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3 Easy Ways to be an Entrepreneur along with your job

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You think entrepreneurship starts with saying bye bye to your day job? Think again..

Here are 3 easy ways to start your entrepreneurial journey (for that extra money and to explore the creative side of you) without disrupting your personal and professional life.

1. Write a blog

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For those who enjoy writing or think they can write, a Blog is a great way to reach out to the world . Each one of us see the world in a different perspective and definitely there are people who could benefit from your experiences and the knowledge you carry. Don’t confine that unique experience and knowledge which could be of use to someone. Write from the heart and let the world learn from your experiences.

Now the Question to ask – What’s in it for me ?

With a blog you get to gain the following

  1. Showcase your experience and knowledge to the world
  2. Build and maintain your knowledge base – this could be a valuable asset that could help in your career progression
  3. Monetize ($$) your content – Chitika is one of the best ways to start monetizing your content immediately. They have very few requirements to join the program. Register with Chitika for free

 What you need to set-up a blog?

  1. A good domain name (under $15 or ₹1000/year) – You could try Bigrock, they offer 25% off for new users who enter the coupon code “creativemonk.net” at the time of purchase. There are many others such as godaddy, 101domains, etc..
  2. Server space (under $5/month) – Hostgator offers great deals
  3. CMS – There are many free cms available in the market– WordPress could do the trick

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You ask, why not use a free platform for blogging?

Yes, platforms such as Linkedin pulse, Google blogger and other shared platforms are great tools to share your thoughts and showcase your knowledge.

For a long term strategy and to monetize your hard-work it is advisable to set-up an environment of you own. After all your environment is yours.

2. Build an affiliate website

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In an ever growing age of e-commerce where every e-commerce portal is working hard to increase their footprint and market share, definitely there is a huge opportunity ($$) by helping these e-commerce sites bridge the gap. So how does one make best of use of this opportunity? Build a site showcasing the product(s) you think has potential to win.

Try shareasale, they are one of the best and is free to register.

Check my hotel deal affiliate site for some inspiration www.hoteldeal.me

Now time to ask the question -What’s in it for me?

Affiliate marketing pays well – how? You get to pocket a certain percentage for every sale the e-commerce site makes from the traffic referred from your site.

What you need?

  1. A good domain name (under $15 or ₹1000/year) – You could try Bigrock, they offer 25% off for new users who enter the coupon code “creativemonk.net” at the time of purchase. There are many others such as godaddy, 101domains, etc..
  2. Server space (under $5/month) – Hostgator offers great deals
  3. CMS – There are many free cms available in the market– WordPress could do the trick

 

3. Quirky

Now this is my favorite. Want to know why?

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Do you feel you could have been an inventor? Do you think you have great ideas and there are not many avenues to showcase your invention? or Do you have a great idea, but you are not technically qualified to bring that idea to life?

Here is the good news: There is a great solution that will address all these points.

What? Yes, the solution is Quirky.

What is Quirky? Quirky is a great crowd-sourced idea development platform. (if i could call it that)

How does it work?

  1. Post your idea(s) (a simple drawing and the list of problems that your idea will address is all that is required)
  2. Quirky staff will validate your idea to see if it unique enough to put your idea in front of quirky community (thousands of members) – Congrats, now you are one step closer to being an inventor
  3. If the community feel your idea is indeed good and marketable, then they vote for it
  4. If your idea gathers enough votes – Quirky takes your idea to next level. i.e. collaborative design and development, where the members contribute in developing your idea and bring it to reality.

Congrats on being an inventor.

Now I know few of you still have one question left – What if you don’t have an idea yet, but you would love an opportunity to be associated with some great invention??

Here is the good news – Quirky provides you with an opportunity to contribute in the development life cycle of an idea you like.

  • If you are technically qualified you could participate in design and development.
  • Worry not if you are not technically qualified, quirky provides opportunity to participate in non technical areas of product launch such as helping in arriving at pricing for a product or suggest a name for a product.

 

Now the big question – What is in it for me?

It is evident from the above that you get to showcase your idea (as an inventor) to the world or participate in helping to bring someone’s idea to life.

Along with that, Quirky shares the money ($$) generated from every sale of the product with its community members who participated in bringing it to life.

i.e. the person who gave the idea, people who helped design and develop, people who helped name the product, set the price, etc.

What you need?

Well a good idea to start with!! Quirky is free to register. Join Quirky to see wonderful creative ideas being developed right now.Join to get your inspiration.

What more? You can buy unique products from the Quirky store at reasonable prices and encourage innovation.

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