Small Money Business Start-up
Just as with the business that can be started with no money, we must make certain assumptions. These include such things as: you own a vehicle of some kind, or, have access to one. You have a phone, and access to the internet.
Despite which business you select, you must remember the rules of the basic psychology of success. Before writing it off as over simplistic or irrelevant, think of the times that you have walked into a shop or bar, and been met with a miserable face asking if they can help you, when their attitude, voice, and body language said, “Go away, you’re making me work”.
There is much to be said for the American or Australian attitude to service. When they say, “G’day” and “Have a nice day”, they mean it, and sound like they mean it.
Whatever you decide to do, you have a duty to do it well so, learn your business inside out. Find out as much as you can about it, and you will radiate confidence to your customers and clients. Confidence with a smile attracts.
No one owes you a living, so earn it. The customers has what you want…money, so, as the saying goes, “The one who pays the piper, calls the tune”. The customer is the master, you are the servant, so, go out with a smile and serve. You will later smile all the way to the bank.
Many people have misconceptions of charities and charity fund raisers, and charity shops, often believing that all monies raised goes towards the work of the particular charity. I don’t want to dash anyones dreams or stop anyone from giving to charities, but this is simply not true.
In most cases around 10% that’s 10p in every £ actually goes direct to the charitable work. For example: When we give money for water wells in Africa, we don’t realise that along with buying the actual pumping system there is an army of workers to be paid.
There is the person who goes to the place where the well is needed, the exploration team, the specialist who selects the most suitable pump for the terrain. Then there is the transportation team, and the installers. And last but not least, in the salary scale, are the organisers and directors at the head office.
Oh, and did I mention the millions spent on advertising. It all takes money. All these workers have to be paid. Despite these millions being paid out in wages the money still has to be raised to buy the actual pump etc. So, you want to support one or more charities and earn a reasonable living in line with the organisers.
Contact a charity of your choice and tell them that you want to be a fundraiser by setting up a shop and giving 10% or more to their charity. Request a letter of acknowledgement. Find a shop, on as low rent as possible.
Approach the local council and request the council tax be lowered to charity status. Obtain some shop clothing rails from wherever you can. Ask large stores if they have any old or broken ones. Place an ad on ‘Gumtree’ along with an ad for unwanted clothes.
Once the shop is up and running, you won’t need to advertise, people will bring lots to you. Sell anything you get given. It’s all profit except for the general running costs such as rent, rates, heating, etc. There are enough charity shops out there to get guidance on how to set one out.
The sheer number of these shops shows just how profitable they can be. Clothes that don’t sell can still be sold for rags or sold to companies that ship them to Africa. Nothing gets wasted. This is a win win situation.
You get a living, you help to provide a living for other charity workers, you supply money to help the miserable in the world, and the people who give you the goods get a feel good factor. Of all the aforementioned, this one will cost the most to set up due to the necessity of having a shop in a reasonably busy area.
There are several excellent charities that cater for the blind and partially sighted. Such as, “RNIB”, and “Action for blind” people that supply information, and advice, however, we aim to go further and make life challenging and exciting. Want to know more about “Blind-and-partially-sighted.org” click here.
Dog Walking & Hotel
Dog walking, and dog hotel. In many cases, a dog is not just a pet, it’s part of the family, and oners hate the thought of leaving them in a kennels whilst they swan off on their holidays. If, you love dogs, and don’t mind having them in your home, you’ve got all it takes to start a dog hotel. Give them love and take them out for a walk every day, and you are up and running click here
This can be split into 2 options. You can buy a shop, modernise it to a very standard. Then fit it out and furnish to a luxurious degree. Mirrors everywhere, thick carpets, quality comfy couches, and drink facilities. This is where the 2 options come into it. You can, if you are trained, open the salon yourself, or, you can rent out the individual chairs to freelance hairdressers click here.
Your Own Website
WordPress top 10 Plugins
When it comes to installing WordPress on your own server via WordPress.org, I’d recommend that you install the following plug-ins as soon as possible.
Although there are many more, I believe these to be the top 10 plug-ins that WordPress have available…
Top 10 WordPress plug-ins
Top 10 WordPress plug-ins
1) WP-DB Manager: Allows you to back-up your WordPress blog automatically, making it an absolute must!
2) Google XML Sitemaps: Creates a Google compliant XML-Sitemap of your WordPress blog. So every time you edit or create a post, your sitemap is updated and all the major search engines are notified of the update.
3) All-in-One SEO Pack: One of the most popular plug-ins available because it helps to optimise your WordPress blog for the search engines.
4) Akismet: Stops spam comments from appearing on your blog. Although it’salready installed on WordPress, it needs to be activated for it to work.
5) Bad Behaviour: Another plug-in that stops spam appearing on your blog. Like Akismet, this is a must-have.
6) Do-follow: Lets you remove the “no-follow” attribute from your comments. This means that when someone comments on your blog, your blog will link to theirs. This encourages people to comment on your site.
7) SEO Friendly Images: Another optimisation plug-in that automatically updates all images with extra search engine optimization functionality.
8) WP Super Cache: Speeds up the loading and displaying of your blog.
9) MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer: After you create a new post, this plug-in will ping and notify all the ping services that your blog has been updated.
10) WordPress.com Stats: This plug-in will collect information about your page views, which posts and pages are the most popular, and where your traffic is coming from. It will also add a link to your dashboard, allowing you to see all your stats on a single page.
I have kept this section separate from the above because, I feel that it falls into its own niche. Due to the relative newness of the internet as a business or business tool, many people are scared of the concept of running their own web site.
They fear that it is too complex, or beyond their capabilities. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact that you are using the internet to read this, and probably have at least one e-mail proves that you have sufficient knowledge to run your own site. Never in the history of the world has any business made the enormous amounts of money that the internet has.
We are talking billions and trillions, more than the gross national product of many countries. All you need is a computer and the dedication to put in the hours of work, in your own environment. Another reason for people to shy away from their web site is the perceived cost of setting one up. In most cases, this is simply a myth. We are often told that it costs many thousands of £’s to have a site designed for us. This is true for companies like Amazon, PC World, Screwfix, or e-bay, but, not for a small start-up business.
There are millions of ways of making money on the internet. You don’t have to have anything to sell, in other words, you don’t need to lay out any money in stock. All you need is asite on which you place adverts. The advertisers, or Google, who promote the ads, will pay you. They pay on a PPC basis (pay per click).
They automatically select which ad suits the specific customer in order to generate as many clicks as possible. This is also what you want. Alongside these, you can carry ads for specific companies who will pay you a percentage commission of the sale that went through your site.
This commission can vary from 4% – 15%. These are called affiliates. These ads work for you 24 hours a day, whether you are there or not. You could be out of the country and these ads will still be earning for you. Take note: I am not saying that you don’t have to do any work…far from it. As with any business, the more you put into it, the more you get out. Your site must be constantly upgraded or your clients will get bored.
You must think like your clients: what’s in it for me. If you don’t sell your own products, you must supply ideas, or information, or amusement. Whatever you really enjoy, or feel really passionate about, can be the basis for your website.
Ready made sites are the best solution for those of you who have very little technical knowledge, and want to be up and running within a short time. This is how I first started, with a ready written, predesigned ones. So, I can verify the simplicity of set-up and operation.
I chose this social network company because of the help and advice back-up. They provide written, audio, and video screencasts. If this isn’t enough, you can actually arrange for them to phone you, and speak to a real person.