Tool of The Week #1: Contena – Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business

Tool of The Week #1: Contena - Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business

The resource page on Let’s Reach Success is getting bigger and bigger, as I find new tools and services almost every day that I wanna share with you.

Each serves a different purpose, some a free, others are paid. But each is something that I’ve used, or which I believe in that can help you get more done, create and run a site effectively, grow personally and learn new digital skills, optimize your sales, and earn money.

So I decided to give a shout out to one such tool weekly with a short post. It might be just what you’re looking for to finally start a blog, put a sales button on your site, find your first freelance client, outsource your first project, automate your social media channels, or else.

So to begin with, I’m presenting Contena.

I just found out about it this week and it’s for freelance writers – like me.

What Can Contena Do for Freelancers?

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Contena is an awesome service for people who want to launch or expand their freelance writing business. 

Just like Upwork, and the other sites for freelancers that you might have joined to look for new gigs, this one helps you find more work.

If you’re a newbie, that’s alright. You can find your first ever client there and let that be the turning point in your career as a writer. And as you know, that can turn into your own online business over time and help you choose freedom over regular jobs.

Once you head to contena.io and create an account, you’ll be able to find gigs related to writing, editing, blogging and social media.

The categories vary from Marketing, Tech and Education to Lifestyle, Business and Health.

How Can This Be Beneficial to Your Writing Business?

For a start, this can be its foundation.

All you need is one client to pay you to do work for them, and that will mark the beginning of a new chapter in your life.

As you can see from my income reports, freelance writing is exactly what helped me start making money online. I live a completely different life now because of it.

Each client can then refer you to others, or assign you work regularly and thus provide you with recurring income (sweet!).

You can then create your own website and showcase your work and testimonials. This will make you look more professional and you’ll be building your expertise.

Starting a writing business isn’t a hard thing these days if you’ve got love for the craft and really want to become self-employed.

Learn more about starting a blog here, as this will be a crucial part of your journey too.

And if you’re ready to give it a go, or are already freelancing for some clients on other platforms but would like to check out a new one, join Contena.

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

If you're into ecommerce, you might be wondering what product to sell on your online store. Here are 4 great ideas that are sure to make you money and bring you loyal customers: #ecommerce #onlinestore #makemoneyonline #sidehustle