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How To Start An Online Business As A Student

How To Start An Online Business As A Student

As a student, you might not have enough time to invest in marketing or selling goods around locally. Most times, students have lengthy class hours, tons of assignment, and tests swarming all around them. You may find that you lack the funds to run your day-to-day activities, but there is no time to get extra money. In situations like these, the best type of business to resort to is an online business, where all you need is your phone, a computer system, and a network connection. You can sit down comfortably in your room and run a business in the comfort of your home and with the convenience of mobility. Some students resort to part time jobs to make extra money, but that might not be convenient for you. Online businesses range from freelance jobs (Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer and so on) or a business you can start on your own. In this article, we discuss the five basic things you need to put in place when starting your online business as a student.

1. Define Your Product Or Service

What product or service do you want to provide? Do you want to be involved in buying and selling products or providing solutions to problems people have not found a solutions to? What do you want to sell? Products you created? Do you want to work as a freelancer? There are definitely hundreds, if not thousands of people who are already in the field you are going into – what would make you and your business different from the rest?

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Define your products and be specific. For example, if your niche is graphic design, focus and centralize the products that you will offer to clients as a service. Will you provide logos, templates, custom templates, etc.? Decide what products/services you will provide and how to market it to the targeted audience you hope to reach.

2. Register Your Business

It is optional, but advisable to register your business with the state or local government. You need to pay your taxes as required by the government. Choose an official business name and fill out the required paperwork to make your business legal. Before you register your business, it can help to have a business plan laid out. You should know the basic regulations that you have to follow. If you are planning to be an online freelancer, you can just focus on getting a unique brand name and the business plan can come later.

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3. Register A Domain Name

It is important to ensure that the domain name that you choose for your online business defines the business you are about to start. Pick something short and catchy to help potential and recurring clients remember your domain name. Going through the stress of typing long names can stop or discourage your potential customers from visiting your site regularly. Registering a domain name is also optional, but if you plan on starting a blog to accompany your business, you will need it. Just make sure the name is simple, catchy, and unique.

4. Use Search Engines To Drive Traffic

Using search engines to drive traffic to your site is an effective way to make more people visit your site. More traffic means more clicks, and more clicks translates to more goods and services sold. As a student, you might also have friends who also have their personal blogs and can have their blogs linked to your account or act as ambassadors for your brand. There are also several different search engines that can help your blog develop and increase in traffic. Pay-per-click advertising is the easiest way to get traffic to a brand new site. The PPC (pay-per-click) ads show up on search engines immediately and help drive organic traffic to your site by reaching an audience you might not have been able to tap into without the extra help.

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5. Follow Up With Subscribers Via Email

Most customers visit a site just because they heard of a particular product. Once they are there, it is your job to get them to stay at your site. How do you do that? Create a platform where customers will be able to submit their emails so that they can get regular updates. When you build an opt-in list, you are creating a lifetime asset. This enables them to keep coming back to visit the site whenever you have new updates. You are developing lifetime relationships with them. Feedback is very essential, especially if you are just starting as a student. It helps to keep you informed about what works and what doesn’t work in the beginning stages of your business.

With these points, the sky is the limit with the online business you are about to launch!

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Published on April 16, 2019

How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

When was the last time you did something for yourself?

Whether it was deciding to treat yourself with a little something or travel for some R&R, how often do you practice self-care?

Well, as good as above sounds, there’s a common misconception that many of us have about self-care: that it’s only about indulgence and enjoyment.

However, self-care goes far beyond indulgence. It’s actually about respecting your mind and body, understanding its limits, and being able to take care of every part of yourself, in a holistic way.

And, you really don’t have to go to extreme measures or do anything specific–like meditating or following a plant based diet–in order to practice self-care. You just have to make sure that what you’re doing is in your best interests.

So how can you make that happen?

Below are a few proven methods that will help you become a better version of you. Follow through with these regularly and you’ll be well on your way to living your very best life.

Listen to Yourself

The bulk of self-care is knowing yourself.

This means knowing your body’s limitations, and being in tune with your feelings, emotions and thoughts. So it’s important, then, to know who you are and what you want to do in life, in order to truly say that you know yourself. 

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What is your purpose?

Have you ever thought about this question?

Your purpose doesn’t have to remain the same throughout your life. What you found a purpose in at age 19 would likely be different at age 49.

In your current situation, think about the different roles that you have – as a working professional, a spouse, a partner, a parent, etc.

Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose through any of these roles?

All you have to do is ensure that what you’re chasing is meaningful to you; this will bring focus and motivation as you strive to achieve your goals.

If you have your purpose defined, then that’s awesome! You know what drives you and why.

But, if you don’t feel like you have a purpose nailed down, it’s good to start by asking why.

For example, why are you working in your particular job or industry? If the reason is vague or unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same. In which case, you may find yourself not having a direction for where you’re headed in life.

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If you’d like to learn more about finding your purpose, then I recommend you check out this article:

How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

Seek Out Continuous Education

Now, this may seem less common when you think of self-care, but lifelong learning is incredibly useful and an important component of taking care of yourself.

It’s Super Practical

Lifelong learning is extremely practical these days and does not require as much effort as it may have in the past. Long gone are the days when you could only find information on something by visiting a library. In this day of the internet, anything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

You don’t need to physically go to a learning institution to learn. You can watch Youtube videos to learn new skills, take online courses to earn a degree, and scroll through an endless amount of articles, books and journals from reputable news and informative sites.

When you’re constantly pushing yourself to learn and take up new things, your mental health also improves. Research shows that an active and engaged mind is responsible for diminishing age-related memory loss and improves overall cognitive abilities.

Your Confidence Will Skyrocket

You’ll also have improved self worth as it teaches you to step outside of your comfort zone, which will undoubtedly improve your confidence.

You’ll also connect better with others by expanding your knowledge base. Learning exposes you to a multitude of new ideas and perspectives that you may have otherwise never considered. This also increases your adaptability. Whether it’s at work or just wanting to adapt to society, your peers, and loved ones, life long learning prepares you to take on new challenges.

You’ll Be More Desired in the Job Market

Another obvious reason for continuous education, is that your employability will also increase.

With the ever changing economy, and huge influences from technology, social media, science etc., job descriptions today are moving targets. Assignments and roles change so quickly in response to changing business demands, it becomes a Herculean task to keep a job description database current.

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In years past, stability was a characteristic of the world of work. Procedures, information, jobs, and organizations were established and provided continuity. Education was completed in the first 14 to 22 years of one’s life, followed by a long career occasionally punctuated by short-term job training.

Today, however, jobs, companies, and technology are disappearing and being created simultaneously. To remain current and maintain a competitive advantage in the human capital marketplace, an individual is challenged to continually learn.

People return to school at every age to enrich their skills and knowledge for their current positions. Some even prepare themselves for new jobs or career changes, moving them forward into new opportunities and technology.

We can be assured that we will be challenged to continue to learn new tasks and information throughout our lives. Successful careers belong to flexible, curious learners who are prepared for opportunities because they know themselves and where they make their best contribution. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management stated,

“Knowledge is choice.”

Lifelong learning also increases social awareness and perspective. To genuinely understand and empathize with others, increase social awareness, and foster strong interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek out new perspectives. Enhancing the skills that positively impact emotional intelligence can bring even greater happiness and success, both personally and at work; and, this is all part of self-care.

Improve Your Habits (Both at Work and at Home)

Now, the last piece of advice I want to introduce to your self-care regimen, is to improve your habits.

Habits define who you are, and are built up over time. You are what you eat is a great example of this. If you make it a habit to eat foods that nourish your body, rather than make your body feel bad, then you will be much healthier overall.

Good Habits Allow You to Reach Your Goals

Since habits dictate your days and nights, such as waking up every morning to get to work before a certain time, or brushing your teeth before bedtime every night, they play a major role in whether we do or do not reach our goals.

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When you form habits that allow you to progress towards your goals, you’re automatically living a purposeful day, everyday.

Habits Make Your Time a Priority

How do you spend your free time? Do you opt to lounge on the couch watching Netflix passively, or do you engage in activities that support your purpose in life?

It’s natural to waste a lot of time during the day, but fostering good habits will make you set a pattern for how you spend your time and give you the choice of what you choose to spend your time on. By improving your habits, you’ll find that you can be a LOT more productive. When you create good habits, you become more efficient with your time and a lot less is wasted.

This in essence creates an overall positive influence on your life, allowing you to treat your mind and body well, which is why improving your habits are so important to self-care.

Your Well Being Comes First

We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times.

If you’ve ever watched the safety video onboard a plane, you’ll know that they always ask for a parent or adult to put on the safety mask first, before tending to the child. This may sound selfish, but the fact is that if you truly want to ensure the child’s safety, then your safety needs to come first so that you can protect and care for the child without complications from your end.

The same goes for self-care. We need to ensure that our well being is priority, so that we can be the best for the people around us.

Listening to yourself, practicing lifelong learning and improving your habits are steps that you can take to ensure you’re constantly in the best state of mind, alongside the indulgence and rest that you reward yourself with.

Featured photo credit: Photo by Raychan on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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