The Basics of How I Built a Seven Figure Business Without Employees

The Basics of How I Built a Seven Figure Business Without EmployeesThere is a lot to be said for those rare few that possess the ability to create huge companies with hundreds or thousands of employees that are all just ecstatic to be at work. It is exceptionally difficult and equally as impressive, which is why they end up taking up space on the front page of a major magazine or journal.

Although it appears flashy and glamorous, particularly with the amount of celebrity that todays super entrepreneurs wield, there is a tremendous amount of flexibility that is lost, almost by default, once you pass a certain size. Now, not only am I not one of those few, but I really don’t want to be.

Related: Stop Saying You Don’t Have Time to Start a Business. Make Time With These 6 Tips.

The good news is that my lack of interest in such pursuits hasn’t been a hindrance in building a seven figure-business, in a rather short period of time, with a single co-founder and no employees — which can be operated from anywhere in the world

5 Essentials for Building a Lucrative Ecommerce Site

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Ecommerce is on the rise. Back in 2014, the ecommerce industry grew by 15.7 percent. This translates to hundreds of millions of dollars, and in 2015, the number increased yet again. Even though there are certain industry segments like DIY stores and dollar stores that are resistant to the advance of ecommerce, there are no signs of overall growth slowing down.

Nevertheless, you can’t set up a website and expect an endless supply of customers to come by themselves. You need to build a site that attracts people, keeps them, and gets them to convert. Here are five ways to achieve this.

1. Clearly outline your business plan and marketing strategy.

You can’t expect to build a highly effective and popular ecommerce site if you have no idea what you’re selling, how you’re going to sell it or how you’re going to build customer loyalty. This part of the process doesn’t require a long business planning document detailing every little thing. It just

Do You Have What It Takes to Start an Online Business? Ask Yourself These 6 Questions.

veeIn Moonlighting on the Internet, internet entrepreneur Shelby Larson presents the most reliable and proven ways you can create an extra paycheck for the short term and establish a continual revenue stream for the long term with your own website. In this edited excerpt, Larson reviews the six questions you must answer before attempting to start making money online.

When you decide to start on online business, you need to ask yourself a number of questions to determine whether this is the right path for you. Let’s explore six of them.

1. Do you want to work for yourself or own your own business?

While working for yourself does mean having your own business, the distinction is that you’re relying on your skills, talents, or resources for your monetization. A great example of this is being a freelance writer. You’re writing content for money, and your income is dependent on your ability to write quality content.

By contrast, if you were to choose to try your hand at ecommerce, you’d be developing channels online to sell products, either digital or physical. So you’re definitely still working

5 Most Effective Types of Business Marketing Strategies

In order for a business to grow and expand its reach and customer base, it has to be visible. And, the best way to increase a brand visibility is to employ brilliant marketing strategies. What’s in trend today may be superseded by something new tomorrow. To ensure that your business follows and stays updated with the latest business trends, experts such as George Bardwil suggest that you make yourself aware of the most effective marketing strategies.

Below mentioned are the top 5 most effective business marketing strategies that a business can employ to attract more consumers as well as investors:

  • Cause Marketing – Causes go a long way when it comes to effective marketing. And, finding a common cause that you and your customers can both relate to can be very easy. For example, many food chains these days create advertisements that state that every time a consumer makes a purchase from them for a certain value, a share of that purchase is spent on feeding an underprivileged. This not only touches the human side of your consumers but also proves to them that your company is interested in much more than just earning profit.
  • Close

Be a Content Righter in India and Grow your Earnings

Content writing in the Indian context has been developing fast, keeping pace with the rapidly changing face of the cyber media. With a tremendous impetus received from the brand owners and content developers, content writers in India are creating a niche for themselves in the world industry.

India being a multi-lingual, multi-cultural community, writers come from all parts of the country and apart from work orders in English they also cater to regional and local clients who prefer content in regional languages. Therefore, the possibility of earnings for a freelance writer in India is twofold, making it a sustainable, long –term career option.


Apart from clients across the world, Indian online businesses are also increasingly utilizing the skills of the fraternity of their own countrymen. Such transactions within the country also work best for reasons like lesser hassles in making payments through the same currency and legal rules, greater identification of a pan-Indian culture and socio-cultural norms, and more chances for prospective writers and clients to screen each other to their satisfaction.

The chances of earning mega bucks with minimum amount of trouble are the reason

4 Reasons an Online Business Is a Solid Investment

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Are you considering buying an online business? As you are likely aware, there are a variety of options available. This makes it challenging to come to a buying decision that accurately reflects your priorities.

Not only will you be looking at what kind of business model makes the most sense for you, you will also be considering what industry to invest in, and what you hope to achieve and experience with your investment money.

Though narrowing down your prospects could prove challenging no matter what, there are several compelling reasons to go with an online business over an offline one. Consider the following.
1. Reduced overhead

If your online business is set up correctly, there will be fewer expenses that go along with it. This is particularly true in cases where physical products, distribution, rent and other costs are non-existent.

There is a decidedly different focus with online businesses, where outreach and content creation are higher priorities. Though content generation, SEO, social media and other marketing channels may require a considerable time investment, the resources required are going to be significantly

Don’t Start an Online Business Unless You’re Willing to Run the Gauntlet

The idea of working from home has been exciting entrepreneurs since long before the Internet became what it is today. To be able to work in your PJ’s, while earning a little money, is appealing. Since the boom of the Internet age, this dream is becoming more of a reality for those looking to escape the traditional “work” model.

The stats are staggering and keep increasing. Worldwide, 2.5 billion people log onto the Internet every day. On my last trip to Kenya, it seemed like everyone owned a smartphone. Facebook has 1.4 billion active daily users. There have never been so many potential leads in one place.

Reaching these leads and building a profitable online business is easier dreamed than done. When you log onto any social media network, you’re bombarded with misleading ads. You’re told you can download a cheat sheet some guru uses to make “six-figures” a month. The copy of the ads is doing exactly what they’re designed to do.

If you take a step back, you will realize the only way these gurus are making money is by teaching you how to make money. If someone promises you quick success online, they’re probably trying to make money off of

You Asked for It The Details of How I Built a Seven Figure Business Without Employees

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Recently I wrote a general overview, similarly titled, of the steps someone can put in place to lay the foundation for an automated business that might give you the ability to create seven-figure revenues, without the need for employees. Now I’m going to tell you, step by step, exactly what my co-founder and I did at BottleKeeper to accomplish this.

I do want to be clear that I’m not writing this column to plug my own company — instead, it’s being written as a direct result of feedback from fellow readers from the last piece.

Here are the details about the product and business we created that has allowed us to generate seven-figure revenues without employees, while maintaining the ability to operate the company from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
So, how did it happen?

It started with launching an off-the-shelf ecommerce site toward the end of a crowdfunding campaign in late 2013, which was set up on WordPress with Paglines DMS, a “drag and drop”

4 Ways to Find an Online Business for Sale

Online business is booming, and there has never been a better time to build, or buy, a business of your own.

Buying is a particularly attractive option, because a lot of the legwork is already done for you. You don’t have to go through the often long and grueling process of figuring out your business model and monetization methods, which means you can go straight to expanding the business and increasing its profits.

Of course, if you do acquire a business, whether you take it to the next level or drive it into the ground is contingent upon your experience and ability to run it. If you are new to the process, buying and running a business could be more of a learning experience than anything else.

Nevertheless, if you’re going to be searching for an online business for sale, having a focus is extremely important. This will allow you to narrow your search from the get-go, and eliminate the need to sift through sites that don’t match your interests and other key criteria. Whether building or buying, the same principle applies: focus is critical.

Related: The Basics of How I Built a Seven-Figure

You Can Have the Best Website Ever, But It Won’t Be a Successful Business Without Customers

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We live in a time that allows us unparalleled access. Every day, billions of people log onto the Internet and social media. Never has there been a time that allows entrepreneurs to connect with, and market to, such a large audience in one place. Starting a business online and growing it to sustainable income is a real possibility if you build it with the right focus.

A lot of entrepreneurs that build an online business experience frustration. While the opportunity is great, there is a lot of competition. There are also many screaming voices that convince you to use strategies that may not be best for your business. There aren’t any definitive statistics, but there are a lot of entrepreneurs who quit within a year of starting their websites. The reason they quit is common and can be avoided.

Related: You Asked for It: The Details of How I Built a Seven-Figure Business Without Employees

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A 6 Step Checklist to Get Your Online Business Ready for the Holiday Season

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The holiday season will be here before you know it, and now is the perfect time to map out your digital-marketing campaigns in order to drive the most revenue for your business.

Waiting too long puts you at a severe disadvantage — you need to be ready to capitalize on the increased traffic and the mindset of consumers during this period. They will be ready and willing to click that buy-now button, so run through this quick six-step checklist to make sure your online business is ready for the fast-approaching holiday season.

1. Analyze previous holiday-season data.

This is something so simple, yet many businesses completely ignore the gold mine of data they have available to them. Where did the majority of your holiday traffic that lead to conversions come from last year? Was it email marketing, social media, paid search or organic traffic?

Related: 6 Ways to Increase the Success of Your Holiday-Email-Marketing Campaign

This is something I am currently doing with all of my search-engine optimization coaching clients. We are diving

5 Areas to Assess When Evaluating a Website for Sale

Buying a website is a great way to get into the world of business — or to diversify your business endeavors — without having to spend months or even years of your time making a plan, choosing a niche and experimenting with different monetization models to figure out what works.

However, it is still important to evaluate individual websites to determine if the opportunities are actually worth pursuing.

Experienced investors usually have a well-defined auditing process that they follow to assess the websites they’re interested in purchasing. Having a structured process can really speed things up, though it really depends on the website. Some will only require a quick review while others will necessitate a more in-depth look.

If you aren’t sure where to get started, here are five areas you should be looking at when you’re deciding whether to buy a website.
1. Assess the website’s niche.

Do you have experience in a given niche? Are you passionate about it? Do you have the right skills to do well in it?

Related: How to Find, Buy and Turn Around a Fixer-Upper Business

These are important questions to ask when you’re going

4 Online Business Realities New Entrepreneurs Need to Know

More people than ever are considering starting their own online business as a way to make money and find the freedom and financial success they have always wanted. While running an online business definitely has its perks, not least the opportunity to net a solid income, there are a number of things that no one seems to talk about when it comes to running your own company.

1. The takeoff phase is never easy.

There are so many people who think that having the right idea is the main component of getting your business started. Unfortunately, this is not the case. While a great idea is important, there are a lot people with great ideas who never get their companies off the ground.

The right idea is about 1 percent of what is needed to make your business successful. The other 99 percent of the takeoff phase is working to implement the ideas that you have for your company. There will be plenty of challenges and setbacks getting your company off the ground. There will be times when no one is biting. You just need to realize that your good idea alone won’t pull you through it all.

Related: 5 Reasons Why a Good Business Idea Is Never Enough to Succeed

2. Your schedule

4 Essentials for Achieving the Entrepreneurial Dream

Lifestyle entrepreneurs are truly living the dream. They work, make money and thrive online. Most do not have an established physical location (beyond a couch, coffee shop or occasional home office), and they certainly don’t need one to succeed. A lifestyle entrepreneur just needs two tools: a laptop and a reliable Wi-Fi connection.

Of course, you need other entrepreneurial basics, too, like fantastic ideas, skills, and a jack-of-all-trades mentality. However, does it really matter where you do business, as long as it gets done?

Around 2.5 billion people go online every day, and by 2020 that figure will double, according to tech writer Kimanzi Constable. The Internet is a nearly endless source of potential customers and clients for entrepreneurs. Already, there are many lifestyle entrepreneurs, but few are maximizing their potential in this realm (and there are probably many more who haven’t yet figured out this alluring lifestyle).

Related: Lifestyle Entrepreneurship Is the Ultimate in Work-Life Balance

Some entrepreneurs have figured out how to legally and ethically work the system, and are enjoying some choice perks. For example, moving to another country with much lower cost of living, scoring that foreign income exemption and

Digitally Sold The Logistics of Transferring Your Online Business

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In the days before the Internet, selling a business was a slow but straightforward process: The buyer would drive across town, view the business in person and “kick the tires” before signing on the dotted line. The seller would then sign over real estate deeds, transfer inventory, provide in-person training and hand over the keys.

Since the advent of online businesses, however, what used to take weeks now happens in a matter of hours or days. But while selling an online business typically means less paperwork than selling a brick-and-mortar business, the logistics can be confusing from a seller’s perspective.

Related: Know When and How to Sell Your Business

Here are a few things you should do once you find a buyer:
1. Nail down training time in the purchase agreement.

As soon as you accept an offer on your business, you’re going to be anxious to jump into your next big venture. However, savvy buyers often withhold a portion of funds until you finish training them on the nuts and bolts of the business,

4 Rookie Errors That Stunt Your Online Business

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As our society moves further into the digital age, more of the income from businesses will come from sales online. Every year, we see sales shift from physical stores to the websites of companies, and online business. There is a tremendous opportunity.

While the opportunity is there, so is the competition from many other entrepreneurs who are trying to reach the same people. There’s a lot of noise online from self-appointed experts claiming they know how to write copy that converts. You’ve probably seen a Facebook ad or two that makes crazy claims of success.

There is a way to grow and build a thriving online business despite the competition. It starts with making smart choices. There are four dumb mistakes even those who are smart make without even realizing it. These mistakes could be keeping you from growing your business and reaching your goals.
1. Focusing too much on the “busy work.”

There are many components and things that need to be done to build an online business, or the online part of your business. It’s easy to get

8 Companies Shaping the Future of the Booming Online Work Economy

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Online and on-demand work is changing the way an increasingly large chunk of the population puts money in their pockets, opening up new opportunities for professionals to work from home or connect with local opportunities using an app.

Businesses benefit by being able to outsource work to people across the world and employees benefit by being able to make money on their own terms. Since 2010, on-demand economy businesses have received $94 billion in funding and they continue to grow as 2016 begins.

Here are eight companies leading the discussion on how work gets done in the next decade.


Amazon has already dominated ecommerce and now it’s moving into local delivery with its Amazon Prime Now service. Through Amazon Flex, workers can sign up to make $18 to $25 an hour delivering for Amazon. Although the company is still building and expanding its delivery services, the company is already being labeled a disruptor in the package-delivery market.


Uber has completely disrupted the on-demand transportation industry and become the prime example of how

3 Steps to Quickly Start Making Money With an Online Business

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While 99 percent of the population is going to work every day, trading their time for money…there’s a special group of “in the know” people who are waking up to a world of financial potential that most people don’t know is possible.

There’s a simple blueprint for making money with an online business.
1: Choose a great business idea, then start to build a website that attracts visitors.

Here’s a quick tip to come up with a great business idea:Combine one of your ideas/hobbies/skills to find something that you care about and figure out how that can be used to solve another person’s problem. Here’s what to do: Create a simple website for pennies using WordPress or Squarespace that advertises what you do, and/or the product you’re offering. You don’t need any web or tech skills to make this happen. Both resources have ready-to-install templates. You just need to know how to use the internet!

Use regular tools (like Facebook, Instagram, a blog, etc) to start driving people to your

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting an Online Business

Starting an online business begins with filling a need and building credibility, but the factors that go into making your online business a smashing success don’t stop there. While the barriers for setting up a company are low, the majority of people starting an online business fail largely due to mistakes that seem obvious in hindsight — such as overestimating profits or trying to be too many things to customers from the onset. But there are many more mishaps business owners experience.

To enhance your shot at success, try and avoid these 10 common mistakes when starting an online business.

Related: How to Make Money Online: The Basics
1. Not having a plan of attack.

You don’t need to have a formal business plan — but you still need a plan. “People regard the business plan as homework they don’t want to do but planning helps me — whatever my success is,” says Tim Berry, chairman of Palo Alto Software, which produces business-planning software and author of The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan.

While the big-format business plan is growing obsolete, Sujan Patel, vice-president of marketing at the software company When I Work and the founder of several SaaS startups, says, “You don’t need a formal

Snowden FBI Claim That Only Apple Can Unlock iPhone Is BS

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says the FBI’s attempt to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone is a sham, The Intercept reported.

The FBI last month convinced a federal judge that the only way to get into the phone was to make Apple write code to undermine its own security protocols. Apple is refusing to comply.

“The FBI says Apple has the ‘exclusive technical means’,” to unlock the phone, Snowden said during a discussion at Common Cause’s Blueprint for Democracy conference in Washington on Wednesday.

“Respectfully, that’s bullshit,” he said, over a video link from Moscow.

Snowden further explained on Twitter: “The global technological consensus is against the FBI,” he wrote — linking to a blog post on the American Civil Liberties Union website explaining exactly how the FBI could have bypassed the iPhone’s auto-erase function on its own. That’s “one example,” he wrote.

Other technologists have explained how the FBI could have easily accessed the phone’s latest iCloud backup if agents working with San Bernardino County had not reset the iCloud password. The county owns the phone used by Farook.

Even so, security researchers say there are other options, like “de-capping” the phone’s memory chip to access it outside the phone (which Snowden has also