If you have a job you aren’t particularly fond of, it can be rather tempting to toss it aside and start your own business. Of course, this is difficult to actually pull off, before below is an interview with someone who’s actually done it.
Whether you’re leaving another job behind or not, the advice given below will prove valuable to anyone looking to start a WordPress theme business like Michael’s. From startup to business models and much more, the rather in-depth interview is sure to help your own startup run that much smoother.
I’m a former stock broker and entrepreneur located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. I’m the founder and CEO of MH Themes, a WordPress theme company specializing in professional magazine WordPress themes for online magazines, news websites and advanced blogs. Today, we’re making around $360k in yearly revenue.
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Building a connection with you clients is something best done as early as possible. It can help you turn visitors into customers, and make your customers more likely to come back to you for their future needs.
Below is a video and an article that will show you how to set up an easy email opt-in system to help you generate these connections early and effectively.
You don’t have to wait until you onboard a client to start building a relationship with them and establishing trust. Generating loyalty with your audience can happen at any time. A great way to start making those genuine connections is by giving them something of great value. With a content upgrade, not only do visitors acquire a free and super valuable resource, but you now have a way to directly get in touch with leads by email.
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Social media is a powerful tool. With all the other businesses and freelancers around, getting your name out there is one of the biggest steps to getting work. It can be a great tool for accomplishing this, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
Fortunately, the article below has laid out a detailed, step-by-step list of ways to boost your social media presence. It offers a lot of helpful advice, including targeted tips for specific platforms, so be sure to give it a read.
I get it. Social media is a tough nut to crack. And that’s exactly why I made this checklist because I think it will help freelancers pulling all their hair out with no idea where to start. Here, I’ve laid out an easy-to-follow, actionable social media checklist for freelancers who want to use social media to get more clients.
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It’s always good to feel like you’re growing, or moving towards something. But even for a successful business, this can be difficult to achieve at times. You might be holding steady, but where do you go from there?
The podcast and article below will take you through a detailed, seven-stage process for keeping your business steady, determining where you want to go, and ultimately growing towards that goal. It’s quite the read, but the wealth of information contained makes it well worth the time.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve gone into business for yourself or you work for someone else. Your original goal probably wasn’t to remain in the same position for the rest of your life; you wanted to experience professional growth. For those of you that run your own business, there is even more opportunity to grow as its wholly yours to control: your revenue, your client base, and even your personal growth. But it can be difficult to do when you don’t know where to grow to.
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Pretty much everyone could use some extra money, but this is doubly true of people going through school. You have more debts to deal with, and less time to make money.
Below is an article that offers several pieces of advice for finding a side hustle you can keep running while dealing with school. From the job ideas themselves to various tips on time management, it’s sure to have something to help improve your situation.
Regardless if you’ve spent your summers side-hustling for extra cash, building experience as an intern or traveling across the globe, it doesn’t have to end. Side-hustling is great way to make it happen. Whether you’re already working a part-time gig or hope to find one that’ll help beef up your pocketbook, here’s how to get (and keep) work that you’ll be able to manage during those busy days of school.
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WordPress makes building and managing websites easy, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any maintenance to do. If you want to keep your site running efficiently and maximize its effectiveness, there’s a few things you need to keep up with.
The article below will run you through 13 of these, breaking the list up by how frequently each task needs to doing. It offers a quick explanation of each step, and provides a great help in keeping track of it all, so it’s well worth the read.
Getting your website up and running is a great first step towards building an online presence for your brand and business. However, once your website is live, your job is not done. While WordPress is powerful and easy to use, there are certain steps you need to take to ensure your website continues to operate without any issues and converts your visitors into customers.
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Client satisfaction is an important part of growing a successful business. While getting their work done and moving on to the next client will get you payed, taking extra steps to improve your client’s overall experience will keep them coming back, and improve your chances of getting recommendations.
The article below will offer a quick guide on how to judge your overall client satisfaction, and find the areas you need to target for improvements. Happy clients make things run smoother for everyone, so be sure to check it out.
It takes a big person to admit that their client relations needs a boost. However, regardless of whether you’re man or mouse, improving client satisfaction is straightforward enough that anyone can do it. In this post, we’ll offer a few key considerations for how to ensure satisfaction among your clients. However, before that, let’s quickly discuss why this is an important aspect of being a stellar web professional!
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Offering discounts can certainly be a boost to your product sales. But there’s a lot to consider before you just cut your prices in half for a week or two. Pricing, including discounts, plays a huge role in value perception, and of course you have to ensure you’re still making enough money.
With all this in addition to the many types of discounts available, the process becomes a good bit more complicated. Fortunately, the article below will break down each of these points to help you find the best discount strategy for your product and overall brand.
The way you treat your product pricing can have a massive impact on your revenue and how your brand is received by customers – but deciding whether or not to discount your products (and to what extent) can be puzzling. If you run a digital product store, you’re probably wondering which strategy will work best for you. Sure, sales, deals, and special offers are standard practice throughout the eCommerce world, but before you go handing out coupon codes, you’ll want to understand the nuances of discounts – and the different effects that come along with them.
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There’s a multitude of options available when it comes to pricing your digital goods. Two of the most prominent amoung these are lifetime licenses and automatic annual renewals.
The article below compares the two, containing an interview with Amir Halzer, who explains why for his own business, he’s moved to the anual structure. In short, that structure provides the recurring income he and his employees need to sustain the business. There’s a lot more info to unpack below though, so be sure to give it a read.
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My name is Amir Helzer, founder of OnTheGoSystems (makers of WPML and Toolset). In this article, I’m going to lay out the reasoning behind our recent move from Lifetime licenses to annual automatic renewals for our products. I’ll also explain why I warmly recommend you consider doing the same for your WordPress products. We need to get paid for our work. Clients need peace of mind. Automatic renewals offer exactly what both developers and the clients need.
Customers always like to know they’re getting their money’s worth when they make a purchase, but this holds extra true the more expensive that purchase is.
The article below will provide ten tips to help encourage people to buy your higher price items, from providing better support, making it clear exactly what your products does, offering a solid refund policy, and more.
Whether you’re selling eBooks, digital artwork, audio, or services, certain marketing elements and strategies are essential if you want to get customers to buy – but this especially true for high-priced products! We’ve pulled together some important tips to help you make the most of your marketing efforts and inspire customers to confidently spend on your high-priced, big ticket products or services!
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More often than not, freelancer and service-based businesses are run through proposals. Your client comes to you with a proposal, or you go to them. But for a web designer, how do you structure your proposal to maximize your chances of landing a deal with your client?
The article below will run through all the key points your proposal needs to include, with advice on each one to ensure to make sure you convey the needed information clearly and concisely to get your ideas across and close deals smoothly.
The web design proposal is the first document that you and your client will have. Until then, there have probably been some conversations through email or phone calls, but now the ice is broken and it is time to start earning their business. Here’s the step by step guide to writing the perfect proposal.
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As the WordPress world only continues to grow, there’s an ever increasing need for coaches and consultants in the space. People want to know how to do WordPress right. But what is the best way to show them?
There are three major approaches to counselling, and the article below will take you through the main advantages and disadvantages of each to help you determine which is best for you and the clients you aim to reach.
At the end of the day, WordPress clients come to you for the purposes of goal attainment. You are the expert and so they reach out to you in order to get the best results on their path to success. But have you ever considered what is the best way to provide WordPress consulting services to these clients?
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Digital product sales, like a lot of business, tend to go up and down over time. While this is a natural process, it helps to have some idea what to do when they dip, to help ensure they don’t stay down long.
The article below will takes you through several steps you can take to boost your sales back up as high as ever. From bundles to promotion and more, the advice below is sure to help get your digital products selling again.
It can happen to the best of us: one moment, your digital products are flying off the metaphorical shelves, and the next, things have slowed down so much that you feel the need to take some action – and fast! First things first… breeeeaaathe. We’ve got you! In this post we’ll look at some actionable steps you can take today to push past the lull and get sales flowing again.
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As a freelancer, you’re always going to run into those times when your work is low. It can be daunting, and often difficult to figure out what to do.
The article below presents eight things to do when you don’t have a lot of work coming up, from ways to bring in more work and get your schedule back on track, to useful things you can do with your downtime to keep your business growing. Making good use of time is essential to business success, so it’s well worth the read.
One of the scariest things for a freelancer is looking ahead at their calendar and seeing nothing but blank spaces on the to-do list. When your freelance sales pipeline is low and you don’t have any upcoming projects, it can be a bit alarming. But the ebb and flow of busy times for freelancers is often normal so don’t get too worked up if you don’t have a lot of work coming up. Instead, use the tips here to attract more projects and keep calm (and busy) during your slow times.
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If you run a podcast, it can be a great benefit to have your own place to host them. There are a few ways to do this, but one of the best is WordPress.
The article below will go into more detail about what WordPress brings to the table, and how you can use it and its plugins to grow your reach. Give it a read below.
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Podcasting has become a hugely popular industry. This means if you want to build a significant audience for your own podcast, you’ll need to do some groundwork. This usually includes setting up a dedicated website. Let’s talk about why you might want to create a WordPress website for your podcast. Then we’ll explain how you can make that site stand out using podcast-specific themes and plugins. Let’s jump right in!
Buttonizer is a WordPress plugin designed to create visually appealing buttons to help drive user interaction. Since launch, Buttonizer has become a thriving business, and one of WordPress’ many success stories.
Below is an interview with the creator of the company. He shares his story of how they got started and the decisions they made along the way, as well as offering some advice for anyone looking to create a business developing WordPress plugins.
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This WordPress plugin success story comes to us from The Netherlands, where Jeroen and his team are running Buttonizer, a great-looking “floating action button” plugin for WordPress websites with one purpose: to help increase user interactions and conversions on websites. Jeroen, the co-founder, shares their methods.
Creating high quality products is great, and an important part of earning sales, but it isn’t always enough on its own. Consumers need to understand your product: what it does and why they need it.
The article below is all about writing convincing copy for your digital products. From ensuring that you’re writing to the correct audience to properly portraying your product and much more, it has everything you need to ensure that your copy will earn you sales.
Are you stumped on how to write compelling digital product copy and descriptions? How do you feature your podcast, e-course, plugin, etc. to its fullest advantage? What’s the best way to make your digital product stand out in a competitive market? The good news is that you don’t have to be an English or marketing major to be able to write great digital product copy. With a little bit of creativity and passion, you can attract online interest and convert visitors into customers.
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If you’re running or looking to create a membership site, then it’s important to have something valuable to offer to your paying members.
The article below is all about premium content, offering several suggestions for what you can offer, and a wealth of advice for how to make sure your premium content is worthwhile for your members.
Building a thriving membership site isn’t easy, and you want to crack the code to success. But first, you must consider the incentives for your potential customers to join your membership site – and stick around. Enter premium content. This kind of super-exclusive content opens the door to a cascade of benefits, from generating interest in your site, monetization, and building revenue, to enhancing brand perception and reinforcing your content authority.
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Blogging can be a good way to make money, but it can also an outlet for your passions. And the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
Below is an interview with Frauke De Laender, a successful blogger, who answers questions about her process and how she got started to help you along the way.
Frauke De Laender from The Life Factory is a Belgian DIY creator who uses blogging as a way to support her creative passions. She is one of those gals who shows that blogging can be defined on your own terms. You have the freedom to create your path, to adjust the rhythm, to iterate how often you please. She shares how beginner bloggers could start their digital journey.
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As a freelancer, it’s important for you and your clients to understand each other. You need to understand what they need and when they need it by. But it also helps for your clients to understand your work process.
The article below talks about writing out a document to let potential clients know how you work, so they know more about your process and your hours. This helps communication and keeps things running smoother on both sides. Read more about it below.
This is a solid post from Dean at WP Buffs, who makes the case for freelancers to set out a “how I work” document which sets client expectations. Proactively setting these expectations lets you as the contractor define when you’re working, when you’re available, and how clients can get in touch with you. With these expectations set, most clients will respect the boundaries, won’t have a problem with you not getting back to them at the weekend, and are thus much more likely to have a great experience with you.
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Self promotion is an important part of running a successful business. Social media can help a lot with this, being giving potential clients a way to find you and get to know both you and what you do.
The article below focused on Facebook, showing you how to use some of its various features to attract attention and make people feel engaged. Give it a read to help give your business’ growth a boost.
Thinking about creating a Facebook Group to promote your business? You are in the right place! Read on to find out how we did it! We decided to share a case study about how we grew our group and why you should do it too! Join us for a 10 minutes read where we share the little-known details and the challenges we faced while growing our Facebook group. After using the methods, our Facebook group had a 400% increase in the number of members, but most importantly, our engagement increased with 350%.
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WordPress is great platform to use to sell products, whether they be physical, digital, or a software as a service arrangement. But before you jump into e-commerce, there’s a few things you should take the time to consider.
The article below will take you through several points to help you find an approach that’s right for you and your product, to help you get sales and minimize risks. It has a lot of information, so be sure to give it a read if you’re thinking about getting into e-commerce.
There are two main ways to monetize WordPress: you can use it to set up an online store and sell products, either physical or virtual. Or you can use it to power a Software as a Service (SaaS) business, like our own Edublogs. Both of these sound like a great way to earn a living: you don’t have to deal with clients, you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, and you don’t have to go out looking for freelance work. But before you picture yourself as the next Matt Mullenweg or Jeff Bezos, stop and think about the reality.
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There’s a lot that goes into running a successful and growing business. To keep your business, and the recurring revenue you can generate, growing, it helps to be able to reduce some of the extra work, like managing payments.
The article here will explain how to use a payment gateway to help you with this, freeing up more of your time to do the actual work that earns you a living. Read more about it below.
You’ve started selling WordPress care plans and you’re excited to begin generating recurring revenue for your business. But let’s say you become incredibly successful in this venture. How the heck are you going to handle processing and tracking those payments? Luckily, with WooCommerce and a trusty payment gateway like Stripe, you don’t have to.
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Curated content can be a great way to earn affiliate income by directing people to sites that might be of use to them. It can be a lot of work however to find the sites, create the affiliate links, and keep everything running properly.
The article below will show you how to automate almost this entire process. Using correctly configured plugins, you can pull in articles about certain topics, create posts with excerpt from them, and even properly credit the original article and add in affiliate links, all automatically. Give it a read to find out more.
I’m going to show you how you can automatically curate content and automatically insert relevant affiliate links into that content. You’re going to see the word “automatically” a lot. After the setup process, it’s pretty much 100% hands-off. Want to learn more? Let’s get started.
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Regardless of what kind of business you’re getting into with WordPress, you need to have a plan. While it’s impossible to know everything that will come your way as your business grows, knowing your goals and having a plan in place to get there is crucial for success.
This is what the article below aims to help with. From setting out your goals to filling in the details, it will walk you through several crucial steps for putting together a well thought-out plan to guide your growing WordPress career.
So, what’s your career plan? Do you have one? Maybe you don’t? If you don’t, let’s do something about it in this post on how to build a successful career with WordPress. Before you launch yourself into searching for a job, setting yourself up as a freelancer, or launching your agency or your fabulous WordPress product, you should do some planning. This will help ensure success both now and on an ongoing basis.
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Selling physical products is one of the oldest ways of making money, both online and off. But through the internet, selling digital products is a viable, and in many ways superior, alternative.
The article below goes through ten of the biggest reasons why it might be preferable to sell digital products over physical ones, from stock issues to higher profits margins and much more.
Digital products have become so pervasive that nearly all of the top professional bloggers, speakers, and other influential public figures have taken advantage of the trend, releasing sought-after content like PDF guides, eBooks, podcasts, and videos. Additionally, many independent creators have built entire online stores based around digital products, joining a booming economy of people enjoying greater personal freedom and passive income. So what are the factors and benefits that make these types of products so appealing? Here’s a list of the top reasons why selling digital products is better than selling physical products.
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WordPress development is a lucrative business, but it’s far from the only way to make a living off of the platform. Even if you don’t know any code, there are still several ways you can build a business around helping other people with their WordPress sites.
From SEO to consulting and several other options, the article below will offer some advice on how to make several such businesses work, and with provide an introduction to each to help you find out which might be best for you.
You’ve probably heard about this thing called WordPress and how people are using it to make money. They could be developing WordPress themes and plugins or creating amazing websites. You might ask, “can I start a WordPress business of my own?”
Let’s assume you have a little experience with WordPress. Maybe you’ve blogged on a WordPress site, or maybe you’ve helped a friend create a small online storefront. You don’t, however, know a lick of code (PHP looks like gobbledy gook on your screen). You’re in luck.
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Site care and maintenance is an important business. Particularly if a website deals with large amounts of traffic or sensitive data, they need to ensure that nothing goes wrong. But the importance of your work doesn’t always mean clients are easy to find.
The article below will take you through some important aspects of generating and nurturing leads, offering advice for how you approach and handle potential clients to help you close as many good deals as possible.
Lead Nurturing. Lead Generation. Marketing funnels. Sales Funnels. Sales Life Cycle. These are all the various words to describe the process from beginning to end of a customer journey. See, there’s another word, Customer Journey. The bottom line is when you are in business, you need paying customers (or clients). In order to get those customers, you have to develop leads. We know that leads aren’t always ready to buy when you first meet them, but here’s how to close the deal.
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The internet is one of the best places to go to learn anything. As the content available on it grows, more and more people turn to the internet to learn how to do all kinds of things, from car repair to website building.
If you have useful skills to share, selling a digital course can be a lucrative project, as long as you handle it correctly. The article below will help you nail your pricing, distribution, and more to ensure your online course is a success.
With the internet being the most widespread and easily accessible source of information, e-learning has skyrocketed – and selling digital courses has never been more popular!
It seems like every facet of our lives is being slowly digitized, and education is no exception. E-learning has become a go-to method for many people wanting to improve their professional skills, get a degree, learn new things, or do DIY projects – and if you have expertise on a certain subject, there is likely an audience out there willing to pay for it.
If you’re thinking about selling digital courses, we’ve put together this guide to help you… learn (ahem)… how to get started.
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There are a lot of places available now for selling WordPress themes that you create. Along with the several marketplaces out there, you also have the option of selling from your own site and keeping all of the profits.
The article below will talk in-depth about ThemeForest. It discusses how the site is ran, and the pros and cons of that marketplace compared to the other options available. If you’re still trying to decide where to sell your product, it’s well worth the read.
With WordPress used by over 30% of all websites, the space can be very competitive! A dilemma for WordPress theme developers is whether to go out on their own or distribute through a marketplace. We’re going to explore first-hand experience of selling themes on ThemeForest over five years, and some of the pros and cons of the platform. If you are still deciding which route to take, this can help you choose.
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Sustainability is one of the big challenges of freelancing. Clients can run out of work, and even if you have constant work it’s easy to find yourself struggling to make enough for your efforts.
The article below goes over 24 key points to making your freelance business profitable and sustainable, from proper pricing, to time saving methods, to several ways to keep clients coming in. With all this and more, it’s sure to help keep your business running smoothly.
If you don’t charge what your consulting services are worth, you’ll soon find you won’t have the ability to offer that service to anyone. The following guide covers everything you need to know to build and sustain profitability in WordPress consulting.
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While it certainly isn’t the only measure of success, any business needs to make money to operate. Even a fairly successful one could likely do with a bit of extra funds. But of course, earning extra money is easier said than done.
That doesn’t mean that aren’t plenty of opportunities for it. The article below goes through a wealth of possible ideas to bring in extra money on the side, based on your own skill sets. It also talks a bit about overcoming some of the most common mental barriers that can get in your way of starting, so be sure to give it a read.
I want to cut through all that BS and give you the three best ways you can start making money TODAY, along with 42 more ideas on how you can generate cash on the side. Learn exactly how to make extra money with these cash-generating ideas. Plus, I’ll show you my three favorite ways to start earning more money today.
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Photography can be a very fulfilling and lucrative business if handled correctly. Find the right market and the proper pricing and you can be well set.
This is what the article below aims to help you achieve. It talks about pricing options and distribution methods, as well as ways to ensure you have ongoing revenue coming in through your business. Give it a read to help you sell photographs with success.
A picture is worth a thousand…dollars? If priced correctly and marketed to the right customers, it certainly could be. Photographs can definitely be distributed as products on the web and there’s a huge market of customers looking for just the right image. There’s a huge market of customers looking for just the right photo. In this article we look into the intricacies of selling photographs.
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There’s a lot of thought, consideration, and tracking that goes into running a business. Of these, one of the most daunting, and important, is handling your taxes.
There’s a lot to it, so the article below will break it down for you. From different business types to handling the taxes around outsourcing and much more, it will help you make sense of it all and ensure you’re managing your taxes correctly.
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The United States has a number of tax laws on the Federal, State, and Local levels that WordPress theme and plugin developers need to be aware of. This post will talk about the tax implications of things like outsourcing work, incorporating your business, and sales taxes.
If you enjoy writing, then being a freelance writer is likely an ideal job for you. The freedom granted by freelancing is only one of its many perks. But it does require a good bit of work and dedication if you want to succeed.
Below is an article from a successful freelance writer, who shares their experiences and advice for finding your topic, getting yourself out there, and creating good content to help you succeed as a freelance writer.
Being a freelancer is not a garden full of roses but it is an experience that can be very fulfilling both for your income and your sense of accomplishment. Try asking a web designer how nice is to deal with customers, you’ll understand my point. In this guide I will share with you my personal experience, ideas and methods in hopes that it will inspire you to become a freelance writer.
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If you’re looking to make money on WordPress, whether it be a side income or a full-time job, there are plenty of ways to go about it. Some are better than others, and which one is best is different for everyone.
The article below will take you through eight of the most prominent options, business models that have proven themselves successful before, and talk about the work involved and why you might want to choose one option over another.
Now days many people have found ways to make tons of money with WordPress. There are many different ways by which you can also earn a living online with it. Have you ever thought of making money using WordPress? If yes, this detailed post is a treat for you where I will be discussing 8 proven ways to make money with WordPress.
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WordPress has a lot of tools to help with building websites and creating content. It’s designed to be usable by anyone. Does this mean services sold and provided by freelancers and agencies aren’t really needed, or worse, are taking advantage of their customers?
Certainly not. You should never feel guilty about charging someone who is willing to pay for your expertise and their own saved time. The article below talks about this in more detail, and why professionals are worth the fee.
Do you ever feel guilty about selling WordPress services to clients? Like somehow you’re ripping them off because you’re doing something they could easily do on their own if only they took time to research it? Or perhaps it’s the fact that WordPress and many of its integrations are free and you feel that your markup is too high? You should never feel guilty about that.
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Building a successful business or product is difficult, especially as a side project. These things take a lot of time and effort, and managing that alongside another full-time job is quite the balancing act.
It’s certainly possible to succeed, however. Such is the case with Benjamin Denis and his SEOPress plugin. He shares his story of how he did it below, providing valuable insight into achieving success in the WordPress space.
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Benjamin Denis is an interesting WordPress plugin creator from France. He agreed to share his entrepreneurial strategies with us, and talk about how he took SEOPress from a mere idea to a sustainable business in one year while working full-time at a web agency.
Not every deal you talk about with a client is going to work out. That much is unavoidable, but you do want to try to minimize the amount of time you spend pitching and talking out a sale that you won’t be able to close.
There’s several reasons this can happen, and some of them can be avoided or minimized if you take the right steps. The article below will talk about ten of the most commonly faced obstacles and offer some advice on how to minimize or avoid them entirely.
Rejection is part of the gig. And you know what? It’s okay if a prospect rejects your proposal, so long as the reason for it is valid. Perhaps your style of communication or work doesn’t blend well with the client’s. Or maybe your pricing is too far out of reach for a company of that size. Or maybe they really are happy with their current web designer. When there’s a valid reason for rejection, accept it with grace, thank them for their time, and move on.
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WordPress is an ever growing space, with more tools than ever for building a website and getting yourself established. But despite the prevalent opportunities for success that WordPress provides, there’s a lot of costs incurred along the process that need consideration.
From business registration, to the various costs of building and hosting your website, to paying for your own time off, the article below will take you through the thirty primary costs you’ll have to account for over the course of starting and growing your business. With advice to offer on each of them, it’s well worth your read.
As WordPress gains more and more of the global CMS market share, there are a lot of opportunities to help businesses establish a strong digital presence with it. Needless to say, launching a WordPress business in this environment is a smart move. That said, no matter how slow of a start you have with your WordPress business, there are costs everyone has to contend with.
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The market of digital WordPress products is much more saturated than it has been in years past, when many of the biggest themes and plugins you see today got started. However, the tools to create these products have come a long way, and the demand for them only grows.
So despite the growing competition, it’s not too late to get your own ideas on the market. However, you will need the right approach. The article below covers everything from naming, to hosting, to marketing and more to make your digital products shine.
When it comes to creating a digital product store, you have more of an advantage than you might think! There are more advanced eCommerce tools available now than ever before, with plenty of real-world examples to guide you. Take advantage of the trial and error processes that other store owners have gone through in testing out their methods; be observant, and don’t be afraid to try things out for yourself – sometimes you have to experiment to see what works for your specific product and business model.
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Software as a service is a solid business model that has the potential to bring in quite a lot of income. But it can take a lot of time and work to build, as well as money to upload and host. If you’re starting up, those costs could be difficult to manage.
The article below will take you through fourteen highly useful tools for hosting and selling your software services without having to have a large amount of startup money.
A cloud-based SaaS product can be a highly lucrative opportunity. Of course, you have to find the time, resources, and money to build it first. These are the 14 free or inexpensive tools you can use to build a SaaS on the cheap.
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Digital products are a great business, and can be a great source of income for developers. However, it’s pretty easy to throw something together and put it on the internet for sale, regardless of quality. Once you take hackers and fraud into account, these purchases only get more dangerous for the consumers.
By no means does this mean you should avoid buying digital products, or selling them. But it does mean you need to take steps to build confidence in you and your products if you want to make good sales. The article below will walk you through some of the best ways to do this.
In the era of hackers, fraud, and online theft, customers are taking more precautions than ever with their money – and if you sell digital goods, this means you are likely faced with adjusting your methods to create (or reclaim) customer confidence in your brand and products. Here’s how.
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Having the reputation of a skilled and reliable professional in the WordPress scene is one of the best ways to have clients coming to you, and well paying ones at that. The biggest part of this is doing work worthy of the reputation, but there’s a bit more to it than that.
Doing good work is easier said than done, and there’s a bit more to marketing yourself and dealing with clients well that will really take your reputation a long way. The guide below will cover a lot of this in much more detail.
Professionals make the most money, have the most influence and generally have it good. They also fair well when faced with challenges since they are skilled and hence more confident in their capabilities. They are the creme de la creme, and everybody (read clients) want a piece of their awesomeness. Pros do it big and are as a result the envy of the millions who don’t make the cut. With all these nice things ready for the taking, why wouldn’t anyone want to become the go-to person in their area of expertise? Here’s how to do it.
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With a growing business, unless you have a lot of employees, you’re likely to have to step outside the main focus of your job and juggle the many other tasks that running a successful business requires. This can be difficult and stressful, as well as taking your time away from the focus of your business.
Hiring employees could solve this issue, but that’s a very large investment you might not be ready to make. In the article below, Pippin Williamson talks about how to handle these extra tasks effectively, ensuring your business stays on track and operating efficiently.
Most small businesses begin with just one or two people, which inevitably means the founder or founders constantly juggle dozens of different tasks every day. In this post, Pippin Williamson shares some advice on the art of juggling many roles in a bootstrapped eCommerce business.
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There are a lot of advantages to a WordPress career, and by extension a lot of reasons it might be tempting to quit your job and try to make it work. However, for many, this just isn’t feasible. But that doesn’t mean a career in WordPress is off limits to you.
It takes a lot of work, but the article below will help walk you through how you can build a WordPress business in your spare time. It talks about the upsides and downsides of such an approach, how to learn in your free times, and provides several general tips to help you succeed in the WordPress field.
Getting established as a WordPress pro isn’t easy. If you want to freelance or set up a WordPress business, you’ll need to build up a list of clients and establish a reputation for yourself. And if you’re looking for a WordPress job, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve got experience with WordPress and can work with it at a professional level.
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Once you’ve finished up a plugin or a theme for WordPress, you have to figure out how you’re going to market and sell it. There’s a wealth of different distribution options and pricing models, so this can be a tricky task.
The article below aims to help you through it, talking in depth about your options and considerations, as well as pointing you to where you can learn more.
The thought of ditching your day job, abandoning your clients and selling your themes and plugins can be very tempting. For those who’ve made a success of it, it can be lucrative. But once you’ve written and released your code, the work isn’t over. You’ll need to market it, keep it updated, test it regularly and provide support. But if you follow this advice, your career as a theme or plugin vendor will be more successful and you’ll provide real value to the WordPress community.
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Whether you’re looking to grow an existing WordPress business or start a brand new one, one noteworthy option is selling a service to clients. It has a very large potential for growth, and even for hiring staff to continue that growth if you so choose.
The article below provides an in-depth look at starting and running a service-based business, from drawing in clients, to handling staff, to managing finances, and much, much more.
If you gain clients and do well, you can expect the amount of business coming in to grow over time. You might decide you don’t want to take on extra work, or you may choose to grow your business by taking on new staff. Either way, your business will develop as you gain more expertise. As this happens, you can start charging more and taking on bigger and more interesting projects.
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However you’ve come to WordPress, if you’re looking to make money from the platform, you have a lot of options. Many people are able to make not only an income, but a full living off of WordPress.
But how? The article below will take you through some of the most prominent options, and some of the opportunities available within each. Be sure to give it a read to find out what might best fill your skills and interests.
People who want to start a career in WordPress usually come in two groups: people who’ve been using WordPress as a hobby for a while and want to use their skills to earn a living, and people coming to WordPress from another specialization who can see the potential of the platform. So if you’re in one of these groups, what are the options available to you? Let’s look at some of the career opportunities available!
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Selling your time as a freelancer is a bit different from selling a product, and from traditional employment as well. It is, however, no less important. You need an influx of work to keep your business afloat.
The article below will walk you through some of the key differences, how to find the work that best suits you, and how to properly sell your time to prospective employers to ensure you land those much needed jobs.
Have you ever thought about, or are you considering, selling your time as a WordPress professional, either as a freelancer or through finding paid employment? In both cases, you don’t own the thing you’re producing. Instead, you sell your ability to produce that thing for someone else.
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