From what I’ve learned, the best way to start a business online is to build an email list. Once you have your list of 2,000 people you can start a business of any kind that you like. And you’ll have warm leads (your list) that already like you. I’ve experienced sales and I can tell you it’s a lot easier to sell to people that already like you.
Any really, you could sell anything. By the time you’ve reached the landmark of 2,000 subscribers and are ready to start a business, you’ll have just learned everything you need to know to create a product of your own. The experience of building the list gives you the learning you need to be able to coach or teach someone else, with no list, how to do the same thing. You could write a $10 ebook (or several) on the subject.
Or maybe you want to build a list around your passion for saving money and being thrifty. Maybe fashion? Maybe sports? Maybe food and dining? Maybe travel?
Whatever it is your writing about, having a list of people that subscribe to your blog is a massive asset and should be treated like gold once you have them. Your best treatment. Like all you want to do is make their day better by serving them in an excellent way. That really is the point of the list, so you can be of better service to the people on your list. I find that I personally get the best results with service to others in the forefront of my mind.
That said, here are “7 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Who Love Blogging Should Have An Email List”.
7 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Who Love Blogging Should Have An Email List
1. It’s A Good Act Of Service
When your in business for yourself your not going to make any money unless your of service to people, but it’s not about the money. It’s about what it feels like to help people. It makes you feel good, it has health benefits that you can feel, and it makes you a contributor to the evolution of humanity. When we are being of service we are co-evolving with the people we’re around. Like co-creation co-evolving includes other people and even the universe to assist humanity in evolving and I say having an email list with subscribers is included in the ways one could aid humanity in the process of evolving.
2. It’s Like A Second Job: It Gives You Something Constructive To Do With Your Time
When your building a list, it’s going to take time, constructive time. In May of 2016 I started this blog. I started an email list maybe a year in. I have 8 subscribers and it took a lot of hard work to get every one of them. I love them. Sometimes I only wrote once a month (though those days are over) which might explain why my growth has been so slow. I however have gone through periods where I’ve posted everyday, and a lot of periods where I would just work on a post every couple days. Still I have only 8 subscribers. It takes the effort of a second job to build a list. But through personal development, and actually picking up a second job, I’ve learned that blogging is my highest calling for work and worst case scenario I will leave a massive legacy of creative work behind and that is (in my humble opinion) still a great accomplishment. Though if your blogging like it is a second job, and build your list with vigor, you could end up with a real business on your hands.
3. Keeping A Relationship With Your List Is Fun
It’s fun to write an email to your list. Personally, and in the name of personal development, I like to write a new piece of writing just for the list each time I mail it to them. I get to explain like never before and only to the people on my list what my blog posts are all about. I think it’s best that we are totally in love with our blogs and therefore our lists. We should love our lists the best we can. That’s what I do, and so far it’s working great for me, and I’m even getting feedback from them. If every subscriber is worth 1 dollar a month on average, I’d be making 8 dollars a month! That’s real work from home income. And my list is going to pay me at some point in the future because I’ve earned their trust in me to deliver. And we should deliver by writing a post every two days until you reach about 10 solid posts you can be proud of. Then update your free incentive ebook to reflect your best writing. Then market the hell out of your website. See what kinds of conversion rates you get with your traffic. How many subscribers did you get, how many sales? Improve until it’s perfect, and you are exactly where you want to be. That’s fun.
4. Email Lists Drive Traffic To Your Website
Say you’ve written 3 blog posts, and you really love two of them, send the two out of three blog posts to your list, even if you only have a couple of subscribers. This way your sending them only your best content and it’s in a unique message. By unique message I mean something you haven’t already written. Something fresh just for your list. That way they are getting treated better than someone who isn’t on your list. All in all, you are going to get some clicks in your emails, and there will be people that read what you’ve written. Isn’t that cool? It’ll be even better when you’re getting paid for it. Still, just having a list is a cool thing, and one of the beauties is that you can have you’re blog and your list for about $40 a month. The expensive part is the list as that’s $30 a month if your just starting out. But running a business costs money, just think how much McDonalds pays to keep it’s doors open on the stores that are 24/7. Gotta pay employees. If you think about it 40 dollars isn’t much to have a business for yourself. I myself am even getting ready to buy some ads for this site to boost sales, and earn me subscribers so I’m going to spending a little more than $40 a month on this site. First I’m going to get some coaching, so there’s going to be a lot of excitement coming up for this blog. But every time you email your list, you have the opportunity to bring traffic to your site, and an opportunity for growth.
5. Seeing Your Subscriber Count Grow Is Motivating
Knowing that when you reach 2,000 subscribers you will know what you need to know to launch a business to the world. Growing towards that can be difficult but it can also be motivating. Motivating to get the next few subscribers. You’ll eventually get there. Just got to keep taking action. And seeing results is motivating. Then you further have something to work on, which is maintaining and improving the relationship with those people that are on your list. As I mentioned above I’ll be buying some ads this year, but not before I get coached. I’m going to go through Tony Robbins. I heard you could get coached for 200 dollars. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes on my email list, with getting coached, buying ads, selling Convertkit, getting subscribers, and selling ebooks. These are the plans I have laid for building an email list. I figure with 112 Convertkit buyers I’ll be making as much off my blog as I make at my job. When I’m making 10X what I make at my job, then I’ll quit and take the Holidays off every year. Currently, I work my longest, hardest hours during the Holidays every year. I know when I see my subscriber count go from 2 to 5 to 8 I get happy, and I get motivated to keep it coming in.
6. You Get To Know What Those Closest To You Think About Your Website
When your first starting your list, what I recommend you do, to build the list, and to gain some confidence, is to ask you close friends and family to join the list. It can only help. I’m not saying you have to ask everyone, but start to work the question into your conversations with people, especially the people your comfortable with and get some subscribers. Easy subscribers. This prepares you for the more challenging asks, maybe even more fun, is asking the guy you buy gas from to visit your website and giving him your business card. When your asking your promoting, and we have to promote out in the world as well as from home. Word of mouth can be powerful advertising but in order for that to work, you have to work. So there’s work involved in creating buzz and getting word of mouth advertising. It also happens on Facebook. Still, when you ask a friend to be on, and he’s your first man, that’s a landmark. Blogging and building an email list makes me personally happy. My mission is to show how happy blogging can make somebody with the world. That said I need to get off my island and get a coach. But that said, having a close friend on your list, by simply asking them to do so, can only help you.
7. You Can Build A Business Around A List
Anything becomes possible around content marketing. I’m talking reaching status quo would be 7 different streams of income just off one’s blog. Maybe they only make a million a year between all of them. But your working and making a million a year. Granted you’ve got to be really really good with people. Really, you could sell anything you wanted to your list once you had 2,000 people’s attention [though it would probably take a lot more than 2,000 subscribers to earn a million a year]. Books, courses, membership sites (where you get a monthly passive income), all these things you could create all from your imagination and taking the right massive actions. Conscious on a spiritual as well as a business level. Being helpful. Building a list. You could even sell network marketing if you wanted to. As for me, I’m thinking I’ll go with selling my own ebooks, and eventually get a published physical book. Granted it’s ONLY my imagination, but that said I am taking massive action everyday. I call it massive anyways.
In my estimation, one could build a very profitable business with an email list. I can’t yet explain the details to you of how to make money with it, but I can tell you that I happily pay $40 every month for the privilege to be able to blog and build a business.
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