Entries Tagged as 'Make Money'
E-commerce is obviously an enormous industry. But major players like Amazon and Wal-Mart aren’t the only ones who can make money by selling products through their websites. Many bloggers and website owners are interested in using e-commerce on a much smaller scale to sell their own products. But the technical details of setting up an e-commerce website trip up a lot of people who would like to sell products from their site.
Perhaps you already have a blog or a website and you’re not looking to create an entirely new website on an e-commerce platform. You’d rather be able to just sell some products in a simple way from your existing site. Several years ago most site owners who wanted a simple e-commerce solution were pretty much limited to using PayPal’s buy now buttons, which could get the job done, but lacked many important features, most notably automatic delivery of digital products.
In recent years a number of e-commerce systems have been developed specifially to make it quick and easy to start selling products from your existing website or blog. Many of these systems have been designed primarilly for digital products, but most can also support sales of tangible products as well. E-Junkie is probably the most well-known options, but today I want to cover another option that I think is a great fit for those who want to get started with selling their own products from a website or blog. DPD (short for Digital Product Delivery) is a simple, affordable option that also offers some impressive features. In this article I’ll go through the process of getting started with DPD and setting up your first product. I’ll also cover many of the additional features that make DPD a great choice.
Membership websites are often considered one of the best approaches for making money online. The recurring revenue generated by a successful membership website is an obvious reason that these sites are so desirable, but the truth is that running a membership website is not easy. Many customers are hesitant to sign up for on-going payments, so you’ll need to offer something that makes the recurring fee a worthwhile expense for your members. And in order to keep members you’ll need to work to add new, and valuable, content on a regular basis.
While getting and keeping members is certainly a challenges, it’s the technical aspects of setting up a membership site that present the biggest problems for most entrepreneurs who are looking to go this route.
A membership website needs to be able to do a few key things:
- Allow new members to sign up
- Process payments at the time of sign up and any recurring payments
- Integrate the member accounts with the appropriate payments
- Restrict access to protected content for anyone other than active logged in members
- Provide active logged in members with the appropriate access to protected content
There are obviously other functions as well, but these are the basics. So if you want to start a membership website, how do you go about getting this set up? Of course, you could use a custom solution, but that would be very costly and/or time consuming. For the vast majority of people setting up membership websites the best option is to use an existing script or plugin that provides all of the needed functionality.
Finding the right option to power your membership website can be a challenge, but the good news is that there are more quality options than there were just a few years ago. Here are some of the leading options:
aMember Pro – aMember is a powerful, feature-rich solution that can integrate with a wide variety of content management systems. It’s probably the most popular option, in large part because it can be used with WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, phpBB, vBulletin, and much more. The down side of aMember is that it can be a little complicated to set up and it can be much more than is needed for some projects. The current cost for aMember is $179.95 for lifetime access with 6 months of free updates.
As web designer, you already work hard. You may feel that you’re doing all that you can possibly do. And that’s perfectly all right.
But many freelancers are taking on side projects–sometimes for fun, and sometimes for money.
Besides the obvious opportunity to earn extra money, there are several reasons why you might want to start a side project:
- Gives you something other than your work to think about
- Helps you meet people with similar interests
- Keeps you busy during the slow periods
- Provides the opportunity to learn new things
In this post, we’ll describe thirteen side projects you might want consider starting. These are all projects you can work on at your own pace. Put as little or as much effort into them as you wish.
This post was originally published in 2007, but since then much has changed in the world of internet marketing. As a result, most of the content and options listed in the original post were no longer relevant. We’ve totally revamped this post and started from scratch. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to monetize your website or blog, take a look at the topics and resources listed here and I think you’ll find some great options.
One of the most popular methods of monetizing a site or blog is to sell advertising space, usually banner ads. You could manage this manually, but it is much more efficient to either use a network or a plugin/resource that will automate much of the process.
Do you have a dream of selling an app you designed? Maybe you want to publish a book about web design? Maybe you’d like to turn your freelancing design business into a full-fledged agency?
What’s the biggest obstacle to your taking the next big step towards your dreams?
Often the obstacle to following your career dreams is money. It can take money to really develop a good business idea and make it a reality. Sometimes it takes a lot of money.
Finding money for a startup or a new venture used to be hard. Either you had to convince a bank to loan you money, you had to find an investor, or you had to finance your idea yourself.
Fortunately, there’s another way to obtain funding for your dream.
While it’s still a lot of work, many entrepreneurs are making use of crowdfunding sites. Crowdfunding sites allow a large number of people to contribute small amounts towards a project.
In this post, I list sixteen crowdfunding sites for web designers and other freelancers with a dream.
For many freelancers, especially beginners, a very real fear is to fall victim to a scam job. Once you have been around awhile, you automatically can recognize scams. In fact, freelance graphic designers and web developers can get to a place in their career in which they acquire most of their work by referrals, and the freelancer is almost the one who does the "interview" to see if this is a client worth their limited time.
However, you could be a seasoned freelancer whose client list has become stale, which finds you looking for jobs to bid on in the marketplace – you may have forgotten what scam jobs look like in this case. And, of course, for very many graphic design freelancers new to the business, scams can be quite common.
Like it or not if you are a freelancer, sales is part of your job.
Selling your web design services, however, is a lot different than selling a product. For one thing, there’s only one you and there is a practical limitation on how much work you can accomplish during any given time period.
But there’s more to than that. As a freelance web designer, you deal with clients on a personal level. Often you work with your clients one-on-one. This is lot different from a consumer who purchases a software package and never contacts the software company.
Because selling freelance web design services requires different strategies and skills than selling a product, I’ve devoted this post to sales tips for freelance web designers. I’ll also share three contact relationship management (CRM) tools. At the end of the post, please share your own sales tips.
If you liked this post, you may also like 7 Tips for Closing the Sale.
Many web designers are also entrepreneurs. They often have money-making side projects. Some even go on to found start-ups and even wind up incorporating themselves.
Unfortunately, other designers go on to start new business ventures–only to have them fail after a few months.
What’s the difference? Could your great idea be a successful business?
There are some crucial steps to starting a new business that every would-be designer/entrepreneur needs to understand.
In this post, I’ll explain how to evaluate a business idea and explain what the first steps to starting a business are. I’ll also identify some sources for funding a new business start-up.
When you’re building a website it’s all well and good embracing a fancy design and making plans for strategic SEO, however what’s also vital is that you ensure your site is built to convert.
Below we take a look at five high-converting sites and investigate what it is that makes them so successful.
Photographers have a growing number of options when it comes to selling photos. Stock photography sites aren’t the only option. Many different companies have developed ways to help photographers sell their work online through their own website, and many of these options allow for the sale of both digital (downloadable) files as well as prints. Some of them even handle the printing and fulfillment for you, if that is what you’re looking for.
In this post we’ll take a look at 18 companies that exist to help photographers with selling their work. Some of these options will provide the photographer with a website to display and sell the products, others can integrate with existing portfolio sites, and a few are marketplaces where photographers can upload their work to be sold.
If you’re a photographer you have probably thought about how you can make more sales online, so maybe one of these options would be a good fit for you. If you’re a designer you may have clients who are photographers. Some of these options allow designers to create customized sites for their clients, so if you work with a lot of photographers it can be worth exploring.
SmugMug gives you a customizable website to host your photos. You can choose from their selection of templates, customize it without any coding, or make changes to the CSS to fully customize the look of your site. SmugMug includes a wide variety of features for displaying and promoting your photos, including the ability to publish photos to Facebook and Twitter or embed in blogs. You can sell your photos as prints or as digital downloads. The prints can be fulfilled and shipped directly to your customers. Prices range from $5 per month to $20 per month (or $40 per year to $150 per year).