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Small Business Tips \ MAR 31st 2016

How to Live Well & Prosper Without a Day Job

Poet Mary Oliver put it best when she asked, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” And that is just the right question to be asking yourself.
If you’re sick of the daily grind, feeling underappreciated at work or just fed up with rush hour traffic – you can quit it all today and still totally prosper on your own. With a little bit of creativity, a burst of the entrepreneurial spirit and your very own website, you can start a new, awesome chapter.
Have a dream you’ve been chasing (or ignoring) for years? Believe it or not, your passion can pay the bills. Here are 5 tips on how to start up your own business.

How to Live Well & Prosper Without a Day Job

Do What You Love

You only live once, right? So why not spend 8, 10 or 12 hours a day doing what it is that you enjoy! Whether you are an aficionado of photography, music, knitting or dogs – there’s a way to turn your talents into a full blown biz. With the right combination of hard work and passion, you’re bound to succeed. Simply put: the more you love what you do, the more likely you are to excel at it. In fact, studies show that people who enjoy what they do are more productive, have more energy, are more fun to be around and more creative! A winning combo for a CEO.

Create a Website

One of the main reasons that being independent is so doable today is because of the enormous power of the Internet. The online world opens up opportunities for even the tiniest of businesses. Suddenly, you can sell to customers 24 hours a day, in countless languages, even as you sleep. To tap into this fertile market, you’ll need a website. Using Wix, you can create a website with eCommerce and even translate it to several languages so you can expand to other markets if you choose.

Start a Blog

Once you’ve started that business and built a website, it’s time to get the word out. A blog is one of the best ways to do this! You’d be surprised how many people will be interested in what you write about – from readers who share your passion to fellow entrepreneurs inspired by your willingness to give self-employment a go.

The Wix Blog feature makes it easy for you to integrate a blog into your website, fill it with stories, poems, images and videos and so much more. You can also grow your readership by collecting subscribers (thanks to the handy and free Get Subscribers app), sharing your posts on social media and sending out email updates is beyond easy using Wix ShoutOut.

Make Purchasing Easy

Whether you’re selling goods like homemade sweaters, or services like massages and manicures, you want to make it easy as possible for customers to buy from you. If you sell physical products, check out the Wix’s intuitive eCommerce option. It’s easy to set up and showcases your goods beautifully – whether you’re selling 5 products or 500.

If you’re in a service based business and customers need to schedule appointments to see you, then what you need is Wix Bookings. By adding this easy to set up app to your website, customers can schedule appointments and classes with you 24/7, so you never miss out on an opportunity to grow your biz. What’s more, you can also accept secure payments ’round the clock – making getting paid way easier.

Share Successes

When you’re running your own business, As your list of satisfied customers grows, be sure to ask them for testimonials that you can post on your website (using any one of the awesome testimonial apps in the Wix App Market) and share them on your social channels.

Complete a beautiful work of art? Snap a picture and share it on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and more. Blog about how it feels each time you achieve something! Your successes will make others smile, even if it feels hard to boast on your own behalf. What’s more, they will also help build your credibility. So don’t be shy!

 

Ready to take the first step? Create your website today!

by The Wix Team
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