How We Are Making Money From Home, For Real No Gimmicks

Make Money From Home

Hey what’s up it’s me Mateo. This is a the first blog post on how my wife and I have been able to make money from home with our laptop and home computer. We wanted to share a brief breakdown of what we do that pays us, who pays us, and how we got started. We will share more details of our day and new job opportunities over the next few weeks.

Traci makes her income from two online companies. She is able to do 99% of her work from her laptop. The other 1.0% of the time is an occasional phone call with the two different companies she works for to check in, go over upcoming projects and sometimes just to catch up!

Job #1 mahalocases.com

Traci handles e-mail customer support. She helps customers with their phone case orders they have made online. The daily job tasks can range from confirming an order number, responding to unhappy customers, placing re-orders, or even explaining why it takes more than two days for an order to get to Kazakhstan.  The job is actual work, with customer service skills, and compassion involved. The great part of the job is she can do it from her laptop wherever and whenever she wants. She does not have a set schedule on when the job needs to be done, as long as it’s done and the inbox is never backed up. It’s typically 15-20 hours per week of billable hours. Mahalo Cases treats her well, respects her as a team member and she truly enjoys helping people get their awesome phone cases.

Traci applied for this job via upwork.com She applied for several jobs, had the customer service experience and interviewed well for the position. It started out as a temp position through upwork, but it turned into a direct contract position with Mahalo Cases.

A Positive Customer Experience, Thanks To Traci

Job #2 is SiteJabber For Business

Traci is the community manager. She helps businesses with their customers reviews, and manages the Twitter account for sitejabber4Biz. This job is able to be done 100% via e-mail and through biz.sitejabber.com She helps businesses respond to customer reviews and maintain their online reputation on SiteJabber. SiteJabber is a review site for web based businesses, kinda like Yelp for the web.  Traci typically has be available from 9-12 daily to respond to customer requests and then check the inbox again late in the afternoon for anything that may need immediate concern. This job is about 20-25 hours per week. Traci loves the way they make her feel a part of the team. She enjoys doing this job and is excited about more work from this company in the future.

Traci applied for this job on Angel List. She had the experience with Mahalo Cases, and they gave her a positive recommendation. Traci interviewed for this position and it was about a two week hiring process.

Traci taking a pic from her work station!

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I make money from a few different jobs. Social Media Management, Small Marketing Projects, Web Design, Fiverr Gigs and Advertising.

Social Media Management

I post themed content, build a targeted audience and engage the businesses community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and LinkedIn. Managing these accounts takes me a few hours a week per business. This is my main source of consistent income. It’s fun to do and I love helping grow their social media brand. Clients pay $150-500 monthly depending on how much they need and what services are included. Services include e-mail marketing campaigns, website updates, blogs or additional advertising with beNICEmedia.

These jobs were created by staying in touch with my previous clients and referral partners from my mortgage business. My first few clients were Realtors, Loan Officers, Title Companies and Appraisers. I currently have people reach out to me on Social Media to find out what we do, and this starts a conversation about Social Media Marketing.

Projects

Another way I make money is doing quick projects for sales people and small businesses. These projects range from creating a Facebook page, setting up an e-mail marketing campaign, or organizing a database. These jobs usually take less than an hour or two to complete. I attracte new clients weekly, and have repeat requests from clients. The price for these services range from $50-300 depending on the time involved and the job completed.

A few of the projects started from referrals of a few of my social media management clients. Once I complete a project for a client I stay in touch with them on Social Media and E-Mail. They usually hire me for additional work or send me a couple referrals.

Love Working With These Clients!

Web Design

I also make money setting up simple web pages and landing pages for sales professionals and small businesses. Most of these are created thru Wix.com. A few of them are hosted on a server by the client or others stay on my free Wix network. I do 2-3 of these a month, with fees varying from $75 to $300 depending on what the client wants and time involved.

Fiverr Money

Fiverr Gigs are another way I earn money online. Fiverr is an online platform where businesses can find quality services at an amazing price. These services include social media requests, viral campaigns, Twitter and Facebook marketing. The gigs start at $5 bucks but my average sale is around $10 per gig. Most gigs take less than 30 minutes to complete. I’m currently doing about 20 Gigs a month.

Positive Reviews Are The Key To More Gigs

Fiverr has a built-in audience of businesses that need help with their marketing. I have received gigs from people searching on Fiverr and seeing my positive reviews. I also share my Gigs on Social Media with the positive reviews included in my posts.

HERE IS A FREE GIG for anything on Fiverr

 Advertising

I also make a little money from advertising. I receive $50-75 per month to share or mention a business or product on my social media platforms or websites. These are typically sales professionals or start ups looking for a little Social Media Boost. Google AdSense and Youtube has been earning about $8-9 per month as well, it’s small but grows every month.

As you can read above none of these jobs are get rich schemes or jobs that for no effort you get a paycheck. There are ways to make money online or working from home, but it happens the same way as a traditional job. Start a job search, present your skills in the best way, interview for the position, get hired, show up when required, get the job done and get paid. Instead of working for one company we work for several.

It is possible to work from home, make a living and be happy with what you do. There are thousands of opportunities to use your skills, help yourself and earn money in a more flexible environment if you choose to do so. If working from home or earning a living online is a goal of yours I want to let you know that it’s real. Unfortunately there is not a book to buy or online course that can be purchased and just collect monthly earnings. Making a living online takes effort and hard work.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Would you be interested in a blog about ways to get started on your own? or How to get your first Fiverr gig? or How to stand out when applying for work at home jobs?

Are you earning income with a part time or at home job? I would love to know your story! Leave a comment or send me an e-mail. – Mateo

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Followers To Clients

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How I Convert Twitter Followers To Clients?

Hey there. What up, its Mateo! Do you want to convert Twitter followers to customers? Are you finding out it’s not as simple as tweeting your website hoping people visit and buy your products or contact you for services? I’m going to share what has been successful for me. How I utilize Twitter and convert followers into paying clients. I’ve shared some Twitter Tips before, but hopefully this will give some additional insight to grow your business on Twitter and every social media platform.

This is a no-brainer but I see this over and over again, it’s imperative to have a complete Twitter profile. It should represent you personally, your business, product or service. Take time, don’t rush it. Complete contact information, and profile description. All web links should be working, contact information accurate, Twitter cover picture and profile picture.

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Each and every business is different. I’m going to discuss my business and who I connect with. I connect with startups, small business owners, and sales professionals. Whatever product or service you are selling duplicate my strategy with your target audience. A local yogurt shop in Los Angeles is typically selling to consumers within a geographical area around their business. A business selling healthcare products online will have a larger and different target audience. Have you identified a target market and audience? Keep this in mind when connecting with others on Twitter.

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It’s important to be active and tweeting. Have a full day of tweets scheduled or be sure to manually tweet a minimum of 6-7 times a day. What do you tweet? A mix of content related to your business. Have a theme for twitter and the content you tweet. I tweet social media marketing tips from Influencers like @buffer @jeffbullas or @SMExaminer. I also share my original content of blogs, projects I’m working on, funny gifs, and my client’s tweets as well. I do my best to tweet 10 times a day. I aim for 6-7 of those tweets to be non promotional or sales content, but rather content that appeals to my audience. The other 2-3 Tweets are about me, blogs I have written, links to sign up for the Re-Tweet club or join my E-mail list to get my blogs before they go online. Tweets from your business account should include this mix. Share interesting content related to your industry and mix in some tweets about your business! If you run a gym or are a personal trainer tweet about your local community, healthy food recipes, exercise tips, inspiring quotes along with current sign up specials or promotions of your business. To save time tweets can be scheduled with a great application like BufferApp or Hoot Suite.

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Once you’ve scheduled a full day of tweets, start following people! Search #hash-tags on Twitter related to your business. I search #crowdfunding #startups #smallbiz #RealEstate #Chandler #Arizona #Tempe. Searching # hash-tags related to your business is an easy way to find people already talking (tweeting) about what you do! a401a7a1-f795-4628-9a6e-270315d2694f

 

Follow these accounts, favorite a few tweets, or even Re-Tweet (RT) a few tweets you like. Every time you follow, RT or favorite a tweet the person you followed, RT or favorite will receive a notification directly to their phone. In some cases this person will follow back, favorite your tweet or at the very least glance at your twitter profile to see who you are. When someone follows back, create a list on Twitter to keep track of this follower. Twitter lists can be public or private and is a great way to keep up with your most important Twitter connections. When businesses or sales professionals follow me on Twitter I check out their Twitter profile. If they have a small following and not tweeting often I add them to a Private List on Twitter I have created called “LEADS”. These are people or businesses on Twitter, but may need some help. I like to help. I also thank each follower with a quick tweet.

“Thanks for following. Really cool of you, I wish you continued success!”

Add your own voice to this make it you! Now don’t start tweeting and directing messaging (DM) this prospect telling them how awesome you are they don’t care. They are still just a random follower at this point that has possibly been identified by you as someone that may need your help, buy your product or possibly turn into a Customer. Continue to build your following on twitter. Don’t be afraid to follow people using the #hashtags related to your business. When you follow people you will get followers as well that you might want to add to your “Lead List.”

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When a follower is on my “Lead List” I check out what they are tweeting. It’s easy to do! Just go to your “Lead List” you created on twitter to stay in touch with your potential leads. What are they tweeting? Is there a tweet you can favorite, respond to or possibly RT. It’s OK to favorite a couple tweets and if there is a tweet that you really like go ahead and RT it! Remember when you favorite a tweet or RT a tweet your “Lead” is going to get a notification that you did this. This is a great way to get them to notice you without asking for anything. They will be happy with the RT and Favorite. This lead may even return the favor and RT you or at the very least check out your profile again to see what you are all about. Do this for a week or two before you make any direct sales contact. It’s possible they may even reach out to you as well and start asking questions. After a week of checking out this lead, send them a Direct Message on Twitter and make it personal (not an automated tweet via some service). If a “Lead” I’m following is developing a mobile app for example. I will DM something like this…

Hey there how is the app coming along? If there is anything I can help with or a specific tweet you would like me to share? Let me know I’m happy to do it  – Mateo

This is great way to make direct contact and let the lead know you exist, you want to help and you are not asking for anything. If there is not a response to your DM that’s OK most may not get a response. Continue to keep an eye on their tweets and a few days later send them a similar message as a mention @

@oliverwhalenmtg Hey there I wish you continued success. If I can help with anything let me know. Have an awesome day!

Don’t go for the knock out sales pitch immediately people will un-follow you and identify you as a spammer. In any relationship online or offline building trust, adding value, being sincere and timing of the prospect wants or needs has to be established before a sale is made. This is even more important online. Stay in touch with your leads in a sincere way, they know what you do and if and when they need your help you want to stay top of mind. Asking a stranger on the street to fill out a form or listen to a 5 minute sales pitch doesn’t happen, it’s not going to happen on Twitter either. Being a real human interested in others and providing value will drastically increase your business and convert your Twitter followers to customers.

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This interaction is not going to guarantee a client or sale but now that Twitter follower is a warm prospect who knows you exist. Use your Twitter list to network with your potential prospects. It could take days to turn these leads into clients or it may take years. Interacting, showing genuine interest and staying in touch can turn your followers into customers. These simple strategies will increase your success not just on Twitter but all of your social media platforms. There will always be the “overnight success” or new hot product that goes viral, but for the rest of us it takes good old fashioned networking and hard work to convert followers to customers. What are your most successful Twitter strategies? I would love to hear them. Let’s #beNICE to Each Other!

Mateo

DIY Business Tools When You’re Broke!

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Hey there I hope all is good! I’m doing awesome in case you’re wondering ; ) What I love most about the internet and technology is there are so many free tools available to build your business. No longer is it required to spend money on an office space, phone system, accounting, business cards or hire your own marketing firm to launch a business. In today’s world anyone can launch a business or grow a business with no start up cost or budget. What is required is passion, time, effort and hard work. These are 7 free tools I use daily to grow my business on little to no budget.

1) Bufferapp

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I’ve written about buffer before, but I cannot tell you how valuable buffer has been to growing my business via social media. Bufferapp is a social media scheduling application. We all get busy updating our social media posts or it’s just a bunch of random sales pitches hastily created. Buffer is an easy and simple way to schedule a few posts in advance for your social media pages. Take 15-30 minutes to create 10 social media posts. Mix the posts up with your own business content along with interesting, informational or entertaining content your audience will appreciate. Once you’re done schedule the posts to go out at the perfect time for your audience to see right within Buffer. Buffer App’s basic option is FREE to connect up to 4 social media profiles, schedule up to 10 posts in advance, and provides free analytics for social media posts. It’s easy to see what posts are getting link clicks and engagement.

Buffer also has an image sharing tool called Pablo along with a super cool GIF sharing tool. Create beautiful social media image posts for your profiles. ( A Future Blog Post)

2) Mailchimp

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There are several database and newsletters options available I use Mailchimp because it’s free! Mailchimp’s FREE option allows an import of 2000 contacts in your “List”. List’s can be segmented into groups; prospects, previous customers or e-mail subscribers. Once you have a list create awesome newsletters, promotions or even birthday cards to e-mail to your list! When an e-mail campaign is created and sent out Mailchimp tracks your e-mail opens, link clicks, unsubscribes, and even keeps the e-mails in compliance with SPAM laws. Create your own subscribe form to add on your facebook page or an e-mail sign up on your website. These leads will import directly into your list in Mailchimp. All of this free for under 2000 contacts and if you send under 12,000 E-mails in a month.

3) Join Me Meeting

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Join Me Meeting is a cool way to share your screen quickly with a sales prospect or even a co-worker. When it’s not possible to meet face to face to demonstrate a product or service and not enough time to set up a webinar, Join Me meeting is a great option. Go to http://www.join.me to start a meeting instantly. A link is created that can be instantly shared with up to 8 people to join a meeting. All they have to do is click the link sent to them via e-mail and within moments your prospect or client can easily see your screen! This is a quick easy way to demonstrate your product or service without having to download a program or schedule a webinar. This can be done right on the phone while you are talking to a prospect. Join Me meeting does have paid options to have permanent meeting link and have more people join meetings!

4) Wunderlist

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wunderlist is an online to do list on steroids. Wunderlist is an easy and old fashioned way to keep organized daily with To Do Lists. Create a list for whatever you like.  A Wunderlist “bucket list” chores for the kids, grocery lists, or hot prospects to follow up with! Our business creates a list for each client. This list includes tasks to be done daily, weekly and monthly on each of their social media profiles. We keep notes within the lists keeping track of content deadlines, networking opportunities, passwords and even content files for each client. Wunderlist To Do Lists can be shared with clients and co-workers. This is a great way to keep everyone in the loop on projects or assign certain tasks to team members to complete. The best part is the notification of accomplishment that Wunderlist makes when you check of a task on your list! “Ding”

5) Headtalker

 

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Do you wanna go viral? HeadTalker is a free application to help make your message go viral! HeadTalker shares 1 message with unlimited people at once for free. Create a campaign on HeadTalker and get others to support the campaign. Once supported instead of 1 social media post on your page, hundreds or even thousands are sharing your social media post across multiple platforms. This is a great application for launching a product or crowdfunding campaign. Create a HeadTalker for anything! Start one today and we will help support!

6) Crowdfire

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This is a great application to build a targeted Twitter and Instagram following. Sign into Crowdfire with Twitter or Instagram. Once signed in Crowdfire identifies who your Twitter and Instagram followers are. Are you following someone who has not tweeted in months? Crowdfire will find out who and if you choose you can unfollow them. Are you a local business and want to connect with Twitter users in your area? Crowdfire allows you to copy followers of other Twitter accounts. If the local news station has 50K Twitter followers it’s likely a majority of these followers live in the area. These people may buy your product or service if they knew about you. Crowdfire will show you which ones do live in your area, and go for it follow them, they might follow you back. The basic Crowdfire service is free, the app will occasionally tweet out Twitter stats via @crowdfire. Crowdfire paid options will not do this.

7) Paypal for Business
(Kinda Not Free)

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Starting a business bank account can be tough especially when you do not have any income yet, money in the bank or even customers. Typically to open a business bank account there are minimum deposit amounts, balance minimums and let’s not forget about monthly fees regardless if the account has money in it or not! Paypal allows you to start receiving and using your funds right away. Easily create invoices with your logo and contact information to e-mail to clients. Clients can pay you via check or immediately via Paypal or credit card. Get a PayPal button on your website to receive payments. Is the client 30 days past due easily e-mail a reminder. Review your income for the month track expenses all online for free. Paypal even has a business debit MasterCard and credit line options for qualified accounts. Easily link your current checking or savings account to receive Paypal funds. Creating invoices, tracking expenses and using your money in your PayPal account is free. What is not free is receiving funds electronically via Paypal when a client pays by credit card. If a client pays you via credit card PayPal does receive a percentage of the payment you received. This varies on the amount of payment. Please review all Paypal information online for your own education. Regardless of the fees associated with receiving credit card payments the service is a good value and convenience. As your business grows there are numerous banking options but PayPal does let you start with nothing!

Are you ready to start growing your business without spending any money? Or get that at home business started? There are hundreds of free tools to increase sales and grow your business. These are some that I use. Which ones are your favorite? What tools and applications do you use? I would really love to hear from you.

If I can help you with any questions or you are interested in getting started with Social Media Marketing let’s chat! Have a wonderful week! Let’s Chat! 

Mateo Garcia
President
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5 Social Media Tips You Can Do Today

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5 Social Media Tips You Can Do Today!

 Hi. How are you doing today? Social Media can get overwhelming at times, but does not have to be. We all know it’s important to be on social media, but how can you make it work for our business. Here are 5 quick tips that you can implement today that will increase your presence on your social media pages.
1)    Schedule your posts. It is hard to stay up to date with posting content on your social media pages. Facebook has a schedule post option right on your business page. This is a great way to have a few relevant posts on your social media pages consistently, so you don’t go days or weeks without an update. There are also some great applications that you can use to schedule and post updates across several social media pages. Such as HootSuite or Buffer App which I use. These tools are simple and typically free to use. 
2)    Check in on Facebook. If your business is listed as a place or local business on Facebook, you can check in at your business. This check in shows up on your personal Facebook page. What a great way to show your social media audience what you do for a living without marketing to them or pushing your services in their newsfeed. Encourage your employees and co-workers to do the same. It does not have to be every day, but its a quick simple way to advertise your business without advertising. You can even ask your customers to do this as well. Offer them something of small value to check in at your business. When they check in, their friends and family will see the check in on their newsfeed and who knows ask about your business. This is a subtle way of letting others market your business for you.

3)   Like and comment. If you are on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter make a point to like a few posts, and make a comment each day. You will be surprised just by doing this you will start seeing some increased engagement on your social pages. If you are on Facebook go ahead and like or make a comment on a post of interest or someone you are wanting to connect with. If you are on LinkedIn and you see a great article post or someone changed jobs, say congrats or like the post. This will show others on social media that you are active and interested in what they are doing. Most people will notice and return the favor and take a look at your post next time. The more engagement on your post the more likely someone else will find it interesting and know about your business.

4)    Create an e-mail sign up tab on your Facebook page. On Facebook there are many e-mail applications that you can use.  You can build a list using these applications.  If you have important information or specials you want to share create a join our list tab on your Facebook Page. I use mail chimp but there are others such as constant contact. Just search e-mail applications on Facebook. Once you have an e-mail tab you will be able to capture the e-mail address and upload into your contacts. This is a simple way to stay in touch with customers who have already showed an interest in your business.
5)    Share images/pictures on your social media pages rather than just a link or text.  Typically when we share a link on our social media pages the image associated with the link comes up on your social media page. You can make this image bigger by saving the image related to the link then uploading the image as a post then just add the link above the image to share. You can also upload your own custom image to associate with the link rather than use the image in the content of the link you are sharing. Posts with images get more likes, comments and shares. Next time you are about to share on your social media pages see if there is an image you can upload along with the post.
 I hope you found these 5 quick tips helpful. If you have a tip to share, or have any questions I would love to hear them.   Make it a great day and remember to #beNICE to each other. Send me a Tweet.

 

WHERE’S THE PROFILE?

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Hey everyone how’s it going today? Today’s social media tip is about including your social media badges or logos on your marketing. You know what I’m talking about right? Those icons you have on your website e-mail and print advertising. The cool Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube logo that you want proudly displayed. Since I’m all about social media every time I see a social media icon of a company I may have the opportunity to do business with I go visit their social pages. I want to see what they are all about and who their audience is. When these logos are included on your marketing material, you are telling your customers “hey check us out, cool stuff on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube”. When including these badges in advertising material be sure the profile is complete on the social media platforms. It surprises me how often a business, product or service includes a social media logo in their advertising and when you go to the social media page it’s either nonexistent or partially complete.

Let’s say you decide to mail out a post card in your area promoting a sale or special Event. If the post card includes a small image of a YouTube logo your business better have a YouTube channel. If you do not have a YouTube channel with a complete profile and a couple videos do not put the YouTube logo on your advertising. The same goes for all of your social media platforms. Facebook, Twitter whatever social site it may be. Only use the badge or logo if you are actually active on the social media platform. If you have a link in your e-mail or website with a Facebook logo and someone clicks on that logo they expect to see a complete professional looking business page. This does not mean your page needs to have a bunch of likes or followers. Your page profile needs to be complete, include information about yourself, product and business. Also be sure your page has some recent content posts. The same rule applies for all of your social media profiles and pages. It’s very important to include the social media logos in your marketing; just take the extra step to have the profile page complete that corresponds to the social media icon or logo.

Why is this important?
Do you have a phone number? Would you give someone your phone number if you did not have either yourself or a member of your staff available to answer? At the very least your voicemail would pick up. Do you have a website? The same applies. You would only include the web address in your marketing if it is functional and provides information about your product, business or service. When you give your e-mail address you know that you will be able to respond, and that your e-mail is working to receive e-mails. This may sound simple, but your social media pages need to be treated the same way. Your business, product, or service has to respond to your fans, followers, and subscribers.

The first step before beginning to include social media logos in your advertising is to be sure that you are social. Take the time to complete each social media profile. Start one at a time with Facebook for example, schedule the time out of your day and complete the entire profile, review 2-3 times if you have to. Take a peek at some other Facebook profiles that are in a similar industry for some guidance. Don’t worry about being a Facebook pro just complete all profile sections, upload a picture and google a few industry related articles to post for content. Tell the story of yourself and your business. Once you have a complete Facebook Profile, then go ahead and include in your marketing material, e-mail, website, etc. Then block out some time and move on to Twitter and so on. Before you know it all your social profiles will be complete. The next time a future, current, or past client clicks on your social badges, they will know that you are social with social media.

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