Online Profits with a Successful Subscription Website
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford
Many of the world’s most profitable websites are subscription websites. Even on a small scale, subscription websites can earn a lot of money for much less work than single-sale websites. This is a passive income strategy that will work for people who are retired and have a passion to share with their audience and customers.
This article discusses all the reasons why you might want to create a subscription website, as well as how to go about doing so.
The Benefits of a Subscription Website
One huge benefit to building a subscription-based website is consistency of income.
Traffic to websites is often inconsistent. If you’re making money from AdSense or advertising, your income could go up or down by as much as 40% on any given month. That makes it very hard to plan a business.
A subscription-based website on the other hand is guaranteed income every month. Even if traffic drops off for a month or two, you still have income from your past subscribers.
Snowball Effect Benefit:
Subscription sites also benefit from the “snowball effect.” Instead of just getting sales, you’re getting subscribers that pay you every month. That means that as time passes, your monthly income is guaranteed to continue increasing as long as you keep getting traffic – even if your traffic numbers don’t increase! Where other webmasters might feel like their earning power is capped, yours will keep growing simply because of your business model.
The Components of a Successful Subscription Website
A successful subscription website needs to have a few ingredients:
People need to know you and your company. It helps a lot to build a reputation in your space. Getting someone to pay for something every month is a lot harder than getting a single sale. Trust is a crucial component to making the sale.
- Unique Content:
What are you promising that’s worth paying for every month? Make sure that whatever you’re selling, you really offer something that your customers will find valuable.
- A Great Sales Pitch:
Start with an explanation of all the benefits of being a member and why they should join.
Starting is easy. All you need is a monthly product to sell and decent copywriting skills.
- Create your website: Make sure that your site has enough free content or proof such that people can really get a sense for who you are and the quality of your content.
- Processing Payments: You can process your payments using a processor that can handle recurring payments. These include:
- Click Bank
- Drive Traffic: It is necessary to develop a strategy to attract attention to your website. You can drive traffic for free using Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This involves using keywords of the most frequent terms that match the subject of your website.
Other methods to drive traffic to your membership site include:
- PPC (Paid Per Click advertising with Google or Bing).
- Social Media or through various online communities such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.
- Sales Page: Convert people who land on your web page into subscribers through a compelling sales page. Then, as long as you’re driving traffic and providing the monthly content, you get to collect the checks month in and month out.
Membership websites are easy to set up with Word Press and you can operate it the same way you would on your blog. That way you can interact with your members and keep them happy and paying for years to come.
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Six More Ways to Generate Cash While Developing Your Home-Based Business
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison
Look Around You and Find Opportunities to Earn Quick Cash
- Have a Yard Sale:
One of the fastest methods of bringing in a little cash is the old-fashioned yard or garage sale. A good source of how to do a sale successfully is the book “ Garage Sale Success Secrets: The Definitive Step-Buy-Step Guide to Turn Your Trash into Cash!” Click here for the link.
My neighbor went to a thrift shop event for a local charity. At the end of the evening, he noticed the large selection of donated golf clubs that were still available. He offered $200 for the whole batch. He then cleaned up the clubs, organized them according to groups and age. He had a garage sale advertised on Craig’s List and sold $1,500 worth of golf clubs in one morning.
Another neighbor loves to shop the garage sales. She purchases all kinds of items to decorate her home. Her husband will buy audio books on CDs, and tools. They use the items, and then sponsor a garage sale and generate quick cash in one morning from the same items.
Keep your eyes open all the time. You never know when opportunity knocks.
- Sell Your Body:
Seriously, you can sell your blood, plasma, breast milk, and hair to appropriate locations. Selling your blood and plasma is quick. You just need to answer a few questions, give blood and then you are paid right away. With hair, you may have to locate a hair broker, or try selling it on eBay.
- Babysit or Dog Sit:
One of the fastest ways to make a buck is to babysit or dog sit. You could call your service “Hire a Grandmother for Babysitting,” or “Grandpa’s Pet Care in your Home.” Tell everyone you know about your service and the your fee. You’ll be amazed at how many people will jump at the chance to hire you.
Here is a great resource book on pet sitting. Cathy Vaughan’s book, “How to Start a Home-Based Pet-Sitting and Dog-Walking Business.” She really knows how to get down to the basics in running this business. She provides a cheat sheet on:
- Income Log
- Revenue Table
- Profit and Loss statement
- Pre-Service Checklist
- Service Agreement
I know as a young boy, I used to do this service for pocket money. For years, pet sitting was always the local kid in the neighborhood. But today, retirees who want to make money and love dogs and cats can make decent money providing reliable service. Click here for the book.
Babysitting in the 21st century has changed since I was a teenager. There are a lot of pitfalls and challenges to successfully provide this service for parents afraid for their children’s safety. Refer to the book, “Don’t Sit on the Baby: The Ultimate Guide to Sane, Skilled, and Safe Babysitting,” by Halley Bondy.
She describes the new rules for the times we live in today. She provides good guidelines and business suggestions to ensure safe, reliable service. As a grandparent, you have experience with children. All you need now is to understand the new situations and be prepared to handle them. Click here for the book.
- Return Stuff You Don’t Use:
Have you made recent purchases and the tags are still on them? Do you have the receipts? Typically you can take those items back for a full refund. If you’re not using them right now, why not take them back? It could be a quick way to generate cash for your pocket.
- Rent Out a Room:
Do you have an extra room or two in your home? You’ll get more money if you rent out the master bedroom offering the renter his or her own bathroom. In some places you can earn close to a grand a month offering a private room and bath.
Take a look at your location. Are you near a college? People find renting out to a graduate student usually is a safe bet. Or maybe you live in a retirement area and can arrange your tenant to use the pool and clubhouse. The TV series, “Golden Girls,” was based the stories on people renting rooms in a house in Florida. It is still a wonderful opportunity today to have a housemate sharing expenses.
- Join a Medical Experiment:
Human trials and studies are often conducted right in your area at your local hospital. You can usually find out which studies are being done with a quick search on the net. You’ll be paid for your time, and get free healthcare for the associated issue.
There are always ways to get cash when you need it while you get your business off the ground. It just requires you to set your mind to looking around at what is out there, and thinking of things in a whole new way.
What do you think? Do you have other ideas to generate quick cash? Leave a comment and share it with our readers.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Milton Berle
Four Sure Fire Methods to Earn Cash Now
Let me be the first to congratulate you on your retirement! You may be drawing Social Security benefits to pay for your basic needs. That means you can take a risk and try to make money from your home-based-business. You have the rare luxury of time to develop your business.
When Can I Make Money Online?
It is possible to generate income while you are developing your business. There are a number of ways in which you can bring in hard cash while you get your business off the ground.
Here are four surefire ways to generate cash now:
- Provide a Service:
If you plan to make your own products and sell them, you likely have skills that other people will want to use. Try finding out if anyone needs the type of service you could offer. Perhaps you’re good at graphic design, business administration, teaching a craft, or something else entirely. Put it out there and people may buy your time.
For example, I like to write and did grant applications for several years. I expanded my service to include ghostwriting blogs and website content. I made bids on those gigs through Guru.com and Outsource.com. It is a great feeling to be appreciated and get paid for doing a service you love.
- Get a Part-Time Job:
If you can’t wait for your service business to take off, you can get a part-time job. Sign up to be a temp at an agency, or head over to your nearest fast food place and you’re likely to be hired on the spot. Here in The Villages, Florida, retirees serve as receptionists in recreation centers, golf ambassadors, golf pro-shop clerks, and other part time jobs working with the public.
- Get a Work-at-Home Job:
There are also work-from-home jobs if you have experience, education and skills. Look for call center work, and you could be bringing in money within the month. Click here for my blog on this topic.
- Sell Stuff on eBay:
Do you have too much stuff in your house? Try selling some of it on eBay. You can also buy from garage sales, and then sell the items for a higher price on eBay. Believe it or not, not everyone can shop for sales as well as you can.
I have a neighbor who helps people sell products on eBay. He packages the product for his customer, handles the shipping, and posts the product picture and video on the eBay site. He charges a 15% commission or a flat fee for his service.
A good book is from the publishers of the “Dummies” series. “eBay for Dummies,” ninth edition, by Marsha Collier. It is an excellent guide to starting and running an eBay business. It is a basic “how to” book that is easy to read and find crucial information to help you to successfully build a thriving eBay business. Click here for the book.
- Sell Stuff on Amazon:
Here is a good idea. You may not be aware that you can sell your old books and other items that Amazon sells, right from your home office. There are items you can ship to their fulfillment service and you then just collect checks. Look up “Fulfillment by Amazon.”
I bought the book, “Wear Away, The Story of the Marblehead, the Ship that Refused to Sink.” My father served on that ship on that fateful day on February 2, 1942 when the ship was bombed. 68 crewmen died that day. The book is out of print, but somebody had a used library book and sold it to me through Amazon for $15. I am sure the book was purchased for a buck from the library that sold it to make room on their shelves for more recent books.
However, it was worth $15 to me to see what my father never told me that happened on that day, and find out how the ship sailed to New York from Indonesia. It was only through hard work and faith in their Captain that sustained the hope of returning home in wartime. My father was an electrician and had to stand in waist deep water splicing live electric lines to get power to the bridge. The book is an amazing story of the men who sailed in the Navy, facing great odds in the early days of WW II.
The point I am making here is the reseller found a used book and thought somebody may want to buy it. Amazon brought it up on their search engine. They made it very simple to buy the book through my account.
Keep your eyes open. You never know if one person’s trash it another person’s treasure.
There you have it. Four great ways to generate quick cash while you are building your home-based business. Stay tuned for part two in this series.
“Do the best you can with what you’ve got, then don’t worry about it.” –Ivan Hall
Kristen Goins had a dream to create a home based business. She wanted to operate a bakery and named it, “Cupcake and Gourmet Treats by Kristen.” Since starting a bakery from a shop is expensive, she elected to bake treats from her home kitchen. She focused on marketing and getting the word out about her business.
This was reported on the Clarion Online in April 2016. I covered this on my blog here:
Kristen moved forward and developed her crucial strategy to sell treats: Free Delivery. She gave away samples of her products to nearby office parks and college dorms. She created “Care Packages” for parents wanting to send a gift to their college students.
Kristen also used social media to get the word out. She uses Facebook to hold contests to give away free treats to attract new customers and keep her existing clients. It worked. She is very busy.
This is an example of a creative way to develop a business from home. What do you think? Leave a comment below and share your ideas. Don’t forget to click the “like” button and share this video with your friends.
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Top Ten Legitimate Companies That Offer Work-at-Home Jobs
“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.” –Ivan Hall
Home Biz for Retirees.com is dedicated to find legitimate job opportunities to work from home, particularly if you are retired and want to supplement your retirement income. Age discrimination is a real problem in the workforce today. Fortunately, the Internet is a great age equalizer and opportunities abound for retirees searching for a way to make money from home on the Internet.
On the Internet, nobody knows I’m a dog!
It’s important to be careful when looking for work-at-home jobs in order to avoid scams. This list of ten legitimate work-at-home companies can help you find a job and avoid being ripped off.
Remember, even with this list, be sure to check out everything and do your due diligence to avoid fraud. You want a job that pays enough to make it worth it to work, and you want a job that values your experience too. One of these might fit.
Pease be aware that companies on the internet will change their names and website address. The sites listed here are current as of this writing. These addresses can change at any time.
- Nuance Transcription Services
With a focus on medical transcription, this is a real job as an employee doing transcription. They offer extra training for experienced transcriptionists and are often looking for qualified transcriptionists. Click here for more information.
- Orion Transcription Services
If you’re experienced with transcription, this is a good place to apply for a job. You must be U.S. based and have at least two years of experience to get one of these medical, legal or other transcription jobs. Click here for more information.
- Tigerfish Transcribing
If you’re new to transcribing, you can take the test and apply with Tigerfish Transcribing. Plus they direct you to free software to use for practice to help you with passing the test. Click here for more information
Call Center Agent
- LiveOps Agent
With this company you can do many different types of positions from inbound calling to insurance sales, claims, and more. They work with many well-known companies and hire educated and experienced sales professionals. Click here for more information.
- West at Home
This inbound calling center will hire beginners after giving a small voice test, if you pass the background check. It’s a good place to get started if you want to be a call center agent. Click here for more information.
- Sykes Home Powered by Alpine Success
This company prides itself on hiring military spouses, retirees, and parents to work at home answering calls. They also hire in Canada, and are especially looking for bilingual workers. Click here for more informatio
- Working Solutions
You get to start your own business while also having the comfort of knowing you have a big business behind your success. You are a contract worker with training and once you schedule your hours you know you’ll get them. Click here for more information.
- Ed2go Network
If you have a degree, you can teach. In this opportunity you can write and develop courses as well as online teaching jobs. What’s available depends on the time, but they are always taking applications. How much money you can make will vary but even they say on their site not to quit your day job. But it can be combined with other opportunities to make a full-time income. Click here for more information.
- Elevate K-12
If you have a teaching certificate and teaching experience, you can teach online. While you do have some control over your schedule, they ask that you are available between 8 pm and 4 pm each day. Click here for more information.
Writing, scoring, and even fellowships are available via ETS. You’d be scoring advance placement tests, and other types of proctored tests that students take for advancement or certification. If you’ve always wanted to be involved in helping shape testing given to students, this is your chance. Click here for more information
Two Bonus Opportunities
- Blue Zebra Appointment Setting
They offer different positions such as appointment setter in which you might perform cold calling to try to set appointments for another sales professional to talk to the person again. They also sometimes hire virtual administrative assistants. All positions are independent contract positions. Click here for more information.
- Travel Outlook
If you want to work in the exciting world of travel, this is the chance. You would be working taking reservations for hotel rooms and sometimes other duties such as touring local venues for clients. They want people with experience at least with customer service and working from home to ensure that you’re self-motivated. They say that some of their agents make over 40K a year and you are an employee. Click here for more information.
There you have it. These are all legitimate companies at the time of this writing. There are many more but these offer opportunities that are real. Some take experienced workers while others will take new people too.
Hopefully, you can find something that will work for you. Don’t forget to do your research as all of these companies can change their polices at any time.
Do you have questions or comments? Drop me a line on the bottom of this page. I look for ward to hearing from you.