliptical exerciser can help you burn calories, boost your energy level, and increase productivity while reducing stress during work
  • SMOOTH AND QUIET MAGNETIC RESISTANCE: The whisper-quiet, ultra-smooth pedal motion and precision flywheel allow you to workout quietly without disturbing your coworkers or family members
  • EASY TO USE: Large 6-Function LCD display tracks revolutions, RPM, time, calories burned and more; Counts up to 100,000 revolutions in one session
  • Desk Cycle Ellipse
  • 8 CALIBRATED RESISTANCE SETTINGS: Choose from very easy to challenging options; perfect for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and physical therapy
  • SWITCH IT UP: Extra long and wide pedals allow you to adjust the shape of your elliptical motion by where you place your feet; bidirectional pedaling options (forwards and backwards)

Check it out HERE!

HAPICHIL Steppers for Exercise

HOMCOM Mini Exercise Bike

Keep moving anywhere with this HOMCOM mini exercise bike.HOMCOM Mini Exercise Bike It’s portable, compact and lightweight.

You can put it under the desk whilst working, or even beside the sofa when watching television. The resistance knob allows you to adjust the hardness to eight different levels for a more personalised experience. The LCD display tracks speed, distance, time and calories. It’s time to get your blood flowing and your heart pumping with this nifty like pedal bike.

Features:
HOMCOM Mini Exercise Bike
• Resistance knob to adjust to eight different levels
• Multi-functional LCD display: speed, distance, time, calories, mileage and rounds
• Pedals straps keep your feet fixed for safety
• Anti-slip feet for stability
• Compact size, can be used in the office and home
• Maximum load 100kg
• 1 x AAA battery required for screen, not included

 

Check it out HERE!!

What do I think?

Personally, I like them all and I think they are a brilliant idea. I have different priced ones here, just to show a small sample of what’s available. I could put loads more on but they tend to be very similar.

I intend to get one myself when I can make up my mind about what to get. I cannot decide whether it would be more comfortable to have the stepper type or the cycle type.

Reviews are mixed as always, with some loving the one they bought and others not happy for various reasons. I have noticed this on pretty much most things, whatever you buy. People are different with different requirements.

I think the style of anything is a personal choice.  While a load of bad reviews will put me off an item, the usual mixed reviews won’t, depending on what is said of course.

What do you think? A good idea or not?

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Why We Should Use Pinterest for Business

Why We Should Use Pinterest For Business

This post began because I wanted to know more about Pinterest. I have seen some interesting videos about Pinterest lately and learnt how it can grow your business traffic. It piqued my interest enough to really want to know why we should use Pinterest for business.

I tried a different way to create a pin described in a video, not all the detail was there of course because teaching it was this couple’s business. But I tried from the bit I did learn and yes, it was a success. Well not like theirs of course but I quite quickly got a few pins and impressions. Enough to impress me, if no one else.

I am going on the assumption that you have already started your business. If not read HERE!

A Pinterest account

I am assuming that you already have a Pinterest business account! If not, why not?

Perhaps you have a personal page? If so it is easy to create a business page as an offshoot or just make a separate page.  Its not hard to do, I created mine years ago, when I knew very little about anything and managed perfectly well.

In the intervening years though I have added stuff in fits and starts without really paying it much attention.

What Changed?

I joined a platform called Wealthy Affiliate. I joined on a free membership and was so impressed with everything available, training, hosting, community etc, that I signed up for a half price month to look inside and then for a year. That was 2 years ago. Anyway, I digress. Part of the training is about social media. It made me go and look at my Pinterest account that I hadn’t even added anything to in about 18 months, maybe longer. I had not ever paid attention to the numbers and that was a shock.

3.2k followers, that was a surprise! I also had 13.2k monthly views! This on a page I barely looked at. A possible traffic source I was not only overlooking but totally ignoring.  Even after discovering all that, I am still a bit sporadic with my attention to this extremely useful business tool. I have been better but I admit, not that much.

Now it seems that everywhere I look there are things about Pinterest. I think the Universe is trying to tell me something.

A Few Interesting Facts about Pinterest

Renewed interest means I want to know if it will be worth the investment of my time. I want more traffic and sitting back waiting for it doesn’t cut it. I need to be proactive!

So on to the Facts

Pinterest has grown rapidly and has generated an additional 100 million users over the last year. At the start of 2020 Pinterest had about 320 million active users per month. And now their user base has now increased to 459 million monthly active users.

We all know why there is such a huge increase. The number of users would have gone up anyway as Pinterest is growing but the Covid-19 Pandemic has made everything online explode. This also means that Pinterest now has more monthly active users than both Twitter and Snapchat combined.

Did you know that Pinterest is not a Social Media platform? It is actually a Search Engine!

A very large amount of Pinners use the mobile app, a whopping 85%! Who knew?

Half of the users live in the U.S.

Around 50% of Pinterest users live in the United States, so in the rest of the world there is also a large audience actively using Pinterest to save content, products and ideas.

240 billion Pins

That is a lot of pins by users of Pinterest over the last 11 years it has been in business, an average of 533 pins per pinner.pinterest is growing rapidly

Pinners spend 80% more

Another amazing fact is that users spend 80% more in retail than consumers who don’t use Pinterest.

If you pay attention to Pinterest demographics, you see that 49% of U.S. users’ income is more than $100,000 a year. The higher income means the ability to spend more on products on the platform.

Projects from pins

Pinterest has always been well known for DIY projects, recipes, gorgeous home and fashion pictures as well as handmade crafts. For years now, users have had fun trying out the different crafts and projects they’ve seen and saved.

Which is why Pinterest then added a “Tried It” button to Pins for users.

That’s how the Pinterest is able to measure and work out that 98% of users, have tried something they’ve seen on this social network.

So what do the facts mean to me?

The first thing that springs to mind is that Pinterest is full of people actively looking to buy. They have interests but also look outside their interests for something new to create, to design and make, for themselves and their homes.

It means I no longer think its for people who have spare time to waste. I know it’s for people looking with a purpose. My daughter looked for inspiration for doing up her home, other people look for ideas for crafts to make. Some are looking for work opportunities. Still more are searching for clothing and shoes that are different, every day items and holiday wardrobes.

Pinterest for Business

So how does it work? Essentially its a digital pin board where we pin items that are of interest to us. We create our own pins and save other peoples pins, that we feel are relevant, to our boards.

Take a bride planning her big day: She may be looking at not only dresses but venues and how to dress a venue to her taste. She wants ideas that will make her wedding different to that of her friends. Her Chief Bridesmaid/Maid of Honour might also be searching for ideas for a hen party with a difference, a gift, helping with the dress search etc.

Now that is just 2 people from one wedding, that’s without all the other leading players and more minor ones. Then multiply that by the amount of  weddings there are in a year!  That’s a lot of business going on right there. Just one subject!

Is YOUR business aimed at Weddings or more specifically Brides? Look at the possibilities available to you via Pinterest.

Why are they doing the majority of searching on Pinterest? Because it is visual. A page full of pictures is so much more interesting than a page of listings (writing). WOW!!

Why We Should Use Pinterest for Business

Much of this is occurring to me as I research and write this. I have clearly not given Pinterest enough thought at all. I have wasted a valuable resource all these years.

If you want to drive a ton of free traffic to your website, you can’t afford not to use pinterest. I have been hearing more and more that most traffic to websites, comes from Pinterest.

Below is a quick round up of the main platforms people use and how long the post, pin or tweet will last.make money online

Social Media Posts

Pinterest: The lifespan of a Pin is much longer than any social media post on any other platform. Why? Because it can still appear months later when certain words are searched for.

Twitter: 18 minutes says the data. That though I think, depends upon whether it gets retweeted, by whom and how often. A tweet that you pin to your profile will last as long as it is pinned there. Being time poor most retweeters will use the pinned post rather than search for other tweets of yours.

Facebook: 6 hours but that depends on post interaction. Most impressions will occur within the first couple of hours. If other people comment on your post then it may be shown to a few more people. Your reach is no longer about the amount of ‘Likers’ or ‘Followers’ because Facebook limited the reach of businesses to get them to pay for adverts.

Instagram: The data varies on this one but many say 24 to 48 hours. I do post to Instagram but don’t know that much about it as yet. Like all of them though, it will depend upon interaction to determine how long it lasts in the public eye.

A few benefits of using pinterest for your business

Pinterest is one of the sites that gets regularly listed through search engines such as google.

Initially, pins have much longer because they are still searchable and also you can reuse a pin over and over again, which makes it so much simpler to market because you’re, not spending as much time and effort into constantly creating new content.

Most pinterest users are on pinterest for purchase.

Users are three times more likely to click over to a brand’s website from Pinterest. Most social media platforms are actually designed to keep you on the platform and discourage external links, whereas Pinterest is actually designed to have your website discovered.

What do you think?

Now there are, of course, many more benefits to using Pinterest for your business, but that will be for another post. Next time we will go into the getting started and setting up of a Pinterest account.

I already have a few Pinterest pages having been told by those ‘wiser’ that its a good thing but the more I learn the more I am unsure on that front.

I am amazed at the amount I have learnt already just from researching this starter post. I am looking forward to gaining a lot of knowledge to help me increase the traffic to my businesses.

See you in the next post!

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Memester Review for Leads And Sales on Autopilot

Memester Review for Leads And Sales on Autopilot

Videos have become such a big part of businesses online now. Some even start a business with just video and don’t bother with a website even. This is why I am doing this memester review for leads and sales on autopilot. Anything that can help has to be good.

So, what is Memester?

Memester is a social media marketing tool that creates and syndicates viral videos to bring you a higher reach, increase your engagement and therefore get more sales. It’s a desktop app that helps you grow your audience and visitors/traffic. It will make viral automation easy for you.

So, just make your videos go viral easily because the success comes from getting people to watch the videos rather than making the videos.

Who is Memester for?

Making videos in today’s world is a must for business but a waste of time if no one gets to see them or if only a few people get to view them. But with Memester you can overcome this problem. It’s like owning 4 apps in one that will make your videos viral with just a few clicks.

There are many who can benefit from Memester?

  • Business Owners
  • Affiliate Marketers
  • Video Marketers
  • Social Marketers
  • Ecom Sellers
  • Bloggers
  • Website Owners

Memester Review for Leads And Sales on Autopilot

A Few things to love about Memester:

1) With Memester, you can pull in a lot of new visitors just by using the ‘watchbait’ technique used by the top e-commerce and content marketing websites.

2) You can generate a crazy number of clicks to your offers, and massively increase your social media presence, all at the same time.

3) With Memester, you get full reporting and control of how your content is working. So, just monitor your content and see how they perform.

4) You can turn parts/segments of videos into viral videos quite easily. Memester doesn’t limit you to using the whole video to create viral content. Just select the part of the video you want and create the content with that part only.

5) With Memester, you can create MP4 or GIFs and distribute them in any way you want.

Get Memester today and start getting more social traffic and engagement!

What will you get inside Memester?

Memester lets you create viral content across different social media platforms and get the audience and all the viewers you need on complete autopilot. Here is a detailed look at what exactly Memester will do for you.

You can discover content or popular videos that you can turn into memes quickly and draw your audience. Just add the keyword and find videos you want.

You can easily syndicate and schedule your post across different platforms. Just click and your finished meme will be posted.

You can see what’s working and what’s not working with your meme marketing. Get a bird’s eye view of how your traffic tactics are working.

Memester Review for Leads And Sales on Autopilot

 

Any drawback to Memester?

If you don’t want to be the person who gets left out every time while others are making fortunes, then Memester is for you. This product from Cyril will definitely be good for your video marketing campaigns. Once you start using Memester, so long as you keep it going, you will get the desired results. Now if you are repelled by being popular then maybe you should reconsider Memester! Other than that just go for it without another thought.

Final thoughts on Memester:

To be honest, it is not possible to get exactly the right set of targeted traffic every single time you make a video. Sooner or later you will lose motivation or just get tired of all the hard work. Cyril has factored in every possible element of video marketing with Memester. If you don’t want to waste your time doing manually what can be done on auto, then you should go ahead and buy Memester. After all every minute you save from menial work, can be time better spent on growing your business.

Before you buy anything though be sure to check with others if you know anyone who has tried it out.

Did you enjoy and find this Memester Review for Leads And Sales on Autopilot?

I have not tried this one as yet. Though videos are certainly something I need to start doing sooner rather than later as it is beoming mush more important for business.

Home Office Standing Desks

Home Office Standing Desks

I thought I would do a post on a selection of desks. A previous post had a variety of styles of desks.  This time I thought I might go for a variety of desks in the higher price range for this post for Home Office Standing Desks.

What is a desk?

Definition from Wikipedia:

  • A desk or bureau is a piece of furniture with a flat table-style work surface used in a school, office, home or the like for academic, professional or domestic activities such as reading, writing, or using equipment such as a computer. Desks often have one or more drawers, compartments, or pigeonholes to store items such as office supplies and papers. Desks are usually made of wood or metal, although materials such as glass are sometimes seen.

I think that sums it up perfectly. Now we have that out of the way, let’s decide what sort of desk we shall talk about and show you.

Standing Desks

Why a standing desk? What are the benefits?

They were designed to help people suffering with a backache from sitting so long. Very often we don’t have the chair or our equipment at the right height, also making shoulders and the neck ache. We tend to sit for so long, sometimes hunched over the screen, forgetting to move, that it’s not surprising our body protests.

A standing desk can be adjusted to accommodate different heights. Many are also able to be used as sitting or standing desks, giving the best of both worlds.

As these are so popular now, I thought I would see what is available in the Standing Desk style.

Bailey Triple Motor Height Adjustable Corner DesksBailey Triple Motor Height Adjustable Corner Desk

This one looks good, has the space to have printers etc close by and can be used for either sitting or standing. It is adjusted with a motor so no tricky maneuvering required. Plus its a corner desk if that is what is required. This make also has a straight desk in this style.     See HERE!

From the Website:

  • Height adjustable desk with a smooth operating triple motor system
  • Ideal choice for the office or home office
  • Anti collision safety features as standard
  • Thanks to large height range the user can adjust from sitting to standing as they need
  • Perfect for executive use, giving extra workspace for printers and storage
  • Extendible high grade steel frame
  • Height adjustable from 64cm high to 130cm high
  • Max weight of 160kg
  • Choice of size, frame colour and top colour
  • 5 year warranty

Check it out HERE!

Respond Sit & Stand DeskRespond Sit & Stand Desk Home Office Standing Desks

Another motorised adjustable desk. It comes in a variety of colours if you prefer something different to the usual desk shades.

From the website:

  • Rectangular desk with electronic height adjustment
  • Height adjustable legs enable desk height to be adjusted from 69cm to 117cm
  • 25mm MFC desktop with 2mm edging
  • Adjustable feet for stability
  • Maximum weight loading of 80kg
  • Low noise 35db motor
  • Desktop ascends or descends at a speed of 30mm per second
  • Adjust height using the reactive button for up and down
  • Mains powered electric required
  • Height adjustable frame available in silver or white
  • Available in a choice of sizes
  • Matt light blue finish
  • 5 year warranty

Check it out HERE!

Starling Four Motor Height Adjustable DeskStarling Four Motor Height Adjustable Desks

A different design with this desk. A double width adjustable desk and each part can be different heights.

 

From the website:

  • Height adjustable back-to-back desk with a smooth operating four motor system
  • This desk allows to users to independently rise and lower their workspace
  • Ideal choice for the office or home office
  • Anti collision safety features as standard
  • Thanks to large height range the user can adjust from sitting to standing as they need Starling Four Motor Height Adjustable Desks
  • Perfect for executive use, giving extra workspace for printers and storage
  • Extendible high grade steel frame
  • Height adjustable from 64cm high to 130cm high
  • Max weight of 120kg per workstation
  • Choice of size, frame colour and top colour
  • 5 year warranty

Check it out HERE!

JenLn Electric Height Adjustable Standing DeskJenLn Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk

This desk is a sitting or  stand up computer Desk/Workstation for your Home Office. It comes in black only and the size is:  120 x 60 cms.

With long hours spent working it is a good idea to be able to stand at least some of the time as it saves a lot of aches and pains.

From the website:

  • Creat instant active standing:go from sitting to standing in one smooth motion with this complete workstation providing comfortable viewing angles and customized user heights.
  • Spacious surface:the large table top measuring 120x60cm,offers plenty of room for a variety of monitor and laptop setups along with important work projects and office supplies.JenLn Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk
  • Frame height adjusment:enjoy a height range of 73cm to 119cm with this frame’s powerful,quiet motor and strong legs using telescopic height adjustment that lets you transition from sitting to standing in seconds.
  • Strong support:with all steel construction, this desk frame with maximum stability and sturdiness,The desktop is made of environmental board for a scratch resistant surface.
  • Customer service:if you have any questions or dissatisfaction before and after purchase,please feel free to contact our customer service,we will provide you with the most satisfactory answer within 24 hours.

Check it out HERE!

Standing Desk with Adjustable Height for Home OfficeStanding Desk with Adjustable Height for Home Office

A nice looking desk with plenty of space for all your equipment. I’m not sure about the claim that it can thin your waistline but the rest are certainly true.

It has a hand crank to adjust the height rather than a motor.

From the website:

  • Ergonomic standing table: This design for home desks can improve posture, reduce back and neck pain, thin waistline and increase productivity
  • Height adjustable: Easy to adjust from sitting position to standing position with a smooth crank, allowing you to adjust from 74 height to 114 height
  • Large workbench: It can perfectly accommodate a laptop, two monitors, a keyboard and a mouse, and can support a 100-pound heavy object, and can also be used as a game tableStanding Desk with Adjustable Height for Home Office
  • Install the rocker on the other side: the home office rocker can be moved to either side of the table to satisfy everyone’s habits
  • Easy to assemble: Folding computer desk in just 30 minutes, you can set up a new desk (for most users)

 

Check it out HERE!

 

SMLZV Computer Desk

This is an ergonomic automatic electric lifting Intelligent Computer Standing Desk.  SMLZV Computer Desk

From the website:

  • Electronic lifting computer desktop: Smart keys are convenient and simple, just press and hold the key. When releasing the key, first raise the key, then lower the key, then release the key.
  • Electronic height adjustment lifting system: The motor lifting mechanism can provide a smoother height adjustment from 73cm to 119cm at a speed of 2cm / sec during operation.
  • Sturdy structure: An industrial-grade steel frame combined with a sturdy tabletop weighs 154 pounds. The load-bearing capacity supports your ideal workspace setting.
  • Spacious work area: The large work surface of 140 * 70cm is purchased from the environment, which provides ample space for the installation of various monitors or laptops.https://amzn.to/3dp6eH8
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: If you are not 100% satisfied with our products and if they don’t meet your satisfactions, please feel free to contact our customer service. We will provide the best solution to you within 24 hours.

Check it out HERE!

 

So that completes my selection for today!

 

Round Up!

A good selection of good quality desks for your home office. These standing desks are popular, look good as well as doping you good. What more could you ask for in a desk?

If you are going to continue working from home, either for yourself or somepne else,  then its important to have a good office set up.

Making the space a pleasant environment to work in, having a comfortable chair  for when you are sitting and the right desk to fill your needs, is important. Otherwise you aren’t comfortable and that can affect your work.

My desk has plenty of space for my large A3 printer to my right. My screen and keyboard in front of me, then I have an in tray and my desktop computer box to the left of that. This garden office was purpose built for what I needed for my work, with plenty of shelves and space for supplies needed.

I love my office, it is a peaceful space conducive to work, just as it should be!

PayDrill Review 2021

PayDrill Review 2021

Do you have your own online business?

Are you paying out good money to an accountancy firm to keep track of all your PayPal transactions?

Wouldn’t it be good to end that? Let me show you how with this PayDrill Review 2021!

There are over 179 million PayPal users in the world nowadays, and we are one of them including you. Sellers and Resellers are using it to send and receive money for their products and services. However, there is valuable information that PayPal doesn’t show you at all.

In case you are not aware of them, here they are listed:

  1. How much each customer is worth to you?
  2. How many of your customers are actually returning, do you actually know?
  3. Who are your biggest customers and which country are the majority of your buyers from?
  4. What time of the day do you get the majority of your sales?
  5. How often do your sales come in?

We have been waiting for these and other features to be added to PayPal for quite a while, but it hasn’t happened. This could be the reason why we are paying an accountancy firm to answer all these questions.

Well… That ends today. Yes! It definitely will.

Check out this PayDrill Review 2021 

Introducing PayDrill!

Finally, here is the software we’ve all been waiting for. This will uncover all the hidden information that PayPal doesn’t show and gives you the metrics you’ve never seen before. Awesome, right?

Want to know more? Let’s go through this review!

PayDrill-Features. PayDrill Review 2021

Features

  1. Software for Paypal  – Created especially to work with Paypal and make your life easier, see stuff you’ve never seen before with this.
  1. Extremely Fast and very Easy – Quickly installed and ready to use in minutes, downloads data seamlessly and gives you much faster access to your business transactions
  1. Great Metrics  – See metrics such as the average value per customer, the average order time and frequency, plus the sales profit and revenue in one view.
  1. Ideal For Buyers & Sellers – Whether you sell online or only use Paypal for purchases, you can now track everything more easily. Save Money and Grow Your Business at the same time.
  1. Find Everything Quicker – With dynamic searches and filters, you’ll never have to wait any time you need to search for a transaction or a customer, PayDrill will give instant results.
  1. This Works Offline Too – PayDrill works on your desktop and downloads all the data onto your computer, this means you don’t need to be online to search for anything or run reports.

Download PayDrill now!

How Does It Work?

You don’t need any technical skills to be able to use this. You need to follow these easy steps:

The Good Points

  1. Can Save you money
  2. It is User friendly
  3. Gain data to grow your business
  4. There is a Responsive Technical SupportPayDrill-Testimonials

Bad Points

  1. Works For PayPal users only
  2. A fast internet connection is required to function well
  3. You need to contact the support desk if there is a problem

Conclusion

Would you still pay an accounting firm after seeing this? Save more money and start growing your business. 

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How to Start an Online Business 2021

How to Start an Online Business 2021

So you want to know how to start an online business 2021?

Building a business takes time. You need to build a strong foundation so you have a business that continues to grow and doesn’t run out of steam in a few months.

The Basics

Listing the basics, then we will explore each one in more depth.

  1. What will it cost?

2. Decide what sort of business you want

3. A business plan

4. Do some Market Research

5. Product Planning

6. Website and Hosting

7. Filling your website

8. Marketing your business

9. Sales

Now that looks so easy doesn’t it? Most of it is.

What will it cost?

An online business can cost very little to set up. If you shop around for the hosting to get a good price, or even go with a platform that has everything ready to put in place to build a website. Some of those offer a free website, though they can be very limited. A good way to start building your site though, if you want to keep cost to a minimum.

Lets see…… you will also need a domain name for your site. Play around with the name until its right, then see if you can get the domain name. With so many businesses online it can be tricky getting the right domain. Again, they vary in price, so shop around. If you can get a .com in your chosen name, all the better.

What sort of business?

Are you selling goods? What sort? Are you making them, buying them or dropshipping them?Just get started. How to Start an Online Business 2021

As you’re trying to decide what business to start, the main thing is, that it’s better to get started, even if you don’t choose the perfect idea. A few months from now, you will be a few months into the process of building your business.

Then you’ll be able to determine whether or not it is the right idea. At that point, you can always decide to stop building that business and pursue a different idea instead, or you might have found the perfect business idea and be well on your way to turning it into a success. Either way start quickly as it is too easy to get caught up in endless planning. Talking about it, checking out the different options etc.

But either way, by getting started sooner, you’ll start making a lot of more progress than if you wait until you maybe some day find the perfect idea. Once you’ve decided what type of business you want to start, then the next thing you need to do is create a business plan.

A Business Plan

Many people start businesses without any sort of plan whatsoever, but your business is much more likely to succeed if you start with a plan. Writing your plan doesn’t have to take a whole lot of time, but will have a big impact.

Not everyone does or wants a business plan although many people say you do. It’s a good idea in that it can help to keep you focused and moving in the right direction. Even just jotting down notes, the goals you want to reach and when by, that sort of thing. If you want a comprehensive plan there are free templates online if you look.

I didn’t have a business plan when I started over 10 years ago, mainly because I didn’t have a clue about any of it. I just started and learnt as I went along. Had I known even a little, the journey to actually making money, may have been faster.

Market Research.

You need to find out what people are buying and what the competition are selling. A quick quiz on social media could help as you need to ask prospective customers some questions. Such as would they buy this or that, give choices then ask if some will be prepared to answer more questions.

Customers are something you need to find, so better sooner than later.  When you have a good idea of what people want, it will be easier and give you more confidence starting your business. The better prepared you are the more chance of success.market research

If you can’t find people that will buy your product, then your business isn’t going to make any money.

Your product planning

Depending on what type of product you’re creating, this process will look very different.

Because on the one hand, you might be creating a physical product. This means you need to design the product and then you’ll need to have a prototype created, and then probably a series of subsequent prototypes before you finally have the finished product and you have it produced in mass.

Or you may already have products you have made and decided to start a business to sell them.

On the other hand, if you’re creating a digital product, like an online course, then you would need to plan out the course and then film the lessons for the course, write materials, create worksheets, and so on.

And finally, if you are starting a service-based business where you’re going to be providing a service to your customers, then you need to plan how your service is going to work. You need to develop service packages and figure out how you’re actually going to provide this service to your customers.

Website and Hosting

Now, I’m not going to say a whole lot about the hosting, mainly because I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of website hosting adverts everywhere.

There are platforms where you can build your website very easily, like Weebly or Wix but you don’t have that same freedom you do with WordPress. Once you have created a WordPress site you won’t want the other sort. It does take longer, especially if you haven’t built a WordPress website before, but the finished product will be worth it. There are many free tutorials to help you and save time. It is a good experience to have as the chances are you will want more websites.

Filling Your Website

Goods/eCommerce

By now you will know what you are going to sell, whether it’s an actual product you have or a digital product. There is also dropshipping as an option. This is where you find products you like in a Wholesalers and join their Dropshipping side if they have one. You put pictures of the products and add all the information to your site. When a customer buys from you, the order has to be put into the Dropshipping Wholesaler who then packages and sends it to the customer directly. A good system and popular but you have to keep a close eye on what’s in stock and what is out of stock.

Whatever you sell, the pictures and the information is very important as that is all the customer gets to see. Bad photos/pictures will not encourage sales.

Blog

So it seems that everyone has a blog these days and are dreaming of making their fortune from it. Especially as we hear about so many doing just that. Whatever the niche or topic you chose for your site, that is what you need to blog about. People want to read about things that solve their problems, they want solutions.

A blog’s content, with the right SEO and keywords, will, in time, bring you traffic. You do need to build up trust with Google before you start getting traffic sent your way.  If you enjoy writing you will happily fill your site with a variety of articles and the more you do, the better you get.

Some are not so keen and hire writers for content. This is okay further down the line but when you are starting out, I always feel, that it needs to have your voice. People have a particular way of writing about anything and everything, that becomes recognisable as theirs. It’s what brings people back. They feel a connection with you through your writing, it builds trust.

Now it’s marketing timeMarketing

Once your website is up and running, it’s time to start marketing your product, because you are ready to start making sales.

Now marketing is an absolutely essential part of the process, you have to get out there and tell people about your business and about your product. If you don’t, they won’t know you are there and if they don’t know it exists, they can’t buy it.

So, how do you market your business? There is paid advertising, if you are in rush and have the money to spare. Do tell all your friends and family, encourage them to support you and pass the word on to others.

Content marketing is a free option, the blog as above, takes a lot longer to become established and you want sales now.

That’s where social media comes in

If you haven’t already done so, get yourself business pages on all the main sites to start with.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Learn about each one, so you know the rules, if you break them your page gets closed. Start slow and steady, post your blogs on there and your products. Not all at once of course. Perhaps a couple of times a day, then start interacting with others on the platforms to start gaining followers.

Once your marketing starts really working, then you’ll start making sales and you’ll have customers that may ask questions about products or ask for advice etc.

Sales!Packaging How to Start an Online Business 2021

If you are selling a product you need to package it up and post it off to the customer. With dropshipping you make sure the product is ordered and the correct address is put in then advise the customer once it has been posted.

Digital products are simpler. The customer pays and downloads their products.

With affiliate marketing you do nothing after a sale, except collect your commission further down the line. I haven’t gone into Affiliate Marketing here as that is an entire subject on its own.

What do you think?

This is just a bare basics of course. I could write for days on all the different aspects of starting a business.

There are many free and paid plug ins and a variety of software, paid, that can help too.  Sometimes when it takes a while to get going, impatience can rear its head. If you do buy anything, software, plugins, courses, books etc, just make sure you do the research before paying out. Not everyone will get along wth the same products.

One person may wax lyrical about a product that got them loads of sales and was so easy and quick to set up. Then someone else buys it on the recommendation of that person and struggles to get it working and gets nothing from it.

Have I covered everything you wanted to know? If you have any questions, ask away. Comments are also welcome.

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