10 Online Careers You Can Start With Basically No Money

Online-Jobs-Searching-GuideWith so many new options in today’s working environment, more and more entrepreneurs are evolving and working as independent business owners offering a variety of services and products.  As a business owner for over 14 years, I can attest that, although my ‘calling’ was originally forced due to loss of work at the time, I found a fabulous opportunity as a Virtual Assistant and professional consultant where I’ve applied my years of expertise in so many areas of the corporate world to provide support for small business owners, and even to medium to large companies, as well.  The original investment is minimal and the return is extraordinary with flexibility and opportunity for growth as far as you want to go.  Here is an interesting article that outlines some of the type of businesses you can start up with very little investment which currently are currently in demand.

Does working from home or any remote location of your choice, while dictating your schedule and having complete control over your career sound good?

If so, you should consider starting an online career. It’s a lot easier than you might think — thanks to the internet, it’s actually quite simple, requiring much less startup capital than you might imagine.

With a combination of drive, determination and skill, your online career can start almost immediately. Here are ten that you could literally start today.

1. Virtual assistant.

With so many companies operating these days without a physical office location, it has opened up multiple remote opportunities for virtual assistants to handle a wide range of tasks. These include customer service duties, answering phones, setting appointments and screening emails.

You can start small with a single client and then once you identify your specialty or an area you want to focus on — social media customer service, for example — you can then begin to take on more clients, thus increasing your earning potential.

2. Business coach.

Coaching-300x200If you are an expert in a particular field, leverage your knowledge and become a coach, teaching students form all over the world. The internet allows you to reach anyone that is interested, regardless of their geographical location.

Take fellow Entrepreneur contributor Timothy Sykes for example. He is a very successful penny stock trader that used his knowledge and expertise to create a program that teaches his strategies to students that sign up for his challenge program.

3. Freelance content creator.

Virtually every business is doing some form of content marketing these days — it’s been the buzzword for the past several years, but for good reason — it works. With everyone trying to capture attention, demand for excellent writers is at an all time high.

Anyone can publish content, but very few businesses are creating compelling content that commands attention and converts their audience into revenue. If you are a skilled writer there is plenty of lucrative opportunities waiting for you.

4. eBay store owner.

Gary Vaynerchuk is a huge fan of garage sales, saying, “The garage sale eBay conversion has some of the biggest margins in the world.” The concept is very simple: buy low and sell high.

This is also a very viable option if you’re looking to raise startup funds. It’s a great bridge for those looking to start an online career but don’t want to abandon the security and paycheck of a 9 to 5 job, because you can hit garage sales on the weekend and handle your auction listings in the evening.

5. T-shirt ecommerce store.

With several print on demand solutions available, it makes starting a t-shirt company much more affordable than it was years ago. In the past, you would have to order large quantities of shirts, in multiple colors and sizes, forcing you to guess what was going to sell.

Now, creative designs and the power of social media can get a t-shirt brand up and running — and generating revenue — almost overnight. Chummy Tees is a great example of how you can turn catchy tag-lines and creative designs into a profitable online business.

6. Consultant.

Consulting can prove to be a very lucrative business, granted the person offering their service knows what he or she is talking about. Everyone seems to be a consultant these days, and not only do you have to be able to actually provide value and deliver results, but you need a way to stand out and separate yourself from all of the mediocrity out there.

Over the past year I have transitioned my company from a service provider to a consulting firm. It took over five years of brand building to get to the point we are at now, where companies want to hire us to guide and advise their in-house marketing teams.

7. Affiliate marketer.

There is a wide range of affiliate offers to promote, each paying you for every lead or sale you are responsible for generating. You can promote these offers to an email list that you build, via a blog that you operate or across social media.

This will require more startup capital than the other suggestions on this list, because to really be successful you will need to do a lot of split-testing across multiple paid channels. The really successful affiliates aren’t afraid to spend money on testing and optimization.

8. Social-media influencer.

Yes, this is a real career in 2016. If you have a large and loyal following on social media, you could be earning money promoting products. A lot of money, in fact. Some social media influencers with high engagement are earning thousands of dollars per post, but for good reason: it works. Brands wouldn’t be shelling out that kind of money if they weren’t seeing a return.

9. Vlogger.

article-0-1EB1495B00000578-44_306x192YouTube creators who crush it can make millions of dollars a year in advertising revenue. Now, these are few and far between, but there is also a healthy population of creators that are making a comfortable living vlogging.

You have to have an interesting concept or story — people subscribe to channels that they can relate to. Just like a company needs a unique selling point to push a product, you need a have unique angle if you want to gain traction and attract a vlog following.

10. Graphic designer/web developer.

If you are a graphic designer or know how to write code, then there is a massive audience just waiting to hire you. As a freelancer, you control your hours and you get to pick and choose who you work for. You set your price, pick your projects and end up doing what you love while earning a comfortable living.

> Source: Entrepreneur.com

Welcome Back!

welcome-backIt’s great to see you visiting us again. About 5 years ago my husband and I embarked on a very special and unique personal voyage to Puerto Rico to care for my parents with cancer at the time. Thanks to my virtual capacity to move anywhere we were able to keep some of my clients and have some income at the time.  As life has it, it was a very intense, enlightening and dedicated period of time where we stood still from enhancing or growing our business. But we are back and ready to move forward and get back on track.

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Launching With a Loved One? 5 Lessons From Successful Startup Couples

Picture 47This article caught my attention as it applies very much to my personal life. When I started my virtual business over ten years ago, I did it on own as my husband still had a job and independent projects of his own. Later one, as the economy and personal circumstances came upon us, we were both thrown into the business together in order to make it through. I can see the cons on this type of “association” but if your personal relationship is strong and you both have common goals for financial, personal and professional growth it is really a great opportunity. Ours has given us the opportunity to become closer, share many more quality moments together, flexibility to attend to family matters when necessary as ours is a virtual mobile business that we can take with us anywhere. We have even had the opportunity to travel for extended periods of time and still maintain our clientele and business afloat. First of all, analyze your personal status as a couple and then plunge into whatever brings you both happiness doing. Good luck and SUCCESS!

A wise individual once said: “Being in a relationship is like putting miracle-grow on your defects.” Throw a business into the mix, and you may find yourself riding an express train on a hell-bound bean stock.

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Why So Many People Resist Networking and Miss Out

Picture 24When I saw this article it really called my attention because lately I’ve been hearing a lot about networking groups. As a Virtual Assistant working from my home office it is very difficult to connect on a daily basis in ‘real life’ with other professionals. Weeks go by and it seems that I life in a ‘bubble’ involved with my internal network of clients and their individual business affairs. There is no better place to really GO OUT, get dressed up for success and meet new entrepreneurs and business professionals in your area. There are also local Expo Fairs that attract many professionals and new prospects and if you are there with your ‘product/service’ they will get to know something new about your business and BAM – opportunity strikes!  I recently participated in a couple of networking groups and a local Business Expo Fair and got three great leads that may convert into new clients. Read below and eliminate all the fears and excuses to network!:

Every year, more evidence comes out on the success people have using networking to grow and promote their businesses. But I still see so many people who, for one reason or another, continue to resist networking. I began to wonder why so many business owners were still not sold on networking as a way to grow their business, given that marketing and advertising is so cost-prohibitive, whereas networking provides a great return for a much smaller monetary investment.

I decided to turn to my own network and ask why business owners continue to resist what is so widely known to work. I received more than 100 responses and the answers were really insightful. There are four major reasons business owners resist the benefits of networking, according to what I am hearing in the field:

1. You’re not confident.

This was the most popular reason to resist networking, according to respondents. There were quite a few different ways that “lack of confidence” was described as keeping people from networking. For some, the thought of interacting with strangers is paralyzing, while for others a mix of low self-confidence, shyness and under-estimation of what they can contribute were cited as reasons to avoid networking. Some respondents mentioned a fear of rejection as the reason.

Giving into these fears is just plain bad for business. A successful entrepreneur is not blocked by fear. In fact, most people find that once they actually venture out to meet people in a network setting, they not only build their businesses — they actually have a good time.

2. You’re too busy.
Not having time to network is another excuse I hear a lot from people when I suggest they get involved in a networking organization. People either don’t think it’s worth giving up something else to network, find it causes stress on top of their other obligations or simply believe they don’t have time.

But using “too busy” as an excuse means they are not clear on what they want to gain by directing time toward networking. Once they learn that breaking out of their routine is an enriching experience, they can find ways to make it work into their schedule.

3. You’re impatient for results.
Often people don’t network because they expect immediate results. They deny the fact that networking works because they personally don’t follow up with the people they connect with and get no results. They are impatient and don’t understand the value of taking the time to build fruitful relationships. It hasn’t worked for them in the past, because they go for the “close” as opposed to establishing trust and the relationship first.

We live in such a rushed society these days, expecting — even demanding — immediate results for our efforts. Networking is not a “get-rich-quick” scheme. As I’ve often said, a successful networking effort is much more like farming than hunting. We have to cultivate good relationships that pay us back over the long term, year after year.

4. You think networking is selling.
People often resist networking because they are frightened about being sold to or don’t want to pitch their sale in a room full of competition.

What they don’t realize is that networking is not like “cold-calling.” It isn’t something you do to someone — it’s something you do with them. It’s a conversation. It involves more listening. If both parties keep that in mind, they will be genuinely interested in the other person as they get to know each other. This interest leads to comfort, and that comfort leads to opportunities to provide referrals as they arise and those referrals lead to business.


CREDIT: Article by Ivan Misner (Entrepreneur and Author) Posted on Entrepreneur.com (Apr. 11, 2013). Office Assistant 2 Go is just sharing this interesting information from Entrepreneur.com.

Must-Have Attributes of Social Media Managers

Marketing your product or brand on social media is one of the more pervasive ways people will learn about your business. You don’t want to leave that responsibility in the hands of an amateur — even one that might be conversant in Facebook and Twitter.

Social Media Marketing requires a lot of work, a certain amount of technical savvy, excellent writing skills, empathy for customers, and an awareness the company’s strategy. Here are the traits look for when hiring a social media manager:

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7 Things That Kill Your Productivity

Man with the symbol of the percentage

When we work from our home office, or independently as a solopreneur, it’s very difficult to concentrate and strive on the productive side of business or work. Here is an article published on “WorkShifting” that addresses these issues highlighting important things that may affect our concentration and creates distraction, and some interesting tips to follow for successfully overcoming them.

Read it here: http://bit.ly/JzTuEQ

First Quarter Gone for 2012, where are we so far?

Wow, seems like yesterday we were finishing our list of goals and resolutions for the New Year and we just completed the first and hardest quarter of the year for most people.  The year end closing and tax time, uff!  After many hectic weeks and endless number crunching, reviews, budgeting, re-branding, creating, and never ending flow of ideas for the new year  we finally have a clear view of our performance last year and where we stand so far.  As small business owners and solopreneurs we really need to concentrate in what we set to do at the start of the year and how far we ‘ve gone, what we missed or never got to even touch because we were too busy in the day-to-day activities that we didn’t look at that list we created to guide us through this new year.

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What’s New for 2012!

With the new year already in progress, many colleagues and clients are going crazy developing new ideas, services, branding and rebranding, as they say, “THE WORKS’!   In my case, before going crazy moving forward, I’ve really done a bit of research to make sure that anything new I do (which I’ve already started with my WordPress site) is really something that fits my business, my personality and my goals.

For some time I’ve been reading about all the new tips and ideas coming out for this year from all angles, small business, entrepreneurs, social media, and more.  Most of them are great, lots of insight, new techniques, organizational skills, but, with lengthy ‘To Do Lists’ which in most cases is overwhelming when you want to manage them.  I’ve decided to create my own “To Do Lists” in small but attainable tasks and divide them in quarters throughout the year.  This will provide the time, learning skills (if necessary), and implementation of any new ideas and tasks I may develop.

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Success!!!

A new year has started and we’ve all had our new or revised list of goals for this coming year, but, maybe as the weeks go by it will be put inside a drawer and totally forgotten, like many times before.  Oftentimes we set ourselves for  a challenging, out of the box, goal that we don’t think we can accomplish or do, yet, it is there on our ‘To Do List” forever.

Last week I read something from a fellow VA that mentioned that you should start this year by doing something new, different, out of the box, challenging and simply dive into it.  JUST DO IT!  Well, I did it!  For some time now I’ve been subscribed to numerous blogs from many Virtual Assistants, professionals in the social media marketing, Real Estate, and many more.  I see these wonderful pages, blogs, and I kept saying…’I need to change my static website to a blog with WordPress.”  Now, that sounds easy, but I don’t know anything about WordPress but the basics that I hear everyone talking about.   Nevertheless, I decided to start this year with the very challenging task, for me.  My friend and colleague, Karmen Olmo, gave me a class to basically walk through the process of creating my page.  During the class, a one on one, I found everything pretty easy to manage, so I felt very positive and good about the project.

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Cuando Deseamos Convertirnos en Empresarias Sabias

Recientemente participé en una charla de una de mis mentoras, a quien considero una gran amiga, la Dra. Carmen Delia Ortiz, de Sabia Partners (http://empresariasabia.ning.com) y en la discusión se mencionaron algunos puntos bien importantes, que ya hace muchos años había aprendido, para ayudarnos a  alcanzar nuestras metas y convertirnos en empresarias independientes, exitosas y satisfechas.

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Who must handle your accounting?

Sometimes our business grows ‘out of our hands’ and managing everything ourselves is counterproductive, just consider these conditions…

When to Hire a Bookkeeper or Accountant

When QuickBooks takes you only so far, it’s time to bring in a financial pro.

Eileen P. Gunn | June 29, 2011

URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219917

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Entrepreneurs thrive on a DIY mentality: Do everything you can yourself and don’t pay for anything new until you have absolutely have to. It’s especially difficult to justify hiring financial help like a bookkeeper.

With user-friendly software such as QuickBooks available, many business owners feel they should be able to do keep their records on their own, even as they wrestle with finding the time and wonder if they’re doing things correctly.

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Changes on your small business are necessary?

small-business-lifestyle-designThrough the years, as a small business owner in a very demanded, growing and trendy field, Virtual Assistance, I find myself in need of ‘re-inventing’ myself, learning new and more advance skills, technology, trends.  All this creates an awarenes of what our potential clients are looking for an assistant, whether is virtual or at their onsite offices.

As Virtual Assistants our services are provided utilizing the most advanced and latest technology which creates a limitelss array of opportunities in ‘services’ to be provided.  Now we say, “…oh, I know how to do that..”; “…yes, I’ve done this a couple of times and with some practice, I can be an expert..”; “…I definitely like doing this task also…”.  Then we become “jack of all trades and master of none.”

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