Hey, this post is my first example of ‘repurposing’ my work – cool
Earlier this week I was writing an email to set into an autoresponder series for my new site and it occurred to me it would probably make a fairly useful blog post so here goes (with a few minor additions or modifications):
“This year two people I know asked me to create websites for their new businesses.
Actually, to be more accurate, ONE GUY I know asked me to build a website for his new business and another guy I know ask me to build a website for HIS WIFE’S new business.
So, why did they ask me?
Well, for 3 reasons I guess. First, they know I ‘do website stuff’. Second, they know they can trust me. Third, they both know I’m cheap (I prefer to say ‘good value’)!
But, you know what, I charged £150 (about $237) for one website and £300 (about $474) for the second – and it took me just a few hours work. I know I could have charged more but the prices reflected expectations – and they are friends!
Now, understand I’m no web development guru. But…I don’t need to be. It’s not even a business for me. I just happen to know more than most other people do so I can accomplish something really quick and easy that they think is real cool and professional looking.
All of this because I know how to set up WordPress and install a free theme (template). Do you think you could do that? Sure you could, it’s easy.
You just need to learn how.
I’ve built websites in the past using other content management systems but WordPress is way, way simpler to set up and manage.
Honestly, you could learn all you need to know within a few hours and be building websites for your own business – and for other people – this very week.
You really would be surprised how smart people think I am just because I can press a few buttons to install a piece of free software
If there is one skill I recommend you learn right now it’s how to set up a WordPress site (if you already know, that’s great).
WordPress sites will be the foundation for most of your online business ventures going forward but – as I’ve shown above – you really can make a quick buck just helping out people you already know.
Top tip: if you build websites for other people you should think about getting a reseller hosting account. That way you can host the websites you build and charge your customers/friends every year for hosting – recurring income, its great!!”
In a follow up email I also went on to add that I charge between £75 – £100 (approx $120 – $160) per year to host a website and that I pay £120 (about $190) per year for my reseller hosting account. I include first year’s hosting ‘for free’ as this makes it sound like even greater value
I realise that $700 is not everyone’s idea of ‘internet riches’ but the point I wanted to make is that this was just a spin-off from what I have learned over the last few years.
Also, it’s an indication that the opportunity to make money from our knowledge is all around us. We just need to think about how we can apply what we have learned.
By the way, you will not be surprised to learn that I included a couple of links in my email to a WordPress video training course I’m selling.
I hope that gives you all something to think about.