Since I’d many ideas of running online and offline home business, many are wondering what do I do then.
Why I choose the particular home business out of the many suggestions in my Work At Home Mum Ebook?
Well… over the years, I’d tried and surveyed many work from home niche, online and offline.
The reason I work on my freelance job (Quantity Survey) is because it brings decent active income and it’s my passion.
However, no matter how flexible working hour I have, I’m trading time for money. If lazy, then I have no income.
Silly? Everyone works for a living, of course will not get paid if not working, I believe you will think that.
Doing online business? Sounds a dream job for many. I’d even acquired some basic skills on it.
Do you know online business still have to do delivery, keep stock, update quantity and etc, regardless you are producing your own products or obtain stocks from the supplier?
Everything is just like a conventional business, except you save the rental and utilities for brick and mortar shop.
So, what do I looking for?
Have you heard about passive income?
I didn’t care about it until I seriously look for a long term home business without headache on logistic, stocks, competition, viability of the products I invested and many more.
Everyone said I silly because keep looking for the best home business for mum like you and me, which is…
Low cost low risk
Can operate from home (renting a shop or office will cost a bomb)
No need to produce product or keep stock (that require huge capital and it might burnt if no demand)
No need to deliver or running post office (enough hectic for mum to transport kids)
Less competition, and the best if we are pioneer in the line.
Good profit margin
With repeat customers
> The profit margin is so important for busy mum. Simple calculation, with the same effort and time spent, you prefer to sell a toy with $10 profit or a stroller with $100 profit at similar marketing cost?
> How about repeat sales ? Will the customers come back over and over again to enable you earning from them?
> What about one time initial effort but enable you to earn monthly without the need to service the customer?
Sounds impossible but I found it!
What it is?
You know digital product?
E.g. Ebook, video course, membership website, most of which making the initial effort to fabricate it then you are set to sell it for decade, through your laptop or smartphone.
My Ebook transaction was setting on automation mode online. Means I will get paid if someone decided to buy it even though I was sleeping, because the system will take care of it.
The problem is… when and how do we, ordinary busy mums have the time and capable of creating many digital products, not to mention the valuable content, skills and experiences required.
Here comes the best home business for mum
Imagine if you have a membership website with valuable product, which peoples will purchase from you and pay you monthly fee to gain access.
The monthly fee is repeat sales profit that generated effortlessly, i.e. passive income.
What do you do if you don’t have the capacity to create the entire system and profitable content sought after by people?
Affiliate with someone who owns it and will guide you to market it!
Why it’s best home business for mum?
Simply because you don’t have to carry along physical products for marketing, your inventory is in your phone or laptop.
Shipping, customer database and payment are all handled online, electronically.
You have the choice to do it in high tech way using App only, or high touch way by meeting people to showcase your awesome website in smartphone, all at your own pace from the comfort of your home or anywhere you like.
What if you are also allowed to build your own affiliate or sales team and get paid weekly from their work?
I assure you I’d found the best home business that fulfills all the criteria mentioned above…!
Cost? It’s so affordable that I’d rather pay for it than cracking my head to create the entire system myself.
Don’t like to sell? Every business including an employee is all about selling. It’s just your decision to sell your resume sell your service and time to your evil employer for a fix income..
Or work for yourself selling your own website for passive income. Hehe… I opt for second option.
I’m a mom of two, a freelancer, a daughter to ageing parent cum diabetes patient, and home business owner. If I can do it, why can’t you?
Once in every year, mums will become the focus in every corner of the world and in the news, that’s Mother’s Day!
This year, News Straits Time (NST) is doing a feature on mums who gave up their career by choice for the little ones, but are also working from home, i.e. work at home mum. I was honored to be one of the ‘stars’.
It was such a lovely news this Mother’s Day. Thanks NST and the journalist, Audrey (a lovely mommy journalist) for the article.
Why work from home?
The journey of being a work at home mum started 3,4 years ago. While working full time as a commercial manager, I was lucky to be able to leave office 6pm sharp everyday. However, I was restricted by Mrs. Boss to take leave as I wish to.
Hence, I had a dream, dream that I could have flexible time for my children and ageing parents while being able to earn a living from home.
That’s the dream of most mums, isn’t?
You may be disappointed if you fail. But you are doomed if you don’t try. ~ Beverly Sills
The quote shared by a friends after knowing my dream changed my life. I was so daring to make the decision – quit my full time job after received the message, but of course with my Plan B. Lol…
Start from zero to becoming a work at home mum
Many ideas to earn from home with my skills flow into my mind after decided to be a work at home mum. And I even explored many new fields, new skills and jobs that suit busy mums like me.
Developed my own website, started a work at home mum facebook support group that grows to a thousand plus members now, helping and mingled with like minded mums. Well… just realized I’d done so much from zero while writing these. Huhuuu…
The best is…. the support group and my humble two cents on working from home was featured in another article by NST. Check out the full online article here…. 😉
Don’t forget about my Work At Home Mum Ebook, that had inspired many mums succeeded in their online and home business. So proud of it with many many positive testimonials now. Hehe…
What to do at home after quit full time job?
I actually worked at part time basis in the office with reducing pay and benefit for a year. By the way, that’s a good idea for transition, and I strongly suggest you opt for it if you can.
After a year, I finally quit and started my Quantity Surveying freelance work (check out how I made it with no client base at all here ;), and built up my ownhome business.
Yes, two careers that allow me to earn at my own pace and I enjoy it very much.
I shared a lot of home and online business ideas that can earn from home for busy mum. Many were asking what do I do then and why I choose it out of the many ideas I’d shared.
What’s my home business and why I fell in love with it? Check out Part 2…. 😉
Are you a mum who wish to work from home ? Feel free to reach out to me if you need my humble opinion or even work with me. 🙂
You will be available whenever you are needed by your child.
You earn money yet can take care of the family at home.
It’s a perfect work-life balance that every mum is dreaming for.
While everybody is talking about the perk of working from home, is anybody telling you that working from home could be more challenging than working outside of home?
Here are 5 Myths about working from home that probably nobody ever tell you.
Why you need to know about these? Get ready with what to expect will help you to make correct decision to work from home and be prepared for what’s ahead.
WORK FROM HOME MYTHS?
#1. Your house will be clean all the time
No matter you are a freelancer, telecommuting, or starting your own small business from home, you are still working. Regardless it is 4 hours or 8 hours a day, your work has to be done during the day.
Instead of spending the time to clean your house, you will have to finish your daily project to-do list.
By the end of the day, you might not have the energy to finish all the house chores. The dishes that used during breakfast might still left in the sink till dinner time. The floor is not shining enough to be your mirror.
#2. You gain plenty of free time at home
Yes. Working from home save the hours stuck in the traffic, save the nonsense chit chatting with colleagues in the pantry, meeting and etc.
But don’t forget you will still start work late (after sent your child to school) and end earlier as soon as they get back home from school.
Otherwise, if you have a baby, he/she is your boss who determines how much time you can work.
Preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner also will take up most of your time. So being organised with the time/schedule is the key to success.
#3. Work from home is easy
Ha.. How nice because no boss or superior is telling you what and how to do at what time. Nobody will restrict your online activity.
So you have to make sure not to spend the first few hours of the day checking other people’s life on facebook and grab the most value for money offer in online shopping.
You have got to be discipline, focus and self-motivated to get the work done.
#4. You are at home so you are not working
Be sure to tell your friends and family that you are actually working at home. Many people have the impression that if you are staying at home, you will have free time to help fetching their kids or ask a favor from you during the day.
Educate them and learn not to volunteer or helping friends in need while you are working.
#5. You no need childcare or helper
Perhaps the pulling factor for you to work from home is you get to spend more time with your child and save on childcare cost.
But depends on what you are doing to make a living from home, there might be occasion that you will need childcare or helper in order to focus and get your work done.
Imagine will you bring your child to office and expect to get the work done as needed?
So before you let go your full time babysitter, it’s good to have a back up childcare plan or even just get your friends or family to help you few hours a day or a week in exchange of quiet time for your work.
Notwithstanding all the myths about working from home, most work from home mums will still telling you that it is doable and rewarding. Practice makes perfect!
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“There’s a myth that networking is all about cold-calling people and walking up to strangers at parties.
Often the best connections are made through mutual acquaintances. Shy people tend to feel most comfortable networking with the people they know, and then ask those people for referrals to others. That’s a good strategy for anyone.”
If an introvert and a sales person approach you for a business talk, who you will pay attention to?
Won’t you think that there must be something valuable and worthy that make him talk and share with you ?
A friend of mine who’s an introvert has been a successful network marketer due to this reason !
Generate leads and increasing sales in any business and marketing, without obvious selling sounds weird and impossible to many people
In fact, no one enjoy being pressured and pushed into making a purchase.
If that’s the case, so how do you generate leads, and persuade your customer into buying your products or services, or even join your company if you are doing network marketing?
In this article, I’ll show you how to generate quality leads opt in by willing prospects and increase sales purchased by willing customers. It can be used in any online or offline business, regardless of what industry you are in.
1. Generate Leads and Increase Sales With Compelling Sales Message
Sales message is a persuasive message that persuade your customers to close sales or generate leads by convincing your prospects to opt into the business you are doing.
a) Selling a product or service for your offline or online business
Let’s make some comparison. Of the following, which sales message would you prefer?
“New Year Sales!!! Promotion!!! Grab the high quality cheap handmade soap now!”
“Learn how to improve your skin to become soft like a baby with natural handmade soap at affordable price.”
If you are like most people, you will choose ad number 2 because it attracts you instead of pushing you into making purchase.
In a short sentence, the second ads includes:
Feature of the product – natural handmade soap
Benefit – improve skin
End result – soft like a baby
Indicative Price – affordable
Contrary to the second ad, the first ad push you into buying their ‘high quality’ product NOW. By the way, beware of using punctuation mark (!) as well, as most people feel pushy with many exclamation marks.
High quality is very subjective, you as a seller definitely feel your products or services are high quality, but this might not be the case from the perspective of the buyer.
In actual fact, quality is a must-have criteria in any product or service, thus it’s no longer a selling point.
Can you see the difference of both ads in terms of pulling customers to take action themselves willingly, by educating them the benefit of your product versus pushing the customers into making purchase now as instructed because cheap?
b) Generate leads for your network marketing business
How about this, if you are doing network marketing, and looking for business partner to join your company?
“Join our company today! Guarantee make 10k per month!”
“Start your home business with step by step guide even you have no experience today.”
You see…. “Join our company” is a redundant word, because they know you want them to join you the moment you advertise or talk to them.
And hello… every company has an opportunity to make you become a millionaire, so what make you guarantee them to earn big bucks? Without any effort?
Would the second ad sounds more practical and attractive? Why, because you assure them that they can start a home business even without experience, because there’s step by step guide.
2. Giving Before Receiving
Giving before receiving? Probably you might start worrying, hey, crazy? We are doing business, won’t we lose if giving so much things to the customers, and yet they are not buying from us?!
Consumers now are smart, they can get quality information online with regardless to anything under the sky.
Doing business in this technology era now is all about giving high perceived value to the prospects before they are committing to come out with the money.
I give you two examples that I’d came across in effectively generating leads and increasing sales by giving value to the customers.
Ikea, is a Swedish multinational furniture retailer company that design and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances and home accessories.
Every year, they will have a new catalog showcasing their inventories and teach the public how to mix and match the furniture.
Every few months, I will receive their Free magazine with plenty of ideas ranging from :
Children play time ideas
Kitchen and garden ideas
Type of eco friendly materials
And many more
It’s all free, so what do they earn? Well, if you like the ideas provided and want to have the same effective space planning, same efficient kitchen appliances, same color, same garden, same delicious food, you can buy everything from their store.
You got the idea ?
Still not convince? Here’s another example of local entrepreneur that impressed me.
Last month, I brought my daughter to a sewing workshop to redeem a voucher distributed in her school by the shop, where they will teach you, for free, on how to sew a tuition bag with the materials you bought.
Then I got to know that there are other short courses for adult too. Out of passion, I signed up a few days course learn to sew a few ‘upcycle’ bag with my unfit jeans.
Along the days while I am learning, the teacher there will teach my boring daughter few simple sewing techniques, without extra charge.
After mastered the simple techniques, she became interested in sewing, so how? I subscribed her as junior sewing club member to learn more.
You see… without receiving the value to appreciate handmade, we will not sign up anything.
What Should You Do Now?
If you have a business with great product and service, deliver the value to your customers before persuading them into making the purchase.
If you want to generate leads for your network marketing business or subscription platform, teach them, educate them that you are a valuable partner before making them commit to the subscription.
Did the tips help you? If so, I would greatly appreciate if you leave your comment and share on Facebook.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life ~ Confucius
Finding a job you love is age-old advice.
Get paid to travel, perhaps this is one of the job most people simply love, what if I tell you it’s not a fantasy anymore?
If you want to start your own small business and have the desire to see the world, consider the opportunity in travel industry.
I’m not saying that you should be a tour guide or open up a travel agency, which needs training, certificate and courses.
There’s a lot of disruption in travel industry. Nowadays, many travelers are inclined to do research online and book travel themselves instead of booking a trip through a brick and mortar travel agency.
In USA, internet travel sites are hiring more people to market their travel-related products online and providing many opportunities for travel entrepreneurs to run their home based business.
And the wave of disruption has came to Malaysia! The first internet travel site that providing such opportunity in Malaysia is Tripspin by Hodo Global.
Here are Top 9 reasons why I grabbed the opportunity once it was landed in Malaysia.
1. Get Paid To Travel
The top reason to put your love of travel to work.
Most people love to travel, but can’t afford it or have to wait for the annual leave be approved at the mercy of kind-hearted boss before departing for dream vacation.
Being an affiliate of Hodo Global, owning a travel booking website, Tripspin, travel become my career.
A career with the opportunity to earn money from the comfort of my home while helping others to enjoy visiting new places, save money, make money and even travel for free! And my hard work get paid to Travel for Free as well. It’s not unbelievable.
2. Home Based
Thanks to the internet, the technology disruption has enable everyone to market all the travel-related product provided from the comfort of our home, via a laptop, tablet or smartphone only.
In fact, I can do it online or offline at my preference, and I can do it part time on my own pace.
3. Suitable For Introvert Without Marketing Experience
I don’t know about you, I myself have no sales experience and professional marketing skill.
No prejudice to other niche, I’m shy to sell physical health and beauty product, I’m shy to share my ‘before and after’ product testimonial. But I can excitedly imagine myself sharing amazing places with friends and family when gathering.
It’s so easy to create curiosity and awareness about my travel business by just saying:
”Hey, where did you go last holiday? I have a new travel booking website with amazing deals that will save your money, will you want to try it!”
4. Make Memories With Your Beloved Family
Lots of people say :
“Take vacation! Go as many places as you can with your loved ones.
You can always make money; you can’t always make memories.”
My 3 years old and 7 years old children just love hotel, they can recall every memory of the hotel stay, which hotel has the best food, best kid’s area and best swimming pool.
With Free Travel privilege and passive income generated from the home business, vacation becomes very affordable!
That’s the vision and mission of Hodo TripSpin indeed, make traveling affordable for every family!
Maybe some people might tell you the the global economy is unstable and deterring travelers from going vacation. The truth of the matter is global travel is well on it’s way to rising to almost $12 trillion a decade from now, according to World Travel & Tourism Council.
When economic is good, people travel abroad; when economy is not good, people travel locally. Don’t you see your facebook friends were sharing their trips every now and then especially during year end holiday?
People are still flying, people are still booking hotels and renting cars, so we get paid through the process.
6. Worldwide Business Operated From Home
It’s online booking without physical product, I just need to market my personalized link with anyone in the world to earn money and free travel. Who’s that?
People who want to customise trips
They compare the deals with other booking website, for instance Agoda, Booking.com, Hotels.com and etc themselves.
Most of the times TripSpin are cheaper. They book the trip themselves even when I ‘m sleeping at night, and I get paid for free travel, easy as that.
7. Legacy of Profitable Evergreen Home Business
Travel is evergreen activity that peoples do everyday. The business operates without my presence after established customers and network base, it’s a kind of residual income.
That will be a valuable legacy for next generation, which I’d never think before as an employee.
8. Meet Amazing People
This is referral marketing, as much as we embrace high tech, we also embrace high touch.
When you share the business opportunity and amazing deals in the awesome booking website, you will meet amazing people across socio economic line.
I have been to different places and meet different people from all walk of life. That’s including high social status people, businessmen from different niche, professional, and stay at home parents.
It’s a life lesson that probably you could not learn from school and organization.
How much you need to begin a decent global business? I mean a business that earns USD with worldwide customers.
An ordinary people like me could not own a booking engine forever, a mini Agoda travel website to do the business. But now with the cost of a smartphone, I own the license and the travel booking website to earn the commission and free travel.
The Only Way To Do Great Work Is Love What You Do ~ Steve Job
I’m in doubt of the quote until I find TripSpin, where i get paid to travel the world, a steady stream of passive income.
I can’t help not to share the opportunity with everyone who loves to travel, who wish to start a side business or part time to supplement your full-time income.
If do it right, you can even quit your day job, get paid to travel the world with your loved ones while you are still young.
Check out Here or contact me if you wish to know more and I will help you along your Entrepreneurial journey.
Freelance work is one of the most popular form of flexible work and alternative in the wave of economic hardship and recession, for anyone to :
> Work on the side for additional income while working full-time
> Make it as a career option. You get the freedom to be your own boss with flexible working hours in a job you are passionate about.
The trend of freelancing has experience significant growth. In Kuala Lumpur alone, freelancer has increased by 31.2% since last two years, and the number is expected to go up across the country.
Getting a freelance work to your job list is hard, especially when you are just starting.
In this post, I’ll share with you my strategies to secure freelance work even you have no client base right now.
How do you start to earn your first paycheck through freelance work?
Firstly, identify what you are good at, examine what you are doing daily now and what’s your job. That could be your best skill of service to offer to your client.
In this 21st century, virtually any service that people outsource or require ad hoc labour could be your freelance work. Thus, freelancing is not necessary limited to skill personnel, accountant, web designer, programmer, architect only.
I have a friend who work as a clerk offers her service as virtual assistant to her expatriate client. She get to supplement her full time income by helping her client to book ticket plus some administration work.
Now, here are the 3 Tips that will help you to get noticed for freelance work and build your client list.
1. Your Personal Network
Without realize, you have certainly accumulated your personal network over time, both socially and professionally. It is now the most invaluable resources and straightforward way of finding your first freelance work.
Market yourself and spread the word among your network. We have shifted to trust in community, as people tend to use the product and service recommended by friends and family.
Personal recommendation is much more effective than a polished resume, and most clients are willing to fork out more to hire someone recommended.
There are 5 channels of personal network that you can pay attention to market yourself :
Keep in touch with your ex colleagues, clients and team in your industry.
They know your skills, experience and what you are good at, so they can recommend you in the event any of them or their contact need to hire freelancer.
Connect with anyone including your competitor, not just your potential clients or those in your industry.
They know people who know people. Yes, they might not know what exactly you are doing or not use your service, but they have their own personal connection whom is likely use your service one fine day.
And you never know your competitor will want to collaborate with you down the road.
One of the largest professional network to get your gig is Linkedin. If you do not have Linkedin account yet, check it out and create a free one. Many clients and human resource people are looking at Linkedin for talent now.
Online Social Network.
Facebook, twitter, instagram, wechat and etc, in fact you network everyday. Don’t forget to post your work in between your delicious food, pet or your adorable children’s posts.
If there’s any association, social event within your industry or even just a coffee chat, make your time to connect with the people that you know or not know.
A small tip from me, keep your contacts and send the new year or festive greeting to them regularly and that will remind them who you are, and tell them what you are doing now if they ask.
A personalize message is more effective and warming than forwarding the photo or standard greeting.
2. Update Your CV
Job search portal is still very useful even though you are not applying full-time job. Remember to update your resume frequently and keep your resume open for search.
You never know when you will receive call from headhunter or potential client for your service.
Maximize your Linkedin profile, and include endorsement and recommendation from your client base.
Try to target those small business or start-up company. Lots of chance they don’t have enough resources and need to outsource the work.
Approach them personally if you know any of your personal connection might be benefited from your service.
If you are shy, just casually mentioned why they should employ people like you. Generally they will save fixed monthly pay, office utilities and work space.
It make wonder for me as I got one of my job by educating my client during a coffee chat why he should employ a Quantity Surveyor like me to help him do effective project cost monitoring.
It’s possible to get more freelance work even if economy is not good, as the business will tend to streamline their monthly overhead by employing freelancer.
If you want, you can attend full-time job interview at selected company that you preferred. Leave your profile with them, and get them to contact you in case they need you in future.
Writing a job proposal is an art. However, there are many great sample online that you can use.
Focus on solution to your potential client’s problem and sell your strength.
The main point of making proposal are
Identify their problem
Give them solution
Sell your strength as solution.
In the end, it’s all about relationship building and networking.
If you simply want to increase your take-home pay, try to consider branching out a little freelance work.
If you do it right with sufficient client base, you can even quit your day job, and make it as your career and home business.
What’s your best tips to secure your freelance work ?
I m a believer of Time Freedom. Hence I quit fr my managerial position for freelancing, where I get to work on my own terms with flexible working hour, and I’m happy to trade time for my job passion and get paid for it. Through relationship building and networking, I get my freelance work in quantity surveying profession.
Meanwhile, I believe there’s another way to living a better life, where I’ll have both Time and Financial Freedom to enjoy life, travel the world with my loved ones while I still young.
I was lucky to have a supportive mastermind group and partners in running my online home business on the side for a steady stream of passive income. We get paid to see the world, and now we have developed system to help others do the same..!
If you are the same believer and do not want to struggle alone, feel free to reach out to me Here or email me at email@example.com as I will be your support and your friend, and you will be guided towards your success. Work With Me .
What is the success formula in business, be it online business, networking, or self-employ?
Have you ever felt that you have spent long time and your whole life working on your business but yet with little or no result ?
Yes. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Other than time, have you done it the right way?
I just learnt the formula to succeed regardless you are an online business entrepreneur, net-worker or self employ business owner.
What’s that ?
”Success = add together a burning desire + written goal + consistent activity then multiply the mixture with self improvement square.”
Why square? The book you read, the CD you listen, the seminar or training you attended, the knowledge you gain creates powerful synergistic effect over time.
Do you have burning desire to change and improve in your life for success? Have you set up your goal ? Do you have mentor and motivation to keep going consistently? Are you consistently improve yourself? That leads to your success or failure.
#If you have tried everything and still finding the right direction to change your life, HERE we are to help you setting your goal, create the right activity driven plan and motivation to keep going until achieving all that you desire instead of struggling alone.
Everyone knew that Financial Freedom gives big impact to your life happiness. What is the path to financial freedom?
If there’s continuing income flow to you even though you are not working that’s Passive Income. Means, you are not trade your precious time for money and you only use minimum effort to maintain the lifestyle you want.
What if you only have income if you are working, no one pay you if you stop work? That’s Active Income. It could be your salary, commission, or even income generated from your business.
Financial Freedom doesn’t counts by how much saving you have or how much you earn monthly as quoted by Robert Kiyosaki. The real wealth is not count by the amount of money you have, it’s depends on how long you can survive if you stop work.
If you can only survive 3 years after stop working, you are defined as financial freedom for 3 years only. If you stop work and never ever need to worry about money matter, that’s the real Financial Freedom. The freedom to do whatever you want.
Hence, the condition precedent to Financial Freedom is Passive Income….!
Many people are willing to work hard for their lifetime to earn the Active Income and worry about their retirement life forever. There are other category of people who recognize the opportunity to work hard for the first few years and enjoy the Passive Income for years to come. Which category of people you are? Are you willing to change yourself for the sake of changing your life?
#Check out the home business opportunity where you get to earn both active and passive income. I am not saying that you no need to work . But you work hard for the first few years to enjoy the fruits of your hard work later. 🙂