Tuesday, May 26, 2020

I Work from Home and Love It


Working from home is new to some, and it might feel strange at first. When I started working from home many years ago there were a few things I missed. The routine of getting up in the morning and going somewhere. The quick stop at Starbucks for my morning coffee. The early morning chats with my co-workers and catching up on office gossip. The little everyday things at the office did not appear that important until I started working from home.

At first I was a little lonely and it took some time to get used to the idea that I was working by myself. With no one looking over my shoulder it was easy to get distracted by other things around the house. You lose focus quickly with so many distraction at home.

It took me a few months to find my groove and make it work. I set a few rules and structured my day as I would at the office. My work area got a redo, and I made sure not to have any distractions around my work area. The internet radio stream with some chill music was fine, but I removed the television from my office.  The internet is a temptation and can be a big distraction throughout the day. I had to keep reminding myself that the internet during the day was to be used for work only. Yes, I cheat sometimes and sneak a peek at my favorite web sites. The more days I spent working from home the more I realized that I actually love being home.

 I did not miss the commute to work. I am saving a substantial amount of money on lunch, eating my home made lunch is cheaper and better for my health.

The more I got used to working from home made me realize I never want to return to an office job.

Besides my paid work from clients I learned how to make money online, and have a passive income stream as a back up.

I love working from home and I will do anything I can to continue from home.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Stay Motivated

In these difficult times stay motivated stay positive.


Covid-19 Working From Home

There are some benefits from being part of the gig economy. Many of us that were working from home might survive this. It's our fellow gig workers that actually need to be in contact with people in person that might be at a disadvantage. If you are part of the gig economy that has been impacted by Covid-19, there will be some new post on resources to help you find some gigs from home that can generate some income. There are still opportunities to provide gigs on sites like Fiverr or other online job portals. If you have skills that can adapt to these online sites I would encourage you to start promoting your skills on these portals. If you visit our YouTube channel there are plenty of videos that can help you get some ideas. Through the blog and our YouTube channel will provide as much information as possible on what options you might have through these difficult time. Link to our YouTube Channel Digital Gigger: https://www.youtube.com/digitalgigger Stay tuned for more updates!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

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How to start a Shopify store from scratch and make sure it doesn't fail


Let's go over some strategies that will help you get the most out of your Shopify store.

This post is aimed at those who are just getting started with Shopify.

Let's start with the bad news most ecommerce sites fail within the first 120 days. Now that seems bad, but you have control of how your Shop performs.

It all stars around the product or products you would like to sell through your store. This is the most crucial stage of planning a store.

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Sprocet has thousands of products to you pick from. You can get started for free without a credit card.

The product is how you will be making money from your store. You want to ensure that you have done as much market research as possible.

You want know who to target your products too, and who is your competition.

Once you have settled on a product you believe fits a niche it's time to set up a store around that product.

I like to create a brand around the product by getting a domain that reflects the type of product I am selling and by getting a logo that fits the branding I am going for.

Once I the store is set up in Shopify I add the logo and make changes to the the presets. You can change the colors to match your logo and also match the type of product you are selling. There are different templates that you can use or you can even pay a pro to customize your store.

With Shopify this next tip is crucial.

Make sure your store scales well to mobile since a large chunk of business going to come from people on smartphones. Test it out before you go live ensure everything is working and scales properly.

You also want to make sure you provide as much information as possible about your store. That you provide an about us page and a way for customer to contact you.

Building trust is a crucial piece of the puzzle. So make sure people view your site as professional and trust worthy.

So boom your store is all set up you have a great product you are feeling great about and you are going live.

Stop right there you are not ready yet!

I like to put a hold on going live for a few days. This let's me play around with the Shopify store and I also like to have someone else take a look, because something is not going to work the way you thought it was going to work or you will find spelling errors or picture don't load as expected.

Make sure you got everything working 100% before you go live.

If you are going to be paying for advertising make sure you don't lose money because something silly wasn't working.

Trust me I have been running ecommerce sites for a very long time and have had the unexpected happen only realizing it a few days after I spent money. That the traffic was not converting due to something I didn't notice.

Now that have gone over the site everything is ready and you tested and double checked. Now it's time to drive traffic to the your Shopify store.

You might be advertising on Facebook or Instagram and you need to pay attention to the analytics, because it really money you are spending. You need to make sure you are targeting the right audience and that if you are not seeing the right results you need to move fast to make changes.

Pause the campaign and fine tune it. It also pays to do as much research on how to advertise on the platform you want to use. Here is where YouTube is your friend, plenty of fine folks have shared best practices to run campaigns on Facebook or Instagram get that knowledge it's free.

Once you have the traffic coming to your store you need to pay attention to what keywords are working and demographics.

It's constant tweaking in the first week of launching a store.

If you aren't seeing sales convert maybe switch out the product photos or rewrite the verbiage or ad copy. You might want to add a few videos of the product in action or add some customer reviews.

When people get to your store you want to give them the best impression you can. People are pretty quick to click away. You also want make sure you have away of capturing emails. Maybe offer a discount code if you enter an email address.

Building an email list is going to help you grow your business.

You can always market to those people on your list even if they didn't make a purchase the first time they visited.

If you are not seeing results reevaluate the product maybe find another product that fits your niche.

With ecommerce it's all about testing tweaking and being patient. It will all come together, but you need to understand all the different aspects of running an ecommerce web site.

Over the years I keep testing making changes and fine-tuning. Sometimes it pays off and your shop starts making money other times you need to move on and get a new product and start over.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

How I Got Started in the Gig Economy

The gig economy wasn't a thing when I started making money online. The technology wasn't what we have today and connecting to the internet was on dial up, but things kept getting better. The first gig that I made money  with was web design. In those days everyone wanted a web site and to be present on the internet. Which was a good thing for me. There was plenty of opportunity to make some extra money with my spare time. The web design gig lasted a few years, but I need to move on as more people started offering web design services. The internet offered a way to make money by selling goods to people all over the world. The difference from my web design work was that I needed actual products to sell.

The first items I sold online were through eBay. At a time when digital cameras were pretty expensive and picture quality was poor I knew I needed one. The money I made from my web design business I invested in a affordable digital camera. This allowed me to take pictures of the goods I was selling and to make more money on eBay. At the same time I also started an online store, but eBay was where a bulk of my sales were coming from.

I learned some pretty important skills from my first few ventures online. Learning how to design a web sites gave me the confidence to build my own online store. Learning how to take picture of products for my online store and eBay provide me with photo editing skills.

All these years later and I realized that those skills carried on into the current gig economy and social media marketing that has set me free from the 9 - 5 grind. The importance of the skills I learned while playing around with these part time businesses set the foundation to work full time in the gig economy.

If you are looking to make a living through the gig economy keep learning new skills. Keep trying new things. You will get there just keep going.

Monday, April 29, 2019

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