Mondays in PJs https://mondaysinpjs.com Killer Digital Marketing Services for Businesses Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:55:02 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://mondaysinpjs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cropped-pinkM-32x32.png Mondays in PJs https://mondaysinpjs.com 32 32 How to Make Money Online From Your Phone Teaching English With PalFish https://mondaysinpjs.com/make-money-online-from-your-phone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=make-money-online-from-your-phone Tue, 10 Nov 2020 14:55:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=6849 PalFish is an online ESL (English as a second language) platform that connects English speakers with children and adults abroad[...]

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PalFish is an online ESL (English as a second language) platform that connects English speakers with children and adults abroad who want to perfect their English language skills. They pay $14-$22/hour for one-on-one lessons that last about 25 minutes each. Here’s how to make money online from your phone as an English teacher!

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How to Make Money Online From Your Phone With PalFish

Working with PalFish is a fun and rewarding experience that enables you to earn a steady stream of income while making a positive impact in the lives of others. If you enjoy working with children, you’ll love this online ESL position!

Requirements of the job

To make money online from your phone with PalFish, you need to speak English fluently and have access to a smart mobile device and strong internet. Anyone who speaks English can download the app and teach their Free Talk lessons, which can come in from children or adults, and at any time you choose to be online. Again, you don’t need any kind of experience or credentials to get started teaching these one-on-one lessons, which are typically just structured as conversations. You can set your own rate for these convos, but most teachers average between $10 and $18 per hour.

Official Kids Courses

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While many ESL companies require you to have a bachelor’s degree or above, PalFish is not one of them. Not even to teach their more structured lessons, which they call the Official Kids Course. These are 25 minutes in length, generally with kids between 3-13, and pays a set rate (between $14-$22/hour) along with some incentives. For the OKC, lessons come in the form of pre-made slides that guide you to teach certain things in each class. You need to have some experience working with children, and be willing to get your TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification.

Obtain Your TESOL

To teach these courses, you need to obtain your TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate, which you can do online here, and if you catch them on sale, sometimes it’s only between $15-$20, which is pretty insane considering other sources charge in the hundreds. Once you get started earning money with PalFish, you’ll be thankful you went through with it.

Work Hours

For free-talk, you can simply log on whenever you have free time to make yourself available for calls. For the OKC, however, you need to have certain hours available. The app is based in China, so the busiest hours for bookings are around dinner time during the week, their time, which, if you’re in the U.S., translates to super early morning hours. Evenings between 9-11 pm EST on weekends are also a great time to open slots. To be an OKC teacher, you need to keep a minimum of eight slots open during these peak hours every week.

Create an Eye-Catching Profile

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Once you’ve been approved to teach, it’s time to setup your profile. There are PalFish teachers all over the world, each wanting to get those peak slots booked, so it’s up to you to create a profile that makes students (or their parents) want to book you. You’ll be able to upload a profile picture, write an intro, and add demo videos, which is optional, but highly recommended. Use a smiling photo as your main, that says “we’ll have fun in class!” Create a simple and sweet intro, and add a few demo videos of you “teaching.” Make sure you’re all smiles and using plenty of props!

Get Booked

You can go online right away for free-talk, but you’ll open slots on your calendar for the OKC, and wait for students (or their parents) to book you. Go into your schedule and open at least eight, but as many as you can, peak slots. This is the MINIMUM of what you want to do to make money online from your phone with PalFish, and it will get you bookings, but maybe not as quickly as you’re hoping for. It truly depends on you! There are plenty of things you can do to tip the scales in your favor, though. PalFish offers different live options for you to teach mock classes and attract new students, and if you’re new, I recommend doing this at least a couple of times before you start getting regular bookings.

Gear Up

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Honestly, to get started as an online English teacher with PalFish, you really don’t need much of anything. As long as you have your phone, a positive attitude, and a quiet area to work, you’ll be fine. But, the more you progress, the more you’ll realize you want to invest in things to make your workdays easier. For instance, when I got started, I used to prop my phone up against my laptop to keep it sturdy throughout classes. But eventually, I decided to get a tripod so that I could move around more and get better angles. Here’s some other stuff you may want to consider getting if you’re planning to do this right:

  • Tripod. Sure, you can prop your phone up on things, but it makes it a hell of a lot easier and more convenient just to get a bendy tripod to stabilize it. This one on Amazon comes along with a selfie ring light, which also comes in very handy for online teaching at night.
  • Whiteboard and markers. If you’re only going to get one prop for your teaching career, make it a whiteboard. They’re great for playing games and emphasizing words, letters, and sounds, etc.
  • Puppets and other stuffed animals. These are especially helpful to have for younger kids who are restless and easily distracted.
  • Cardigan. Keeping a nice, simple cardigan on the back of your chair is an easy way to look appropriate and camera ready, even if you’ve just rolled out of bed. Personally, I like these viscose cardigans, which are made from bamboo and are soft, breathable, and comfy!
  • Red lipstick. Some of these classes are insanely early, especially if you’re out in California or elsewhere on the west coast. Keeping a tube of red lipstick within reach is a fast and easy way to appear more pulled together at 5:00 AM!

Get Started With PalFish Now

Are you ready to go live and start booking free-talk and/or OKC lessons? Head to the PalFish website now to apply and get started making money online from your phone as an ESL teacher!

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Inspire and Elevate With These 10 Great Gifts for the Entrepreneurs and Remote Workers in Your Life https://mondaysinpjs.com/gifts-for-entrepreneurs-and-small-business-owners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gifts-for-entrepreneurs-and-small-business-owners Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:34:17 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=6733 Everyone is spending a bit more time in their home offices these days than they’d probably like, and it can[...]

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Everyone is spending a bit more time in their home offices these days than they’d probably like, and it can be especially tough to find the motivation to push through all of the chaos happening throughout the world. Plus, sitting at your computer for too long is terrible for your back – and the rest of you (check out my post on how to protect your back while you’re working here.)This list of gifts for entrepreneurs is geared towards helping you (or, whoever you’re gifting) remain comfortable, productive, and happy while they’re in their home office setting.

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Inspire and Elevate With These 10 Gifts for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

I may put together this list with digital entrepreneurs in mind, but all of this stuff would actually make great gifts for anyone who works from home!

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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I cannot stress to you enough the importance of having a good pair of noise-canceling headphones, not only as a business owner but for anyone who works from home. If it weren’t for headphones and focus/study music, I would have a much tougher time concentrating on the task at hand when I’m working. You’d be amazed at what this magical combination can do, both for productivity and sanity. You can get this comfortable, five-star rated set for just $34.99 from Amazon.

Desktop Mini Fridge

How adorable are these little desktop refrigerators? They’re portable and not only make an excellent addition to any home office, but they’re also great for going on the road. With cooling or warming settings and space for up to six, 12-ounce cans, these mini fridges by Chefman are 100% freon-free and eco-friendly. Charge and/or use them at home or on-the-go with the 12V car charger!

This Calendar That Will Light a Fire Underneath Them on the Daily

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Give them something that shows them how badass you think they are, and reminds them each and every day. This eco-friendly 2021You Are Doing a Freaking Great Job calendar is full of straight-forward, powerful motivational phrases and quotes that are sure to give them the boost they need to kick butt throughout their workdays through the year and beyond.

Instant Standing Desk Converter

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Help them prevent back pain and stay energized throughout their day with one of these VIVO standing desk converters. Turn any workstation into a standing desk with this ergonomic piece with a spring lift and keyboard tray. Looking for something a bit more permanent? Check out my post on the best ergonomic home office furniture and accessories!

Canva Membership

Canva is absolutely amazing. I’m not even kidding. It’s terrific, I love it. You can use it to create such a wide variety of things, from logos, to social media posts, to business cards and so much more. They include stock photos, sizing options, fonts, elements, and all sorts of other stuff you need to create great content for your business. If you’re looking for awesome gifts for entrepreneurs and business owners, get them a Canva membership, and they will thank you again and again. If they’re working on their digital marketing game for their business, throw in my 20-pack of sleek templates for Pinterest marketing!

Personalized Desktop Nameplate

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Feed their ego and make their day with one of these personalized name plates for their desk. This could be both hilarious and sweet, if you can pull it off.

Keurig

This convenient, compact coffee maker brews up a single cup of your favorite coffee or other hot beverages quickly and easily. Make an eight, ten, or twelve-ounce cup with the push of a button! This is the perfect gift for the coffee-loving entrepreneur in your life.

The Lap Desk

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For whatever reason, sitting down at a desk or table may not be possible all of the time. This lap desk provides an excellent alternative and allows you to get work done while sitting on the couch, in bed, or anywhere else where you could use a hard surface. The desk is large enough to fit a 15.5″ laptop and includes a mousepad and slot for phones. If you’re looking for great gifts for entrepreneurs with busy schedules, check out the lap desk on Amazon.

Vegan, Eco-Friendly Scented Candles

These fantastic-smelling scented candles by LuLu are 100% vegan and eco-friendly, and they’re available in a ton of different scents, from lemon and vanilla to scents called “Mary Jane,” and “Sexy Man.” Check out all of the different scents they have on Amazon here. Scented candles just make everything feel cozier, and who doesn’t want to stay cozy when it’s cold outside?

Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard Set

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I wish I would’ve started using this before I developed carpal tunnel in my wrist from typing so damn much, so if you know someone who finds themselves typing away for a crazy number of hours every day, this would be a very thoughtful gift. And, if they’ve already screwed themselves by typing entirely too much, you can throw in a pair of computer gloves for extra support.

Other Great Gift Ideas

Are you still looking for the perfect gift? Check out this list of amazing, gender-neutral gifts that anyone would love!

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Marketing Ideas for Halloween in 2020 https://mondaysinpjs.com/marketing-ideas-for-halloween/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=marketing-ideas-for-halloween Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:37:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=6524 Well, let’s be honest: nothing is “normal” this year, is it? It basically feels like we’re living in some type[...]

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Well, let’s be honest: nothing is “normal” this year, is it? It basically feels like we’re living in some type of insane combination of apocalyptic films, mixed with some dark comedy. Still, as business owners, it’s important to try and play upon the holidays as much as possible, and Halloween is a favorite for tons of people across the U.S, myself included. There’s just something about the cooler air, and all of the spooktacularness, of course. So: let’s talk about some potential marketing ideas for Halloween 2020.

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Marketing Ideas for Halloween 2020

This year, we’ve got to think a little bit outside of the box, even more so than usual, to make sure we’re keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind. It doesn’t mean that we can’t still create a buzz and give your clients one hell of an awesome experience, however. No matter what industry you’re in, these are some different strategies you may want to consider for marketing your business this October.

Create a Themed Product

People absolutely love to get in the mood when it comes to all things fall and Halloween. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so, you’re likely aware of the rage surrounding pumpkin spice. This year, Starbucks decided to take things to the next level by creating a special drink that’s only available on their secret menu: The Jack Skellington. This is exciting in a number of different ways, of course, because it plays on a pop culture hit, and also because it creates a feeling of exclusivity by placing it on the secret menu. Having a fall-themed product is a great way to generate a buzz and boost sales this season. If you’re a service-based business owner, you can create a themed package instead, even if it’s all just in the name (“spooktacular 25% off sale,” etc.)

Decorate

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If you have a physical location, adding some decorative touches can make a world of difference. You don’t need to go overboard, but hanging a few pieces here and there can change the atmosphere and engage customers. Then: there’s your digital presence. Changing things like avatars and/or header photos is a fun and simple way to get in the spirit of the season. Use a site like Canva, and search for eye-catching images you like that resonate with your business and make you smile. Chances are if the graphics give you that fall vibe when you’re looking for marketing ideas for Halloween, they’ll do the same for your clients!

Create a Promo Video

This month is the perfect time for you to connect with your customers, and show them your playful side. Creating a promotional video can be a fun and effective way to boost sales over the next several weeks. You can go about this in a number of different ways, one of which being to create a short how-to video that infuses some seasonal comedy into an informative piece that’s sure to impress your customers. Here are a few other kinds of Halloween videos you can make for your business.

Give Them a Peek Behind the Scenes

Do you usually just stick to posting messages geared towards clients, and advertisements, etc? Do you ever give your customers a look at what’s going on behind the scenes when it comes to your business? Halloween (and the weeks leading up to it) is an excellent time to do just that. Are you getting ready to go to a costume event? Snap some pictures or a short video of you and the staff and post it on your social media pages with a cute caption. It’ll make your customers feel like they’re closer to you, which is effective when it comes to marketing.

Give Something Away

Now, this technique is an amazing way to generate excitement and awareness around your brand any time of year. People love free stuff. Hell, it doesn’t even really matter what you’re giving away. If it’s free, they’ll want it. Still, that doesn’t mean you should just toss junk at them because the goal is to create positive experiences and word-of-mouth advertisements to entice more customers to come your way. It’s up to you what you choose to giveaway, it could be a gift card or some type of free service. But since we’re talking about marketing ideas for Halloween, making it something themed around the season would probably be your best bet.

Host a Contest

Hosting a costume contest is hands down one of the best ways to drive traffic to your door (either physical or digital.) If you don’t have a store, or you don’t want to host a live contest, you can always create a virtual event on your company’s social media pages. If a costume contest really doesn’t suit your business, you can always try a different type, like a “how many candy corns are in this container” contest, etc. In any case, make sure you continue to post about it leading up to the day of the event, and don’t forget to line up a prize that’s worth winning!

Use the Right Hashtags

Hashtags are crucial to determining the number of views you receive on your posts, especially on a few of the social media platforms, like Instagram and Pinterest. Hashtagging your posts means that even people who aren’t following you will be able to find them. If someone heads to the search bar and types #yourhashtaghere, your post will pop up, and BOOM, you’ve got someone who’s genuinely interested in what you have to offer and now you have a new follower/customer. This month, it will allow for a ton of new eyes to discover your brand, simply by hashtagging content with things like #Halloween2020 #FallFashion2020, etc.

Post Themed Content all Month

Once fall is in the air, there’s really no turning back. Don’t just post one promo video at the beginning of the month and then return to posting generic things that have nothing to do with the season. Keep up the momentum all month long! Even better, strategize and schedule out your posts, or create a social media scavenger hunt that lasts throughout the weeks. Check out our 20 pack of editable Pinterest templates; just swap out the sample text, add seasonal photos, schedule, and repeat!

More Marketing Ideas for Halloween (and the Rest of the Year!)

If you’re still looking for more specific ways to tackle the season’s marketing plan, our creative strategy package is here for you! We’ll dive into your current methods and rearrange and revise for maximum sales!

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10 Social Media Post Ideas to Boost Engagement on Your Business Pages https://mondaysinpjs.com/10-social-media-post-ideas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-social-media-post-ideas Tue, 01 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=6381 Social media is one of the fastest and easiest ways to promote your brand and connect with your target market.[...]

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Social media is one of the fastest and easiest ways to promote your brand and connect with your target market. There are a number of platforms available to use, so you’ll have to determine which one(s) will work best for your business. But at the very least, you should be utilizing one of the top four, which include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

These 10 Social Media Post Ideas Will Help Boost Your Engagement on Your Brand’s Pages

These social media post ideas will help you boost your business’s online presence and engage with more of your ideal customers. All of the tips are relevant across multiple platforms, so they can be applied on nearly anything from Instagram to Pinterest and everything between. And, if you aren’t using Pinterest as a part of your company’s digital marketing strategy yet, you definitely should be!

1. Time it Right

On most platforms, if not all, timing has a big effect on your post’s engagement rate. You want to make sure you’re posting at the times when your target audience is most active on the platform (or platforms) they frequent most. Keep an eye on your analytics over the course of a month or so, and it will give you a good idea of which times work best for your business. If you aren’t available to post at said times, you can always employ a scheduling tool like Tailwind.

2. Include User-Generated Content

If you’re selling something like a product that tends to wind up in a lot of images: use them! One of the best forms of advertising is a happy customer! Potential customers love to see your products in use, and it makes them feel more secure in their purchase. You can tie this in with a freebie or giveaway when you’re trying to build up your pages. For instance, giving something out as long as users snap a photo of themselves in it/using it and tag X many friends, etc.

3. Give Something Away

It’s just a fact that people love free stuff. Hosting a giveaway is an excellent way to build up interest and engagement across your business’s social media pages. Create a freebie that ties into the products and/or services you offer and promote it to your followers/potential followers. Some ideas of different things you can give away are short e-books, checklists, mini-courses, or a free consulting/coaching session.

4. Stay Consistent

One of the biggest aspects of engaging with your target market on social media is maintaining a consistent presence. Try and post something at least once per day on platforms like Instagram and Facebook. On some platforms, like Twitter, and Pinterest, you’ll need to post more frequently. If you don’t have the time to operate your company’s social media pages, you can always enlist the help of a social media manager.

5. Ask Their Opinion

Another one of the social media post ideas you’ll see from a lot of experts would be to simply ask for it. Give them a reason to engage with the post by asking for their opinion, in the form of either an open-ended question or a survey.

6. Use Visuals

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Multiple recent reports show that modern consumers both prefer, and are more responsive to, visual marketing. Images and videos can make a huge difference when it comes to how effective your campaign turns out to be. Make sure you’re using compelling visuals to engage your followers, especially on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, where posts revolve around images. You can use your phone to take photos or use a subscription photo service like Shutterstock. You can also use a program like Canva, which provides everything you need to create photos and videos for all of your brand’s pages.

7. Avoid Posting Anything Political

Unless you are specifically involved in some type of political niche, or another relevant niche that ties in and actually makes sense as to why you’d be posting about politics – just don’t. Every post you make should engage your target market and make them think about your brand. There are enough places to go online to post about politics, and unless you want to turn off your current and potential customers, that shouldn’t include your company’s social media pages.

8. Add Value

Motivational quotes are great every once in a while, but posting a quote every single day isn’t exactly putting your best foot forward when it comes to digital marketing for your business. Adding value to your reader’s lives by posting things like infographics and/or short instructional videos is a great way to build up your following and engagement on social media. Using infographics like the one below combines visuals and value and makes for sharable, powerful content.

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9. Acknowledge Milestones

Posting about things like your brand’s birthday, or reaching a certain number of followers, views, etc., is an excellent way to engage your market. If your followers had a hand in a milestone (i.e, we just crossed 5,000) make sure to thank them for their involvement!

10. Inspire Action

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Using a call to action at the end of your posts is an excellent way to boost engagement on social media. Sometimes, it’s really as simple as reminding someone of something that gets you that signup, or that sale. Your CTA can be something like, “Don’t forget to follow us @mondaysinpjs for more great tips!” Or, it can be something like: Doesn’t this _______ look amazing? Grab yours now from (yourwebsitegoeshere). Here’s a great post from Hootsuite about how to write powerful CTAs.

Social Media Marketing in the New World

Since 2020, things have been a bit different than they were before. By 2040, over 95% of retail sales are expected to occur on the web, and the digital world is moving along at a faster pace than ever. Are you confident in your business’s current marketing strategy? Talk to a creative consultant today, and discover the tools you need to take your company’s online presence to the next level.

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Affordable Home Office Essentials to Help You Slay Your Workdays Without Breaking the Bank https://mondaysinpjs.com/affordable-home-office-essentials/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=affordable-home-office-essentials Sun, 09 Aug 2020 00:37:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=6185 These days, more and more people find themselves working from home, many of which who didn’t expect to be doing[...]

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These days, more and more people find themselves working from home, many of which who didn’t expect to be doing so, and aren’t really prepared for what it entails. Remote work can be awesome, depending on your situation, and studies have actually shown that we’re more productive that way. Still, check out the Mondays in PJs list of affordable home office essentials that will help you crush your workdays.

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Home Office Essentials to Slay Your Workdays

You don’t need to spend a fortune to get some good (and necessary) pieces for your home office that can make your life a hell of a lot easier. Once you’ve tried these affordable home office essentials, you’ll wonder how you got along without them in the first place.

Home Office Furniture

If you have space available where you can set up an actual office area in your home, that’s ideal. One that’s tucked away, or at least one that’s somewhere where you can sit in a desk without having doors bang into you, etc. So, for the first section of this post, let’s say that you have that space (hopefully you do, and if not, skip down to the next section: gear and accessories.)

Adjustable Desk

Ergonomic office furniture can make a huge difference in your productivity and your overall well being. A good adjustable desk can be your best friend at work, and can help prevent lower back pain, and that afternoon bout of lethargy that typically hits like a ton of bricks as you sit in front of the computer at 3 PM. This desk can be easily height adjusted according to your preferences, and even comes along with a footrest.

Ergonomic Computer Chair

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Even if you don’t have an adjustable desk for your home office, an ergonomic computer chair can save your butt (okay, your back, no wait, both.) You want to invest in a solid chair with good lumbar support to avoid the kind of slouching and pressure that causes back pain. This ergonomic chair is a #1 bestseller on Amazon and costs less than $55.

Kneeling Chair

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If you don’t plan on investing in an adjustable desk, you still shouldn’t sit for too long in your chair, even if it is ergonomic. Since we now know how bad sitting for long periods of time can be for one’s health, it’s important to take plenty of breaks from sitting in a regular position. But, if you don’t feel like standing either, you can always use a kneeling chair like this one, which takes the pressure off of your back.

Adjustable Desk for Small Spaces

If you’re not in the position to build a new home office area, but you need something reliable to get your work done on, you can opt for a smaller, more affordable adjustable desk like this one. It can be raised or lowered, so you can use it sitting down or standing up. It’s also very lightweight and easy to move around, and it fits nicely in small areas.

High-Quality Ergonomic Office Furniture

Read my post about the best ergonomic home office furniture to see some of my favorite chairs and desks.

Gear and Accessories

Once you’ve got your home office space all set up, it’s time to morph it into your ideal area, where you’ll be able to maintain productivity and stay focused. Even if you’re using your couch as your workspace for the time being, a lot of these things can be extremely beneficial to you.

Computer

Affordable home office essentials: computer

While you can do almost anything from your phone these days, chances are pretty good that you’re going to need a good computer to get the job done. You may have cringed just now, thinking about how much a computer can cost but really, you can find a good machine like this HP on Amazon at affordable prices.

Filing System

While it may seem like everything is done digitally these days, you still want to keep at least an accordion folder with dividers, or some type of system to store and separate important paperwork. The last thing you need is to lose something important! This adorable set of accordion filing folders is rated five stars, and you can get it for less than $20!

Good Pair of Headphones

Affordable home office essentials: headphones

If you don’t live alone, or in a place where you have a lot of peace and quiet, a good pair of headphones can make several worlds of differences. I prefer this kind of comfortable, over-the-ear headphones to earbuds, but anything that cancels out the noise will work.

Wireless Mouse

Using the trackpad on your laptop can be a pain in the ass sometimes, okay, most of the time. It’s much faster and easier to get a wireless mouse. If you have the desk space, I recommend going with a mousepad, too, since they make everything run more smoothly.

Balance Board

If you have a standing or an adjustable desk, a balance board is an excellent way to stay focused and energized while you’re working. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a little rocking board that you stand on that you need to keep balanced beneath you. They’ve been shown not only to reduce lower back pain, but to improve memory and concentration, improve your posture, and more. Plus, they’re just kind of fun to rock on when you’re at the computer! Grab one on Amazon for around $30.

Mini Fridge

Keep your snacks close, and your favorite snacks closer. Sure, you could run out to the kitchen every time you wanted to grab a bottle of water or soda, or you could just use a desktop fridge like this one in your workspace, to save yourself some time and trouble (also, snacks.)

Ergonomic Keyboard/Mousepad

Letting your wrists rest for too long on the hard edges of your desk while typing and clicking away on your mouse may not feel like it’s doing any damage, but it’s definitely possible. A keyboard pad slides right in front of your computer and acts as a little pillow for your wrists. The same goes for the mouse (wrist) pad. You can get them both in a set on Amazon for around $10, and your body will thank you for it.

Ergonomic Backpad

If you don’t naturally have incredible posture, you could really be hurting your back by slumping down in your computer chair all day. A lumbar support pillow slides right between you and the back of your chair, and helps keep the pressure off of your lower back.

Cardigan

If we’re talking affordable home office essentials, I am definitely adding cardigan to the list. When you’re working from home, it can be easy to just roll out of bed, grab some coffee and jump on the computer. So, if you tend to sleep and/or run around in camis and your job requires you to be seen on cam, a cardigan on the back of your chair is a big timesaver! Toss it on and switch it out as needed. I absolutely love viscose, viscose everything, but cardigans are amazing, since it is a natural, breathable, soft fabric and works well in both warmer and cooler months. You can find tons of great viscose cardis like this one on Amazon.

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There are around 877 million live websites in the United States alone. That’s some serious competition for anyone doing business online. So, how do you increase your website traffic organically and drive more potential buyers to your digital doorfront, without dropping a ton of money on ads?

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How to Increase Your Website Traffic Organically

Content and consistency are key when it comes to engaging new customers. If it were quick and easy, everyone would be living the good life right about now. But the truth is, organic web traffic isn’t an overnight type of deal. It takes some real effort, though if you’re willing to put in the work (or hire a specialist to do it for you,) you’ll see the results.

Use a Professional Domain

When someone goes to visit your website and they see something like yourstorename.weebly.com, they’re not going to take you as seriously as if you’d purchased a yourstore.com, etc., extension. Plus, hosting your own site means that you know you can keep it safe, whereas if something were to happen to your middle man, you may lose it.

Include Plenty of Photos and/or Videos

You don’t need special tools to create your imagery. You can just use your phone when you’re starting out. Although, it also isn’t a bad idea to invest in some basic blogging tools if you’re going to create content regularly. Make sure that you’re making ALT image tags for each photo that you use on your website, which also helps with your overall SEO. If taking your own photos isn’t an option, you can always use a stock photography service like Shutterstock instead.

Create a YouTube Channel

Like imagery, video is a crucial tool when it comes to digital marketing in the 2020s. In fact, according to recent reports, more than 80% of marketers are satisfied with their ROI when it comes to the video marketing efforts of their organization. Plus, a lot of people these days prefer watching video to reading, so having that option available for them opens your website up to more consumers. Creating a YT channel and adding video to your site is a great way to increase your website traffic. Plus, it gives you an additional method of monetizing your website – or several, depending how you choose to use it.

Optimize Your Site for Search Engines

Google is hands down the most-popular search engine, and website, in the world. More than 60% of search traffic in the United States this year originated on the king of search engines, who dominates the majority of their market. In order to not miss out on that traffic, and be found before your competitors, you need to make sure that you have a solid presence on Google, and that comes through deploying proper SEO tactics.

Use Pinterest

If your target market includes women, you absolutely want to be using the visual search engine to drive (large waves of) traffic back to your website! Though the percentage of male users is steadily growing, too. Plus, using great SEO places the visual Pins that you create on the platform in Google’s “images,” section, boosting your brand presence on there as well. But, in order to see that traffic from Pinterest, you need to post several times per day (between 5-10.) We know that can be a ton of work, which is why we offer our awesome SEO Pinterest marketing and management packages for busy business owners!

Blog

Blogging is by far one of the best ways to increase your website traffic organically. Unlike a paid ad, a blog post serves multiple purposes, and drives visitors back to your site time, and time again. If you choose to start a blog on your site, try and post as consistently as possible, and make sure you’re using SEO to boost your posts!

Use Hashtags

Using hashtags on your social media posts helps those who may not otherwise see your content to find it on each platform. For instance, if you’re in home decor, all it could take to mean the difference between 10 views and 1,000 views is using a nice set of relevant hashtags on your snapshot of your new living room. That way, even people who don’t follow you can stumble onto your posts by searching for the keywords you’ve tagged (#interiordesignideas, #interiordesigners, #homedesignexpert, etc.).

Start an Email List

Building an email list is an excellent way to keep track of those that have already expressed an interest in your products or services. Depending on your niche, It may be enough to use a pop-up plug-in and simply ask visitors to sign up for your email list. If you try that and it doesn’t work, you can try offering some type of freebie for sign-ups instead.

Use Google my Business

Reviews are especially important to those targeting Millennials and Gen Z, as those groups tend to have more questions pre-purchase when it comes to new companies, but they can also be helpful in driving waves of traffic. Signing up for Google My Business is free, and gives your existing customers a chance to help you engage new ones by leaving reviews on the #1 website in the world.

Secure Your Site

Using https://, rather than http:// at the beginning of your website address can make a world of difference, both to you and visitors. A large percentage of traffic drops off if they see that is a site is unsecured. In order to retain those numbers, you’ll want to pay the extra amount for that security when purchasing your hosting and domain, etc.

Make it Mobile Friendly

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Making your website mobile friendly is a must in the 2020s. More than two thirds of internet users in the United States access the web from their phones, and if your site is hard for them to use, or doesn’t load at all, they’ll move along to one that does. Make sure you’re not missing out on a large chunk of traffic, and optimize your site for use on mobiles.

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12 Reasons why you Should be Using Pinterest for Your Business in 2020 https://mondaysinpjs.com/why-you-should-be-using-pinterest-for-your-business/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-you-should-be-using-pinterest-for-your-business Sat, 25 Jul 2020 15:24:48 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5985 So many people I’ve spoken to lately seem to think that Pinterest is only a place to share recipes and[...]

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So many people I’ve spoken to lately seem to think that Pinterest is only a place to share recipes and fashion advice, which it absolutely can be, but it is also SO much more, which inspired me to write this post about why you should be using Pinterest for your business.

Why you Should be Using Pinterest for Your Business

Contrary to what you may believe, Pinterest isn’t just a land of cats in hats and vegan casseroles (although, you can definitely find those things there, too.) It’s a powerful search engine that uses photos or videos to drive viewers to the site of your choosing, which is why it’s such a great tool for business owners.

It Operates as a Search Engine

Pinterest works just like Google in the sense it drives traffic to your site via backlinks. People on Pinterest search for terms they’re interested in, find a descriptive image, click it, and follow it back to your site (or wherever else you choose to link them to.)

It Boosts Your Brand’s Presence on Google

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Google is the most popular website in the world. More than 90% of online sales originate on the king of search engines. Optimizing your website to rank high on Google’s search pages is one way to improve your brand’s presence online, but all of those Pins you create will show up on Google too (if you use proper SEO.)

Pins Lead Long Lives

Pins will last pretty much forever, unless you violate Pinterest’s TOS or something. Unlike with a paid ad, or a Tweet that gets buried, Pins will continue to live and circulate for many, many years down the road.

It’s a Wonderful Way to Reach Women

Around 42% of adult women in the U.S. use Pinterest and, at the time, over 70% of users are women. If your target market includes females, you definitely want to be utilizing this platform to connect with them.

Pinterest Users Have More Buying Power

According to Ahalogy, active Pinners have about 9% higher income than non-users. Households that report having higher income (over $75,000/year,) are twice as likely to utilize the platform than those who report low incomes.

Pins are Visually Inspiring

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A powerful Pin can change lives, including your own. More than 65% of users say they’ve tried a new product or service after seeing it on Pinterest. Just think about what that can mean for your brand. Visually driving traffic to your site is one of the main reasons why you should be using Pinterest for your business.

It’s a Positive Place

Nine out of ten pinners say Pinterest is full of positivity – and this one agrees! While other platforms are overrun with negativity and drama, Pinterest is a nice change of pace. People are drawn to the site to seek out things that inspire them and make them happy, and you have the opportunity to give them exactly what they’re looking for.

Your Web Content is More Shareable

When you create original pins to accompany your blog posts and other web content, you’re giving people another way to share your products and/or services with their own network. Pinterest calls for vertical images, so the graphics you’ve created to be shareable on FB or IG won’t cut it.

Engagement Trumps Followers

When you create a business account on Pinterest, you gain access to an analytics section that you don’t get if you choose to operate under a personal profile. The analytics will show you which Pins are getting the most clicks, etc., which, as a business owner, is one of the most important aspects of using the platform for engaging potential customers. While you can follow people, and people can follow you, it isn’t what counts most, because they don’t have to be following you to come across your content.

You can Build up Your Brand’s Other Social Media Pages

If you’re utilizing multiple social media platforms, you can use Pinterest to drive traffic to your other pages. Each time you create a Pin, you can choose where you want to link it to. For instance, you can send those who click on the image to your general website, a certain page on your website, or one of your other social platforms, just to name a few.

Promoted Pins

Just like with any other social media site, Pinterest has an option to pay for Promoted Pins. Current reports say that for every $1 spent on paid Pins, you get $2 back. You don’t need to pay to promote content, but if you see a Pin that’s performing particularly well, it’s not a bad idea. Stats also show that for every 100 views you get on a Promoted Pin, you receive around 30 more for free.

It’s Growing Very Quickly

Over the last year alone, Pinterest gained more than 70 million new users, rising by 26%. The world is becoming more and more visual, and people want to see brands using more video. Pinterest is a perfect place to do just that and drive massive amounts of traffic.

Pinterest Management

Pinterest is an amazing tool for business owners. Unfortunately, in order to see the boost in traffic, you need to post several times per day – and I mean several. Unlike Facebook or Instagram, where posting once or twice per day is sufficient, this platform calls for a steady flow of imagery throughout the day, especially during peak hours. At Mondays in PJs, we offer a complete SEO Pinterest marketing and management package to handle everything from Pin creation to posting. Or, if you’re more of a DIY type but you still find yourself way too busy to create a ton of Pins, check out our awesome 20 pack of editable, rinse and repeat templates!

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How to Maintain Productivity While Working From Home https://mondaysinpjs.com/how-to-maintain-productivity-while-working-from-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-maintain-productivity-while-working-from-home Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:22:58 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5847 It can be tough to stay on track while working from home, especially during the Coronapocalypse. Although research actually shows[...]

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It can be tough to stay on track while working from home, especially during the Coronapocalypse. Although research actually shows that we get more work done when we’re working remotely, it doesn’t feel that way at times. But, at Mondays in PJs, we’ve been working online for over half a decade now, so we’ve developed a pretty solid routine. Here’s how to maintain productivity while working from home.

How to Maintain Productivity While Working From Home

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Get Into a Set Schedule

Perhaps one of the most important aspects to staying productive while working remotely is to get into a schedule that works for you – and stick to it. Maintaining a regular schedule like this one can be super beneficial, not only to your work, but to your general sense of well-being. Going to sleep and waking up around the same time every day to start work can keep your circadian rhythm in check, and help you keep a healthy brain/body balance.

Don’t Skimp on Breakfast

It can be tempting to guzzle some coffee and jump right into the things, but that may lead to a serious energy slump before lunch. Eating breakfast will not only give you the energy you need to get through your morning, but it also boosts your brain power. Make sure to grab something to eat before getting started, even if it’s just a piece of toast with some peanut butter or a protein-packed breakfast bar. Even better? Toss a bunch of nutritious and delicious stuff into your blender and make an awesome, energizing breakfast smoothie.

Wake Up and Get Ready

Do whatever it is you need to do that makes you feel energized and ready to face the day. If that means getting in a workout and/or taking a shower, or maybe it means journaling while drinking coffee, whatever it is – do it! Whether or not video conferencing is a part of your workload, jumping in the shower and getting dressed like it is can boost your energy and prepare you to get it done. But relax, that doesn’t mean you need to reach for the pants with buttons. No one would see your bottom-half even if you were on cam, so hello, yoga pants and flip flops.

Love Your Space

While you may just want to pop open your laptop and get your work done from the couch with your TV on in the background, it’s definitely not one of the best ways to maintain productivity while working from home. Setting up a dedicated workspace, or even a full home office, can make a world of difference when it comes to your motivation and energy during the day.

Ergonomic Office Equipment

Once you know where you want your workspace to be, filling it with ergonomic furniture and accessories is one of the best ways to keep your energy levels high and prevent lower back pain while working from home. Ergonomic computer chairs with lumbar support make sitting down for long periods of time easier on your back. Adjustable or standing desks along with balance boards, or even under-the-desk treadmills help you stay awake (and fit!) during the day.

Use Binaural Beats

Sometimes, all of the background noises around us can be extremely distracting to the point we have trouble concentrating on the task at hand. Other times, our minds will exaggerate those noises simply because we’re having trouble concentrating on said tasks. Either way, it can be beneficial to use some type of white noise, or even music. You can find these binaural beat soundwave therapy tracks for everything from stress and pain relief to energy boosts and, for the purpose of working, focus and concentration. Binaural beats work best if you wear a good set of headphones while you listen.

Stay off of Social Media

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It’s just so tempting and convenient to keep switching back and forth and checking up on everything going on in internet land, and it’s kind of hard to resist the temptation of social media. To make it easier, use an app like Stay Focused, which tracks productivity while blocking all of the sites that distract you from getting your work done.

Keep Your Work Area Off-Limits

If you were working at the office, your family members wouldn’t be popping in to ask you questions throughout the day. While working online throughout the COVID era can be a bit difficult, it’s still important to maintain boundaries if you want to remain productive while working from home. Let family members (or whoever it is you live with) know that you don’t want to be disturbed during work hours.

Get/Stay Organized

While working to home has plenty of benefits, that doesn’t mean there isn’t an adjustment period in getting into the flow of the things. You already have your workspace setup, but is everything that you need for work organized within it?

Take Plenty of Breaks

Sitting and staring at the screen for hours on end can be bad for your health in a number of ways. But, it can also lead to a brain scramble, which usually ends up resulting in more work than necessary, because something gets screwed up and you have to go back in and fix it later. Make sure you’re taking plenty of breaks to get up and move around. Go for a walk around the house (or neighborhood,) grab a glass of water, get lunch, get up and stretch, etc. If your living situation doesn’t allow you to walk around outside, and/or if you don’t have very much space, you can always consult YouTube. There are plenty of short exercises, like these 10-15 minute one mile walk fit videos, that you can do in your living room.

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Mondays in PJs is Turning One! Let’s Take a Look Back at our Most Popular Posts of our First Year in Existence. https://mondaysinpjs.com/10-most-popular-posts-year-one/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-most-popular-posts-year-one Mon, 22 Jun 2020 11:48:00 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5751 While our posts in the archives may be dated back to March of 2019, we didn’t actually go live until[...]

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While our posts in the archives may be dated back to March of 2019, we didn’t actually go live until July of last year. So you know what that means, right? Mondays in PJs is turning a year old in just a few weeks! In honor of the business birthday, I’ve sifted through the analytics and pulled up our 10 most popular posts of the year.

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The votes are in, and these 10 posts had the most views and shares between July 2019 to (almost) July 2020. The posts have been divided into the two categories that our archives are split into, which are: business, and working from home.

Most Popular Business Posts of the Year

Mondays in PJs exists to help you earn more money from your business, and connect more meaningfully with your customers (and potential customers.) Here are some of our best business posts from our very first year being live.

Post 1: How to Choose the Best Social Media Platform for Marketing Your Business

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Trying to juggle social media pages for your business on every major platform can be exhausting, believe me, I know. Luckily, you don’t need to maintain a presence everywhere, so long as you’re in the same place as your target market. For instance, if you’re selling products that would mainly be of interest to women, you’ll definitely want to be on Pinterest, since more than 85% of users are female – and because it’s an awesome search engine. This post breaks down more of the pros (and cons) of using each major social media platform for marketing your brand.

Post 2: 20 Ways to Improve Your Blog and Drive More Traffic to Your Site

I don’t want to come off as salesy when I say this, but it’s true; blogging is such an excellent way to drive organic traffic to your site time and time again. But, there are some steps that you’ll need to take to see the kind of traffic you’re hoping for. In this post, I dive into different ways that you can improve your blog to connect with more of your target market.

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Post 3: The Best Digital Marketing Tools for Business Owners

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This year has been pretty chaotic thus far, and it’s definitely called for some pivoting as far as digital marketing campaigns are concerned. But just because the world as you know it has come to an end doesn’t mean your business can’t still thrive. I’ve laid out some pretty awesome marketing tools in this post that will help you boost your brand’s presence online. The best part? They’re pretty much all free.

Post 4: 10 Digital Marketing Tips to Help you Boost Your Brand’s Presence Online

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Now’s a great time to revamp your brand’s digital marketing campaign, and really dig into your current strategy to figure out what’s working and what could use some improvement. Head to this page to check out some techniques that will help you boost your online business.

Post 5: How to Rank Higher on Google and Boost Your Site’s SEO

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SEO is crucial when it comes to being found online. When a potential customer heads to Google in search of the types of products and/or services you have to offer, you want them to find your website before they find your competitor’s. Here’s how you can improve your site’s SEO and rank closer to the first page of Google’s search results.

Most Popular Work From Home Posts

Aside from our online business section, Mondays in PJs offers plenty of remote work resources and ways to help you earn steady money from home. Here are some of the best work-from-home posts from our first year in existence.

Post 6: Online Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree or a Deposit

Looking for ways to earn a steady online income, but not sure where to start? Mondays in PJs has you covered!

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Post 7: Survey Says: The Best Paid Survey Sites That Actually Pay

Not all paid-survey sites are worth spending the time to sign up for them. However, there are some legit sites in existence that allow you to earn a few extra bucks here and there. Survey junkie is one of the best, for sure, and these other companies are worth checking out as well.

Post 8: Make Money Teaching English Online From Your Phone With PalFish

Teaching English online is a fun and easy way to earn money from home. PalFish makes it easy to earn up to $22/hour teaching from your phone. If you want to learn more about working as an online English teacher with PalFish and/or sign up, head here now. And hey, if you have no interest in building up your own online business and you enjoy talking to people, you can always move to Costa Rica and live solely off of your ESL income. There are quite a few tutors who choose that path, though many of them work for multiple companies, like PF and Cambly, to create multiple streams of income.

Post 9: 10 Ways to Earn Money From Home Without Spending Any of Your Own

If you’re still getting your online business up and running, you may need to supplement your income by taking on some additional remote jobs. Check out the post to see a few of the opportunities you’ll find at the moment.

Post 10: Interesting Online Side Hustles to Help Pass the Time and Earn Money From Home

The Coronapocalypse has flipped the world upside down and shaken everything up. Now’s the perfect time to start a new digital side hustle and earn some extra money from home. But these aren’t just any old side hustles. You can actually have fun doing most of these, and if you wanted to, you could turn most of them into full online businesses.

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Online Businesses You Can Start Today Without Spending a Ton of (or Any) Money https://mondaysinpjs.com/online-businesses-you-can-start-today/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=online-businesses-you-can-start-today Sat, 13 Jun 2020 14:35:03 +0000 https://mondaysinpjs.com/?p=5667 Sure, the world may be in complete and utter chaos, but that’s a good thing. Why? Because everything that’s going[...]

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Sure, the world may be in complete and utter chaos, but that’s a good thing. Why? Because everything that’s going on right now is sure to cause some much-needed changes to our system, which has been very obviously broken for a long time. But, just because things may be a little different at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t still be successful in your work, it just means you need to create a situation that allows you to earn money from home. Why not start that business you’ve been thinking about for a while now? Here are just a few of the online businesses you can start today without spending a ton of money.

Online Businesses You Can Start Today Without Making Any Major Investments

Let’s face it; most of us aren’t in a position right now where we can drop a ton of money on our online businesses. But that just means that we need to get a little more creative and really put in the work where it’s needed. So, let’s take a look at some inexpensive online businesses that you can start today!

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Blogger

Blogging is an awesome way to earn money from home while at the same time, having a creative outlet and platform that’s entirely your own. There are several ways that you can monetize your blog, including selling ad space, using affiliate links, selling digital products and/or services and more. While you probably won’t start making a ton of money just after starting, if you stick with it, you can turn it into an ultra-profitable online business.

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Online Teacher

If you’ve got marketable skills that would be of interest to children or adults, you can always create some online courses, and teach on a platform like Udemy. There are a lot of people who are looking for some fun and educational new activities to keep them occupied in their free time these days. You can teach everything from English to music and so much more. Anything that you can turn into a useful lesson for others can earn you some online money with Udemy.

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Mask Dealer

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It’s rare that you’ll encounter a situation these days where a ton of people are out without masks on. They’re everywhere, and very much in-demand all around the world. Disposable masks are flying off of the shelves and people are searching out more stylish and comfortable options on Amazon. So, if you’ve got sewing skills and a sewing machine, why not open up an Etsy shop, or sell masks on Amazon and/or eBay? If you’ve never made a mask, there are plenty of tutorials out there to get you started. Just make sure you create a unique angle to your business and masks that allows you to stand out above your competitors.

Affiliate Marketer

The sky’s truly the limit with affiliate marketing, and it doesn’t require you to spend any money to get started. If you have a solid network, whether it’s your personal network or you have tons of followers on social media (or a blog,) you could earn a substantial income from home as an affiliate marketer! The products and/or services you choose to represent should be based on you and those who you’re trying to sell to.

While most companies have an affiliate program, if you join a network like ShareaSale, they’ll do most of the work for you, and all you need to do is sign up once (for FREE) and start searching for one of the many amazing companies they have listed in their network! They have everything from mattress and furniture stores to paid survey sites that will pay you for every sign-up! This may be one of the quickest online businesses you can start today, and without spending a single cent.

CBD Slinger

If it seems like everyone and their mom’s are selling CBD, it’s because they are. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t run a successful online CBD business. CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical compound found in cannabinoids, but doesn’t include enough THC to make one feel “high.” Instead, it offers many of the medicinal benefits of the plant, including natural pain and anxiety relief. If you choose to start selling CBD, don’t just jump on the first opportunity you see – and, there will be a lot of them. Make sure you choose a reputable company with good products and reviews, like CBD FX.

Consultant

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Do you have skills in any particular area of life that others may want to learn, too? This could be professional or personal, as consulting businesses can range from being a digital marketing consultant like me, to life-coaching and teaching things like how to be more assertive and get what you want. Plus, consulting could be one of the easiest (and cheapest) methods of launching your home-based business. You can always start by selling to your personal network, or jump right in and create a website and social media pages to promote your services.

Social Media Manager

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Are you super-skilled when it comes to gaining followers and engaging on any of the social media platforms? If so, why not try your hand at running social media management for business owners? While many of them may be trying to handle things on their own these days, it’s just not possible in every situation. You’ll definitely have some competition if you choose to go into this field, so make sure you’re marketing yourself in a way that makes you stand out. Perhaps by offering some type of discount package, and featuring your own killer social pages.

Read next: Ten of the Best Ways to Use Canva to Create Awesome Graphics for Your Business!

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