Sales Tax For Online Businesses

If you are doing business online in the United States, you should consider whether or not you should be collecting sales tax?

Many states and local governments impose a tax on the sale of goods, including digital goods. If you reside or do business in one of those jurisdictions, then you may be required to collect the appropriate tax and remit it to the state.

Tax On Internet Sales

Sales tax on internet sales is a new and evolving issue. Most states would like to make business owners the states’ involuntary enforcement agents for purposes of collecting the taxes. The states would like to impose the burden of collecting the tax and sending it to the government on the merchants – at little or no compensation.

In the “old days” it was simple. If you operated a brick and mortar business in a jurisdiction that imposed a sales tax, you were required to collect the tax at the point of sale and remit it to the government. The state could impose this burden on the merchant because the merchant was physically located within the state and, therefore, subject to the state’s authority.

Now, internet businesses are doing business worldwide, but without a physical presence in most of the jurisdictions in which they are potentially making sales. In fact, in the digital world, it’s even difficult to decide where a sale is made.

As a broad, general rule, if a merchant does not have a physical presence in a state the old rules continue to apply and the merchant cannot be required to collect the taxes for the state. In that situation, the consumer is normally required to report and pay the tax to his or her own state, although most probably failed to do so.

Which States Have a Sales Tax?

For now, this is a state issue. The federal government has no such tax, although there is no doubt our friends in Washington would love to get a piece of the pie.

It is easier to list the states that do not have a sales tax:

  • Alaska
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire, and
  • Oregon

If you are in a state other than one of those listed above, then you are subject to your state’s and maybe your local government’s sales tax requirements and you should contact the appropriate agency to be sure you are complying with the requirements.

Sales Tax & Affiliate Marketers

One final point to consider is how sales taxes affect affiliate marketers. Basically, if you are an affiliate marketer you are a commissioned sales person. You are only making referrals to a merchant, not actual sales, so the sales tax rules do not affect you. The merchant is required to collect and pay the tax where applicable.

Start Making Money Online As A Virtual Assistant

Are you in need of some extra cash? If you are don’t worry, I got you covered. Here is yet another way you can make money online from home. I am pretty sure as technology has taken over, that you have had exposure to the internet and computers. If I am right then you are int the right place as I am going to show you that you can still make money from home.

There are still a lot of businesses that will pay you to work for them online, especially there is great demand for virtual assistants and article writers. Businesses need a person to take call, respond to emails, make travel arrangements for the CEO, create letters and memos etc. All of these tasks have to be done every day and if they are skipped or missed business will eventually come to a stop.

The first thing you have to do is get motivated, especially if you lost a good job or a job you worked at for many years and now you are feeling down sitting at home. Sign Up with a few of the many legit companies that are always in need of help from a virtual assistant. These jobs can be done from a computer with good internet, and maybe a phone and/or webcam.

Management officials are always traveling to get new clients and negotiate contracts to make big profits. These people need someone to handle the office work while they are away on business or vacations, without having to hire a regular employee and pay a high salary and other benefits such as medical, life insurance. That is why a lot of companies would rather hire a virtual assistant to handle these tasks every day.

One of the benefits of being a virtual assistant is that you can work for more than one company as long as you can complete multiple jobs and meet the deadlines. You would not have to worry about traveling to an office every morning for an hour or more, especially in bad weather, or buying expensive work attire, and driving in bad weather conditions. You can work from the comfort of your own home and there is nothing better than making money from home.

Now that we mentioned the positives about working as a virtual assistant, we have to mention the negatives of being an online virtual assistant. If you sign up with a big company you will most likely have to sign a contract for the hours you will work per day and week. Although you will be working from the comfort of your own home, you still have to remember that you will need to be on your computer for the contracted hours working. You will need to concentrate and remove yourself from any distractions that can take you away from doing your assigned tasks.

Although there are some negatives to being an online virtual assistant, the positives outweigh the negatives as long as you have a pleasant attitude and have confidence in the work you complete.

A Laptop Lifestyle

Let’s start by looking into the meaning of the term “a laptop lifestyle”. Leading a laptop lifestyle means your entire job or business, and thus your income, can be controlled and managed with a laptop. In other words, you can do your job or run your business anywhere and anytime, as long as you have a laptop and an internet connection.

This aspect in itself usually results in you having much more time freedom, since you completely eliminate any amount of time lost during transportation to and from the location where your job or business is located. Furthermore, you can now decide for yourself exactly “when” you want to perform the necessary tasks, and you don’t have to do it in a single stretch. You can manage which task you’ll do at which moment of the day.

On top of it all, most online activities can be automated to a very high degree, meaning your own work load will be dramatically reduced, and instead of working 8-10 hours/day you could very well be working only 2 hours a day!

Most people tend to think this kind of lifestyle is only for the rich, the celebrities or for the technically gifted.

But what if I told you this lifestyle could be obtained by almost anybody? What if I told you, that YOU TOO can create a laptop lifestyle which would enable you to spend most of your time with your family and friends, doing whatever you really like to do?

What if I could show you a way to start making money online within 6 to 12 weeks? And what if I could than show you how to scale that income to a 4, 5 or even 6 figure income within the next 6 to 12 months?

I know, for most people, this will sound too good to be true, especially considering you could run this business from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection and a laptop or a computer.

What does it take to create a laptop lifestyle?

This is where it gets a little tricky, because most people have a wrong idea about what it takes to create such a laptop lifestyle. Many people think you need to be a computer genius or a marketing guru to make this possible. Many people also tend to think it takes loads of money before you can achieve this kind of life.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

What you really need to create a laptop lifestyle, is the will and the ability to “learn by doing”, to follow the advice you’re given by the masters, and the right mindset.

And although a certain background knowledge and some financial means will definitely help you to progress at a faster pace, these things are not absolutely necessary to succeed!

The main ingredients for success are to realize that you want or need a change, and TAKE ACTION to start creating a laptop lifestyle for yourself!

How To Use The Internet To Leverage Your Income

The internet and its potential

In today’s world, the vast majority of people have a computer or a laptop, and an internet connection. Most people, however, don’t really understand to what degree the internet has changed our live and our society.

Over 3.3 billion people are using the internet on a regular basis. Most of them visit the internet every day, spending hours on social media or surfing around looking for information. Over 80% of those people has, at some point, made a purchase online, and many of them even make a habit of purchasing online!

The internet has in fact become a gigantic shopping mall, with unlimited income potential for those who manage to tap into that source.

Surprisingly, the number of people who have taken advantage of this modern age gold rush, has thus far remained relatively small.

Why don’t we take advantage of the internet?

Although the online publicity around the concept of making money online has increased tremendously, the number of people who actually decided to do it and succeeded in it, has remained relatively low.

This is mainly due to 2 reasons.

First of all, there is the fact that creating a truly successful internet business is not as easy as most ads make it seem, and it also takes much more time and effort than most people expect and are willing to invest in it.

This results in statistics which are, truth be told, more positive than those of real life businesses, but which also show that the number of really successful people is very limited.

The second reason is the overall negative attitude towards creating a business in general, and online businesses in particular. This is an attitude which has been created over the last 300 years, in order to support a corporate society.

It is the idea that any form of business is very risky, and requires high intelligence, extremely hard work and a strong dose of good luck. Any business model which dares to insinuate the contrary, is therefore considered impossible, or rooted in crime!

And yet, reality shows that even people with rather low intelligence can create a successful online business, without the need for extreme efforts.

Efforts must be made off course! No viable business can be created without a decent amount of efforts, and even an internet business requires some level of mental abilities.

How to tap into the wealth

There are many different ways to start a business online, but probably the most popular one is affiliate marketing. This is the promoting of products, for which you receive commissions when sales are made.

And although most people will need to master a series of new skills in order to make it a success, the vast majority of people does have the necessary mental abilities to achieve this.

What most of them do not have, is the necessary drive and will to do what it takes in order to achieve success!

This too, however, is something which can be learned and mastered.

The theory behind affiliate marketing may seem easy, but there’s a lot to be learned if you really want to be successful at it.

Much more than just a few people became millionaires with affiliate marketing and other kinds of online businesses. But many more gave up or only realized a moderate success.

3 Most Common Mistakes When Starting an Online Business

The triumph of gaining your financial freedom and independence is mind-blowing. Having an online business can be spectacular. You determine your own working hours and your own place of business. What’s not to like about it?

Let me tell you what. Online business can also be frightening, scary and painful at the same time. The ticket to success is not free of charge.

Have you ever wondered how some people succeed with their online business?

So have I. When I started my own online business, I made all 3 mistakes that I’m describing below. Let me explain all about them, so you can avoid them from the start.

I started my online endeavors with no big plan in mind. All I knew was that I want to start an online business and that was it.

I listened about all the amazing stories about people making a fortune online and I said to myself: “What the heck, I will try that too!” I don’t consider myself to be a dumb person. Besides, how hard could it be anyway?

So I started with building my own webpage. I was familiar with SEO from my job and I read all the Google SEO recommendations for 2016. I knew that the content is the king. So I started producing content. Nothing out of the ordinary, basically just stuff I learned, while I was still working for others. During my regular employment I gained a lot of experience in the field of digital project, project management, animation, publishing and so on.

I published a piece of good quality content every now and then. Producing quality content went quite well, because I had a lot to share. But soon I realized I’m not getting any readers. I made a Facebook page. I posted links there. I built subscription forms and so on and so on. But not much happened. I wasn’t getting any readers. No one was subscribing to my newsletter.

Then I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I had no plan. So the first mistake I made was:

1. Not having a plan

You don’t need to have a formal business plan or anything fancy like that at all, but you do need a plan. A plan for:

    • Content creation and publishing – Once a week, twice a week, every day. Anything, as long as you have a plan that you know you’ll be able to follow. Decide what you can deliver and then stick to it. Be consistent. Readers love the routine. If you deliver astonishingly great content every Wednesday, people will expect it. So you better deliver, or they will leave.


    • Sharing content – Start small and use a social media platform that is familiar to you. Mine was Facebook. I wasn’t there much before, but at least I knew something about it. It would be best though, if you concentrate social media starting efforts on platform where your audience is. Speaking of:


    • Target audience – Deciding about content will give you an idea about what your ideal audience is or vice versa. Once you determine that, you can research about where they most commonly hang out in the digital world. Is it Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, dedicated forums? Whatever you find out, you need to go there as well. Think about demographics, their interests, their needs and what they can afford.


  • What products to sell – This is very much related to demographics of your target audience. You cannot sell a $10.000 product to someone who can only afford to buy a $100 product at most. You cannot just put a product on your web page and hope for the best. Again you need a plan.

Further down the line, you will definitely need to adjust your overall plan. But have your initial plan in front of your eyes the whole time. Eyes on the target.

Setting your long term goals is just as important as setting the short term ones. Keep them somewhere in front of you at all times, as your constant reminder of what your direction is.

If you find yourself working on something else, look at the written goal in front of you and ask yourself: “Is this activity getting me closer to my goal?” If your answer is no, stop doing it right away and direct your focus to your goal achieving activities.

Another piece of advice. You might want to keep a list of things to do, a schedule of sorts if you will, to keep you on track for the times when you get distracted. And let me tell you from my experience, it happens so fast and covertly as well. You don’t even realize it when an hour went by, while distractions had been occupying your attention.

2. Focusing on little stuff

When I started, I was spreading myself too thin on all the tasks that needed to be done. I’m a designer and animator by profession. The thing is, I haven’t been working in the field for almost a decade. But I tasked myself with making my own logo, designing and setting up my own custom web page.

Don’t do that. Once you start a business, treat it like a business. You’re an entrepreneur so do entrepreneurial stuff and leave the design stuff to designers. I realized I would have never taken off my business if I would have been doing all the work myself. In the end I decided to use WordPress. I picked a theme I liked and worked with that. It doesn’t really matter how the web page looks like at the beginning anyhow, as long as the content is readable and call to action buttons are visible enough to get users to click on them. Hopefully.

I was very much against using WordPress for numerous reasons, top one being lack of control of the coding and SEO. But concentrating on it at the beginning of the business makes no sense at all. I will not be able to compete with organic traffic for a while anyway. So what’s the point?

Just take a look at Google. Do you still remember their minimalistic homepage? Even now, it hasn’t changed all that much from that. But when you look behind the first visual impression, it offers an awesome service. This is something you should concentrate on as well, service, not how to make things look pretty. Unless, of course, you’re a designer and you’re selling your design services online.

Get someone else to do the following stuff for you once you reach that point in your business, but you mostly don’t need it from the start anyway:

  • design a logo, business cars, stationary (if you use it), pretty web page,
  • more social media channels coverage, once you outgrow the basic ones,
  • accounting,
  • email services,
  • and so on and on.

3. Underestimating things

Since I can remember, I had issues with setting the correct timeframe for task completion. My tendency to underestimate was enormous. I thought it would’ve taken an hour to complete a task, but it took 3. I thought I could’ve finished all the tasks I planned for the day, but I had been left with more than half of them unchecked.

I underestimated a whole lot more.

I had a vague idea of how online marketing works. I had a slightly better idea about how social media marketing works. Well, I was wrong. I only thought I did.

Nothing worked as I had thought it would. Since the last time I did any of those social activities, a lot had changed. Facebook logic is completely different now. Of course, they want to make money. Google Ads became quite expensive. Organic traffic from Google is impossible to achieve, well, at least for certain keywords. And let me not go into my expectations about timeframe I had in mind for getting results. It’s embarrassing.

Let me tell you one thing I learned, though: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” And neither will your success. There are tactics you can use to get to your success faster, but even with those, there’s a lot of work involved.

Here are some tips for you:

    • Don’t think that making money online is easy – You might find some get rich quick schemes out there, you might even earn some money with them, even overnight. But after that scheme is gone, you’ll be looking for a new one. As for the long term goal of making money online, I’m talking about sustainable income for years, is hard work. And after that, it’s a lot of hard work.


    • Success will come, just not overnight – If you’re diligent every single day. You produce quality content and get it out there for your perfect audience to see, they are bound to find it. Sooner or later. But don’t expect success overnight. It might have happened to some people, but it’s more likely we just don’t know the whole story of that particular online millionaire. Consistently take action. Every day. Persistence is the key.


    • Do not multitask, focus instead – Concentrate on one thing at a time. Implement it. Finish it. Whatever you need to do to successfully get it out of your way, and only then move on to the next one. Believing in a myth, that you will achieve more in less time with multitasking, is just plain crap. Maybe multitasking works, but just maybe, if one task is something you do on a complete autopilot and you don’t need any brain power for it, and the other task is something you need your brain for. Like listening to a podcast while riding a bike.


  • Don’t put too much on your plate – Get what you can eat, finish it and then go get seconds. Or you might even need to digest it first. Don’t take too many things on at the same time. Again, you will spread yourself too thin and you will not accomplish anything with it. Don’t jump between jobs and don’t test multiple income streams at the same time. Pick one or two, get it to work and use it if it works. If it doesn’t work, abandon it and try a new one.

Think big. Grow your ideas. Set your goals. But work on one at the time. You’re in for the long haul. It doesn’t matter all that much that you might need to suffer through first few months or a year. Not if you have your why in front of you.

This is my last tip for today. You decided to start your own online business, or you’re in the process of doing so. Think deeply about your why.

Why do you want to have this business?

What is the reason for it?

Think about it long and hard. And you better come up with a pretty damn good answer, one that is so very important to you, one that will keep you motivated, when things don’t go quite as well as you planned, or hoped for.

Your why for your goal must be clearly defined and very, very important to you. When you get to that kind of why, you will succeed no matter what the project is that you take on.

5 Legit Ways to Make Money on the Internet

There are numerous stories out there about how one can easily make it big by working online. While some of the ideas out there are practical, there are others that have been greatly blown out of proportion. In addition to that, it takes time to build an online reputation and even more to find a niche that is the right fit for you. You will need to carry out plenty of research before landing upon an area you want to focus on. Only when you get your research right can you make money on the internet.

Here is a look at 5 dependable and legitimate ways to earn online

1. Online writing

Over the years, a number of content writing sites have emerged, with people and organizations looking for prolific writers in different niches to create relevant content for blogs, websites and ezines. The rates will vary depending on the site as well as the profile of individual writers, but generally, one makes more as they move up the rung. Said sites include iWriter, Upwork, Crowdsource and a lot more. Before venturing out, seek to learn what online writing entails and acquaint yourself with the conventions involved.

2. Affiliate marketing

If you have always wanted to be a salesperson, then the internet provides a great platform to put your skills into practice. Affiliate marketing involves promoting products for online merchants such as Amazon and eBay. You basically join a network of accomplished marketers who have the tools to advertise products after which they earn commissions upon conversion. The first few months involve learning the ropes after which a steady flow of income is expected.

3. Taking surveys

Companies out there at times want to evaluate the performance of their products and will pay anyone willing to take part in objective surveys. Generally, a survey will take about 30 minutes to fill and earns the person filling them anything between $1 and $5. Always be sure to perform due diligence and never fall for scams such as the ones that request that you pay a small fee to take part in surveys.

4. Tutoring students

Some people make money on the internet by reaching out to students both at the high school and college levels and providing assistance with homework. There are websites dedicated to this type of thing and they offer remuneration depending on the educational background and proficiency of the tutor involved. The subject being taught will also play a big part in determining what the tutor gets, but as a general convention, science-based subjects pay a lot more than gigs in general areas such as languages or humanities.

5. Blogging

There are millions of blogs out there fighting for the attention of consumers and all sell different products or ideas. The key to running a blog lies in finding something you love doing and cultivating a following. As your crowd grows, you get to sell ads and links while building a stellar reputation as a source of authority in your field.

What Does It Take To Create A Successful Online Business?

Creating a successful online business involves much more than putting a website on the internet and then sitting back and waiting for customers to come rushing to your site to buy your products and services.

No matter what industry you are in, there are a number of steps that you need to observe to reach success. Here are 5 steps that every successful online entrepreneur follows.

1. Constantly Provide Value

There’s a lot of competition online there will be other businesses selling similar products and services that are very similar to yours. Your prospects will need a reason to buy from you and the most effective way to do that is continuously provide them with the best possible value. What are the problems that they deal with day-to-day? How and what can you do to help them? By supplying useful information to your prospect they will come to know, like and trust you. And when they are ready to buy, you’ll be the first person they come to.

2. Sell Top Quality Products And Services

It takes a reasonable length of time to develop your online reputation, but it can be broken very quickly if you sell poor quality items that are don’t deliver what you promised. Whether you sell your own products or you sell other people’s products using the affiliate marketing business model, don’t be tempted to sell low quality products to make a quick buck.

3. Constantly Build A List

List building is one most important elements for creating a successful online business. It’s where to obtain the email addresses of people who have shown an interest in your products or services. When you have their email address you can remain in contact with them,rather than hoping that they will come back to your website. Every person added to your list is a new prospect. The most effective way to build a list is to provide your target audience something of value in return for their email address.

4. Be Available

Ensure that your website has a ‘Contact Me’ page which allows people to get in contact with you. When someone comments on your blog post or on one of your social media updates, make the effort to respond. As your business grows, this may become more demanding but that’s when you can hire a virtual assistant to help you with your customer communications.

5. Continue Learning

Once you’ve started your online business, you can’t sit back and think that you know everything that there is to know. As you build your business, build your knowledge. Remember that success is a journey, not a destination. Take the time to learn new skills and keep up to date so that you can remain one step ahead of your competition.

He Saw a Great Opportunity to Make Some Money

He saw a great opportunity to make some money, and seized the day to make the most of that opportunity. Like you, he grew up in a neoliberal world that has begun to shrug off the class system, but which still holds on to that archaic idea that everyone has to have a job, regardless of whether that job is one which maximizes a person’s passions and talents, regardless of whether that’s the job in which a person is providing the most benefit to his community, regardless of whether that job is outdated, outmoded, and a clever design could quickly make it unnecessary – a thing of the past.

He woke up one morning and realized that there was no real virtue in going to work 9-5 everyday to agree with his boss and shuffle paper. He had been paid to notice mistakes and risks in the paperwork, and then suddenly he realized that same eye for detail, that same analytical way of thinking, could be used to spot positive risks, to spot opportunities, gaps in the system where a clever man could create an opportunity to make some money. Have you ever wished that you could work a two-day week and have a five-day weekend? Good-bye, wage slavery; good-bye cow-towing to authority because you were raised to get in line and wait nicely. Today can be the day that you too recognize a great opportunity to make some money.

The ideal opportunity to make money is one that lets you work smarter, and eventually fewer hours, than you work now. Or maybe you’re not employed at all, but still trapped within that mindset that says to make something of yourself in our society, you’re supposed to put on coveralls, a suit, a uniform – and you’re frozen in place, unable to seek out a life you’ll love, because you define an opportunity as something given to you by someone else. Look around you! The world is full of problems that need to be solved, opportunities to make the world a better place through intelligent rethinking of the way we do things now. This is the age of the start-up – an individual or a few people getting together to recognize an opportunity to build a service that’s needed or a new product that will simplify lives, improve communications, or open up opportunities for thousands of others who will then be only too glad to pass back up a small percentage of their success.

Start-ups, crowd-funders and pay-as-you-can publishers – models like these work because people, and consumers, believe that coming up with a great idea should be rewarded, and the best way to reward ingenuity and initiative is by rewarding it directly. There are a number of publishers currently meeting with great success by allowing customers to pay for work on a sliding scale – some pay almost nothing because that’s what they can afford, but more than making up for that is the people that pay tenfold because they believe in the cause and want to support it. Community-driven start-ups like this are just one definition of a great opportunity to make some money while doing what you love. What will you do? What opportunity will you find?

10 LinkedIn Tips for Your Company

LinkedIn Profiles were commonly considered as an online profile of a person or a digital business card, but it can reap a lot of potentials if taken a step further. Indeed going beyond the basic capabilities of LinkedIn to build a more powerful social contact and to maintain a professional online presence would translate as tremendous business opportunities.

Best ten tips for a business:

1. Profile Completeness:

The heart and soul of any business brand is its profile. Profile names are powerful enough to get a business rank high in search engines. When people visit the page to learn on the product or service, about the company and its work, then it is important to feature a solid profile to create that first best impression with 100% details.

2. Connecting with all:

It is important for business profiles to expand their options and opportunities through interaction with almost everybody enrolled in LinkedIn. LinkedIn act as a live networking event that helps a business introduce itself to others and helps create new contacts and expand the business network, which in turn helps create new business opportunities in the long run.

3. Create a compelling online presence:

Create LinkedIn profiles and pages that are interesting, attractive and compelling for visitors to keep visiting it again and again. It is also a good idea to get moving pictures and video recommendations incorporated in the profile as this helps people learn who you are, what you do and how best you could help them.

4. Products and services page:

All business LinkedIn pages should ensure that they have a specific services and products page to offer more details and context and link directly with each products and services pages on the website and on its landing pages.

5. Careers:

Even large brands could be a flaw if they don’t have a careers tab. For, this helps in promoting positions until they get filled.

6. Recommending others:

This tip is based on the old concept that the more one gives, the more they receive. Recommend others without they asking is an excellent way to improve one’s social proof on the social network. This indirectly helps in improving traffic for a website.

7. Using apt keywords and phrases in the heading and title:

Title is important to be easily findable in a LinkedIn search but the heading is an opportunity to extent the business to excellent heights as it helps elaborating one’s skills, ideal customers and their area of expertise.

8. Getting LinkedIn profiles come Alive:

Whatever one does in LinkedIn Profiles, it is important to get them live, this is accomplished by adding videos to the profiles, slide shares, presentations etc., with the help of specific applications. Videos should be launched and linked with the profile in such a way that it could be accessed from anywhere in the profile.

9. Making best use of saved changes:

LinkedIn allows its profile users to save close to ten job searches and at least three people searches. After performing a primitive search, click on the save search option to run them easily again later. Users could choose to gain weekly or monthly reminders through email newsletters.

10. Consider SEO:

It is important for all business pages to be SEO friendly and to treat them well with the right content. It is important for brand descriptions to be tailored heavily, concise and impactful so that Google previews and ranks them.


LinkedIn has indeed rolled out a number of applications to help people promote their businesses better. Irrespective of what industry a person lies in, there is an application for everyone to get their business message across in a better way. These tips help improve the overall experience of LinkedIn.

7 Tips to Help You Profit More From Your Online Business

Business owners always want to earn profits. It’s always the goal, no matter how big or small your business is. Earning good profits can be a challenge, but it’s very possible. Just be willing to study the tactics to earn good profits online. With that in mind, here are 7 tips to kickstart your profit-earning from your online business.

1. Give Back to Your Customers

Your customers will surely feel valued if your business has a loyalty or rewards programme. Giving back to your customers builds loyalty with them, and so they will keep on buying and buying your products in the long term. Maybe you can reward your customers every time they buy, say, more than £100 worth of your products. Alternatively, you could give bonuses to customers who refer your business to other people they know.

2. Hold a Christmas / Holiday Term Sale

Holding a sale for holiday seasons like Christmas is one of the best ways to make money online. Don’t worry about selling your products at a discount, because in the end you’ll drive traffic to your site, attract more customers, and make more sales. It’s also a good way to promote your business to others, as people are always attracted to products sold at cheaper prices.

3. Talk to Your Customers (via Chat Room)

Put up a chat room on your website, where your customers can talk to you, ask questions, and voice their concerns. It gives them the chance to get their questions answered immediately. As a result, your clients will feel that your business is always accessible. This way, they will trust your business even more.

4. Be Sociable (in Social Media)

Of course, having an online business means having social media accounts. Get comfortable with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and other social networks. Use these tools to market your products. Leverage the power of crowdsourcing: allow your followers to do the advertising for you! Your followers will make your product known through shares, retweets, and reviews on their personal accounts. The further your reach in social media, the more products you’ll sell, and the more money you’ll make. And if you get lucky, next thing you know a celebrity is already endorsing your product through their social media accounts!

5. Welcome Media Exposure

Don’t pass up any opportunity to get interviewed. This way, you can show people your expertise in your field, especially if you’re running a consulting business. Once people know you as someone who is very good at what you do, they will look up to you and trust your business. This will surely build up your customer base quickly.

6. Make Use of Webinars

Webinars are great sources of passive income. Take advantage of this and sell your products online through live webinars, where many people are listening. And if you’re in a webinar with trusted people, just like #5, people will likely trust you as well. Thus, this is another great way to expand the reach of your business.

7. Advertise on Google

You’ll have the whole world as your audience when you run an ad on Google. Nearly everyone uses Google daily, and people use Google more than any other site. Your reach will be massive!